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Sarah Henderson, Liberal candidate for Corangamite, met with 60 local residents to hear their case for a heated swimming pool in Apollo Bay. Corangamite is the most marginal seat in the September federal election, currently held by Darren Cheeseman ALP.

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Ms. Henderson spoke with community members in the Senior Citizens Hall about their needs for a heated pool:
” I’m doing my very best to advocate for the really important projects in our region…from what I’ve seen today, the pool is the number one project in Apollo Bay.” If elected, Sarah says she’ll ” bang the drum, bang the table and do the very best I can for projects such as this one.”

The community members at the meeting ranged in age from parents with young children to grandparents. ??????????????????????????????????

They told their stories of the need to have a heated pool for children to learn to swim, for rehabilitation, for hydrotherapy for an aging community, and for visitors too. One resident wants to celebrate her 80th birthday in 5 years time, in Apollo Bay’s heated pool.

For many years, Apollo Bay community has been calling for a heated swimming pool so the treacherous trip through the Otways to Colac, or to Lavers Hill once a week, to access hydrotherapy or swimming lessons for children, wouldn’t be necessary.This recent push for a heated pool started over two years ago with the formation of Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre Inc.

In March this year, after the pool committee presented a self-funded feasibility study and concept plans for the pool, the Colac Otway shire voted unanimously to provide the running costs.  A community fundraising campaign to raise 10% of the capital cost has begun with Bendigo Bank pledging $20,000. Now it’s up to Federal and State funding for the remainder of the capital costs.

Jane Gross, Secretary of the Aquatic Centre committee was pleased with the community’s  response at the meeting, and with Ms. Henderson’s support. Jane Gross at meeting with Sarah Henderson

Jane is feeling hopeful: ” Sarah was happy to come down to meet with us. Darren Cheeseman too was fairly positive when we met  at his office in Waurn Ponds on Wednesday . He noted that Apollo Bay hasn’t had any spending or infrastructure for a very long time.  If we get a federal election promise this September by whoever gets in, we’ll hope to have the pool up and running by2015 “.

Supplementing Summer

Posted: October 8, 2012 by Jesscatherine5 in Deakin University, Geelong, Health, Social Issues

Introductory video…

The sun is streaming down, not a cloud in sight. The warmth is like a heater on your back and side of your face – creating those unsightly clothing tan lines. Flowers have bloomed all around you and all you can hear is the sound of birds singing happily to each other… Summer is on its way.

You put on your pair of bathers, over-excited and pre-empting a beach day. You look in the mirror and suddenly all those warm, fuzzy feelings have left. You now know where your ‘winter warmth’ has been hiding – you must do something about it.

Fitspiration” (Fit Inspiration) Pages on Instagram and Facebook showing images of thin, ‘beautiful’ females- pulling some 129,000+ followers/likers.

“Get a tan, fall in love, lose weight, join a gym, EAT CLEAN”

Sound familiar? Well you are amongst the majority. There is something about summer that causes a mass frenzy amongst the female population in the western world. It sparks a time where the body-conscious remember how self-conscious they really are, the fit train like athletes, and the rest of us try to follow suit.

This year amongst the 20-something generation of females, there has been a significant rise in awareness surrounding weight loss – ‘clean’ eating, exercise and weight loss supplements have all entered into people’s everyday vocabulary and lifestyle. Not only have these elements become lifestyle changes and choices for a vast majority, but have more-so become an obsessive craze that is trending throughout the country.

Interview with Fenix Fitness personal trainer, Gareth Chapman-

Gone are the days of deriving nutrients, vitamins, minerals and weight loss by natural means – we have become a Supplementing Society.

Pre-workout supplements which once used to be primarily used for Body Building has now been targeted toward and taken by more and more people in their everyday workouts. A new age of supplements under the banner of ‘Thermogenics’ have been introduced to increase weight loss. They work by increasing the body’s core temperature therefore increasing heart and metabolic rate; burning more fat whilst idle and even more when working out. With containing the ability to do these things, one must ask the question, how safe are these supplements and when is enough, too much?

Rianni Lancaster for GNC Vitamins in Geelong speaks to me about the benefits and risks surrounding supplement usage.

For a list of Thermogenic foods in a natural sense, visit this website.

For a list of 18 essential Vitamins for women visit this website.

The dangers surrounding these pre-workout supplements have been alive in the media lately with the pre-workout, ‘Jack3d’ recently banned throughout Australia.

