REAL SKILLS NETWORKS EXPERIENCE KNOWLEDGE OPPORTUNITY IMPACT
Studying at La Trobe is more than just getting a degree.
It’s joining a community that makes a real impact in the world, every day.
At La Trobe you’ll learn from the best in the industry, gain on-the-job experience and explore a mix of subjects that interest you.
What kind of impact could you make knowing you’re backed by La Trobe?
Our awesome cover artwork is by Paige AveryTrinity Lutheran College, Mildura.
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Welcome to BOLD issue 11!
We’re so excited to present our annual issue of BOLD that contains the work of the many talented young people within our community.
After the challenges of COVID lockdowns, life has been slowly returning to a new kind of normal, which is evident in some of the stories contained in this issue. From local musicians being able to perform in front of crowds, students back to university in person, along with art exhibitions and cafes again being open for regular business, this issue has it all!
We share the experience of a young writer who was living away from home during the pandemic lockdowns, along with chatting to a Young Victorian Achiever of the Year, both of them displaying the resilience and strength that many of our young people possess. Over the past 12 months we have also had many changes here at headspace Mildura, so we’d like to reintroduce ourselves to you on our Meet the Team pages.
We would also like to take this opportunity to say thankyou to our new and existing supporters of BOLD, your unwavering support speaks volumes to your dedication to our community, and we truly appreciate it.
Congratulations to all of our young contributors, as always, they have produced a body of work they should be incredibly proud of and have again shared with us things that will hopefully encourage and inspire. Thank you for your hard work, inspiration and creativity without which, BOLD could not be produced.
We are sure you will all enjoy another amazing issue!
Happy reading everyone! x
BOLD magazine is a collaboration between Mildura Living magazine and headspace Mildura.
PUBLISHER // Mildura Living Pty Ltd ISSN // 2206-3307
PUBLISHING EDITOR // Toni Stoeckel EDITOR // Teresa Cavallo
SUB-EDITORS // Sandy Guthrie, Brianna Peters
CREATIVE // The Workshop Creative GRAPHIC DESIGNER // Kellie Morgan
CONTRIBUTORS // Maddy Barbary, Elise Cirillo, Rebecca Crossling, Leo Flynn, Maia Gowers, Eden Hopgood, Eden Muster, Fleur Ruddick, Josh Szabo, Evin Tas, Pathama Wankhuan, Jack Ward, Muhammad Danial Zamiri, Bird Dog Music
PHOTOGRAPHY // Paige Avery, Alicia Tyers
ARTISTS // Paige Avery, Allanah Baldwin, Josie Brigante, Massimo Brigante, Luca Burford, Massimo Cirillo, Shelby Dal Farra, Frankie De Maria, Charlotte Ferdelja, Brooke Leutner, Jess McDonald, Maya Midgley, Mabel Morrison, Ashlee Peters, Clare Pitt, River Southwell, Evin Tas, John Vurobaravu
PRINT // Sunnyland Press ONLINE // Issuu
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Cullulleraine Music Festival
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Sat 26 Aug-Sun 27 Aug, 8am-5pm the Wentworth Show offers a great family day out for visitors and locals alike, highlighting country living. Pavilion displays include cookery, preserves and produce, floral art, fine arts, photography, needlework and school displays There’s a treasure hunt to amuse the children and the ever popular animal nursery. Plus, Junior Miss Showgirl, art & sculpture competitions, dog jumping and whip cracking- creating a special atmosphere at this unique country show with the usual show rides and food vans.
Red Cliffs Country Market
Sunday 9am - 1pm
Mildura City Market Sunday 8am - 1pm
Sunraysia Farmers’ Market Saturday 8am - 12 Noon
Special Forever: Voices of the Children
Mildura Arts Centre
Fri 9 Dec ‘22 - Sun 29 Jan ‘23
Coordinated by Rosemarie Zalec Special Forever: voices of the children exhibition, is an environmental awareness project which features the writing and artworks of the vibrant young ‘voices’ of children from Sunraysia primary schools. Exhibition Opening 5.30pm, Thursday 8 December ‘22 Gallery 5 - Free Entry
ROALD DAHL’S The Twits
Mildura Arts Centre
Wed 31 May, 11am and 6.30pm
Presented by Midura Arts Centre a shake & stir theatre co production Roald Dahl’s gruesome twosome The Twits are ready to delight and disgust, in equal measure. Mr and Mrs Twit are the nastiest couple you could ever hope (not) to meet. Both are on a quest to be meaner than the other –but is there someone out there who can out-twit the Twits?
