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COMMUNITY members ex-
pressed their concerns about cuts
to multicultural grants at an in-
formation session hosted by Fed-
eral Member for Wakefield Nick
Champion earlier this month.
Around 100 people attended the
forum at the Playford Civic Centre
where they heard addresses from Mr
Champion and Shadow Minister for
Citizenship and Multiculturalism
In her address, Ms Rowland
said the Federal Government had
abandoned multiculturalism and
betrayed ethnic communities right
around the country.
"Thirty-three million dollars was
cut from multicultural grants in the
budget," she said.
"These huge cuts call into ques-
tion the Abbott Government's com-
mitment to multiculturalism in
"It is one thing to say you support
multiculturalism, but actions speak
louder than words."
Of that $33 million, South Aus-
tralia is expected to endure a $1.2
million cut to its multicultural
At the conclusion of the speeches
the public had an opportunity to
raise any concerns during an open
Congolese community leader
Javier Mushabisa said forums like
the one in Playford are a good way
to keep the public informed about
changes to funding.
However, Mr Mushabisa said
community groups are still uncer-
tain about whether they can contin-
ue to apply for, or receive, funding
through multiculturalism grants.
"We don't really know what hap-
pens, or if we are eligible (to receive
grants), if the government cuts this
money," he said.
"I don't know if they can keep giv-
ing people the grants or not."
Other points of concern raised at
the forum included the $7 GP tax,
university costs and grant funding
for multicultural functions.
Shadow Minister for Multicul-
tural Affairs David Pisoni was con-
tacted by The Bunyip for comment,
but did not respond by deadline.
Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism Michelle Rowland delivers her address at the community forum
in Playford last Thursday night.
Incontinence: taboo topic
INCONTINENCE is a topic sel-
dom discussed amongst women,
with some enduring years of symp-
toms before finally seeking help.
World Continence Awareness Week
began on Monday and the Australian
Continence Foundation launched its
'mother load' project to raise awareness
of the importance of prevention and
better management of incontinence
The 'managing the mother load'
campaign also aims to better educate
maternity health professionals, given
that research found 42 per cent of
women felt they were inadequately
informed about pelvic floor exercises
during their pregnancy.
Lyell McEwin Hospital continence
nurse practitioner Donna Coates said
incontinence can be "a bit of a taboo"
"As young children or infants, we
all learn to get out of our nappies and
gain control of our bladder and bowels;
(that is part of ) our own self-indepen-
dence and acceptance in society," she
"As an adult, if you're out and you
wet yourself, or have soiling, it makes
it very public.
"People who have got these problems
can become quite socially isolated."
One in three women that have been
pregnant will suffer from bladder leak-
age, while a further one in three will
have a concealed injury to the bowel
muscle that is undetected at the time
they give birth.
Incontinence is also one of the three
leading health conditions, alongside
immobility and dementia, which forces
people into residential care.
Mrs Coates said women experienc-
ing symptoms should see their GP
rather than leaving it too late.
"We see many women who had ac-
tually waited five to 10 years from the
onset of symptoms before going to talk
to their GP," she said.
"People need to talk to their GP
about this problem, and they can then
be referred into a specialist service for
further assessment with the appropri-
ate people with the right knowledge
and the right team structure to help."
The Lyell McEwin Hospital is the
only public teaching hospital in South
Australia with a continence nurse prac-
titioner-led nursing service as part of
the multidisciplinary team.
For more information contact the
Continence Foundation of Australia
(1800 330 066 or continence.org.au).
-- Grady Hudd
Lyell McEwin Hospital continence nurse advisor Julie Tucker with a poster
promoting World Continence Awareness Week.
PHOTO: Grady Hudd
Bags of Love
TWENTY years after suffering a serious
workplace injury, Rosemary McKenzie-
Ferguson is on the verge of launching the
world's first community training and en-
gagement package within the workers'
Rosemary has been recog-
nised for community advoca-
cy, being named the Charles
Sturt Citizen of the Year in
2012 and being nominated
numerous times for the Aus-
tralian of the Year.
Her new project, 'Craig's
Table', is a groundbreaking
step allowing injured work-
ers to gain real-life skills and
engage in meaningful com-
munity programs while off
Rosemary said her inspira-
tion came through her own
struggle to understand the
workers' compensation system
after her injury, a familiar story to
many injured workers.
"Workers have something strange;
they have a workplace ethic, they have
a reason to get up and go to work," she
"When they're injured, they expect the system
that was designed to help them to actually work.
"What they find is a system that promises a lot
of stuff, but delivers very little."
Rosemary's own story is quite remarkable.
The workplace injury she suffered in 1994
broke both her shoulders and left her with a com-
pression fracture in her neck, leaving her unable
to work for five years, all of which she spent un-
der the workers' compensation system.
Despite the lingering pain some two decades
on, Rosemary dedicates up to 90 hours a week
running 'The Centre' in Elizabeth Vale, a facility
that supports victims of workplace accidents.
Her 40-week 'Craig's Table' program would be
the first in any workers' compensation industry
to see a certificate at the end of the training.
Participants would be trained in financial liter-
acy, first aid, fire control, suicide prevention and
basic food handling.
They would also have the option of taking part
in specialised training to add to the skills or to
enable a maintainable return to work.
Rosemary said she is driven by the need to help
"When you know that something is wrong
with a system or a process you've got two choices:
you can either walk away and say, 'that's someone
else's problem' or you can just work out how to
get it fixed," Rosemary said.
"I'd like to think in the last 20 years I've actu-
ally done some things to make life easier for other
This Sunday, Rosemary will hold a 'Bags of
Love' market day fundraiser from 10am to 3pm
at the Uley Road Hall in Craigmore.
'Bags of Love' provides food to injured work-
ers.There will be more than 50 store-holders pres-
ent, a bouncy castle and face-painting, with prof-
its going towards Bags of Love.
For further information, call Rosemary
(0414 345 322).
-- Grady Hudd
'Craig's Table' founder Rosemary McKenzie-
Ferguson holding a photo of her friend Craig
Serong, who sadly passed away in 2010. Craig
inspired the title for Rosemary's program.
PHOTO: Grady Hudd
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