Meadowbank Fire activates Cambridge IMT

I got a phone call at around 17:45 to ask me what I had planned for the evening! I was just a little non committal at first, but after I phoned the contact from the IMT the picture was looking pretty grim so I put aside my reluctance and headed to Cambridge.

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This is the site of the fire…

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This is the temporary radio room…

The TFS details of this fire can be found at http://fire.tas.gov.au/

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Lymphoma, almost 5 years on…

Gosh how time passes quickly, as it didn’t seem that long ago that I was on the front line for treatment. How I dreaded each chemotherapy session due to both the physical side effects as well as the mental breakdown within me as time passed. All the trouble I had after the 2nd, 3rd & 4th cycles of chemo when my remaining immune system was falling criticality low that required hospitalisation. Then the news after the 4th chemo session I relapsed and the cancer tumours started to expand causing my face to be stretched and the intense pain associated with this. Then to be subjected to 6 weeks of radiotherapy (a delicate procedure due to the location) Having a fibreglass mold of my face created as to hold me in the correct position when placed under the linear actuator so that the cancer was hit and not anything else. Also losing weight (almost 1/4 of my body weight) and the associated feeling of being weak and also feeling the cold weather conditions like I was exposed in -20°C without the appropriate clothing! Dealing with the high dose of Methotrexate that all up had me hospitalised for almost 11 weeks in total…

Jump forward to now…

Out of work (disability pension) low self esteem, not good in large crowds and elevated anxiety (something I never had trouble with) long periods of depression with flashbacks of certain procedures that were either painful or generally not pleasant. That continuous question… Why did I survive?

Clearly the latter is the worst part of all as it consumes me, sometimes to the point of… Well you can make your own opinion of that!

So sometimes it’s hard to be truly happy that I’m a cancer survivor (although those who are close to me share a completely different view) Certainly the person who I once saw in the mirror has changed considerably from the one I knew prior to all of this..!

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Healthcare condition critical

PATIENTS with gallstones or hernias faced never having their necessary operations unless they suffered serious complications that required emergency surgery, an inquiry into Tasmania’s health cuts was told yesterday.

Leading Tasmanian health professionals have called on the Federal Government to take over the state’s public hospitals, calling the current health system a “dog’s breakfast” at a parliamentary inquiry into the impact of $100 million in health cuts.

A lack of funding had caused avoidable deaths and there would be more if nothing was done, the Legislative Council committee heard yesterday.

And Dr John Davis, the Australian Medical Association’s state president, called for a total redesign of Tasmania’s ailing public health system.

“The system is broken, and it has been broken for a very long time,” Dr Davis said.

“It’s broken at a state level, it’s broken at a federal level. There is no integration; no one talks to each other.”

He said the solution to fix the sinking health budget was to make the Federal Government responsible for funding all Tasmanian healthcare.

“Tasmanians deserve the same level of healthcare as any other Australian and we are not getting it at the moment,” he said. “We have to sit down and redesign the [state health system] with one funder.”

Elective surgeries were identified as one of the biggest problem areas, with waiting lists set to escalate and would result in the number of emergency surgeries increasing, costing the health system financially and having a flow- on effect across the whole Tasmanian community.

Meanwhile, general practitioner Graeme Alexander told the committee the $100 million in cuts announced last year was the worst thing that could happen to the already ailing health system.

“How anyone could have come up with the idea this was somehow fiscally responsible is mind boggling,” he said, likening the situation to the sinking Titanic and saying the state needed to jump on the nearest lifeboat.

He added: “The lifeboat in this case is a Federal Government takeover. We need a federal takeover with considerable local input into how our hospitals are run.”

Before the recent cuts, Tasmania had already won the “wooden spoon” in nearly every category of health care.

However, he warned that already disastrous figures would now only get worse.

The summer period is usually the quietest for the Royal Hobart Hospital but AMA acting secretary and Hobart endocrinologist Tim Greenaway said the hospital had been full over recent weeks.

That situation had caused grave concern in regard to what would happen with the flu season expected to hit Tasmania in a few months.

The lack of integrated healthcare was identified as a fundamental problem by several health practitioners who made submissions into the Legislative Council inquiry at Parliament House yesterday.

Original article source The Mercury

 

Ever since the last election the Government has had more cabinet restructures than I’ve ever had Sunday roasts and the total incompetence has become all to obvious. There’s been dramatic cutbacks in crucial services while the politicians have lined their pockets with a 2% pay rise (more than enough to keep essential services going) I am truly ashamed to be Tasmanian. I also belive the Tasmanian Governor has a lot to answer for by simply telling the Labor party to form a minority government as the election was a stalemate with no clear winner (blame the Hare-Clark system) The current opposition has no clear plan to remedy the current situation but to simply criticise all the current incompetence.

The question was raised that the Federal Government should intervene, but it too has its share of problems and really doesn’t have much time for the state of Tasmania (except in marginal seats that are in the north of the state!)

So really what does this mean for fellow Tasmanians? Simple, don’t get sick or expect to have that elective surgery (that you’ve been waiting for) done anytime soon (I’m on the public waiting list and have been for 2 1/2 years now) as the status of Category 1 has about as much meaning as take a number from this machine, Oh, is now out of paper… (due to cut backs!) 😐

Trial use of WPGplus

One of the frustrating things about Google+ is the lack of an API for developers to be able to write 3rd party plugins for either posting to or reading from Google+

It’s been a while now since I last checked on WordPress.org to see if there’s been any progress with a plugin for posting from WordPress to Google+ and to my surprise I stumbled across WPGplus

I’m not sure if it’s going to be suitable just yet, but at this point it looks like the only solution. So this post will be my first at using it (WPGplus) so let’s see how it fares!  😉

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