Duration: 60 minutes Tickets: Full $40 | Concession $35 | 444 Foundation $35 | Children under 16 $25 to purchase tickets for your school contact MAC Box Office on 5018 8330 www.milduraartscentre.com.au
AIBG- Market & Brekkie
Saturday 8.30am - 12 Noon
Merbein Street Market
Sunday 8am - 1pm
Robinvale Market Saturday 8am - 1pm
1 7:00am Start your morning by going for a beautiful walk along the Murray River
2 8:00am Stop by one of our local riverfront cafes, Café De Caravan or Bobby & Me
3 9:00am Enjoy everything Sunraysia has to offer by going to our local farmer’s market (check market dates in What’s On)
4 10:00am Feeling a little hungry? Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Nash Lane
5 11:00am Shop in the Mall, visit some of our locally owned shops such as Antisocial or Surf Crew
6 12:00pm Hungry from all that shopping? Stop off at Kaffenio or Brass Monkey for lunch
7 1:00pm Grab a refreshing bubble tea at T-Tea after lunch (a few doors down from Brass Monkey)
8 1:30pm Walk back down the river to enjoy some Stand Up Paddle Boarding near the Rowing Club
9 2:00pm Girls wanting a pamper day head on over to Lovely Nails salon. Guys wanting a boys afternoon, Laser Force Mildura is the place to go
10 3:30pm - 5:00pm Kick back and watch a movie at Wallis Cinemas Mildura
11 6pm Its dinner time! The Corporate Moose is only a short walk (via the mall) from the cinema
12 7:30pm Dessert time? Wander around the corner to Royal Copenhagen - a delicious icecreamy
YOU’VE GOT THIS
WORDS BOLD MAGAZINE
Want to flourish in a creative industry such as entertainment, marketing, advertising, PR, design, photography, media or the arts? Would you love to score your dream job or start a business doing something you love and be earning a great income - but you aren’t sure how to make that happen?
Then this is the career hack you’ve been waiting for.
In You’ve Got This, two successful creative founders share their secrets for the very first time about what they’ve learnt in over twenty years of doing business - all so that you can get ahead.
It’s full of practical advice and easily implementable tips on topics including how to stand out from the crowd by investing in your personal brand, negotiating a promotion, overcoming setbacks, managing your workload, mastering public speaking, and so much more.
Refreshingly honest and indispensable, You’ve Got This will help you reach your creative and earning potential and find career fulfilment, without it sucking the life out of you. The working world can be competitive and fast-paced, and the unfortunate reality is that many clever graduates and smart professionals are struggling with feeling anxious or frustrated.
And with recent world events, now more than ever many are assessing their values and motivations.
But thankfully, there’s a way to take charge. And after reading this book, it’ll all be clear. Because trust us: you’ve got this. A portion of the proceeds from every book sold will be donated to two charities that support women: Fitted for Work and Life Changing Experiences’ SISTER2sister.WORDS LEO FLYNN
Railhead is a stunning, underrated book I’d recommend to anyone who loves a unique science fiction story.
The setting is in the distant future with the Milky Way connected by the Grand Network, stations served by sentient trains.
The main character, Zen, is a thief who lives on the edge of society. He’s a “Railhead” and spends his time stealing and riding the rails.
One day he’s pursued by a girl in a red raincoat who takes him to her employer. He offers Zen all the money he could want for a simple favor.
Impersonate a royal, and steal an old box from the Emperor’s train. Easy.
Except nothing is ever that simple. One mistake after another leads to him being pursued by the government and the Guardians who want to keep their secrets buried.
The story is fast-paced and filled with action and suspense. The world building was wild with imagination, but still felt grounded in believable reality. Philip Reeve has done an incredible job.
& THE TWO STRINGSWORDS LEO FLYNN
Kubo and the Two Strings is a 3D stop-motion animated film by Laika. The film tells the story of Kubo, a young boy living in a feudal Japan-inspired world.
Kubo makes his living as a storyteller, using his shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese instrument) to bring his tales to life.
One day, Kubo’s peaceful life is shattered when he summons a spirit from his mother’s past who seeks revenge on him. With his animal friends, Monkey and Beetle, Kubo must embark on a perilous journey to save himself and his family from the spirit’s wrath.
I’m a big fan of Laika’s previous work, and I wasn’t disappointed. This movie is gorgeous, from the breathtaking, beautiful stop-motion animation to the stunning, detailed sets and costumes.
What makes this movie special is its heart. Kubo and the Two Strings is a story about family, love and loss, and how the bonds with those we love are the most important things. Highly recommended.
ONWARD WORDS LEO FLYNN
Onward, from Pixar Animation Studios, is a heartwarming story of two elf brothers who set out on an extraordinary quest to discover if there’s still magic left in the world.
The film is set in a suburban fantasy world where magic used to be part of everyday life. People stopped believing in magic as time passed. It’s nothing but urban legend. Their father died many years ago. On the youngest’s birthday, the brothers find a magical staff that will allow them to spend one day with their dad.
The brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (played by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt), set out on a quest to bring him back for one last goodbye. Pixar always does an amazing job of creating lovable characters. The bond between the two brothers is believable and will tug at your heartstrings. Themes of family, loss and healing always resonate.
One of my favorite tracks is the ending credits theme song.
The unique take on classic fantasy tropes set in the modern world, combined with beautiful animation and strong emotional storytelling, makes a lovely viewing experience.
Grease - The Original Soundtrack
It’s 1978, its summer and what audiences didn’t know was how much of an impact Grease would have on the film world for years to come. The motion picture starred heartthrob John Travolta as Danny Zuko and the perfect girl next door Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsen.
It’s the love story we all dreamt of, a summer romance that – with some bumps in the road –turns into true love and even goes as far as to show how people change for love. Not only was this film popular for its storyline and characters, but more popular for the soundtrack alongside it.
This soundtrack in particular – even if you haven’t watched the film – is one of the most wellknown and most popular. It has everything you could want from a soundtrack like the upbeat songs that get you up doing those beloved dance routines such as Greased Lightnin’, or the sadder songs such as Alone at the Drive-in Movie. And how can we forget some of the great duets that make the film what it is such as Summer Lovin’ and the one that many people get their Halloween costume inspiration from in You’re the One That I Want.
