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Best health system in the world?

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Yes, that’s me laying on the radiation machine at the Peter Mac Cancer Centre just about to be nuked from both above and below.

The green laser beams are aligned with inked tatoos that they put on you so that they can relocate you exactly each time you receive the treatment.  The alignment procedure takes about five minutes and the actual radiation is about five seconds top and bottom.  There is no feeling associated with the treatment – all you hear is the buzz of the monster machine.

After the top has been done, the whole machine pivots on the wall and can be directed throughout the full 360 degrees to get to the area to be treated. (see next photo)

This is one of six machines at the clinic that are in full use every day.  They have more machines at Box Hill, Monash and elsewhere that are kept just as busy.

And, you know, this treatment costs you nothing – as does the daily transport to and from the clinic by ambulance – or the accommodation required for your stay in the city.

Show me another country where terminal or chronic illness is treated by the government’s national health scheme without out-of-pocket costs to the patient.  A friend, who spent many years living in the US was telling me today that she was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack.  After an overnight stay and being told it was a false alarm, she was sent home with a bill for some thousands of dollars.

Written by Greg Naylor

25 October 2011 at 11:25 pm

100 not out

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Whilst we are down in Melbourne for radiation treatment at the Peter McCallum Cancer Institute, we took the opportunity to visit my fathers sister, Lorna, the last survivor of my fathers generation. She turned 99 last July and is so fit and well she will undoubtedly outlive me.

Widowed seven years ago, she now lives in a retirement unit but still cares for herself in every way – she even takes the empty dinner dishes back to the kitchen.

Lorna has fought off a couple of cancers, including having a breast removed, and is currently working on a melanoma on the side of her nose.   Is she complaining? – not bloody likely!   Her mind is as sharp as can be and she shows no signs of boredness or frustration.

She is a lovely old lady that makes you feel good just being around her.

Written by Greg Naylor

23 October 2011 at 3:55 pm

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Vic.Govt.WIN – Tradition restored to Mountain Cattlemen

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CATTLE are back in Victoria’s Alpine National Park today ending a controversial five-and-a-half-year ban.

Mountain cattlemen today said the Coalition Government had delivered on its election promise to allow the reintroduction of cattle to the National Park.

An official announcement is expected at this weekend’s Mountain Cattlemen’s Get Together at Hinnomunjie. (Herald & Weekly Times)

The first of 400 cattle have returned to the park this week as part of a bushfire risk trial.

Under the six-year Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) trial, the cattle will graze at six sites covering an area of over 25,000 hectares.

The practice ended in 2005 when the Bracks Labor government did not renew licences for farmers. (Sydney Morning Herald)

The tradition of the Mountain Cattlemen goes back more than a hundred years and is not only a practical means of feeding cattle over the dry months, but the foundation of a rich heritage bringing together cattlemen from as far north as Kosciosko to the Gippsland cattle country culminating in the annual “Mountain Cattlemen Get Together” weekend that lasts for more than a week.

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12 January 2011 at 11:34 pm

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Reducing your carbon footprint

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With a life span that is twelve times longer than the ordinary bulb, a fluorescent tube can last up to 12 thousand hours, and runs on a much lower consumption of electrical supply.

With a life span that is twelve times longer than the ordinary bulb, a fluorescent tube can last up to 12 thousand hours, and runs on a much lower consumption of electrical supply.

Reducing your carbon footprint around the home is really easy once you accept that we have spent a lifetime wasting cheap energy and living a disposable lifestyle.

The place to start is with reducing our use of electricity.

The time is approaching when we will no longer be able to buy traditional light bulbs because of the mandated change over to the low energy fluorescent type.  In England, traditional lightbulb sales soar as customers stock up ahead of the switch over – and that is a selfish move!

Unfortunately, some low energy bulbs don’t fit many standard light sockets – particularly table lamps where they protrude out from the light shade.

The light output leaves a bit to be desired.   The ones I have used give off a cold glow – more blue than the traditional brown light of incandescent bulbs.  And, of course, dimmer switches do not work with these energy efficient bulbs.  I find them quite ugly and bulky but they do a job – and they save money and energy.

Next on the agenda is to get out of the ‘disposable’ lifestyle.  Be selective in your shopping and refuse to buy excessive packaging.  At a bare minimum, pick up your game in recycling everything that can be recycled. In England, one ecofriendly family have cut their waste to the point where they now throw away only 100g of litter every week – the equivalent of filling one rubbish bin every six months.

Anti-poverty campaigners claim that those with ‘affluenza’ have already caused more carbon emissions in 2009 than a person in the poorest countries will create all year, and that Going green can save the average family £1000 a year.

What other ideas are you practicing?

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16 January 2009 at 12:46 am

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I’m against late term abortion

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Miracle: 23 week aborted foetus survives five hours in hospital refrigerator

There was a ‘must read’ on ABC Online on Tuesday morning titled ‘Stillborn baby’ comes back to life in hospital fridge.

