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hat is it with men that they are reluctant to discuss their health to the point that it can actually threaten their life. Unlike the sisterhood, whose members are happy to share a yarn or two about their health dramas over a coffee, there is no brotherhood beyond the secret handshake or an analysis of the footy over a beer. Well, that’s the stereotype, and it’s easy to see where it came from. While I have talked to many men’s support groups who stress the importance – and difficulty – of getting men to talk about their health, I can’t say I have ever known a group of blokes to sit around at a barbie chatting about their prostate troubles. I know a chap who didn’t quite get

Contents around to going to the dentist for a decade, and when finally driven to the chair by pain, ended up enduring a nasty and expensive treatment he could easily have avoided. In fact, his dentist said pain was the most common reason for men to turn up at all – unless of course their wives made the booking for a checkup and gave them no choice. The other side to all this is man flu – the woman’s common cold that will lay a man out flat, whimpering that it’s much worse than anything she has ever known. And of course, there are the war stories of survival. Unfortunately, there is more likelihood of a man sharing his story of a hospital stay than there is of telling his mates about an ache or pain. As Lorraine Page discusses this month, it’s time for men to stop being tough and accept their vulnerabilities. That chest pain you’ve been ignoring for months could be your last warning before a fatal heart attack. Discuss what blood pressure pills you are taking with the boys and compare stories on how you are feeling. It doesn’t hurt at all.






































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Health proofing our men – a race against time Men’s attitude to their health is a bit like a ticking time bomb but, writes LORRAINE PAGE, it’s never too late to swing the pendulum.

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hen it comes to living long, happy and productive lives, men are often behind the eight ball as no amount of sweet-talking will persuade them to pay more than rudimentary attention to their health – until it’s too late. Throughout life, men and women will have different experiences of health and wellbeing. A snapshot of 2018 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found that three out of four men were overweight or obese, their leading cause of death was coronary heart disease, and they were more likely to engage in risky behaviours and to die prematurely.

Women were more likely to be living with multiple chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and arthritis, but were found to drink significantly less alcohol, smoke less and were twice as likely to eat more fruit and vegetables than men. Both sexes were pretty much line ball in self-assessing their health as either “excellent” or “very good”; however, the bottom-line is that men die earlier than women. Men represent a good proportion of the clientele who attend the practice of naturopath Peter Kahler, more than most allied health professionals he estimates, and the reason he suggests, is simple.

“A lot of naturopaths are female,” he says. “You’re not going to have a male see a female for a health problem. “We have to work on men’s thinking and turn around the attitude that I won’t see a doctor until I’m at death’s door, because that kind of stoicism handed down from one generation to another is costing men their lives.” For the past 10 years, Peter’s focus has been on chronic degenerative diseases common to ageing such as heart disease and diabetes. More recently, he has combined his knowledge of biochemistry with natural nutrients that may assist in repairing and protecting health at the cellular level before these diseases take hold. “I can order pathology tests, do gene testing and hormone profiles,” he says. “Rather than waiting to see males who have 80 per cent blocked arteries and blood pressure that’s through the roof and putting a huge amount of pressure on their cardiovascular system, I can pick up those markers a lot earlier.” He’s also a motor-sport enthusiast and often uses a car analogy to steer men towards his practice because he knows they’ll baulk at seeing a health practitioner for a “health condition”. “Males can relate to that,” Peter says. “They know I’m not going to come out wearing a kaftan and waving an incense stick.” Wear and tear issues; systems check; more fuel in the tank; and improved performance is language easily understood in the corporate world where men are working 100-hour weeks and ripe for heart attacks, strokes or nervous breakdowns. “But I’m still up against it,” Peter says.

“Diabetes is a 15 to 20-year process. You start getting a bit of weight around the middle, a bit of fatigue and your stress response goes up … then suddenly you’re entering the diabetic tunnel, but it can take 15 years to display as a high glucose level on your blood test.” Nearly 50 per cent of men aged 16-85 have experienced a mental health problem during their life, according to the AIHW. Reflecting on the speed bumps in his own life, Terry Cornick, founder and chief executive officer of registered mental health charity Mr Perfect, says he was far from perfect. He knew that for most of his life he had suffered from some form of undiagnosed depression and anxiety but had many people fooled, even his best mate. When Terry moved to Australia from the United Kingdom 11 years ago, his immaculate suits and popularity at work earned him the moniker, “Mr Perfect”; they masked a traumatic childhood and a family history of mental illness. Five years later in 2014, when he was 30, he finally reached out for help and was prescribed medication and referred to a specialist, but he wasn’t told how else he could manage his mental health. He began asking probing questions. At that time, Beyond Blue, a non-profit organisation that addresses issues related to mental disorders, commissioned a project to understand in part how men perceive and experience social connectedness and to highlight tools that may help them to develop stronger ties. Terry founded Mr Perfect two years later, on the back of further studies that show social connectedness may be a

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Men’s business at a Mr Perfect meet-up. protective factor against depression for men in their middle years (30-65). It all started when some of his friends suggested they arrange a casual meet-up in a park and kick a football around for a couple of hours – anyone welcome. The notice was placed on community websites, Gumtree and Meetup. “Forty guys turned up on a Sunday afternoon and it was brilliant,” Terry says. Football turned into two-hour social barbecues once a month, expanding to more than 30 impactful and supportive meet-ups across Australia, including Brisbane and Caboolture. They attracted all ages but Terry noticed they appealed to a certain age demographic – 40w, 50s and beyond. “I’ve seen guys get to 40 or 45, then suddenly redundancy or divorce causes a downward spiral,” he says. “We have some guys come along who have just retired. Everything’s been great in their life up to that point, then it’s, ‘what do I do now?’. “The chat over a barbecue is a cultural thing and makes people feel more comfortable. It’s also outside so it means it’s not a closed men’s group with the door shut. If anyone is feeling anxious or a little overwhelmed he can leave and no one thinks anything of it. “When someone comes over and tells me a little bit about their story, I can

almost see their shoulders lift. We had one guy who said he hadn’t left the house in a year, which isn’t good for anyone’s mental health.” In the course of their lives, men are more likely than women to be homeless. On Census night 2016, the majority of the homeless boarding house population was male. They were also older than the rest of the homeless population with almost 50 per cent aged 45 years and over. Circle of Men, a registered non-profit organisation that supports men living in a number of aged care homes in Brisbane’s south and Redlands City, runs a weekly companionship program for those vulnerable at this stage of life. On joining the organisation, volunteer coordinator Kevin James says his eyes were opened to the plight of frail, elderly men living in care. They were outnumbered by women and lacking personal resilience. Although adequately housed and fed, the men were confined to their rooms for long periods of time. Isolated and alone, they lacked social integration and the means to form trusted friendships – features of homelessness. “Many of them are completely deaf, have difficulty even with hearing aids in, and we have a couple who are totally blind,” Kevin says. Women generally lose their partners many years earlier and adjust quickly to nursing home life whereas men, Kevin says, are on average aged 85 when they enter residential care. It’s often a last resort after they’ve lost their health, mobility and final network of support. They may have lived alone for an extended period of time beforehand and bring with them poor social habits. “Even if there’s another bloke 200m away in another wing of the nursing home, they will never get to meet,” he says. “It’s institutionalisation, and the only time

they’re out is when they’re brought out for breakfast, lunch or dinner.” For 90 minutes each week, Circle of Men volunteers break through that wall of isolation. Bringing camaraderie and song, they create a homely, relaxed atmosphere in which the men can share their stories, joys and sorrows. In between meetings, some residents have taken up the habit of sitting and talking with others not mobile enough to leave their rooms. When that happens, Kevin is convinced of the success and power of the program to rejuvenate and reconnect the elderly with their peers. “It’s not your blood pressure, giving up smoking and alcohol, and exercising that determine longevity, it’s friendships and social networks,” he says. Even so, from a health point of view, the price men pay can be high when they miss out on life-saving screening tests. For some years now, the number of Medicare services processed has been higher for females than males according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Paradoxically, the ABS also reported that between 2007 and 2017, the average number of Medicare services processed for men aged 65 years and over consistently exceeded that of women the same age, suggesting men are accessing the health system when potentially, it’s too late.

