Better mental health outcomes for Canberrans

13 September 2018

A local cross sector forum has been held with over 80 stakeholders working together to identify how to improve mental health outcomes for Canberrans.  Opened by Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury, the joint ACT Health and Capital Health Network (CHN) forum was the first step in working towards a better integrated mental health system for the ACT, through the development of a Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. 

JOINT ACT HEALTH RELEASE: Canberrans who wheeze or sneeze in Spring are encouraged to see their GP ahead of pollen season

6 September 2018

Canberrans who wheeze or sneeze in Spring are encouraged to see their GP ahead of pollen season

At the beginning of the 2018 pollen season, Canberrans are being reminded to speak to their GP about asthma and hay fever management.

ACT Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly said people with asthma and hay fever and those who wheeze or sneeze in Spring should see their GP to make sure their asthma and hay fever management plan is in place. 

My Health Record improving outcomes for people in palliative care

23 May 2018

During National Palliative Care Week (20 -26 May 2018) Canberrans are being encouraged to include My Health Record in the discussion of ‘What Matters Most?’

What matters most for a lot of people is being able to take control of their own health and their digital health information.  My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information which is controlled by the individual, allowing health care providers involved in a person’s care to securely share health information.  For people who require palliative care, this takes a lot of the pressure off.

Joint release with Senator Seselja: Support for young Canberrans with mental health issues

28 March 2018

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja and Capital Health Network, ACT primary’s health network, today announced Marathon Health as the new Lead Agency for headspace Canberra to provide early intervention mental health services to young people aged 12 to 25 in the ACT.  Headspace Canberra, funded through the ACT PHN Programme, is designed to make it as easy as possible for young people to access the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing.  

Free flu vaccine for ACT’s young children

27 February 2018

Capital Health Network (CHN), ACT’s primary health network, welcomes today’s announcement by Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Meegan Fitzharris that children between the ages of six months and five years will be eligible for a free influenza vaccine in the ACT.

CHN Chief Executive Gaylene Coulton said the new ACT Government funded program will help reduce the cases of influenza (commonly known as the flu) in local children under 5 years of age.

Pilot to pursue better health services for residents of aged care facilities

25 October 2017

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has announced that the ACT Primary Health Network and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce have commenced the trial of a Geriatric Rapid Acute Care Evaluation (GRACE) Program to provide expert, coordinated and collaborative health care to aged care facility residents in their comfortable setting and possibly avoiding presentation to Calvary Emergency Department when other care options are available.

Funding to support Canberrans with substance use disorders

30 August 2017

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja and the ACT PHN today announced a funding package to support five local organisations to provide new specialist drug and alcohol services for people with substance use disorders in the ACT.

The Canberra region has received $2.8 million for Primary Health Networks to commission local drug and alcohol treatment services.

Family Doctor Week - Your family doctor: all about you

24 July 2017

During AMA’s Family Doctor Week (23-29 July 2017), AMA ACT and Capital Health Network (CHN) joined together to highlight the key role that local family doctors play in the high-quality management of their patients.

AMA ACT President Prof Stephen Robson said Canberrans are reminded that their GP plays a holistic and proactive role in their health care.

"Having a regular GP is not only good for your health but helps ensure that you receive continuity of care.  This is fundamental to good preventive care," said Prof Robson, AMA ACT President.