- Written by David Miller
As a long serving GP in the Byron area, I have watched the population grow alongside crowding of the roads with trucks and cars. There are not many peaceful places left for people to walk or cycle. In our beautiful countryside we can only look at farms across barbed wire. Horse and dog owners have an even bigger problem, Yet there is an exciting solution on our doorstep.
'The long paddock' was the nickname given to the old stock routes and serves as a model for freedom of a good long walk in the country.
You don't need to be a doctor to appreciate the health benefits of walking to mind and body.
- Written by Robin Osborne
On 18 September 2014 the Northern Rivers Network of General Practice launched the first hard-copy edition of GPSpeak, following a successful year of producing an active news website, PDF journal and a weekly newsletter for members and subscribers.
The launch was held at the University Centre for Rural Health in Lismore. Attendees heard that the magazine will be published quarterly and feature a variety of health-related stories of interest to GP members and medical practices, the broader health care community, and the general reader.
“GPSpeak has a long and proud tradition, having been published first in 1993, and developing from a mono newsletter to a full colour magazine, before being absorbed into the magazine HealthSpeak, when the North Coast NSW Medicare Local was formed,” NRGPN Chair Dr David Guest said.
“We’re offering a voice for local GPs and a range of articles of specialised medical interest, as well as non-technical, well informed writing about diverse health issues, and how they affect local residents.”
- Written by Robin Osborne
Robin Osborne reports on the Lismore hearing of the high-level Senate Select Committee on Health.
Given the balance in Australia’s new Upper House, the once powerful Labor-Greens forces rarely get a chance to dominate Senate related activities.
However, a whiff of past power was in the air at the Lismore Workers Club on 15 September when the Senate Select Committee on Health held a one-day inquiry into local views about health care planning and service delivery.
The Committee’s terms of reference are detailed on the inquiry’s home page
The criteria include a focus on Indigenous and rural health, the better integration of Medicare related services such as access to GPs and other care providers, and the implications of “reduced Commonwealth funding.”
- Written by NRGPN Chairman, David Guest
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.
In this issue of GPSpeak, Jasmin Ritchie of Embrace Exercise reminds us that 20 per cent of coronary heart disease world wide has been attributed to physical inactivity. Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services have contributed significantly to restoring patients' confidence to manage at home after a period of hospitalisation. However, social isolation and depression can contribute to a failure to maintain an exercise program and a downward spiral in the patient's health leading to worsening disability and death. Regular review of an exercise program, particularly if it can be linked to a group exercise program, appears to have a beneficial effect on keeping people in the community and healthy.
- Written by Staff
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.