Ultimately, the Grease soundtrack is one of those albums that makes a film even better and is full of tracks that are suitable for everyone with a great variety to listen and jam to.Hatful of Hollow - The Smiths
WORDS MAIA GOWERS
The Smiths is a classic, underground gem of the 80’s. The Brit pop-punk band reached major success in its time and it is still going relatively strong to this day. The Smiths sounds and Morrissey’s singing is a defining characteristic to their own made genre.
The album’s title, “Hatful of Hollow” portrays The Smiths quite well as the album is just that: a reflection of life with eccentric songs. Steven Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce portray a certain vulnerability with this album, whilst also maintaining great energy within the music itself. A memorable song is “How Soon Is Now?” And although it’s more on the edgier side of the album, it’s still quite memorable as seen in The Craft (1996). It’s a catchy, but also slightly gothic song on the album but is still worthy of great admiration.
The album also features “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” and more bangers. The music is very much fitting for its time (as it was released in 1984), experimental and slightly brooding. The Smiths were establishing their own music (Joy Division, Depeche Mode and other experimental groups), which paved the way to make the experimental genre more popular.
At the end of the day, this composition was an innovative step musically for its time, which is what it led to its success. Whilst falling short of worldwide recognition, The Smiths were iconic in their own curious way and I would highly recommend venturing into this interesting punk-pop genre of music.
Have you always wanted a way to keep track of your habits, or to keep yourself accountable to achieving goals, but don’t want to write in a physical journal? Daylio is a journaling app (available on both iOS and Android) that works as both a mood tracker and a private journal to help keep track of your activities and progress.
Through fully customisable preset activities and icons that you select when creating a journal entry, you don’t have to type a single thing to document your day. Even better? The moods, colours, activities, icons, goals and notifications are fully customisable.
A Premium upgrade is available for purchase; however, I found that I was perfectly content with the free features that included 5 moods, 6 colour palettes, 2 statistical reports (mood chart and mood count) and a wide range of free icons.- Pathama Wankhuan
Picsart is a photo editing app designed for iPhone or iPad, and is available both as a free app and a paid one. The free functions on this app are amazing! The app can be used as a basic editing tool to brighten, darken and alter saturations and hues. Pre-set filters and cloning tools are also available in the free app version.
As someone who is using it as a just an social media post editor it wouldn’t be necessary to upgrade but if someone wants to get into photography and is looking for a cheaper option to start editing, it is great. With the paid subscription you gain access to more pre-set filters as well as removing tools, special retouching tools. When you upgrade to the paid version it is $7.49 per week.
Overall Picsart is a great, easy to figure out, editing app, great for simple photo editing and a good starting place for aspiring photographers.- Maddy Barbary
Beginning in a park down the road from singer and guitarist Courtney’s house, he and his friend Jackson recorded two covers and on April 26 2021, the YouTube channel “Birddog Music’’ was created. Initially Courtney had only planned on recording covers of his favourite songs to upload onto the internet as a hobby-like project, but having learnt that his friend Rhys was also a musician, the two decided to try writing original compositions instead. The initial works of the two weren’t very high quality, but with time and practice, the two began increasing their skill and creativity, both individually and as a team.
As Rhys and Courtney only began their friendship in 2020, they had formed a bond as friends and musical-partners that would help them ultimately create their best works. While
Rhys plays a variety of instruments such as bass, drums, and guitar, he found his home in guitar and vocals. Rhys had come from a musical background that involved the works of 60-80’s music, mainly sourced from The Beatles and Aerosmith. On the other hand, Courtney had devoted his time to learning guitar and singing as of 2020, and he was more influenced by a background of more current music and 2000’s rock including artists like Cavetown and Foo Fighters.
Because of the two being influenced by differing backgrounds of music, the combination of their talents created a unique blend of sound, involving both acoustic and electric guitars, incorporating elements of synths and trumpets, alongside ambient effects for a sound unique to the times they live in.
During the times of recording, Rhys and Courtney would play
both covers and original pieces for open mic nights at The Corporate Moose, a local bar in Mildura that would greatly increase their popularity, as well as performing live at festivals like the Ouyen Mallee Root Festival.
Rhys and Courtney had recorded music at their respective houses until they learnt that their instrumental teacher, Marcus Hennig, owned a studio named, SoundHouse Musik. The two would spend their time collaborating and recording with SoundHouse Musik to create pre-production and demo tracks for three of their songs before deciding to finish recording their single, “Drifter”.
They then decided to upload their song to Triple J as part of their Unearthed High 2022 competition. Although the song did not come out as victorious, the competition had given them enough publicity to meet a lot of new and helpful
people on their journey, and they had created a following behind them on social media where they could promote when and where they would play live. Two of the people that Rhys and Courtney were introduced to were co-owners of a distribution label called Dark Escapes. Rhys and Courtney were signed to the Dark Escapes label in August 2022 and are currently still under the wing of its co-owners.
Rhys and Courtney have written over 16 songs and are still writing, and looking to release a number of singles in the near future, including their single “Drifter” which is expected to be released late October. The two also stick to their roots, playing at open nights at The Corporate Moose in Mildura.Ð
MAKERSMARKETWORDS FLEUR RUDDICK
What is Makers Market?
Makers Market is a Christie Centre program that supports participants to design, create and sell hand made products. The program was inspired by support worker Mia Collicoat who wanted to share her creative skills with Christie Centre participants and give them opportunities for community participation.
