- Written by Staff
The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) Chief Executive, Chris Crawford will retire from the position at the end of this year, at the completion of his current five-year contract.
Announcing his decision today (2 Sept) Mr Crawford said he had informed the NNSW LHD Board that he would not be reapplying for the position, which would “enable the process of recruiting a new Chief Executive to commence.”
A University of NSW alumnus, Mr Crawford was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in the 2014 Australia Day Honours list for outstanding public service within the public health system, particularly for the North Coast and Northern Rivers communities of NSW.
- Written by Andrew Binns
by Andrew Binns, GP Speak clinical editor
Many obese/morbidly obese Americans have been identified as suffering physical, sexual or verbal abuse, or other adverse trauma, in their childhood, according to a milestone study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Adverse Child Experience (ACE) Study found that living with an alcoholic or drug taking parent or a mentally ill family member, or experiencing rape or other physical assault, can also be triggers for weight gain in later life (as well as other chronic diseases). The prevalence of this connection is only starting to be recognized by clinicians, including GPs and counselors, with presentations suggesting that the Australian experience parallels the USA’s.
- Written by Aaron Bertram
Actor Aaron Bertram reflects on his immersion in Sydney’s drinking culture.
Lest you were in any doubt that booze is as much the lubricant of Sydney’s arts and entertainment scene as ever it was, you can sweep any lingering doubts away.
Some of you may be aware of a recently released feature film called Ruben Guthrie. Many more of you, of course, will not. It’s Australian, after all.
- Written by Robin Osborne
Director Brendan Cowell, cast includes Patrick Brammall, Alex Dimitriades, Abbey Lee, Robyn Nevin, Jack Thompson, Aaron Bertram.
Ruben Guthrie, a notable on-stage success, is one of four plays to become Australian films this year, not always an easy transition, although settings like Bondi and Randwick racecourse seem central to this quintessentially Sydney flick.
- Written by David Guest
July 1st marked the first day of the next organisation to support the delivery of primary health care on the NSW North Coast. The PHN, the organisation whose name may not be spoken, (due to potential legal disputes with the long established medical corporate, Primary Health Care) has replaced Labor's Medicare Local.
The continuing restructuring of these support organisations has long been contentious and seemingly occurs with each change in government. These reorganisations are accompanied by a new name that reflects the new government's views and philosophies.