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FCATA – Blog 7

January 20, 2011 Comments off

Hello all,

(updated 23rd Jan 2011 10:00am)

This site has moved to a new address, please click on this link to transfer to the new Fraser Coast Aqua Therapy Association site.  Please click the links provided to post your comments at the new site.  No further administrator Blogs will be posted at this site.

Please remember to update your ‘bookmarks page when you transfer to the new site.

regards … bleyzie.

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Hello again,

Just wanted to update you all about the efforts to contact all the Carer groups in the area.  A number of Coordinators and station Managers are still on leave or still involved with flood relief efforts.  I have been given a number of contact names and numbers and that is a task set down for the end of this months when things have hopefully settled everywhere.

QLD Disability Services have been very helpful and encouraging and their efforts are very appreciated – well done Casey and Natalie -

The list of Community Groups that may be able to assist with distributing information about the program to their members and potential users of the program include:

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Maryborough Pensioners Assoc Inc.

Raise funds for benefit of pensioners, take active interest in pensioner welfare, provide a centre for member and public activities

Address: 84 Adelaide Street, MARYBOROUGH , Queensland , 4650.
Mr Fred Livermore – Phone: 07 4121 4388 – 

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APSL – Australian Pensioners & Superannuants League

Social card evening of 500. Bus routes on Main St and coles/woolworths-1/2km from hall. Full range of different activities for all to enjoy.

Address: 61 Hunter Street, Pialba , Queensland , 4655.
Phone: 07 4125 6960 -

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Blue Care – Community Care Packages

Provides care to frail, elderly people in their own homes.

Address: , Hervey Bay , Queensland , 4655.
Ms Bev Keleher – Phone: 07 4197 7223 – Fax: 07 4124 0415

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GEMS Group for Emotional & Mental Support

Mental health support& respite, day group, recovery in a safe environment. buddy support, leisure activities-resources , meet mondays & wednesdays.10
Address: 103 Hammond st, Urangan , Queensland , 4655.
Phone: 07 4125 4215 – Fax: 07 4125 4215 – Mobile: 0432608580

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Blue Care Fraser Coast Respite Services – Hervey Bay

Domestic assistance; Other services: in-home respite, emergency respite, center based respite care. Care is available seven days a week.

Address: 141 Long Street, POINT VERNON 4655, Phone: Ph: (07) 4197 7266  Fax: (07) 4197 7298 Mobile: 0409 498 651 Email: l.ruhl@bluecare.org.au

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Centacare Fraser Coast

Domestic Assistance.  Other services: Personal care, in-home respite, social support. Run group activities in Maryborough and Hervey Bay and also provide 1:1 support. Hervey Bay, Maryborough and surrounding townships.

Address: 152 Boat Harbour Drive, HERVEY BAY 4655, Ph: (07) 4194 0172 Fax: (07) 4194 0175 Email: c-carefc@bigpond.net.au

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If anyone reading this BLOG has a connection with any of these groups, it would be very helpful if you could use your connection to introduce me to talk to them about the program …

If you can help in this regard – please drop a message to fcata@bigpond.com

thanks … Ian.
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For ease of access – the FORM to allow submissions of INTERESTs in the Aqua Therapy program is now being included at the end of every post – Please if you are interested in being part of the program – as a volunteer or a participant – please complete the form below.  Please note: These are just indication of interest – nothing is committed or being asked of anybody who responds.

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Thank you for completing this questionnaire and indicating your interest in this proposed new Community service for the Fraser Coast region.

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FCATA – Blog 6

January 20, 2011 Comments off

Hi all,

The Chronicle ran a sort of a retraction in todays edition under their Local News Briefs:

FCC-retraction-20110120

Correction published in FCC 20th Jan

It is a correction at least – but the damage was done with the way the story was presented yesterday.   The Council should have know their own policy when they spoke to the reporter doing the story.

more to come soon …

cheers … Ian.

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For ease of access – the FORM to allow submissions of INTERESTs in the Aqua Therapy program is now being included at the end of every post – Please if you are interested in being part of the program – as a volunteer or a participant – please complete the form below.  Please note: These are just indication of interest – nothing is committed or being asked of anybody who responds.

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Thank you for completing this questionnaire and indicating your interest in this proposed new Community service for the Fraser Coast region.

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FCATA – Blog 5

Hi all,

I just caught up with the overnight comments to the Chronicle story yesterday.  There was a new post from someone in Blacktown NSW – who reads the Chronicle in Blacktown?

