Page 1

APRIL 2012

sailing in phuket mystyle

statement style CHRIS LEISHMAN a wave of hope LISA STEFFAN the quest for health BRETT WALSH act of contrition MICHELLE RAUMER the gift of life KRYSTAL KING the last word

y l e l l a V y t Kris fect mum

the imper

Lads AT LUNCH

the ‘fifo’ way of life


RT O PP E

SUPROFIILNES’

E Z GA ENIN A M &G I ALL


in this issue

18 Brett Walsh

26

54 krystal king

12

view – a wave of hope Chris Leishman

16

people – the quest for health Lisa Steffan

18

success – act of contrition Brett Walsh

20

lads at lunch – the ‘fifo’ way of life

26

cover – the imperfect mum Kristy Vallely

50

milestones – the gift of life Michelle Raumer

54

the last word Krystal King

special feature 24 coffee house feature: the grind

Kristy Vallely

regulars 4 publisher’s note

38 travelfile

6 pinboard

40 on the table

8 he says, she says

42 abode

30 profile loves

46 business

34 life

52 on the road

30

statement style

Mediterranean and Seafood Restaurant

april 2012

profilemagazine

3


I

am a perfectionist. There it is is – upfront, loud and proud. I expect perfection in myself, and unfortunately, also in others. That’s another story. I try to be the best wife, an inspiring leader, a great boss and a dynamic business woman (all the while staying immaculately groomed), but frankly, it is darned hard to be perfect! Imagine throwing motherhood into the mix – I’d be a downright mess! Well, one inspiring Cairns woman does all of the above and more. Kristy Vallely knows what it’s like to be imperfect. In fact, she has embraced it. She blogs, Tweets and Facebooks about it to the masses – all in the quest to help other ‘flawed’ mums out there to feel better about themselves and their imperfections. And Kristy should know, as she has struggled more than most. Kristy, on top of all the normal mother guilt, juggling and school drop-offs, has had to deal with the loss of a baby. And this brave mum’s mission is to use the power of social media to help other mums realise that it is more than okay to be imperfect. It’s a lesson I could certainly learn. Talking about being imperfect, the one thing I have realised is that I just can’t do it all and still be perfect, so I am excited to introduce our readers to our new editor who will help our team on the ground, Cairns-bred Sarah Blinco (see below). So this month, let’s all take a moment to embrace our imperfections, the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Or perhaps you’ll take a leaf out of Kristy’s book and not only embrace them but go and blog about them.

(image courtesy of studio republic)

GENINE HOWARD PUBLISHER / group MANAGING direcTOR

www.profilemag.com.au group managing director / publisher Genine Howard

group general manager / publisher Hamish Rose

group editor-in-chief / publisher Alli Grant

editor Sarah Blinco

publication manager Coral Florian, 0419 483 183

account manager Jodie Sherman, 0477 642 424

account manager Anne Riley, 0418 376 470

sub editors Phyl Grant, Candice Jayde Fox

creative director Kara de Schot

graphic designer Johanna Jensen

profile writers Mia Lacy, Samantha Alexander, Bronwyn Webb, Sarah Sheehan

photography Stuart Frost

email Sales: tnqsales@profilemag.com.au Editorial: tnqeditorial@profilemag.com.au General: info@profilemag.com.au

call / fax (head office) 07 5451 0669 / 07 5475 4405

post (head office) PO Box 1065, Cotton Tree, QLD 4558

distribution 14,000 copies printed monthly. 9,300 are home delivered and 4,700 copies are street delivered to high traffic areas such as high-end cafes, boutiques, hairdressers and professional offices across the TNQ region (from Cairns to Port Douglas), monthly, and online along with an eMAG to 6000 inboxes regularly.

subscriptions

www.profilemag.com.au/subscriptions, $65 + gst (12 issues)

INTRODUCING ... sarah blinco editor

Sarah Blinco has been working in contemporary media circles for more than 12 years – across radio, print, social media and PR platforms – in Australia, Canada and the UK. Most recently, Sarah and her fiancé, Cooper, spent time exploring Europe, the UK and Canada, blogging about their adventures along the way. We welcome Sarah to the team!

on youtube.com/user/profilemagazine visitwatch us onus facebook.com/TNQProfileMagazine

4

profilemagazine

follow us on twitter.com/profilemag

accounts Katherine Allan – accounts@profilemag.com.au Profile magazine is a free publication (subscriptions available) published 12 times a year by Brisbane Profile Publishing Group Pty Ltd. All rights are reserved and the contents are copyright and may not be reproduced without the written consent of The Publisher, Brisbane Profile Publishing Group Pty Ltd (“The Publisher”), their related companies and officers hereby disclaim, to the full extent permitted by law, all liability, damages, costs and expenses whatsoever arising from or in connection with copy information or other material in this magazine, any negligence of The Publisher, or any persons actions in reliance thereon. Any dispute or complaint regarding placed advertisements must be made within seven days of publication. Inclusion of any copy must not be taken as any endorsement by The Publisher. Views expressed by contributors are personal views and they are not necessarily endorsed by The Publisher.

youtube.com/user/profilemagazine

profilemag.com.au


Sally

Virginia

Kirsten

Karen

Sam

Amanda

Jo

Kerry

Chris

Executive & General Management | Finance & Accounting | Information Technology | Legal Sales & Marketing | Human Resources | Engineering & Technical | Secretarial Office Administration | Government | Community Services

april 2012

profilemagazine

5


pinboard

with Jennifer Thompson A List Events International To register your event email jennifer@alistevents.com.au

6-9

april 10 term two for queensland schools

easter

However you choose to celebrate Easter in the Tropical North, be sure to enjoy a relaxing long weekend with family and friends, with fabulous, fresh local seafood and a few chocolate treats.

13

kate miller-heidke Aussie songstress Kate Miller-Heidke plays at Tanks Arts Centre for one night only with a new album and some classic Kate. She is well-known for her Last Day on Earth track, which went double platinum in Australia. Tickets $40.

april 12 “bill cunningham new york”, a film by richard press The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this cultural anthropologist has been inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section. Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace. The Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts, Tickets $13 at the door. www.centre-of-contemporary-arts-cairns.com.au

april 13 to 22 cairns youth week Cairns Regional Council and Cairns YEA will again support local youth during Youth Week and beyond through this year’s Amazing Race, engaging young people in years 10 to 12 from schools from Babinda to Mossman. www.facebook.com/cairnsyea

www.tanksartscentre.com

6

profilemagazine

profilemag.com.au


pinboard

april 28 to 29 herberton historic village pioneer’s weekend Revisit the golden olden days in a new way as Herberton Historic Village presents this popular annual event. The unique aspects of this vintage village life come alive for young in this fun historic adventure. www.herbertonhistoricvillage.com.au or 07 4096 2002

april 29 to 30 oceania judo championships 2012

13

cbwc luncheon Selina Scoble is widely recognised as the expert for those wanting to ‘achieve success fast’. March’s lunch will be held at the Hilton Cairns, home of the CBWC. www.cbwc.org.au

Cairns Convention Centre. This is an important selection event for the 2012 Olympic Games.

19

www.cairnsjudo.com

april 29 tanks arts centre market day

an australian in paris, jane rutter

From 9:00am to 2:00pm in Collins Avenue and The Tanks. www.tanksartscentre.com

Jane Rutter performs the story of a young musician travelling to Paris to study and learn how to live. For one night only, Cairns Civic Theatre, 7:30pm. Tickets $28 OR meal and theatre package $60.50.

NEXT MONTH may 18 to 20 port douglas carnivale, food and wine festival The event not to miss on the TNQ social calendar, the first weekend of the Port Douglas Carinvale is all about food and wine, and will include the Longest Lunch, Palates of Port, Food Wine and a Taste of Port and Seafood Extravaganza. www.carnivale.com.au

may 25 to 26 port douglas carnivale continues Carnivale’s second weekend will feature the street parade (May 25) and beach day (May 26). Plenty of other events run during the week, including the Carnivale Club at the iconic Sugar Wharf, making Carnivale a fabulous experience for locals and visitors. www.carnivale.com.au

april 2012

www.ticketlink.com.au or 1300 855 835

28

queensland local government elections Who will you vote for in the local elections? Whatever your political persuasion, be sure to make your vote count.

profilemagazine

7


he says, she says

We all have different opinions about how we like our hair – neck to knee, glossy and gorgeous, neatly trimmed, or indeed, completely absent. Dave and Inkie from the ZINC FM Morning Zoo give us their take on the issue of cutting, cropping or encouraging our luscious locks.

he says

I

t’s interesting how the ferris wheel of facial hair turns. Australia in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s was a time when as a nation we said enough is enough. We declared that having a hairy face was no longer the domain of the Russian women’s weightlifting team … and other blokes. If it were good enough for Magnum P.I., Catweazle and any porn star pool cleaner worth his salt chlorinator, then by jingo it was good enough for the entire Australian Cricket Team. Walters, Walker, Hookes, Marsh, Lillee and the Chappels were all sporting the latest in soup strainers. It was like a Rogain revolution for the top lip. Take a look at today’s baby-faced line up – the only thing that resembles a hair is the running between the wickets. Back then, if you had hair on your chest you were a man’s man. Exhibit A: The Solo Man, the guy who could “slam it down fast”. Hairiest chest ever. As a kid I did wonder whether Solo was to be applied externally, given the amount of “light on the fizz” that cascaded out of the man’s mouth in the ad. On the music side of things it was all big hair and stadium rock. Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Motley Crue. Even the wimpy Richard Marx haired it up. Hair was so huge it was almost illegal. (Warning: Dad joke approaching.) Police are still combing the area looking for evidence. Then along comes the nude nuts Right Said Fred to wreck everything with I’m Too Sexy. They were so bald you could see what they were thinking. Suddenly no hair, and no talent, is sexy. That opens the door for Moby and Bodyrock, which, appropriately, almost sounds like some sort of hair-removing pumice stone. Alas, for the alpha millennium male of today, it’s all about grooming. For all the hair-loving hippies lamenting the days gone yore, do what your English hippie cousins do: keep a spliff upper lip!

8

profilemagazine

ZINC’S d

in ave and

kie

She says

W

e wax it, tweeze it, shave it, pluck it, cut it, curl it, style it. Why is it we spend so much time and energy on our hair? Is it so the other sex finds us sexy? Is it so we feel clean, tidy and presentable to society, or are we keeping up with the trends? If you’ve ever been into a beauty salon and looked at their list, it’s a bit like reading off a lunch menu. There’s foils (not the green leafy kind you roll). Brazilians (not the people born in Brazil). Oh, let’s not forget about something called a BSC, or back, sack and crack (yep, that one’s pretty self-explanatory). But does all of this hair on our bodies have a purpose? Pubic hair is closely related to the necessity of the body to give off pheromones (scents that the body produces that can be sexually stimulating to others). I can positively say I would never buy that ‘perfume’ if someone decided to bottle the smell. Our hair has other uses; containing our DNA, protecting our eyes from dust (even though us ladies would say they’re solely for glamming up and using as a flirtation device for the opposite sex). Here’s a little health tip: The hair on our heads can be a window into what happening on the inside. Strong, healthy hair means a strong, healthy body! Among the split-ends, knots, hairballs, cornrows, braids and merkins, hair is incredible stuff! Keep these little fun facts in your back pocket if you’re ever having a useless trivia battle with someone: Believe it or not, humans have the same number of hair follicles as apes. Rhino horns are made of compacted hair, and Willow Smith, daughter of Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Men in Black actor Will Smith likes to “whip her hair back and forth, whip her hair back and forth, whip it real good!”

profilemag.com.au


business promotion

Introducing ...

