15th January 2018 - headspace Orange is relaunching its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning and Asexual (LGBTIQA+) social group for 2018.
Kaleidoscope is a social group for young LGBTIQA+ people and their supporters, to come, socialise and meet new people in a safe space.
12th January 2018 - While the heat has left us drinking more, we need to watch what drinks we are consuming. There is a big community issues with sugar consumption in sugar sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, juices, flavoured milk, frozen soft drinks, sports drinks and vitamin waters.
One of Marathon Health’s Dietitians, Elizabeth Brown, highlights that “While most of us know that the main sources of sugar are in things like lollies, its drinks such as juices, soft drink and vitamin waters that contain more than the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended sugar intake.”
20th December 2017 – The Christmas period is a busy time for many and that extends to the Emergency Department (ED). During this period, Marathon Health wants the community to recognise that the ED should be kept for emergencies and should someone require urgent but non-emergency care, they are able to utilise the After Hours GP Clinic and Telephone Medical Service.
The Bathurst After Hours GP Clinic provides medical attention for patients who are seeking immediate treatment and are unable to wait to see their regular practitioner during routine hours. Alternatively, the After Hours Medical Service will connect patients to a local GP who will be able to offer advice and assistance which may save the trip to the Clinic itself.
11th December 2017 – A recently published collaborative research venture between Marathon Health and the Western Sydney University’s Bathurst Rural Clinical School, found that the local after-hours services are essential for the community and significantly reduce presentations to the Bathurst Hospital Emergency Department (ED).
From December 2014 and June 2015, Marathon Health and the Bathurst Rural Clinical School conducted community and GP specific surveys in relation to presentations made to the Bathurst After Hours GP Clinic (BAHGPC). The purpose of the community surveys was to determine the reason and appropriateness of each patients visit to the clinic and their satisfaction with the services provided. Another survey sought the GPs’ perception of appropriateness for patients presenting to the clinics.
5th December 2017 – Tuesday saw the official opening of the Wellbeing Division of the Condobolin Wiradjuri Study Centre (Waluwin Nurambang). The Division is known as the Condobolin Wiradjuri Wellness Centre and is a collaborative partnership between Marathon Health and the Condobolin Wiradjuri Study Centre.
The aim of the Condobolin Wellbeing Centre is to improve wellness - leading to a safer community, increased school attendance, access to education and employment and to bridge service delivery gaps in the community. Rowena McCauley, Marathon Health Program Manager says the Centre will adopt a ‘no wrong door’ policy with the intent of encouraging help seeking behaviour within the community.
1st December 2017 – This Monday, headspace Dubbo, Marathon Health and Northcott are partnering up for International Day of Persons with a Disability (IDPwD) in promotion of this year’s theme; ‘transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’ with the overarching principle of this theme to ‘leave no one behind’.
IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day celebrated across the globe. The aim is to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability whilst also celebrating all the achievements and contributions of people within this community.
24th November 2017 – Next week marks the 10th anniversary of the Dubbo After Hours GP Clinic, a significant commitment to healthcare for Dubbo and surrounding communities.
Marathon Health and the Western NSW Primary Health Network are keen to celebrate the incredible impact the service has had on reducing the burden on the Dubbo Base Hospital Emergency Department.
23rd November 2017 – Applications are open for headspace Bathurst’s 2018 Youth Reference Group. Young people aged 12 to 25 years and interested in local youth issues are encouraged to apply.
Karen Golland, Community and Youth Engagement Coordinator at headspace Bathurst, is encouraging young people with a passion for mental health to apply for the Youth Reference Group and use this opportunity to shape the headspace message and services in Bathurst.