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CRICKETER Matt Hayden has gone into bat for men’s health, fronting the Every Man Can campaign which aims to raise awareness of men’s health, including lower life expectancy, higher risk of suicide, and premature death. “Our underperformance on men’s health is hurting our women and children as much as it is harming our lads and blokes,” he says. “We need to do more to inspire the nation’s fathers and sons to step up, take action, support one another, and play as a team.” Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia CEO, Professor Jeff Dunn, said one in six Aussie men were struggling with depression, men were twice as likely as women to abuse alcohol and drugs, and men were less likely to seek expert support for their concerns. “Every 25 minutes, one of our fathers, brothers, and sons will hear the news he has prostate cancer. Tragically, 3500 Aussie men will die from the disease this year, leaving families and communities devastated,” Prof Dunn said. “While prostate cancer has one of the highest cancer survival rates, the lifelong impacts of treatment can be devastating for many men, including incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and embarrassing weight gain caused by hormonal therapy. “Men impacted by prostate cancer also experience a 70 per cent increased risk of suicide, although few seek support for their mental health needs.” Visit

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Take the ultimate trip down memory lane REMEMBER learning to read through the adventures of Dick and Dora (and Nip and Fluff); the fear of getting your fingers caught in the wringer of the Pope washing machine; and sucking on a Sunny-boy from the tuckshop? Pam Van Der Kooy has put together the ultimate nostalgia trip in her book Stuff We Had in the ’50s and ’60s. Complete with pictures of “stuff” that you haven’t seen for decades – think test patterns on black and white TVs, Vincent’s Powders, bags of Reckitt’s Blue, and tiny packs of Juicy Fruit chewing gum – the book covers stuff from around the house, the car, school and holidays and picnics. There’s also an “unsealed sealed section” with the naughty stuff we weren’t supposed to know about or that wasn’t spoken of in polite society - things like Kotex belts and Man magazine. Did you know that before Don Chipp’s time as Customs Minister in 1969, federal censorship of literature was a contentious issue? The original edition of Peyton Place

was banned from 1959-1971, although there was an Australian edition in which some scenes were removed entirely. It’s all there, along with stuff from the medicine cupboard, stuff that we ate and drank, stuff on the dressing table and stuff we played with. Pam grew up in Brisbane where her father, Roly Chapman, was deputy principal of Upper Mount Gravatt State School for 37 years. He is now widely remembered as the author of Aniseed Balls, Billycarts and Clotheslines about growing up in the 1930s, which was published in 2002 and later played on ABC radio as a morning serial. Pam now lives on the Sunshine Coast and is so old she can still remember the national anthem playing when television stations closed at midnight, having a backyard dunny and learning to write on a slate. Stuff We Had in the ’50s and ’60s can be purchased online, The Bookshop, Caloundra, and at all stockists of Boolarong Press publications.


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Thousands of chooks and Yvonne’s still clucky With a squadron of knitted hens of all varieties roosting in her spare bedroom, Yvonne Waldvogel is looking forward to getting back to her novel tea cosy business, writes GLENIS GREEN.


iving in a high-rise apartment with several hundred chickens, some brush turkeys and the odd koala and dog might sound a bit crowded but Yvonne Waldvogel wouldn’t have it any


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other way. You see she’s a bit of a knit-wit – crafting whimsical tea cosies using chunky knitting needles and a crochet hook. The result is a spare bedroom filled

with fluffy poultry and various animals perched cheerfully on dozens and dozens of op-shop teapots. The knitting began when she was just five at her home in Switzerland, thanks to lessons from her maternal grandmother, but the inspiration for her delightful chooks came during a long road trip from Darwin to the Red Centre over more than four months in 2012. She and husband Jim Lombard were travelling in a sedan and would stop and visit friends along the way. She made one of her quirky cosies as a thank-you for their hospitality – and the great tea cosy obsession began. Drawing inspiration from a book by Loani Prior, Yvonne’s knitting began taking imaginative turns and before she knew it, she had crafted two dozen cosies for various friends. Some featured crocheted flowers on top but then, by Yvonne’s own admission, “I got a bit lazy”. She began experimenting with multiple strands and textures of wool to create her signature fluffy chooks with a crocheted comb and wattle. Different wools give different effects and each creation has its own personality

which she says emerges as she knits. During the past four years Yvonne has knitted and sold more than 2600 of them, usually for an average price of $29. She vividly remembers selling her first cosy at a show at Mount Mee. “In fact, I sold three. I was absolutely excited, and I could see my future right in front of me. It just grew,” She shows at craft shops and online orders are a work in progress. “I had an epiphany and called it The Cosy Affair. I sold one online, but I haven’t really tried very hard,” she says. When the Covid-19 pandemic brought things to a temporary halt, she gathered up her woolly flock and allowed them to roost in her spare bedroom. Her work has gone all over the world – “from Greenland to Patagonia”, although one of her biggest fans is her husband Jim. French-speaking Yvonne left her native Switzerland 40 years ago, and ran a café in Sydney with Jim when they first arrived in Australia. They moved to various towns from Mackay to Darwin, before settling in Caloundra a decade ago. Jim, who now is kept busy helping run the Caloundra Men’s Shed, worked in

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Swiss watchmaking and, as an electrical engineer, worked in domestic wastewater treatment in Darwin. In 1982, he helped develop one of the first bar code readers for Woolworths – also used for seating at the Opera House – but the project was shelved in favour of a US system. Their son Nico, who was born in Mackay, is a graphic designer and program manager for Imparja television in Alice Springs. But Yvonne, who has her spare bedroom/craftroom organised with military precision with wools in containers for colour and texture and creations displayed in rows, is now

$200 $200 off each system when more than one concentrating on her tea cosy and egg cosy production line. “I’ve been making one a day for the last seven years, but with the pandemic I’ve only made 80 since Christmas,” she says. “With the shops reopening, I’m back in business.” She has also branched out into other animals and birds – such as an elegant black swan, koalas and brush turkeys – and into quirky tissue box covers and little chick egg cosies, but the chooks remain her favourites. They are also a favourite with her customers. One thing is certain, Yvonne is as clucky about knitting as ever.

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by Mocco Wollert

I RECENTLY received a text message that read: C U 9. After staring at it for a while I figured it must mean “see you at 9 o’clock”. I wonder, is our language as my generation knows it, disappearing? It is certainly changing. Of course, language has to change. Language is a living thing; new words are invented by writers and the man in the street. Shakespeare invented quite a few new words. The meanings of words change too and

some just disappear. One word enjoying new popularity is the German angst. It means fear, anxiety or apprehension in German. We have perfectly good words in English to express those feelings, so why choose a German word? Texting brought one of the biggest changes in how we use and write words. The communication has to be fast and use as little space as possible on the contraption that has become a constant companion, the mobile phone. I show my age when I refer to things using, to me, words of everyday language. The recent scenario in a supermarket highlights that. “I don’t need a bag,” I told the checkout girl with a smile. “I’ll just put everything into my dilly bag.” She looked at me as if I had come from Mars. Dilly bags went out the window a long time ago. One of my pet hates is abbreviations. They started to appear quite a while ago in American novels and crime stories but now they are used in most novels. Departments, organisations and institutions are mentioned only by acronym. It makes me feel so ancient and an idiot for not being able to figure out what HSFDA (I made that one up) means. I always have the intention to contact the writer and ask for an explanation but I never do of course.

