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Locals urged to stress less

Monday, 23rd July, 2012

Lifeline’s Broken Hill Manager, Scott Hammond believes taking some time out can reduce stress levels. Lifeline’s Broken Hill Manager, Scott Hammond believes taking some time out can reduce stress levels.

A recent stress poll has revealed that work and concerns about the future are the leading cause of stress in Australians.

Lifeline's 2012 Stress Poll also revealed stress continues to be a big issue with 91 per cent of respondents surveyed experiencing 'some' stress and 43 per cent suffering from 'a lot' or unhealthy levels of stress.

"The 2011 Stress Poll results showed an alarming spike in stress levels across the board, said Chris Wagner, Lifeline's Director of Communications and Government Relations.

Closing the health gap

Monday, 26th March, 2012

Maari Ma wins two state awards

Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation has won two awards at the 2012 Aboriginal Health Awards.

The winners were announced at a special awards ceremony in Sydney last week on the evening of National “Close the Gap” day.

Maari Ma took out the Director-General’s Award for its workforce strategy - Planning for our future: developing and implementing an Indigenous workforce development plan in far west NSW.

Embrace Healthy Weight Week

Monday, 23rd January, 2012

Local dietitians are celebrating Australia’s Healthy Weight Week by providing activities during the week to encourage locals to take on healthy habits.

Community dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn will be hosting a healthy lifestyle seminar at the Legion Club on Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm.

The seminar will involve dietary and lifestyle advice and will also include a goal setting workshop to help participants get started on their way to a healthier life.

‘Video psych’ system slammed

Friday, 2nd December, 2011

People who go to the hospital after hours for mental health emergency care are having to be assessed via video from Orange before they can be admitted. 

A relative of a patient who used the service a few weeks ago told the BDT this procedure was “disturbing” and could put some people at risk of suicide.

“A member of my family considered another relative to be in a potentially suicidal frame of mind and made a phone call to seek the advice of a...private counsellor who recommended she be taken to the hospital.

“There is no doubt that you would have been as upset as my family and I were if one of your close acquaintances had been subjected to this ridiculous process that is more likely to push an at-risk patient over the edge, all in the name of lack of beds or personnel.

Health merger ‘will work’

Thursday, 17th November, 2011



Important Broken Hill health partners will be well represented on the soon-to-be-introduced Far West Medicare Locality (ML), according to its Bourke-based CEO.

Stuart Gordon said that concerns by Broken Hill health professionals that the National Health reforms - specifically the merger of former health divisions into MLs - were expected but unfounded.

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