When anyone is unsafe, everyone is unsafe (by Kate Gorman)

HCCA welcomes the news that a pilot program, known as SafeWards, will be implemented in the ACT’s secure mental health facility Dhulwa. Safewards is a program originally developed by Professor Len Bowers and colleagues in the UK, which has been shown to be effective in reducing the rates of conflict and containment in psychiatric wards and facilities. The ACT…

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Consumer information on medicinal cannabis (by Jill Moran)

Recently, HCCA and Chronic Pain Australia provided two sessions on medicinal cannabis as part of our Chronic Conditions Seminar Series. The sessions focused on helping people to understand the science of medicinal cannabis, to consider if they might be eligible for medicinal cannabis, and to understand the process of being prescribed medicinal cannabis. All of…

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Best of health for Australia: The experts’ priorities for the 2019 Federal Election (By Shelley McInnis)

We thought we might be sprinkled around the Press Club lunch tables, so that we could schmooze with all the veteran journalists but, no. We, Wendy Armstrong, Linda Tromp, Indra Gajanayake and I, your faithful correspondent Shelley, were all shoulder-to-shoulder at Table 5. Nutritionist Rosemary Stanton was with us, too, and, intriguingly for me, especially,…

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Improve the health system one question at a time (by Kathryn Dwan)

I’ve always been one to ask questions. I spent my early childhood bombarding my poor mother with questions. My fellow uni students would hold their breath at the end of class when the lecturer would ask “Any questions?” I have even been accused of being “insufficiently deferent” simply because I ask questions. Undeterred, I continue…

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Have you ever been called a ‘Consumer Expert’? (by Trish Lord)

Have you ever been called a ‘CONSUMER EXPERT’? Several of us (HCCA reps) played this role in mid-December, as part of the Chronic Disease Management Symposium in December 2018.  This is an education and development opportunity for all Canberra Health Services staff. It’s an annual event run by the Chronic Disease Management Unit (CDMU). It was…

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