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Number of mushroom calls alarming, poison experts say

Consuming backyard mushrooms can lead to fatal organ damage, experts warn. The reminder comes after NSW Poisons Information Centre recorded 155 calls regarding mushroom exposures. Received between January and March, the group are attributing...

Pool owners warned of risks post floods

Pool specialists are warning pool owners in flood affected areas to be aware of the increased risk of 'popping pools', debris, water-borne disease, and mosquitoes this week. The call comes as torrential rain...

PFAS study to assess residents of Williamtown

A new study is hoping to give the people of Williamtown some peace of mind.  PFAS exposure in the area along with Oakey and Katherine are the focus of the investigation, which is...

AFLW star Libby Birch gets safety concerns off her chest

All-Australian AFLW premiership defender Libby Birch has called for Hunter women and girls who play contact sport to think about protecting their most important assets: their breasts. The Melbourne AFLW star and qualified...

Questions raised over future of Wallsend aged care facility

Wallsend state MP Sonia Hornery will this week use Parliament to raise questions about the future of the Wallsend Aged Care Facility after concerns were brought forward by unions, staff, patients and...

GALLERY: Vaccination hub opens at John Hunter

It was “all hands on deck” today with the first major COVID-19 vaccination hub in the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) opening at John Hunter Hospital. The centre is one of...

Survivors stress importance of access to defibrillators

When Jay Johnstone suffered sudden onset cardiac arrest at the gym as a 30-year-old, he was lucky to be in the same room as someone with the confidence to perform CPR and...

Screen time delaying school start, research finds

Too much screen time is leaving children behind when it comes to starting school. Findings released this week show modern lifestyles are causing significant developmental delays in Australian youngsters. Researchers at the University of...

Singleton Council flexes $269,000 muscle for new fitness equipment

Singleton Council is flexing its investment muscle in 2021 with $269,000 to keep the Gym and Swim at the top of the game. All fitness equipment in the health club has been replaced,...

Hunter hospital security report welcomed

Wallsend state MP Sonia Hornery has welcomed a report into improvements to security in hospitals across NSW, particularly the John Hunter and Calvary Mater Newcastle facilities. The chronicle, completed by former NSW Minister...

Uplifting future for family-orientated gym

The coronavirus pandemic had a major impact on many Hunter businesses. Some were forced to lay-off staff and a number of them shut their doors permanently, while several thought outside the box in...

WARNING: Blue-green algae high alert for Telarah Lagoon

Recent sampling indicates that blue-green algae levels at Telarah Lagoon have increased to high alert – and remain that way for the Walka Water Works. Blue-green algae are microscopic cells that occur naturally...

Government must heed council’s plea for road help: Aitchison

Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison is demanding the NSW Government acts quickly to decrease road congestion and increase driver safety following changes to traffic near the new Maitland Hospital. The $470 million project at...

John Hunter’s solar plan receives green tick of approval

John Hunter is set to face the biggest solar panel installation of any hospital in Australia under Hunter New England Local Health District's (HNELHD) new plans to become fully carbon and waste...

Breast Cancer Trials’ mission to improve lives

Fifty-five people are diagnosed with breast cancer every day and, sadly, almost 10 of those will lose their lives.   An oncology group based in Newcastle is doing all it can to see...

New interns the best medicine for HNELHD

NSW Health has welcomed a record number of interns to the fold in 2021, including 125 in the Hunter-New England Local Health District (HNELHD) alone. More than 1,000 med students will begin work...

Mental health issues do not define who you are, says advocate

Mental health matters. That’s the driving force behind Newcastle-based advocate and Black Dog Institute volunteer Elliot Waters’ work. The 30-year-old is a Breaking Down Depression presenter, where, through a 45-minute session, he talks about...

GALLERY: The Place celebration 10 years in the making

The Place: Charlestown Community Centre recently marked an important milestone in its history – a decade of compassion and goodwill towards Lake Macquarie residents. Staff, board members, volunteers, tenants, hirers, local dignitaries, community...

Jets-Wanderers clash already making the news

Some football-loving Sydneysiders will be unwelcome at the Jets' A-League clash with the Wanderers in Newcastle on Friday night. Following COVID-19 outbreaks and subsequent suburb red-zoning, NSW Health has placed a ban on...

Check your pressure, advises Stroke Foundation

The Stroke Foundation is urging Hunter residents to check their blood pressure after the region recorded 194 strokes in 2020. That figure means 3217 people in the region are living with stroke. Australians keen...

Quiz the new weight loss tool, say CSIRO

If you want to lose weight in 2021, a quiz is what you need, according to the CSIRO. Releasing its new Start Strong Diet Quiz, the global group touted as Australia's national science...
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