Naracoorte, March 04, 2024

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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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Pop in to Naracoorte and donate blood to save lives

Pop in to Naracoorte and donate blood to save lives

By Australian Red Cross Lifeblood
The people of Naracoorte are being encouraged to make an appointment now for the next local opportunity to donate blood. Lifeblood’s Pop-up Blood Donor Centre will be operating at the Naracoorte Town Hall Function Centre from Monday 20 November to Thursday 23 November.
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Tony Pasin visit to Longridge

Tony Pasin visit to Longridge

By Longridge Aged Care
Longridge Board of Governance along with Longridge Senior Management have become increasingly concerned about the forecast of intermittent power outages this coming summer. Given that Longridge does not have a generator, Chairman of the Board of Governance, Mr. Bill Vine, recently contacted Tony Pasin to discuss funding access.
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Bulkbilling rates

Bulkbilling rates

By Charlotte Edmunds, Office of Tony Pasin MP
Bulkbilling rates have been dropping consecutively every single month since Labor came to Government with data showing a total Medicare bulkbilling rate of 77%, and 80.2% for non-referred GP appointments, in the 12 months to June this year. […]

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Snake season

Snake season

By Nasik Swami
Be on the lookout for hungry and angry venomous snakes. That’s the message from a local snake catcher as the weather starts to warm up in the South East. […]

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Walk for cancer

Walk for cancer

By Nasik Swami.
It’s quite rare to see a human Lego-Man walking along the highway on a casual day. And if you do, you might wonder why. Meet Alex McIntyre, 36, and he is the South East’s Human Lego-Man with a purpose. Mr McIntyre promised his mother, Livvy Reiter, that he would walk the 100km […]


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Innovative respite retreats

Innovative respite retreats

By Resthaven.
Resthaven now offers a new government-funded program that aims to support older South Australians living with dementia to stay at home for as long as possible by offering a retreat for them and their carers. The ‘Staying at Home in Regional South Australia’ program forms part of the Government’s response to the Royal […]


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You’re not alone

You’re not alone

By Nasik Swami.
If you are suffering from any form of mental illness, you are not alone. Help is available for you in the south-east region, says the Limestone Coast Local Health Network (LCLHN). Responding to questions from this newspaper on the mental health challenges facing the region, the network said research showed one in […]


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