Flu Numbers Soar

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A continued spike in the number of confirmed influenza cases this year confirms that Queensland’s flu season has hit with a vengeance. Doctor Christopher Coulter, Medical Advisor for Infectious Diseases Communicable Diseases Branch, says the latest figures were the best reminder yet to practice … [Read more...]

Early Brain Trauma Treatment Call

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Imagine your 16-year-old son suffers a head injury in a rugby league game, you’re in regional Queensland, more than 550km from the nearest specialist centre in Brisbane, and the bleeding and pressure building on his brain is reaching critical levels. In regional setting, the person best … [Read more...]

New Grants Available for Mental Health Week

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Grants totalling $85,000 are available to communities across the State to host Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) community awareness events. Individual grants up to $2,500 are now open to local government, non-government and community groups hosting events and activities during QMHW, from 8-14 … [Read more...]

Flu Season – Getting Worse in the Region

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Well, it’s here and the latest figures show a consistent increase in flu notifications and percentage positive tests.   Executive Director of Queensland Health’s Communicable Diseases Branch Dr Sonya Bennett says there have been 10,831 flu notifications so far, this year and more expected … [Read more...]

Bush Nurse- 2017 RFDS Queensland Hero

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A dedicated commitment to the wellbeing of her small central Queensland community has seen Lesley De Landelles take home the 2017 RFDS Queensland Hero award, presented to her at a gala event held in Brisbane. A bush nurse from Jericho, Lesley has been praised for her complete selflessness when it … [Read more...]

Teens Urged to Take Up Free Meningococcal Vaccine

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Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick wants teenagers aged 15 to 19 from across the region to step up for a jab. He’s calling on our young people to front up for free vaccinations against four strains of meningococcal disease. The $6 million for a 12-month vaccination program, … [Read more...]

Farmers urged to Gear Up to Save Lives

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St John Ambulance Queensland and AgForce are joining together to urge all Queensland farmers to have a life-saving defibrillator on their farms to respond in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. St John Ambulance (Qld) CEO Alex Hutton says Heart disease is Australia's No.1 killer and it takes a … [Read more...]

Knowing your numbers could save your life

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The numbers are staggering. Almost 855,000 Queenslanders have high blood pressure and many don’t even know it. Throughout May and June, the Stroke Foundation is hosting Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check, offering free blood pressure checks across the country. Stroke Foundation … [Read more...]

Lung Test Crackdown

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Queensland’s 30,000 coal miners will have world-class lung function tests by the end of the year as the government moves to intorduce reform to tackle black lung disease. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham says new accreditation standards for facilities and training standards for … [Read more...]

Spread the Facts, Not the Flu

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Queensland Health is urging Queenslanders to get serious about protecting themselves, their loved ones and anyone else they come into contact with against the flu. The ‘Spread the facts, not the flu’ campaign, has been launched this week across the regions and Queensland’s Acting Chief Health … [Read more...]