Consultation: Mental health and suicide prevention (Closing 21 July 2009)

ACT Health is currently conducting public consultations on the following documents: Building a Strong Foundation: Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in the ACT 2009-2014; and Managing the Risk of Suicide Two: A suicide prevention strategy for the ACT 2009-2014. All documentation including feedback questions are available at www.health.act.gov.au There will be two public consultations sessions occurring in the North Canberra Area, as well as sessions in Belconnen and Tuggeranong:

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Have your say on GP issues – North Canberra District Forums (23 & 29 June 2009)

A taskforce has been established to investigate GP workforce issues in the ACT. The ACT needs 74 extra full-time GPs to reach the national average of GPs per head of population. There is also evidence that many GPs are choosing to work part-time in their clinical practice, meaning that potentially double the full-time equivalent of GPs may be needed to fill in the gap. The ACT GP Taskforce invites submissions on the issues and innovations posed in the discussion paper titled Issues and Challenges for General Practice and Primary Health Care: A Discussion Paper. There will be a series of

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ACT Government Swine Flu precautionary measures – 24 May 2009

The ACT Government has decided, as a precautionary measure, to exclude from school for seven days, any student who has returned to Canberra after travel to Mexico, USA, Canada, Japan or Panama. During these seven days, the student should stay home whether or not they have flu symptoms. This is because a person infected with influenza can spread the virus a whole day before they start to feel unwell During the seven days that a student is excluded from school, it should be recommended that they do not attend after-school activities, community events, sporting events or training, public entertainment facilities,

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Community Consultation Forum: ACT Disability Policy Framework 2009-2014 (3 June 2009)

The ACT Government is updating its policy framework to improve outcomes and opportunities for Canberrans who have a disability. The policy will guide priority areas for disability policy and service delivery through to 2014. The updated framework will build on the work of the current ACT disability framework, Future Directions: A Framework for the ACT 2004-2009 as well as assist in achieving goals outlined in Challenge 2014 – A ten year vision for disability in the ACT. Community conversation forums will be held during May and June 2009. These forums are an opportunity for all interested community members including people

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Invitation for Submissions: Inquiry Into Access To Primary Health Care Services (closing 26 June 2009)

The ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services is seeking public submissions for their Inquiry Into Access To Primary Health Care Sevices. With the recent closure of the Kippax Family Practice and growing concern over the shortage of practicing general practitioners in the ACT, the Legislative Assembly, on 25 March 2009, referred the matter to the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services for inquiry.

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Government Measure Up Campaign

You may have already seen the TV, print, and radio or online advertisements for the Measure Up campaign. Measure Up is a joint Australian, state and territory government initiative that aims to encourage Australians to make and sustain healthy changes to their lifestyle, such as increasing physical activity and adopting healthy eating habits, to reduce their risk of some lifestyle related chronic disease. The Federal and ACT Governmenta are encouraging participation in the Measure Up campaign to help raise awareness and important health issues in the North Canberra area. According to the Population Health Profiles, in 2004-05 an estimated 16,522

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