Wednesday, February 21, 2024



Rural healthcare hubs funded

Six communities across Buloke, Loddon and Gannawarra Shires will soon have new Healthcare Hubs to complement existing GP services, with nurse practitioner and allied health services much closer to home. The first four Hubs will be located in the communities of Kerang, Quambatook, Pyramid Hill and Boort. 

Defibrillators now in Greenmount, Nobby

The community is much safer thanks to the tireless efforts of the Clifton Local Ambulance Committee (LAC), which has installed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Greenmount and Nobby. Anne Glasheen, President of Clifton LAC, said the defibrillators have been paid for by not-for-profit organisations and businesses.

Mates paddle for vets

Three men who have experienced conflict first hand have banded together to kayak the length of the Murray River to raise awareness of Soldier On and MatesHeroHelp, two charities supporting current and former defence personnel.

Darling Downs roads most dangerous in Australia

With a fatality rate of 21.7 deaths per 100,000 residents the Darling Downs holds an unwanted record of being the most dangerous location for driving in Australia. The Downs holds this record with the Maranoa, New England and North West NSW.

Wilcannia’s new health service opens its doors to the community

Services are now being provided from Wilcannia’s Health and Wellbeing Centre in Bonney St, off Ross Street, following a move to the new facility over the past three days ... Services provided at the Wilcannia Health and Wellbeing Centre will be the same as those provided at the previous health service.

No new paramedics for Clarence

Member for Clarence, Richie Williamson will continue to advocate for more paramedics for the Clarence despite NSW Ambulance informing him that we will receive no additional local paramedics in the latest rollout. Last month the Minns NSW Government announced regional areas in NSW will get 500 new paramedics under a plan to strengthen the NSW Ambulance workforce...

28 junior doctors to start training in Northern Rivers

Janelle Saffin. The Northern Rivers will benefit from a major boost to its local medical workforce – with 28 medical graduate interns starting work in local public hospitals this month ... Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin said the new doctors will be entering a training program with networked hospitals throughout the state, providing formal and on-the-job training.

Cash for bricks and mortar, not people

The latest government alcohol control effort, now a year old, has resulted in a dramatic drop in bottle shop and online transactions, but how much we drink hasn’t gone down by a lot ... Bill Yan, Member for Namatjira and Shadow Minister for Health, says alcohol abuse measures should have received more funding: “We’ve yet to see much of the $250m promised [by the Prime Minister] last year."

Ambulance service medal for paramedic

Maldon resident and Advanced Life Support paramedic Barry Curtain is one of five Ambulance Victoria workers who have been awarded Ambulance Service Medals, as part of the 2024 national honours list. The Australian honours list acknowledges Australians for achievements, service and contribution to community above and beyond the call of duty. 

VMO blow – hospital setback as Dr contract goes unawarded

A recent tender by Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) for the provision of medical services at Barham Hospital has gone unawarded, with MLHD stating, “This tender process has now been completed and, as a result, it is not sustainable to continue the provision of medical services in their current format.”

Emotional farewell for Dr Bottcher

Dr Clare Bottcher has departed the clinic where she has treated local patients for over 26 years. In an emotional farewell with clinic staff, Dr Bottcher recalled her time serving the locals of her own hometown, alongside “great mentors” and “wonderful custodians of this town”.

Toowoomba LifeFlight busier than ever

Toowoomba’s RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and LifeFlight Surat Gas Aeromedical Service crews have recorded the highest number of aeromedical missions in Queensland completing 959 missions – a 46 per cent increase on the previous year. RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and LifeFlight Surat Gas Aeromedical Service (SGAS) helicopters are based at the Clive Berghofer LifeFlight Centre and Roma.

Balgowan CFS makes a call-out

Balgowan CFS is putting out a call to the community. The station has just three members and is facing closure due to a lack of volunteers. Balgowan CFS Second Lieutenant  Ian Marschall said the closure of a station like Balgowan would have a huge impact on the community.

Concussion inaction threatens regional community sports

Regional football and community sporting clubs risk folding if recommendations on concussion and head knocks – particularly in junior sport – are not implemented appropriately by sporting codes, the Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health, Dr. Anne Webster, said at the weekend. 

Why some young dentists are making the move to regional Australia

A good dentist is a valuable asset, especially outside the big cities. It's encouraging to learn that there are bright young dentists in Australia that have discovered that a country practice can offer benefits, professional and personal, over work in the city. Australian Rural & Regional News asked Dr Parshad Sankey, now in Clare, and Dr Michael Dimitrov, in Gladstone, about their country experience.

A new heatwave safety campaign

Sweltering Cities. This year on January 27, the deadliest day for heat-related deaths in Australia, we’re calling on people to help keep their loved ones and community safe. Sweltering Cities’ new heat safety campaign is calling on people to check-in on friends, family and other people who might be at risk this summer. Heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest environmental disaster and they’re expected to get worse

58 new intern doctors commencing

Darling Downs Health hospitals will have 58 medical interns begin this month, marking the largest cohort of interns that have started since the program commenced. The 12-month graduate program will see the medical interns experience the demands of urban, rural and remote medicine.

Hike to Heal Scavenger Hike

Do you love hiking and nature or care about mental health and suicide prevention? If so, you are invited to join the Hike to Heal Scavenger Hike, a week-long event hosted by Hike to Heal Australia, a local not-for-profit suicide prevention charity.

Medical students passionate about our little towns

The Local Health Medical Trust and the Barham community are excited to welcome two medical students for the next two weeks ... Having both come from the hustle and bustle of the biggest cities in Australia, Jake and Daniel relish the quieter way of living, with Barham already welcoming them with open arms.

Regional communities to receive additional paramedics revealed as first cohort begins induction: Park

It will see 125 additional paramedics arriving in regional, rural and remote communities by the middle of this year ... These new paramedics will join a cohort of more than 6,700 NSW Ambulance staff who share a commitment to excellence in serving their communities across NSW.

Me, my horse, my dog — on the Ride for Hope

A woman, a horse and a curious kelpie are on a 900km journey together... Rachel Hill said she couldn’t do the ride from Sydney to Brisbane without her horse, Chase or Cricket the dog ... Her Ride for Hope was sparked by the suicide of her partner – a former jockey.

Drones deployed as mosquito season hits full swing

Council is trialling drone technology to treat mosquito populations as the insect’s breeding season takes full effect after recent heavy rain. It is also calling on the community to help reduce the impact of mosquitoes through a range of simple, protective measures in the home.

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