The Heart of the Matter!

Concerns in the community about having a heart attack are growing.  This paper has received several complaints about the lack of facilities and treatment of public patients who suffer a cardiac event due to there not being a cath lab to treat heart attacks at Manning Base Hospital.  If this unit were made available, the […]


What’s wrong with families

There are good people in our community, quietly going about their work, who are seldom singled out or recognised for what they do. This month we meet a child mental health care worker.  Has family life deteriorated since we were young? Or is being talked about and dealt with in the open more these days? […]


Girls should be wild and free

How do we raise girls to be strong and free? It actually starts in the toddler years.  They need encouragement and permission to be adventurous, messy, noisy and phyiscal.  Fathers are often the key to this – many dads like to take their children into the outdoors, and are much more vigorous in how they […]


Hospital Without Hope?

  Why is Taree’s Manning Base Hospital being treated as if it has a bad case of leprosy? Hunter New England Health seem to want to bypass it, and make life difficult for doctors, staff and patients. Why, Manning Base even (nearly) has a two story carpark! Of course, there is no strong strategy in […]


Your Country Needs You: How you can prevent the spread

by Professor Eugenie Lumbers I belong to a declining population which knows what it is like for a child to live in a society scared of a dreadful contagious disease: poliomyelitis. I knew children who had polio. I saw pictures of children in iron lungs, unable to breathe because their respiratory muscles were paralysed. There were homes for crippled children, and iron callipers to […]


This is not good enough . . .

  Don’t have a heart attack or serious health event in the Manning… the prognosis is Not Good! In a shocking survey, looking back over the past few years, statistics show that the outcomes for patients in the Manning suffering  serious medical issues,  such as  heart attacks, are the second worse in NSW. While there […]

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Pulse of the Future

Sagadevan Mundree is a professor at the Queensland University of Technology—Saga to his friends. He came to Australia from South Africa but his family is of Indian origin. And he’s leading a revolution. A revolution in agriculture. And it could transform the tropics—and don’t forget that 38 per cent of Australia is tropical. In the […]


Your friends in your gut . . .

Feed and look after them so they can look after you! Farmers know that animals like cows and sheep require microorganisms (microflora) to live in their guts in order not to starve. Only recently, however, have we realised that the bugs that live on and in us are also important for our health. Perhaps it […]


Leading a Brain-healthy Lifestyle!

  Dr Jacinta Guthridge, from Taree Aged Care Services, servicing the Lower Mid North Coast Sector has some practical and positive advice. ‘Some things to reduce your chances of being diagnosed with dementia include; a good healthy diet, not smoking, not drinking too much, being social, being physically active and doing cognitively stimulating activities. If […]

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Behind Closed Doors . . .

  Dementia . . . the secret dread of ageing. But it’s not all bad news . . .  Gary Thomas, Regional Manager Alzheimers Australia North Coast NSW,  and Dr Jacinta Guthridge, Geriatrician, based at Taree Aged Care Services servicing the Lower Mid North Coast Sector (South to Hawks Nest, North to Moorland/Harrington, West to […]