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The Centralian advocate Fri 15 Jun 2018



The Centralian advocate Fri 15 Jun 2018


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44 LETTERS FRIDAY JUNE 15 2018 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Inspiring article SUCH an inspiring and well composed opinion piece Intelligent Conversation by Leah Braham in last Fridays edition of the Centralian Advocate. Leah asks some very pertinent questions around our community responses to youth issues in the regions. Her considered, erudite and reasoned approach is a great contribution to the discussions. She sheds further light on why the impacts of intergenerational disconnection from tradition, culture, language and country in particular are impacting on the behaviour of some young people. Can these behaviours be healed and changed? YES, they can!!! Within a whole-of-community approach, there are opportunities to be introduced. Mindfulness, yoga, tai chi and meditation can be taught within teacher training institutions so they can be delivered into the primary and secondary school curriculum. Students having access to respectful relationships, positive parenting and harmony building programs are essential. Ensuring that programs like family group conferencing and restorative practices are introduced through school, sporting, social club and faith-based groups. Strengthen positive mentoring (the essence of learning) programs intergenerationally. Building upon the successful aspects of our healthy community interactions, lets promote them. Business, industry and commercial operators all have a role to play here. Coming together as a stronger and more resilient village is achievable if we each commit to making it so. Being a leader, enabler or person of influence is within us all. Lets share those traits with others. Thanks for your positive contribution, Leah. I look forward to more from you and others over time. Phil Walcott Funds welcomed The Stroke Foundation has welcomed the Federal Govern ments 2018 Budget record investment in health and called for a targeted focus on support for Australians to avoid and recover from stroke. The Governments commitment to essential services provided reassurance, but for the Australians who will suffer more than 56,000 strokes this year and their families, more is needed. It was encouraging to see the Governments continued commitment to improving the health of Australians through funding to our hospitals, Medicare and pharmaceutical benefits systems. These services are at the heart of our health system and all Australians can have confidence in continued access to health care, however it is im portant to recognise not all access is equal. Currently, there is no guarantee all Australians will have access to the best practice stroke care we know saves lives and reduces disability. In fact we know many will not. Regional Australians are among those most impacted. Research shows regional Australians were 19 per cent more likely to have a stroke than their metropolitan counterparts. Regional Australians are also more likely to die from a stroke or be left with an ongoing disability simply because they do not have access to specialist stroke treatment and care. This Budget acknowledges current inequalities within the health system, by increasing focus on improving health services for rural and regional Australians. This is an important first step, but I would implore the Government to take them further. There is an enormous opportunity to improve health services for rural and regional Australia by using digital health technologies and establishing a national telehealth network. Too many Australians are dying or being left with an ongoing disability as a result of stroke. Patient outcomes vary depending on where you live and your access to time-critical treatment. This needs to change. A national telehealth network will remove geographical barriers and improve access to not only time-critical stroke treatment but diagnosis and treatment of other conditions. Stroke Foundation also welcomed the Federal Governments $154.3 million dollar budget commitment to support Australians to take up healthier and more active lifestyles and the 45 and 65 year check. There is one stroke in Australia every nine minutes, yet up to 80 per cent of strokes could be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Chronic disease is Australias biggest health challenge. We must look after ourselves and each other to stay out of hospital, this plan will provide people with some of the tools to do so. Regular exercise, healthy eating, and managing blood pressure will go a long way to preventing stroke and reducing the associated spiralling costs to the health system and economy. It is exciting to see the Government build on its investment in research. Australia is home to some of the worlds leading research minds. Research takes time and money. This funding will give our researchers the time and support they need to deliver the next breakthroughs which will benefit Australians for generations to come. I look forward to continuing to work with the Government to deliver Australian families much needed guarantees. Sharon McGowan Chief Executive Officer Quote of the Day Because everyone needs to poo sometime. Z O YA G O D O R O J A P R I E C K A E R T S O N T H E N E E D F O R A N A C C E S S I B L E T O I L E T A T W A T C H T H I S S P A C E A N D T H E R E A S O N B E H I N D I T S P O O P A R T Y. Crime campaign nearing its end OUR community campaign on youth crime ends its third week today and we intend to wind up next week. If you havent given your views on youth crime solutions yet, you still have a few days to do so. We have heard from many sectors of the community and next week will hear from the youths themselves. Then we will go through all the suggested solutions and come up with a list of bullet points to present to the authorities. Of special note is the community group This Way who have taken it upon themselves to do something about youth crime at the community level. This Way will set up and operate as a non-profit NGO, one of the organisers Steve Brown said. Headed by a Board it will have two arms, one side being headed by a CEO and professional staff, the other by a committee and community volunteers. We are presently in the process of setting up this organisation and as soon as that is completed we will move on establishing the committee from among those who have registered an interest. This newspaper stands in full support of this initiative and will help in whatever way we are able to. We will say this about Alice Springs youth crime problem when looked at with perspective it is not insurmountable. Many other jurisdictions have problems far worse than what we experience. And this is not to negate the problems we face in our town. No. We mention it merely to reiterate that our youth crime issues are fixable. It is just a matter of will. 8 700 $350,000THE number of months its estimated refurbish-ments to the Alice Springs Womens Shelter will take. THE approximate number of toys out on loan from the toy library at any given time. THE amount of funding from the NT Governments Community Benefit Fund scheme, granted to 11 successful applicants in Central Australia. 2 Gap Road, Alice Springs PO Box 2254, Alice Springs 0870 Phone: (08) 8950 9777 Fax: (08) 8950 9740 www.alicenow.com.au CONTACT DETAILS EMAIL ADDRESSES News: news@aliceadvocate.com.au Letters: letters@aliceadvocate.com.au Sport: sport@aliceadvocate.com.au Display ads: ads@aliceadvocate.com.au Classifieds: cenclassies@aliceadvocate.com.au Editor: David Lornie Features Editor: Steve Menzies Sports Editor: Anthony Geppa Sales Manager: Lisa Nadan Editorial content and election comment is authorised by Matt Williams of Printers Place, McMinn Street, Darwin. Lets keep our youth away from behaviour which leads to jail. AdVOCate Editorial ALICE BY NUMBERS iES, HE"u.o! I NEE'!:> A S\KI"-ll AN"t> A ~\.u.:r-t L\f TAa<ft_ Letters t e Edlto PO BOX 2254,2 GAP ROAD, ALICE SPRINGS FAX:8950 9740 letters@al iceadvocate.com .au

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