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ISSUE 20 | SUMMER 2011

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• Turramurra • North Turramurra • South Turramurra • Wahroonga • Warrawee • Pymble • St Ives • Gordon





Glen Street Theatre 2012 Season

EDITOR’S NOTES Did you know that there are 105.2 male births per 100 female births? This issue we have special guest writers Dr Sean Seeho and Jenny Stuart, who share the stories of 3 women and their pregnancies. These 3 women’s journeys include the wonderful joy of having a newborn baby and, unfortunately the case for many, the terrible pain. Dr Seeho and Jenny Stuart, amongst other researchers, dedicate much of their time to helping families have a healthy and happy pregnancy through clinical, laboratory and population-based research. As you gear-up for the holiday season and New Year enjoy reading our other articles in this issue, which are focused on health and well-being. Comment on our blogs for your chance to win 1/10 Hoyts double passes!

CONTRIBUTORS Rebecca Louie, Copy Editor Rebecca grew up in Turramurra and is married with two children. She is a trained teacher and works in the not-for-profit sector for organisations including YWCA NSW and World Vision.

Lesley Courtney-O’Connor, Consultant Lesley lives in Warrawee, has two sons and two beautiful granddaughters. She loves travelling, playing golf, working to create a beautiful garden and enjoys visiting a good restaurant with friends.

Wendy Kwei, Freelance Makeup Artist Wendy has contributed to magazines such as Vogue (Australia), Neiman Marcus (US), Visit Gourmet Traveller (Aus), British Airways Enjoy a fabulous Christmas and safe holiday season! (Global), and several international and Australian films. (Page 6) Edwina Hunter

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Makeup Christmas gift ideas

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How to separate personal and work life

Page 10 Community Bank, Lindfield, open Page 18 The gift of a newborn child Page 24 Pilates shaping Page 28 Natural solutions to a healthy pregnancy Page 32 Glen Street Theatre programme, 2012 Page 34 Pursuing your dreams Page 36 Christmas means... Page 39 Local summer deals!

23,000 copies are distributed, quarterly. To contact Living Local Magazine... Mail: PO Box 3116, North Turramurra, 2074 Phone: 0417 059 225 Email: Chanelle Stroud Sales assistant, freelance writer Chanelle is passionate about the publishing industry! She has volunteered her skills for various magazines such as Grazia. Photo by Jacklyn Underwood


Wendy McCready, Freelance Writer Wendy McCready has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years. She has a particular interest in the voluntary sector, where generous volunteers contribute their time, effort & skills to help others in the community. Kirrily Bartik, Naturopath, Freelance Writer A successful local Naturopath, specialising in natural women’s & children’s health, nutrition & weight management, fertility & wellbeing. She has a passion for writing to inspire health & loves working with her clients to achieve their health goals. (Page 28) Nadia Stennett, Freelance Writer Nadia is a freelance writer with experience writing across a broad range of major women’s and lifestyle publications, including Sydney Time Out, Cosmopolitan Health, Bride to Be, Just Be, Professional Beauty magazine and’



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With Christmas just around the corner, it’s easy to be overwhelmed walking through the cosmetics floor this time of the year. Most makeup counters are spilling over with limited edition holiday palettes, hampers and gift sets to fill out those Christmas stockings! These pre-packaged gifts are a good option provided that you can be certain the colours and inclusions will suit your loved ones. Otherwise it can be an expensive makeup gift that doesn’t get used to its full potential. If you would rather choose your items separately and personalise them yourself, here are five of my favourite makeup gifts that are guaranteed to please! By makeup artist Wendy Kwei


A high end lipstick It’s the best way to spoil someone who loves good quality makeup that’s wrapped in indulgent packaging. Brands like Chanel and Tom Ford are at the top of their game when it comes to well designed, decadent cases. It might be tricky getting the shade right, so make sure you’re familiar with the returns policy, and that the product can be taken back and exchanged if it hasn’t been used.


A makeup brush (or two!) An investment in everyone’s makeup bag. They are an essential tool that makes makeup application easy and blending like-a-pro possible. Most makeup brands offer a selection of brushes, but the best place to start is with your gift recipient’s favourite


brand. Speak to the artists on the counter and choose a versatile brush (like a blush brush or an eye-shadow brush) that you know she will enjoy using regularly.


Nail polish Most girls would agree that their nail polish wardrobe is never complete! To keep on trend for summer 2012, choose bold, bright and metallic colours. If you’re not sure how these shades will look on the person you are buying them for, check-out OPI’s website and their “try on this colour” web tool. It’s a fabulous way to see exactly how the polish colours look on many different skin tones.


