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Butterflies deliver important message

Friday, 23rd November, 2012

Social Worker Susan Peisto, Mental Health Clinician Michele Williams, Jodie Miller from the Community Mental Health Team, Community Midwife Amanda Clark, and Child and Family Health Nurse Donna Gers at a Postnatal Depression information stand in the Town Square yesterday. Social Worker Susan Peisto, Mental Health Clinician Michele Williams, Jodie Miller from the Community Mental Health Team, Community Midwife Amanda Clark, and Child and Family Health Nurse Donna Gers at a Postnatal Depression information stand in the Town Square yesterday.

By Gayle Ball

The need to provide support for young families was one of the key messages delivered to locals yesterday as part of Postnatal Depression Week.

More than 3,000 butterfly cut-outs have been used around town this week to draw people to the main message that postnatal depression should not be hidden.

The Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) and Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation handed out the butterflies to visitors to their information stand in the Town Square.

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BH lung tests success

Thursday, 15th November, 2012

Cheryl Meuret gets a lung test from RFDS Practice Nurse, Trish McCarron, in the Town Square. Cheryl Meuret gets a lung test from RFDS Practice Nurse, Trish McCarron, in the Town Square.

By Emily Roberts

The offer of a free lung test drew a good crowd to the Town Square yesterday for 'Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease' Day.

The Australian Lung Foundation, the Broken Hill Health Service and the Royal Flying Doctor Service had invited residents to 'Show Us Your Lungs'.

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Super Clinic on its way

Monday, 22nd October, 2012

The completed temporary site for the Outback Family Practice in Sulphide Street. The completed temporary site for the Outback Family Practice in Sulphide Street.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Outback Family Practice says work on the $7 million GP Super Clinic will start in "a couple of weeks."

CEO of Outback Family Practice (OFP), Robert Sidford, told the BDT last month he hoped demolition of houses on the site would start by mid-October, with the state-of-the-art clinic set to be open by July 2013.

However, last week Mr Sidford pushed back the forecast opening by one month.

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Lead goal 'too high'

Monday, 22nd October, 2012

By Andrew Robertson

There is "definitive" evidence the nation's blood lead level guideline of 10 micrograms per decilitre (μg/dL) is "out of date" and should be lowered.

Professor Mark Taylor, an Environmental Scientist at Macquarie University, said Australia needed to follow the lead of countries like the US and Germany who had already lowered their guidelines following new research.

Prof Taylor is among a group of scientists calling for a reduction in the national guideline, which is set by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

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RFDS flying high

Monday, 3rd September, 2012

RFDS South Eastern Section president John Milhinch and executive director Clyde Thomson at the Broken Hill base. RFDS South Eastern Section president John Milhinch and executive director Clyde Thomson at the Broken Hill base.

By Kurtis J Eichler

The RFDS' South Eastern Section saw more patients last year and had more people use its specialist clinics, a new report says.

Patient contacts for the aero medical health service increased by 11 per cent to almost 42,000 in the year to June.

The number of GP clinics also rose 11 per cent to over 4000 and primary or emergency evacuations were up 11 per cent to 770.

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