And – We’re Suffering

Dog in tub

With a number of people across the region succumbing to the heat South West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Medical Services Dr Chris Buck is reiterating some of the basics we all need to follow for the next few days of extreme heat. • Have a plan • Stay hydrated • Stay out of … [Read more...]

TB case in Central West


The Central West Hospital and Health Service is managing a case of tuberculosis (TB) in the region. The Barcaldine resident is currently being treated in isolation at Longreach Hospital. Central West Health Executive Director of Medical Services Dr David Rimmer says the patient would be able … [Read more...]

Queensland Mothers – Still Smoking During Pregnancy


The alarm bells are ringing at Queensland Health after latest data shows that the percentage of Queensland women who are smoking during pregnancy is above the national average. Executive Director of Queensland Health’s Preventative Health Branch Kaye Pulsford says while there was a steady decline … [Read more...]

Nurses in Numbers

Maddie Gunther (002)

A record number of 18 new nurse and midwifery graduates will start their careers with the South West Hospital and Health Service from next week…and one local face is among the group. Maddison Gunther who has been a pharmacy assistant at Roma Hospital, completed her midwifery degree while … [Read more...]

Free Mental Health Workshops

Rural Minds workshop

A series of workshops to build community knowledge about mental health and well-being in rural and remote communities will be held in late February and early March. The free workshops are being delivered by Rural and Remote Mental Health, with the support of the South West Hospital and Health … [Read more...]

Doctors Warn of Mental Health Crisis

Mental health support

There’s a timely warning for regional Queensland from the Royal Flying Doctor Service-Mental health in rural and remote areas is in crisis. Chief executive Martin Laverty says that while the service provided mental health counselling to 24,500 people last year, country Australians see mental … [Read more...]

Health Warning as Temperatures Soar


South West residents should follow some simple tips to stay cool and safe during above average temperature conditions that are forecast over the next few days. South West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Medical Services Dr Chris Buck says hot weather could adversely affect a … [Read more...]

Watch for Heat Stress


With temperatures now expected to be in the high 30’s and to climb daily now into the mid to high 40’s up to and including Christmas Day, Doctors are warning us all to watch for heat stress. Heat-related conditions kill around 500 Australians each year – making heatwaves far deadlier than … [Read more...]

Roma Hospital Main Works Out to Tender


Local companies are being called on get involved in helping build Roma’s new state of the art $90.4 million hospital with tenders now called for the main body of construction works for the new hospital. Tenders close on 23 February, with the successful tenderer to be named soon after and work … [Read more...]