When did it start?
Makers Market began mid 2020 and has grown into a full day program with 11 participants, 2 staff members and 1 volunteer.
What do you make?
Makers Market participants have made a range of handmade items such as polymer clay jewellery and key rings, tie dye clothing and tote bags, water colour gift cards , book marks and custom vinyl transfers. Recently the group were involved in making felt poppies to raise funds for Remembrance Day.
Where can we buy Makers Market products?
You can purchase Makers Market products from the Christie Centre Collective located at 78 Langtree Mall. Our sales are redirected back into the program and go towards buying materials - we recently made enough money to buy a Cricut!
Have you got any new projects coming up?
Next year we will be getting into making items from recycled materials – the group has already made beautiful recycled paper and jewellery out of single use plastics. Ð
WORDS REBECCA CROSSLING
Mackenzie Ryan, 20, is in her second year of the Bachelor of Nursing, studying at La Trobe University’s campus here in Mildura. Outside of studying and working in a local aged care home, Mackenzie is passionate about health and fitness. She plays and coaches netball for the Irymple Football Netball Club and is a regular at Mildura’s F45 gym. Mackenzie moved into University study straight from year 12 and has never looked back.
What motivated you to decide to pursue studying Nursing?
I have grown up being surrounded by health professionals my entire life. My Mum is a Speech Pathologist and previously worked at the Mildura Base Hospital for 15 years in the Allied Health department, before opening up her own private practice. I would go to “mums work” most days after school, so I believe my passion originally came from watching both my Mum and her Allied health colleagues care for their patients. My mum also studied Nursing at La Trobe here in Mildura and had an amazing experience.
What do you love about your course?
I love the friendships I have made along the way. The best part of having a small cohort of students is the connections you make and the support and encouragement you have from them. I can’t wait to graduate and eventually work alongside some of them for years to come!
How have you found the experience studying locally?
I am so lucky to have the opportunity to study in Mildura, as I can still be close with my family and friends, as well as study my dream career. Although Mildura Campus is small, we have all the resources we need to be successful in our studies. To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of resources we have here in Mildura. The lab rooms have highly advanced simulation dolls, up-to-date nursing equipment - which is identical to the hospital’s. We are able to become familiar with specific equipment, technology and documentation, as well as having access to talented and knowledgeable lecturers, who are all Registered Nurses that guide each lab and workshop.
What area of Nursing do you hope to move into once you graduate?
At this point in my studies, I am still unsure about what pathway I want to explore once I graduate, but I am looking forward to my future placements next year which will hopefully give me an idea. I recently completed placement in the Paediatric ward in the Mildura Base Public Hospital and absolutely loved it!
What advice would you give other young people considering studying Nursing or Health at University?
I would highly encourage it! The opportunities and pathways into health care are endless, you never have to stay in one place for too long which I think is really important to know. Ð
L O V E L O V E L O V E
Adding another cafe to the list, 3rd Avenue brings a slice of heaven to town. With a decadent menu aimed at brunch enthusiasts (and vegan options alike), 3rd Avenue’s interior is designed as a retreat in the shape of a cafe.
Before you step into 3rd Avenue, patrons are immediately greeted with the plants on either side of the doorway. Decorated pots house little succulents while climbers draw your eye to the bamboo pergola overhead, white green leaves gesture you to enter.
The building located on 32 Carter Lane, has a vibrant colour palette. White walls bring out the three paintings on the left side, while pink feather tiles beneath the counter connect the artwork to the room. A wall of greenery sits behind the counter with a neon sign, the foliage illuminated in red and white.
As your eyes shift around, you notice the pendant lighting. One set sits above the bar, the shades are wicker baskets that emit a warm glow from within, while the other hangs above the dining area like its own art piece. The black electrical cables are haphazardly pinned and draped above the pendant globes, creating intersecting lines asking to be looked at.
What makes 3rd Avenue unique is their atmosphere. It’s a cafe designed for a moment of calm in our otherwise busy lives or a place to relax after a long week. With a customisable menu and a self-order approach, 3rd Avenue is thoughtful of the people they serve and provides a warm welcome to anyone who walks in. Ð
Calico fabric (30cm x 50cm) Paint Iron
2x 30cm Wooden dowel Paintbrushes Pencil
1x 50cm String Scissors Needle & Thread
Step 1 Cut a 50cm x 30cm rectangle out of calico.
Step 2 Fold long edges in by 1cm and carefully iron flat. Fold the edge over again to enclose the frayed edge and iron flat.
Step 3 With needle and thread, sew the folded edges down.
Step 4 Fold short edges in by 1cm and iron flat. Wrap the fabric over the wooden dowels loosely and mark where the edge meets the fabric. Remove the dowels, fold the edges to the pencil-marking and sew these down to create a loop.
Step 5 On the side of the banner where the folded edges are not visible, paint any design of your choice.
Step 6 Once the paint is completely dry, insert the dowels into the loops. Tie the string to both ends of the top dowel and hang it up.
Supplies: Jar Soil Plants Decorations of your choice (pebbles, rocks, fairy trinkets, moss)
Step 1 Pick a cute jar, which can be either from empty sauce jars or food jars, or I Love This Shop which sells jars of all sizes and prices. Once you’ve chosen a jar, lay soil in the bottom of the jar and arrange to what suits the plants you’ve got, you can create different heights in the soil to give the terrarium different levels
Step 2 Place your little plants however you desire within the jar and make sure they’re secure in the soil. Add more soil where needed.
