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Contents August

Hello and welcome to the 74th edition of PakMag, our Cairns Festival special. Thanks to everyone who visited us at the Cairns Show. It was wonderful being able to chat with so many readers and hear such positive feedback about the magazine and our mobile parents room. It certainly gives me renewed energy to keep up the hard work that we all put in. My boys have been getting into so much mischief lately. I'll go mad if I see any more black permanent marker on my walls or the insides of a bean bag or toy dumper trucks bringing things into the house that most certainly belong outside! Until next time, enjoy the Cairns Festival and remember to tell everyone you read it in PakMag.



parents 02 What’s New 05 Show & Tell 09 Breaking Down Barriers 10 Anti-Social Media 13

Mem Fox Interview


Homework Update


Women & Finance



20 Family Nutrition

kids 27

Mount Sheridan Plaza MiniMag

babies 37

Baby News: Baby Showers

things to win

23 PakFood 25 What’s On 27

Mount Sheridan Plaza Mini Mag

35 Tackling Teens / Modern Parenting 37

28 WIN Movie tickets to Smurfs 2 29 Four $20 vouchers to WIN 54 WIN a bag of Hill’s Pet Food

Baby Showers

38 PakBaby 41 Family Daycare 42 Cairns Festival Guide

Publisher: Bree James Editor: Elaine Seager What’s On/MiniMag: Robyn Christensen Sales & Biz Development: Angelina Mortley Design & Layout: Trina Jensen Articles: Elaine Seager, Amanda Cranston & submitted writers

45 Golf for Kids

Phone: 4053 3331 Fax: 4053 3350 Email: Address: Level 2, 68 Abbott Street Virginia House, Cairns QLD 4870 Postal: PO Box 7433, Cairns QLD 4870

52 Out & About

Disclaimer: No part of this magazine, including the advertisements within it may be reproduced, in part or in whole without the expressed permission of the editor. Whilst the greatest of care is taken to ensure that the information in the magazine is correct at the time of going to press, readers are advised to check details before visiting. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The expressions expressed within PakMag are not necessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers.



47 Budding Artists 49 Cairns Veterinary Clinic 50 Biz Directory 51 Baby Bridges 54 Fav Pets / Competition Winners

Models: Anna Robbins and Raoul Dossous-Parris thanks to Lu Lu's Model Management Styling: by Barb Head Photography: by Veronica at Blueclick Photography

56 Billy & the Kid

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inBRIEF Cairns Festival

PAKClub 10 August (10am-12pm) Stockland Shopping Centre




CIAF Concert

This month’s PakClub event will be

MUMMY Central

held at Stockland Shopping Centre and is free for everyone to attend. Our theme will be Mad Scientists so

13 August (9am-12noon)

come along in your Lab coats and safety goggles for your chance to

Cairns' Biggest Play Group starts this month at

win best-dressed prizes.

Cairns Central and to kick start the event they are

GREAT Pyramid Race

offering 100 free coffee vouchers to the first 100 people to collect their membership cards. To join the Mummy Central Club all you have to do is fill out

16 August (4pm onwards)

an application form available from the Customer Service Desk at Cairns Central or sign up online

Fogarty Park

at By joining this exclusive club you will gain special access to offers Former Cairns boy Dan Sultan is returning as the guest

and events just for parents with babies and toddlers.

performer at this free family friendly concert that

Mummy Central will run on the second Tuesday of

includes a line-up of FNQ’s best Indigenous bands,

every month – stick it in your diary!

musicians and dancers. From 4pm onwards, there will be Indigenous art and craft market stalls. For more


information go to

FAMILY Expo 10 August (2pm) Gordonvale Fifty-four years ago two cane farmers had an argument after the end of a hard day’s work which they decided to settle with a race to the peak of the nearby Walsh’s Pyramid (922m and the world’s tallest natural pyramid). Described as “a never ending uphill scramble followed by a ‘controlled’ downhill free fall” this annual event has since turned into a full day

Parents new and old are invited to attend the 2013 Baby Welcome and Family Expo being held this year on Sunday 27 October from 10am to 2pm next to Muddy’s on the Esplanade in Cairns.

24 August - 1 September

18 August (8am-1pm) Cairns Recreation Centre Go along for a skate on 18 August and check out the car boot sale and sausage sizzle to help the

August is all about the Festival and celebrating the cultural diversity of our region. This year

local Junior Roller Derby League raise much-needed

there is a big focus on family friendly events with lots of great activities for kids and families to

funds to allow them to attend Australia’s first ever

get involved in. It all kicks off with the James Cook University Grand Parade and Fireworks on

Carnival in Tweed Heads. To book a stall call Michael

24 August. Go to pages 42 & 43 for a more detailed rundown of our favourite events.

on 0414 816 592 (no food vendors).

event including a Country Fair. The festivities start from 8am with performers, musicians, and roving entertainers. The Kids Zone includes workshops, circus training, slime and goo Stations, zoo animals and rides. It all culminates with a Fireworks spectacular at 7.30pm.

This great event welcomes newborn Cairns residents into the community with a lovely ceremony. Parents

Tough Mamas 8 August (10.30am)

of newborns (born between 1 September 2012 and 1 September 2013) are invited to register their baby to take part from 1 September. Even if you haven’t welcomed a new member to the family in the past year all families are welcome to attend. There will be exhibitors, kids entertainment,

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Kids in the Community


Has your child or a child you know contributed to our community through charity or social work, entrepreneurial initiatives, sporting achievements, or other community focused accomplishments? Then nominate them for a community achievement award.


Heaps of prizes to be won!

and animal farmyard and lots more fun. For all you mum’s out there who love Simone Kay’s Mumbalates classes, check out her new Tough Mamas classes starting this month. It is specifically designed for mums and their toddlers and the initial trial block consists of four weeks for $60. To book your place call Abi on 0409 260 230 or go to the Mumbalates facebook page to find out more.


Exhibitors interested in participating in the day should contact the organiser, Rebecca Anderson, by email on

Submissions can be made via or call 4044 3019.