“Jack3d is a pre-workout supplement that has been designed to boost people’s energy, strength, and endurance so that they will be able to work out harder, allowing them to achieve their fitness goals more easily. It also boosts mental alertness so that users will be able to better focus on their workout routines and their other tasks” according to the Jack3d website.

Before the nationwide ban, it had come to light that people were using the synthetic stimulant in their workplaces to stay awake and alert. Here is an article describing the usage that became apparent in the mines:

With knowledge comes experimentation, and experts believe it’s only a matter of time before these pre-workouts are mixed into a fatal concoction in the hunt for a weight loss miracle.

Before starting a pre-workout supplement routine, it is advised you consult your doctor beforehand.

For more information visit your local vitamin store.

Interview with Fenix Fitness Member Care manager, Bek Musgrave-

BMI Chart. For more information and to calculate your own BMI visit:

On average, 2,100 Australians commit suicide each year, accounting for more deaths than those caused by road accidents. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it is the leading cause of death amongst young people aged 15 – 24 in the country.

Last year, in the City of Casey in Melbourne’s South East suburbs, too many teenagers ended their lives. Often rapidly, one after the other, these tragedies shocked the community and left families, friends and schools in constant fear. Beaconhills College in Berwick lost 4 past and current students in the space of 12 months, heartbreakingly leaving the area desperately searching for a solution to the horrific situation.

Rowan Membrey was one of the young boys to take his life in 2011. His father, Craig Membrey, spoke to ABC earlier this year about his son.


Late last year, after receiving the news that there had been another teen suicide – this time of a 14 year old girl named Paige Menzies – Beaconhills College senior students Jess Cummings, then 17 and Thom Hartland, 18  decided that something needed to happen.

“It really shook up the community, especially the school we both attended.
When we found out that people even younger than us were taking their lives or considering it, we definitely knew that was the time to change things.”

In the hope that they could raise awareness of the rising suicide epidemic that appeared to be racing through their local community, they created a Facebook page called Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide.

Twelve months on and it has swarmed through the social media sphere, with a giant 18,500 followers to date. Whilst the Australian media currently reports very little regarding suicides, essentially to protect vulnerable individuals and families, attitudes are changing. After rumours of a suicide pact being in place in schools in the area, parents, friends and the families of those affected are pushing for the lift of these media norms. By targeting the right demographic via social media to broadcast the serious issue, Cummings and Hartland’s page exploded in a way that they never expected.

“We added six people the night we made it [the page]. The next day we had about 1000.”

Having been close with several of the deceased teenagers, both Jess and Thom have become incredibly passionate about their cause. Unfortunately, they have taken on the burden of thousands of follower’s emotions and have felt the tragic weight as teenager’s worldwide turn to the page for both help and a friend.
National charity In2Life has offered their assistance, and provided the page with professional moderators, guidelines and counselors to monitor the content that is being posted constantly.

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At a recent youth suicide forum in Berwick, the State Minister for Mental Health, Mary Wooldridge, said that almost $150,000 of this year’s Headspace funding would be channeled towards a dedicated suicide prevention worker for the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire area’s for 12 months.

“Along with the local councils, schools and youth services, the Health Department is supporting services to effectively respond to young people presenting with mental health issues and to minimise the risk of suicides occurring.”

The Honorable Anthony Byrne, MP for Holt acknowledged the bravery of those that attended the forum and held a summit to address the issue.

A recent survey conducted by major mental health organization Beyond Blue investigated the attitudes towards depression amongst Australians. CEO Ms Kate Carnell said, “It seems that many people still don’t know depression is an illness which needs and responds to treatment, and still don’t know how to help themselves or someone else who may be struggling.”

The survey revealed the following response:

*   62% wrongly believed antidepressant medication is addictive
*   34% wrongly thought people with severe depression should ‘pull themselves together’
*   25% wrongly thought it would be helpful to take a person with depression to the pub for a few drinks to help them forget their worries
*   19 % wrongly thought it would be helpful to tell a depressed person to ‘put on a brave face and push on’
*   14% wrongly thought people with severe depression are weak-willed.

“This indicates we need to work harder to make people more aware of the signs and symptoms of depression” said Ms Carnell.

A simple Facebook page created by two high school students has gathered 18,500 followers, and a community has banded together to support each other during the aftermath of a series of heart-rending tragedies.

With the State funded suicide prevention worker and the slowly changing attitudes towards the portrayal of suicide in the media, the City of Casey is trying to open the lid on youth depression and suicide in an attempt to try and understand why their children chose death.