Step 3 To give further character to your terrarium, add stones and pebbles to the jar. *Tip – pebbles and rocks with existing moss on them in the terrarium environment will encourage the moss to grow more and cover the floor of your terrarium!
Step 4 Give your terrarium a couple sprays of water. Once you’ve sprayed a bit of moisture into the jar you shouldn’t need to water it for quite some time, even a few months. Then seal the jar with its lid to contain the moisture and you’re all done!!
FUZZY FEELINGSWORDS JOSH SZABO ARTWORK PAIGE AVERY
I try to find the good in life, But good things in life are hard to find. This love is hard and it is killing me. I shall not fear, as you are the only one, But surely this isn’t the end? It can’t be, can it?
The depth of this is real, Almost unreal. Clearly surreal.
There is a fuzzed feeling when we communicate, But I wish the feelings for you were reciprocal. You build me up, but i tear you down. If it were up to me, You would be the talk of the town. Ð
Diseases & Disorders
Chronic Health ConditionsWORDS ELISE CIRILLO
A chronic condition is an illness that lasts a long time and doesn’t go away, and often leads to your health gradually getting worse. If you have a chronic condition, you will need to have a range of treatments and follow a healthy lifestyle. This page gives ideas on how you can manage a chronic condition.
Chronic health conditions are defined as an illness, disease, or disorder that persists for a year or more, affects people’s lives, and needs ongoing management. Such conditions are characterised by their complex causes, their many risk factors, the latency periods (time between illness onset and feeling its effects), and the functional impairments or disability they cause. Most commonly known chronic conditions include arthritis, stroke, multiple sclerosis, endometriosis, gastrointestinal diseases and disorders, cystic fibrosis, asthma and diabetes. Each condition presents itself differently and the impacts vary from person to person. While the majority require differing levels of management, for some, they can be life-threatening conditions that need constant attention. Most chronic health conditions do not ‘fix themselves’ and are not completely cured. The reality is, chronic conditions don’t have a cure like acute illnesses do, rather. Such conditions often require major lifestyle changes to accommodate the impacts of the illness as well as a treatment/management plan. Condition management plans and treatments help reduce symptoms to enable people to continue their daily activities without the fear of a flare-up (the sudden appearance or worsening of a disease or condition). However, management plans require time, patience and often trial and error. There isn’t a set of skills or activities that work for every single person - often, two people with the same condition don’t respond to the same treatment/management plan and, for some, it can make things worse. Which is why it’s important for people with chronic health conditions to take things slow and listen to their bodies & consult with their treatment team.
Chronic conditions can exhibit a range of symptoms. The primary symptoms are physical symptoms - symptoms such as muscle tension, gastrointestinal problems, tingling or numbness, difficulties concentrating, hot flushes, muscle weakness, fatigue, changes in appetite, headaches, and many more - that can impact on people’s limitations. Physical limitations and the impact of being chronically ill, may lead to what is described as ‘thought symptoms.’ These describe feelings of inadequacy, repetitive thoughts in relation to condition progress and the doctors ‘missing something,’ believing that nobody understands, and the fear no one believes the condition is real. Together, physical and thought symptoms can cause behavioural changes for some people (social withdrawal, unhealthy coping mechanisms) and becomes a difficult cycle to break.
It is estimated that 1 in 2 people with chronic health conditions have poor mental wellbeing. When living with a chronic health condition, it’s common to experience a range of emotions. People commonly experience anxiety, low mood or depression, guilt, shame, frustration and anger - especially in the toughest times. It’s normal to experience these emotions, but when these emotions occur too often, or become severe, they become a challenge on their own. For people dealing with chronic conditions, maintaining mental wellbeing is as essential as their physical management plan.
Management plans don’t have a defined structure or appearance. They are different for everybody. Oftentimes, they need to address every sector of life from diet to work to activities to sleep routines to exercise. When managing chronic conditions it’s important to address all of these areas and find where improvements or adjustments need to be made in order to better suit the person’s limitations or condition(s) and improve wellbeing. As a general consensus it is recognised that an activity and a form of light exercise (if it allows) are particularly important as they help reduce stress and release feel good hormones while light exercise also helps to build tolerance to movement without causing flare-ups. Activities can be crocheting, painting, writing, reading, etc, and exercise can take the form of yoga, a slow walk, light housework, and dynamic stretches.
The most important thing when living with a chronic health condition is perseverance. It is the hardest but most rewarding mindset to develop. And it may take months or years to get to a place where managing a chronic condition is like second nature and flare ups are easier to handle, but persevering is what gets you there. It’ll be worth it in the end. Ð
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/health-conditions-disability-deaths/chronic-disease/overview
Health Direct www.healthdirect.gov.au/management-of-chronic-conditions
Fast fashion, meaning “inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends,” is a term that has seen a recent rise in use within the modern media. This along with the emergence and popularity of mass producers such as ‘Shein’ and ‘AliExpress,’ has raised ethical questions within the fashion community and beyond about what our responsibilities are as consumers, and how we can ethically manage our consumption levels. Even beyond these brands, some popular household favourites, such as Cotton On and Zara are also guilty of contributing to fast fashion. Although seemingly hard and financially draining, practicing ethical consumption is actually a lot easier than most would assume. As previously mentioned, the rise of modern media has brought more attention to the issue of fast fashion, but it has also attributed popularity to going ‘thrifting’ or ‘op shopping.’ This is one super easy way to avoid contributing to fast fashion whilst also being environmentally and financially friendly! With everything usually being between about $2-$10, with profits often going to different charities, and purchasing from op shops simultaneously reducing the amount of clothing that goes to landfill, you are doing your part for society, the environment, AND your wallet. If the financial element is less of a concern, and your interest is more in purchasing staple pieces for longevity wear, buying high-end or designer staples is the way to go. With a bigger price tag often comes better quality and buying for repeated wear is another great way to not feed into fast fashion, as these brands often have ethical processes, materials and practices included and considered in their price tag.