Show &Tell The latest news, products and tips in the world of families and kids Get to Know

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Favourite Coffee Shops Cairns has been getting a few new funky coffee shops lately: [1] Caffiend [2] re:hab [3] Mama Coco/The Clever Duck [4] Ozmosis [5] The Flying Monkey

Handmade Cans

Former arachnophobe Deanna Henderson, is now the owner of Minibeast Wildlife, a local business that educates children about the world of insects. [1] What was your first pet? A snail.

worked fulltime at the Melbourne Museum

Handmade Cans on Sheridan Street is a

in the Live Exhibits department.

new community shop for lovers of all things

breed? We breed all kinds of insects to

[6] What inspired the seachange to

handmade and is the creation of friends

send around Australia for pets and stick

FNQ? We moved our family to Kuranda

and fellow mums, Tameson Godfrey and

insects are the most popular.

in 2010. We had been making annual field

Emma Channer.

[2] What is the most common pet you

[3] Did you always love creepy crawlies? I’ve always loved all kind of animals but I wasn’t keen on spiders. In fact, I was an arachnophobe as a child and couldn’t stand being in the same room as a spider!


to put on display in the Museum in

Their philosophy is simple – provide a

Melbourne because Kuranda is known for

reasonably priced space for local designers

it’s amazing biodiversity. We wanted to

to promote and sell their works; and

immerse ourselves in the rainforest and

encourage the community to support

we also had an opportunity to work on

them. Designers pay a weekly rent to

[4] What’s your favourite creepy crawly?

a TV series about bugs for the Discovery

Cockroaches – I don’t mean the ones

exhibit, promote and sell their products,

Channel. This year we also worked on the

who invade your kitchen. I love the native

latest David Attenborough doco called

and in return receive 100% of the sale price.

Australian species because they are so

Micro Monsters.

amazingly coloured and marked.

trips here looking for exciting invertebrates

Minibeast Wildlife offers school programs

[5] How did you get into creepy

and parties. For info call 0434 998 263 or

crawlies? I majored in Zoology at

go to

Melbourne University and then afterwards I

Handmade Cans is located at 154 Sheridan Street (opp. Cairns State High School) next to the Flying Monkey Café. It is open six days a week. For more information call 0402 407 094 or 0437 017 394.


Show &Tell

Cairns Festival Local News

Got something to share or shout about? Email us at

Truly Organic

Q&A with the Women Behind the Festival The Cairns Festival is a fantastic community

as one is finished it’s time to start thinking

event and, behind the scenes, there are

about the next one.”

a lot of dedicated people who bring it to life. The two women who coordinate it all are producer Karen Valentine and

[3] How will you celebrate after it’s all finished? Karen: “Hopefully with a long weekend in

My Gypsy Child

Administration Officer Caz Williams.

Local mum Sacha Maujean has recently started her own

to about this years Festival?

Caz: “With a nice cool glass of Sav Blanc!”

Karen: “Bringing the Sounds of

[4] What do you think will be the stand-

AustranNesia to a wider Cairns audience.

out events for kids? "We've got a lot on

They are an amazing ensemble comprising

for the kids this year with kid's activities

14 different cultural backgrounds

happening all day on both weekends at

showcasing our regions rich cultural

the Festival Hub 'Paradise on Esplanade'.

diversity (catch them at Fogarty Park ion 30

There will be all sorts of painting, craft,

August (5-9pm).”

performance storytelling and even

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[1] What are you most looking forward

Caz: “I’m particularly looking forward to seeing Melbourne band Mustered Courage (25 August at Picnic in the Park)” [2] How long does it all take to organise? “It requires year-round planning so as soon

the bush away from phones and emails.”

a children's butterfly parade in the afternoons to show off the beautiful wings they've made. Carnival on Collins will also have lots of kids activities." For a full rundown of Cairns Festival 2013 events go to page 42.




Breaking Down

Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

Making a name for herself with her indigenous clothing range and design business, Banggarru Deadly Wear, Rose Henry has finally found her niche. Raising her two daughters (Hayley 9 and Taylah

Rose has worked hard to build up the brand since

you are spending more time on one than the

5) on her own, Rose says she loves that she is

she launched it as JR Apparel in 2008 with the

other, but it is incredibly rewarding,” she says. “I

able to provide for them while fulfilling her

future vision of supplying all indigenous sports

also have the flexibility to take my kids to school,

own dreams. “My business actually started out

teams, businesses and organisations in Australia

I try not to work after three in the afternoons

as a hobby but after my girls were born I found

as well as overseas. “I spent six to nine months

so I can spend time with them and help with

myself wanting to do something while they slept

researching before starting the business, but it

homework, we try to keep all sport and hobbies

during the day like many new mums,” she says.

has been persistence and determination that has

to only weekends and I try to keep a good

While Rose initially studied teaching and holds

seen it grow,” she says. “This year I changed the

routine at home.” Rose says her girls are also very

a teaching degree, it was her time managing

name to Banggarru Deadly Wear, as Banggarru

independent which helps and this allows her

touch football teams that had the most influence

is my Aboriginal name, meaning freshwater

to work extra hours when needed to fulfil client

on her as she was given the freedom to design

turtle in my Jirrbal tribal language. And of course


the team’s uniforms. “People would comment on

deadly means wow, awesome, it’s so deadly.”

my indigenous designs all the time, saying how unique they were and how much they stood out from other teams,” Rose says. “Now I design sportswear, workwear, banners and flags for a growing list of clients.”


Rose says since she has been operating her business she has seen many mainstream companies copy and branch out doing aboriginal designs, but Rose says her clients are attracted to her range because her designs are true to

While the Banggarru Deadly Wear range is only available online at the moment or at the various festivals and carnivals Rose attends, Rose would like

Rose’s deadly designed apparel incorporates

her own indigenous culture. Born and bred in

sportswear for touch football, rugby league,

Atherton and now living in Cairns, Rose wants

netball, basketball, cricket, AFL, soccer, cycling

her children to grow up understanding their

and triathlons and many other sports. The

Aboriginal heritage while also being inspired

workwear is designed individually for each client

by a mother who runs her own business. “As all

with Queensland Health and Aboriginal Hostels

working mums would agree, juggling both work

For more info on Banggarru Deadly

Limited being just a few of her corporate clients.

and family often leaves you feeling guilty that

Wear visit

to pursue other retail opportunities for the business in the future, as well as expanding her range both in Australia and globally.


As we navigate our way through the information age, technological devices have in many ways become a necessary evil. While at one time a family would gather around the dining table to talk, these days we are more likely to be conversing with people online than with those present. Which begs the question: is the early introduction to gadgets really about educating our children, or are we merely providing them with a modern-day babysitter?


Issues Story thanks to Kate van Eck

As technology rapidly infiltrates our lives, many

In addition to the social implications, perhaps

believe we are in danger of raising a generation

the most important factor to consider when

of overweight and unmotivated children who

introducing a child to technology is safety.

have no concept of how to play creatively.

