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January 8th, 2013


In 18 months time, the eight-bed St Stephen’s day surgery at Pialba will be transformed into a gleaming new medical facility with five operating theatres and 96 beds.

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Mayor Gerard O’Connell described Monday’s sod-turning as a “red letter day” for the region, and said the $87.5 million, Australian-first digital hospital would be the biggest development ever built on the Fraser Coast.

“This signals the start of an 18-month construction period that will create jobs for 300 people and, by the end of it, we will have a new hospital that will create another two or three hundred jobs,” he said.

Senator John Hogg, artist Jackson Martin, UnitingCare Health executive director Richard Royle and doctor Paul Neeskens at St Stevens new private hospital image

“A lot of the services that this hospital will provide are services that people currently have to go to the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane for.

“It is of real economic and community benefit.”

St Stephen’s general manager Leanne Tones said work would start in earnest on January 24, subject to receiving final approval from the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

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“It’s exciting that we’re finally taking the next steps,” she said.

“It’s the first hospital of its kind in Australia and it’s great to get going.”

The new e-health facility is “the way of the future” and will benefit patients, the Fraser Coast community and medical health sectors, Federal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek said.

The first sods of the new St Stephen’s hospital were turned by UnitingCare Health executive director Richard Royle and Queensland Senator John Hogg.

The shovel used was a unique tool, hand-painted by artist Jackson Martin, who created a modern twist on indigenous art by painting turtles in a 3D style.

Once the building is complete, the painted shovel will take pride of place as an art instalment.

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As well as being the country’s first hospital to use a state-of-the-art digital system for medical records and equipment, the new facility will have five operating theatres, six renal dialysis treatment bays, six oncology treatment bays, and will also provide acute care.

The hospital, at the corner of Urraween Rd and Nissen St, will also offer training for nursing students and allied health placements.

The e-health system will include portals for patients, the community and medical staff, and will link to other parts of the health system including Hervey Bay’s public hospital, medical practitioners, universities and diagnostic providers for radiology and pathology.

The system will also allow easier access to up-to-date records, provide alerts for allergies and abnormal results, and create electronic orders to diagnostic providers.

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The Federal Government has committed $47.1 million to construction of the new hospital, under the Health and Hospital Fund Regional Priority Round.

Keys to the St Stephen’s Regional Hospital are expected to be handed over in August next year, to allow for testing of the new systems ahead of a September 2014 opening date.
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Sourced from the local chronicle paper & published by Henry Sapiecha


June 27th, 2011

Media Release

Fluoride in Fraser Coast drinking water

The compulsory addition of fluoride to our drinking water is an issue that has polarised opinion within our community. It has created much heated debate with those on either side holding very strong convictions as to its benefits or potential risks.

The central problem is that this addition has been mandated by the state government without any consultation with the people who use the water. One would think that, in a democracy, such consultation would be seen as necessary.

But there will be a state election within the next 10 months, so we have the opportunity to pressure all the candidates to commit to a change of this legislation. To commit to making the addition of fluoride to drinking water a voluntary process depending on the wishes of the people.

If the legislation was so changed then it would be incumbent upon the Council to conduct a referendum of all the water users to determine whether or not they wish to have fluoride added to their drinking water.

If elected to the mayoralty next year I pledge that I will do everything I possibly can to ensure such a referendum occurs and that Council abides by the peoples decision.

Bur first we must have the legislation changed. So I urge people to let the candidates know how you feel, either for or against. Sign any of the petitions circulating or submit a ‘people’s mandate’ form with the appropriate authority.

This may be our one opportunity to allow the people’s voice to be heard on this issue, so do not let it go to waste.

More Information

Jim MacKellar

Fraser Coast

Mobile: 0418 732 506

The publisher Henry Sapiecha wishes to add that he strongly opposes addition of any poisons [& THAT MEANS FLUORIDE] to our drinking water supply

How dare any government do this without confirmation by the people.

If we want it we can add it ourselves to the water we drink.

Public servants tell us we need protection from ourselves & police us to the max with most aspects of our lives. Now they are telling us what to drink.