Col Hancox Cairns Local. Real Estate Agent. Really Tall Guy! (Yes, that’s Col’s lovely 5-foot mum on the right) At age 35 and with over 15 years in the real estate industry in Cairns, Col Hancox is the newest “kid on the block” to open his own boutique agency - standoutproperty. In business and in selling real estate, in order to get noticed, you have to stand out from the crowd; hence our name. We market homes differently, away from the traditional methods by making your home STAND OUT! We treat you as an individual rather than a number, and handle selling your home like we were selling our own home; with care, passion, honesty, dedication, personalised service, and professionalism. We’re willing to push the envelope ... to the benefit of achieving the very best results for our clients. Everything that we do, from our business cards to our brand colours to our marketing strategies ... you’ll know who we are ... we are standoutproperty. When he’s not working, Col enjoys almost everything adventurous and experiencing new things; like fire walking, bungy jumping, skydiving and abseiling to name a few. For a different approach to selling your home, let’s chat ... Cheers! www.standoutproperty.com.au t: (07) 4032 5088 e: sales@standoutproperty.com.au Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/standoutproperty

april 2012

profilemagazine

9


AUDI C E N T R E CA I R N S

ll photography stuart frost

Audi drivers choose prestige as a way of life. These luxurious cars are far more than just a mode of transport. Each month we meet the refined TNQ drivers behind the dashboard. We learn more about their personal and professional lives and hear how the Audi perfectly suits their day-to-day lives. This month, the Audi Centre Cairns welcomes Brendan Caulfield and his partner Gisela Jung out from behind the dash.

Brendan drives an Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TFSI quattro Ambition S tronic

Let’s Meet Brendan and Gisela…

BRENDAN’S REVIEW ...

Brendan and partner Gisela own Coast Roast Coffee on the Esplanade in Cairns, living by the motto that life is too short to drink bad coffee. The pair lives and work in Cairns City – the heart of the Tropical North. Let’s meet Brendan ...

From one to 10 (10 being the highest), individually rate your car ...

My motto is …

Design: 9

Life is too short to drink bad coffee.

Technology: 8

I drive ...

Practicality: 9

An Audi A3 Quattro, since May 2010.

Fuel economy: 8

I earned my way to the top in business by ? Hard work and enjoying it everyday. On any given Sunday, me and my car go ... From Cairns to the Tablelands via Port Douglas and back through Innisfail. My car’s best interior gadget? The manual drive with the pedals. My favourite exterior asset of the car is ... Its stylish, sophisticated look. The vehicle I learnt to drive in was … A VW Golf. My garage also houses? A bicycle. Being behind the wheel makes me feel … Fantastic. It’s just a great car to drive. Very responsive. The stretch of worldwide road I would choose to drive my car on is ? Next time I am in Europe I would like to take our car for a run on the autobahn, through Germany across to Italy. 10

with Brendan Caulfield

profilemagazine

Safety: 10, I feel extremely safe Value: 9

Driveability: Can we put 11 in here? Sensational Resale: Hopefully a 10 BRENDAN’S CAR Safety: Six airbags including SAFEGAURD, Electromechanical speed sensitive power steering, Electronic stabilisation program (ESP), incorporating ABS, Elctronic Differential Lock (EDL) and Traction Control (ASR) Brake Assist, Head restraints and three point seat belts for all 5 seats and Safety steering column with tilt and telescopic adjustment Standard equipment highlights: Wheels/tyres: 17” alloys wheels, 5 arm dynamic design, 225/45 profile tyres, sports suspension, exterior mirrors electrically adjustable and body coloured, fog lights at front and rear, remote central locking, automatic air-conditioning with dual climate control, cruise control, driver information system (DIS), electronic windows front and rear, inlays in mirometallic, front centre armrest, sports multifunction steering wheel, leather bound with paddle shift, dynamic cloth trim, split-fold rear seats, sports seats at front, symphony sound system double DIN size with integrated 6 disc CD changer (mp3 compatible), 10 loudspeakers, total output 140 watt Options fitted: Metallic paint $1,300, Comfort package, vienna leather trim, Audi parking system rear, mobile phone preparation with Bluetooth function, $2,250 Cost: Drive Away $62,193.00 profilemag.com.au


AUDI C E N T R E CA I R N S

It’s just a great car to drive. Very responsive.

www.audicentrecairns.com.au april 2012with his Audi A3 Sportback Brendan

Audi Centre Cairns 303-309 Mulgrave Rd Phone 07 4046 6322 profilemagazine

11


view

words samantha alexander ll photography stuart frost

Sitting with friends in Mission Beach on Boxing Day 2004, Chris Leishman never imagined that the day’s events would lead him across the sea to Thailand on a mission to help tsunami-ravaged communities. His future would hold pain, perseverance and triumph. Samantha Alexander investigates. Chris Leishman

B

oxing Day. It’s a day to nurse a sore head, watch the cricket, maybe lap up the post-Christmas sales. The hullabaloo of Christmas is over, the feast is finished, and you begin to wind down and take it easy. Spending time with family and friends is usually at the top of the list. I know I always look forward to getting away and putting my feet up. For me, the perfect way to do so is with a camping adventure. I like to remain active to help burn off the extra indulgences and take in nature’s beauty. Nothing beats getting away from the crowds, either. Cast your mind back seven years, however, and you might recall a Boxing Day that defied this joyous model. Just after 10:00am on Boxing Day in 2004, a 13.8m metre wave hit Khao Lak, Thailand. Our televisions were filled with horrifying images of people losing their homes, losing their loved ones, and losing their lives. What unfolded in the aftermath was heartbreaking. Nothing was spared. For those who survived, they were left without family and with nowhere to turn. Fortunately for the community of Khao Lak, people wanted to help them re-build their lives; and one man who has contributed to this ongoing effort is Chris Leishman. Recently completing the 2012 charity ride Hands Across the Water, Chris has helped create a positive future for so many orphaned children. Hands Across the Water is a charity established to build an orphanage for the children left homeless after the Boxing Day Tsunami. Listening to founder Peter Baines speak about his aims to provide shelter, care and a loving, protective environment to orphaned children, Chris was prompted to act. “I was touched by his message and the effort that he had put in to actually make a difference to a group of people that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to deal with what had been forced on them.” Chris decided to have a crack at the charity bike ride, an annual fundraising event. Beginning in 2009, the bike ride has only grown. This year, 51 riders raised nearly $600,000. In a country like Thailand, that money goes a long way towards covering the costs of running the orphanage and providing the kids with educational opportunities. It is a requirement that each rider raise $10,000 or they cannot participate. Initially, Chris thought this was going to be his greatest challenge, but he was surprised by the support and generosity of those around him. Chris raised $13,000, a commendable effort. The greatest challenge was yet to come. Chris hadn’t ridden a bike for 20 years. Quite a challenge considering this ride set a course of 800km to be covered in eight days. As a regular cyclist, I can only begin to imagine the muscle fatigue. Ouch! “For a non-cyclist it seemed quite daunting, but the way the ride is actually

12

profilemagazine

Chris Leishman

managed, it’s achievable. The first three days are flat, but then the balance of it is undulating hills. To put it in perspective, when you’re riding 100km a day, undulating hills become quite challenging.” Hills aside, Chris also rode through temperatures in the high 30’s in the Thailand wet season. Becoming accustomed to the climate was a big transition in itself. “The big mistake I made was that I did all the training in the morning before the heat kicked in. I didn’t account for having to ride in the middle of the day.” With all the pain and struggles the riders were feeling, Chris says it’s all about the context. “When you’re reminded every morning that today is going to be challenging, you think about the kids in the orphanage and what they’ve gone through and what it actually means to them. Yeah, I am going to struggle a little, but it’s probably not as bad as what they’ve gone through.” Chris made another error of judgement during his first two days of riding. Not consuming enough fluids at the right time caused him to physically struggle. Overcoming this, along with the mental challenges, was by far his greatest achievement. “It’s not insurmountable. It’s a matter of saying, ‘Well yes, I’m struggling now, but if I can pick a point a kilometre ahead and ride to there, I can get to the next spot’. It’s basic goal setting. Everything is achievable if you set yourself realistic targets, work through the issues and don’t quit.” Having only just met Chris, I can sense this is a motto he lives by. A financial planner by trade, Chris is always helping others achieve their goals by adopting that same process. And after all the blood, sweat and tears, Chris says riding into the orphanage made it all worthwhile. “At the end of the day, you get to spend time with the kids. You actually meet a bunch of the older children from the orphanage community and they ride with you through the town for the last 5km, where you pick up all the younger kids along the way. You then all ride into the orphanage together.” On this last day, Chris was able to really see the difference Hands Across the Water is making to the lives of the children in Khao Lak and beyond. Although it’s only weeks since Chris completed his adventure in Thailand, he has already put his hand up to return in 2013. In an effort to go one step further though, he has signed up for both rides, totaling 1600km. Only few have ever completed this monster trek. Put in perspective, this is the distance from Cairns to Noosa. To do this ride, the stakes have also been raised. This time, Chris will need to raise $20,000. He welcomes any support. I can only hope that in meeting Chris, I have managed to let some of his great ambition and commitment rub off on me. You never know what you are capable of, unless you try. profilemag.com.au


port douglas carnivale

Smarter Business Print and Computer Solutions Server Solutions Centrally store all your data Control access to files Share your email and calendars

Computers - home or office

Just a short wait for the

One computer or an office network High end workstations for specialised work Local warranty and support

longest lunch

Computing on the move Laptops and Netbooks for home and business Tablets and Smart phones for ultimate portability Stay in touch wherever you are

F

or fashionistas, foodies and anyone up for a bit of fun, the countdown to the Port Douglas Carnivale and its signature event, The Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch, is officially on. Bring on May 18, we say! This year’s event organiser, Events NQ, is tipping the event will attract even more new attendees than in 2011, when 340 loveto-lunchers were joined by celebrities from the worlds of television, entertainment and sports under the marquee lakeside at the Mirage Country Club. As usual, expect a ‘who’s who’ to be in attendance for the social event of the year. While organisers are yet to announce all of the confirmed attendees, they have revealed that Cameron Williams and Jesinta Campbell will be special VIP guests in 2012. Cameron Williams, currently co-host of Nine’s Weekend Today, says he is looking forward to returning to the gourmet Carnivale event. “I have such good memories of the Longest Lunch! Last year was my first time. Not only was the luncheon a fantastic event, but staying at the Sheraton right beside Four Mile Beach was such a bonus. I can’t wait to do it again!” said Cameron. Jesinta Campbell, Miss Universe Australia 2010 and second runner up at the Miss Universe 2012 pageant, also recently appeared on Channel Nine on Celebrity Apprentice Australia 2011. No stranger to fabulous functions, Jesinta said she was looking forward to donning race-wear and attending the luncheon, which in 2011 raised more than $16,000 for its chosen charity, The Leukaemia Foundation. For those attending, the Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch (as supported by TNQ Profile Magazine) is the ideal excuse for a very, very long lunch. There’s pre-arranged seating under a beautiful lakeside marquee and table service of a highly-anticipated menu showcasing fresh local produce accompanied by the very best Australian wines. Events NQ has revealed a colour theme inspired by the candy coloured flavours of Italian Gelato, and say guests will be able to try their hand at bocce while they enjoy welcome drinks. Fabulous and fun! But get in quickly – tickets are sure to be snapped up in record time.

april 2012

Support for remote or home offices Work in real time from anywhere in the world Access your programs, data and emails

Photocopying, Printing, Scanning Home & Office printers and multifunction devices Full document management and cost control Full colour printing from photo to A0 poster sizes