Not only do we as parents need to consider

According to mother of three, Teresa Johnson,

the exposure to inappropriate imagery, we

the overuse of technology is already affecting

also need to be aware that the earlier a child

many children’s ability to socially interact with

becomes accustomed to social media the

their peers. “You have to wonder what is wrong

sooner they are potentially at risk of anti-social

when you organise a play date and kids as

behaviour such as cyber bullying. Now with

young as two years old refuse to play with your

recent surveys revealing that Australian children

children because they would rather play Xbox or

are amongst the youngest and most prolific

their iPad,” she says. “I don’t see a problem with

internet users in the world, It’s more important

older children using technology in moderation,

than ever to be well informed.

but some of the kids I have seen are not even toilet trained, yet they know how to search You Tube and show little interest in normal kid’s games such as ‘hide and seek’ or ‘tiggy’.”


the youngest in the 26-nation survey. In addition to this, a report released by Senator Stephen Conroy titled ‘Tweens, Teens and Technology

computer literate. “Provided you monitor their

Report’, revealed that children are adopting

usage and have all the appropriate safety

technology much faster than expected. In fact,

software in place there’s really no reason to hold

67% of tweens (children ages 8 to 12) currently

them back,” she says. “There’s no avoiding it

use a social media site while more alarmingly,

these days, so it’s important to be educated as a

13% have admitted being “friends” with people

parent, so you can foresee any possible dangers.”

they don’t actually know online.

different from handing them a colouring book


at just 8 years of age – making them amongst

fact that her three year old daughter is already

keep children occupied, Jacinta believes it’s no


average Australian child starts using the internet

On the other hand, Jacinta Riley is proud of the

And in terms of using electronic devices to

Anti Social

According to recent study, AUkids Online, the

and pencils. “There are times when it’s simply unavoidable,” she says. “I’d much rather give my child an iPad for half an hour than suffer the consequences. It’s not only disruptive to me, it also inconveniences other people when children

Like everything in life, technology requires balance. While it’s important for children to be educated and entertained – there has to be limits. We also need to ensure that in our quest for a minute’s peace, we aren’t depriving them of the opportunity to learn those old fashioned virtues such as courtesy, patience and self-reliance.

are constantly whinging and throwing tantrums

For info on the “Tweens, Teens and Technology

around them.”

Report visit:

TIPS for Parents • Set limits on what your child can and can't do on media devices • Remember that many phones and consoles now have internet access and built-in webcams • Stay in control – don't be pressured into allowing you child to use technology if you don't think they're mature enough

• Starting teaching them early (from the age of five) about the importance of keeping your personal information to yourself and that anything online can be seen by anybody, forever • Don't assume your child is only accessing age appropriate services


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Best selling children’s author Mem Fox is passionate about literacy and encouraging parents to read with their children. She also hopes her books help teach children some important messages. Australian author Mem Fox has won many

One of her earlier books Whoever You Are tackles

Mem says growing up immersed in two different

awards for her much loved stories such as

the subjects of war and racism and teaches

cultures made it easy to accept diversity and

Possum Magic, Where’s the Green Sheep, Ten

children that no matter where you were born, the

not see people as any different from each other.

Little Fingers and many more best selling

colour of your skin or the language you speak,

“I get so upset that today in our multicultural

children’s books. Behind her colourful and

we are all the same.

society people still look at others and only see

delightful stories is a woman with some strong philosophies and convictions about the world we live in. Mem claims to have been born a pacifist and, perhaps as a consequence of her experiences growing up on a mission in Africa, she is vocal about the terrible effects of war and racial intolerance on children.

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Although prompted by a news story about two schoolmates-turned-enemies during the Bosnian War, Mem says it was always a story just waiting for her to write after witnessing prejudice during her childhood. She explains that up until the age of six she went to an all-black school in Rhodesia at a time when white children were not allowed

differences like age, race and gender, when in reality we are all the same inside with the same hopes and fears,” she says. “When I wrote Whoever You Are, my goal was to write about the similarities between the peoples of the world rather than the differences. I think it is important to teach children these values from a young age when they have not yet learned to be

When I caught up with Mem she explained that it

to attend school with black children. When the

is hard to write a story without passing on a value

authorities discovered there was a ‘white girl’

of some sort, but even then they must appear

at the school she was pulled out to attend an

Mem says she often reflects on how fortunate

with the utmost subtlety in the story otherwise

all-white school. “All my friends were black, I

she is that so many of her books are loved by

kids can spot them a mile away and they don’t

spoke with an African accent and I didn’t see us

children all over the world but finds it hard to

like to be preached to. She explains that Possum

being different in any way,” she says. “Those first

pick her favourite. “I love all the books I have

Magic, her very first book, was about resilience as

few months at the new school were really hard

written for different reasons so it is hard to

well as acceptance of Australia’s heritage, but to

because I didn’t understand why I couldn’t go to

choose a favourite. Besides, if I mention only one

kids it is just a wonderful story which takes them

the same school as my friends.”

book then all the others will get upset!”

judgemental of others.”

on a journey.



Series Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

Homework update

With today’s busy lifestyles, homework can often be a source of anxiety and conflict in the home but most schools still believe it has some important educational and developmental benefits. While there is evidence to suggest that there

development of the child,” she says. “However,

be available to help during homework time,

are no academic advantages to children doing

homework also needs to be balanced with the

it is not your job to do it for them or to do the

homework (especially in lower primary), many

other important aspects of the child’s life such as

work of the teacher. If your child struggles with

schools and people in the education industry

social, family and independent time too.”

their homework despite their best efforts, let

still believe it serves several important purposes including: • Consolidation of learning – it gives children an opportunity to review what they’ve learnt • Development of study skills and habits (which they will need as they get older)

homework then it is obviously in the best interests of your child if you support them to accomplish homework easily. Here are some tips:

Education Queensland has provided guidelines on how much homework to expect for children at different ages. These have been developed to ensure children have a balance in their lives with time for school, recreation, sports and family. However, each individual school will have their

• Teacher feedback – it enables teachers to see

at home – Provide a well-lit space away from

own homework policies so you may wish to

how well students are grasping concepts which

distractions but somewhere where they can

check your own school’s particular expectations.

they can then use to plan for their next lessons

ask for help

It is also suggested that homework teaches

• Make homework a part of the family

children responsibility, discipline, motivation

schedule – Children need some downtime

and a number of other personal characteristics.