When my children grew up, we constantly corrected them when they said ME and Johnny, yet even educated people on certain educated radio stations now say, “me and whoever”. Maybe I am pedantic and should “hang loose” or “hang out” more often. I hang out my washing but I meet with friends to socialise. Hanging out with people sounds dangerous to me. What are they hanging from? How good are you at this texting language of ours? Here is a test. The following “sentence” appeared on my granddaughter’s phone: “cheers for merch u peeps are good – lol about the deets - c u soon - wts lol” Translation: “thanks for the merchandise, you people are good. Lots of laughs about the details. See you soon – watch this space – lots of love.” Did you manage to decipher it? Watching people texting – another new word – I am wondering what is going to happen to their thumbs? They seem to produce endless texts by using only their thumbs. Being a 10-finger typist from way back, I have to admire them. It must eventually change their hands, the thumb becoming the largest and most prominent digit on each hand. Ah well, fish turned to birds at some stage of evolution. May your thumb stay normal and may you invent interesting words of your own.

by Cheryl Lockwood

FINDING myself between jobs, I applied for a position to work at the local government elections. Success! I was hired and the online training arrived. I threw myself into the study with a passion and wondered where this diligence was in my school days. As the big day loomed, I imagined how it would play out: I would greet voters and they would be astonished at

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AGES & STAGES my knowledge. I would field questions from naïve first timers, wiping away their worried looks as my brain spewed forth its newly-acquired information. There would be pleasant chats and good-natured banter with seasoned voters. When I helped sort and count ballot papers, I would spot informal votes at 20 paces.

“Do I politely decline the brochures or accept with thanks before discarding them in the next bin I come across?” Before this fairytale eventuated though, along came the nasty Corona virus to shatter more than just my dreams of being an election day super hero. With tighter restrictions and recommendations being announced on a daily basis, I questioned whether the election would happen at all. In the end, it did go ahead, but with some changes. Noticeably absent were the folk who

hand out the how-to-vote leaflets. I don’t know how others felt about this, but I generally cringe at the thought of the walk into a voting venue. Do I politely decline the brochures or accept with thanks before discarding them in the next bin I come across? It’s often a last second decision. The new way created less litter, but I did miss the aroma of sizzling sausages. Next came the lines of tape on the floor so voters would keep their 1.5m distance. Most attendees behaved well, some wearing gloves, masks or both. The Australian sense of humour was thankfully present and only a few voters vented frustration at having to vote at all. Who knows? They may feel this way during a non-pandemic election. Maybe they spent all week at home with only the cat to hear them rant. With this in mind, I forgave anyone who blamed me personally for the election being held. Voters were encouraged to bring their own pencil and workers applied sanitiser liberally between tasks. It was a case of get in, cast a vote and get out, perhaps stopping only to check the toilet paper situation at the supermarket on the way home. As restrictions ease, sending light to the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, may it soon be a distant memory.

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Mysterious lights on the hill spook Cooloolabin The Min Min lights on the road to Boulia have gained wide notoriety but, writes AUDIENNE BLYTH, the Sunshine Coast can claim its own case of mysterious lights that haunt the locals.


uring the past 80 years, there have been various reports of mysterious lights – spook lights – in the Cooloolabin area. Unfortunately, those who saw the lights in more recent times wish to remain anonymous and no photo is available. The Nambour Chronicle reported mysterious lights on January 22, 1926: “For some months past Cooloolabin residents have been greatly perturbed at the frequent appearance after nightfall of a mysterious-looking light on the top of a rise in an unfrequented spot about 300 yards from the School of Arts. “The illumination is not visible every night, but when it does show out, is early in the evening and steadily moving to and fro not unlike someone walking about with a hurricane lantern; it is visible in this fashion until towards morning, when it disappears.

Despite the spooky reports, Cooloolabin Community Hall, once known as the Cooloolabin School of Arts, is still a gathering place for locals. “Residents on several occasions have visited the place when the light has been visible in an endeavour to probe the mystery but without success as it disappears at their approach, to shine out again when they retire from the scene. “The theory that the variation in the darkness of the evenings may have something to do with the phenomenon, is advanced by several residents, but this idea is discounted by the fact that it is in any sort of night, whether it

could be raining or lit up by the rays of the moon. “A big party is now being organised in an endeavour to probe the affair, which has caused the loss of more than one night’s sleep to more timid residents.” A few weeks later, on February 19, the Nambour Chronicle, again reported on the mysterious lights: “The origin of the mysterious light which has been appearing at intervals at Cooloolabin was

solved in a peculiar and rather amusing way recently. “It appears the illumination shone as usual on the night in question when a resident armed with a military rifle aimed at it with very satisfactory results to the lamp but not to the owner, who was engaged in feeding his pigs on his farm which is situated on another elevation beyond the rise where the light appeared. “It is not known yet who got the biggest fright – the wielder of the rifle or the owner of the lamp or the pigs.” In the 1980s, former resident Les Ivins recalled events from the 1920s.

“From the hall a light could be seen on a nearby hill at different times and everyone would rush to see it. ‘Oh the spook light is out’, they would say.” Different theories were put forward and some even tried to find it. Les believed it was a light reflected from a train engine being turned at Yandina. In the 1980s, he went back to the hall to try to see it again but large camphor laurels blocked his view. When the story was aired on local ABC, a man from Conondale rang the radio station to say he had seen such lights in the Conondale area. Unfortunately, he did not leave his name or address or take a photograph. Advice is to be on the lookout. You never know. Audienne Blyth is a member of the Nambour and District Historical Museum at 18 Mitchell St, Nambour, open Wednesday to Saturday 1pm-4pm. All welcome.

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Don’t fall for a broken hip More than 18,000 Australians suffer a fractured hip each year. KENDALL MORTON discusses why we become more prone to falling, and what can be done.


ess than 30 per cent of those who suffer a fractured hip go home directly from hospital; one-third are transferred to another hospital and 8.5 per cent go into residential care, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Canberra Report for 2015-2016 found. For older citizens, about 25 per cent of hip fractures resulted in death. Of the survivors, about one-third never regain complete mobility, according to the Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society. So, why do seniors fall and what can be done about it? According to the authors of Younger Next Year for Women, Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, you do not stumble more often but the ability to recover footing is reduced. This happens because, firstly, proprioception or awareness of where your body is in space, deteriorates slightly with age, which slows down reaction time. Secondly, muscles may be weaker and not strong enough to work against the fall of gravity and regain balance. With lower bone density, the likelihood of a fracture is higher. One risk factor in falling is the fear of falling. Older Australians, especially those who have had a serious fall, tend to be cautious and avoid activity. This becomes a

vicious circle as confidence is lost and movement is avoided. They become weaker, more dependent and consequently less confident and less able. This cycle is common. Queensland data shows that of those seniors who have fallen, 29-92 per cent have a fear of falling. Some older folk develop a shuffling walk thinking this will keep them safer. This gait can actually cause falls. With your feet close together your base of balance is smaller. Also, you are more likely to trip on mats and uneven surfaces. The answer is to practise

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controlled stepping but not stretch out too much, as this can be risky too. Shuffling can also be the result of medication or ill-fitting footwear. There are other medical reasons for shuffling which your doctor can address. Anyone inclined to shuffle shouldn’t wear joggers as they can catch on the floor and cause trips and tumbles. You may think the answer is to stay at home in familiar surrounds but 48 per cent of hip fractures happen at home. To reduce falls, address the internal factors such as medication and strength and the environmental risk factors. Start some strength training and balance work. Hold a chair and stand on one leg for 15 seconds. To strengthen your legs, do 5-10 knee bends a few times a day. Always hold on to a stable surface. Look for ways to increase your activity at home and to use the muscle strength you have. Consider getting an assessment from an exercise physiologist who can design a home program for you. See your doctor. Low blood pressure can cause dizziness. Multiple medications can affect your balance and lead to a shuffling walk. Impaired vision is another risk factor so get your vision tested each year.

