WA Police Open Letter

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WA Police Open Letter To Mark McGowan

In a recent open letter to the WA Premier, Mark McGowan, it was pointed out that there are no minimum staffing levels for police.

What does this mean to you and I? Unlike other large organisations, if ALL police at a given station call in sick, there will be no-one on duty at that station.

This results in longer response times as officers have to travel from another district to give assistance. It could mean the difference between life and death for the public in the worst-case scenario.

During the discussions with the Government, it was said that as crime has no prescribed number of occurrences, there was no need for a minimum or prescribed number of police on duty.

What absolute rubbish.

View the letter here

Should You Check For Osteoporosis?

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Check For Osteoporosis

I recently watched a program on Channel 7 (Weekend Sunrise) where they had a segment on the health of Australians. This segment advised you and me on what we should get checked periodically as a matter of routine with your GP.

They advised various things such as get your blood pressure done. Also, do the stool check (poo check) that over 50’s receive in the mail.

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Osteoporosis

The specialist went on to say that Australians should have regular checks for osteoporosis once you reach the age of 50.

Unfortunately, this is a waste of your time and your money.

Why is an osteoporosis exam pointless?

I know of one case where a lady went to her doctor and asked if she could have this checked due to the fact that a relative had broken an arm and was subsequently diagnosed with osteoporosis. Her relative now receives treatment for it.

But here is the kicker

The test results came back as positive meaning she already has osteoporosis. However, due to the fact that she had not broken any bones, she did not qualify as requiring treatment for her osteoporosis.

Surely, if this debilitating bone disease is present she should be treated for it. But no. It seems that you need to have broken something to qualify. So let us say that she goes on till 80 years of age and then breaks a bone. The injury incurred at that time will no doubt be far worse than it would have had she been treated for the condition when diagnosed in her 50’s.

I know that Medicare in Australia provides a great service to you and me but it certainly seems to fall short in this case. What are your thoughts?

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Today Is Scrubs Day

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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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