after school but it helps if you create a routine

So, while many parents would probably prefer

for when homework gets completed. Parents

it if their school had a policy of not giving out

can also start to teach their children time

homework, it looks as though its here to stay,

management skills by providing a diary or

especially with increasing pressure from the

calendar to keep track of homework deadlines

Years 1-3 = 1 hour each week

• Set clear rules – If you’ve got younger children

Years 4-5 = 2-3 hours each week

Education QUeensland Homework Guidelines: Prep = No homework recommended

Educational psychologist Jutta Dempsey says

make sure they’re engaged in quiet activities

homework is beneficial if it is not just an ‘add-on’

such as reading during homework time to avoid

but more sophisticated as part of the unit plan

distractions and sibling rivalry

Years 8-9 = 5 hours per week

• Let your child do homework to the best of

Years 10-12 = Will vary according to

their ability – While it is useful for parents to

learning needs and school requirements

of learning. “Homework that is more problemsolving or research based in nature can be very

If your child attends a school that supports

the teacher know.

• Create a positive learning environment

new curriculum.


How can parents help?

beneficial for developing community or social

Years 6-7 = 3-4 hours per week




Women Finance

The latest tips in the world of finance


by Fiona Thorogood


TAX Refund Tips [1] Provide your bank account details on your tax return so your refund can be deposited directly into your account. [2] Plan how to use your tax refund so it doesn’t get frittered away from impulse purchases. [3] Pay down your debts or set some aside in a high interest account. [4] Look for ways to reduce your power consumption eg. upgrading to more efficient appliances or installing solar panels.

Over the next few months as we pore over our bank statements to complete our income tax returns, it’s a good opportunity to discover which accounts are charging excess fees, and if you reckon you’re paying too much it’s time to take your business elsewhere. A recent industry report shows bank fees continue to gouge a hole in our finances. The average Australian household currently pays just under $9 each week in bank charges. This may not seem like much in isolation, but it adds up. Over the course of a year it works out to be around $465. Over ten years they’re starting to approach $5,000. Isn’t there a better way to use that money?

switching legislation introduced in July last year means your new financial institution has to do all the legwork changing regular direct debits and credits from your old account to the new one.

If you’re not happy with the fees charged on your everyday account there are plenty of opportunities available to get a better deal. Some transaction accounts on the market have virtually done away with fees altogether. Take a look at comparison sites like Mozo or RateCity for more options.

Even if you select a zero-fee account it pays to be mindful of your own banking behaviour too. When you use an ATM not linked to your own bank’s network you will incur foreign ATM fees applied by the owner of the ATM, and these can really add up over time. It’s possible to avoid or at least minimise foreign ATM charges by planning your cash needs so that you’re not forced to use a foreign ATM. You may also be able to withdraw cash fee-free when you make a purchase via EFTPOS.

Plenty of people stick with an expensive everyday account because it seems all too hard to change to a new account. If that sounds like you, bear in mind that account

Fiona Thorogood is a Financial Planner from ipac north queensland and can be contacted on 4046 5555 for more info, or visit

These articles contain general financial advice only and do not take into consideration your personal circumstances.


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UNDERInsured? The latest underinsurance figures for Australia show total underinsurance in this country stands at $10.6 trillion. Underinsurance is when you don’t have enough insurance to replace what you’ve lost. For example, with home insurance you may not have sufficient cover to rebuild your home. This may occur if you’ve not updated your policy for a while or you’ve increased the value of your home by renovating. Policies with the lowest risk of underinsurance are ‘total replacement’ policies where the insurer agrees to pay unlimited replacement costs. Some ‘sum-insured’ policies provide up to 30% on top of the sum insured in the event of total loss, which also reduces your risk.


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Diabetes By Dr Neil Jensen

CONCUSSION Update A recent Sports Medicine Australia publication highlighted that dealing with concussion is more important in junior sport than any other level since fewer that 20% of concussed children are diagnosed. Author of the Sport Health article, Neurosurgeon Professor Gavin Davis states that sports concussion is more common in junior sport than in any other group of athletes. He commented that “Children are not merely ‘little adults’. They have significant physical, physiological and development differences that place them at long-term risk if sports concussion is not managed appropriately. Management of Our BraNdS

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concussion is very simple. If there is any suspicion of a concussion, the child must be removed from the field of play, be medically assessed, and not allowed to return to play that day.”

Cervical Screening Program has been cil going down since 2008.Cancer Coun Clift Katie rson espe spok d Queenslan said regular pap smear tests were essential in the early detection of cervical cancer.

“Regular pap smears are currently the best protection against cervical ce cancer and has the potential to redu er up to 90 per cent of cervical canc cases in Australia. Even if women have received the Gardasil vaccination, it is still essential they participate in recommended screening.”

Diabetes is a universal chronic disease that can manifest in any age group. In children, Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes diagnosed. However children from a family with diabetes and obesity can also develop Type 2 Diabetes so taking good care of your health through daily exercise and attention to food, is important for preventing this condition. Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes usually has a rapid onset. Symptoms include increased thirst, drinking liquids often, passing urine often, blurring of vision, weight loss and recurrent thrush. In children it is important not only to look for these symptoms, but also to look for tiredness, vomiting, abdominal pain and confusion. This is a serious complication of diabetes called Diabetes Ketoacidosis and demands urgent medical assessment and management. Type 2 (non insulin dependent) diabetes may not show any symptoms initially. Risk factors include a family history of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, polycystic ovary syndrome in the obese, gestational diabetes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait and Pacific Islander’s, Asian and Indian people. Gestational Diabetes occurs during pregnancy, particularly the second trimester. Risk factors for this type include obesity, being over the age of 30, a family history of diabetes and ethnicity (noted above). Diabetes can occur at any age and weight so if you have concerns discuss further with your GP.


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Going Gluten Free? ‘’Carbs are not your friend!” was a popular catchphrase in the 90’s that sparked controversy amongst health professionals and gave rise to a wave of ‘low-carb’ alternatives on our supermarket shelves. If supermarket shelves, café menus, health blogs and Gwyneth Paltrow are anything to go by, it seems that gluten has been added to the list of no-no’s. But will going gluten-free improve your child’s health? If your child has been diagnosed with coeliac disease, the answer is unequivocally, YES! This protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats causes severe gastrointestinal problems for coeliac sufferers and must be eliminated from their diet. However, if they don’t have coeliac disease it is important to consider the implications of a gluten free diet: • Gluten helps bind foods together, making them thick and tasty and because of this it can be added to everything from baked goods to soy sauce and seasonings. Many manufacturers of gluten-free products replace the gluten with extra fats and sugar to maintain flavour and texture. • Bread bakers in Australia use fortified wheat flour to ensure our food supply

By Connie Eales


contains an increased amount of important nutrients such as folate, thiamin and iodine that are sometimes lacking. • Social situations such as birthday parties often centre around food that contains gluten so it could cause your child to feel excluded. Going gluten free can sometimes be a great tool for increasing fresh foods in a child’s diet such as fruits, vegies, lean protein, dairy and delicious gluten free grains such as quinoa and amaranth.

