Today Is Scrubs Day

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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What Is Scrubs Day?

Scrubs Day is a day when we remember all of our first responders, ambulance or paramedic officers.

Our doctors, surgeons and anaesthetists.

Our nurses, aged care workers and home visit nurses.

Without all of these devoted and altruistic people, our world would be a sad place indeed.

So if you know anyone working in these fields, give them a big thank you on Scrubs Day.

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Indonesian Tsunami

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Indonesian Tsunami

The Indonesian tsunami in the Sulawesi area has been in the news headlines worldwide.

But did you know that Indonesia has been struck with 3 separate disasters in one week? They have experienced the tsunami and the eartquake with all it’s aftershocks,  plus they now have to endure a volcanic eruption.

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Emergency Relief Issues

Not only are the rescue workers struggling to find people amongst the rubble and the mud. They now are faced with the prospect of essential aid not being delivered due to the ash cloud. Reports say that if it should drift any further, aircraft will be unable to fly in much-needed supplies.

Death Toll

The number of dead is now over 1400. Authorities are unable to estimate the eventual total. This is due to the difficulties being experienced caused by the earthquake and aftershocks.

There are possibly hundreds of people buried under the mudslides. No survivors are expected to be found there.

Appeal

The Indonesia Tsunami Emergency Appeal is underway. Oxfam are running this to aid in excess of 100,000 people.

You can help by visiting the Oxfam Site.

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Earthquakes In Indonesia

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More earthquakes in Indonesia?

Will there be more? Unfortunately, eathquakes in Indonsia are nothing new.  Indonesia experiences more earthquakes than any other county in the world.*

In fact, according to the United States Geological Survey, Indonesia has suffered more than 150 earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 7 between the years 1901 to 2017.

Volcanoes are also a threat. In 1883, Krakatoa erupted causing seismic avtivity. Some 36,417 lives were lost from the eruption and the tsunami’s it created.

From the recent earthquake in Indonesia, and the aftershocks, the death toll has reached 430. Sadly, it may have risen as I write this.

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Contemplating Suicide?

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If you are thinking of suicide you should read this first.

The percentage of people with depression is going through the roof. There are way too many pressures or expectations put on us daily. Everyone says to themselves at some point “I wish I was dead.”

If you find yourself thinking that more and more then you may be at risk of taking your own life. But there is so much help available these days that is only a phone call away.

Contact any of the people or organisations listed below and they will help you without judgement and get you past that point. Back to a better, more stable frame of mind.

Make the call now.

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Lifeline Australia 131144

Suicide Callback Service 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

Sane Australia 1800 187 263

Mental Help Commission 000

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78

Coast Guards and Assistance Dog Day Is Today

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Assistance Dog Day

Our Assistance Dogs do more than act as guide dogs for the blind.

Assistance Dogs Australia was born out of the need a couple had for their own child. After a visit to the USA (where they had to go for a dog at that time), they obtained a dog for their daughter. Seeing the difference the dog made to their child’s daily life, was the catalyst for more action.

That couple was Hannie and Robert Bigg OAM and they are still actively involved with Assistance Dogs Australia along with sons Andrew and Gavin.

A staggering 1 in 5 people in Australia are living with a disability.

Why should you donate to the organisation?

It costs around $35,000 to train, feed, house, have vet treatments and place an assistance dog with a client over a two year period.

The dogs are provided to the disabled client totally free of charge. The organisation does not receive any government assistance. It is only through the philanthropic donations of people like yourself that it continues to provide an essential aid to those living with a disability.

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Our Coast Guards

Amongst other things, it is the duty of our Coast Guard to protect our waters from illegal fishing by boats from other countries.

They can stop Australian boats too and check on the catch they have, ensuring it is within bag limits with fish of legal size.

Preventing drug runners from reaching our shores is another important duty.

Not all glamour

Our Coast Guards also have the unenviable task of recovering bodies lost at sea.

This could be because a vessel has got into trouble and been capsized. Or someone washed overboard.

Sadly, they spend a fair amount of time searching for a fisherman who has been washed off rocks. While not always the case, his death could have perhaps been prevented by tethering himself to a solid stake.

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, rock fishing is Australias most dangerous sport