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Influenza spike

Influenza spike

By Nasik Swami
Influenza cases are on the rise, and health authorities have called on the public to get vaccinated to protect themselves and the community against the “potentially serious disease”. According to SA Health, there have been 1,921 notified cases of influenza in South Australia this year, compared to 1,255 for the same period last year.
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Ssh! Secret meeting!

Ssh! Secret meeting!

By Chris Oldfield
LAST night, Tuesday April 2, a secret meeting regarding nursing services at Lucindale was scheduled to be held behind locked doors. Patients, public and the media were excluded from the private gathering in the town’s rarely used council chamber. With an “invitation only” guest list which expanded from “a chosen few” to around 24 people.
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Aged care workers needed

Aged care workers needed

By Nasik Swami
There is an urgent need for more aged care workers in the district. And mayor Patrick Ross says the sector is of vital importance within any community, and ours is no different. Mr Ross said the district’s aged care provider was aware of the need for growth and development and was in the process of developing a strategy for Naracoorte for the future.
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Ambulance resourcing

Ambulance resourcing

By Nasik Swami
When our lives are on the line, paramedics are our biggest heroes. And to ensure we have enough paramedics in Naracoorte to attend to the community’s growing demands, recruitment is underway of 24 additional staff to hit the roads this July, SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) confirmed. SAAS says they are recruiting paramedics to enhance response capacity in the Limestone Coast.
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Dr surveys community

Dr surveys community

By Chris Oldfield

ROBE and Lucindale GP Dr David Senior is “still waiting” for the Limestone Coast Local Health Network (LCLHN) to consult with him, his patients, and the Lucindale community.

Two weeks has passed since health minister Chris Picton ordered the LCLHN and its Riverland counterpart to form working groups to consult with their communities.

Rural nursing services at Lucindale, Tintinara and Coonalpyn were slashed without consultation, creating a health crisis for the sick and elderly. Especially affected are those with cancer, MS, stroke victims and heart conditions – people who cannot drive.

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$5000 for suicide prevention

$5000 for suicide prevention

By Nasik Swami
Suicide prevention networks in Naracoorte-Lucindale District can now apply for a $5000 grant through Preventative SA. Through this grant opportunity, Preventative SA hopes to support local groups working on suicide prevention to roll out community-based initiatives.
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Govt tells sick and elderly to drive 80km

Govt tells sick and elderly to drive 80km

By Chris Oldfield
WITHOUT consulting three rural communities, the SA Government has abruptly slashed nursing services to people with cancer, heart conditions and multiple sclerosis. Sick, infirm, and elderly people at Lucindale, Tintinara and Coonalpyn have been told to go to larger towns – an 80km round trip or more – for blood tests, vaccinations, removal of stitches, wound dressings and other nursing services.
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Patient waiting times worrying

Patient waiting times worrying

By Nasik Swami
Public waiting times for life-saving treatments at regional hospitals like Naracoorte are “creating real anxieties.” That’s the word from Shadow Minister for Regional Health Services Penny Pratt, who says it is concerning that people are losing confidence in country health systems.
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Sick and waiting

Sick and waiting

By Nasik Swami
Sick and waiting for hours to be seen by a doctor at the Naracoorte Health Service (public hospital). How does that feel? And if that’s not bad enough, how about waiting for four hours for an ambulance transfer? Crowded emergency departments and worsening ambulance service—is this telling us something?—is this how sick […]

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SMLC Regional Summit hears more funding, service collaboration required

SMLC Regional Summit hears more funding, service collaboration required

By Substance Misuse Limestone Coast
A lack of ongoing funding and collaboration between services are two of the major barriers to collaboration of Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) and mental health services, said delegates attending Substance Misuse Limestone Coast’s (SMLC) second Limestone Coast Alcohol and Other Drug Regional Summit.
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Fixing GP crisis

Fixing GP crisis

By Nasik Swami
Why is our general practitioner system broken, and how do we fix it? Rural communities in the South East continue to face GP shortages, and the closure of many small-town medical clinics because of our failure to attract and retain specialist doctors is putting rural patients at risk.
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Behind the eyes of a carer

Behind the eyes of a carer

By Resthaven
Resthaven Manager Service Development, Tam Henwood, is passionate about the Staying at Home in Regional South Australia Program. As the primary carer of her mother, Tam’s involvement with the initiative is not exclusive to the office, having participated in a retreat earlier this year with her mother who lives with dementia.
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