We asked the public about their attitudes towards depression, suicide and its representation in the media.


If you are experiencing feelings of depression or suicidal tendencies, please contact any of the services below:

Lifeline – 13 11 14 (cost of a local call)

Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800 (free call).

Beyond Blue 


Monday the 10th of September was World Suicide Prevention Day. ABC’s Four Corners program addressed the issue, and interviewed Jess Cummings and Thom Hartland of Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide, along with the parents of suicide victims and Beaconhills College Head Master. You can watch the video here:


Despite the Federal Government dedicating millions of dollars to improving Australia’s extremely low organ donation rates there have been no clear improvements since the reform was implemented in 2009.

In 2008 the Australian Federal Government introduced a reform package with significant results expected over four years.

According to the Australian and New Zealand Organ Donor Registry (ANZOD) there were 337 donors in 2011 whose organs and tissues were donated to 1001 recipients.

Unfortunately, in the past year, organ donor rates have plateaued and donor numbers are now in decline.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranked Australia 24th in the world last year.

In 2004 102 children died in Australia that weren’t organ donors.

In the same year, young Zaidee Turner and her family had been registered organ donors for over 5 years. A blood vessel burst in her brain causing her to suddenly die.

As a registered organ donor, Zaidee became one of the youngest Australians to donate her organs and tissues at just 7 years old.

Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, partnered with DonateLife, was developed by Zaidee’s parents Kim and Allan Turner in an effort to raise national awareness of organ and tissue donation.

“Today the foundation is at the forefront of educating families about the need for more people to donate at the end of life.” – Zaidee’s dad, Allan Turner

Zaidee’s rainbow shoelaces have become a symbol of hope across Australia for those people on the transplant waiting lists, and are worn proudly by sporting heroes.

“Australia has one of the lowest donation rates in the developed world.” – DonateLife.

In Australia the family will always be asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased for the transplant donation to proceed. Unfortunately today only 60% of families give consent for organ and tissue donation to go ahead.

Unlike any other organ, humans can survive with just one kidney, however the official processes that possible donors must go through before donating their kidney is extremely taxing and time consuming.

If an individual’s family is not eligible to donate, whether it is due to disease or poor kidney function, the individual will be placed on the waiting list which on average can take anywhere between 6 months to 4 years.

In April 2000 at the age of nine Tate Goldsmith was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome FSGS.  The disease rapidly progressed and by October of 2001 she had started dialysis for renal failure.

Thankfully Tate was able to receive her Mum’s kidney via transplant in November 2002.

Dad’s kidney function wasn’t the best so if Mum couldn’t donate I would have had to go onto the waiting list which can really be a luck of the draw.” 

“Without a transplant I would require hospitalization 3 times a week for a minimum of 5 hours, and I wouldn’t be able to really drink anything as I’d have a fluid restriction of around 1 litre per day. It doesnt sound much but that includes ice cream, jelly, soup, anything with liquid. Also – I wouldn’t be able to eat a large majority of foods because my body wouldn’t be able to excrete potassium – no potatoes, tomatoes, chocolate, bananas…”

“If more people donate it really just gives them the opportunity to have a greater quality of life that cannot be achieved if someone has organ failure. I don’t think that anyone could undersand until the individual or someone immediate to them was in the situation.”

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There are currently around 1600 people on the organ donation waiting list.

Sadly, hundreds die waiting.

“The most important thing that helps a family’s decision is knowing the wishes of their loved one…” according to Jo Harrison, a spokesperson for DonateLife Victoria. “43% of Australian’s do not know or are unsure of their loved ones wishes.”

Will Chapman is suffering with progressive heart and lung failure at just nineteen years old. Without a heart and double lung transplant Will won’t make Christmas.

With the help from friends and family Will has produced a series of videos to urge more people to register and share their organ donation wishes.

Released in September 2012 Will’s Don’t Bury Me campaign highlights the dire need for change in order to save the lives of those on the waiting lists.

Below is a shortened version of Will’s video. For the full movie ‘A Gracious Gift‘ please go here.

To register as an organ donor please visit: Medicare Australia

For more information about organ donation please visit: DonateLife

Every year 65,000 Australians attempt to commit suicide; 2,500 are successful. Worldwide one million people take their own lives annually; that is more lives lost to suicide than to war and homicide combined. It is statistics such as these that signal the global need for change when approaching the issue of suicide.

