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Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson and general manager Ken Gainger have sent a letter to the minister for health, Brad Hazzard, requesting the Mullumbimby Hospital site be gifted to council
The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) has defended its handling of a case involving a 52-year-old Ballina grandmother told by Lismore Base Hospital she had to wait for a year for a colonoscopy to discover whether she had colon cancer.
The Byron Central Hospital branch of the New South Wales Nurses & Midwives Association has said that the hospital is understaffed and the union has ‘continued to raise concerns’ about staffing levels with the health department.
While the construction of the new Byron Central Hospital continues ahead of schedule, unions representing local health professionals say they are facing job insecurity owing to bureaucrats not providing staffing plans.
While petitions are being gathered and a public meeting is planned for Saturday, Sally Cusack from Maternity Choices Australia says a meeting last week with the NNSW LHD chief executive Chris Crawford, was 'very positive'.
New data released by the Heart Foundation shows Aussie workers are more sedentary than ever, and they know it. The report, from a national survey of workers aged 25-54 years, found close to 70 per cent of Australian workers are... Read More →
The northern rivers region is facing an acute shortage of health workers over the next decade as the population ages and current workers retire.
The fast-tracking of the redevelopment of Tweed Hospital has become a major state election issue with the Greens joining a campaign to get it done, saying lives were at risk as a result of hospital services being neglected.
The Greens have called for more preventative health funding to improve the quality of life of north coast residents.
NSW stroke survivors and their families are being sent home from hospital without access to the services, support and information they need to ensure quality of life post stroke. The National Stroke Audit Rehabilitation Services Report 2014, released on Thursday... Read More →
A Movember Foundation study finds men still have a way to go in taking their health and wellbeing seriously.
Concerns over a lack of operating theatres in the planned Byron Hospital have been hosed down by NSW Health, but a community groups says there is still no guarantee a surgical facility will be built there.
Medicinal cannabis is back in the news again after a planned trial to grow it in Norfolk Island was blocked by the federal government last week. In fact, cannabis science is one of the fastest moving frontiers in pharmacology.
NSW health minister Jillian Skinner unveiled detailed plans for the new $80 million Byron Central Hospital, now on display, when she visited the Ewingsdale site yesterday.
A new report paints a bleak picture of the impacts of alcohol in Australia.
Heart disease is the single biggest killer for women in Australia, claiming 25 lives every day, but most women remain unaware of their most important risk factors – high blood pressure and cholesterol. Heart Foundation statistics reveal that only one... Read More →
The Greens NSW yesterday launched their Bill to protect certified medical users of cannabis from criminal prosecution. The Drug Legislation Amendment (Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes) Bill 2014 implements the unanimous findings of last year’s cross-party Upper House inquiry... Read More →
The 2012-13 National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) report published this week confirms community concerns about increasing pollution from coal mining. The latest NPI figures show emissions of toxic pollutants, including PM10 (fine particles), lead, arsenic and fluoride, have increased by between... Read More →
A new internet-based self-management support system developed by researchers at Deakin University is set to revolutionise treatment for people with chronic arthritis and may be developed for other chronic, disabling conditions, according to beyondblue.
A world-first study released this week has discovered that Australian eucalypt honey has prebiotic qualities, meaning that regular consumption could improve gut health. Prebiotic foods stimulate the growth of gut bacteria that contribute to human health and reduce the growth... Read More →
Women are likely to form a significant proportion of the ‘third-wave’ of people with asbestos-related diseases, according to the findings of a new research report The Asbestos Narratives, released on Thursday. Conducted by Southern Cross University, the report investigated the... Read More →
People who want to drink less alcohol are being urged to join a study of a newly developed treatment that has shown promising initial results on drinking and on increasing physical activity. QUT Faculty of Health Professor David Kavanagh said... Read More →
Australians are much more likely to die unnecessarily from treatable conditions depending on where they live – and there are big differences even within similar urban and rural areas, a new report shows. More than 33,000 Australians die on average... Read More →
HIV diagnoses are rising at a record rate as an increasing number of gay Australians admit having unprotected casual sex, according to two major reports. An annual surveillance report says 1253 people were diagnosed in 2012 and around 30,000 infected... Read More →