Software Attache accounting software specialists Solutions for back office, POS and manufacturing Custom solutions available

Local Support On site support covering Cardwell to Torres Straits Remote support available world wide Support contracts available for peace of mind

4052 5900 | sales@brilliant.com.au 151 Mulgrave Rd, PO Box 6725, Cairns 4870, SERVICE Ph: 4052 5911 Fax: 4052 5955

24411ARJ

When: Friday 18 May from 11:30am to 3:30pm (or longer!) Where: Al fresco all along the lakeside at The Mirage Country Club, Port Douglas Cost: Tickets are $150 each incl GST and include beer, wine, sparkling wine, three-course luncheon and entertainment. Early bookings recommended Tickets: www.foodandwinenq.com.au or (07) 40 534 577 for info

Work from anywhere

Smarter Business Solutions profilemagazine

13


promotion


promotion


people

words sarah blinco ll photography stuart frost

Local pharmacist and avid campaigner for a healthier lifestyle Lisa Steffan tells Sarah Blinco about her roots as a “travelling gypsy”. She explains how she became involved in the World No Tobacco Day cause and why she continues to return to her second home, Cairns, time and again since her first foray to the region as a backpacker. Lisa Steffan

I

’m a nerd – it’s is a widely-known fact. I used to be embarrassed about it as a teen, hiding my enthusiasm for Shakespeare behind a contemporary book of the time (whatever the equivalent of Twilight was then), and sneaking away to watch videos (yes, you read correctly) of The X-Files (XF) at any given opportunity. Now I’m not so worried about it (and yes, I do now own all nine seasons of XF on DVD). In fact, I’m proud to be a nerd, and it’s exciting for me to meet other intelligent, passionate, well-travelled, interesting women. An opportunity to pen a profile on a super-intelligent, interesting Canadian who calls Cairns home and who is passionate about changing the lives and health of others presented itself to me in the form of Lisa Steffan. Lisa hails from Ontario in Canada where she studied pharmacy in one of the country’s largest cities, Toronto. In 1991, after wandering around the globe for a bit, she decided that North Queensland was indeed her little slice of paradise. “I originally came to Australia to see the usual tourist traps. I met up with a pen pal from Melbourne who I had been in contact with all through my childhood and ventured up north to visit my Australian cousins on a cattle property near Mount Surprise. Of course, to get there I had to come through Cairns. I loved the weather and ended up staying way longer than I had intended!” A free-spirited adventure-lover, Lisa is well-travelled. She’s lived in various parts of the world including historical Carcassonne village in France and has spent time sailing in the Caribbean. She adds that her secret skill is languages. “I’ve dabbled in many – I pick them up very quickly. I’m obviously not perfect or fluent, but can probably get by in about 10 languages. If I had time, I’d like to try and master Arabic, but as I get older it’s getting harder,” she laughs. “My husband is also a ‘linguist’. I think we both own an equal number of foreign language dictionaries. I just wish we could pick up accents like our little girl does – being small, she catches on to various dialects. It’s so funny when she starts speaking in a Canadian English accent in North America, an Aussie English accent here, Canadian French and French French in France.” With enviable travelling experiences behind her, she happily quips that Cairns keeps her coming back. “I am really grateful to always have the option to come here.” Lisa recently returned to the region following time back ‘home’ in Canada where she undertook specialised training in smoking cessation. The area has become a serious passion – one which she hopes will enable to her help residents in North Queensland. 16

profilemagazine

“Trying to help smokers quit has always been part of my practice, but in the past I usually only discussed it when a smoker came to me to ask for nicotine patches or to fill a prescription for a ‘quit-smoking’ medication. When I was working in a cardiac ward in a hospital in Canada, part of my job was to counsel patients on their medications and also on cardiac risk factors, and so smoking talk became part of my day-to-day. It was gratifying to help smokers who really loved smoking find their own ambivalence to it. “For example, some people can list all the things they love about smoking, but there may be something that doesn’t fit for them, like the health risks or that they don’t want their children to smoke. If I can help them recognise those discrepancies and roll with resistance, sometimes they can move closer towards trying to quit. I got more training so I could be more effective in helping people. “I was invited to join the ‘Tobacco Team’ for the hospital and worked on all sorts of projects in Canada, including educating health professionals, campaigning for and enabling the availability of ‘quit smoking’ medications to the public, and World No Tobacco Day, 2011 – all with a view to providing more access, counselling and follow-up services to patients.” Lisa says her broad international (and in particular, Australian) experience also helped her in this focus in Canada. “Interestingly, when I joined the ‘Tobacco Team’ in Canada they were happy I’d worked in Australia – Aussies are seen as progressive here because the cessation medications are covered on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; and for our plain packaging initiatives and graphic advertising campaigns.” Education plays an important role in Lisa’s eyes. In her training, it became evident that tobacco companies have a lot to answer for in promoting lifestyle and choice for products that kill. There is no choice in addiction, and so-called ‘potential reduced risk’ products like chewable tobacco, ‘light’ cigarettes, snus, cigars, tobacco lozenges and flavoured cigarillos are certainly not doing anyone any favours,” Lisa says. This year, Lisa is particularly interested in drumming up interest for World No Tobacco Day 2012 (May 31) in Australia, especially in Far North Queensland. “I’m working with The Phoenix Healthcare Group and we’ll be liaising with organisations like Quit Line (www.quitnow.info.au) and The Cancer Council to organise helpful awareness events. It’s really so worthwhile. I find it enlightening that people want to talk about smoking. With contemporary training, I am now well-equipped to help, and it’s rewarding to be able to do so,” Lisa humbly adds. profilemag.com.au


business promotion

putting people first ... sasha vleeshouwer and luke steptoe

It’s no secret that a business cannot and will not succeed without the right people. People with passion, experience and pride. MacDonnells Law is deeply proud of its people. The business has grown considerably from its early beginnings, now ranking as one of the largest independent firms in the State and in the top five privately-owned law firms in Queensland, due to the commitment of its stellar team. Macdonnells law Mentor and invest in Cairns talent. The team are local men and women who are passionate about helping their clients navigate what can be incredibly complex and challenging situations in their professional and personal lives. This month, we meet two local MacDonnells Law professionals from the commercial department: Luke Steptoe and Sasha Vleeshouwer, and learn more about their journeys and roles at MacDonnells Law.

meet ...

meet ...

Profile: How long have you lived in Cairns?

Profile: How long have you lived in Cairns?

Sasha: I’ve lived here 15 years but I lived in Townsville prior to that, so I’m definitely a North Queenslander.

Luke: Roughly one year. I grew up in Tully and spent four years in Brisbane while completing my law degree at QUT.

Profile: What is your role at MacDonnells and how long have you worked there?

Profile: What is your role at McDonnells and how long have you worked there?

Sasha: My current role is legal graduate while I complete postgraduate study and training required to be admitted as a lawyer. I have worked at MacDonnells for over a year.

Luke: I am a first year lawyer in our commercial department. I commenced work with the firm in January 2011 as a graduate, after completing my law degree in December 2010.

Profile: What inspired you to study / practice law?

Profile: What would you say is the main difference between McDonnells Lawyers and other firms?

Sasha Vleeshouwer

Sasha: I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do when I finished high school, so I took several years off to work, travel and decide what I wanted to do. When I was ready to decide, law seemed like a good career path. Profile: What would you say is the main difference between MacDonnells Law and other firms? Sasha: MacDonnells Law is the largest law firm in Cairns, and has other offices in Brisbane and Townsville, so it allows you access to lots of interesting work and clients and a wealth of knowledge from other lawyers within the three offices. Profile: What would we find you doing on a Sunday afternoon? Sasha: Planning my wedding or my next holiday.

Luke Steptoe

Luke: Our size, state-wide network and specialisation in a variety of specific areas of law. For example, most commercial law firms provide general property and corporate advice. However we have experts in specialist areas such as intellectual property, liquor licensing, body corporate, building and construction, hotel and management rights, even climate change. Profile: The best thing about living in Cairns? Luke: The fact we are so close to great places such as the Atherton Tablelands and Lake Tinaroo, Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef.


success

words sarah sheehan ll photography stuart frost

FROM A RELIGIOUS UPBRINGING TO BEING RAIDED FOR DRUGS DURING A FAMILY DINNER, 24-YEAR-OLD LOCAL ACTOR AND PLAYWRIGHT BRETT WALSH TALKS TO PROFILE’S SARAH SHEEHAN ABOUT BEING ABLE TO OVERCOME ADDICTION AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH HIS ART.

Brett Walsh

18

profilemagazine

profilemag.com.au


success

I

once witnessed a younger Brett Walsh walk into a Subway restaurant and casually order a foot-long meatball sub. From the neck down, he was a completely normal 20-yearold, though slightly more fashionable than most. From the neck up, he was wearing as much makeup as Frank from Rocky Horror and his hair stood on end, rigid from a generous coating of hair spray. Brett clearly didn’t feel the need to remove his stage makeup before he ordered a sub on his way home, despite a large number of diners pausing mid-sub to take in the spectacle. He didn’t feel the need to explain it either. I knew what he’d been up to as I’d been in the audience of his play that night. Unperturbed, he walked out, Subway in hand, leaving a trail of glitter behind him. “I remember in grade seven we had to do a dance for the school fete. Only three guys out of the entire grade volunteered to do it. I knew from an early age that I had no shame,” Brett laughs. Locals who support the arts community in Cairns know Brett Walsh. He acts, he dances, he writes, he models, he slams poetry, he teaches, he directs, he DJ’s. He devotes his life to his art. At 24, Brett has formed a new theatre company, Jack-in-the-Box. Brett tells me about growing up in Cairns in a very religious household. “We went to church every week. We were very much the family where abstaining from sex before marriage was encouraged.” Brett says he had only one friend throughout his primary and high school years, and spent his free-time doing backyard plays and performances for his family. His mother was a speech and drama teacher and his father worked “ridiculously hard” for his family. “I was very happy growing up, but the things I missed out on were girls and notoriety. I think that’s why I got into a bit of mischief.” Brett is brutally honest with me when sharing the memory of leaving that innocent childhood behind when he got his hands on some marijuana and spontaneously dealt drugs for the first time at the age of 17. “It was the first time I’d ever been invited to party with the ‘cool kids’. You could feel the awkwardness as I walked in. But as soon as my friend said, ‘Walshy brought the bud’, my status changed instantly and dramatically.” In what he considers a typical rebellion against his religious upbringing, Brett got a taste for the notoriety, and before long was a fully-fledged drug dealer. “I had never experienced friendships like I had when I started dealing. Because you had money, and this chemical or bud, people would do crazy things for you. I became quite arrogant.” Unknown to his family, Brett dealt drugs for april 2012

three years, before he got a phone call during a family dinner that brought things to a halt. “A mate rang up and said, ‘Dude, take a breath. You’re getting raided’. It was like someone took out my legs with a sledge hammer.” Brett left dinner at his uncle’s house and met the police at his family home where it was turned upside down by police. His family did not realise what had happened that day, until he had to go to court and was charged for drug trafficking. This marked the beginning of a slow rehabilitation process, where he joined drug addiction programs, surrounded himself with people who were not drug users, concentrated on regaining his fitness with a local football club, and started to perform again and for with community and youth theatre.

dry community. By the end, he had no audience. That was because they had jumped on stage to act. “The entire class I was teaching was on stage. I was in hysterics. “What I see a lot, and I see in myself as a performer, is that people love to be in that lead role and get that recognition. But these kids didn’t want to outshine each other, they just wanted to do it together and that was really cool.” Brett was also employed as a youth worker and worked with children who were drug addicts and were in care due to extreme social issues. He used drama as a tool to work one-on-one with a boy who was autistic. “I found performing kept his violence down. It was like he knew it was okay to make mistakes, because we were just rehearsing. He could scream

