Articles – Page 2 – Kim Fischer

UC sub-acute hospital to deliver super service

The new UC hospital opening in 2018 is a sub-acute hospital which will provide responsive, flexible and holistic care for patients with long term, complex care needs:

Sub-acute facilities are a comparatively new innovation but are vital for a well-functioning hospital system since they free up capacity in acute facilities. They are not “second class hospitals”, but facilities that are optimised to deliver long-term rehabilitation and care for conditions that are not life-threatening.

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Lathlain now – For a better Belconnen

I’m excited by the town centre master plan proposal to transform Lathlain St in Belconnen into an eclectic mix of shops in a pedestrian-friendly environment where people can feel safe at all hours of the day:

One of the most audacious features of the proposed Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan is to transform Lathlain Street into a pedestrian friendly promenade. The Master Plan positions “the Lath” as the premier Belconnen destination, host to shops, markets, live music, street festivals, and other entertainment options as well as health, education and community services.

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Canberra is flourishing with free fitness activities

In my latest RiotACT post, I point out some of the great, free exercise options available to people living in Canberra:

We are lucky to have a wide range of sporting options available in Canberra … If you are looking to get fit in Canberra, but don’t want (or can’t afford) to pay membership fees for the local gym or sports club, there are a range of great free and flexible options available …

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Hipster Lane: A place for everyone, not everyone in their place

In this week’s RiotACT article, I muse about the nature and variety of subcultures present in Canberra:

A subculture must define its identity somehow in opposition to the culture it operates within. The hipster desire to seek out indie, handmade and boutique as a conscious rejection of modern, digital and especially mass-produced goods, is in reality just as much a statement of identity and rejection of the mainstream as the stereotypically dark makeup and clothes of the Goth movement.

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Canberra is truly a liveable city

In my latest RiotACT article, I talk about how Canberra now regularly ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities:

Despite some knee-jerk scepticism about the results, the statistics don’t lie: Canberra has evolved, particularly when looking at our retiree and family population.

In the 1970s, senior citizens were four times less likely to live in Canberra than the national average. That gap has now virtually disappeared, with many more retirees choosing to stay in Canberra instead of moving to other capital cities or the coast.

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The power of language

My latest RiotACT post discusses commemoration of International Mother Tongue Language Day next week. The United Nations-sponsored event has promoted “linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism” since 1999:

… it is important to recognise and respect how language impacts a person’s cultural heritage, identity, and place in society. Speaking in the language and accent of your parents and grandparents is a continuous and powerful reminder of where you come from.

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What women want – when returning to work

This was quite a personal article for me for the RiotACT, as I discuss the challenges of being a woman transitioning from full-time employment to motherhood:

I have found that there is no more personally or professionally challenging period than the switch to becoming a mother. Almost all women I know under 40 entered the workforce with the expectation that they would have a career their whole life … Maternity leave and return to work provisions are critical for ensuring women aren’t left worse off financially. But the disruption to a woman’s professional career path is harder to avoid.

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Play it cool this summer

Heat stress and heat stroke can be deadly if not managed properly on hot days. From my RiotACT article:

A 2014 study found that since 1900, [heat stress and heat stroke] have been responsible for more natural, non-disease related deaths than any other cause, including floods, cyclones, bushfires, and storms combined. Twice as many people died from heat stroke during the period of 2009 Black Saturday fires than from the bushfires themselves.

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Spare a thought for those working this Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time for many families, but it can also be tricky for some:

… spare a thought for those dedicated workers and volunteers who are there for people who need care, and to pick up the pieces when Christmas really doesn’t go to plan for the rest of us. Babies still get born, people still have accidents, our elderly still need care. Whether they are police, paramedics, doctors, or nurses, some people simply don’t get to spend Christmas Day at home.

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