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TAS Country : December 16th 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010 Tasmanian Country 9 YOUR SAY firstname.lastname@example.org Thumbs up for health service We certainly appreciate all that they do above and beyond the call of duty.' BIG THANKS: Tracey Turale and manager Sandy Carmichael at the new health centre. IN answer to Ross and Mary Mace (Tasmanian Country, December 10), I would acknowledge the fact that what happened to the Ouse District Hospital under Lara Giddings' leadership was sad. I felt sorry for the elderly citizens who were moved away from their loved ones at a time when they needed them most. I felt sorry that the community lost the 24/7, 52-weeks-a-year health service. When the Ouse District Hos- pital operated as Mr and Mrs Mace stated, our family was fortu- nate enough not to require this service. It sounded like a wonderful health facility which the com- munity now obviously misses. I must now comment on my parents' situation. My parents would not be able to continue living in the home they have lived in for 65 years if they didn't have the services provided by the Central Highlands Com- munity Health Centre (the HUB). I know, like the elderly citizens who were removed from their families, my parents also would not live far from their loved ones. They are fortunate to receive wonderful support from a group of caring, dedicated and respon- sible staff. My parents, after assessment by some very committed and profes- sional health workers, now re- ceive a health care package. This enables them to live inde- pendently in their own home. The staff who visit provide domestic services, healthcare, nursing care, transport, gardening and more importantly kindness and friendship. Mr and Mrs Mace, our parents are cared for by the staff from the HUB, and cared for in a wonderful way. The HUB may not outdo the hospital it replaced but it is what we have now. At this stage of their lives they are receiving the care that is allowing them to remain in their home. If the time comes and they are assessed as being unable to re- main at home we will have to make a decision as to their future but for now thank you to all who are providing services. We appreciate all that you do above and beyond the call of duty. JUDY WIGGINS Mangalore (Judy Wiggins has since contacted Tasmanian Country to say her fear of one of her parents having a medical emergency was realised this week when her father had a fall. A carer from the health centre was immediately on hand and an ambulance arrived within 15 minutes to take her father to hospital in Hobart). To do nothing about pests not an option IAN Rist (Tasmanian Country, December 10) claims that my column had factual errors which need- ed correcting. He also said some of the information contained in my article was nonsense and untrue. Mr Rist made some er- rors in his letter. I have never suggested that 1080 was used on Macquarie Island. The po- ison used is Brodifacoum, which unlike 1080 is avail- able over the counter in the form of rat poison. True, 800-odd birds were killed on Macquarie Island and poisoning was halted immediately, which was the appropriate thing to do. However, when one con- siders the effects rodents and rabbits are having on the island, including the bird community, some col- lateral damage may be a small price to pay. I stated that devils have to eat 10 3mg baits in 24 hours to be killed. Mr Rist correctly states that a devil would have to consume 4.4mg of 1080 per kilogram of body weight to die. Using these figures, 30mg of 1080 would be needed to kill a 7kg devil eating a 4.42mg bait. The baits being used in Tas- mania contain 3mg of 1080, meaning a devil would need to find, dig up and eat 10 baits within 10 days to be killed. Research figures suggest that 10 per cent of the baits laid are not recovered, some simply break down and others are eaten. Considering the way the poisoning is conducted, this suggests a devil would have great difficulty get- ting the required number of baits. I am sure most people have difficulty con- templating life on Macquarie Island with a plague of rats, mice and rabbits threatening the bird species. Everything we do in life has a cost. Perhaps those who don't believe foxes are in Tasmania should im- agine what a healthy popu- lation of foxes would do to birds and wildlife. To do nothing is not an option. DAVID BYARD IN AN ELECTRICITY EMERGENCY CALL 13 2004 DON T DIE LOOK UP LOOK OUT AGEN3381rj Aurora Energy Pty Ltd ABN 85 082 464 622 SENSATIONAL TRADE-IN DEALS ON FARM AT VS! Get into your local participating Suzuki Dealer between 1 October and 24 December to trade in your old ATV to a new model from Suzuki s hard-working, value-packed farm ATV range. 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