Vaccines Up, Flu Cases Down


The free child flu vaccination program seems to be working. The program has already seen more than 100,000 Queensland kids take the jab and the numbers show flu cases are down across the state. The latest figures show 5,668 notifications of influenza so far this year, more than 3,300 less … [Read more...]

Help Shape the Future of Palliative Care

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Queenslanders are being encouraged to have their say on the future of palliative care services, with state-wide consultation on the Queensland Health Palliative Care Services Review starting this week. Queensland Health is now undertaking a review of palliative care services to develop an … [Read more...]

Community champion named 2018 RFDS Queensland Hero

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An unassuming figure with a heart and sense of community spirit as vast as his backyard in south west Queensland’s Yowah, Scott Shorten is the deserving winner of the 2018 RFDS Queensland Hero award. Scott could be considered the backbone of the Yowah community. From helping the RFDS for many … [Read more...]

Alert – Frozen Food Recall


The Threat of Listeria is behind the recall by authorities of nine frozen food products, following an outbreak in Europe. The range of frozen corn, peas, carrots and mixed vegetables have been pulled from shelves at IGA, Aldi and Woolworths and include the brands Black and Gold, Bell Farms, … [Read more...]

Survey for Sweeties

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If you have a taste for things sweet, or even if you don’t, the Queensland Cancer Council and Heart Foundation wants to hear from you. They’ve joined forces to conduct a state-wide survey asking us to tell them what we think about sugar-sweetened beverages. The Everyday Health Survey: … [Read more...]

Blood Runs Dry

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Red Cross Blood Bank says there’s a critical shortage of O-negative blood and it’s Australia wide. They’re appealing for donors to come forward. Spokesman Shaun Inguanzo says the blood service is urging people with O-negative blood to donate as its reserves dip to just two days' … [Read more...]

A Bit of V6 Vroom at Last

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No, Not the motor car… But the Hospital. Goondiwindi Rotary Club and Darling Downs Southern Health have purchased a what is known as a V60 Non-Invasive Respirator for Goondiwindi Hospital. It’s a Bipap machine or a ventilator, to be used to assist elderly patients with breathing problems and … [Read more...]

Free Rural Minds Mental Health Workshops


Half-day Rural Minds workshops to build community knowledge about mental health and well-being in rural and remote communities will be held at Roma and St George in late July. The free workshops are being delivered by Rural and Remote Mental Health, with the support of the South West Hospital and … [Read more...]

Heart of Australia Wins KAP Support

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KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is going to bat for more funding for the Heart of Australia Service which now needs a $4 million commitment. He’s now written to the Minister for Rural Health and the Minister for Health asking for much-needed funding to support the service … [Read more...]

Record Health budget for Region Health Services

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This week’s State Budget will deliver more than $801 million in healthcare across the towns and communities in the in the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service catchment. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles says it’s marked increase. “We’re investing an extra $15.9 … [Read more...]