It’s a Stick Up? OR Stick In-Maybe?

Penny Hutchinson and David McCarthy

With the flu season approaching throughout Queensland, South West residents are being encouraged to get their jabs and avoid becoming one of this year’s influenza statistics. Darling Downs and South West Public Health Unit Director Dr Penny Hutchinson says the aim of this year’s Indigenous … [Read more...]

Bad Mouths? – Not Any More

Oral health therapists Janette Dimond and Lisa Rippon

Oral health education and prevention programs in the South West will be expanded in the coming months with the appointment of the region’s first two permanent public oral health therapists. One of the new therapists will be based in Charleville and the other in St George. South West … [Read more...]

Dopes on Dope on the Farm

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With the number of reports of farm workers using and working, daily while using drugs Queensland Farmers Federation is stepping up its warnings. According to research by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), there is growing evidence of ice being used by younger … [Read more...]

Surat MPHS Auxiliary Fete Does the Job.


This months’ Fete at the Surat Multipurpose Health Service has helped raise funds towards the cost of a state-of-the art reading magnification machine. Surat MPHS Director of Nursing Skye Williams says the fete on 11 March had been organised by the hospital auxiliary to raise its share of the … [Read more...]

Change Me Herbal Slimming Capsules a No No

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have issued a safety advisory calling for anyone who may be taking or have ordered “Change Me” Herbal Slimming capsules. TGA says the tablets pose a serious risk to your health and should be disposed of immediately. TGA say product tests show the … [Read more...]

Antibiotic Use Under the Microscope in South West


A re-think on the way in which we use antibiotics is kicking off in the South West this month and the outcome of that study will have global ramifications. The South West HHS is one of two inaugural launch sites for the Queensland Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (AMS) hosted by the … [Read more...]

Seems We Take Skin Checks Seriously

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Due to the demand, the free skin check clinics are being extended with more to be scheduled over the next five months. South West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Medical Services Dr Chris Buck says the response to the clinics, which started on 13 February in Roma, had been … [Read more...]