Home' The Bunyip : December 10th 2014 Contents Page 26 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, December 10, 2014
AN unprecedented youth health
check for Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders has been created by a
local primary health care service.
The new preventative health screen-
ing, borne out of Watto Purunna
Aboriginal Health Service, is designed
specifically for 12-to-24-year-olds and
has the potential to be developed nation-
Previously, preventative health checks
have only been available in three catego-
ries: child, adult and elder.
However, according to Northern
Adelaide Local Health Network
Aboriginal health director Kurt Towers,
these checks were not meeting the spe-
cific developmental and health needs of
young people prone to psychosocial
"The Youth Health Check, titled
'Y Health -- Staying Deadly', aims to
encourage strength and resilience build-
ing, as well as the early detection of risk
factors for common preventable health
conditions," he said.
"The existing adult tool covers a range
of topics related to risk factors, such
as cardiovascular disease and diabetes,
whereas this newly created youth health
check will also include specific youth
issues, including substance use, sexual
health and mental health."
The screening tool, which has taken
10 years to develop, is essentially a four-
part questionnaire to determine a young
The young patient can conduct the
first two parts at home or in school and
then conduct the second half with
Aboriginal health workers, registered
nurses and general practitioners.
According to Dr Annapurna
Nori, who led the creation of the assess-
ment tool, young people make up a
quarter of the Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander population, meaning
significant health needs were not being
"Young people, generally, don't engage
well with health services; meanwhile,
Aborignal young people experience these
youth health hazards at higher levels, so
it has a much more significant impact,"
"Rather than continuously going on
to young people telling them they need
to come into the clinic to have a health
check, we are looking at going to young
people as an outreach and offer them the
health checks at school, etcetera."
BUILDING delays have forced
Harris Scarfe to once again push
back its Elizabeth store opening date
to May next year.
The retailer was due to start trading
at the former Myer site in Elizabeth
Shopping Centre before Christmas and
then again in March next year.
Chief executive Graham Dean said the
retailer was "very keen" to open its doors
but building works have taken longer
"We've had various meetings with the
landlord to see if we can hurry things
along and it's just not possible," he said.
"We get handover of the store in
February and then we have to fit it out.
"We'll be due to open then in May."
The reopening will see Harris Scarfe
return to its previous site at Elizabeth
Shopping Centre, which was taken over
by Myer seven years ago with three other
stores around the country, including
"We didn't want to come out in the
first place and we were very happy to get
back in," Mr Dean said.
"The Myer stores didn't work in those
locations because they were too small
and we've got a very, very strong loyal
customer base there still.
"That's why we're keen to get back
Mr Dean said Harris Scarfe in
Elizabeth was one of the company's best-
"We anticipate it will do exactly the
same when it reopens," he said.
WHEN the opportunity to volunteer with
newborn babies arose at the Lyell McEwin
Hospital, Wendy Hester knew it was
something she would be able to do.
For four years now, the mother of two from
Munno Para has dedicated hours of her time
at the hospital, educating mothers about the
Child Health and Development Record.
The record, also known as the 'Blue Book',
is a parent-held record in which families place
details about their child's health and develop-
Wendy said the decision to volunteer with
the books was based on her experience as a new
mother almost 20 years ago.
"Being a young mum, myself, I remember
having my first (baby) and not having a lot of
information," Wendy said.
through the Blue Books...and explain what it's
for and go through the sections with them."
The Lyell McEwin Regional Volunteer
Association has more than 800 volunteers who
contribute up to 120,000 hours of time annually.
In addition to ward services, the association
oversees more than 40 key programs, including
the playroom, library trolley and café.
Last Friday was International Volunteers Day
and Wendy said it was important to recognise
"The hospital, it's got that many volunteers
and I believe the volunteers are important," she
"It makes me feel really good...it's making a
Not only has volunteering allowed Wendy to
assist others, it has also helped her to build on
basic people skills and enhanced her confi-
It is something she highly recommends peo-
ple get involved with.
"Use your spare time, instead of sitting down
and watching something on the couch," she
"Get up and make a difference and put back
into the community."
Wendy's giving back
Lyell McEwin Hospital volunteer Wendy Hester has been volunteering in the women's health ward for
four years, educating mothers about the 'Blue Book'.
PHOTO: Amelia Dawkins
Youth check ticks box New men's shed opens
Dr Annapurra Nori (Centre) with Jamalca Aguis-Lebois (left) and Tameeka Chantvelle
are discussing the issues with the new health checks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
PHOTO: Kimberley Pratt
Playford Mayor Glen Docherty cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the new men's shed.
THE men's shed concept has long-support-
ed local blokes and the community alike,
and now a similar facility has opened in the
City of Playford.
Located in Davoren Park, this modern
take on the traditional shed was opened on
Friday, boasting a space for men to enjoy their
hobbies, while giving back to the community by
completing projects such as furniture restoration
or building toys for local charities.
Playford Council, in co-operation with
Northern Adelaide Medicare Local, has pushed
for the Bishopstone Road facility's establishment
to improve the health and well-being of local
Mayor Glenn Docherty said the shed is an
outlet for men to come together, establish
friendships and share their skills for the
benefit of Playford.
"The men's shed promotes good health,
connectedness and productiveness within the
Playford Men's Shed Committee chairman
Steve Magoch said the establishment of Playford's
first men's shed is an important opportunity for
men to use their skills and learn new ones.
"Men from all walks of life, no matter what age,
culture or background, are invited to become a
part of the group to socialise with mates in a safe,
yet busy, environment," Mr Magoch said.
The Playford Men's Shed Committee plans to
open five days a week and offer set workshops in
woodwork, metalwork, as well as providing skill
development opportunities for women.
For more information on becoming a men's
shed member, contact council's men's health
worker Michael Evans (8256 0103).
Do you have Playford news to
share with our readers?
Contact our Playford reporter
Kimberley Pratt on 8522 1233
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