The Centralian advocate Tue 18 Dec 2012
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4 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 8 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K Calling for Expressions of Interest Health and Hospital Services Management Boards As part of the New Service Framework for Health and Hospital Services in the Northern Territory, expressions of interest are now sought for membership of the two Health and Hospital Services Management Boards. Interested people should attach a copy of their CV to their submission, and outline: :K\\RXZDQWWREHRQWKH+HDOWKDQG+RVSLWDO6HUYLFHV Management Board 7KHVNLOOVDQGH[SHULHQFH\RXZLOOEULQJWRWKH%RDUG For a copy of the Expression of Interest Form Visit: www.health.nt.gov.au/New_Service_Framework Email: NewServiceFramework.DoH@nt.gov.au Expressions of Interest submissions close at 5.00 pm on Friday 18 January 2013. www.nt.gov.au/health DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NEWS Kirstyn Flanagan at the empty pool on an abandoned property where a dumped puppy was found Picture: CHLOE GERAGHTY Heartless act leaves teen fuming Steve Menzies HOMES are still being sought for two abandoned puppies after Kirstyn Flanagan discovered four helpless animals recently. The 17-year-old, who used to work at the RSPCA animal shelter during her school holidays and loves animals, was heartbroken to think anyone could treat defenceless pups so badly. How could someone abandon helpless pups, Ms Flanagan said. They could have taken them to the shelter if they didnt want them. They should not leave them to wander, get run over or die from heat or hunger. It is really important that people who are not registered to breed dogs get their animals desexed so incidents like this dont happen. Ms Flanagan said she had been woken between 5am and 6am by the sound of puppies whining. The first dog was found in the next door neighbours empty pool. The property is being developed that is currently unoccupied. Other pups were found in the street. We have looked around the area to see if there was somewhere the puppies could have wandered from, Miss Flanagan said. No one has made any calls to the RSPCA or the rangers so the people who own the mother obviously dont want them. She is keeping one pup, has given another to a friend, but the final two are at the animal shelter and still need homes. Call for interest in new hospital boards EXPRESSIONS of interest are being called for the new Health and Hospital Services Management Boards in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. This follows the CLP Governments hospital shake-up last month when Health Minister David Tollner announced he would separate its boards from the Department of Health (DoH). Central Australia and the Top End will each get a separate board once the changeover is complete in the next two years. Submissions and CVs outlining relevant skills and experience must be emailed to the DoH by 5pm on January 18, 2013. An application form can be d o w n l o a d e d a t h t t p : / /www.health.nt.gov.au/NewService-Framework/ Alice hospital outscores city Sally Brooks ALICE Springs Hospital has received a boost from a new report which looks at how quickly patients are dealt with by emergency departments. The report showed that major regional hospitals such as Alice Springs, outperformed major metropolitan hospitals around the country. Its findings were based on studies of how frequently patients left public hospital emergency departments within four hours of arrival. The Federal Government has set a target for 2015 of 90 per cent of patients using public hospital emergency facilities depart within four hours. Key findings showed that major regional hospitals such as Alice Springs and Darwin saw 63 per cent of patients in the time frame whereas major hospitals, such as those in Victoria and New South Wales, recorded the lowest percentage of patients departing ED in four hours at 54 per cent. Alice Springs hospital scored better than the Royal Darwin Hospital with 65 per cent of patients leaving the emergency department in four hours compared with Darwins 54 per cent. In Alice Springs those in emergency waited about 15 hours before being transferred to a hospital ward while in Darwin the waiting time was more than 20 hours. Representatives from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine say the report shows the hospital systems are under unacceptable strain. In a media statement, the organisation states: The issues leading to prolonged time in ED often lie beyond the ED. The reality is that many patients who languish in the ED waiting for a hospital bed are there because the hospital/health system is working inefficiently. Human rights award honour CENTRAL Australian Aboriginal education and health rights campaigner Pat Anderson has won a nationally-acclaimed human rights award. M s A n d e r s o n w a s awarded this years Human Rights Community Individual prize at the Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award ceremony, held in Sydney. The Alyawarre woman from Lake Nash, 645km north east of Alice Springs, chairs the Lowitja Institute, a not-for-profit health research organisation for Aboriginal a n d T o r r e s S t r a i t Islander people. She is internationally r e c o g n i s e d f o r c o authoring the Little Children Are Sacred report in 2007 with Rex Wild, and being an advocate for education for Aboriginal children since the 1980s. She has also been an advocate for indigenous health since the mid-1990s, with a particular focus on children and the need for reconciliation between ind i g e n o u s a n d n o n indigenous Australians. Like many Aboriginal people, I dont do what I do for the awards, it is simply part of the work we must do for our communities, Ms Anderson said. Ms Anderson has also been the executive officer of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin.
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