Environmental factors that increase the risk of falls include throw rugs, items left on the floor and poor lighting. Toss out the rugs or tape them down. Check that light switches are easy to reach at night. Use a torch or a night light to get to the bathroom at night. Highlight changes of floor surface or steps with yellow tape if needed. Keep tables and kitchen benches free of clutter. If someone falls, a counter loaded with magazines will not give them any support. Think about the pathways to and around each room. Where items of furniture can be removed, do so. Make the bathroom safer by installing grip rails in strategic places. Towel rails are not enough as they can collapse under a person’s full weight. Add some non-slip mats and check that cosmetics and other items are easily reached and in one area. The key message here is that many falls can be prevented. Start today – stay healthy and active, maintain your strength and balance and address the hazards in your home. Kendall Morton is the director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email

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Make exercise a winning habit Forming a strong exercise habit is important. TRISTAN HALL recommends eliminating the obstacles that can sabotage good intentions.


echnology writer Kevin Kelly recently said “the purpose of a habit is to remove that action from self-negotiation. You no longer expend energy deciding whether to do it. You just do it.” For many, the recent lockdowns have meant the social supports and structures used to keep on track have been missing and exercise routines abandoned. Exercise can reduce stress and anxiety. But how do you make it a habit? Stanford behavioural psychologist, Dr B.J. Fogg argues that motivation is a slippery customer. It can’t always be relied on to help build new exercise routines. Instead, he advocates developing “tiny habits”. These are small, easy-to-do actions which accumulate and lead to long-term changes in behaviour. For instance, Fogg himself started doing push-ups. He linked these to a behaviour that was already part of his day – doing a pee. Here’s what he told himself: “After I pee, I will do two push-ups”. Over time he added to that number and now does about eight push-ups each time. Fogg found that when you build small new behaviours, you do not need much

motivation. It’s easy to start and success breeds success. Tiny habits build the automaticity of doing the behaviour. A tiny walking behaviour would look like this, “After I check the mail, I will walk around the house”. To start, pick an activity you already do often and add one exercise to this. For instance, “after I put my shoes and socks on, I’ll do three chair squats.” Build on this over time. Then pick another behaviour you commonly do and add an exercise to this. “After I watch the nightly television news, I’ll balance on each leg for 20 seconds once”. There is one more element to building new habits. It’s celebrating. Immediately you complete those tiny behaviours, shout out, “I’m awesome” or “you go girl”. Alternatively, do a little dance. You get the idea. As Dr Fogg says, “plant a tiny seed in the right spot and it will grow without coaxing.” Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist at Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit

BE PREPARED THE term General Physical Preparedness or GPP, refers to our ability to handle whatever life may throw at us, whenever it chooses to do so, throughout our life. This could simply mean our ability to get off the toilet unaided, or to carry groceries to the car. No matter the task, we need our GPP to be as high as possible – we need our functional capacity to exceed the demands of our life. The problem is that most of us do not maintain this equation in our favour. Too often, life gets in the way, and we attribute loss of function to simply getting older. In fact it is a direct result of losing touch with our body’s need for physical stimulus. “As a doctor I saw this all too often,” says Dr Theo Shemansky, a movement specialist. “Through my exposure to functional movement I came to realise that we could prevent or reverse these changes, and thereby reduce pain, improve wellbeing, improve balance, increase strength, and maintain function.” Eager to help people of all ages improve the way they move, and through this improve their quality of life, Dr Shemansky developed the FitMed Pulse program. “Moving well is essential to life,” he

says. “Losing that battle means we are one step closer to the nursing home. “Think about how you can do more with your body; how to move better, and become stronger and more supple, because better health is unavoidable when you seek to move well and with proficiency.” Dr Shemansky says the key is to not give up on your body but seek to stimulate it every day in a variety of ways. Visit

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Sport up for the challenge The Pajero Sport is a quiet achiever for Mitsubishi, writes BRUCE McMAHON. It’s an SUV with a body style that stands out in the crowd backed up by off-roading substance.


his is a proper four-wheel drive wagon and, from $46,990, it’s a decent price. The Pajero Sport is based on the Triton ute chassis. While this means it may not ride or handle quite as subtly as some citified rivals, it allows the Mitsubishi to be a far better proposition if the track ahead turns rugged and ragged. This is thanks to a strong ladder chassis, good clearance and a two-speed transfer case for high and low four-wheel drive. So while the Mitsubishi wagon’s looks may not be everyone’s cup of tea there is little argument about the five-door machine’s off-road ability or family friendliness. This is one of a quartet of ute-based wagons around these days – the Mitsubishi is based on the Triton, Ford’s Everest on the Ranger ute, the Toyota Fortuna on the HiLux and Isuzu’s MU-X on the D-Max ute; all offer old-school off-road ability. The Pajero Sport model first arrived here in 2015, a re-work of the old Mitsubishi Challenger. For 2020, this more civilised wagon has been upgraded with fresh styling touches and updated technology for safety and convenience. New this season is a powered tailgate and trailer sway control (towing capacity is a handy 3100kg), a redesigned centre console plus digital instrument panel. Styling tweaks give the front of the wagon a broader, more handsome road

stance while those rear taillights don’t dribble as far down the Sport’s backside as before. Underpinnings remain much the same with coil springs on all corners, disc brakes all-round and a 2.4 litre, turbocharged diesel engine with power handled through an eight-speed automatic transmission and transfer case for two or four-wheel drive. The wagon uses Mitsubishi’s clever Super Select II four-wheel drive system which means the wagon can be driven in two wheel-drive or high range four-wheel drive under most conditions, which is handy for caravanners on ordinary roads or in ordinary weather. On the road this is more the gentle family machine than some, perhaps more “sporting” SUV rivals. The 133kW diesel motor may need a decent prod to hit highways speeds but works with a minimum of fuss through a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters for the transmission’s Sports mode. It is a comfortable on-road machine with good road manners although the ride could be a touch firm for some. Remember too that this is a high-riding machine (with 218mm of ground clearance) so cannot be turned as hard into corners as the family sedan otherwise there will be some body wallow. Mistubishi offers the Pajero Sport in three versions – GLX, GLS and Exceed. All share the same mechanicals but the GLX is a five-seater only, the GLS can have five or seven seats while the Exceed is a sevenseater with full suite of driver aids such as Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist and integrated satellite navigation. While the third row in a seven-seater Sports is best left to younger passengers these cabins are generally accommodating. The Pajero Sport, backed by a sevenyear warranty, is a good value wagon for those who need a go-anywhere, anyweather four-wheel drive.

Setting your sight on a clearer picture Failing eyesight is frustrating to say the least, but there are ways to make life easier when using devices. NATHAN WELLINGTON explains how to get your computer working for you.


ision loss is insidious and can be particularly difficult when reading emails, messaging, answering texts, or searching online. Even simple things like reading or finding the mouse pointer can be challenging. Don’t be discouraged though, because there are some amazing advancements in accessibility features within computers that make it easier. Here are a few tips for configuring your computer to get the most out of it. SWITCH THE CONTRAST A light background causes glare, which is

especially uncomfortable if you are suffering macular degeneration. Reducing glare decreases eye strain and allows you to use your computer more comfortably for longer. Try changing to white type against a black background to reduce glare and improve contrast. It takes a little getting used to but many of my clients have found it extremely helpful. How to change a Mac: Go to System Preferences>General>Appearance then select the appearance option “dark” to enable Dark Mode, which uses a dark colour scheme.

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How to change a PC: Windows 10, click the start button, select Settings>Ease of Access>High Contrast. Then turn on the high contrast mode. This will make the buttons and menu colours stand out from a black background. REMOVE DESKTOP DESIGNS Although the high contrast is now on, the desktop background often makes it difficult to discern icons on your desktop from the background. I suggest replacing it with a plain dark background. How to change a Mac: Go to System Preferences>Desktop & Screen Saver. Then select something plain. How to change a PC: Click on the Windows start button, select Settings>Pers onalization>Background then choose solid colour and select something dark. INCREASE YOUR FONT SIZE This will help navigate your computer screen, although too big also bunches up and cuts off words, so it is a matter of a gradual increase until you find a size that suits you. How to change a Mac: Click on Finder on the top of the screen, then select View>Show View Options. A menu will appear, and you can increase the type size and icon size to suit. How to change a PC: Click on the Windows start button, select Settings>Ease of Access>Display. To make only the text

on your screen larger, adjust the slider under Make Text Bigger. GIVE YOUR MOUSE A TAIL Now, for the mouse pointer – the arrow that moves around your screen which can easily get lost, even for the strong sighted. One of the easiest solutions is to make the mouse bigger, change the colour and put a tail on it. How to change a Mac: Open System Preferences>Accessibility>Display. Use the “cursor size” slider to adjust the size of the pointer. How to change a PC: Click on the Windows start button, select Settings>Devices>Mouse &Touchpad. You can customise your mouse size in here, then choose additional Mouse settings to add a trail and change further features as well. Finally, there are many third-party software programs designed to assist the vision impaired, such as ZoomText, which doubles as a screen magnifier and text to speech reader; Dragon Dictate for voice recognition and recording; and JAWS for screen reading. If you are finding it difficult to navigate your screen and need some help, you can always contact your local technician to change your settings. Call 1300 682 817 or email nathan@

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Retirement village conveyancing is specialised and vastly different to the usual conveyancing involved in buying and selling a house, writes DON MACPHERSON.

