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The Northern Territory news Tue 13 Aug 2019



The Northern Territory news Tue 13 Aug 2019

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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TUESDAY AUGUST 13 2019 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Urgent need for service LAUREN ROBERTS Health Reporter it reach an extra 60 patients every year. Solomon MP Luke Gosling described the shortage as one of urgent need. The vast size of the NT and dispersed population means that there are additional challenges delivering health services, yet we are the only state or territory with just a single medical rescue helicopter, he said. Even Tasmania, with a much smaller landmass, is serviced by three helicopters. About 10pm on Friday August 2, a 38-year-old man fell 6m off a cliff at Dundee Beach and sustained spinal injuries and injuries to his face and head. The man was finally moved from the beach at 2am. In the Top End, CareFlight only has one rescue helicopter, which was helping a woman in Katherine when the man fell. A helicopter was deployed from the RAAF base in an attempt to rescue the man, but it was forced to turn back due to technical difficulties. He was eventually taken to Royal Darwin Hospital in an ambulance. A CareFlight spokesman said all other states of Austra lia had at least three medical rescue helicopters. A second medical rescue helicopter will close the gap on medical rescue capability, from 70 per cent service availability to more than 95 per cent availability, resulting in more lives saved, he said. A spokesman for Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said it funded the Royal Flying Doctor Service to deliver primary aeromedical evacuations, GP and nursing clinics from the NT/SA border up to Tennant Creek. NT Treasurer Nicole Manison said it would welcome the extra capacity an extra helicopter would provide, but ongoing operational costs of about $2.5 million a year would also need to be covered. CAREFLIGHT is renewing its calls for $10 million in funding to buy a second helicopter after a seriously injured man was forced to wait five hours at Dundee Beach for emergency transport. The aeromedical group said a second helicopter would help Don Dale female staff assaulted JASON WALLS UNDERSTAFFING has been blamed for two assaults on female workers at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. A Territory Families spokeswoman said the youth justice officers were assaulted during their normal routine and while escorting a girl to a toilet at Royal Darwin Hospital. An incident occurred on Saturday at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre at 10am when a female young person assaulted a female youth justice officer during her normal morning routine, she said. The young persons mental health began to deteriorate and as per operational policy, the decision was made to transport her to RDH for further assessment. In a separate incident on Saturday, the spokeswoman said a different girl attacked another female youth justice officer during her normal routine. Community and Public Sector Union NT secretary Kay Densley said there should be mandatory minimum staffing levels to keep detention centre workers safe. Lee Gaynor, 88, plays badminton as a way to stay active but also for the social interaction Picture: KERI MEGELUS Game on for active seniors SENIORS are combating the risk of dementia this Seniors Month, by getting active and social at NT Badminton Association Inc. A recent study proved mental, physical and social components contribute to lowering dementia risk when elderly people take part in leisure activities. Lee Gaynor, 88 recently picked up the sport, which she says has already started to have positive effects on her wellbeing. To find a sport like badminton that I can play all the time is great. Ms Gaynor said. I definitely feel better while Im active. I came both for the physical aspect and for the social she said. Joining her on the court was 69-year-old Helena Gibson who encourages seniors of all ages to get involved in physical activity. The older you get, the more you need it! Ms Gibson said. Were a very welcoming group I think its great for anyone getting older. ISABELLA VOTSIS 89843167 15 HOOK ROAD WINNELLIE Email admindga@iinet.net.au for more details Gates open from 4pm. Up to 11 races on the program. Enjoy a meal at the Raceway Restaurant with an extensive menu to pick from. How about booking a table in our club room, just sit back and relax with friends and enjoy the action on and off track. Bar/Tab service available from 5.00pm with the Raceway Restaurant taking orders from 6.00pm. 11 races on the program. Re t AVAILABLE FOR FUNCTIONS AND PARTIES RACING SUNDAY COME D OWN TO THE TRA CK Great ent ertainme nt so brin g the who le family alo ng or a gr oup of ma tes TEAR THIS VOUCHER OUT FOR ONE FREE ADULT ENTRY ON ANY RACE NIG HT.

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