They are cheaper than chips and packed with vitamins and fibre so here are a few ideas to increase their appeal to kids: • ½ an English muffin topped with ¼ thinly sliced

If you do decide to have a gluten free diet in your household here are some tips:

apple and 1 tbsp melted shredded cheese.

• Skip packaged gluten free products and instead focus on fruits, dairy and homemade gluten free baked goods for snacks

sandwich with peanut butter smears and sultanas.

• Use naturally gluten free grains such as quinoa and amaranth • Allow your child to consume foods with gluten in social situations such as birthday parties and play-dates It is always advisable to seek professional advice from your family doctor or an Accredited Practicing Dietitian before placing a child on any diet.

• 1 cored and sliced apple place in a microwave bag, sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. • Grate into morning porridge or an afternoon yoghurt snack.

Connie Eales is an Accredited Practising Dietitian at Health Management Cairns ( You can connect with Health Management and ask

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indian style Beef Massaman Curry By Sonia Crowley (PakMag Mackay Sales Rep) 1kg chuck/shin/gravy beef (cubed) 2 cloves garlic, crushed 4cm piece of ginger, grated 1/3 cup of Massaman curry paste) 2 1â „2 cups of beef stock 400ml coconut milk 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 tsp fish sauce Serve with roasted peanuts or cashews

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My 5 year old asks me to cook this for her nearly every night. I find it tastes better if you let it sit in the oven for about an hour after cooking. Yum!



TEAM recipe

Preheat oven to 180oC. Season beef with salt and pepper, add 2 tbs of oil and mix well. Heat a large frypan over high heat. Brown beef in 2 batches. Remove each batch and place in casserole dish. Reduce heat in pan to medium and add a little extra oil. Add garlic, ginger and paste, cook for 1-2 mins, stirring. Pour in the stock, stir well. Pour the mixture over the beef and stir to combine. Cover the casserole dish and place in the oven. Cook 90 mins or until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Cook for a further 30 mins or until beef is very tender and the potatoes are cooked. Serve with roasted nuts.



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Parenting modern

Teaching young children not to wander off READER QUESTION: My toddler often runs

• As you are walking, talk to your child and

• If your child continues to wander off and

away or wanders off when we go on outings.

distract him with conversation and questions

refuses to hold your hand, consider returning

Can you please give me some suggestions on

so staying close is more interesting than

him to the stroller for short periods. It is

how I can teach him to stay close to me?

wandering off. Comment on what you can see

important however that he is given

and encourage them to look at what is around

opportunities regularly to learn how to

them. Play thinking games such as “Can you

stay close and not run off.

Children tend to wander out of curiosity and wanting to explore their environment. This is a

find the red car?”

normal part of their development and learning but they obviously don’t always understand the

• When your child starts to wander off give very

consequences and that you may not be able to

specific warnings and instructions. Just saying

see them. The following tips may be useful to

“stop” is unclear. Instructions such as “stay on

help teach your child to stay close:

the path” or “keep your feet on the grass” are

• Talk to your child about where you’re going and

much more specific and direct.

what’s expected of them. For example you might

• Be aware of your child’s needs. If your child is

say “We are going for a walk to the shop and I

hungry or tired he is more likely to have

want you to stay on the path and hold my hand.”

difficulty following instructions and may be

You may need to repeat this several times.

more non-compliant.

• Remember to praise your child when he stays close. Megan Colahan is the principal psychologist at Colahan Psychology (37 O’Keefe Street, Cairns North). For more information call 4053 1122 or email

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Encouraging teens to talk about "private body stuff" READER QUESTION: There have been stories

imperfections as a reflection on their ‘manhood’.

about his physical development with them. You

in the media recently about young people

Many teenage boys are under pressure to

could also establish regular check-ups with your

self-harming and even committing suicide

conform to media images of ‘big and strong’ men

GP to make sure he’s safe and healthy.

because they were too embarrassed to talk

with bulging muscles and apparently perfect

to their parents about lumps and other

physiques. If teenage boys notice any lumps or

malformations in their private parts. As a

other deformities on their private parts, they may

single mother of a teenage son, how can I

be reluctant to discuss these with adults or peers

support any worries or anxieties that he has in

which may result in a misconception of their

relation to ‘private stuff’?

physical imperfections.

In recent years there appears to have been a

I can understand that discussing ‘private

sharp increase in young men’s concerns about

stuff’ may be uncomfortable and potentially

body image. Late developers, who don’t have the

embarrassing for both of you. Do you have a

obvious signs of having gone through puberty,

male friend or relation who could talk to your son

can become victims of teasing, bullying and

about some of the experiences, thoughts and

negative self-talk. Any indication that they are

feelings they had as an adolescent? If your son

‘different’ from their peers may cause anxiety

can establish a trusting relationship with an adult

and even depression. They may see physical

male, he may be more prepared to share and talk

If your son appears unduly worried about his body image or physical characteristics, consider speaking to the School’s Youth Health Nurse or Guidance Officer or refer him to a counsellor. Books and resources on puberty and adolescent development are available from Family Planning Queensland. Denise Bewert is Group Educator for CentaCare, mother of two and author of two books, Tackling Teens and Troubled Teens. If you would like to ask Denise a question about your teenager send an email to:



august 2013

How to Plan the perfect baby shower Party Tips By Amanda Cranston

Having a baby is an exciting time and definitely an event worthy of celebrating so what better way to toast the impending birth than with a baby shower shared with your nearest and dearest.

Today there are no rules when it comes to baby showers. Many people like the traditional element of having a baby shower but with a modern twist. Traditional baby showers are often similar to a high tea with dainty cakes and finger sandwiches, pretty cupcakes, scones, little platters of chocolates, non-alcoholic punch, tea and coffee. Modern baby showers can be themed or just a unique afternoon such as a girl’s pamper party at a day spa, lunch at a favourite restaurant or a garden party with games and plenty of laughter.