In doing this, you are simultaneously rejecting the fast-moving cyclical nature of fashion that promotes the mass production of clothing, and
FAST FASHION & CONSUMER SUSTAINABILITY
instead you are ensuring that the products you own will last, structurally and within the trend cycle. Rather than looking elsewhere to buy the current item that you are desperate to buy, another ethical option is to just not buy it – and hear me out here. Many issues of overconsumption simply come from people buying more than they need. Often, people are buying more than necessary from fast fashion brands, causing the production of clothing to increase at an unprecedent rate, and therefore, contributing more material and more waste. Being more conscious of ‘needs’ versus ‘wants’ can save a lot of waste, as well as a lot of regretted purchases down the track when the item inevitably loses its trendiness. My biggest piece of advice for this (apart from, again, buying from op shops - which reduces these production levels as you are purchasing items that have already been made and worn), is to sit on it. If you feel like you desperately need an item (don’t worry I’ve fallen victim to this feeling many times), chances are, if you sit on it for a week or so, that feeling will gradually fade, and about half the time after this period, I no longer even have an interest in the piece and if I do then it’s a good indication to get it. So, while you may be desperate to buy something that fits into the newest trend or to buy something that you saw that influencer wearing on their recent trip to Europe, instead think about the broader implications of what you’re purchasing. I can guarantee you that you can almost always find what you’re looking for or similar, in an op shop, vintage store or on a reselling platform (such as Depop or Ebay) if you look hard enough, sometimes even for half of the retail price! Being conscious about our fashion consumption is one super simple way to look after our planet, and also to abolish unethical working environments and systems that thrive on the overconsumption of trendy and mass-produced pieces.ÐFrankie De Maria St. Joseph’s College
eat thisWORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY MUHAMMAD DANIAL ZAMIRI
Muhammad shares one of his favourite beverages. ‘TEH TARIK’ Malaysian Pulled Milk Tea.
Perfect for anytime of day, served hot or cold.
TEH TARIK MALAYSIAN PULLED MILK TEA (SERVES 1)
2 CUPS OF WATER
3 BLACK TEA BAGS
5-7 TBSP SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK 3-5 TBSP FULL CREAM MILK 1/8 SALT (OPTIONAL)
CUP WOODEN SPOON SAUCEPAN KETTLE
1. In a small saucepan, boil the water with the tea bags for 10 minutes.
2. Remove the tea bags.
3. Insert the sweetened condensed milk and the full cream milk. To substitute condensed milk if unavailable, just use 1 cup of full cream milk and about 2-3 teaspoon of sugar. Mix the ingredients together.
4. Pour in the cup while pulling the tea to aerate it. Traditionally, you can pull it 3-5 times and serve.
5. Serve while hot or place in ice cubes to serve it cold.
LIVING AWAY FROM HOME IN lockdown
Moving away from home is, and was, no easy feat. In 2020, I was yet another wide eyed 18-year-old who had just moved 600 odd kilometres away from my hometown to start my new life in Melbourne. Just accepted into my dream degree at Monash University, living in a great apartment and the city I’d longed to move to all my life, I was incredibly excited for the journey ahead, the journey that lasted a whole two weeks. Then came along COVID lockdown after COVID lockdown, forcing me back to my hometown, unsure of when I was able to return back to Melbourne. In this time, I studied online at home, like many other students, after having a single official day on campus. This was definitely not what I was expecting my first year of uni to look like; I expected a lot more partying, events, getting to know people, and other new experiences as such, and rather, I was confined to the same 4 walls, quite literally experiencing nothing but a daily walk down by the river and uni lessons conducted on Zoom. This along with the general anxieties attached to COVID-19 and lockdowns meant I faced a significant impact to my mental health. Luckily enough, I got to experience some normalcy when moving back to Melbourne for my second year of university in 2021. I also had decided to move into a college to fast track some of the new social interactions and friendships that I was yearning to experience and create to combat 2020s lack of. In the first few months here, I had had the time of my life, partying, making new friends, experiencing the city, and studying hard of course. That is until the lockdowns started again and came even more frequently than the year before. My naïve self, who had believed that “COVID was over” took this pretty hard, but this year I had a new environment to retreat to that wasn’t my hometown, and for this I felt so lucky. I decided to stay in Melbourne for almost all of the lockdown periods last year, and I am really glad I did, because although it meant I was missing my family, it also meant that I was surrounded by many like-minded people around my age that were experiencing the exact same feelings and frustrations. I took so much comfort in being able to talk to my friends when needed and being in a space that could support me during such a hard time.
