May 17 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

$4.3 million dollars in funding for new mental health and suicide prevention services has been announced by COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network.
 
Regional planning and engagement activities informed the PHN's decisions on the types of services needed across the region.
 
The new service mix will provide for those most in need in the region, and include suicide prevention, after care support, enhanced peer workforce, new models of service delivery, and more flexible options.
 
Local consumers and carers will benefit from the more tailored treatment options that also aim to complement existing services in the region.

May 17 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

Locals are being invited to provide their feedback about rural and regional bus services.

IPART is investigating how fares should best be set for the services provided and how services might be improved to better meet passenger demand.

The review will also consider ways to address using bus services across borders including concession fares and different criteria between states.

There are around 83 different operators providing bus services in the Southern region of NSW.

Just 2.4% of bus trips are undertaken by full-fare paying adult passengers, which means that rural and regional bus services are almost entirely funded by taxpayers.

Local residents have until the 29th of June to make submissions.

May 17 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

Shadow Minister for Health Vicki Dunne has requested answers from Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris, after an incident report was released over The Canberra Hospital.

The internal audit has revealed 96% of incident reports documenting problems at Canberra Hospital were inadequate, missing information or used inappropriate severity ratings.

The audit, completed in November 2015, obtained under Freedom of information laws raises concerns for patient safety and the quality of investigations into incidents to prevent them from recurring.

The Canberra Times reports it revealed one case where a terminally ill patient was forced to undergo a second surgery to correct a previous surgical error, which reduced the patients quality of life.

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