Venues Think garden party at home or a friend’s house, a restaurant, day spa, hotel room or maybe even an afternoon out on a boat.

Decorations You can decorate in pastel pink and blue, but if you know the sex of the baby then go all out in that colour. There are also lots of ideas online if you’re looking for inspiration for a different kind of theme eg. an animal print colour scheme, gold and red for ‘a superstar is born’ theme or black and white for a classic and contemporary feel. There are many free templates online too for invitations and thank you cards. Many party supply shops also have gorgeous baby themed goodies from little cupcake holders and cake toppers to baby shower games, mini dummies, giant safety


pins and other fun stuff.

Gifts This depends on the mum-to-be as many mums have already accumulated baby stuff so it is best to ask what gifts the mum-to-be would like or need. Or you can ask everyone to bring a children’s book to contribute to the new baby’s library and ask each guest to

• Charades – act out nursery rhymes or children’s book characters • Guess the Baby Picture – each guest brings their baby picture for the game • Nursery Rhyme Karaoke – how well do guests know their nursery rhymes?

bring their favourite children’s book that they loved as a child.

• Nappy Changing Races – side-by-side guests race to put nappies on dolls


• Paper Bag Surprise – guests put their hand in to guess the baby items in bag

There are so many fantastic baby shower games that can turn an average party into a memorable one for all the right reasons. Here are some ideas: • Guess the Baby Food – blindfolded players smell or taste baby food • Baby Pictionary – guests take turns drawing baby items for others to guess

• Guess the name of celebrity babies & kids names from popular TV shows (trivia game) • Don’t Say Baby – guests lose pegs/points if they say the word ‘baby’ at party So why not throw a baby shower with a difference and make the mum-to-be feel special before baby comes along.



Baby Books

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NEW Baby Books


The Day-By-Day Baby Book By Dr Ilona Bendefy & Dr Lionel Lubitz This comprehensive baby book is a great reference for new parents. Published by Penguin Books. RRP $49.99

The Chiropractors Association of Australia has recently endorsed the award-winning Hippychick Hipseat.

Colds are very common in young children, with most suffering around 10 colds in their first two years of life.

(3-4 years) on the hip without strain on the hip, back, neck or

They are spread through the air, or by

irritability. Fever is NOT usually associated

shoulder, the Hipseat is the only baby/child carrier to receive

coming into contact with the nose, mouth

with the common cold. This is more likely

their official endorsement.

or throat secretions of an infected person.

to be related to a bacterial infection so seek

RRP $12.99

Most colds occur in babies when they are

advice from your GP.

Chiropractor Dr Natessa Henville said “I’ve been recommending the Hippychick Hipseat to my patients that

In case you didn’t know it, newborn babies’ mouths are essentially sterile. No bacteria, no viruses, nothing.

carry children for years. It is extremely beneficial in alleviating

touched by someone who hasn’t washed their hands.

Administration (TGA) restricted the use of

The common cold is annoying to a baby

cough and cold medicines to treat young

is something that most parents find themselves doing.”

but usually clears up without any serious

children so they should not be given

complications. Breastfeeding offers

to children under 6 years of age unless

protection against the cold in the first

recommended by a Doctor or Pharmacist.

couple of months.

If your baby is suffering with a cold a

The Hipseat consists of a back-supporting belt with a padded foam ‘seat’ (positioned over one hip) which enables the child

gum disease can easily spread their germs to their offspring by the transfer of saliva. It’s

to sit and be carried in a natural and comfortable position.

as simple as a kiss on the mouth or the sharing of food, cups, spoons or toothbrushes.

The child’s weight is supported from underneath, unlike

Typical symptoms include a mild, persistent

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children in a wide interest base extends their

Early Years Learning Framework as childcare

knowledge of the world in which we live and

centres and kindergartens. In fact, Family

develops skills for life.

[3] Physical environment

Children are in a continuous process of learning.

[4] Staffing arrangements

Day Care Cairns (office at Edge Hill) has been assessed and rated as Exceeding National Quality Standards.

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Learning takes on many different forms from crawling through to counting experiences,

[2] Children’s health and safety

[5] Relationships with children

Our Family Day Care Cairns Educators offer small

literacy skills and social and emotional skills

[6] Collaborative partnerships with families

groups with individualised attention for each child

as children develop their sense of wellbeing.

and they work with children from babies through

We focus on offering learning through hands

to high school depending on the individual

on experiences backed up with recognition,

[7] Leadership and service management

Educators care arrangements. Our flexible care

encouragement and planning for achievement.

options include daytime care, evening and

We have high expectations for each child.

the assessment and rating process and was

The National Quality Standard that guides us in


overnight, weekend care, public holidays, before and after school and vacation care.

the service we provide is linked to two learning

and communities

Family Day Care Cairns has recently completed assessed as Exceeding National Quality

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief

Since parents are children’s first and most

frameworks – the Early Years Learning Framework

influential teachers we take the time to develop

and the Framework for School Age Care. These

working partnerships with families to create the

support us in being child-focussed and providing

best outcomes for the children in our care. This

quality teaching and learning outcomes for

childhood.” Fred Rogers.

includes communicating about children’s needs


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and routines as we plan for their play-based

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While Family Day Care is provided in the homes

learning and development. We know that young children are engaged and challenged best

The National Quality Standard is divided into seven Quality Areas:

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[2] I Live Here (puppet theatre) 25 August & 1 September

Worm and an interactive children’s workshop in the gardens with Rachel Terri. Location: Collins Ave, Edge Hill.

This enchanting tale of survival and determination presented in shadow play will engage audiences of all ages. It features the beautifully detailed silhouette puppetry of Danielle Henderson. This performance tells

There is a full day of activities planned around

resilience of the creatures that live there.

the parade with Paradise for Kids open from

Dates: 25 August and 1 September (10am-11am

10am-4pm. TropOlympics will be held 11am-

and 11.30am-12.30pm). Location: Paradise on

3pm featuring zany Aussie sports such as


coconut bowling and inflatable croc races.

26-30 August Workshop leaders from the Northern Circus Alliance will guide toddlers to teenagers in how to use circus props and equipment in a fun, give-it-a-go atmosphere. Those who are young at heart are also welcome. Dates: 26-30 August

performing at Paradise on Esplanade

community picnic from noon-6pm along the Esplanade. Everyone is welcome to stake their patch of grass and enjoy the afternoon

1 September (3.45pm-4.15pm)

and gloves. There will be cricket workshops

at their own pace. Take a rug, hamper, bat

The high-energy music and funky hip hop, jazz

with Queensland Cricket, music and children’s

funk and contemporary moves in this workshop

activities including face painting, jumping castle

and demo will get you reaching for your dance

and balloons.