If a Will doesn’t make adequate provision for a spouse, child or some dependants, a Family Provision Application can be made, writes PETER PORCELLINI.

THE fundamental difference with retirement village contracts is that the rights created are not the same as land ownership, and the monies payable at the start and at the end, are very different from the normal buy/sell proposition. In many respects, the rights are more akin to being a tenant for an indefinite period rather than being an owner. These contracts have long-term financial consequences in that they normally involve substantial exit charges when the person leaves the village. The industry says the trade-off is essentially this – the cost going in is lower, but the cost going out is much higher. People can afford to go into a retirement home with a reduced entry price, but they pay more on the way out. The rights for purchasers vary across contracts and villages. Some are leases, some are licences; some allow for capital gain, but most do not. The exit fee percentages vary, as does the timing of how they accumulate. In essence, there are two parts to any retirement village contract – the Compulsory Information under the Retirement Village Act and the Residence Contract for the particular retirement village. Each village is required to complete the standard clauses in the

FPAs are one of the most common claims made against an estate, and it seems their numbers are rising. For years, FPAs have often been prosecuted by applicants and defended by executors in belligerent ways, emboldened by a mistaken assumption that the legal costs of their battle will be paid out of the estate. Unfortunately, for right or wrong, that’s exactly where the costs have generally come from and estates have been consumed by these costs. In more recent years, courts have stressed the need to rein in the cost of FPAs, especially in small estates. Courts are now regularly saying and doing things to disavow any notion that FPA costs will always be paid out of the estate. Ultimately, who pays what part of FPA costs is largely something for the court to decide. And our courts are making it increasingly clear that everyone involved in FPAs must be mindful of the impact of costs on the estate; that they must act reasonably; and that they should negotiate openly and honestly to try to resolve the FPA. Courts have a wide discretion when it comes to who pays the costs of FPAs. For example, the courts can cap the amount of costs to be paid out of the estate; or

limit the costs; or order that one person should pay all or some of their own costs as well as the costs of others involved in the FPA, and so on. These limitations can be applied to penalise a person if that person has acted unreasonably, even if the person has been successful in the FPA. The court’s approach in recent years easily warrants cautions such as these: • obtain and heed good objective advice • be as open and honest as is reasonable • try to reach a negotiated result as soon as reasonably possible • avoid belligerence and a battle to the death approach • don’t assume a court will agree with you. Even if it does, it might not agree that your success is worth the costs required to achieve it • don’t be blinded by a possible gross financial result but be guided by the overall net reality • make sure that the effort and costs incurred are in proportion to the size of the estate and the claim. If cautions are not heeded, there is a risk that a court will consider that you have not fought fair and you will be ordered to pay for some or all of the fight. Peter Porcellini is a special counsel with CRH Law. Visit

lifetime payments for a group of investors and protection against longevity risk. Once started, the income stream payment continues for the life of the owner or reversionary beneficiary. These income streams can be purchased with either superannuation or ordinary savings. In exchange for the investor agreeing to draw a regular payment from the income stream, and limiting their access to the capital, they are eligible to receive favourable treatment from Centrelink. Generally, only 60 per cent of the purchase price will be assessed as an asset until age 84, reducing to 30 per cent

thereafter. In addition, only 60 per cent of the income received will be assessed under income rules. The regular income received from pooled lifetime income streams can be used to fund regular living costs and expenses, such as groceries and insurance, making the reduced access to capital less of an issue. Like most things pertaining to tax legislation and Centrelink regulations, these changes are complex, but potentially highly beneficial if implemented correctly. Darryl Watt is a financial adviser at Ord Minnett Buderim. Call 5430 4444.

compulsory section with their specific information. The village comparison document requires the retirement village to set out essential information in a format that is consistent across the industry. The prospective costs document gives details about the costs of entering; estimated ongoing costs of living; estimated costs if a purchaser leaves after one, two, five or 10 years; and the estimated exit payment. The most important document the village will provide is its residence contract, which sets out its unique clauses, requirements, and obligations. These contracts vary from village to village and often run to 50-plus pages. This is where specialist advice is needed to assist in understanding what you are signing up to, as the rights and obligations taken on will last for years. Under the Retirement Village Act there is a 14-day cooling off period. A purchaser should seek independent legal advice. There are different types of contracts and they can be complex. Don Macpherson is founder of Sunshine Coast Elder Law, experts in retirement village contracts. Call 1800 961 622 or visit sunshinecoastelderlaw.

SPENDING POWER – MARKETS, INFLATION AND LONG LIFE INVESTORS generally face three key risk factors in their retirement. These are market risk – the impact of varying investment returns; the risk that inflation, even if reported by the government to be low, will increase the cost of living over time thus reducing spending power and lowering the standard of living; and longevity risk. This is the risk of living longer than expected and, as a result, exhausting retirement savings too soon. Dealing with this risk usually means changes to lifestyle and a cut in living standards to ensure your funds last.

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Get a head start from your feet Your lower leg or foot can provide a lot of great information about your overall health and, in particular, the liver. TRUDY KITHER lists some of the signs to look out for so that your feet can give you a head start on health.


sually when there is a problem with your liver (or heart), you will be able to see it in your feet. This is because your heart has to send the blood all the way down to the feet and all the way back through your vascular system. Feet are furthest from the heart. Here are some signs to look out for: • Red and brown dots on the lower leg can be poor circulation and could be an indicator of diabetes. • Spider veins can be seen in cirrhosis as there can be a lot of estrogen building up in the liver, and too much estrogen can affect your vascular system. • Cracked heels can point to a vitamin B3 deficiency, lack of silica, or an Omega 3 fatty acid deficiency. One of the functions of the liver is to make bile and to help absorb fatty acids. Not just Omega 3 fatty acids but Vitamins A and E also contribute to skin health. • Itching on the bottom (sole) of the foot could be a congested liver or even a back-up of fluids into the liver or gall bladder. The reason for the itching, in this case, is the build-up of histamines in the body. Also, pain or inflammation

at the bottom of the foot can be associated with the liver. This can sometimes be diagnosed as plantar fasciitis when in fact, it is a liver problem. • Hot feet or bad odour can be another symptom of a liver problem as the liver can’t detoxify itself correctly and is backing up and emitting the odour through your skin. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so that is where a liver that is not detoxifying properly

will end up trying to exude its toxicity. • If you can push on your skin and leave an indentation from your fingermark, you have a fluid back-up called pitting edema. A fluid back-up in your body is also a common symptom of a liver problem. • Toenail fungus. If you have a liver problem, you will have higher numbers of fungus growing in your body because of the imbalance of beneficial microflora in your gut.

