Nurse Grace Whitehead

Grace Whitehead wins 1029 Hot Tomato Gold Coast Nursing Award for July 2017

A 22-year-old student nurse who helped bring a man back to life has won 1029 Hot Tomato’s Gold Coast Nursing Award for July 2017.

Grace Whitehead, who is in her final year of study to become a registered nurse, was working part time at the Chempro Chemist at Q Super Centre last May when a man collapsed in the store.

“I heard a loud crash and bang, and ran over to find one of our regular customers seizing on the ground,” she told myGC.

“I immediately tried to find a pulse, but he didn’t have one. I started CPR immediately, and called out to one of the other staff members to go and retrieve a defibrillator from the medical centre.

“I did 2 shocks on him and continued CPR for about 15 minutes until a paramedic arrived. I continued working with the paramedic until the ambulance arrived to take him to hospital.”

The man was deemed clinically dead for 20 minutes, before he was revived at the scene. He spent over a month in hospital before he was released with no sustained damage, which doctors have said is entirely because of Grace’s first response CPR.

“It’s so surreal to hear that,” Grace told myGC.

“At the time my instinct just kicked in, and all I wanted to do was help him.”

Grace and the customer have since become close friends.

“Every time we catch up I get teary. He often comes to visit me at work and has said he is going to come to my graduation at the end of the year which is so sweet.”

Along with a certificate, Grace wins $250 and is now a finalist in the Annual Awards where she could be awarded the annual winner’s cash prize of $5,000.

“Winning the $250 is huge and so unexpected. I am currently applying for jobs all around Australia and need to fly to Melbourne in two weeks for an interview at the RPA. This money will help so much.”

If you know a nurse or midwife who has made a difference in the life of you or your family and deserves to be recognised, you can nominate them for the August 2017 award at

Why I agree with the Google engineer’s rant

A Google software engineer – assumed to be a male – has penned a manifesto that launches a tirade against the company’s diversity initiatives.

The rant, “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”, has unsurprisingly gone viral. In Trump’s post-truth, alternative-facts peddling world, everything is up for debate and discussion, so people are having a field day debating this.

And it’s a doozy, as he shares all sorts of insights and ideas, like:

Men have a higher drive for status.
“We always ask why we don’t see women in top leadership positions, but we never ask why we see so many men in these jobs. These positions often require long, stressful hours that may not be worth it if you want a balanced and fulfilling life.”

Women aren’t wired to be as tough.
“Women generally have a harder time negotiating salary, asking for raises, speaking up, and leading. Note that these are just average differences and there’s overlap between men and women, but this is seen solely as a women’s issue. This leads to exclusory programs like Stretch and swaths of men without support.”

Men’s hands are tied.
“Feminism has made great progress in freeing women from the female gender role, but men are still very much tied to the male gender role. If we, as a society, allow men to be more ‘feminine’, then the gender gap will shrink, although probably because men will leave tech and leadership for traditionally feminine roles.”

For Google, the timing of the document leak is pretty bad, as it comes right as the tech giant is battling a wage discrimination war with the US Department of Labor, over claims that Google routinely pays women less than men in comparable roles.

Perhaps that’s why Danielle Brown, Vice President for Diversity, Integrity and Governance at Google, very quickly issued a statement, saying that she found the manifesto “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender. I’m not going to link to it here as it’s not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages.”

(Does anyone find it ironic that she doesn’t link to the file? She’s from Google – the company that is literally responsible for linking files – everyone will just Google it!)

There were plenty of other views expressed in the 10-page document, and while I didn’t agree with them all, I reckon he made a few valid points.

As a society, we are making great strides in closing the gender pay gap and boosting more women towards leadership positions. But perhaps the solution isn’t always to push women towards the traditional man’s lifestyle, but to create more flexibility and better lifestyles for everyone, regardless of gender?

I know a lot of men who work 50-60 hours a week and lead high-stress lifestyles. If that’s the kind of equality women are marching towards, we need a serious re-think.