[11] Festival Concert

[6] Kids in Paradise

30 August (5-9pm)

With creative activities from printing cloth and

Dance battle from the Block Party, performances

[7] Gallery Family Fun Day

7.30pm followed by Tribal Connections

[5] Backstreet Dance

4pm). Location: Paradise on Esplanade


Fogarty Park. The fireworks will start around

The main event on this day will be a big

creations. Dates: Saturday and Sundays (10am-

Street at 5.30pm and follow the Esplanade to

• Fool’s Gold (PG) – 27 August (7pm)

allowing young Festival-goers to showcase their

Master storyteller Michael Quinn works his magic

Fogarty Park. The parade will start from Minnie

25 August (11am-6pm)

each day culminates in the Children’s Parade

24 & 31 August

on Esplanade as well as kids carnival rides in

[4] Outdoor Movies (Esplanade)

making masks to face painting and storytelling

[1] World Storywaters

local bands on the Progig Stage in Paradise

[10] One Kilometre of Sunday Fun

shoes. Location: Fogarty Park stage

This year’s Cairns Festival theme is all about Celebrating Paradise and since it has such a family friendly focus many of the events will be free, including all of the kid’s activities. The hub for this year’s festival is called Paradise on Esplanade and the kids pavilion is called the Octopuses’ Garden.

From 2pm there will be live entertainment from

(10am-noon). Location: Paradise on Esplanade

• Nim’s Island (PG) – 28 August (7pm)

Here’s our pick of the best family events:

24 August (10am-9pm)

the tale of the lush tropical rainforest and the

[3] Super Kids Circus

Celebrating Paradise

[9] James Cook University Grand Parade and Fireworks

from local bands including the stirring voices of Sounds of AustraNesia, dance and song from local cultural groups and roving performers to delight with their antics. Laughing clowns, face painting, balloon animals and rides for the young ones. Location: Fogarty Park

31 August (10am-1pm)

[12] Fields of Fire

Free entry to the gallery and free activities for

31 August (4-7pm)

kids making Cairns Birdwing butterflies and

Show the kids what it was like in the “olden

tropical birds from found materials. Location: Cairns Regional Gallery

[8] Kids Carnival 1 September (9am-3pm)

bringing alive ancient tales from a variety of

Part of the ever-popular Carnival on Collins, this

places and cultures. Dates: Saturday 24 August

special kids area will feature Mauloni’s Aussie

(11am-noon) & Sunday 31 August (10am-noon).

Farm Entertainment, balloon art workshops with

Location: Paradise on Esplanade

Cody from Twisted Designs, bush poetry, the

days” with this traditional cane burn on sunset! Leading up to the spectacle the Doyle Family Fun Duo and Zoo to You will be on hand to entertain younger audience members while the old timers try out the mechanical bull ride. Local bands will perform and Rotary will provide the victuals. Location: Blazing Saddle, Yorkey’s Knob Road




Golf for kids Graham Bolton, local golf professional and director of Aspire Golf Coaching, has developed a junior coaching program that allows kids to have fun playing golf as they learn the basic skills. As a teaching golf professional I wanted my

jumping, throwing kicking etc) and fundamental

• The different group age levels correspond to

children to have the same sporting opportunities

sports skills (grip, posture, alignment etc). The

sporting and movement development levels

I did as a child and if possible, to take up

idea is that by providing them with this solid

golf. Golf is such a versatile game, it can be

foundation they can’t help but be good at golf, or

competitive or social and, because of the

any other sports for that matter.

handicap system it allows players of all ages and abilities to play together. I was never able to beat my late grandmother on the course and there are not many athletic sports where you can cop a hiding from someone 70 years your senior!

16 or older in order to become good at it. In fact, it is beneficial to play many different sports while learning golf since the movements learned from the other sports will transfer back to improving

I came to realise through my experience as a

your golf swing.

range with the odd 9 holes was not really what kids wanted. I began to explore different junior golf programs before discovering one run by the Titleist Performance Institute in the US. The basic premise of this program is to build kids

that you don’t need to specialise in it until you’re

When it came to introducing children to golf, teaching Golf Pro that just hitting balls on the


Golf is a ‘late specialisation’ sport, which means

• There is a strong focus on correct fundamentals of a golf swing If you like the idea of getting your kids involved in golf the best way to start is by enrolling them in a junior program at your local golf club. Most golf clubs run some form of junior program throughout the year. Kids can start playing golf at any age but generally around the age of five is a good time to get them started.

The junior golf program that Aspire Coaching now runs at Paradise Palms ticks all the boxes in terms of what kids want and need to develop

Aspire Golf Coaching run their junior

their golfing and sporting skills:

program at Paradise Palms golf club

• It’s fun

Mondays after school at 4pm. The cost per child is $12. For more information

into good little all-round athletes by developing

• They build confidence by playing with other

call Graham on 0435 533 724 or email

a strong base of movement skills (running,

kids at the same level



KiDS Activities

By Amanda Cranston

Budding Art i s t s

Using the creative side of the brain is just as important as using the logical and analytical side, so exploring one’s artistic talents and self-expression is vital in childhood. The ‘art scene’ for children in Cairns is thriving

self-expression as they use their imagination

home by keeping a well-stocked supply of art

with many classes on offer for children to enjoy

to create whatever comes to mind. Artistic self-

and craft materials such as paper, pens and

and learn about a variety of artistic skills. And,

expression also allows children to develop their

pencils, paints and brushes, scissors, glue and

while very young children may just seem like

emotional and communication skills as they work

sticky tape. Creativity knows no bounds; it can

they’re making a lot of mess, getting involved in

through their feelings and emotions in a creative,

range from painting and drawing to modelling

art actually has some important benefits.

safe, freethinking and experimental way.

with playdough, creating collage with recyclable

The brain is made up of two hemispheres. The

There are practical benefits too. Art allows

left side of the brain is used for logical thinking

children to develop problem-solving skills by

and analytical processes such as science, maths

learning how to use their art supplies, how to mix

and reading and the right side of the brain is

colours and how to achieve the result they are

where all of our creative processes occur such

after. Hand and eye coordination and fine motor

as intuition, perception and emotion. Both

skills are also developed as they learn to cut with

Making time for creative play is vital for children’s

sides are equally important but it’s when they

scissors, squeeze glue, hold a paintbrush, pencil

development and this is why it plays such a

work together that a brain’s potential can be

or crayon.

