- Written by Sally Herbert, NPS Pharmacist
- Published: 03 September 2014
Poor asthma control is common, and increases the risk of flare ups requiring oral corticosteroids, hospitalisation or emergency department (ED) visits. Asthma is managed at 5% of GP encounters with children and 2% with adults, with a significant percentage of these encounters being due to emergency appointments relating to flare ups and poor asthma control. Deaths from asthma remain high in Australia compared with many other countries.
NPS Medicinewise in partnership with North Coast Medicare Local has launched a new educational program for health professionals titled “Exploring inhaled medicines use and asthma control. The program focuses on changes to the asthma guidelines from the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH) updated in April 2014. You can order a free copy of the Quick Reference Guide from the National Asthma Council 03-99294333 or view the handbook online.
- Written by Staff
- Published: 02 September 2014
Lismore Family Planning may not be the only primary health care provider in the Northern Rivers seeking to engage a medical practitioner, although for more than three decades they have successfully attracted highly regarded clinicians with an interest in this field.
- Written by NRGPN Chairman, David Guest
- Published: 01 September 2014
In a reversal of the self-destructive rock ‘n roll adage of “live fast, die young and have a good looking corpse”, the modern medical system is focused on encouraging us to live wisely and assisting us to progress into late age, now longer than ever in human history. The new mantra might be “live long, die fast but still have a good looking corpse”.
The emphasis on longevity is combined with the almost universal hope that we can also enjoy our later years, free of both pain and chronic illness. While doctors may speak of maximising quality adjusted life years ( QALYs) epidemiological terminology never has the same "cut through". The effects of alcohol and smoking on lung and heart disease are well known, but these key lifestyle factors, along with poor diet and inactivity, are the preventable causes of one third of cancer deaths.
- Written by Staff
- Published: 17 August 2014
A 39-year-old Coorabell woman is in a Brisbane hospital with head and leg injuries after the bicycle she was riding was involved in an accident on Ewingsdale Road near Byron Bay on Wednesday night… The latest accident on that road has sparked a warning by a local cycle club that another cyclist could be killed there unless the cycleway is upgraded all the way to the highway from Byron Bay.
Four cyclists have been injured in accidents on Ewingsdale Road west of McGettigans Lane in the past three years.
Byron Bay Cycle Club told APN Media that Wednesday night’s incident came six months after a well-known local cyclist was killed while cycling along Ewingsdale Rd.
- Echo online 8 August 2014
There’s no doubt that cycling is on a roll, with a boom in bike sales around the country and unprecedented interest in international events, notably the Tour de France, these days(or more accurately nights) televised live in its entirety.
- Written by Robin Osborne
- Published: 29 August 2014
On 21 July 2014 the NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, accompanied by Ballina MP Don Page, Northern NSW LHD representatives and community members, inspected the site for the new Byron Central Hospital, costed at more than $80 million.
The current State Budget commits $1.5 million to begin construction of the project, with ground works at the Ewingsdale site expected to commence soon.
Plans for the facility are on display until Friday 19 September at Byron Shire Council and through the Department of Planning and Infrastructure website.