The ongoing bushfires can affect air quality. Small particles can enter the lungs and aggravate chronic conditions such as heart and lung disease. People with such conditions should follow their action treatment plan and see their doctor if symptoms are persisting. In case of an emergency, call 000.

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While in some ways we are more connected to each other than ever before, electronic communication is not a substitute for human contact. Facebook and other forms of social media are not for everyone, and, even for those that use such platforms, there is a limit to the emotional satisfaction one can gain from these ‘fast’ and often superficial means of communication.

Read more: Face-to-Face Not Facebook: Combatting Loneliness with Meaningful Connection →

Local radiation oncologist, A/Professor Tom Shakespeare has recently presented new advances in the treatment of prostate cancer. He said “It brings new hope for men whose prostate cancer has escaped from the prostate, that there is a potential for a cure.”


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According to WIRES Northern Rivers media release -

“Large areas of the North Coast of NSW as well as South East Queensland are experiencing what appears to be a severe flying-fox starvation and dehydration event. It is thought that the unusually dry conditions have affected flowering and fruiting of their usual feed trees. Moisture content on foliage is currently very low, fruit and flowers also lack the normal amount of moisture and this is where bats get their nutrition and hydration.”

Read more: Caution with sick or injured flying foxes. →

Goonellabah Medical Centre introduces two new medical students from the University of Wollongong.

Read more: GMC welcomes new medical students. →