September’s World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day promote such a change by encouraging people to openly speak about the taboo subject. Each day aims to not only raise awareness and funds to prevent suicide, but to also let those affected by or considering suicide know they are not alone.

Lifeline’s Out of the Shadows hosted a walk at St Kilda’s Catani Gardens on September 9, 2012 to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and promote these vital ideas. The core message for the day was fitting; ‘It’s okay to talk about suicide’.

“I think the slogan that we’ve got this year; ‘It’s okay to talk about suicide’, is very important,” Louise Flynn, Support After Suicide’s Manager, said. “There are unsafe ways to talk about suicide, but there are also safe and responsible ways and we need to talk about it.”

This message comes not long after the public breakdown of 46-year-old celebrity Charlotte Dawson. Dawson was repeatedly verbally abused and told to kill herself by internet trolls via the social network site Twitter. In the end, that is exactly what she attempted to do.

Sadly Dawson is merely a drop in the ocean when it comes to cyber-bullying with Microsoft’s 2008 research finding that one in four children reported to having been bullied online.

The development of technology and the growing popularity of social media have provided tormentors with additional outlets of abuse where, apparently, there are little to no consequences. What many cyber-bullies do not realise, however, is the severity of their actions.

In recent years suicide has climbed to the highest cause of death amongst men under the age of 44 and women under the age of 34. Bulling is a large contributor to this statistic.

“Every one of us has the power to lift someone up or to put them down, even in small ways that we may not realise,” founder of suicide support foundation Life Is…, Tony Gee, said. “I suggest that we all be thoughtful in our ways and walk with compassion and with care.”

Those whom operate Lifeline’s suicide hotline demonstrate the importance of being compassionate and caring. Each year 700,000 calls are placed to Melbourne’s Lifeline where 320 volunteers operate the phones day in and day out. Each volunteer aims to alleviate the callers stress and help them through their crisis.

“Our goal and, I guess our reason for living is our cause; people in crisis, people who are in danger of going down this (suicidal) road,” Terry Keating, Melbourne’s Lifeline Manager, said. “Hopefully we can change that.”

If you or someone you know is showing signs of suicide, whether it be withdrawing from friends and family, giving away possessions or talking about ‘ending it’, assistance is available. Please contact Lifeline’s 24 hour helpline on 13 11 14, Kids Help Line (5-25yrs) on 1800 55 1800 or Mensline on 1300 789 978.

If you or someone you know is in need of support following a suicide, contact Support After Suicide on (03) 9421 7640 or visit for more information.

LOCAL Knox resident and RMIT graduate Jessica Barlow, is taking a stand against the rise of the airbrushing age in women’s magazines, with self-promoted campaign The Brainwash Project.

Ms Barlow, 20, began the search toward a push for a celebration of natural beauty in publications nation-wide, after enduring a tormenting high-school experience, primarily dominated by the bullying effects of body image and the resulting pressure.

RMIT student Jessica Barlow.

Now taking the fight into her own hands, Ms Barlow is keen to show Australian print agencies that respect is mandatory for young women, as a simple act of caring for the nation’s younger generations.

“It’s clear to me that many females are interested, as well as me, in this issue,” she says.

“I am not satisfied that the majority of magazines out there for women are focused primarily on sex, boys and appearance.”

Ms Barlow has spent the first half of the year blue-printing the project, including sourcing funding from the kind donations of the public, through Pozible—the online charity funding program—to introduce a magazine for body-conscious females who are after ‘real’ content.

The Brainwash Project is self-funded and it is very expensive to create a magazine.

I’ve got 40 days left on the Pozible fundraising page and could use as much help as is out there! I’m hoping to raise $10,000 so I can print a lot of copies to distribute to young people.”

 Ms Barlow began planning the campaign, after a similar project saw successful results in the U.S, after women’s advocate Julia Bluhm demanded Seventeen Magazine to publish a non-altered image of the female body.

Jessica Barlow’s call for submissions campaign for ‘The Brainwash Project’.

Taking the lead here in Australia, Ms Barlow has claimed the attention of popular comedian Kitty Flanagan, who has appointed The Brainwash Project an official segment on Channel Ten’s news-panel program The Project.

The campaign has also attracted interest from international media through online petition site Change, and has now reached its minimum funding goal of $4,000 on Tuesday 21 August. Ms Barlow is now looking to expand the project’s funding, using its overwhelming popularity to its full extent.

“I’ve got 40 days left on the Pozible fundraising page and could use as much help as is out there!

