Health

Mitchell Shire is experiencing a pandemic baby boom, with births up more than 30%

By Colin McGillivray MITCHELL Shire is in the midst of a COVID-19 baby boom, with figures showing a spike in births across the region during the past year. In an eight-day span earlier this month, 25...

Wandong-Wallan Lions Club raises money for Northern Health by knitting hundreds of beanies

By Colin MacGillivray NORTHERN Health workers praised the power of community support after receiving a donation of knitted beanies, scarves and other items from the Wandong-Wallan Lions Club last week. It is the second time the...

Kilmore charity caring for children post-life-saving surgeries gets $30,000 donation

BENDIGO Bank’s Kilmore, Wallan and Broadford branches have donated $30,000 to the Children First Foundation’s Kilmore East retreat for children recovering from life-saving surgeries. Children First Foundation is an Australian-based charity that provides medical care to sick,...

Doctor shortage likely to persist as Wallan’s metro status is renewed

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Wallan’s general practitioner shortage is likely to persist after its status as a non-distribution priority area, non-DPA, was renewed on July 1. DPA status, which identifies maldistribution of GPs across Australia, allows an area...

Pyalong man reunited with the neighbour who saved his life

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk A Pyalong man who was resuscitated during cardiac arrest last month has been reunited with the paramedic who helped save his life – who also happens to be his next-door neighbour.  Lloyd Robinson,...

Wallan family loses daughter to rare genetic disease, fights on for her twin brother...

By Colin MacGillivray WALLAN mother Louise Pryde has vowed to fight for greater awareness about rare genetic diseases in memory of her daughter Aria, who died of vanishing white matter disease (VWM) in May, and...

GPs and patients left ‘confused and frustrated’ by new rules in COVID-19 vaccine rollout

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk General practioners, vaccine staff and patients seeking COVID-19 vaccines have been left perplexed after the Prime Minster announced several new vaccination eligibility rules that contradict health advice. Following an emergency national cabinet meeting...

Northern Health reaches milestone of 50,000 doses in COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Northern Health’s COVID-19 vaccination program last week celebrated a milestone of 50,000 doses administered since the rollout began. St Helena resident Dominic Ennis was Northern Health’s 50,000th vaccine patient. Mr Ennis, who received his second dose,...

Mill Park Leisure redevelopment fully open after a year of lockdown delays

The aquatic area at the redeveloped Mill Park Leisure has opened, completing the $25 million centre’s staggered opening after lockdown delays. The centre now features four new and upgraded pools including a 25-metre lap pool,...

Mickleham quarantine facility confirmed, MP slams delay

By Colin MacGillivray MEMBER for McEwen Rob Mitchell has accused the Federal Government of a lack of urgency in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic after it took until last week to confirm a quarantine facility...