big part in kindergartens and daycare centres.

unleashed. Leonardo da Vinci, one of the world’s greatest painters, is a great example of what can be achieved when both sides of the brain work together since he is was not only a great artist, he was also revered for his technical innovations. This also explains why learning music helps with mathematical ability. All children enjoy the freedom of uninhibited


The joy of art is that creativity does not equate to talent. Anybody of any ability can benefit from getting involved in creative activities and any child is capable of creating their own masterpieces whilst having a lot of fun. The end result is not so important as the process. While there are many excellent arts classes in Cairns, creativity can also be encouraged at

scraps or singing, dancing, storytelling and performing. Kids also love to know their creations are appreciated so hang their art on the wall or keep a special folder to display their mini masterpieces.

The founder of kindergarten in 1840, Friedrich Froebel, believed art activities were important for children as it encouraged each child’s “full and allsided development”, and this same philosophy still applies today. So take the time to help your budding artist create their own masterpieces and, if you don’t like the mess at home, book into a local arts class!



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Your Pet

esexing is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia, which prevents sexual and reproductive behaviour and related health and behaviour problems. In males the surgery, called a Castration, involves the removal of the testicles. In females the surgery, called a Spey, involves the removal of both the ovaries and the uterus.

Did you know? • Desexing your pet can save you money. Cairns Regional Council gives a discounted registration for desexed pets, saving you up to $70 per year.

Animal shelters and rescue organisations are overflowing with unwanted pets and many thousands of cats and dogs are euthanized across Australia each month. Desexing your pet has many benefits and ensures that you are not contributing to the pet overpopulation.

• Desexing can extend the life and health of your pet. In female dogs and cats, desexing prevents the risk of conditions such as Cystic Ovaries, ovarian tumours, uterine infections, mammary tumours (breast cancer) as well as physical and nutritional exhaustion if breeding continually. In males, desexing prevents the risk of conditions such as prostate and testicular cancer and desexing male cats reduces territorial fighting, which in turn prevents catfight abscesses and decreases the risk of exposure to life threatening diseases such as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). • Desexing your pet also saves you from the humiliation of your pet humping your best mate’s leg! It can also help prevent wandering, territorial aggression, fighting, dominance, urine marking, howling and yowling. • Desexing your female cat can prevent 420,000 unwanted kittens! Yes, that’s right, an undesexed seven year old female cat has the potential to generate 420,000 kittens (through

the generations her offspring have). Imagine how many kittens an undesexed male cat can potentially be responsible for!

The procedure The best time to desex your pet is between the ages of three to six months but pets of any age can be desexed. At our veterinary clinics desexing surgeries are performed Monday to Friday and your pet is normally discharged the same day. The process involves: • A thorough examination before surgery and a pre-anaesthetic injection to make them sleepy, calm and less anxious. Once this drug has taken effect, your pet will be placed on intravenous fluids, to aid hydration. They are also given a rapid recovery anaesthetic that hastens their recovery without leaving them groggy or weak. They will be placed on an anaesthetic machine that delivers oxygen and anaesthetic gas to maintain anaesthesia. • Your pets will be watched closely during the procedure with monitoring equipment used to check heart rate and rhythm, oxygen levels in the blood, blood pressure and breathing. • Once the surgery is complete your pet is given pain relief and antibiotics and monitored until they are fully recovered from the anaesthetic. • After the procedure your pet should be kept quiet, clean and dry and confined for 10 days until the stitches have been removed. For more information about desexing your pet or to make an appointment please call or visit our website at

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Brisbane for many years. Geraldine was at a local sports match one day when she noticed a young mother working hard to manage an unsettled child. She offered to help the mum and was soon engaged in a personal conversation during which

For many parents of a child with a disability the

children. They are supported to participate

birth of their baby marks the beginning of a long

in a therapeutic play environment with

journey of specialist appointments, doctor’s

individualised activities prescribed by a Speech

office visits, therapy appointments, and waiting

Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist,

lists. Having a child with a disability can result

or Physiotherapist. Each therapist visits the

in a mind-boggling amount of information

children in a group environment twice during

relating to diagnoses, funding packages, and

the program to give guidance to the support

available services. Alternatively, parents of a child

workers and to meet individually with each

with a disability may feel like they don’t know

child’s parents.

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Email your photo, name/s & address to: • Deadline for photos is 18 August for the September 2013 edition of Pakmag.

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Billy &the kid BIlly

Bentley Sea FM Breakfast Announcer, considers himself a bit of a kid so he seemed like the perfect candidate to go out into the community and have a chat with some of our small locals.

Billy & Maddox Walpole

This month he met up with six-year old Maddox Walpole for a chat at Muddy’s Playground. Billy: Hi Maddox, who are you here at Muddy’s with today? Maddox: My dad and my little brother.

Billy: Have you ever wondered why adults say it’s always important to tell the truth?

Maddox: Dad is a sparky but I want to be a scientist.

Maddox: So you know what’s going on and people know you’re honest.

Billy: Wow that’s impressive! What does your mum do?

Billy: As a proud Queenslander and keen sportsman you must obviously eat lots of healthy food to give you strength, so what’s your favourite vegetable?

Billy: What grade are you in at school? Maddox: Grade 1 Billy: Why do you think it’s important that kids go to school? Maddox: It’s important to go to school to learn. But my favourite part is playing and hanging out with my friends. Billy: I like playing sport, do you like sport? Maddox: Yep, I play soccer, AFL and golf. Billy: Golf? That sounds like a good sport to earn lots of money! Where do you think money usually comes from?


Maddox: Dad is the boss of the house.

Billy: What does your dad do for work?

Maddox: Mum is a hairdresser. She cuts my hair and does a good job.

Maddox: Dad’s wallet.

Billy: So who’s the boss at your house?

Maddox: My favourite is broccoli because it looks like a big tree. A big thank you to Maddox and his dad George for chatting to us. It turns out that Maddox was born on State of Origin night six years ago and he is a very proud Queenslander who has only ever seen Queensland win! So, if there’s one thing Billy’s learned, it’s that it’s certainly been a long time since New South Wales has won State Of Origin! If you would like to be a part of BILLY & THE KID and have Billy visit you for a chat, email us at

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