Time for flu vaccinations

Health. The flu vaccine is now available ahead of the winter flu season. The vaccine is free to protect those Tasmanians at greater risk of severe complications of influenza, including anyone aged 65 and over, Indigenous people and pregnant women. It is also free for adults and children six months of age or older who …

2 years ago

Dealing with the impact

Health. For anyone dealing with the news of the Murray Goulburn closures, or other difficult circumstances, there is a free service in Smithton designed to help. Community members are encouraged to access free, confidential counselling at Rural Health Tasmania in Smithton and Wynyard. “This closure of MG at Edith Creek will have a significant impact …

2 years ago

Kate’s campaign

Health. On any given day, 29-year-old Kate Medwin can endure as many as 100 body spasms and struggle to speak, stand or complete daily living tasks. Whilst on other days her symptoms are not so obvious, a reality that is confusing to both Kate and others. She is not looking for sympathy, rather understanding and to …

2 years ago
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Kid’s Drop In Clinic

Health. Parents are welcome to attend a ‘Kid’s Drop In Clinic’ in Smithton next week to discuss any concerns about their child’s development with a health professional. Concerns can be discussed with a physiotherapist, podiatrist or autism spectrum disorder support worker. There is also a speech pathologist and child development professional available to speak with parents …

2 years ago

Health is on the agenda

Learning. Make no bones about it, Edith Creek Primary School had lots of fun during a recent visit from University of Tasmania’s Rural Clinical School. The interactive program focused on health and covered topics ranging from hygiene to anatomy. ‘Healthy hearts’ had students moving to feel their heart rates rise with the use of a …

2 years ago

Drug warning

Harm. Tasmania Police has issued a public safety warning following the hospitalisation of five people who consumed illicit drugs in Smithton. “Taking illicit drugs is of course always dangerous for your health. However on separate occasions over the weekend, four men and one teenage girl were taken to hospital after each consumed a capsule of …

3 years ago

Young people and dementia

Health. One in 13 people with dementia are under the age of 65. A range of these people are in their 30s and 40s. National advocacy organisation, Alzheimer’s Australia has launched a campaign – No Longer A Statistic – revealing that in Tasmania there are 630 people under the age of 65 with dementia, referred …

3 years ago
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Strength in prevention

Health. Locals involved in a recent strength training initiative are praising preventative health measures in light of the program’s success. Strength2strength was a response to concerns that lack of physical activity contributes to poor health, impacting upon chronic illness. Sponsored by Tasmania Medicare Local and Australian Department of Health, the program was designed to keep participants …

3 years ago

Help us, health you

Research. A local group is calling on community support for a proposed three-year research project delving into mental health issues within Circular Head. Organised through Australian Rotary Health, the initiative would engage an independent research officer to work with an array of local service providers and individuals, gathering hard data to utilise for early intervention …

3 years ago

Whooping cough vaccine for mums-to-be

Free. All Tasmanian mothers-to-be will be eligible for a free vaccination to protect their unborn child from the potentially fatal whooping cough. From June 1, the state government will fund the vaccine for all women in their third trimester, to protect newborns in the period before they can be given their own vaccine. The move follows recommendations …

4 years ago
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