Health & medicine

Mosquito borne viruses found

Murray Valley Encephalitis and Kunjin viruses have been found in blood samples from sentinel chickens.

Courtesy Atlanta Commissioner Emma L Darnell

Courtesy Atlanta Commissioner Emma L Darnell

Sentinel chicken flocks are kept in various Kimberley and Pilbara locations as reliable indicators of these potentially fatal diseases.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014 Environment Comments Off

Turia gets $10million payout

The West Australian says Racing the Planet organisers will pay competitor Turia Pitt a $10million compensation.

Ms Pitt was one of the marathon runners badly burned when trapped in a bushfire at El Questro in 2011.

The West Australian [read this story]

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Friday, May 30th, 2014 Police and courts Comments Off

‘Morbidly obese’ child taken from parents

Child Protection has taken a child away from her home in an east Kimberley Aboriginal Community.

The three year old already has twice the normal weight for her age and doctors say she needs to live near a suitable hospital in Broome, Perth or Kalgoorlie.

A department spokesperson says the family had not followed followed diet, physiotherapy and exercise plans.

She is now in state care in Perth, and the department says it hopes to place her with a relative.

The West Australian [read this story]

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014 Government Comments Off

Helen Morton on mental health spending

Mental Health minister Helen Morton visited the new mental health unit in Broome today.

Helen Morton

Helen Morton

“The expansion of the Broome Mental Health Unit in the Kimberley has dramatically increased the number of local people receiving care closer to home, with almost 400 inpatient services provided to residents since opening in mid-2012,” Ms Morton said.

“In this time transfers to Perth for psychiatric hospital admission have halved

 “Those in the Kimberley and Pilbara can now receive care for mental illness in the regions, stay better connected with family and community, and avoid the added stress of being transferred to Perth.”

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 Broome, Government Comments Off

Grey nomads a strain on health services

Doctors say health services in small northern towns are not set up to deal with retired caravaners.

Yahoo.com [read this story]

 

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off

Fitzroy Crossing: Pilot survives chopper crash

A pilot crashed his helicopter into a cattle yard while mustering near Fitzroy Crossing.

His injuries were not life threatening.

The West Australian [read this story]

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Monday, May 19th, 2014 Fitzroy Crossing Comments Off

Co-payment will ‘hurt’ Aboriginal patients

The CEO of Broome’s Aboriginal Medical Service says medicare co-payments will discourage Aboriginal people from seeing doctors.

Henry Councillor says people who can’t afford it will stay at home and get “sicker”, creating more pressure on ambulance and hospital emergency departments.

ABC [read this story]

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Saturday, May 17th, 2014 Aboriginal, Broome, Government Comments Off

Mary G in sexual health campaign

Mary G features in a radio advertising campaign encouraging young Aboriginal men to wear condoms.

Mary G

Mary G

The popular entertainer has been paid by the WA Health department to do the cheeky announcements, which are playing on several Indigenous radio stations from the Kimberley down to Perth.

OnePerth [read this story]

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Saturday, May 10th, 2014 Aboriginal, Government Comments Off
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