In Israel, a 27 year old woman was aborted at 23 weeks due to internal bleeding.  After wrapping the foetus and storing it under refrigeration for five hours, they were taking the it to be disposed of, they found it to be still alive and the baby was transferred to intensive care.

There is the miracle of life at it’s most desperate!

Reading between the lines, it would appear that as they were doing an abortion, it was presumed the baby would die and it was not checked out – simply stored away for later disposal. That got me thinking about the current abortion vote before the Victorian Parliament.

Maybe it is because I am in palliative care and have a new appreciation of the value of life, but I can not understand how anyone in the medical profession  can be prepared to deliberately take the life of such a viable foetus.  The Victorian government is currently debating legislation to allow pregnant women to take the decision to abort at this late stage.

I had previously not thought much about the abortion issue, but this baby has galvanised my thoughts.

A few interesting news items from Tuesday

20.08.08: Mudflow bubble in Sidoarjo explodes

The Indonesian ‘Mud Volcano” created by Santos mining activities in May 2006 is about to consume yet another village after one of the many gas bubbles in the mud flowing in Sidoarjo, East Java, exploded on Tuesday.  Jalaludin Alham from the mudflow special committee at the Sidoarjo legislative council said that the government should pay special attention to the emergence of gas bubbles in Siring and other villages.  (Background information here)

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21 August 2008 at 12:00 am

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Over the Fence – local news and gossip

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Christmas in July

Now in its fourth year, the King Valley Red Cross held its annual fund raising dinner last Friday at Rinaldos Restaurant in Whitfield.

The King Valley Red Cross is one of the mainstays of community life in the village of Whitfield and it was good to see that the venue was totally booked out with about 70 attending .with extra tables having to be arranged for the over-bookings.

A meeting of like minds

Click the image to meet the boys over at Alpine Opinion

Click the image to meet the boys over at Alpine Opinion

The north east bloggers finally got to meet one another on Saturday at the Milawa Hotel.   We had Dave from Albury, Kieren Bennet, Jim Roelofs (JR) and Jack Stone – Krypto – AWOL – or whatever he likes to call himself today from north of the border along with Ray Dixon fron Bright and Greg Naylor from Whitfield.

An unlikely grouping of men, they ranged in age from fresh faced young blokes to grumpy old grandfathers with political leanings ranging from the far left to the far right but with one common bond, the need to tell it as they see it.  And we talked crap all afternoon …

The big effort

The King Valley United Football and Netball Club holds an annual raffle that brings the whole district out for a free lunch for ticket holders.  With only 330 tickets costing $100 each there is a real chance of winning the first prize of $10,000.

This is a reverse raffle where every ticket is drawn and eliminated with the last man standing taking home the booty.  It is a great community day with lunch and drinks included in the ticket price.  Pauline and I are heading off there at lunchtime and expect to be $10,000 richer at teatime. Wish us luck!

Update: Well, we went along to the draw of the big raffle and – what do you know – we missed out again.  The $10,000 first prize was won by Darren and Louise, a 30’s couple who have recently moved to Whitfield from Queensland.  They are a great young couple with whom I have worked in the vineyard.

It did not surprise me when I head that they had donated $1,500 to kick off a local appeal for star footballer Mathew Kieley who suffered an horendous injury last week playing for the King Valley United Hoppers.

The consolation prize is knowing that, having bought a ticket each year over the last five years or more, we are doing our bit to support the local fooball club along with the rest of the Whitfield community.

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27 July 2008 at 8:05 am

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Great news: Sophie’s baby has arrived

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The following is a reprint of an article in today’s Herald Sun

by Ben Packham | Herald Sun
July 04, 2008 12:00am

VICTORIAN Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella and her husband, Greg, have had a baby girl.

Mrs Mirabella, the victim of a cruel gibe from Labor’s Belinda Neal, was overjoyed by the arrival of Alexandra Mary Mirabella yesterday.

“I am very happy and feel extremely blessed,” she said.

“This is the most important thing I have done in my life.”

The 4.25kg girl was born by caesarean section at Melbourne’s Freemason’s Hospital about 10am yesterday.

Mrs Mirabella thanked the people of her northeast Victorian electorate of Indi for their best wishes.

“It was really lovely to have people coming into my Wangaratta office, sending cards and calling me to wish us all the best. Thank you to all.”

Mrs Mirabella’s pregnancy made headlines when, during a late-night parliamentary session, Ms Neal told her: “Evil thoughts will turn your baby into a demon.”

The NSW MP initially denied the comment, but later apologised to the House.

She and her husband, NSW MP John Della Bosca, were interviewed by police yesterday over their now infamous night out at the Iguana’s Waterfront bar

Let us all wish the Mirabella family every joy with young Alexandra.
Unfortunately, this great event may draw some adverse comments and, should they occur here, they will be censored.

Further coverage can be read in the Border Mail and The Chronicle

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4 July 2008 at 3:49 pm

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