Going into Far North Queensland communities now and meeting people who share the same passion for drama as me is therapeutic. It’s my new drug.” Now Brett’s lack of sleep cannot be attributed to drug-fuelled benders, but to the sheer time he spends giving back to the arts community who have supported him from such an early age. “On drugs, your imagination is constantly created for you by the chemical you’re using. Now I use my own imagination, through performing and writing, and I really enjoy that. I prefer to work hard for everything I do now.” Brett has toured nationally, representing the region in national arts forums, development projects, performing and teaching youth drama. He has done theatre work with diverse sectors of the community, from his football team to people with disabilities. “Going into Far North Queensland communities now and meeting people who share the same passion for drama as me is therapeutic. It’s my new drug.” One fond memory he has of his travels was working in remote Aboriginal communities, facilitating theatre workshops with disadvantaged youth. “I was used to working with middle-class white kids. Their imagination only goes so far and their movement is restricted because they are so concerned with what it might look like. In the indigenous communities, ‘shame’ was really huge, so just getting people to do anything, initially, was difficult.” Brett described an improvisation he did in one community that started out with two reluctant volunteers, about a car smuggling alcohol into the

really loud, he could run really fast, because we were just ‘playing’. It intrigued me how therapeutic drama was for him.” Brett describes the Cairns arts scene as “building”, and like many artists from this region, battles with the dilemma of whether to stay or to go. Is it better to remain a big fish in a small pond, or move and be the contrary? “The problem with Cairns is that everyone in the arts feels like they have to leave, because there is not enough opportunity. This can be true, but I would like to stay and be able to provide people with opportunities so that they can stay and work here.” Brett aims to be the artistic director of a theatre by the age of 30. Despite nearly every waking hour being filled with different arts projects, the occasional quiet drink and a “shuffle” on Sundays, Brett looks forward to teaching youth drama classes again with his mother in May. After being kicked out of home briefly when he was charged for drug trafficking, Brett explains the bond he shares with his family. “Our family is very tight. It would take a lot to split us up. We make continual mistakes, but we always forgive each other.” Brett’s first full-length performance, Munted, will run at the JUTE Theatre from the 20 to 28 of April. If the time I spent with Brett is anything to go by, it will be an incredibly honest and raw production. Brett is a true artist with a passion to make theatre accessible to everyone.

profilemagazine

19


lads at lunch

1

2

3

4

“The quality of your ‘at home’ outweighs the time spent offshore.” Marco Felix

5

1. MARCO FELIX 2. COCONUT PRAWNS 3. WILL REID 4. BEEF RIBS 5. PETER KANE

20

profilemagazine

profilemag.com.au


lads at lunch

words mia lacy ll photography jodie sherman ll venue sauce restaurant bbq grill, cairns

Long absences and leisurely swings ‘at home’. Financial security and learning how to make relationships work. Fly in, fly out (fifo) workers know how to juggle. Mia Lacy took three likely FIFO lads to lunch to hear the men’s side, hot on the heels of last month’s Ladies at Lunch on the same topic.

L

ining up the FIFO lads for lunch was a bit like herding cats. I knew I wanted to get a mix of mining and offshore workers, and I wanted to get in different ages as well. I had my targets set pretty early, then I had to dodge dates around their rosters. When we finally got to sit down together, I exhaled, thankfully. Co-ordinating three fly in, fly out workers to have lunch with me on the same date was challenge enough – I wouldn’t like to be managing the rosters for an entire mine! It made me think, however, about how much planning for the future and calendars rule FIFO families. And I wanted to ask these guys what other challenges they face. Marco Felix, 52, is a senior production technician working about 50km off the coast of Exmouth, WA, on an F.P.S.O (floating, production, storage, off-loading facility). Marco has been in the oil and gas industry for 30 years, is married for the second time and has four children. He works to what is known in the industry as a Norwegian roster “the best roster in the world!” he says. It involves three weeks on, three weeks off, three weeks on, and six weeks off. Peter Kane, 53, also works a Norwegian roster. He is single and works as a POT mechanic for Maersk on the biggest FPSO off the Australian coast. Prior to going into the oil industry six years ago, he was a marine engineer and often spent several months at sea. Will Reid is 27, and he and his partner have a baby son. He works at Century Mine at Lawn Hill as a labourer and operator on an eight-day on, six-day off roster. profile: What’s the first reaction from people when they hear you’re FIFO? marco: They usually go: ‘Oh, must be good money!’ peter: They ask you how much leave you have, how much money you make. will: Like Marco says, people are quick to think you’ve got money falling out of your pockets, but

april 2012

they also usually ask about how it is being away from home and how it affects your family. profile: Are you looking at FIFO short-term with set financial goals to achieve, or is it a career move? will: Hopefully both – I’d like to stay in the long-term and grow with the industry, but at the end of the day it’s for the financial rewards. peter: Money comes into it for sure, but what I find is a new challenge comes along every day. I don’t enjoy the mundane and there’s nothing mundane about the offshore industry. marco: When I started, I had no idea I was going to be in this industry so long, but I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. It’s a lifestyle now, and I couldn’t do nine to five! And with my family, we have financial goals as well, for sure. profile: What do you love about your job? marco: The variety and the time-off. That’s the best time – once you leave the job it’s great. I come home to total holidays, and Cairns is a holiday town. peter: Your time at home is your own. The breaks are good and long, plus the job itself is challenging. will: Apart from the time-off, there’s a great sense of community from the people you work with. You develop bonds and good mates – it’s just like one big family out there. profile: What about wet camps verses dry facilities? will: I don’t see anything wrong with indulging in a beer at the end of the day. It’s the time to relax when you make friends and mix with others you don’t work directly with. We get breath-tested every morning and have to be zero for the job. peter: I’ve worked with both. I’d have to say that over a beer at night time often we’ve gotten more jobs planned for the next day than we’ve had organised in two days worth of meetings! But in the oil and gas industry, it would be detrimental to everyone’s health. We don’t even have smoking on the F.P.S.O.

profile: Why’s Cairns a great place to live for a FIFO worker? peter: I came here in 1988. I think it’s the best place in the world. It’s laid-back, but it’s a city. marco: It’s easy living and relaxed. The scenery here is the best in Australia. I’ve travelled all over this country and I genuinely believe this is the best we have. will: I’m born and bred here and never really felt the urge to leave. You can go fishing and camping on your time-off. I think Cairns offers a lot you can’t do in a big city. profile: What can marketers here do to cater for FIFO workers on their time-off? marco: I play sport and I’ve always enjoyed reduced memberships from clubs like golf and gyms who recognise you aren’t there all the time. Maybe there could be a FIFO get-together group? Some of our partners are new to this way of life and are still getting into how this all works. will: I know a lot of the single blokes have trouble with accommodation here – it can be pricey. If you could get two people working back-to-back rosters, sharing a hotel room, somehow it could work. I hear some of them have low occupancy so maybe between two FIFO workers, do a deal? profile: What’s the impact on your relationships, your families, been like? peter: I’ve been offshore and at sea for long stretches and it is bad for developing relationships. Sometimes I’ve been at sea for eight months and no lady is going to wait around for that amount of time. I know relationships are hard in this industry, and I’ve seen friends lose their partners because of the time spent away. As a single man, it’s not easy to start a relationship. will: Overall, I’d say it’s been better for us as a family. It took a bit of arm-twisting at first to get the green light to go and try it out, but I said I’d give it up if it didn’t work. Me being away for a week at a time with a young child is hard for her, but when I’m home, it’s pure quality time. profilemagazine

21


lads at lunch SAUCE RESTAURANT BBQ GRILL, CAIRNS

the fifo lads enjoy a catch-up at sauce restaurant

“It’s just like one big family out there.” Will Reid

marco: I’m in my second marriage. My first one lasted 26 years. My wife and I have been together now for four years and she’s adjusting to it. With the children, my eldest is 31 and my youngest 16. They learnt to be independent quickly because they had to, and they help out when they’re needed. I’ve based my whole life – even the spacing of my children – with my work in mind. Like making sure there weren’t two children in nappies at the same time! It’s certainly had a major impact on the family but I think if you look at long-term gains, it’s a good lifestyle. The quality of the time at home outweighs the time spent offshore. profile: How does your employer treat you when there’s an issue at home? marco: It’s happened a couple of times recently. The company went to great lengths to get a special chopper out and flew me to Karratha instead of Exmouth, and arranged a connecting flight to Perth in time to catch a flight to my family. On the other hand, when Yasi came I was onboard and this emergency was debated and discussed at length. The decision eventually handed down to us was that there no provision in our EBA to go home and that was hard to take.

22

profilemagazine

peter: It hasn’t happened to me, but I’ve seen them swing into action for others – they just get the choppers out there and there’s no trouble to look after their workers. will: They are very sensitive. They would rather have you at home confronting the problem than at work when your mind’s not on your job. It’s a part of being very safety-focused; worrying about something could be a major factor contributing to an accident. profile: How do you socialise when you’re home – do you plan things? peter: I live right in town and I sure make up for lost time when I’m home. I have a lot of friends in the city and we catch up often. We go to special events, organise footy nights and go off to the casino. There’s plenty to do. will: I’ll check out what’s going on on social media networks before I arrive home, and usually I’ve got a leave-pass for a couple of nights out to catch up with my mates. Sometimes you miss out on things because you’re at work, but there’ll always be something else happening next time you’re home. As I write this, my man is home and we are going out for dinner with friends tonight. It feels right – normal – and it feels as if he’s never been away. That’s the strange side of FIFO, how quickly you change gears. And how two utterly different lives – the home one and the away one that both of us have – just end up working, together and apart. I’ve met many couples like us now, and they are happy, well-adjusted people. FIFO workers and their families also share another trait I’ve noticed – they are tolerant and accepting of others. My theory is they have time to reflect on what really matters – the quality of one’s life.

Sauce is everything great Cairns dining should be: an excellent location (waterfront at The Pier), good service and top food from a menu that shows someone is really thinking about what people want. Sauce is a restaurant, bar, BBQ and grill, and judging from what we experienced, it’s a recipe for success. Owner Leon Walker is a well-known chef who also has Wink II - food-lovers and fun-seekers will certainly follow across to Sauce! For starters, we tucked into a bucket of prawns, platters of fresh oysters accessorised with toppings, and coconut-crumbed king prawns served with a spicy mango and lime dipping sauce. It’s worth dwelling on the sauces at Sauce for a moment because they make quite a statement. With all the menu’s burgers (cow, chook or jaws!) served on an Aussie damper bun, you can choose which of the seven in-house sauces you would like to dress your burger – roast garlic, honey and seeded-mustard aioli caught my eye. The lads were chilling with beers. Mexican Sol beers are popular here at $3.50 and the price is the same for glasses of the house sauvignon blanc (from Marlborough NZ) and Australian merlot. For mains, we’d been tipped about the Sauce beef ribs and the surf and turf platter. The beef ribs, however, were really something to write home about. We’d picked the bush plum and smoked paprika sauced ribs and they arrived with hand-cut potato wedges and a beautifully presented garden salad. I decided to balance the lads with some girl food when I spied the fish, and the beer battered barramundi fillets were cooked perfectly. The FIFO guys were relaxing now and, since they didn’t have to go back to work for, oh, weeks, they decided to finish with a cocktail jug. Sauce’s cocktail jugs, at $17.50 each, are quite the hit. The ‘Kiwi Meets Mango and Mint’ looked luscious and contained vodka, Midori, Malibu, fresh mint and kiwifruit topped with mango and orange juice. The restaurant features a lunch menu as well as the extensive all-day dining. There are some excellent vegetarian choices (like the pumpkin and chilli salad with citrus dressing). Sauce is open seven days a week from 12 noon till late. At nights and on weekends, the restaurant attracts a buzzing crowd. If you have a special event coming up and would like somewhere to party and people to plan it for you, give Sauce a call. 4041 6991 The Pier Marina, Pierpoint Road, Cairns www.saucerestaurant.com.au

profilemag.com.au


healthy arrangements

april 2012

profilemagazine

23


the grind

This mont h, w e c atch up C a irns b with a a ris ta s to fe w loc c h at a bout al cups, fav coffee – ourite b qua lit y lends a nd b es t b e a n s.

Erin Gook, Bang Espresso “My favourite blend is our own Bang Espresso coffee which is a blend from five single origins we have handpicked. We have a roaster who roasts the beans, and we have all been trained to ensure we get the best from the beans. We know every step our beans have taken from the farm to our roaster right up until the point they end up in the cup. It’s the only coffee I don’t have to drink with sweeteners as it’s really smooth and never bitter. We do feel like we are an important part of someone’s day for those who need their coffee fix.” Shelley Canham, Habib’s

Brendan Caulfield, At Coast Roast On The Esplanade

“We use LavAzza ground espresso beans at Habib’s. They have a strong flavour, but they’re not too bitter. It’s a good heart-starter for the morning! I love working here, we have our regular customers, and you know everyone’s name personally. It’s like working at home you know, like friends are visiting you. It’s fun, it’s comfortable and it’s relaxed. And the food is great – our chef is excellent. Our delicious homemade cakes are always a treat as well. And I think the brownies are the best brownies in Cairns!”

“At Coast Roast on the Esplanade we take coffee seriously. Our blend of coffee is unique to us – it comes from where the Tablelands and the highlands of Papua New Guinea meet to create a smooth, well-balanced yet robust flavour. Our signature is our double shot in a large cup which has proven to be extremely popular with customers. From pure espresso to your favourite flat white or cappuccino, we do it all. We also have a delicious range of cold coffees and coffee freezes. We grind our coffee on demand so you always receive a beautiful, fresh cup of coffee.”

Tia Vanderneut, Coffee Roast Cafe Cairns Central “My favourite blend would have to be our own Coast Roast House Blend, which is actually award-winning coffee! We specialise in the service of ‘The Golden Bean’ national award-winner for ‘Supreme Roasters Alpha’ – we renamed our house blend accordingly. It has the perfect balance. We also sell beans from all parts of the world which can be purchased and ground to your liking. It is important the machines are serviced correctly and our machines are actually maintained by three-times Cairns Barista Champion Nigel Giacomi of Coffee Fix Espresso Technicians. Our motto is: “Life’s too short to drink bad coffee”.

Alex White, Silk Caffee

Karina Sullen, Cruze Coffee

“I have been working with amazing coffee for more than 10 years and I love nothing more than making a cup of coffee for our customers at Silk. We have more than six types of coffee origins that go into our own special Silk House Blend. I have two favourites, one for first thing in the morning and one for a super hot day. My morning favourite is a double ristretto picallo latte – great coffee! On hot days I love nothing more than a double ristretto short black with a few ice cubes and a touch of honey. Perfect!”

“It’s hard to say exactly which coffee is my favourite because we have so many and they’re all beautiful in their own way. But if you asked me which ones I drink the most, I can tell you. The Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is a favourite of mine – served black with just a little sugar because it has a really distinctive flavour. I like to drink the Dominican Republic Organic as a latte as it’s ‘middle of the range’ strength-wise but is smooth and creamy with a chocolate undertone. If I come into work and I’m really tired and need a boost I’ll definitely reach for the Ethiopian Djimma. It gets you hopping!

24

profilemagazine

profilemag.com.au


rcade

lk A a Wa

cean

eO side th

in for us Look Lake

St

on St

Graft

an St

Sherid

april 2012

profilemagazine

25


cover story

When I started The Imperfect Mum I didn’t know what I was doing. I just wrote. I’m best writing when I am feeling it. I write how I feel.”

Kristy Vallely

26

profilemagazine

profilemag.com.au


cover story

words bronwyn webb ll photography stuart frost ll hair and makeup pulse hair and beauty

These days, the internet makes it all too easy for everyone to tell their story. But it takes a very special person to take a tragedy and turn it into a triumph that touches the lives of thousands of people every day. New mum Bronwyn Webb met with Kristy Vallely to learn what it takes to be The Imperfect Mum.

I

t’s raining and my baby is fast asleep. This is the moment when I should be putting my feet up and enjoying a ‘me’ moment, but instead I seize the opportunity to run to the computer to get some work done, have a sneaky peek at Facebook, check the news and peruse a few websites (mostly baby stuff, these days). Since the dawn of time, mums have been the busiest creatures walking the earth, and in my opinion, we are now even busier. Not only do we fulfil the traditional model of child raiser, many of us work a paid job too. Then, of course, there are the kids’ activities and the socialising (or more accurately, competing with other mums) at mothers’ groups, and when all this is done, we have to keep up appearances online as well. Would I have it any other way? Probably not. Give up Facebook? Not a chance. Because as much of a waste of time as it may seem, Facebook is a necessary evil for mums these days. Once, it was a community who raised a child, now that community has moved online, and that’s where I must go to seek it. It’s all about feeling connected to what’s happening outside the home, sharing what is happening in mine, and of course, searching for the advice that just a few decades ago would have been shared by the community. But is the emergence of this online community such a bad thing? I think not. At the click of a button I can delete anything I don’t want to know. I can choose whom I listen to and don’t have to nod politely when someone who doesn’t know my child from a bar of soap dishes out some unwanted advice. At the same time, at any moment, a caring community of non-judgemental people I choose to communicate with are there at the touch of a button. So much of being a mother is being told what you can and can’t do by family, friends, television presenters, perfect strangers. The online world is april 2012

even more complex, as you can’t really know who is telling you these things or why. This brings me to The Imperfect Mum. Kristy Vallely is like any modern age mum. She’s super busy and suffers mother’s guilt. She works, does the school run and keeps a home. And she is all too familiar with the feelings of isolation that come with being a mother who is trying to do everything perfectly but asks for nothing in return. At 34, Kristy says she’s imperfect, but everyone around her knows she is pretty good, no, fantastic at what she does. She’s one of those people you meet and walk away thinking: “She’s amazing. I want to be more like her”. Not only is Kristy a mum of three, she is also an online saviour to more than 5,000 mums who turn to her for advice through Facebook and subscribe to her blog. Before we get to talking about her online success, I ask Kristy to tell me about her journey into motherhood. When she is done I am left wondering how this woman can care so much about others when she has been through so much herself. At 26, Kristy and her husband, Ben, were overjoyed to find out they were having a baby. But instead of glowing, Kristy’s pregnancy was traumatic right from the get-go. For five months she was in and out of hospital suffering terrible pain. At 23 weeks, she went into labour. “I spent two days in hospital. I think they knew I was going to give birth but they didn’t tell me that. At 26, and my first baby, I was very naive. Then they told me I was one centimetre dilated and I was in labour. It was awful. I knew it wasn’t going to be good. It was the worst, worst moment on my life. “I was in shock and I felt like my world was falling apart. I could still feel him. He was alive and moving.” Kristy endured labour for 16 hours before her precious baby boy, Titan, was born. He lived for about 30 minutes. “I had a lot of people in the room when he was

born which was really nice because he was alive. He moved and took a breath. I wailed and I screamed and screamed. That’s the time when you first hold your baby that is supposed to be so beautiful but for us it was so traumatic. “We had lots of photos taken ... and then I had to go and organise a funeral.” Within 48 hours, Kristy returned to the hospital suffering convulsions – something she thought was happening because of her deep grief. However, it was soon discovered that about 80 percent of the placenta had been retained and she was in fact suffering a terrible infection. “As awful as it was, it was a good thing because it meant I got to hold Titan again. It was a beautiful time. Just me and him. But it was really hard when they took him away again.” Titan was buried in a coffin made by his dad, resting on tiny sheets made by his grandma, and with the first ring that his dad had given to his mum. Fast forward two years and along came baby Maya, now five and in grade one. For Kristy, the pregnancy was again high-risk, with frequent hospital visits. But at 38 weeks’ gestation, after a difficult (posterior) birth, Maya looked into her mother’s eyes. “It was beautiful. She looked at me and she didn’t cry. It was beautiful to see my husband cradling a baby he was going to get to keep forever.” But within days, Kristy’s joy again turned to despair when Maya was whisked away to the special care nursery. “They came and said ‘we need to see you’. And I thought my baby was going to die. It took the doctor about 20 minutes to explain that she had jaundice. “It took me about three weeks to realise that Maya wasn’t going to die.” Fast-forward another two years, and along comes baby Texas. Again the pregnancy was plagued profilemagazine

27


cover story

I don’t want people to feel alone. So many women feel it.”

Kristy Vallely has turned tragedy into triumph by developing a website and Facebook page that has more than 5,000 likes in just a few months

28

profilemagazine

with issues but at 38 weeks a healthy baby boy was born. But again, the joy of a newborn wasn’t to last long. Tex kept getting sick. So sick that doctors even tested him for leukaemia. Eventually, tonsillitis was diagnosed and at 15 months old, Tex was booked in for surgery in Brisbane. “It is a horrible thing to have to stand there and watch your baby be put to sleep. We went down to the cafeteria to have a hot chocolate to pass the time but something was telling me to get back upstairs to the theatre. We were called in and everyone stared at us. Then they asked if I was the mother. The doctor said, ‘He’s alive, but you need to come with me’.” Tex had suffered a cardiac arrest and it was two minutes before he was revived. “They told me to settle down and I said, ‘You don’t understand – I’ve already buried a baby.’” The family were warned that Tex could suffer complications including brain damage, but from the moment Kristy was able to hold him in her arms she knew he was going to be okay. “I was so close to losing him that all I could focus on was that I still had him. I’m so lucky. I like to think that Texy had two minutes with Titan and he told him to come back because Mum and Dad couldn’t handle that.” As it turns out, it was incredibly lucky that Tex’s operation had been scheduled in Brisbane where more than 50 professionals were on hand to kick-start his heart. At this point in Kristy’s story, I am simply lost for words. I can’t believe that her journey into motherhood has been so traumatic. How can all this happen to one mum? We’re told so often that everything happens for a reason – but how can something as senseless as this have a purpose? Kristy was to find out just how her heartache would become a tool in helping others better understand themselves as mums. Thankfully, Kristy returned home to resume a normal life with Maya, Tex and husband Ben. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing, with Kristy now able to admit that maybe she was in fact suffering slightly from post-natal depression. Whatever it was, it was the catalyst for the development of The Imperfect Mum and for that, in true Kristy turn-it-into-something-positive style, she is thankful. “One day I rang my husband screaming. I felt completely overwhelmed. I thought it must happen to other people too and I must help them. There must be something I can do.” And do something she did. The Imperfect Mum Facebook page was born in June 2011. And her formula of non-judgemental advice seems to be working because she has new followers all the time. “The Imperfect Mum is like an online mother’s group. We may not know each other but we support each other. It’s not a tool to put people down. I don’t care about traffic. I care about feelings.” Everyday mums post their questions on the page, with Kristy taking the time to re-post each one so that her likers will see it in their news feed. “I work really hard to stop it going off-course. If people are posting opinions I will pull them up. I’ve been able to

foster such a culture among the mums that I don’t have to pull people up much any more and more often than not if someone does say something inappropriate the other mums will jump in and say something. “It’s a place for positive advice. Not a place for voicing opinions. I always think back to when I was sitting at home not wanting people to judge me. Often it will take a lot of courage for someone to post a question – they don’t need to be judged.” Kristy says she knew there was magic in her idea to develop the page. “It was intuitive. I knew I was on the right path and I had a strong idea that I needed to do it and others needed me to do it. I needed to develop something that was real. Somewhere where you can pick and choose what advice you take onboard. And the most important thing of all is that I wanted somewhere for mums to feel safe.” Just one month after the hugely successful page went viral, and around the seventh anniversary of Titan’s birth, Kristy decided it was time to tell her story. The Imperfect Mum website and blog was launched. Soon after its launch, I heard about Kristy’s blog through a friend and decided to take a peek. As a writer, I love to read other people’s stories, especially those that are told from the heart because they are the hardest to tell. I remember walking out of the study in tears to tell my husband about this amazing woman. At the time my own baby was only five months old and being so in love with her, I couldn’t imagine dealing with all Kristy had. And I only knew the half of it. I only knew Titan’s story. Kristy told Titan’s story in two blog posts. She has also written about dealing with trauma and other people’s reactions to it. “The seven-year anniversary was the worst anniversary. I think writing about it brought it all back up again. You think you would get better at dealing with it, and you do, but this time I really connected with him again. I felt like I missed him more.” Nowadays, Kristy tries to post a blog once a week. But rather than post about her daily life, her posts tend to focus on issues and personal stories. She’s become so well-known in the blogging world that she has already taken on guest blogger roles. Recently, she attended a seminar in Melbourne to meet other bloggers and pick up some tips. “When I started The Imperfect Mum I didn’t know what I was doing. I just wrote. I’m best writing when I am feeling it. I write how I feel,” she says. “I want to blog about the issues that women face – coping with anxiety and stress. I want to tell the story of what motherhood is really like.” Kristy also dabbles in Twitter and Google+. While Kristy knew there was a need for The Imperfect Mum, she has been blown away by the speed of its success and is now contemplating what direction it will take into the future. After all, she is a busy mum who works school-hours five days a week in her parents’ businesses; Harley’s Educational and Visual Obsession. How will she fit it all in? “I want to continue it on the path it has been going. A profilemag.com.au


cover story

They told me to settle down and I said, ‘You don’t understand – I’ve already buried a baby.’” really strong and safe path. Even though it takes up an incredible amount of time, I will endeavour to keep it going,” she says. “I don’t want people to feel alone. So many women feel it. The problem is we compare ourselves but in reality you are comparing yourself to an image that person wants you to see. I want people to see that I am not perfect and I am not going to try and live up to every one else’s expectations and standards. “More than likely someone is dealing with the same issues. I believe so strongly about The Imperfect Mum that I cannot stop doing it.” To end the interview, I ask Kristy how she copes with working, keeping up online appearances and being a mum. “Every day I get to laugh with two little individuals. I am blessed,” she says. “And it helps that I have wonderfully supportive parents who let me work on it at work, and of course, I have a beautiful husband who has been truly wonderful, after everything we have been through.” I walk away with a hug and a feeling in my heart that we are very lucky to walk the earth with beautiful people like Kristy. She managed to turn something awful, senseless and painful into something to be loved and cherished by others – something that only the kindest of us would even consider. I’ve already liked Kristy’s page and subscribed to her blog, but I think I’ll make her a ‘friend’ too.

Kristy’s pink shoes are from Suna Shoes, Cairns Central, and her red shoes are from Shoetopia, Edge Hill. Thanks to Love Lucy Boutique for the loan of the vacuum cleaner, and to Tea Lily, Grafton Street, for Kristy’s stunning animal print frock and jacket Hair and makeup by Pulse Hair, Spence Street, Cairns, 07 4051 4212. “Kristy’s look was all about getting down to business. We achieved this style by applying mousse to the base of the hair for grip and control. The top of her hair was teased and smoothed back first, then the sides. A fabulous 10 minute hair-do for busy mums like Kristy.” Kristy Vallely

april 2012

profilemagazine

29


profile loves

penny lane Seafolly penny lane maxi, rrp $139.95, available at tshinta, shop 7/8 saltwater, port douglas. phone 4099 886

collar couture MARZIO BRAZIL RUBBER NECKLACE, RRP $69. THE EYE, 1 Grafton Street, CAIRNS. PHONE 4031 4675

high fashion

hot trend

KO FASHION PURPLE, PINK AND ORANGE HEEL, RRP $69.95. THE EYE, 8/10 Shields Street, CAIRNS. PHONE 4031 4675

Sistaco necklace, RRP $54.95. www.sistaco.com

Be bold and show off your individual style. Think bright colours and geometric prints. If you’re not a fan of wearing colour, go for statement jewellery and heels instead!

modern print TOTEM GEOMETRIC SHAPE DRESS, RRP $195. SHIVA MOON, 90 GRAFTON STREET CAIRNS. PHONE 4031 1644

on-trend neutral ESTONIA CREAM DRESS, RRP $169.95 AND MINK PINK ANIMAL NECKLACE, RRP $35. THE EYE, 1 Grafton Street, CAIRNS. PHONE 4031 4675

skyscraper style MELISSA RUBBER SHOE, RRP $155. SHIVA MOON, 90 GRAFTON STREET CAIRNS. PHONE 4031 1644

nice ice Ice-Watch, RRP $89. www.ice-watchstore.com.au

30

profilemagazine

profilemag.com.au


april 2012

profilemagazine

31


makeover

Pulse Hair Fashion, together with Profile Magazine, was on the lookout for a fabulous couple in need of a makeover. This month, we have a look at our winners, Latoya Chandler and her partner, Kris Della Casa, who were dobbed in by Latoya’s good buddy, Ally.

Latoya’s friend Ally tells us; “Latoya’s husband Kris suffered a work injury and as hasn’t been able to work for over a year. This couple sacrifice everything to make sure their kids are happy, healthy and loved. They don’t even have birthday presents for each other – only the kids. They deserve to get spoilt.”

Kris and Latoya, winners of the pulse makeover

ll photography stuart frost BEFORE

KRIS’S HAIR

LATOYA’S HAIR

“Kris had let his last haircut grow out and was open to suggestions – a hairdresser’s dream! For his haircut, we shortened the side dramatically and kept a little length and texture through the top. Kris’s natural colour was a medium blonde, which we darkened to a cool matt brown, leaving a few ends through the top lighter to show off texture.”

“When Latoya walked into Pulse, she had very natural colour and a one length haircut that had grown out. Her new haircut needed to have length but create width to suit the shape of her face. To have fun with colours we used a mixture of soft copper, deep red and a light caramel in alternated foil splices. We blow-dried Schwarzkopf Flat Liner into the hair to add light hold and protection, ironed the length straight and sprinkled Schwarzkopf Dust It into the roots.”

BY PULSE HAIR

… AND THE RESULTS?

BY PULSE HAIR

Latoya: “I felt really hesitant getting a hair makeover, as I’ve never had the confidence in any of the hairdressers I’ve been too. The professionalism of the team at Pulse Hair was just incredible. Craig knew exactly what was needed in the way of styling to bring out the features of my face, and Nicola did the most amazing job with my colour. I was also very lucky to get my makeup done by Maria Morrison. I looked and felt a million bucks. I’m already looking forward to my next appointment!” Stationery

ST-CV2

ST-CV3

Kris: “Well, what a shock! I’ve never had so much fun at a hairdressers before. Beautiful coffee and a scalp massage thanks to Nicola. Having my hair coloured was something different, but I enjoyed it none-the-less. I’m usually against change: I’ve had the same style for the last 15 years. The experience was amazing. Craig even kept me entertained with an iPad to play with. Thank you!”

ST-CV4 Stationery

ST-CV4

ST-CV2

ST-CV17 32

ST-PN3 ST-CV2

profilemagazine

ST-PN3

ST-CV3

LATOYA’S MAKEUP BY MARIA MORRISON

“We started with Artdeco makeup base, we then used double finish foundation to give her a flawless look. We defined Latoya’s eyebrows with natural brown pencil and went for smokey browns, caramel and copper colours in the shadow. A thin line of eyeliner, again using the copper color and a coat of mascara lined the eyed. Bronzer was used for blush to give her a healthy glow. “

ST-PN4

ST-CV3

Stationery

ST-CV2

ST-CV3

ST-PN4

ST-CV4

ST-PN3

ST-PN4

ST-CV18

ST-CV19 profilemag.com.au


april 2012

profilemagazine

33


life

limb length difference with Tyson Franklin As a health professional, it is important to determine what type of limb length difference (LLD) exists for a patient when it is brought to their attention. There are two types; a ‘true’ limb length difference and an ‘apparent’ limb length difference. What’s the difference, you ask? Well, a true LLD means the bones in the lower leg are actually different lengths. However, an apparent LLD means the legs are the same length, but when the patient stands it looks like one leg is longer than the other and the hips are uneven. An apparent LLD is normally caused by muscle tightness in the lower back that pulls the pelvis upwards, making the hip level look uneven when the patient stands. This type of LLD can be corrected over a period of time by stretching the tight muscles.

Before treating an LLD, it is important to manually measure the patient’s limb length. If a patient has an apparent LLD and a heel lift is added to their shoe, it could make the problem worse and cause further muscle tightening. Just looking at the level of the hips while the patient is standing or using hip X-rays is not recommended, as it can be inaccurate. A better way, initially, is to manually measure the legs by picking a particular point in the front of the hip and a second point on the inside of the anklebone. This method will give a basic guide as to determining if there is a true LLD or an apparent LLD. A patient can actually have both – the legs are different lengths and there is also muscle tightness.

in the shoe. A heel lift up to 10mm can easily be made on the spot during the consultation, or it can be added to an existing orthotic. Heel lifts greater than 15mm may need to be added to the outside of the shoe. If the patient presents with bad back or hip pain and is quite active, it may be best for the patient to have a CT scout scan, which is the most accurate way to measure a patient’s limb length. Proarch Podiatry 1300 776 272 www.proarch.com.au

If a true LLD is identified, a simple heel lift can be made to the appropriate height and placed

understanding nuchal translucency scans with Kath Deed A nuchal translucency scan is an early, noninvasive option for parents concerned about genetic disorders and the overall health and development of their baby. What is a nuchal translucency? Nuchal translucency is the name for the fluid behind the neck of a foetus. A nuchal translucency scan uses ultrasound to measure that amount of fluid. The measurement of the thickness of this fluid, combined with your age and the results of a first trimester screening blood test (that assesses three proteins in the mother’s blood) form a statistical risk as to whether the foetus may have Down Syndrome or a number of other chromosomal abnormalities. Early anatomy of the fetus is also assessed at this time. How accurate is the scan? The combination of the nuchal translucency scan, your age and blood test detects 80 to 90 per cent of babies with Down Syndrome.

34

profilemagazine

The results are a screening test only, which means this tells us if your risk is low or high. It does not provide a definitive answer and if this is required then further diagnostic testing, such as an amniocentesis, may be needed.

Where can I go for my nuchal translucency scan?

When is a nuchal translucency scan performed?

There are several facilities in town where nuchal translucency scans are performed, including Cairns Women’s Imaging. A radiologist will interpret your results and send a report to your doctor the same day or soon after.

The scan is done in weeks 11 to 13 (first trimester) of your pregnancy.

Can I be bulk billed for my nuchal translucency scan?

Are there any risks or side effects?

At Cairns Women’s Imaging, nuchal translucency scans are bulk billed where Medicare is eligible. Medicare has strict elligibility criteria for nuchal translucency scans, so you will need to ask your doctor if you can be bulk billed. If not, a fee may apply. A nuchal translucency scan may be part of your pre-natal screening. Contact your doctor as a referral is needed for the procedure.

A nuchal translucency test is non-invasive and there are no known risks or side-effects to either the mother or foetus. Who should have a nuchal translucency scan? Nuchal translucency screening is available for any pregnant woman. It can be especially helpful for older mums-to-be who are at greater risk of having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality.

Cairns Woman’s Imaging 4042 6888 admin@cairnswomensimaging.com.au

profilemag.com.au


Become a Selflet member today ential ed Residtion g a n a M a Selfy Inform Propert

Do you own an investment property in Queensland? Selflet is dedicated to people who choose to self-manage their investment property and is run by experienced real estate professionals who can advise you about the legalities involved in managing your own property.

Find out more at www.selflet.com.au Selflet: you’ll swear by us, not at us!

••

•• ••

• »• »• »•

»•

• • •

»• »•

april 2012

profilemagazine

35


life

welcome to the laboratory with Michelle Raumer For one in six couples, falling pregnant within 12 months can be very difficult. Some couples may only need a little help, such as ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination. Others, however, may need more involved help, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). This is when the embryologist and the laboratory become an important part of your treatment.

very fine micromanipulation tools to inject a single sperm into an egg. After 18 hours, we check for fertilisation and culture of the embryo. We do this for two to five days, depending on when your transfer is scheduled. Fertility preservation is another important role for the laboratory. Patients may wish to freeze eggs or sperm for many reasons, some social and some medical. Many chemotherapy patients now have the opportunity to preserve their fertility before having to undergo chemotherapy. Women who wish to delay having children may also freeze their eggs, and some men may wish to freeze sperm before a vasectomy procedure.

IVF refers to a technique were the egg is fertilised by the sperm in the laboratory to form an embryo. This embryo is then transferred to the uterus where it will, hopefully, implant and form a pregnancy. IVF and ICSI (Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection) are the two most popular assisted reproductive technologies used in the laboratory or successful fertilisation. The only difference between the two techniques is the way the egg is fertilised.

The ability to check an embryo’s genetic make-up is also a useful technique for helping a couple to achieve a viable ongoing pregnancy. With Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) an embryo can be checked for many geneticallylinked diseases and syndromes.

In IVF, the sperm and egg are incubated together, allowing the sperm to penetrate the egg by itself. ICSI is performed under the microscope using

Queensland Fertility Group now has the ability to screen all the chromosomes in a developing embryo and have the results available the next day. This allows the transfer of a fresh embryo with a normal chromosome number, increasing the chance of a pregnancy occurring. As the embryologist working in Cairns for the last 10 years for Queensland Fertility Group, I have seen many changes in the laboratory over the years. But by far, the best part of my job is the patients. I have shared many joys and some heartache during those years and look forward to helping many more couples achieve the wish of having a baby. Queensland Fertility Group, Cairns 4041 2400 cairnsivf@qfg.com.au

The sound of happy living!

Hearing instruments for people who say “You’ll never see me wearing a hearing aid” Enjoy the freedom of better hearing with the latest discreet hearing solutions from AUDiOHEALTH. Simply Brilliant Hearing!

Hear Life. Live Life. Love Life

INVISIBLE HEARING INSTRUMENTS AS SEEN ON TV

Call 4041 7860 125 GRAFTON ST CAIRNS www.audiohealth.com.au CAIRNS 36

profilemagazine

I

YUNGABURRA

I

ATHERTON

I

INNISFAIL

I PORT DOUGLAS I

MISSION BEACH profilemag.com.au


life

neat and discreet with Kerry Magee I am frequently reminded that although hearing instruments assist the sense of hearing just as glasses improve vision, people’s attitude towards these prosthesis differ considerably. Take the average person who begins to lose their eyesight. Do they struggle along with it for years as it gradually deteriorates to the point where they cannot do their job well, cannot see their loved ones clearly and begin to isolate themselves? No, they don’t. Once people notice a decline in their eyesight, they obtain glasses. They don’t wait for a calamity to occur before seeking assistance. Why is it, then, that people delay obtaining similar assistance for their sense of hearing? Research reveals that people do not know where to go for advice, and when they have obtained the right advice, they are reluctant to commit to obtaining the prosthesis. Sometimes, people who are hearing impaired can take up to six years to come to terms with the fact that such a device

april 2012

has been recommended. In the meantime, they struggle along silently.

long-wear device we recently brought to the Cairns region.

Statistics show that there is a stigma (or perceived stigma) hindering the use of hearing aids. People associate hearing aids with ageing and decrepitude. I frequently hear my clients request that their new hearing aids are virtually invisible.

This new hearing device, the Lyric, ticks all the boxes. It is invisible when worn and can be forgotten about for up to four months – a wear and forget model. It removes the stigma of visibility and not having to remove it from the ear to change batteries or clean the device means the wearer can simply forget they use such an instrument. It is the ultimate long-wear contact lens for the ear with the added benefit that with each change of device comes updated technology. The added benefit of being able to lease the device with the option of monthly payments options makes it the latest sought-after device in hearing technology.

Longer-term hearing aid users and those who have experienced the benefits of hearing well are often no longer concerned with the appearance of the device. They are more interested in the performance. These people have judiciously realised that a hearing loss is more conspicuous than a hearing aid, and that good hearing is most precious. So it is not surprising that the market trend is towards providing consumers with the products that they desire, hence the new invisible,

Audio Health 4041 7860 www.audiohealth.com.au

profilemagazine

37


travelfile

ll words and photography genine howard

A

Thailand is renowned for its warm climate, tropical beaches and fascinating culture. Throw in an elephant ride, strip show and some satay and you’ve got a typical Aussie holiday. Not one to follow the herd, Genine Howard set off to discover the heart of Thailand and found a land best explored by sea …

lthough an avid traveller, I had yet to make it to the cultural mecca that is Thailand. Having heard stories mainly about its overcrowded beaches, obligatory elephant rides and dubious nightlife, I was in no hurry to make the trip. However, on the spur of the moment (and with a couple of free flights under our belts thanks to a previous airline mishap), my husband, Rowan, and I decided to down tools and catch the first available flight to the island of Phuket. Phuket was everything we expected it to be – a melting pot of cultures mixed with tacky tourist souvenir shops, Western-influenced cuisine, gorgeous yet tourist-filled beaches and cheap pina coladas. But Phuket has another side we were determined to discover: a side that only the fortunate, or perhaps well-travelled, gets to experience. And that is a tour of this Asian wonderland powered by the breath of the wind: sailing. With Google as my travel guide, I searched the internet for a holiday with a difference and chose a small sailing company run by an English-speaking Dutch man, Chris Jongerius. After a few informative and entertaining emails back and forth, I knew we had chosen the perfect company to spend a few days with sailing in the Phang Nga Bay, off the eastern coast of Phuket Island. Our sailing adventure started from the scenic yet quiet region of Cape Panwa, located on the south eastern point of Phuket Island. We over-nighted in a well-run boutique hotel called Cloud 19 and used it as our base while in the area. I would highly recommend it for a couple of nights; great food (both Western and Thai offerings, though a little pricey), clean, large, comfortable rooms and a gorgeous pool area with great cocktails (www.cloud19phuket. com). On the morning of our sail we were to meet Chris at a nearby bar, Secret Cove, describe by Chris as, “A really nicely run pub / bar / beach restaurant in a lifestyle area; quiet, end of the road …”. I loved that the description was a little removed from what my mind conjured up. The open-air, seaside ramshackle bar complete with resident sleepy dogs was a little unexpected – and completely and utterly perfect for our adventure. On meeting Chris, we were instantly drawn into his slightly neurotic yet completely charming world. Chris is not your usual tour operator. What you see is literally what you get, with a few yarns over a couple of cups of coffee and more than a few well-enjoyed cigarettes thrown in. We were informed by Chris that his senior skipper (funnily enough, also named Chris) was to take Rowan and me out on ‘The Prout’ – a sturdy,

38

profilemagazine

slow yacht originally from England – just like our English skipper (sturdy yes, casual, not slow, and with a boat-full of charm and good looks for good measure. Hello sailor!). So in true Thai-style we eventually ambled to our home on the sea, the charming Prout, to begin our adventure sailing the high seas of Chalong Bay … with all essentials onboard: husband, teeny bikini (for me, not him), loads of beer and wine and charming Englishman skipper. We were set to sail. In the past, I have had my fair share of sailing experience – in fact, one of my most impressive scars comes from a sailing trip during a patch of rough seas – despite being less than 10km from the mainland, an uncoordinated stumble in the toilet (after a few too many onboard beverages) left me permanently marked. I am proud to bear a stamp of my sailing experiences. But this trip was going to be unlike any sailing trip in the past – this trip was for pure sailing pleasure. We were in charge of our destiny (well, travel

profilemag.com.au


travelfile

itinerary, at any rate). Skipper Chris set about charting our course through the still and azure waters of Chalong Bay while Rowan and I got to at work … relaxing. We were able to participate in the ‘sailing’ as much or as little as we wanted. So taking full advantage of the situation, I proceeded to spend much of the trip relaxing and taking in the beauty of my watery surrounds. I must say, there is nothing on earth that can bring inner calm like sailing (though I’m sure the true sailors out there will have loads of non-calming harrows to tell), but in my case, I was able to leave my busy, hectic life behind on the shores of Cape Panwa and let the gentle rolls of the waves of the sea envelop me with their calm. Or it may have been the wine. Either way, our sailing trip on the Prout was one of the highlights of my year. We sailed for much of the day, then dropped anchor when we felt the urge to swim in the crystal clear waters or take the dingy to one of the many surrounding islands for a spot of authentic Thai lunch. Nothing was too much effort. We simply sailed where the wind took us and stopped when it did. The trip was magical (once again, made all the better by the esky full with icy wine and beer, but magical all the same). One of the best things about hiring a chartered yacht is the freedom to set your own pace and itinerary. Skipper Chris guided us through the channels of Chalong Bay and anchored at Ko Hi and Ko Mai Thon islands; all natural beauties rising out of the Andaman Sea, and then overnight anchored in the safe waters of Chalong Bay port. We even enjoyed local Thai takeaway onboard thanks to a quick dingy-ride to the

april 2012

mainland, washed down with Thai beer under a stunning sunset. Although we thoroughly enjoyed our overnight sailing adventures, Rowan and I were both keen to test our sailing abilities onboard a ‘real’ sailboat (as opposed to our slow-and-steady-wins-the-race Prout – much-loved but certainly not setting any speed records anytime soon). So, Dutchman Chris arranged for Skipper Chris to take us out on his pride and joy – The Frog – to experience sailing at its best. The Frog is a sporty ‘Firefly’ catamaran, complete with a trampoline deck area. They are known as the ‘Ferraris of the sea’. Skipper Chris instructed us on how to tack, set the spinnaker and trim the sails. It was action-packed, fast-paced and oh-so glorious fun! The Frog is a champion of a catamaran and I could feel the lure of the seas seducing my soul – it’s no wonder these guys live for the ocean air. It’s truly addictive. So with our sea legs well and truly in place, Rowan and I headed back to dry land with a taste for the sea air on our tongues. It was an unforgettable, adventurous, relaxing trip that neither of us will forget for a long time. And we will be back to sail the seas of Phuket again someday. Soon, I hope.

