- Written by Staff
The latest step in Tresillian’s long and proud history was taken in Lismore on 18 November when its new family care centre in Lismore was officially opened.
- Written by Annie Hewitt, APD
Annie Hewitt is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Director of Australian Dietitian. She consults in Lismore, Ballina, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah and Brisbane on a weekly basis. Annie has experience in chronic disease management and a particular interest in the treatment of food intolerances"
Considering it is such an essential part of our daily lives and health, eating is surprisingly easy to become disconnected from. For many, comfort food cravings - whether triggered by boredom, loneliness or as a reward - are a common experience, with serious health consequences for some. Despite this, there is growing research to suggest that the practice of mindful eating may assist individuals to better manage their cravings and improve their appreciation and relationship with food.
Although food cravings are a common experience for many of us, what makes it different from hunger? Psychological scientist Eva Kemps of Flinders University suggests that the key difference between hunger and cravings is how specific they are. “We don’t just want anything, we want salt and pepper chips or chocolate” says Professor Kemps.
- Written by Robin Osborne
After 15 years running the region’s health service - under various names, and varying footprints - Northern NSW Local Health District Chief Executive, Chris Crawford, will step down at the end of 2015. Over a suitably healthy lunch (Japanese) with GP Speak editor Robin Osborne, he reflected on his time in this highly challenging role.
To be clear from the start, Chris Crawford is not going anywhere, except in early January 2016 when he takes his younger son on a trip through the mostly southern states of the USA. He did a similar trip with his elder son, focusing on the eastern states.
For permanent living, however, Chris loves the Northern Rivers, “A place where many people come to retire, but we [his wife Catherine Cusack is a Liberal Party Member of the NSW Upper House] came here while we were working, and we still are, and we’re still here.”
- 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