A makeup book I don’t know any makeup enthusiast who wouldn’t love a classic, hard back makeup book (think Kevin Aucoin) to add to their collection. These books are timeless, inspiring and capable of pulling someone out of a makeup rut and reinvigorating them again!


A makeup bag

It’s the one item that holds all our products together, yet something most of us don’t change often enough! A good makeup bag should have zip locked compartments so brushes can be kept separate, waterproof fabric that can be wiped regularly for good hygiene and shallow sections that only allow you to hold three or four products in it (and not hoard!). It’s not only a great gift to receive, but one that will motivate her to sort through all old makeup to start the new year afresh! For more makeup and beauty tips visit Wendy’s website at to read her makeup blog.




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Name: Adrienne McLean Business: The Speakers Practice I have 3 children, a loving husband and an elderly father who I am the primary carer for, so it has been a juggling act between having a business and a busy home life. What I do, is fit the business around my family, which is ideal! A good calendar and a diary is a necessity to balancing everyone’s needs.

PERSONAL & WORK LIFE The Speakers Practice held the Let’s Celebrate Innovation Lunch, 2011. A lunch to celebrate the many successes that people, who work from home, have achieved.

Name: Sally Foley-Lewis Business: Fast Tracking Managers I believe there has to be a level of fun. There is a grey area where they cross over, but I am very clear about going off-line and taking time out. Pens down, anything that begins with an ‘i’ disappears, and I can reconnect with the family without distractions. Name: Cominia Nesci Business: Results Based Image Specialist I deliberately don’t answer the phone and get back to my callers later. Name: Joshua Rasco Business: Joshua IT Solutions I don’t allow myself to be on the computer late at night. I shut off everything. I don’t look at emails [after hours]. I stick to my work hours unless I have to work over time for a deadline. Name: Srimi van Roosum Business: Nutrimetics I used to work fulltime; my husband was a stay-at-home parent. My kids would comment on how much I worked, so I wanted to make a change. I now run my business from home, which is great. I can choose my hours and work around my kids’ school hours and bedtime. Name: Kim Tolano Business: Kim Tolano Real Estate I think it’s very difficult with children but I no longer have children at home. With children you have to be super organised, have rigid routines and allocated “me time”. 8 LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE SUMMER 2011

Name: Rosemary Spiteri Business: Clearly Business I ban conversations about work on weekends. I enjoy dividing my time and focusing on what I am doing in the allocated time.

Name: Rosemary Macey Business: Oven Fairies I carry my work with me at all times. It’s always resonating in the back of my mind. I love my work, it’s fabulous. Name: Sue Blake Business: In an Organised Fashion You don’t. I firmly believe that balance is a load of rubbish. When you love your work, you don’t want to be caring about balance. You force yourself to run the house when all you really want to do is get back to business.

Name: Jenny Spencer Business: Locksense I can’t sit still for more than 3 hours so I enjoy breaking up my time washing the dishes, folding clothes, etc. I dedicate Name: Shirley Childs my hours and try to keep the weekends Business: Symposium free from work spending quality time of Expertise. with my family and friends. Entrepreneurs to help businesses mingle Name: Bev Phelan I believe if we have a Business: Civil Marriage Celebrant positive outlook on life, we bring it to both our It is about [good] time management; personal and work life, but on my weekends, at parties and allowing us to achieve when travelling, I am trying to network. more in less time and It all blends together and I don’t mind with less effort. that. I love my work.

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At Turramurra North Real Estate we have been busy selling and leasing properties, many to people on our extensive data base. If we can assist you with any of your real estate requirements please feel free to call us anytime. Julie Rodgers and the Team appreciate your support throughout the year and wish you all a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Turramurra North Real Estate 270 Bobbin Head Road North Turramurra Ph: 9449 3075 Fax 9983 1931 Email:


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LINDFIELD: Community Banking in Lindfield has become a reality with North Shore resident and NSW Premier, The Hon. Barry O’Farrell, officially opening the new Lindfield Community Bank® Branch on Friday 7th October.

Ku-ring-gai community in sponsorships, grants, donations and dividends and continues to be one of the fastest-growing branches in Bendigo Bank’s Community Bank® network. With the opening of Lindfield Community Bank® Branch, it won’t be long before this figure exceeds the $1 million mark.

KFSL chairman, David Langdon said “Lindfield Community Bank® Branch already has more than 100 customers and $10 million of banking business on its books and we’re looking to build on these figures . As the branch grows, so too will the amount of money that we will have available to invest back into Lindfield and its surrounding suburbs”.

Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited is a public company owned by the members of the Ku-ringgai community who subscribed to the capital raising and became shareholders in the Company when More than 80 people attended it was floated in 2003 and when the official opening including the Member for Bradfield, Paul Denice Kelly, Senior Branch Manager, the Prospectus for Lindfield was launched this year. The board is Fletcher MP, and Ku-ring-gai Mayor Turramurra/Lindfield Community comprised of 10 directors who are Jennifer Anderson. In addition, Bank® branches said, “It’s all about local shareholders, business people, community, community, community. local residents and provide their services on a voluntary basis. community groups and members Our Community Bank® branch of the public all turned out in force will return old fashioned face-toLindfield Community Bank® to join the opening celebrations. face customer service to Lindfield Branch boasts the latest in Senior staff from the Bendigo and and stimulate the local business Adelaide Bank Limited, including economy. In addition, a percentage banking technology in a modern environment. Regular extended Chief Financial Officer and Executive, of our profits will be returned back banking hours will provide Finance & Treasury, Richard Fennell, into the local community including customers with the option of also attended. grants and sponsorships banking from Monday to Friday 9am to charitable, sporting and to 5pm and on Saturday morning Lindfield Community Bank® Branch educational organisations”. from 9am to 12pm. Ku-ring-gai is a local business owned by Financial Services Limited will also local shareholders and staffed by Giving away a percentage of its be extending its automatic teller people who have the community’s profits is an inherent part of the network. In addition to the two interest at heart. The bank offers bank’s philosophy. Community ATMs in Turramurra, and the one a full array of banking products at Banks provide more than just in Gordon, a new ATM is available at competitive interest rates as well as banking services – they deliver providing friendly, professional and employment opportunities for local Lindfield and one at Roseville is planned. personalised service. people, keep local capital in the community, are a local investment Since the launch of Turramurra option for shareholders and provide The new Lindfield Community Bank® Branch is located at 318 Community Bank® Branch in a source of revenue for important October 2003, KFSL has returned community projects determined by Pacific Highway Lindfield right opposite the railway station. more than $950,000 to the local the local community. 10 LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE SUMMER 2011

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Christmas HAS ARRIVED As the year draws to a close, so too does the wet season in Nepal. This year has seen steady growth and progress, with projects now up and running in five schools. Sabita, the first girl from her village to finish high school and go on to university, recently started her three-year nursing course at university. This is a very exciting time and we are seeing history in the making.

by Allan Waldon ICMS STUDENTS Our inaugural Melbourne Cup function, at The Cook’s Garden in North Turramurra, raised funds to specifically help support Sabita in her studies. Heidi Healy from Chadwick Real Estate and Edwina Hunter from Living Local Guide did an amazing job in organising a fantastic day, which raised almost $2000! The atmosphere was abuzz with the laughter of so many supportive locals, each sporting their finest hat or fascinator. Everyone enjoyed participating in the silent and live auctions, raffles and sweeps, in this perfect venue. It was all topped off with great wine and delicious food! It was a most successful event. We would like to extend a special thanks to the wait staff,


from International College of Management Sydney, who volunteered their time and fine service skills. We would also like to thank all the sponsors of the event including: Hoyts Chatswood, The Cook’s Garden, Intaglio Gallery and Framers, Madison Magazine, Lotus Mendes Jewellery, Eastern Road Quality Meats, Altman Sales and Distributors, Swish Events, and St Ives Shopping Village.

her further education including her boarding, books, and university fees (approximately $4000 per year).

A few Wahroonga Rotarians also held a Melbourne Cup lunch, raising an additional $500. Well done to all!

Fundraising Christmas cards are now available from Eastern Road Quality Meats for only $1 each with all funds going to the Nepal school projects. We also have a huge perfume raffle, worth $1500 with tickets for sale at $5 each or 6 for $20. The raffle will be drawn on 17th December 2011, just in time for Christmas.

All the funds raised from these events will contribute to helping make Sabita’s dream of becoming a nurse a reality. Specifically, the funds will contribute to the costs of

Throughout the year, Warren and Dypna Sly, Ray and Pam Sleap, and Heidi Healy and Scott Chadwick of Chadwick Real Estate, have all been very involved and a great support base for all our projects in Nepal. As usual, Richard Jackson works nonstop, putting our projects together.

CHRISTMAS AT EASTERN ROAD QUALITY MEATS BBQ TIME Plenlty of kebabs, butterfly chickens, butterfly legs of lamb, and heaps of the best cheese you will find.

HAM Juicy and wood smoked ham, to give that nice flavour we all love.