They say they know what is good for us & we have no choice.

Well F…….. you I say.Let the council people drink the poisoned water and leave us our fresh clean unpolluted water to drink


December 10th, 2010

Staff Specialist Hervey Bay Queensland

  • Beautiful Coastal Location – Excellent Lifestyle Opportunity
  • Fantastic Remuneration Package 375K+++
  • Fantastic Leadership and Support – Post Starts Jan/Feb 2011

Staff Specialist (Intensivist)

This is a fantastic opportunity to work within a dedicated
and focused team of ICU doctors and Nursing staff. If you are
looking for a new challenge or your first opportunity to work
as a Specialist in Qld, then this is an excellent opportunity to
enhance your career with Queensland Health.
Are you the right person for the job?
You will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate the following key attributes.  Within the context of the responsibilities described above, the ideal applicant will be someone who can demonstrate the following:
  1. Demonstrated experience in the delivery of specialist services such as TPN, CVVHD, Clinical Research and other associated services related to intensive care medicine.
  2. Work with the medical and nursing team to manage the critically ill patients in the combined ICU/HDU/CCU level 1 unit (within the clinical services capability for the facility and the clinical processes formally granted to the Staff Specialist).
  3. Consultation with colleagues from other medical disciplines when those colleagues attend patients in the unit.
  4. Consultation concerning patients’ care in other areas of the Hospital.
  5. Being immediately available for urgent consultation and in assisting in resuscitation of other critically ill patients.
  6. In provision of advice, assistance and, if necessary, retrieval of patients to other hospitals in the area.
Qualifications/Professional registration/Other requirements
  1. Registration as an Intensivist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency with a current annual practicing certificate is essential plus Joint Faculty Intensive Care Medicine,
  2. Where required, the Staff Specialist must provide a reasonable on call for professional duties.
  3. Appointment to this position requires proof of qualification and/or registration with the appropriate registration authority, including and necessary endorsements, to be provided prior to commencement of duty.
Salary Rates:  $169,593.00 to $179,807.00 p/a (L25-L27) and $141,819.00 to $164,728.00 p/a (L18-L24)
Please forward your or
contact Jonathan Richards (Branch Manager)
on or 07 5599 4463 or 1300 360 363 to discuss your application.
Thank you.

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December 4th, 2010

More Than $2 Million for Fraser Coast Home and Community Care Services
Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Almost $2.4 million has come into Home and Community Care services on the Fraser Coast, including $1.8 million to secure a site for a new respite service to be run by the Kalang Respite Care Centre Aboriginal Corporation.

Local Federal Member Paul Neville said the entire allocation of funding was a much-needed boost for local support agencies, and meant aged and frail people could stay in their own homes longer.

“We know the majority of people prefer to continue living in their own homes, and HACC services can provide people with that option while giving them greater independence.

“This funding will help these organisations provide services which maintain and improve the quality of life for older and disabled Australians.

“Without services such as domestic assistance, centre-based day care, meals, transport and home nursing, many local older residents and people with disabilities would have to move into residential care facilities, rather than stay in their own homes.”

Details of the local grants are:

• Kalang Respite Care Centre – $1.8 million to secure land and construction of a new building to provide centre-based day care and social support services
• Kalang Respite Care Centre – $139,838 for a new bus
• Kalang Respite Care Centre – $195,791for allied health care, centre-based day care, domestic help, meals, transport and social support
• Blue Care Fraser Coast – an extra $176,984 for domestic help, health and personal care and centre-based day care
• The Hervey Bay Day Care and Respite Centre – $8,576 for allied health care and centre-based day care in Hervey Bay
• The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre TransComCare – $5,994 for transport of clients
• Burrum District Respite Association – $5,298 for centre-based day care
• Centacare Fraser Coast – $39,784 for domestic help, social support, personal and respite care
• Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, Multicultural Respite Service – $5,955 for social support, centre-based day car and respite care
• Hervey Bay Home Assist Secure – $7,385 for domestic help and home maintenance services
• Wide Bay Respite Services Association – $4,618 for respite care services
• Hervey Bay Meals on Wheels – $15,510 for a new gas range and planetary mixer to help with meal preparation

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


October 10th, 2010



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May 17th, 2010


While bowel cancer doesn’t always get a lot of press, the facts around this disease are alarming:

–          Bowel cancer is the most commonly diagnosed internal cancer in Australia for men and woman combined.

