- Written by Kevin Hogan, MP for Page
I opened the new Emergency Department at Casino Hospital last month.
This major $3 million upgrade is wonderful news for the Casino Hospital ED staff, patients and the wider community.
It was due to a Federal Government grant. The previous government promised this during the last election campaign. Visiting it after the election I could see it was badly needed and lobbied the [then] Health Minister Peter Dutton to also honour the commitment.
The upgrade includes a new triage area, two new resuscitation bays, a redesigned Ambulance entry, four new treatment bays, relocation of the ED waiting area, a multifunctional Safe Assessment Room, a dedicated ED staff room, a refurbished Clean Utility Room and improved security for the entire ED.
- Written by Robin Osborne
Research has begun on a PhD study aimed at exploring why a greater number than the national average of Northern Rivers parents, especially those in Byron Shire, choose not to vaccinate their children.
North Coast NSW statistics show immunisation rates for one, two and five-year olds are less than most other areas in Australia, although not dramatically so
While these 2011-12 figures will be updated soon, the results are not expected to vary significantly.
However, the breakdown by local postcodes shows significantly higher non-vaccination rates in Byron Shire
- Written by Staff
The latest results of Australia’s longest running study of general practice activity has found that older Australians account for the nation’s highest use of primary care resources, and the proportion they are using is increasing over time.
However, the money is well spent, lowering overall health care costs by reducing expensive specialist and hospital visits, and contributing to greater longevity.
Noting that in any one year, about 85 per cent of the population makes at least one contact with a GP, The University of Sydney’s Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) analysis focused closely on the highest users of GP services - older Australians.
- Written by Dr Ros Foy
It seems many Australians are not seeing a doctor about their anxiety because they don't think the condition is serious enough, or don’t believe they can be helped. One public figure holding this view is former Labor leader-turned media bomb thrower Mark Latham. In his role as a panellist on Channel 9's The Verdict, he criticised doctors for 'over prescribing' drugs for depression because they are 'misdiagnosing' the condition, which is only anxiety, and that's 'just being a bit worried'. As Dr Rosalind Foy explains, anxiety is not only widespread and of significant concern but it can be managed effectively.
While anxiety is a common term, there is little agreement about how best to define it, although fair definitions include worry about uncertain outcomes, or psychic tension due to a fear of a real or imagined danger.
- Written by Staff
“I believe the Government’s focus is now on saving money rather than delivering excellence” - Dr Chris Mitchell
The federal government’s decision to appoint a Sydney-based organization, GP Synergy, to manage all GP registrar training in NSW, including the Northern Rivers, has disappointed a number of Northern Rivers GPs, although they realise the decision cannot be reversed.
Many of these concerned GPs believe the tender was awarded on the basis of outright cost rather than the ratio of service quality to running costs - in short, that it was little more than a ‘Canberra cost cutting exercise’, as one put it.
Among the concerned doctors is long-time local Chris Mitchell who says his practice will not take further registrars after 1 January 2016 when the new contract comes into operation.