The South Eastern Times : February 8th 2018
6 OPINION TWO remarkable events in the past 24 hours have changed the political landscape of the local seat of MacKillop. The task of newcomer Nick McBride retaining the seat for the Liberal Party has got that much harder as SA-Best leader Nick Xenophon has committed to completing the Penola Bypass if his party holds the balance of power while the Australian Conservatives have endorsed Furner farmer Richard Bateman as their candidate. The Liberals have had ample opportunity to make a firm policy OUR VIEW announcement about completing the bypass and now the canny “Mr X” has exploited this gap. This Penola commitment will certainly boost the chances of SA-Best candidate Tracy Hill. The Liberal primary vote could be further eroded by the presence on the voting paper of Mr Bateman, who is a candidate with strong ties to the Millicent district dating back to his pioneering great grandparents in the 1870s. While aged in his 20s, Mr Bateman was Millicent and District Cricket Association president and he has since made a success of his farming and fishing ventures. Politics is very much in the DNA of Mr Bateman as his late maternal grandfather Don McCord served on the former Millicent District Council while a late paternal uncle Murray Bateman chaired the Beachport District Council. Mr Bateman has opted to leave the TALKING TO THE TIMES ABN: 65 007 614851 Published: Tuesday & Thursday Deadlines: Displays: 10am 2 days prior to publication Classifieds: 11am day prior to publication Copy: 5pm 2 days prior to publication General Manager: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1505, Email: email@example.com Advertising: Katherine Taylor Phone: 8733 3755, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Supervisor: Christian Greco Phone: 8724 1532, Email: email@example.com Editor: Jason Wallace Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Administration: Caroline Hammat Email: email@example.com Responsibility for editorial comment is taken by Jason Wallace, 81 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier. The SE Times proudly uses 100% recycled paper. Send your news tips and contributions to: firstname.lastname@example.org Published by The Border Watch Pty Ltd ABN: 78 007 828 819 Registered office: 42 Davenport Street, Millicent SA 5280 Postal address: PO Box 22, Millicent SA 5280 Telephone: (08) 8733 3755 Fax: (08) 8733 4341 Business Hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday - Friday Proud member of Audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations 726885 Country health services lagging behind city THE upcoming state election priorities of the South Australian branch of the Australian Medical Association contain many issues relating to regional areas. South Australia borders every state of mainland Australia and large areas are rural and remote. About 20pc of residents live outside the greater Adelaide metropolitan area, so building an excellent country health system not only supports rural communities, it reduces pressures on city hospitals. Many country doctors are working unsustainable hours, juggling hospital and practice commitments, while often working in hospitals that are not well equipped. They report a sense of being overlooked and over committed due to growing community health needs. INDEX TV GUIDE .......................................................19 50 YEARS AGO ........................................22 PUZZLES ........................................................23 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................24 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Thursday 8 2.24am 0.81m 10.22am 0.29m 6.52pm 0.84m 10.35pm 0.71m Friday 9 2.05am 0.83m 11.00am 0.32m 8.52pm 0.85m 11.30pm 0.81m Thursday Max 32°C Min 16°C Cloudy Chance of rain - 10% < 1mm UV: Extreme Friday Max 33°C Min 18°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 25% < 1mm UV: Extreme Saturday Max 26°C Min 16°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 25% < 1mm UV: Extreme Sunday Max 24°C Min 12°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 20% < 1mm UV: High Monday Max 24°C Min 9°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 10% < 1mm UV: High District: Thursday Cloudy. Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 25 km/h in the early afternoon then tending southeasterly in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 16 with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 37. Friday Partly cloudy. Slight (25%) chance of a shower in the morning and afternoon. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 19 with daytime temperatures reaching 31 to 37. Saturday Partly cloudy. Slight (25%) chance of a shower. Light winds becoming southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h during the morning then tending southerly 15 to 25 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 16 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s. Coastal: Thursday Winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots reaching 15 to 20 knots north of Beachport late afternoon turning easterly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening. Seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Beachport late afternoon. 