• White nail bed or loss of the half-moons in your nail bed is often caused by poor circulation due to your liver. Potential causes of liver problems can be the side effects of medication, high sugar (especially high fructose corn syrup) in your diet, excessive alcohol or caffeine, too many cooked foods (such as canned foods) and not eating anything in its raw form. Eventually, this diet will be hard on your liver and kidneys. If you have a low vegetable diet and junk food, the body will not be getting the proper enzymes or antioxidants. Also, if you are doing massive amounts of protein, over time it will cause a build-up of a lot of nitrogen in your body and overload the liver and kidneys. If there is liver or kidney damage, then definitely eat less protein and more vegetables. This information is not intended to diagnose illnesses. If you have any health concerns, see a registered and accredited health professional. Trudy Kither is a naturopath at Nature’s Temple. Visit

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odified-release paracetamol for osteoarthritis pain relief was moved behind the counter of pharmacies last month, affecting about two million Australians who suffer osteoarthritis pain. The decision to move it up to Schedule 3, so that it is available only through a pharmacist and is kept behind the counter, was made after a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) review in August

2018, which was driven by “significant health risks associated with the misuse of modified-release paracetamol.� Overdose with paracetamol, intentional or accidental, is common and unless managed well, carries a high risk of liver damage and death after paracetamol overdose. Modified-release paracetamol was up-scheduled in New Zealand last year and suspended from sale completely in the European Union, due to regulator concerns about the lack of appropriate treatment for overdose. Osteoarthritis is most common in adults aged 75 and over, with 36 per cent of the age group experiencing the condition. Sufferers are being advised to speak with their healthcare professionals regarding the implications for their pain management. One-third of those who take over-the-

INCONTINENCE CAN BE AVOIDED OLDER Australians are being encouraged to invest time in healthy habits that will prevent incontinence, which costs the nation more than $67 billion annually and is one of the leading reasons for admission to residential aged care. “Your retirement dreams may include travel, time with your grandchildren, or hours on the golf course or bowling green,� Continence Foundation of Australia CEO Rowan Cockerell said. “But have you overlooked the one thing that could ruin your plans?� More than five million Australians, or one in four people aged 15 years or over, experience incontinence. It affects self-esteem, motivation, dignity and independence. Continence Foundation of Australia’s new public awareness campaign Invest in Continence, focuses on five healthy habits that are key to preventing incontinence for most Australians. These include a healthy diet and staying hydrated, 30 minutes of exercise every day and good toilet practice.

Pelvic health physiotherapist Annabelle Citroen works with many retirees whose plans have been disrupted by pelvic health issues. “Healthy habits are the key to unlocking your freedom from bladder and bowel issues,� she said. “Ensuring that you stay healthy at all stages of your life, particularly after you retire, can help you avoid incontinence and stay independent.� In many cases incontinence can be prevented, better managed and even cured. Urological surgeon Dr Samantha Pillay said many people will exercise to keep fit but not consider doing pelvic floor exercises which help prevent and treat bowel and urinary incontinence. Bladder and bowel problems are not a natural part of ageing yet 70 per cent of sufferers do not seek help. Visit or call the free National Continence Helpline 1800 33 00 66.


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counter medication to assist with pain relief of osteoarthritis symptoms were found to be unhappy with their current treatment and 57 per cent described their pain as unmanageable. Pharmacist and pain management expert, Joyce McSwan said that some suffering osteoarthritis could trial an oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen, to manage flare-up pain. It can help reduce the inflammation that’s often the underlying cause of acute pain. Panadol Osteo will still be available without a prescription but it will be necessary to speak to the pharmacist first. It has one layer that dissolves rapidly for fast pain relief and a second that dissolves slowly, providing osteoarthritis pain relief for up to eight hours. It has a higher dose of paracetamol than regular Panadol tablets. Manufacturer GSK has suggested consumers see the change as a good opportunity to discuss their treatment plan with a pharmacist who can check medication is being taken correctly and offer guidance on effective treatment plans for osteoarthritis. These include exercise, weight management, topical creams/gels and complementary medicines. Visit


BLOOD pressure drops during normal sleep, so if you are not making enough Zs, blood pressure will remain elevated for longer periods. This could lead to chronic hypertension, one of the leading risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Disrupted sleep, as seen in sleep apnoea, is also problematic. Constant disruptions in breathing mean big fluctuations in heart rate, which is a strain on the heart and can also contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease. Lack of sleep has a negative affect on the heart indirectly, as it can lead to unhealthy eating, high-stress levels, and decreased motivation to exercise. If you found yourself nodding – but not nodding off – to any of these, a simple sleep study could be a lifesaver. At the Dusk till Dawn Sleep Centre, a team of qualified and experienced sleep scientists and sleep physicians treat such disorders. A GP’s referral is required for a sleep study. Call 5455 6622.

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LIVE CLOSE TO NATURE FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE INDEPENDENT studies have found that living close to natural green spaces surrounded by vegetation contributes to longer life and improved mental health, social engagement and physical activity. Green living may also contribute to reduced risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and stress. Located at the end a cul-de-sac and nestled between parks and bushland with southern views down to Sheep Station Creek, Affinity has been designed to mirror its surroundings. Sales manager Melody Lucas said Affinity Sheep Station Creek was almost 18 per cent greenspace, with the Daffy Ryan Gully, pocket parks, landscaped front gardens and wide streets. A boutique community, the resort will comprise 134 homes at completion, offering an extremely high standard of design and construction, coupled with contemporary, quality inclusions. Its layout and future integration with surrounding nature parks will give residents easy access to a network of


proposed walking trails to ensure they enjoy their new, healthy lifestyle. And being pet friendly, the dog comes too. “Affinity Sheep Station Creek’s goal is to give residents and visitors a feeling of coming home, which is just one of the many reasons why it is becoming one of the most sought after over-50s lifestyle resort north of Brisbane,” Ms Lucas said. “Unprecedented demand for homes over the last couple of months has seen completion of Stage 1, the off-plan sell out of Stage 2A and the early release of 2B and 2C sub-stages.” The free booklet Why Living Close to Nature is Good for Your Health can be downloaded from the website. Visit or call Melody Lucas 0477 295 807.

FAMILY-owned McKenzie Aged Care engaged a team of Qantas employees to provide additional support for residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. “When the pandemic escalated, family and friends needed to keep their distance and we needed warm, skilled staff members to support our residents’ emotional wellbeing”, said CEO Andrew Newton. “We have 16 Qantas employees as Lifestyle and Customer Services Assistants.” Two joined the Buderim Views home. “Emma Collins and Kim Carson are both an amazing asset to our team here,” said lifestyle coordinator Heather Connor. “They have quickly formed an amazing rapport with both residents and families.” Residents Muriel and Wilf Fudge said they had found Emma and Kim friendly and helpful. “Nothing is too much trouble for them and we enjoy their company,” they said. “They’ve been a great asset to the team and it’s fantastic that McKenzie Aged Care recognised that the lifestyle team needed an extra hand in these times.” Emma said she had found the experience at Buderim Views rewarding.

“It definitely has been a heartwarming experience, listening to the resident’s stories, being a part of their daily lives and building connections,” she said. Kim has also enjoyed helping residents with a range of activities. “The favourite part of my role has been organising video chats between residents and their families to provide essential contact during the lockdown period,” she said. “This whole experience has been so rewarding and I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to be part of the hard-working team at Buderim Views.” Visit



INTERIOR designer Brooke Proctor, of PDT Architects, focuses on residents when she designs an aged care facility. “We need to understand who we are designing for,” the designer of the state-of-the-art, purpose-built extension at TriCare Stafford Lakes aged care residence said. “The focus is always on residents and designing for them so that at the end of the day we’re providing quality and comfortable environments for not only them but also their friends, family and grandchildren.” Staff are also considered, to ensure the design makes it an easy and efficient environment for them to provide care. Ms Proctor said every inch of the Stafford Lakes extension had been designed with the residents in mind. “From the beginning, we set out to

IN RECENT years there has been a change in the type of home the average retiree is seeking on the Sunshine Coast, according to the Palm Lake Group. The recent success of its Sunshine Coast locations is proving that modern retirees are looking for luxury, “wow factor” and more space from their retirement home – with world-class resort facilities to match. CEO Manuel Lang said the expectation of Sunshine Coast buyers was rising, with homes in the newest local over-50s communities, including Palm Lake Resort Caloundra Cay, Beachmere Bay and Cooroy-Noosa, having design upgrades to meet that. “We have just released some stellar two-storey homes at Caloundra Cay that come with an elevator as standard,” Mr Lang says. “These roughly 300sqm homes

design something that was welcoming and homely,” she said. “Accessibility for residents was key and we made sure we were generous with circulation space to entryways, corridors, resident rooms and ensuites to ensure there were no tight corners or obstructed paths, which can be problematic in an aged care setting.” It is the art of making an aged care residence feel like a home and not a hospital. Visit