I acknowledge that I was very privileged to be in this situation, and that a lot of people did not get the same luxury of being able to live with their friends during this period. But rather, what I hope to share, is what helped me the most within these hard times, and what eased the transition between moving away from home and settling into my new one. For me, this was throwing myself into new situations, some of which could be uncomfortable. When moving back in 2021, with plans a little less certain than that of 2020, I was terrified. I had actually convinced myself through pure anxiety prior to coming to my college, that I would not make a single friend. This is genuinely absurd to me looking back now because I couldn’t have been more wrong. I have met some of the kindest, most encouraging, and like-minded people I have ever known, all because I pushed myself to do something slightly out of my comfort zone, and this is not even the only situation where this has been the case. I have also retained extremely strong connections with my close friends outside of Melbourne as well as all of my family. This has been another thing that I have found to be so important in easing my transition, is surrounding myself with the people that mean the most and have similar interests, goals, and views as mine. Never in my life have I felt so supported to chase my dreams and seize opportunities than I do now within the circle that I have created and kept up. I truly don’t think I would be in the place that I am in now without the people who have helped me transition from a small rural town to Melbourne, or the people I have met since moving to Melbourne that have made it so easy to call home. So, my biggest pieces of advice when you are planning on moving out, is saying yes to things that scare you, and letting the ones that mean the most to you come along with you on those rides. Your life is too short to move out of home and not take the amazing opportunity you have set up for yourself in doing that. You need to embrace this time because I can guarantee it will change your life forever. Ð
END OF YEAR EXHIBITION
VCE STUDIO ARTS MILDURA
SENIOR COLLEGEWORDS EDEN MUSTER
“After rushing to finish my artworks and folio for VCE Studio Arts, I felt very relieved that this looming responsibility was complete but also sad that this is it for art classes. The big task that signaled the peak of my entire schooling (for Studio Art at least) passed by so quickly. I scrambled to write a little artistic statement for the exhibition when my teacher reminded me, so I tried to pull something out of thin air that sounded legitimate which fulfills the criteria that coincidentally sounded more like something I’ve produced haphazardly to fulfill the criteria.
I arrived at the Exhibition to find that my artworks had magically appeared up for display thanks to the Art Teachers, Emma and Maddy. This gave me a broader understanding why some artists personally oversee the construction of their exhibitions to ensure the meaning and their vision of their works is conveyed. Before the exhibition, I had only witnessed my works sitting in my house either partially sewn or in costume bags. It felt quite odd seeing them in the middle of a
building (Arts Mildura) that I had never visited in the middle of Langtree Avenue. There were two guitarists which I remember seeing them play at ‘The Beat’ event held earlier in the year. The musicians really set the ambiance and my Beat co-host and myself did a little groove to the familiar tune. As I walked around, I saw all my peers’ artworks and had an insight into their year, personal artistic capabilities, and interests that was relatively hidden. It was nice talking to my peers who had also worked hard throughout the year as we revel in this short-lived sense of accomplishment before we would have to face our emerging threat - exams.
I am personally horrible at dealing with compliments that were bound to come (…how very humbling of myself), with the reoccurring “can you make one of those for me?” which both I and the giver knew the answer would be a polite ‘no’, unless they were willing to give me a very appropriate amount of funding to make it worthwhile. There were photos, (Lots! Well, for me at least.), I guess everyone
(mostly my mother) realized that this time in our lives was coming to an end and this was the perfect excuse to capture the moments.
Finally, it was time for the awards. Both the “Teachers’ Award” and the “Principal Award”.
In class we were all afraid of winning since the school apparently took and hung up the artwork forever (it’s only a year but no one ever came back at the end of the year to pick their work up). Our principal stood up the front and said all the customary greetings then announced the Teachers’ Award winner - Sarah Watts, who had two amazing works on display, one consisting of abandoned televisions and the other of a beautiful playing card design with two contrasting characters. I then won the Principal’s Award with my geometric faux fur coat and photos which I named “Furry
Human” (which I wish I had more time to think about before naming because it felt weird when it was called out). After the various awkward congratulations and more photos as people left, I waited until very little people were there to join in a little entertainment with my little sister on the grand piano in the corner that I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to touch.
I’m not sure if I will ever showcase my work in a gallery again, but maybe instead a different environment such as on stage, the runway or on a street or something similar. It was the icing on the cake that is (for me) VCE Studio Arts and it was nice seeing all the artwork everyone has worked on in the most stressful year of their schooling in a somewhat professional environment giving us a small taste of the outside world.” Ð
GETTING H ELPFROM
PHYSICALDISTANCIN G FRIENDLYSUPPORTHEADSPACE ONLINE
There are many ways to access information and support for your mental health and wellbeing; it’s important to choose the way that best suits you. In addition to visiting a headspace Centre, headspace online has a range of resources and supports available for both young people and friends and family – it’s all free and confidential and can be anonymous.
WORK & STUDY
YOUR OWN (PERSONAL) SPACE
This is your space on the headspace website for you to collect and manage resources to build your own personalised mental health toolkit. You have complete control of the spaces that you create and the resources you choose to save there.
Visit: headspace.org.au/ eheadspace/spaces/personal/ setup
Group chats allow you to connect with other people like you. They are led by headspace clinicians hosted 3 times per month on topics where you, or those supporting you such as friends and family, can ask questions and receive information from a mental health professional.