“I’m hoping to raise $10,000 so I can print a lot of copies to distribute to young people.”

 The Brainwash Project has recently celebrated its success with a stand against women’s magazine Cleo, by having hundreds of Facebook users nation-wide, posting images of natural beauty and the effects of being body-conscious individuals in Australia. The campaign has since been granted a face-to-face meeting with Cleo Editor Gemma Crisp, to negotiate the publication’s alternatives to airbrushing and image-enhancement.

Ms Barlow and The Brainwash Project are currently calling for submissions for its first upcoming issue, after the fundraiser has concluded. To submit, visit The Brainwash Project’s homepage.

To donate, visit the campaign’s Pozible page.

Two Norwegian boys from RMIT organized a Kubb Cup, a traditional Scandinavian game and sport, for students around in Melbourne at RMIT’s courtyard the 25th of September. They invited every one to come, just to bring students together for a social day with a lot of fun.

Helping hands on the Cup Day. Fixing soda.


Mads Rønold and Kristoffer Slaatten, the two volunteering for gathering students this day,  feel the offers for social event for students around Melbourne is poor.

– University arrange some events now and then, but it is school related and not out side school time or place. We want to do something that every one can join, that has nothing to do with uni, and since there is no offers like this, we had to do it our self.

They has organized every thing them self. They even got sponsored with many quality set of Kubb from Planet Finksa, They made flyers which they gave out on school and held stands to tell about the scandinavian game, Kubb, and made a Facebook event, where almost 250 people where invited.

The invite is quite welcoming where it says;

Join us for Melbourne’s most exciting event of the year – Kubb Cup. Get your friends together, register a team and stop by to play the traditional Scandinavian game of Kubb.

Cupboard of the joining teams.

All are welcome, snacks and prizes will be available on the day.

Register your team of 2-6 with team name here on the event wall, or on Twitter (using the hashtag #KubbCup

After speaking to a lot of students joining this cup, i recognized the pattern where many of these people though this was a good idea to organize something like this, since the offers else where are like almost zero.

–Its good to join something like this. It is a good idea. You meet people other than your friends from uni, and meet up with folks from other universities and others in general. This is fun and I would do this myself as well, a really good idea, sais Helene Wedén, a student from RMIT, who where joining the cup.

Martin Sjaatad, is a student at Swinburn and work for a social networking site for students called YouCrew. (

– There is no physical meeting at the moment, but we plan to have events like the Kubb Cup, through YouCrew.

Australian school students are bullied at almost twice the rate of their international counterparts.

But Australian schools are dubbed ‘among the safest places in the community for children and young people’.

I asked Angela, a primary school teacher South East of Melbourne, what teacher’s are doing to
create a safe environment.

A study commissioned by the Federal Government found approximately 1 in 4 Australian students between years 4 and 9 were being bullied at school.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Building Respectful and Safe Schools (2010) identifies four types of bullying.

•Physical bullying
•Verbal bullying
•Covert bullying
•Cyber bullying
So why do children engage in bullying behavior?
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation states:

‘Often young people have no particular feeling towards those they bully,

but use it as a way to get or keep a social position or power within their group.

Some people bully to prevent it happening to them.’

Bullying is a global issue.

American director Lee Hirsch recently released the documentary film Bully ‘an unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families’.

The documentary paints teachers and authorities as ill-equipped to deal with this phenomenon.

•The Australian federal and state governments have come together to pool resources and form campaigns such as Bullying No Way, to ‘take a stand together’ and promote safe school environments for students.
•A National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence was established in March 2011 by the Federal government to further promote these resources.
Approximately 4 million dollars has been invested by the Australian government for on-line anti-bully toolkits. These will be made available to the wider
community as well as school teachers.

I spoke to Javette, a primary school teacher on the Mornington Peninsula, to discover what assistance the government currently provides to schools.

Facebook, twitter, you tube, and smart phone camera and video devices have added a new dimension to bullying.

Victim, bully and student responsible for recording incident get suspended.

Parents and caregivers can respond to reports of bullying by:

•Finding out what happened
•Contacting the school
•Giving sensible advice

Victims and bullies need patience and understanding to help them work through the feelings and behaviours associated with bullying. It affects families from all walks of life, and families from all walks of life must come together to put an end to bullying.

Every child has the right to feel safe at school.

No schools have been identified in the interest of privacy.

Copyright Laura Snow.

This article is not to be used for further study or investigation, and is intended as a university assignment only.