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are being sought by couples who might be caring for a parent or have a friend stay over, for example. We’ve designed these homes with up to four separate living areas so there’s plenty of room for everyone to spread out.” He said the group was also seeing buyers wanting larger homes to support visiting family, especially grandchildren staying during the school holidays. For Palm Lake Group’s Sunshine Coast homeowners, the other big-ticket selling point is that the group owns and operates Pelican Waters Golf Club. New homeowners can play golf for free until the end of 2028 at the Greg Norman-designed course. It is one of the best on the Sunshine Coast and is in the Top 25 public-access courses in the country, according to Golf Australia. Visit

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Documents must be properly executed

Caring from afar

In the current COVID-19 climate, it is crucial to sort the facts from all the fiction surrounding Wills and Powers of Attorney. Although these times are challenging, there are still certain requirements that must be followed when executing a Will or Power of Attorney. We have seen a lot of misinformation circulating online that is either incorrect or not relevant to someone in Queensland. For example, in Queensland you certainly can’t “electronically” or “digitally” sign your Will or Power of Attorney. Although there have been some new Covid-19 Emergency Regulations passed by the Queensland Government allowing for them to be witnessed in different ways, the pandemic can’t be used as a blanket excuse for not strictly observing execution requirements. If steps are taken incorrectly, these documents may be of no legal effect, or after your death may require a costly application to the court to try to have your attempt at execution accepted. It is most important you do not act without getting legal advice.



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A family caregiver’s helping hand can only reach so far. A family caregiver living closer to a loved one can respond to a senior’s needs more quickly and easily. Trying to care from afar, either for routine responsibilities or emergency situations, becomes more difficult. Overcoming the problems associated with long-distance caregiving is not impossible. Here are a few recommendations: 1. Telephone. Call your loved one to check-in. Listen carefully for any red flags. Does your loved one completely follow the conversation? Does their voice crack, perhaps indicating that he/she hasn’t spoken to anyone else that day? 2. E-mail. For more tech-savvy seniors, e-mail can be an effective communication tool. 3. Text. Do you have only a few minutes to write? Need to ask one or two questions? Start by just saying “Hello”. Text messages are short sentences that can work well to dialogue. 4. Video chat. By using a program such as Skype or Facetime, long-distance family caregivers and loved ones can chat. Being able to physically see loved ones, means long-distance family caregivers can better assess how they are feeling and managing.



Contribution flexibility for older Australians Government introduced legislation to increase the age at which contributions can be made without meeting the work test, utilising the bring-forward rule and on behalf of a spouse. Proposed start date is July 1, for the: • Treasury Laws Amendment (More Flexible Superannuation) Bill 2020, and • Superannuation Legislation Amendment (2020 Measures No.1) Regulations 2020 (not yet available). Work test The work test will no longer need to be met to make voluntary contributions to superannuation from July 1, for those aged 65 and 66. This means the work test requirements will align with Age Pension age, which will reach age 67 from July 1, 2023. The ability to utilise the bring-forward rule will also be amended to allow individuals less than age 67 (on July 1, of a financial year) to contribute a greater amount to superannuation. There is no change to other criteria, such as the total superannuation balance, which limits the ability to make nonconcessional contributions. Spouse contributions The age limit for spouse contributions will increase to 74. Currently, spouse contributions can only be made if the receiving spouse is under age 70 and meets the work test if aged 65 to 69. Additional flexibility will be provided by the removal of the work test for those

aged 65 and 66. This would enable spouse contributions to be made for the receiving spouse without the need to satisfy the work test up to age 67. From age 67 to 74, the work test would need to be satisfied by the receiving spouse. Making spouse contributions is a simple strategy that enables a spouse’s superannuation to be boosted. This may be used as a means of equalising the superannuation interests of both members of the couple. It may also entitle the contributing spouse to access to the spouse contribution tax offset. Other criteria for spouse contributions also remains unchanged, such as the total superannuation balance.


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Captivating day trip into history For the poor souls incarcerated on St Helena Island it was hell on earth, but a century later it’s a picturesque destination full of remnants of its rich past, writes DOT WHITTINGTON. Like Port Arthur, it is full of fascinating stories, making a trip across Moreton Bay a worthy way to get moving again.


or 65 years, St Helena was the scene of some brutal business, but these days it’s a historic national park with scattered ruins to tell its story. It’s an easy day trip from the Sunshine Coast, provided you are prepared to make an early start for the eastern Brisbane suburb of Manly where a pleasant 30-minute cruise on Moreton Bay begins. A Cat o’ Nine Tails tour is the recommended way to go for two reasons – access to most of the prison ruins is by guided tour only, and also because the team, led by suitably attired “prisoners” and their guard, brings history to life. The tour begins on board, with the fascinating story of how the island was named in 1827. In 1866, a quarantine

station was built on St Helena, but within a year, it was realised it would be much better to solve the problem of what to do with all the prisoners at Petrie Terrace prison and on boats moored on the Brisbane River. The island was never used for convicts but opened in 1867 as Queensland’s first penal establishment to house long-term, high-security male prisoners. On arrival, the catamaran docks at a jetty connected to a stone causeway built across the mudflat by prison labourers. At the tip of the original causeway is a “swimming pool”. Prisoners placed steel tram tracks vertically into the water to make an enclosure for wardens to swim safely away from sharks. Tram tracks? Yes, St Helena had Queensland’s first tram. It carried produce and people from the stockade and workshops at the top of the island to the causeway for export to Brisbane. The tram was first hauled by prisoners and later by horse. The island was all about making money for the government using free prison labour. The irony was they produced Queensland Police uniforms at one stage. Sugar cane was planted and a mill built


in 1869. It wasn’t entirely successful as it was thought escapees could easily hide in the cane. Remnants of the sugar mill, like the lime kiln used to turn coral collected from the bay into a useful cement for building, can be seen within easy walk of the causeway. The island has two cemeteries – one for the children of the wardens and one for prisoners who even in death had numbers not names. It was said they would forever remain prisoners of St Helena. It is believed about 56 prisoners are buried here. Many children were born and educated on St Helena and while the wardens were taken to the mainland, the children were buried on the island. This was heartbreaking for mothers who were unable to visit their graves on a highsecurity prison island. Prisoners were forbidden to speak and flogged until skin became bone. The maximum was 50 lashes, but this usually had to be done in two sessions as 25 was enough to end at the infirmary. Floggings were always on a Tuesday when a surgeon came to the island. But even this was preferable to solitary confinement, sealed below ground in a metre-wide cell with nothing but a dirt

floor that turned to mud when it rained. The prison closed in 1932 when, during the great Depression, it simply became unviable to keep it open. Production had dropped away during World War I when prisoners had to return to the mainland to cover for young men shipped off to the European battlefields. By then, Boggo Road, which had been used as HM Prison for Women, was taking men. All up, 7500 hardy souls experienced the hell of St Helena. There were some grand plans for its future, including a golf course and rabbit hunting, but in the end, it was leased as a cattle farm, and was a dairy in the 1950s. Finally, in 1979, St Helena was declared national park – Queensland’s first – so we can all enjoy a day in the sun discovering our history less than hour from the CBD.

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It’s a great time to explore your own backyard


s restrictions ease and travellers warily emerge from lockdown, it’s a perfect time to get out and safely visit the magic that lies in our own backyard. From sandy beaches to scorched red earth; outback landscapes to clear waters, the small communities and regional towns of Queensland have a huge diversity to offer and are waiting, eager to welcome visitors. Coolum Tours and Travel specialises in creating holidays with heart, offering tours in luxury coaches for guests to comfortably experience the best of Queensland at an affordable price. Meet new people and discover new places at your own pace, Here are some upcoming tours to whet your appetite. SOUTHERN OUTBACK ADVENTURE Journey into the Queensland Outback and meet the locals. Visit towns such as Roma, Charleville, Quilpie and


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Cunnamulla. Travel the seemingly endless landscape, and along the way uncover the stories of the rigors faced by Outback pioneers, the fossil rich lands, and the state’s early history in a remote landscape. The 11-day tour allows plenty of time to see it all. August 17-27. FRASER ISLAND AND WHALE WATCHING Explore the world’s largest sand island, the jewel that is Fraser Island. Spend three nights at Kingfisher Bay Resort, relax on pure white sand, and visit Central Station, Lake McKenzie, 75 Mile Beach, Eli Creek, and the Maheno shipwreck as well as go whale watching on an ocean adventure cruise. August 30-September 3.

