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NATIONAL DIABETES WEEK
Failure to implement a comprehensive
national type 2 diabetes early detection pro-
gram could be costing the Australian health
system more than $700 million each year.
Diabetes Australia is calling for emer-
gency departments and GP clinics across
Australia to conduct more routine detec-
tion in a bid to diagnose up to 500,000
Australians who may currently have silent,
undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
People can have type 2 diabetes for up
to seven years before it is diagnosed and in
that time many people will begin to develop
debilitating complications including heart
attacks and strokes, eye damage and blind-
ness, foot ulcers and limb amputation, and
kidney damage. In many cases, complica-
tions can be prevented with early detection
and optimal treatment.
National Diabetes Week is July 8-14 July
and marks the launch of a new Diabetes
Australia campaign, ‘It’s About Time
International evidence has found that
early detection and optimal treatment could
save as much as $1415 per person per year.
With an estimated 500,000 Australians
having silent undiagnosed type 2 diabetes,
that could translate to savings of more than
$700 million for the Australian health system
The earlier people are diagnosed, the
earlier they can get the right treatment.
Diabetes Australia chief executive Professor Greg
Johnson and Diabetes NSW & ACT chief executive
BECAUSE OF HER, WE CAN
This week, July 8-15, is NAIDOC Week
across Australia. Following this year’s theme
of ‘Because of her, we can’, I want to tell you
about the importance of women in all the
work I do especially within my Aboriginal
Services. Women play a significant role in
Aboriginal and To rres Strait Islander culture
and this NAIDOC week we are asked to
reflect on their contribution to the growth
and development of our country.
For at least 65,000 years Aboriginal and
To rres Strait Islander women have carried
dreaming stories, songlines, languages and
knowledge. In more recent times they have
been there at the forefront of major turning
points in Australian culture and history.
From the To rres Strait Pearlers strike in 1936,
to the 1967 Referendum – which included
Aboriginal and To rres Strait peoples in
Australia’s population figures – to more
modern issues such as the 2008 apology,
Aboriginal and To rres Strait islander women
have been a driving force for Aboriginal
Having strong female role models is abso-
lutely crucial to helping young people grow,
not only is it important for young women,
but young men draw so much from mothers,
grandmothers, aunties and friends.
Across my organisation, Yo uth Off The
Streets, we have female staff in every
program, from schools to outreach to spe-
cialist services the women in our programs
contribute enormous amounts to bettering
the lives of young people.
We have so much to learn from Aboriginal
and To rres Strait Islander peoples and their
culture. There are many inspiring stories
from women on the NAIDOC Week website
at : www.naidoc.org.au. This NAIDOC Week
I ask you to reflect on the theme of ‘Because
of her, we can’ and think about how impor-
tant women have been in supporting you
and your community.
Father Chris Riley, Youth Off The Streets
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OUR PIC: Storm clouds gather over the Queanbeyan River. Photo: James Waugh
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
AM so excited to begin as the new
reporter at The Queanbeyan Age.
My career has been in media and
communications, though this is my
first job as a local reporter for a community
I grew up in country NSW and regional
Queensland. I’ve become familiar with
Queanbeyan since moving to the area for
study not long after finishing high school.
Over the past seven years I’ve lived in
Queanbeyan, Wamboin and neighbouring
suburbs of Canberra, such as Narrabundah
and Griffith – though I prefer the regional
town charm of Queanbeyan and its sur-
Queanbeyan has benefited from its access
to great public spaces. My favourites are the
river walk and the Queanbeyan Performing
You may have seen me wandering Quean-
beyan with my camera over the past couple
of weeks. Despite my best efforts I’ve been
unable to get a photo or interview from the
famous platypuses in the Queanbeyan River
(though I have already been twice asked to
wear the council’s platypus costume).
If you’ve lived in the area for a while, we
may have met through Gumtree or at a ga-
rage sale. I’m an enthusiastic bargain hunter
and buyer. My backyard is slowly filling
with free boats, caravans and a host of other
eyesores, to the delight of the neighbours
and landlord, while I ready them for re-sale.
I’m also a member of the local RSL, that –
apart from enjoying lovely views of the river
– provides a refuge from the summer heat.
My home air conditioning unit died just
before Australia Day this year, so you may
have also seen me and several housemates
squatting in the RSL sports lounge.
As someone familiar with the local area,
I have a good idea of what I would like to
see covered. The lack of parking and empty
shopfronts in the Queanbeyan main street
are a major issue I’d like give more time to.
I was sad to see an iconic local business like
the Central Cafe close down.
The population has expanded a lot since I
first moved to the area and will continue to
grow rapidly in coming years. The changing
character of both Queanbeyan and Can-
berra is a major interest for me that I look
forward to reporting on.
I want to cover issues that matter to you
and help build the sense of community that
makes towns like Queanbeyan such great
places to live.
■ Ta lk to me: james.waugh@fairfaxmedia.
Ta king the reins at The Queanbeyan Age
Elderly in car crashes rising year on year.
RISE IN CRASHES EXAMINED
Ageing Australian population. Has the
nanny state got its foot in the door for
some more rules and regulations.
Are they texting? Are you? Hope you get
caught before you kill someone else.
Kathryn Jane Stephenson
The number of people over 65 with drivers
licences has jumped so I would anticipate
that the number of deaths woukd also
jump. Remember it is not that long ago
when most households were single car
households and it was the male that had
the drivers licences, and also males that
had a habit of dying before age 70.
We asked our readership for ideas to revive
the Queanbeyan town centre.
MONARO STREET BLUES
Malls have suck ed the vibrancy and
retailers out of main streets everywhere.
Retailers struggle with the online compe-
tition so invariably they go where the foot
traffic is, the malls.
Get the major traffic out of the main drag
and make it more pedestrian friendly.
Better lighting at night ... We also need
to be actively engaging new business to
move to Queanbeyan.
Close the shops and make it three lanes
each way and a new six lane bridge.
Alternatively stop Googong development
and packing more units into town.
I have lived in Queanbeyan for 40 years
and it’s a ghost town in main street now.
Nothing interesting to walk the street for.
All boring shops or food related ones.
Need more variety of interesting shops. It’s
just so boring and dead.
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