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VOTE 1 FOR PETER GRAHAM
YOUR MAYOR FOR GAWLER
A community mandate for:
Sensible and approachable leadership
Reduced red tape
Task force to rejuvenate Gawler
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NO DOORKNOCKING, NO JUNK MAIL, NO UNACHIEVABLE PROMISES
Authorised by Peter Graham Shop 2, 7 Tod Street, Gawler 0412 972 040
NOTICE OF ANNUAL
CALL FOR RESIDENT
Nominations are hereby called to fill five (5)
vacancies until November 2017 on the Gawler
District Health Advisory Council at the Annual
Accordingly, nominations are sought to fill these
vacancies. The current incumbents are eligible for
renomination. The appointed Resident Members
will hold office until the conclusion of the third
AGM after their election.
Nominations must be in writing, signed by two
residents of the community and the nominee, who
must also be a resident of the community.
The AGM will be held at 6.30pm on Thursday
27 November 2014 in the Conference Room of the
Gawler Hospital, when voting shall take place if
more than the required number of nominations
Nomination forms must be received by the
Returning Officer no later than 5pm on Friday
31 October 2014.
If you would like more information regarding
the Gawler District Health Advisory Council or
a nomination form, please phone 0427 701 028
or visit http://www.countryhealthsa.sa.gov.au/
Ms Debbie Martin
Gawler District Health Advisory Council
C/- Gawler Health Service
PO Box 196, Gawler, SA, 5118
CARERS SA will begin running free
workshops for carers of people with de-
mentia in Gawler and Two Wells later
The Creative Ways to Care program will
consist of six weekly sessions that aim to
deliver sound advice to carers and address
the changed behaviours associated with de-
The sessions also cover a wide range of
topics, including reminiscing, music, stim-
ulating the senses and creative activities.
Carers SA trainer Trish Matter has taken
a number of sessions around the state this
year and has personally witnessed the diffi-
culties carers of people with dementia face.
"It's pretty tough for that group of peo-
ple, who are seeing some behaviours and
personality changes that are not real fun to
watch," Ms Matter said.
"In the groups, some of the age of the
people are 80-plus and it's difficult for
them, because normally they have their own
health issues, so it's a huge task to take on.
"However, the support they get from each
other is something they really value, because
they realise they are not on their own and
while some family don't understand what
they are going through, the group does."
Helen Mills, of Hillier Park, will partici-
pate in the workshops to learn about a vari-
ety of methods to help care for her husband
The couple has been married for 57 years,
but it has been challenging for Helen since
Ken was diagnosed with dementia three
"It really is just something you have to
learn to cope with, but it isn't easy," Helen
"He has reached a stage now where he
can't be left on his own.
"Some days he can remember things, and
sometimes he can't."
It will be the first time Helen has attend-
ed any practical dementia sessions and it is
something she hopes will provide her with
ideas to keep her husband occupied.
"He used to read, but he can't anymore,
because he can't absorb what he's reading,"
"So, if I can't find something simple for
him to do, like watering the garden, it's very
difficult for me to find things for him to
"It's important to know as much as you
can about the disease and to find out how
many other ways you can actually help."
The first Creative Ways to Care sessions
will be held in Gawler on October 29 at the
Gawler Sport and Community Centre and
in Two Wells at the old council chambers
on October 31.
Those interested in attending are asked to
book by phoning 8284 0388 (Gawler) or
1300 686 405 (Two Wells).
Alternatively, you can register online at
Carers to get opportunity to learn new skills
NATASHA Hogan does not horse around
when it comes to helping animals.
After nursing malnourished pony Tinker
back to health three years ago, Ms Hogan has
been determined to help other horses and po-
nies in need.
She said she could not have done it without
the help of Pony Rescue's Tania Decker, whose
organisation provided supplies and support for
"I personally feel if it wasn't for Tania's in-
put, she might not be here now," she said.
Following two successful events, Ms Ho-
gan will be holding her annual fundraiser this
month for Pony Rescue, a not-for-profit or-
ganisation dedicated to rehabilitating unwant-
ed and neglected horses across South Australia,
Victoria and New South Wales.
Ms Hogan said last year around $2600 was
raised for the organisation and this year she
was aiming for $3000.
The event will include a garage sale, raffles,
stalls and a special guest, Lewiston artist Kathy
The fundraiser will be held at 67 Williams
Road, Two Wells, on October 25, from 9am.
To make a donation, or for more informa-
tion, contact Natasha Hogan (0422 201 323).
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However, the support
they get from each other is
something they really value,
because they realise they are not
on their own and while some
family don't understand what they
are going through, the group does.
Helen Mills is a carer for her husband Ken, who was diagnosed with dementia three years
PHOTO: Amelia Dawkins
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