Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Stan, Apple TV,  SBS, iView, Disney, Discovery+, Binge, MUBI  and of course YouTube. These streaming services are part of our daily lives. Australians  spend 40 hours per week online, as much time as they do at work! For many in COVID-19  times, being online is being at work.

And it is all made possible by the National Broadband Network, an initiative of the Rudd Labor government in the noughties to provide high speed internet connections to Australian households and businesses. The roll out was accelerated (or cannibalised depending on your viewpoint) a few years later by the still very public Malcolm Turnbull when Communication Minister in the Abbott government. 

Australia ranks 62 in the world for internet speed, comparatively slow for a developed nation but fast enough to allow for a couple of simultaneous Netflix streams. 

Important Announcement - FORUM 

An open forum will be held on Zoom concerning the care of COVID-19 positive patients in the community.

Date: 18 November

Time: 7.00 to 8.00pm

The forum is accessed via Zoom.

Why is it important for GPs to attend? It is an opportunity for you and your colleagues to get your questions answered.

Questions such as:

  • How is COVID-19 currently being managed?
  • How will it affect GPs and their practices?
  • What is the likely impact on General Practice as we move towards a "COVID normal” state?
  • How will the tertiary and primary sectors integrate management?

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LBH gets tick

Being admitted to hospital is rarely an activity of choice but it’s good to know that your experience is likely to be as bearable as possible. No doubt to the great relief of hospital administrators, not to say patients themselves, the most recently captured feedback on hospitals run by Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is exceptionally positive, according to the latest Adult Admitted Patient Survey from the Bureau of Health Information.

 The 2020 survey canvassed patients’ views of the care they received and the apparent cleanliness of the facilities. Almost all (97 per cent) described their care as ‘very good’ or ‘good’ – a two percentage point increase on the previous year  – with 96 per cent saying the same about the doctors who treated them. Nurses fared one percentage point better, the survey showed.

For the third year running, Byron Central Hospital, opened in mid-2016, received the highest individual hospital result in the state, with 92 per cent of patients saying the wards or rooms were ‘very clean’, and 98 per cent rating the nurses as ‘very good’ or ‘good’. This dropped to 90 per cent regarding Byron’s doctors.

Dr Kate Gunn discussing the ifarmwell project with a farmer.

Australian farming communities are continually exposed to challenges associated with drought, fires, floods, disease, increasing costs and wavering produce prices.

The inability to control these stressors and the sense of hopelessness and entrapment this may cause, as well as a poor understanding of their industry from those outside of it, makes farming a particularly challenging occupation.

Due to their geographic remoteness, farmers have reduced access to professional mental health support. They are often also reluctant to seek out these services for a variety of reasons, including their inability to leave the farm due to overwhelming workloads and concerns about stigma, privacy and being misunderstood.

It’s also a potential risk factor for rural male suicide, in fact, there is a higher incidence of suicide among these farming populations.

University of South Australia Senior Research Fellow, Dr Kate Gunn, has worked with farmers from across Australia to create a website ifarmwell to equip farming families with tools to reduce the negative impact that these sorts of stressful situations have on their lives, so they can make good decisions and have more time and energy to focus on the things that make them happy.