SWEET PORK Grown without added antibiotics or added hormones. It tastes like real pork, smoked by the best in Sydney.

ROAST PORK Roast Pork with lots of crackle, how good does that sound?! Terrifically rolled and completely covered in crackle, seasoned or plain. This pork is moist, tasty and does not dry out like some porks can.


Fresh whole turkeys from 3 kgs up to 10kg. Fresh turkey breasts on the bone from 3kg to 6 kg. All fresh, chemical free and free range. None are pumped full of water or oil and none are selfbasting. They are the real deal. We will have some small, range-reared geese this year. They are normally hard to Turkeys are easy to cook, look great get hold of, but I’ve found a local supplier. and they taste so good. We also do a fool-proof, rolled, seasoned turkey Why not try our cabretto (kid goats), breast fillet. guinea fowl, pheasant and sucker pig from our farm.


We try to know the products we sell. We grow our beef, we know them and we know what they eat. We know our goats and welcome people to talk with us about the farm. Our team will do our best to help meat your needs for Christmas.

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With the promise of long summer days tantalizingly close, Novella customers and staff are counting down to Christmas and selecting the books we’ll enjoy reading and giving to family and friends over the holidays. To assist with selecting suitable books for a wide range of tastes, in November we published and distributed our 2011/2012 Summer Reading Guide by local letterbox delivery and our Independent Book Guide with the Sydney Morning Herald. Thank you for your feedback – we are pleased that you find the guides useful. Additional copies of reading guides are available at Novella and also online. We are always keen to assist you in selecting the right book for the right person. 

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Loreto NORMANHURST It is part of a worldwide network of Loreto schools, and is one of seven in Australia. It provides an award-winning model of education which is innovative and dynamic and which fosters critical thinking, curiosity and joy in learning – an education which prepares a Loreto girl for an exciting and challenging future. Located in Sydney’s leafy Upper North Shore, the school is set in spacious grounds on the edge of bushland, and is a pleasant mix of historic buildings and modern learning spaces, with beautiful ovals and a large sporting and aquatic complex. An oasis set back from bustling Pennant Hills Road. The school is very accessible and is well-serviced by public transport, both train and bus, and by a private bus service. 2011 has been such an exciting year at Loreto Normanhurst, with the launch of a new Strategic Plan for 2011-2015. The implementation of this Strategic Plan has meant renewed energy in the three priorities of mission, learning and sustainability. The most exciting piece of this plan 16 LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE SUMMER 2011

Loreto Normanhurst (est 1897) is a Catholic independent boarding and day school for girls from Years 7-12.

is a brand new building that will commence in December 2011, which is due to be completed for the new school year of 2013. This beautiful building will house sixteen new learning spaces, as well as state-of-the art Technical and Applied Science rooms. This new building will be a wonderful addition to the school’s already exemplary educational facilities. Boarding continues to thrive at Loreto Normanhurst, with the boarding school now home to 208 students from country NSW. This dynamic community of young women from Years 7 to 12 maintains the one hundred and fifteen year tradition of boarding at the school. From Bourke to Brewarrina, Newcastle to Nyngan, our girls are country women who enjoy learning the ropes of city life. This year, we have celebrated excellent HSC results with more than 80% of the Class of 2010 receiving an ATAR of 80 and above. Nine students received Premier’s Awards and ninety-nine students, with a total of 279 mentions, were listed on the Honour Roll. It is obvious from these results that the

school’s innovative educational program, the LNSGM (Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model), continues to support the school’s diverse students towards excellence. This is evident, not only in the HSC, but in successes throughout the student body in oratory and debating, sport, music, drama, and a wide array of extra-curricular pursuits. The essential element of a Loreto education is about being a person for others and our students demonstrate this so well each day. Students of Year 12 lead the school and their House groups, always finding time for younger students. The vertical pastoral care system is strong at Loreto Normanhurst where each student is known for their own uniqueness. Staff at Loreto Normanhurst care for the students and know them well, building good relationships that assist both pastorally and in the learning realm. The FACE (Faith, Academic, Community, Extracurricular) Curriculum is an holistic program which is at the core of the work done at the school. In short, Loreto Normanhurst is… such an exciting place to be.