–          One in 20 Australians will develop the disease in their lifetime.

–          80 Australians die from bowel cancer every week.

However, the good news is that bowel cancer is one of the most preventable cancers if detected early.

As an employer of Queenslanders you are in an ideal position to promote the prevention and early detection of bowel cancer within your workplace.

There are some very quick and simple things your workplace can do to be involved.

1) Send a Bowel Cancer Awareness Week email to your staff during the Week

2) Add a bowel cancer prevention and early detection message on employees pay slips for the week or month

3) Install a bowel cancer awareness screen saver on computers for the week or month

4) Display bowel cancer posters and pamphlets in common areas around your workplace

5) Book an information session for your employees

All the necessary information for these activities has been attached for your convenience, along with a short evaluation form. A resource order form has also been attached should you wish to order any of the Program’s free promotional materials.

For assistance in coordinating any of the above activities, please contact your local Queensland Bowel Cancer Screening Program Health Promotion Officer, (Insert Name), on (Insert details).

In addition you can contact your Queensland Bowel Cancer Screening Program Health Promotion Officer anytime throughout the year to discuss opportunities to implement the workplace bowel cancer education program in your workplace.

Thank you kindly for your support in addressing this significant disease.

Craig Peut Health Promotion Officer Qld Bowel Cancer Screening Program   Community Health PO BOX 34 Bundaberg 4670   PH. (07) 41502965 Mobile 0408735852 Fax (07) 4150 2722 “Early detection is the best protection”

How much do YOU know about Bowel Cancer?


  1. Only men get bowel cancer.
  2. Only people with a family history of bowel cancer need be concerned.
  3. There’s nothing you can do to prevent getting bowel cancer.
  4. If you feel healthy and don’t have any symptoms then you don’t need to be tested.

If you answered FALSE to ALL of these then congratulations!  You’re doing well!

If you answered TRUE to any of these then you need to brush up on your bowel facts!

Read on for more information on each of these statements.

  1. Only men get bowel cancer.

Although there is a higher incidence in men, women DO get bowel cancer.  In fact, 1 in 14 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer before the age of 85. This compares to 1 in 10 for men.

In Queensland in 2006 (the latest statistics available), 2741 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer, 1491 of these were male and 1250 of these were female (Cancer Council Queensland, 2008).

  1. Only people with a family history of bowel cancer need be concerned.

Only around 5% of bowel cancers are attributed to a family history. Age and lifestyle choices are the main contributing factors. However, if you do have a family history of bowel cancer, it is important that you speak with your GP.

  1. There’s nothing you can do to prevent getting bowel cancer.

While you can never completely eliminate your risk of getting bowel cancer, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the risk.  It is estimated that up to 75% of bowel cancers could be prevented through leading a healthy lifestyle.  Things like maintaining a healthy body weight, eating well, being active, limiting your alcohol intake and not smoking all contribute to reducing your risk of bowel cancer.

  1. If you feel healthy and don’t have any symptoms then you don’t need to be tested.

Bowel cancer often doesn’t show any symptoms until it is further advanced.  ‘Screening’ is about testing people with no symptoms who ‘feel healthy’ to find early signs of disease before it causes harm.  Bowel cancer is actually one of the most treatable cancers if detected early and can be prevented with regular screening.

The Australian Government is currently inviting men and women turning 50, 55 or 65 between 2008 and 2010 to participate in bowel cancer screening. Invitations, which include a simple screening test known as a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), are being sent directly to people in the mail. People who receive a kit are encouraged to participate.

If you are not yet eligible for the Program and if you have any concerns, speak to your GP about your options.

For more information about bowel cancer or bowel cancer screening phone your local Queensland Bowel Cancer Screening Program team on 1300 766 927 or visit

Received and published by Henry Sapiecha 17th May 2010