CARNARVON GEORGE AND WALLAROO Journey through the Carnarvon National Park region in southern Queensland’s central highlands, to see towering sandstone cliffs, gorges of vibrant colours, and diverse flora and fauna . Visit outback museums, see the Moss Garden with its sandstone walls, crystal-clear waters, and enjoy a day at Arcadia Station. With seven days to the tour, there is plenty of time to experience this scenic natural gem. September 7-13.

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Meet the Cunnamulla Fella Soak up the Charlotte Plains bore CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the longest running event of its kind in Australia, and although this year may have some adjustments, there will still be plenty of floral magic. As well as the blooms

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and garden displays, there’s a floral parade, local food and produce and regional wine to sample and entertainment, as well as all things spring. September 18-21. Coolum Tours and Travel is a Sunshine Coast company so all tours start and end in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast. All tours have been adjusted to comply with government and Health Department regulations, and numbers have been reduced to allow for social distancing. Paul and the team at Coolum Tours and Travel are happy to explain their Covid-19 management measures. Visit

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Girls on Tour are off around Australia. THE travel industry hasn’t been going far this year, but things are finally picking up and the first tentative steps are being taken to get back on the road again. While local, state and interstate travel began looking like the safest option in February, it soon was the only choice and then, even that was off the list. It’s safe to say, nobody saw it coming. The team at Tewantin Travel started 2020 confident of a fabulous year filled with new adventures. “With new travel ventures being planned for many of our regular clients plus new clients – Russia, Europe, Vietnam and amazing new places with TripADeal and our cruise companies – our travel plans were vast and plentiful,” they said. “Then the middle of March came and

our priority became getting clients home safely and cancelling travel plans for 2020. Our world was turned on its head.” Their focus has now switched to Australia and New Zealand. Whether it’s hitching up the caravan or joining a luxury coach tour, the threat has turned into opportunity to see areas overlooked or missed in the past, and rediscovering favourite parts of Australia. Australians are fortunate that their own backyard is diverse – from deserts to rainforests, history to nature, farm gate shops to vineyards and mountains to oceans. And the bonus is that while travellers are able to safely get back on the road, they are also helping our communities and the tourism industry get back on its feet. Genna and Jay at Coolum Cruise and Travel at the Coolum Village Shopping Centre, and Cathy and Jacinta at Tewantin Travel in Poinciana Ave, are ready to help make it happen. Visit THE Queensland owned and operated travel business Girls on Tour offers small group tours for, as the name suggests, women only. Founder Judy Polkinghorne this year celebrates 14 years of realising travel dreams for inspirational women around Australia and NZ.

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WINDOWS and cupboards are clean and the garden is looking its best – lockdown has had its advantages but everyone is now looking forward to some normality. Many trips had to be cancelled, including international and domestic flights and cruises but now, says Penny Hegarty, who prides herself on covering every travel detail in her small group tours, steady, steady will win the race.

There is plenty of diversity here at home. “There are so many places in Queensland that haven’t been explored within easy reach, which keeps costs down while helping the economy,” she says. “The accommodation industry, cafes and transport are all looking forward to our support.” She predicts that Queensland will be popular at least until the end of the year and suggests an overnighter is a good way to start. Hopefully interstate travel will become more viable in the new year. “It may take a lot longer for travellers to feel comfortable with international travel, but we have so much on our own doorstep to explore,” she said. Call Penny 5441 2814 or 0416 028 787 or email

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“Covering 59 countries over seven continents, you can say we’ve ticked off a lot of personal bucket list items for our travellers, from the Arctic to Antarctica and everything in between,” she says. Created exclusively for women who love to explore and meet new people, Girls On Tour offers the excitement of world and domestic travel with the least amount of fuss and no hassles with planning. Women who are single, widowed, divorced, married or just don’t want to travel alone, are in good company on fully escorted tours. With a return business rate of more than 30 per cent, the Girls on Tour formula clearly works, While overseas travel restrictions remain, tours will be focused on Aussie and NZ trips. Call Judy 0409 057 417 or visit

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MARY BARBER I found this to be a very original book. It has three central characters – Emmet, a farmer’s son; his sister Alta; and a young man who is staying at the old manor house, Lucien Darney. Alta goes to great lengths to snare Darney for marriage. The characters are rich and complex, the dialogue is fast and the villains are suitably evil. The story is easy to follow. I don’t want to give much away but suffice to say, this novel has mystery, love and danger in equal measure. A 5-star read.

BILL MCCARTHY I guess this novel might be classified as mystical genre. Unfortunately, I could not finish it. At the halfway point, I stopped reading as I found that I was completely bored and could not understand the story. Instead, I found some old tax returns that seemed much more interesting. Some may like it, but not for me.

BOOK review SUZI HIRST I absolutely loved reading this book. It had me spellbound from the beginning. The thought that a binder could take your thoughts and actions, however dark or sickening, and bind them into a book to have all memory of them erased forever, was intriguing. The story is in three parts and includes the illicit affair of two young men from different backgrounds who fall in love. They are an embarrassment to their families so have all memory of each other erased. The book is well-written and a great way to spend wet winters days on the couch. 8/10



Books are dangerous in this escapist fantasy novel set in a world where people visit book binders to rid themselves of painful or treacherous memories. Once their stories have been told and are bound between the pages of a book, the slate is wiped clean and their memories lose the power to hurt or haunt. Teenager Emmett Farmer, weak after a long mystery illness and no longer able to keep up with his chores, is sent to the workshop of an elderly binder to live and work as her apprentice. Leaving home and family, Emmett slowly regains his health while learning the binding trade. He is forbidden to enter the locked room where books are stored, so he spends months marbling end pages, tooling leather book covers, and gilding edges to make beautiful books. But he soon realises the true work is magical in the way lives are turned into stories.

JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT This dystopian novel is set in England at an undisclosed time, probably late 18th century. Binders capture and remove bad, evil or unwanted memories and embed them in an elaborate book that is then stored safely. Access to these books is tightly regulated and socially taboo. Emmett, the hero of the first half of the book, is forced into becoming an apprentice Binder and in that role meets his nemesis and lover Lucian. A suspicious death of a Binder, unscrupulous Binders and the underground trade in true Bindings, provide the plot in a book that is saved only by the author’s brilliant descriptive writing. Not my preferred reading material.

This fantasy fiction novel has an interesting imaginary concept that binding maleficent memories into a book will expunge them. The book is then permanently locked away. I didn’t like the author’s writing style, being slow, overly descriptive, too flowery and too try-hard poetic. The narrative is mired in similes and metaphors that didn’t gel with my brain. For me, this book was easy to put down and hard to pick up again. Other than the binding concept, the gay love story was mildly interesting. I guess I’m not a fantasy fiction sort of guy. My wife who reads anything and everything said, “you won’t like this book!” She who must be obeyed was certainly right. I wish I could bind my memory of this book. 3/10

JO BOURKE My first attempt to read this novel ended in frustration! I found it is not a book one can rush through. Rather, it is a novel that needs to be absorbed, to have patience with and to become familiar with the characters and atmosphere. The Binding is essentially a love story, albeit convoluted and challenging. No chapter titles so it is easy to become confused chronologically. The imagery is astounding – when Emmett first sees the bindery, the setting sun is behind it so it looks “as though it is burning” and the binder Seredith, “old – painfully, skeletally old, white-haired, her face as creased as paper”. The description of winter is so utterly desolate and stark that I almost reached for a jacket! The Binding is a beautiful story, with the characters staying alive in my imagination long after I finished reading. That to me is the ultimate test of a book, so I have no hesitation in recommending it.

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