St Vincent's Hospital Rehabilitation Unit

Kyogle Newspaper December 2005

St Vincent's Hospital Rehabilitation Unit

At recent parliamentary sittings, I called on the NSW Labor Government to direct the North Coast Area Health Service to retain and redevelop the rehabilitation unit at St Vincent's Hospital rather than relocating the service to Ballina.

The Rehabilitation Unit provides vital services in our local community, including townships such as Kyogle and it would be ludicrous to close the Unit in Lismore.

Easy access to services provided by the Unit such as physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy is very important given many patients are not very mobile and aren't up to travelling long distances.

Recent patient figures support the retention of the Unit in Lismore. For example, fifty per cent of the patients that use the Unit at St Vincent's come from Lismore, Alstonville, Casino, Kyogle, Bonalbo and Coraki, whilst only twenty nine per cent of patients are from Ballina, Byron, Mullumbimby, Yamba, Ocean Shores, Woodburn and Wooli. The remaining seven per cent of patients are from Grafton and elsewhere.

The Rehabilitation Unit's dedicated and hard-working staff provide a wonderful service to local patients on a daily basis and I am concerned this work will be jeopardised by the relocation of the Unit.

It just doesn't make sense for the Unit to be moved from Lismore given most of its patients come from Lismore and the surrounding areas such as Kyogle. Further if you draw a 360 degree circle around Lismore you have people on all sides, if you draw a 360 degree circle around Ballina what do you have?

Have You Got A Seniors Card Local Directory?

A large number of local seniors have applied and received their Seniors' discount card but some who did not apply through my office may not be aware of a local business directory that has been compiled listing local business participants.

If you are a Seniors' Card holder and do not have a local directory, contact my office on 6621 3624 to ensure you receive an updated copy each time it is revised.

The Seniors Card program provides many great local discount opportunities and I encourage you to call my office and obtain this regularly updated list of local participants.

Teaching Stranger Danger to Children

Following a recent incident in the Lismore electorate, I am urging all parents to talk to their children about "Stranger Danger". As parents we do our best to warn our children of potential dangers but sometimes this message needs to be reinforced.

Children need ongoing reminders about the dangers in talking to or accepting rides or gifts from strangers and should be encouraged to walk or wait in groups with friends to deter predators.

Children are not only our most precious members of the community but also our future. As a community we need to be aware of what's happening around us, especially when we see young children out on the streets alone.

If you see or hear a problem, notify 000 immediately. Police need information to act and catch these predators. We certainly don't want this behaviour in our community.

Teachers Pay

Congratulations to teachers and their representatives who have achieved a significant increase in salaries without the need for industrial action. This brings teachers up the professional ladder where they should have been all along. This agreement will take the teachers' award beyond the next State Election in March 2007 and should mean a sustained period of peace in schools.

Telemarketing Phone Call Service

My office has recently received a number of complaints about nuisance telemarketing calls and in particular calls that appear to be coming from overseas. Whilst it is difficult to limit international marketing calls, the Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA) does provide an opt out service for people wanting to limit the number of calls they receive.

You can register for the service on-line at www.adma.com.au by e-mail at info@adma.com.au or by addressing your request to; ADMA- Do Not Contact Service, Reply Paid 4054, Sydney NSW 2001.

Accessing HSC Results On-line

HSC result will be available from 16 December 2005 at 6.00am on-line, by telephone, or by SMS.

Further information about how to access these services is available from the Board of Studies website at www.boardofstudies.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1902 220 100.

I wish those students who have completed Year 12 in 2005 all the best for next year.

A Christmas Message

With Christmas again on the horizon, I would like to take the opportunity to pass on my personal wishes for a safe, happy and holy festive season.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year when we can catch up and enjoy family and friends, share Christmas treats and exchange presents. I know many from the Kyogle area will be travelling during the season and I urge you all to take great care on the roads.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577