The Centralian advocate Fri 22 Jun 2012
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v. 65 no. 111
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Centralian Advocate, Friday, June 22, 2012 7 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 2 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 7 C O L O R : C M Y K I dont have to rely on my memory for my medica ons thanks to My eHealth Record. Connec ng my health informa on There is a new and secure way for healthcare providers to access your medical history My eHealth Record is a way for your healthcare providers to securely store and share your important healthcare informa on. Your medical history is easily and quickly available when needed for your ongoing care. My eHealth Record is voluntary and free, all you need to do is register. To fi nd out more go to: www.myehealthrecord.com.au or call 1800 619 411 My eHealth Record is operated by eHealthNT, Northern Territory Department of Health in collabora on with the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, General Prac ce Network NT, Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, WA Country Health Service and Western Australia Department of Health. Developed with fi nancial assistance from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. P H O T O E S S A Y Words and Picture: BARRY SKIPSEY Wally the Wanderer Swinging a pickaxe, Wally Thamm is in a world of his own. On a wintry morning Wally the Wanderer, as he is better known, toils alone, at the base of Spencer Hill. Steady in rhythm, he waves the ancient digging implement with a notable degree of fitness and dexterity. Not bad for a 78-year-old. Striking at the roots of a steadily diminishing cluster of buffel grass, Wally digs deep into the dry and possessive soil. I understand it was introduced from South Africa to keep the cattle alive, he says. Biggest mistake they ever made. With a look of amazement, he continues: Its even out there in the Simpson Desert now. After 32 years with General Motors Holden, this fit South Australian retiree is a regular visitor to Alice. Im the oldest juvenile delinquent youll ever meet, he says with a grin. A mad keen motorcyclist enthusiast, Wally loves the Finke Desert Race. Ive been travelling up on the Ghan for 20 years, he boasts. I camp with my good friend Pat Brennan. Hes a local tourism pioneer, you know. We went to school together in the little town of Morgan. Passionate about vintage motorcycles, in his retirement Wally has meticulously restored collectable pieces that include a 1948 Speed Twin Triumph, a 1952 Thunderbird Triumph and a 1917 BSA. But equally passionate is Wallys love for Central Australia. Each year, hell spend time and effort behind his schoolmates home, clearing this introduced pest. Its not all that hard, he says, mopping his brow. I mean, the roots are only shallow. If I fall off the perch and no else does it, well, at least itll be one little bit cleared around this beaut little town.