Blueprint to Strengthen Biosecurity

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The five-year plan to build the framework for Queensland’s future biosecurity system, to protect the state’s almost $20 billion agriculture industry has been released and follows an independent review of Queensland’s Biosecurity Capability. Minister for agriculture Mark Furner says the … [Read more...]

Don’t Peak Too Soon with Flu Shots

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Queensland Health is advising that we need to ‘think’ through when we get our flu shots this year - It’s important, they say, to ensure we’re not racing in to grab a shot too early or that we don’t leave it too late. While Queensland Health is saying last year really did prove that it’s vitally … [Read more...]

Below the Bump – Always

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Seems there’s an increasing worry for pregnant women across the region - They’re not wearing seat belts properly in cars. Queensland Health Clinical Excellence Division Medical Lead Associate Professor Rebecca Kimble says that latest data shows many pregnant women in Queensland are either not … [Read more...]

Queensland Mothers – Still Smoking During Pregnancy

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The alarm bells are ringing at Queensland Health after latest data shows that the percentage of Queensland women who are smoking during pregnancy is above the national average. Executive Director of Queensland Health’s Preventative Health Branch Kaye Pulsford says while there was a steady decline … [Read more...]

Doctors Warn of Mental Health Crisis

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There’s a timely warning for regional Queensland from the Royal Flying Doctor Service-Mental health in rural and remote areas is in crisis. Chief executive Martin Laverty says that while the service provided mental health counselling to 24,500 people last year, country Australians see mental … [Read more...]

Local Drug Action Team Applications Open

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Applications are now open for the third round of the Federal Government’s Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program. The funding aims to help bring the community together to develop local plans and activities to prevent and reduce the harm being caused by drugs and alcohol in their … [Read more...]

Watch for Heat Stress

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With temperatures now expected to be in the high 30’s and to climb daily now into the mid to high 40’s up to and including Christmas Day, Doctors are warning us all to watch for heat stress. Heat-related conditions kill around 500 Australians each year – making heatwaves far deadlier than … [Read more...]

Our Towns & Access to Services

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The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) latest Small Towns Report Card – scoring access to psychologists, preschool teachers and dentists an “F”. The Report Card ranks how communities have fared with the provision of access to 10 essential professionals for residents living in small towns across … [Read more...]