The greatestGIFT! What greater gift, than the gift of a newborn child? The joy of having a healthy baby is universal. Although most mothers have uncomplicated pregnancies, this is not always the case. For a large number of families the arrival of their new baby is marked with sadness. The festive season is often a particularly difficult time for these families. In the lead up to Christmas I interviewed three mothers who had very different experiences. Jenny had a healthy pregnancy; but for Veronica and Amber, their pregnancies were far from straightforward. Interestingly, Jenny and Veronica both work at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research where their focus is on helping all mothers have a healthy pregnancy. When a pregnancy fails or a baby dies, families have a desperate need to know why. The death of a baby is devastating and the loss of a life unrealised. These two young researchers are devoted to finding an answer to this question and ensuring that every baby has the best chance to be born healthy. AMBER’S STORY… Amber delivered identical twin girls, Hannah and Sophie in June 2011. When Amber went into premature labour at 26 weeks of pregnancy; baby Sophie was stillborn. Hannah weighed just over a kilogram at birth and spent her first 93 days of life at the Royal North Shore Hospital. Even when allowed home, Hannah required oxygen to help her breathe. Amber and her husband Pete are also parents to a daughter Zoe, who is almost three.

When did you first become aware that the pregnancy was not going according to plan?

perfect and angelic as Sophie’s little face. I held her for a long time and so did Pete; a feeling I really can’t explain. It was then, and still I turned up to my usual visit with is, a rollercoaster of emotions. my obstetrician at 25 weeks with There was a huge possibility that only a slight concern that my if Sophie had survived she would tummy was feeling particularly have had major problems and tight. An ultrasound revealed there subsequently a short life. The pain was a major problem that occurs in dealing with that would have in approximately 10% of identical been overwhelming. twin pregnancies. It was then that I I’m so delighted Hannah is alive called my husband in a panic. and well. I try to remain positive. It has been bitter sweet, but sweet nonetheless. Who can complain about having two beautiful children like Zoe and Hannah? The day after the ultrasound I had a laser procedure to try and rectify the problem and give the babies the best chance of survival. I was warned that the procedure could bring on early labour. When I went into early labour, I thought I was going to lose While she was in Intensive Care, both babies. I have never been so whenever I left her, I wondered terrified in my whole life. if I would get a nasty phone call. Sometimes I would sit and look at her and just cry - I just could not believe that something so small and fragile could be alive. How was it possible? Modern science is a I have never seen anything as

When you went into premature labour at 26 weeks, were you aware of the potential problems What were your first thoughts of babies being born so early? when you heard that you were Hannah spent a long time in having twins? the neonatal intensive care unit To be completely honest; I was in. Were there times when you terrified. I was scared about the thought that she might not come obvious physical difficulties I was home with you? about to face and also worried about the financial implications. It took a while to accept the fact that I was having twins, but eventually I became very excited. I was particularly excited by the miracle of having identical twins such a special gift!


How did you manage the understandable grief with Sophie being stillborn amongst the joy of having Hannah?

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true miracle! Once she was moved to the High Dependency Unit, a massive weight was lifted from our shoulders and with each day our confidence grew.

I assume that Hannah’s development is being closely watched. How is she progressing and are there any special considerations in parenting her?

She is doing remarkably well. I’ve been told that premature babies like Hannah are usually very small. However, Hannah’s weight and height are normal for her age, which is incredible. The only real concern is the possibility of her catching respiratory infections due to her Liversidge initial lung1950’s problems. If so, Digger she would be required to go back on oxygen for a short while. Apart from that, we will be treating her exactly the same way as our first child, Zoe. We will not be wrapping her in cotton wool!

How do you plan to spend Hannah’s first Christmas?

A quiet lunch with family and most probably spoiling her rotten! VERONICA’S STORY… Veronica is a mum and a medical researcher. She has experienced first-hand the complications that can occur during pregnancy. Her specific area of interest is preeclampsia, which she developed in her first pregnancy. Preeclampsia, also known as toxaemia, is a condition that can occur in pregnancy, and is associated with high blood pressure and fetal growth problems. Veronica is now expecting her second child. She is passionate about research and finding the cause of preeclampsia.

As a mother and as a researcher, what are your hopes for the future?

My hope is for all mothers to have safe pregnancies and healthy babies. Preeclampsia still causes the deaths of many mothers and babies worldwide, particularly in developing countries. Even in Australia preeclampsia remains a very significant problem. As a researcher I can help find solutions to problems that affect pregnant women. Although the Australian Government provides funding for research, more funds are needed. Research makes a difference by bringing understanding to what is currently unknown, giving hope to those who have been affected by hopelessness and providing answers where is currently only angst. Discoveries here, in Australia, can have the potential to help millions of women across the world.

Given your knowledge of preeclampsia and the related what emotions This has obviously been a very complications, you feel when you were emotional time for you and your did diagnosed with preeclampsia? family. Has your outlook on As a mother, all you ever want is to What are you and your family life changed as a result of have a healthy baby. Knowledge of doing to celebrate Christmas? this experience? pregnancy-related complications Christmas is a big celebration in I could never have done it without the strength of my wonderful husband. It has made our marriage much stronger - I know there is nothing we cannot face together.