WATCH: Stubborn pooch suffers major FOMO, refuses to leave Burleigh Sunday sesh

Talk about causing a scene.

A stubborn pooch provided some light-hearted entertainment for locals on Burleigh Hill on Sunday afternoon, after it refused to go home with its owner.

Hilarious video footage of the incident was uploaded to Facebook on Monday, showing the pup kicking up a stink when it was told it was time to hit the road.

“The dog who REALLY wasn’t ready to leave just yet,” the caption of the video, posted by local Gold Coaster Kristen Bohlsen reads.

In the clip, the adorable canine can be seen throwing a ‘doggy tantrum’ as it rolls onto its back in the middle of the busy pathway, with all four legs propped up into the air.

The video has been viewed more than 800 times in just two hours.


Sitting looking at phone

Could sitting down too much actually be damaging our brains?

THERE is no denying that in many aspects of our life when we need to use our brain, we sit down; whether it be at school, at work, reading, using our mobile phones or watching television.

But researchers from The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, are examining the prolonged negative impact that sitting down might actually have on our brains.

Lead researcher UWA PhD student Michael Wheeler said the brain is a powerful organ that needs a stable glucose supply to function optimally. Glucose levels outside that optimal range can have a negative impact on brain health.

“Our brain weighs about two per cent of our body mass but demands about 20 per cent of our resting energy requirements, which is mostly in the form of glucose – the primary brain fuel,” Mr Wheeler said.

“Sitting for long periods throughout the day alters our blood glucose levels, which in turn may affect the brain.”

Mr Wheeler said multiple studies had demonstrated that reducing and replacing sitting with light intensity walking helps keep glucose levels in the optimal range, particularly after food consumption.

“Studies investigating the effects of excessive sitting on brain function have had mixed results so far,” Mr Wheeler said.

“But what the studies do agree on is that interrupting sitting with regular activity breaks is positive for many aspects health.

“For scientists, the way in which sitting is likely to affect brain function still poses a research challenge.

“Based on the available evidence, it’s more likely that reducing sitting would slow cognitive decline, rather than improve cognitive function. Physical activity is also beneficial for other health outcomes.”

So what should people do to improve the health of their brains?

“Take a walk after lunch, wash the dishes by hand after dinner or take an active commute to and from work if possible,” Mr Wheeler said.

“There is much opportunity to reduce sitting time throughout the day, and therefore much potential to have a positive impact on our health.”

The research project has been supported by funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The Star Gold Coast Six Star Tower

WATCH: Fitout underway at The Star Gold Coast’s luxurious six-star tower

With The Star Gold Coast’s six-star tower reaching its highest point, the focus has now turned to the fitout of the luxury development.

The Star Entertainment Group’s Managing Director Queensland Geoff Hogg told myGC the finishing touches are starting to be made. “We are no longer building the tower up – it is now at it’s full height of 17 storeys,” he said. “We are primarily now focusing on the internal fit out of the new luxury hotel.”

Mr Hogg said the six-star hotel will feature more than 50 suites, ranging in size from from 68 to 300 square metres. “The rooms will be very luxurious with their fixtures and fittings. But it’s the personal service that our staff will give all the people staying in the [six-star] hotel that will really make it a memorable experience.”

Check out incredible timelapse footage of the tower construction + learn more about it’s progress in the video below:

Mr Hogg told myGC the signature piece of the new six-star tower will be the rooftop bar, restaurant and pool area. “There is a rooftop infinity pool that hangs five metres beyond the side of the tower. We will also be opening up a new restaurant and bar that will most certainly be a destination everyone would love to visit at The Star Gold Coast.”

The world-class tower will also include an array of new bars and restaurants and private gaming rooms for hotel guests to enjoy.

The six-star tower forms part of The Star Gold Coast’s current transformation which includes the refurbishment of the property’s existing facilities ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. There are also plans for an additional hotel and apartment tower as part of a joint venture with Hong Kong-based partners Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium. For more information, visit: