Antibiotic resistance: major threat to our health

17 November 2015

During Antibiotic Awareness Week (16-22 November 2015), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging Canberrans to help fight antibiotic resistance which has been called by the World Health Organization as one of the biggest threats to human health today.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said each time we take antibiotics incorrectly or unnecessarily, we encourage the development of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria which contributes to superbugs spreading in the community that are bacteria resistant to several different antibiotics.

World Diabetes Day: Lifestyle Coaches help reduce risk

12 November 2015

In the lead up to World Diabetes Day (14 November 2015), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging Canberrans make positive changes to their lifestyle to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said a healthy lifestyle can prevent up to 58% of type 2 diabetes.

“We know that making a change to our diet by eating more healthily can help reduce our risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” said Dr Liedvogel.

Mental Health Week 2015: Free early intervention support

6 October 2015

During Mental Health Week (4-10 October 2015), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging Canberrans who feel they may have mild to moderate depression or anxiety to seek free assistance through the CHN NewAccess program.

New research shows only 18% of Australians said they regularly seek advice or support when feeling stressed. The research, commissioned by Mental Health Australia, revealed men were much less likely to seek advice or support at 13%, compared to women at 23%.

Minister for Health launches Capital Health Network

26 August 2015

ACT Minister for Health, Simon Corbell MLA, today launched Capital Health Network as ACT’s primary health care organisation reassuring the community that their primary healthcare sector will be continued to be strongly supported.

Capital Health Network Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said Capital Health Network commenced on 1 July 2015 under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Network (PHN) Programme.

Dying to Know Day

7 August 2015

In the lead up to Dying to Know Day (8 August 2015), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging Canberrans to start a conversation with your loved ones about how you’d like to spend the end of your life. We know that 75% of people have not had end of life discussions with their family.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said it’s important for people to complete an Advance Care Plan detailing their wishes for end of life care including medical treatment. At the moment less than 10% of people die with a completed Advance Care Plan.

World Hepatitis Day 2015

27 July 2015

In the lead up to tomorrow’s World Hepatitis Day (28 July 2015), Capital Health Network (CHN) encourages Canberrans to talk to their local family doctor if they’re at-risk of having Hepatitis C.

CHN Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said many people do not know they have Hepatitis C as often there are no symptoms. The theme for World Hepatitis Day 2015 is “It’s time for action on viral hepatitis – test, check, treat”.

Family Doctor Week: Where is your health care home?

20 July 2015

During AMA’s Family Doctor Week (19 - 25 July 2015), AMA ACT President Dr Elizabeth Gallagher and Capital Health Network (CHN) Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel join together to highlight the importance of having a regular local family doctor.

AMA ACT President Dr Elizabeth Gallagher said having a regular local GP providing continuity of care often results in better health outcomes for the patient.

“Nearly 90% of Australians have a regular family doctor. We know that people who have an ongoing relationship with their family doctor enjoy better health outcomes,” said Dr Gallagher.

National Diabetes Week: 1 in 4 cases undiagnosed

15 July 2015

During National Diabetes Week (12 - 18 July 2015), Capital Health Network (CHN) is encouraging Canberrans to see their local family doctor if they suspect they may be at risk for diabetes as many people have no symptoms and have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

It’s been revealed that around 25% of people with Type 2 diabetes do not know they have it, according to a recent report by the COAG Reform Council “Healthcare in Australia 2012-13: Five years of performance”.

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