I do find it amazing how it takes only a few seconds to turn your whole life upside-down and yet we pulled through. I have a new respect and admiration for the wonderful doctors who save the lives of babies like Hannah, and for that matter – mine! These are everyday, truly incredible people and I can never thank them enough. Several medical practitioners told us that had this occurred 30-40 years ago, it is almost certain that all three of us would have died. 20 LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE SUMMER 2011

can be both a blessing and a curse. Although aware that many women develop preeclampsia, never did I expect that I would be affected. I became slightly concerned during the latter part of my pregnancy, because I had very swollen legs and feet. At about 36 weeks I decided to go to hospital for a check-up as I had some concerns. Once there, I was told I had preeclampsia. The obstetrician decided it was best if I remained in hospital until the birth of my baby. I was overjoyed that we were both okay. Holding her for the first time made me realise how lucky we were. I am so thankful that in Australia we have such good medical care.

our family with grandparents, aunties, uncles and plenty of young cousins joining in the festivities! Abigail is especially looking forward to having Santa Claus visit. This year she has asked Santa for playdough! We will also spend time at the beach. Abigail loves making sandcastles and swimming in the ocean. JENNY’S STORY… Jenny is mum to Oliver, who turns two in February. Her pregnancy was uncomplicated with Oliver being born at 39 weeks weighing 3.23 kg. As well as a mother, Jenny is a postdoctoral scientist researching why some pregnancies are affected by preeclampsia.

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What does your job involve and Did knowing the potential what do you love about it? problems and complications I work as a scientist investigating of pregnancy make your own why the placenta, the life-support pregnancy any more challenging? system for a baby, sometimes doesn’t develop normally in women who have preeclampsia and when a baby is born too small. My research is focused on examining genes and proteins in the placenta that may be dysfunctional in these women. What I appreciate most is the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of women at such an important time in their lives - that of having a baby. Tens of thousands of women worldwide continue to die every year from preeclampsia. Even in Australia, thousands of babies are born very small. Helping to find a reason why some pregnancies don’t end well is a very strong motivator! I also love being part of a group of researchers who are dedicated to improving the health of our youngest Australians.

In the area of your research, what do you find hardest and see as the greatest challenge?

Much of science is not about the successes that we all celebrate, rather it is the months and years of failure that eventually lead to a breakthrough. Being patient and not too disheartened by failures is sometimes hard. The greatest challenge? The uncertainty and difficulty in obtaining funding for research. Although we are very competitive in obtaining government grants, often this is insufficient as research is expensive. Grants, apart from being difficult to get, are usually for only a few years which means that I can never be sure I will still have a job when the grant ends. That is why external donations are such an important part of us being able to continue our work. 22 LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE SUMMER 2011

Not really, I know that most pregnancies have good outcomes despite some having complications. My research has also allowed me to see first-hand many complicated pregnancies that were treated with the highest levels of expertise and care, resulting in a healthy baby and mother. This gave me much reassurance.

Has becoming a mother changed the way you approach your research?

Being a mother does affect the way I see many things in life, including what I want to achieve in research. It has made me even more motivated to find reasons why some women, unfortunately, have pregnancies that do not end happily. Instead of just being interested in genes and molecules in the lab, I am now focused on how my work will translate to helping pregnant women and their babies. Being mum to a very busy boy has also made me more efficient with my time, prioritise what is important, and improve my female ability to multitask! (laughs)

How do you plan to spend this Christmas with Oliver?

We plan to spend Christmas with our families in Sydney, eat well and recharge for next year! We love food and travel, and often plan when and where we might go to eat or have a short break. However, with a child soon to turn 2, our plans are often just that! (laughs) If you would like to help researchers such as Veronica and Jenny who are

dedicated to helping women achieve healthy and happy pregnancies, please donate at PRaMM raises funds for medical research into problems that affect pregnant women and their babies. It is based at the Royal North Shore Hospital within the Kolling Institute of Medical Research. For the chance to win a great prize and have your story published, please share your experiences or response by visiting Dr Sean Seeho, an obstetrician and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and Jenny Stuart contributed to this article.

