Author: Kieran Gair

Holiday boredom busters

Activities to keep the kids entertained this school holidays Kieran Gair Ku-ring-gai council active kids Don’t let your kids’ eyes get stuck in front of the television this Easter school holidays, get them out and about with the Active Ku-ring-gai Kids sports program. With different activities every day, children will get to sample a variety of sports and find out what’s best suited to them, whether it’s netball, football, tennis, athletics or basketball. The program encourages primary schoolers to get active, have fun and meet new friends, while developing important skills in team work and leadership. All sports will...

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Medicine price cuts sees chemist shake up

Community pharmacies claim price reducations will put primary health services at risk. Kieran Gair The voices of 1.2 million Australians were heard in Canberra last month as the largest petition in the nation’s history was tabled in the House of Representatives, expressing public anger over the government’s decision to acclerate price cuts on a range of PBS-listed drugs. Price cuts had initially been factored in to happen over a course of five years, however, a pre-election change to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) by the former Labor government will mean the price cuts will start in April of this...

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San redevelopment ushers in new era of healthcare

Sydney Adventist Hospital on track to become the biggest private health facility in NSW Mike Fairbairn & Kieran Gair Throughout the past century the Sydney Adventist Hospital (San) at Wahroonga has been a leading centre for health on the North Shore. A sharp increase in demand and a large-scale redevelopment project will now transform the San into the biggest private hospital in NSW. The hospital will undergo a $180 million upgrade to its facilities, in an attempt to deal with an expected rise in patient numbers. Adventist Healthcare communications manager, Leisa O’Connor, said the development of a new maternity...

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North Connex tunnel runs into opposition

Australia’s leading engineering body has lashed out at the state government over funding plans for the $3 billion NorthConnex project. Kieran Gair Hornsby Shire Council has welcomed Premier Barry O’Farrell’s announcement that a $3 billion tunnel will be built between the M1 and M2 motorways, linking Sydney’s north to the National Highway route and removing up to 5,000 trucks from Pennant Hills Road per day. However, more than 50 residential, commercial and industrial properties will be demolished to make way for the new NorthConnex tunnel while the northern ventilation facility will be built near existing houses on Woonana Avenue...

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Young skin secrets: science meets big business

Are anti-ageing creams the path to youthful skin or clever pseudo-science? Anti-ageing is big business. With images of models parading through magazines and saturating our television screens, the billion dollar beauty and cosmetic industry is built on what seems to be our biggest fear – growing old. But do any of the products that promise to smooth wrinkles, remove lines and make sun spots evaporate actually work? From non-surgical face lifts and anti-wrinkle fillers to treatments that are used for sexual dysfunction and heart disease, the marketplace dedicated to making people appear younger continues to grow. However, Associate Professor...

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