1st swell southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres later in the evening. 2nd swell southerly around 1 metre. Friday Winds east to southeasterly about 10 knots. Seas below 1 metre. 1st swell southwesterly 2 metres. 2nd swell southerly around 1 metre. 6 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, February 8, 2018 Saturday 10 1.56am 0.85m 11.36am 0.38m 10.35pm 0.92m Sunday 11 9.05am 0.45m 11.46pm 1.0m ROBE TIDE TIMES Thursday 8 2.36am 0.81m 10.34am 0.29m 7.04pm 0.84m 10.47pm 0.71m Friday 9 2.17am 0.83m 11.12am 0.32m 9.04pm 0.85m 11.42pm 0.81m Saturday 10 2.08am 0.85m 11.48am 0.38m 10.47pm 0.92m Sunday 11 9.17am 0.45m 11.58pm 1.0m Thursday 8th Sunrise 6.30am Sunset 8.14pm Friday 9th Sunrise 6.32am Sunset 8.13pm Saturday 10th Sunrise 6.33am Sunset 8.12pm Sunday 11th Sunrise 6.34am Sunset 8.11pm www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au 725609 Country hospitals need more clinical hands on deck, and a sustainable workforce, including appropriately trained nursing and allied health and regional visiting specialist services. Clinicians must be involved in decisions to develop both service-related (infrastructure) and medical-related (clinical), policies and procedures. They must also have oversight of a quality system for documenting and monitoring outcomes. Country Health SA should be responsible for clinical care, clinical research and training in regional and remote hospitals. Increased scope of clinical services in larger case-mix funded hospitals would enable more patients to be treated locally and help to reduce demand on metropolitan hospitals. The AMA knows that one of the traditional benefits of working in a rural area is the opportunity to apply a broad range of skills. Yet it is important that clinical staff are not pressured to over-reach their training. They need to be supported with accessible training, supervision, visiting specialists, and collaborative networks. Grants for rural medical research, ICT services, tele-medicine, and continuing medical development are essential. Access to mental health facilities in rural and remote areas is extremely limited, despite the rising incidence of mental health issues and suicides. The AMA welcomes welcome the permanent psychiatrist position at Mount Gambier Hospital. However, we need a larger mental health services presence in rural South Australia. This would help to reduce pressure on after hours and emergency services. While Adelaide is receiving a boost in hospital infrastructure, country health funding is lagging. Our rural communities deserve a uniform system of procurement to ensure all country hospitals are appropriately equipped. This includes neonatal and paediatric resuscitation equipment, colonoscopes, anaesthetic supplies and ophthalmology equipment. This is vital for better patient care in country South Australia, and also to attract skilled clinicians to regions. Many country people experience significant financial hardship when they need to travel to the city for treatment or to support family members. The old Royal Adelaide Hospital offered accommodation for up to 47 outpatients and their families to stay from $28/night. However the new hospital only provides short term, single daybed accommodation. Accommodation can be difficult to find and is expensive around public events and festivals, adding significant hardship for relatives during a time of family distress. While the patient assisted travel scheme is a worthy program it does not adequately meet the expenses of country patients and families and has onerous eligibility rules. The public sector should explore alliances with the private sector to provide moderate-cost, appropriate accommodation as well as information for rural patients and families on transport options. Australian Medical Association South Australian branch What is your view on the SA-Best Party’s push to raise the age of buying cigarettes from 18 to 21? LOUIS LEAKE Millicent I think people have to work out for themselves what common sense approach they have to have to their own health. ROSS WHITFIELD Millicent The sale of cigarettes should be banned altogether. STEVE HEARN Millicent Good on him because I disagree with so many young people smoking. Liberal Party and join the Australian Conservatives. The party polled just 4.5pc of the primary vote in the recent by-election for the Sydney seat of Bennelong and the enormity of the task facing Mr Bateman should not be understated. However, other disaffected Liberals in MacKillop might choose to follow Mr Bateman’s example on polling day on March 17. To improve their chances of success, Mr McBride and the Liberals need to seize the initiative in MacKillop and urgently make Millicent-specific commitments.
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