DID YOU KNOW? IN AUSTRALIA (2010)… • Women gave birth to 297,900 babies - a new national record • The median age of first-time mothers was 28.9 years • The median age of first-time fathers was 33.1 years • The national fertility rate was 1.89 babies per woman, (2.1 is required to maintain our population) • The majority of mums had one baby, however 4458 (1.5%) had twins and 69 had at least triplets! • 7.5% of babies were born prematurely (less than 37 weeks) • 947 (0.7%) babies born weighed less than 1kg Australian Bureau of Statistics



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When doing Pilates, there are a few important things to remember. • Breathing – In Pilates we breathe into the back and sides of the ribs, rather than the stomach. As you inhale push the ribs to the back and sides, and as you exhale pull the ribs down into the waist and draw the navel in toward the spine. • Control – Pilates is about precision, not big movements. Make every movement controlled and only increase the resistance or range once you have mastered the basics. • Centreing – Each exercise begins in the core. Initiate each movement from the connection of the abdominals by gently pulling the navel into the spine. This ensures you have the support of the core as you move. Pilates exercises are performed on a mat or by using various pieces of specialised equipment, such as those described below. • Reformer - a gliding platform used for sitting, kneeling, standing or lying down. The user pushes and pulls off the foot bar in a controlled manner, while the tension in the springs gently works the muscles. With its sophisticated system of springs, straps and pulleys, unlimited exercises can be performed on this surprisingly versatile apparatus. • Wunda chair - resembling a stylish little stool, it is not necessarily used to sit on but to strengthen arms and legs while stabilising through the torso. • Cadillac – also known as the trapeze, this is essentially a raised horizontal table-top surrounded by a four-poster frame on which various bars, straps, springs and levers are fixed. Standard models include a push-through bar, a roll-down bar, a trapeze or cross bar, arm springs, leg springs, thigh and ankle cuffs and even fuzzy hanging loops. The number of exercises that you can do on the Pilates apparatus is endless, meaning there is always something new to learn and different ways to work. Here are some of our favourite exercises. • Little frogs - works the core as well as the hamstrings and trains the body to allow the legs to move freely, while the rest of the body remains stable. Uses the reformer whereby straps are attached to the feet, part of a pulley system which uses the resistance of springs. • Standing leg press – works the glutes and hamstrings while also challenging balance and co-ordination. This standing exercise is performed using the wunda chair and has many variations to increase the challenge.


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SOLUTIONS TO A HEALTHY PREGNANCY Pregnancy can conjure images of relaxed, glowing women and perfect pregnant bellies. While the reality of pregnancy can most often be very different to this, there is still much that can be done safely and naturally to smooth the bumps of your pregnancy journey. By Kirrily Bartik, local naturopath, Sage Street Clinic The number one top tip for a healthy pregnancy is prevention! Before beginning to conceive, make sure your health is at its optimum. Be within a healthy weight range, exercise regularly, have healthy eating habits and most importantly manage stress levels. This tip is just as important for both partners. Pregnancy and parenthood is a time of huge change and being in top health will ensure you are best able to meet the challenge. It is just as important to continue these healthy habits during pregnancy. While fatigue, cravings, morning sickness and stress can make this a lot harder to achieve, every healthy habit you maintain, even if its not perfect, will make a difference. If you continue to exercise regularly when you can, eat healthy meals, get plenty of rest and relaxation, you will be helping your body perform the miracle of growing an entire human being! Every pregnancy is different and every pregnant woman has different health needs. Regular check ups with your doctor, obstetrician or midwife will mean you get the best care possible. Before beginning to conceive, see your GP for an overall check up and if you need help with 28 LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE SUMMER 2011

lifestyle advice, now is the time to see your naturopath and make those healthy changes. Remember that more is less in terms of supplements and herbal medicines and always get advice about the quality and dosage of products before you start to take anything new. It is also essential to see your dentist before trying to conceive, as gum health can decline rapidly due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy and many procedures may not be ideal to do during pregnancy. Make sure there will be no complications during your pregnancy and that you have a healthy teeth and gum management plan to get you through the pregnancy. It is highly recommended to take a specially formulated pregnancy multivitamin before starting to conceive and throughout pregnancy and even breastfeeding. Much research supports the use of 500mcg of Folate (or vitamin B9) daily before and during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects- a common cause of early miscarriage. It is ideal to take a small amount of the remaining B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12) with your Folate to aid absorption and as co-factors for the

