The South Eastern Times : July 31st 2014
EDITORIAL 6 OPINION PEOPLE living in regional and rural areas are often at a significant disadvantage when it comes to social and health measures compared to those living in cities. Those fortunate enough to live in metropolitan areas are often able to enjoy a better socio-economic status, increased infrastructure and public transport and greater access to health services. The State Government’s termination of a full-time drug and alcohol counselling service in the Limestone Coast is yet another slap in the face of our community. With every announcement about the end of a health service in Millicent, the disparity between city and country, rich and poor and service availability becomes greater. The alcohol and other drug strategy states that the State Government is focused on providing services relevant and accessible to the community. Yet the 18 priority actions in the fiveyear plan aimed at reducing drug use and associated harm does not make one reference to users in regional areas. Healthcare practitioners face an already heavy demand with state and federal governments slashing funding and restructuring long-time practices and organisations. The strain of drug and alcohol counsellors who attempt to respond to an overwhelming demand are shared by the drug and alcohol users. Sometimes a two-week waiting period is 13 days too late. It is outrageous that the State Government is attempting to pacify the needs of the Limestone Coast by looking into alternative means of counselling, such as teleconference. The voices of regional Australia need to be heard, but not just through a telephone line. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Improved access to Millicent medical services needed What’s in a name? 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You can never get the doctor of choice unless you wait for four to six weeks, and when you do see a doctor you are asked who is your normal doctor and because they have not seen you before they do not think they know you enough to fill in forms, et cetera. I have found that our hospital cannot deliver babies and pregnant women have to go to Mount Gambier Hospital for the delivery of their child. After hours at the hospital, you are turned away without anyone taking your name or even being interested in your complaint. They tell you to see your doctor in the morning. I know of three people personally that this happened to and they had to then go to the Mount Gambier Hospital. Two cases were admitted overnight in the Mount Gambier Hospital and the other was totally ignored. I was of the understanding that we had locums at the hospital every weekday and weekend as the doctors from the clinic are unavailable to use the hospital. What is wrong with this town? There are no facilities/counsellors or help for people with mental health issues. Everyone has to go to Mount Gambier for any sort of help. We have no transport to and from Mount Gambier for appointments if you don’t have a car. It is starting to become like a third world country. Their facilities aren’t much better than ours, especially in the rural areas. Nothing seems to exist outside the city to the bureaucrats/politicians. The taxpayers in the country regions have to pay for the new Adelaide Oval, new hospital that is already too small and isn’t even finished and we had to pay a levy for the River Murray. As a concerned citizen, I have had a gutful of bureaucracy and the greed in this beautiful country of ours. (Name supplied) Millicent I WOULD like to comment on a recent article in The South Eastern Times by JL “Fred” Smith regarding the proposed new coastal golf course. It states that a proposed golf course will be at Nora Creina. The facility will not be at Nora Creina, but at a locality known as “the Germans”, being named after the early German settlers that lived in the area. It also joins the Little Dip National Park on the north side. Nora Creina is a private holiday settlement, not a district. The proposed development is in the Robe council area. Maybe the Scanlons think Nora Creina Resort sounds better than German Resort. Allan Cullen Nora Creina STREET SWEEPER What do you think about the new P-plate laws that came into effect on Monday? Abby CArleton Millicent There are going to be more cars on the road as a result. tAMekA WAlker Millicent How do they expect adolescents to pay for the fines if they are not able to drive to work? nAtAlie Potter Millicent It is not going to solve any problems.
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