Navigating relationships: Every Monday 6pm - 10pm headspace: Every Tuesday 6pm - 10 pm General coping: Every Wednesday 6pm - 10pm Yarnspace: Fortnightly Thursdays 6pm - 10pm Supporting Others: Fortnightly Thursdays 6pm - 10pm
Free & confidential support delivered online or over the phone for 15-25 year olds. The headspace work & study specialists can assist you with creating a resume, career planning, job searching, interview preparation and exploring education options. They also offer a career mentoring service.
Online and telephone support. Open 9am – 1am (Melbourne time) 7 days a week for a 1-on-1 chat for both young people and their families & friends. It is a confidential, free and safe space to talk about what’s going on.
A shared area of the headspace website for you to engage with each other about high level topics such as general coping, qheadspace, yarnspace, navigating relationships, supporting others & climate change
Visit : headspace.org.au/eheadspace/spaces/community
If you are a young person aged between 12-25 and need information relating to general mental health, physical health, work & study, and alcohol and other drugs, this section is designed for you. You can also try our interactive activities there.
FRIENDS & FAMILY
Raising sensitive issues and working to resolve problems that arise along the way can be challenging. It can also be hard as a parent to know the difference between normal behaviour, such as moodiness, irritability and withdrawal, and an emerging mental health problem. This section is designed to help you.
Online bite-sized modules of interactive content that encourage young people, family and friends to actively reflect on their own needs, engage in skill building and set meaningful goals to improve their mental health. There are many different topics available. To try the modules on the opposite page, click on any and be linked directly to the site.
FURTHER INFORMATION AND SUPPORT
www.kidshelpline.com.au | 1800 551 800
Free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
BEYOND BLUE www.beyondblue.org.au | 1300 22 46 36
Information on supporting someone with depression or anxiety. Online chat & phone support.
Q LIFE www.qlife.org.au | 1800 18 45 27
Information about supporting LGBTQIA+ young people. Online chat & phone support.
SANE AUSTRALIA www.sane.org.au | 1800 18 72 63
Information on supporting someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Online chat & phone support.
MENSLINE AUSTRALIA www.mensline.org.au | 1300 87 99 78
Information and support for men on emotional health, family and relationship concerns.
GP HELP / ARTWORK
BLACK DOG INSTITUTE www.blackdogInstitute.org.au
For Information on supporting someone with depression or bipolar disorder.
BUTTERFLY FOUNDATION www.butterfly.org.au | 1300 33 46 73
For people impacted by eating disorders and body image issues, and for the families, friends and communities who support them. REACH OUT reachout.com.au
Online mental health organisation for young people and their parents supporting them to get through difficult times.
What have you enjoyed most about working on BOLD?
I enjoyed getting to share my creative side and allowing myself to be free in the way I create without limitation.
What do you enjoy about growing up in Mildura?
I came to Mildura when I was 5, and have lived here ever since. I enjoyed being raised in a tight knit community who are always there for each other and ready to help when needed.
What’s your dream job?
My dream job would be getting to create documentaries and possibly something in the health field.
Conor Pall (he/him) is a 19-year-old social justice advocate who isn’t afraid to pick up the phone and be a voice for those who need it most. As a 2022 recipient of the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year Award, the Mildura resident is on an endless campaign for equality.
WHAT SPARKED YOUR PASSION FOR CHANGE?
I have never been someone who can watch injustices unfold without speaking up. From bullies in the schoolyard to incomeptent governments, I feel the need to make this world a better place. My own lived experience as a Victim/Survivor of Domestic Violence has been the real fire in my belly to ensure governmental structures recognise inequalities and continue to evolve.
HOW HAVE YOU TURNED YOUR LIVED EXPERIENCE INTO A FORCE FOR CHANGE?
It wasn’t easy and it didn’t happen overnight. Healing has taken time but surrounding myself with the right people has helped me realise how such a dark time in my life has added value and a sense of expertise to my work. I now understand how small people can feel when systems cannot provide adequate support. This is what drives my work.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING AT THE MOMENT?
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at La Trobe University, paired with an internship at Mallee Family Care. I am also working with the Youth Advisory Council of Victoria (YACVIC) to advocate for youth inclusion across all aspects of our community. Recently, I was appointed to the Victorian Government’s Victim Survivors’
Advisory Council (VSAC). Lived experience is now at the decision-making table.
HOW HAS LIVING IN MILDURA INFLUENCED YOUR WORK AS AN ADVOCATE?
Living in Mildura has allowed me to be a voice for young people in rural areas and share the difficulties rural young people face compared to those in the city. I have spent my whole life in Mildura, so it pleases me that I now get to help share the issues we face.
TELL US ABOUT HOW YOU GET YOUR VOICE HEARD.
I never thought anyone would listen to me, my lived experience and voice. But I have learned that this isn’t true. People may not listen but they will see you and what you advocate for. Although it may take time, you will soon be heard. My journey started off by writing to local MPs and now I am arranging meetings with different departments and ministers. It has taken hard work to turn those initial emails into something substantial because of my young age.
WHAT COMES NEXT FOR YOU?
I hope to pair my social work degree with a Master of Law for a potential career in public policy. This would allow lived experience to be embedded where it matters most - at the decision-making table. I cannot wait for that day!
I acknowledge the terrible impact of family violence on individuals, families and communities, and the strength and resilience of the children and adults who have, and are still, experiencing family violence. I pay respects to those who did not survive and to their family members and friends.
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• feel sad, angry or stressed
• have trouble sleeping
• have stopped doing the things you normally enjoy
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