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communicate properly. They might start misinterpreting what’s being said in conversation, or they simply find that they can’t decipher what’s being discussed at a function. We know from studies that people with an untreated hearing loss have twice the rate of depression when compared to the general community. The reason for this is that people tend to shy away from the situations Of the five senses, our hearing is where they find it most difficult to perhaps the one function we take hear, and the resulting isolation most for granted. can lead to depression. Adapting We wouldn’t let our eyesight slip to to hearing loss also places a strain on our minds as it takes work to the point where we can no longer read without seeing an optometrist. compensate and decipher sounds. Yet, on average, it takes seven years The associated mental fatigue may for people living with a hearing loss also explain the marked statistical to seek out assistance. Many people link between hearing loss with a hearing loss spend years and dementia. convinced that their hearing loss is not serious, believing that it’s just Hearing loss is insidious because another facet of getting older. it also affects friends and family. The good news is that we do have When we consider that our the technology to manage most hearing is the key tool we use to forms of hearing loss and there is communicate with one another, a federal government program one has to ask what the impacts of to assist people in accessing hearing loss really are. hearing services. Effective hearing is what allows Since the closure of Hornsby us to listen, converse and enjoy a Hospital’s audiology clinic, there joke with our friends and family. has been a gap in family-based It is through our hearing that we hearing services in the Ku-ring-gai are able to participate in so many community. Pinnacle Hearing was activities: going to a concert, opened in April 2011 to help fill this enjoying a round of golf, having gap. The clinic is one of the only fulllunch with family, or simply time, independent, hearing clinics watching a program on television. situated on the upper North Shore. Accredited by the Office of Hearing As hearing begins to fail, people tend to adopt coping strategies, but Services, the clinic provides fully subsidised hearing assessments eventually people with a hearing and hearing devices to pensioners loss find it harder and harder to and veterans. 30 LIVING LOCAL MAGAZINE SUMMER 2011

Known for her bright manner and integrity, Melissa Franks is the clinic’s senior audiologist. As a local of Turramurra, Melissa aims to provide the type of continuity of service, which can be lacking elsewhere. We asked Melissa why she chose to open a private practice. She said, “I felt there was a need for an independent clinic catering to all age groups. Many people are not aware that several of the larger chains of hearing clinics are owned by foreign-owned hearing aid manufacturers. I personally believe this situation is less than ideal. Such chains are geared to selling a particular brand of hearing aid and selling hearing aids is their primary business. Some chains I know of, offer their staff financial incentives to drive hearing aid sales.” You don’t have to be Einstein to see there could be issues with this. When you visit an audiologist, you want to know you will get expert advice on what all your options are. If you consider that globally there are around 130 hearing devices on the market, Melissa believes it is essential for people to “receive specialist advice on whether they even need a hearing aid, and if so, what are the best options to meet their needs.” Most of the time people who do seek assistance are very pleased with the outcome. Melissa has even been thanked for saving several marriages! To make an appointment with Melissa or to discuss any hearing concerns, call 9440 9091.

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I hear that you have some Was it a hard decision to leave As a feature writer, you intensive Summer School and PricewaterhouseCoopers to contribute to some of the online courses in addition to the pursue your passion? biggest publishers in Australia, It was difficult at the time. There usual range of courses you offer. have your own column, and meet were some great opportunities Who should attend them? and interview celebrities and within the firm but really I had to To name a few: follow my heart. I realised account- corporate leaders all the time. Creative Writing: It’s for people who ing wasn’t what I was passionate Of those you have interviewed, •used to love writing at school, who about, but it was hard as I had a who inspired you the most? love telling stories or want to write a career all mapped out.


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During the first week of December the North Turramurra Church will be serving the community with a memorial service at 7:30pm on Wednesday 7th December. This is a service for those grieving the loss of a significant person in their life: a lost loved one, a miscarriage, or a missing person. This will be an opportunity to remember, respect and honour those who have meant so much to us. It is also a time for healing and tending to the wounds of loss. On Sunday 11th December at 7:30pm we hold our annual Christmas Carols On The Lawn with Turramurra North Public School. Animals, feathers and jumping castles are not normally what you associate with singing Christmas carols. This will be the scene for the North Turramurra carols on 11th December. Each year the North Turramurra Church of Christ and Turramurra North Public School combine their creative talent to present the Carols On The Lawn for the local community. On the church grounds before the carol singing there will be a number of family activities. These include a baby animal farm, plaster craft, colouring-in and jumping castle. Over 500 people joined in carol singing last year. Pastor Stephen Cathcart said, “last year was the best carols on the lawn we have had. It is great to be able to give back to the local community whilst celebrating the birth of Jesus”. One young member of the community, Nicholas, and his mother Angela, thoroughly enjoyed the evening. ”Where else can you go in northern Sydney and enjoy this community spirit at Christmas”, said the young mother of three. Our Christmas services are: Christmas Eve at 5pm and 11pm and Christmas Day at 9:45am-10:30am.




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