Their comment was:

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” …Posted by pursuit250 from Blacktown Dc, New South Wales

19 January 2011 6:30 p.m. |

personally i think we should all stop work, retire and go on the pension, ive said this before…. could you imagine if every working person just said stuff it, im sick and tired of these peaple who just want to bleed this pension system dry, and the tax payer just cops it sweet and pays for it, what would the goverment do then….. ITS A WHOLE $1.40 you cant be for real?????? Ok here,s an idea!!!!!! dont go to the pool and pay $1.40, go out the back yard, turn the tap on and wet your self down, dont pensioners get a consesion on water bills…. problem solved

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I responded – can’t help myself – they only had room for 1500 characters and the full response is copied below:

” …

Oh to be young and not have to care about the elderly and less advantaged persons still living in our communities …

If one talks to any Carer group Nationwide – or to the aged and disadvantaged – they will tell you that helping this targeted demographic stay Independent will not only save $billions in the long run – but it will give them a better quality of life.

There not asking for a handout – god knows they fought the WARS and paid their taxes during their lives – but the opportunity to exercise and socialise among their own kind with Carer assistance.

A little bit of forward planning now – will help all of us in the future – including this younger group who do not realise that one day they too will be older and frail – this is not just about getting a ‘discount’ but offering encouragement to get targeted groups to get out, exercise and socialise in an environment where their disabilities are monitored and provided for.  Changing the communities attitudes about caring for those who need just a smidgen of help and recognition – needs to be addressed – there is a problem with that and that is it does not create a revenue stream for the promoters –

What is the alternative – pass 60 and life extinguishes – how about 50 in 15 years time when our planet population explodes past 10 billion – then 40 in another 10 years –

You say it won’t happen – well I say that ask your young teenage children if they want to spend a day with their grandparents and perhaps push them around in a wheelchair – that will give you the message that life has become about the next generation and we have swallowed it all -

Largely – there is a great ignorance within communities about the real CARER groups who attend to the needs and requirements of the elderly and disadvantaged – why when confronted with the realism of what we will all face at some point down the line – all naysayers do is want attack and ‘give a spray’ to those who carry the message …

This is our society … it can only improve if people recognise that by allowing these aging and disabled persons to try to stay as independent as possible – for as long as possible – it helps all demographics and gives them opportunity to self-help and still feel a part of their community …

Depression is a slow and debilitating disease – as these marginalised groups become more isolated and alone – this disease becomes more entrenched – if it is not rectified within the first 6-12 months – it can last for years and until they pass away –

There is good in everybody – it just needs to be given to opportunity to shine – caring for someone is a gift that presents so many emotive rewards – Our Leaders need to foster the promotion of this ‘less about me’ and what ‘I can do for someone else’ awareness.

Come on – lets us get a little bit real about this issue – in this place – at this time – and what it really represents – awareness of those less advantaged then most – and what communities can do to encourage and promote a better quality of life for them – and feel good about doing it. …’

It will be interesting just how it is edited if the Chronicle decides to post the response …

cya … Ian.

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For ease of access – the FORM to allow submissions of INTERESTs in the Aqua Therapy program is now being included at the end of every post – Please if you are interested in being part of the program – as a volunteer or a participant – please complete the form below.  Please note: These are just indication of interest – nothing is committed or being asked of anybody who responds.

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Thank you for completing this questionnaire and indicating your interest in this proposed new Community service for the Fraser Coast region.

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FCATA – Blog 4

January 20, 2011 Comments off

Hi all -

Yes – I know – the ABC Wide Bay radio interview was again delayed.  I spoke with Wayne Shearman who I did the interview with after his show and he was apologetic – the story got kicked because the QLD opposition leader was in the studio.   I am told either tomorrow morning at 6:45 or 7:15 – but more likely Monday at either of those same times … alls well and he will send me a audio file and the interview will be posted on-line via this site.

The overnight stats from people having a peak at the FCATA webpage was much higher than expected – there were some glitches with the link from the Chronicle’s on-line link that returned ‘404’ messages.  Indications of interest are still the real measure of how the community sees this new program and I urge all those who want to be a participant in the program to indicate their interest.  Please – any other interest indications are also very welcome as this program will not be able to function in its initial stages without volunteers and their generous offers to help.

Plan to spend part of the day setting up a new independent FCATA blog site … let you all know when its done about the new address …

talk later … Ian.

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For ease of access – the FORM to allow submissions of INTERESTs in the Aqua Therapy program is now being included at the end of every post – Please if you are interested in being part of the program – as a volunteer or a participant – please complete the form below.  Please note: These are just indication of interest – nothing is committed or being asked of anybody who responds.

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Thank you for completing this questionnaire and indicating your interest in this proposed new Community service for the Fraser Coast region.

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