•• Day or overnight sailing available – both chartered and barefoot •• Located: Cape Panwa •• Bookings: Pre-book or simply call once in Phuket. Contact Chris for special offers. •• Contact: chris@andamanseaclub.com or +66 (0)86 0454634 www.andamanseaclub.com

profilemagazine

39


on the table

with Kim McCosker Author 4 Ingredients www.4ingredients.com.au

A

sk a working mother for two minutes of her time and she’ll find it – but with difficulty. Between family and business commitments, sometimes there isn’t a moment to spare for others or themselves. This was the inspiration behind 4 Ingredients – helping women to save time and money in the kitchen. After long days in the corporate world working in international finance, I, like many mums, had to come home to a hungry family. But I didn’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen. It was this passion for simplifying meals which lead to the creation of this best-selling series. With simplicity in mind, I recently released a new, full-colour cookbook, 4 Ingredients One Pot One Bowl. This book features delicious, homecooked, healthy meals with less kitchen fuss, like this wonderful recipe for pork and pumpkin curry. Delicious and easy. Enjoy! Kim

pork and pumpkin curry

Pork and pumpkin curry (serves 4) ingredients •• ½ kg pork, cubed

method 1. In a large non-stick saucepan, brown the pork over medium heat.

•• 2 tablespoons red curry paste

2. Add the curry paste and cook for 5 minutes.

•• 1 can (400g) coconut cream

3. Add the coconut cream and 1⁄2 cup water to the pan.

•• ½ kg butternut pumpkin, cubed

4. Add the pumpkin, season with sea salt and pepper to taste, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the pork is cooked, 30 to 40 minutes. Simply reheat when ready to serve. Optional: serve with rice and chapattis.Tip: This is best made a few hours prior to serving, because it thickens as it cools.

40

profilemagazine

profilemag.com.au


Happy Easter

Juice your way to GOOD HEALTH

Silent Juicer & Extractor

Includes Free Delivery! Patented Extraction Technology

Extracts juice retaining more nutrients & enzymes • The Silent Juicer is the last juicer you’ll ever need • Extracts rather than grind and chew like other juicers do • Enjoy more, higher quality juice in less time • 3 step easy clean process • Suitable for Cafes, Restaurants, Juice bars and Offices • 5 year warranty parts and labour

Phone 02 9798 0586 or buy on online www.kuvings.net.au

april 2012

THE TAsTE ncE E DIFFEr

Separation Kuvings layer is caused Juicer by friction of removes older style skin, seed juicers & pulp

Trade Enquiries Welcome

profilemagazine

41


abode

leaves in the gutter aren’t so bad with Marcus Achatz When I’m helping people select plants for their gardens, the use of trees always becomes a sticking point. Personally, I like trees. But many people have an issue with leaves falling in gutters, and subsequently having to get the leaves out of the gutter, and that’s hard work they’d rather not have to do. Well, I get leaves in my gutter, and at the start of every wet season I clean them out.

Whatever happened to planting trees to create a cool environment for your home? After all, shade trees are an excellent solution to radiant heat. Just think of the relief you feel when you walk across an open park on a hot sunny day, and finally reach the cover of a big shady tree. Ahhhh. Isn’t it great that councils have planted trees in parks and public gardens?

It takes me about 30 minutes to do the whole house. I don’t really enjoy it, but then again, it’s a male activity I remember my father doing. So it kind of feels like I’m keeping a tradition alive. Anyway, spending 30 minutes each year on my roof means I can have a nice, cool house and shade in my garden. And that’s well worth it when you compare it to the alternative.

You’re probably saying, “That all sounds nice, but who has room for a big shade tree in their yard?” Well, I never said you should plant a massive Moreton Bay fig tree, did I? Fortunately, trees come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s just a matter of matching up the tree to the garden.

Due to our fear of cleaning gutters, suburbs are now frequently composed of roofs baking in the hot tropical sun and air-conditioners straining to convert cash into cold air. It all makes about as much sense as putting your fridge out in the sun.

In a suburban setting, it’s best to opt for the smaller species. If you’re on sandy soil near the coast, the Beach Calophyllum (Calophyllum inophyllum) and the Red Beech (Dillenia alata) are ideal because they like sand and will even stand up to cyclonic winds. The Sumac (Rhus taitenis) has little height but a lot of width, and

birds will come in for its small black fruit. Two of my favourites are Bernie’s Tamarind (Diploglottis bernieana) and Noah’s Satinash (Syzygium maraca). Bernie’s Tamarind must be my favourite shade tree. It has a tall, slim but strong trunk and produces a small, dense canopy of massive leaves. This means it doesn’t take up much room at ground level, similar to a palm. I’m fond of Noah’s Satinash because it’s relatively unknown in cultivation, so it’s a bit of a collector’s item. I purchased mine from Yuruga Nursery about 10 years ago, and it’s been one of my most admired trees ever since. Well worth a few leaves in the gutter. Yuruga Nursery 4093 3826 www.yuruga.com.au

build new or buy existing? with Roslyn Smith Clients often ask me why they should build a new home when they could buy an existing, cheaper home. It’s a good question, and to me one that’s easily answered, because there are so many good reasons. Firstly, new homes are built to the latest building standards and codes. That’s extremely important in a cyclonic region. Technology, skills and knowledge are constantly changing and upgrading to bring us in line with what is currently expected of the market. New homes will include energy efficient products and designs; water and power saving devices; low maintenance materials; modern technology; easy clean fittings and lots and lots of choices of products and inclusions. When you build a new home, you can put your own stamp of individuality in your choice of colours of walls, kitchens, floors, windows;

42

profilemagazine

whether it is a soft neutral scheme or something a little more vibrant that reflects your personality. You can create personal spaces in the design for you and your family, rather than living with someone else’s lifestyle choices. The design can take into account the growing family and it’s needs further down the track. Sometimes it’s the age of an existing home that will be the deciding factor. In those circumstances, the older, worn-out elements of the home can be replaced with newer, modern, up-to-date and efficient products. Some older homes will have materials in their construction that have now been classed as dangerous, such as asbestos or lead-based paint. If you disturb the products by renovating, they may be harmful to you and your family. Old electrical wiring can be extremely dangerous if not handled correctly. All of this will be an extra cost on the purchase of the existing home that needs to budgeted for.

Consider a building renovation or extension to the home but definitely talk to an experienced builder that can competently carry out this type of work. New homes will come with a warranty and a structural guarantee which you don’t get with an older home. If you regularly clean and look after your new home there will be less time and money spent on maintaining or replacing items. That means more time for leisure and relaxing with the family. The choice is fairly clear on the advantages of building a new home over purchasing someone else’s problems. Affinity Designer Homes 4051 8866 www.affinitydh.com.au (Roslyn is a building designer and licensed builder QBSA 533314)

profilemag.com.au


• • • • • • •

Logo Clearspace

y

ENSLAN

Master Builders

y

MA S

Q

Q

D

TE

UE

R BUI L RS

RS

Master Builders

D

R BUI L

ENSLAN

DE

TE

UE

DE

MA S

y

ENSLAN

Master Builders

Master Builders Brand Identity Standards Manual

D

Q

UE

RS

y

DE

MA S

y

R BUI L TE

The Master Builders logo must be reproduced clear of any other graphics or type to a minimum distance of one ‘y’ unit surrounding the logo. The clear space of one ‘y’ unit equals the measurement from the top of the Symbol to the top of the Logotype. In regards to the reversed version (see Section 2.3), the clear space is filled with only the background colour. If an Identifier is used, the clear space must extend to include it.

april 2012

Any departure from the examples shown within this standards manual must be approved by Master Builders.

profilemagazine

43


abode

why isn’t my home selling? with Col Hancox Hi. I’m Col Hancox from standout property and I’m thrilled to be joining the Profile Magazine team in my capacity as a real estate agent. Don’t let my youthful looks give you the idea that I lack experience. In fact, I have more than 15 years’ experience in the industry and I am really proud of what I have achieved. Each month I will talk you through the real estate game, sharing my views, tips and hints. Is your house failing to sell? While the Cairns real estate market is showing some signs of improving, the reality is that prices have fallen, and the price that you could have gotten yesterday is more than the price you can achieve today. Positively speaking, the price you sell your home for today will likely be more than the price you get tomorrow!

44

profilemagazine

In today’s market, you need to face reality in terms of pricing your home to actually sell. While the desire to sell for as high as possible may seem attractive, this strategy may be far from realistic. If your home does not sell in the first three weeks, you are asking too much for it. Waiting to achieve 'your price' in the market that we have today will cost you money in the end, as the longer your home is on the market, the less you will achieve for it. That’s the harsh truth of it, and why the old real estate adage: “The first offer is usually the best offer” runs very true. Buyers are very savvy today, and with the internet at their fingertips, they can search and compare your home to everything else on the market.

If your home is on the market for more than four weeks, buyers will think that there is either something wrong with it or the price is too high. For example, let’s say you put your home on the market for $500,000 when the market is really indicating $450,000. You’re thinking, “Sure, we can always negotiate and lower our price later”. Unfortunately, the buyers who were willing to pay $450,000 look elsewhere, then find and purchase a home which offers better value for their money. Price your home to sell and you might even receive multiple contracts and a higher price. You can achieve a good price and stand out from the market! Stand Out Property 4032 5088 www.standoutproperty.com.au

profilemag.com.au


abode

with Richie Stevens Inside Out Stylists www.insideoutstylists.com.au

do it yourself Custom make your rug to match your decor. This rug is from Designer Rugs, POA, 628 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley. Phone 07 3852 6433

When decorating your home, don’t forget the floors – an often-overlooked space in a room. And nothing says ‘fabulous floors’ like a designer rug. This month, we check out a few statement pieces currently on the market. first steps Don’t forget the baby’s room! This First Steps baby rug is available in multiple colours, RRP $249 from www.babyexpress.com.au

ride ‘em cowboy A timeless piece that always makes a statement, this printed cowhide zebra rug costs RRP $399 (plus freight) from www.cowhiderugs.com.au

shagadelic baby Thick and fabulous, this large diamond shaggy rug is priced at RRP $240, from Super Amart, Florence Street, Cairns. Phone 4040 6900

make a statement Choose a statement piece, like this world weave 60cm x 90cm acrobat rug. Starting at RRP $40, available online from www.formfunctionstyle.com.au

funk it up This affordable, Funky rug is available from Ikea. Prices start from RRP $49, www.ikea.com.au

april 2012

profilemagazine

45


business

horrible bosses with Kirsten Le Roux There’s an age-old saying: “People leave managers, not companies”. In recruitment, we see first-hand how true this is. At least one in three of our registering candidates’ reason for wanting to leave their current role is that they love the job, but the boss is horrible. I hear all about bosses who are allegedly bullying, neglectful, oblivious, ungrateful, aggressive, belittling, stressed, unrealistic, inflexible or intimidating. I’m sure this doesn’t surprise you. What should surprise you, however, is that the vast majority of these employees never had a conversation with their boss about this (and nor do they intend to). This means that most of us would rather leave a well-paying, enjoyable job than confront a manager. Negotiation, compromise, empathy, sympathy, conciliation, resolution – our language is full of words and concepts that show us the possibilities of a successful confrontation, and yet the word and act continue to be viewed as hugely negative. Confrontation isn’t about giving

someone a piece of your mind or setting them straight. It’s about discussing the issue to solve the problem. The irony is that of all the things that you can’t change about a job or company, your relationship with your boss is not one of them. If having hard conversations is something you struggle with, there are many coaching businesses, workshops and courses in Cairns that can teach you the tools and give you the confidence to confront and to be confronted. In the same way that we are trained and up-skilled in computer software, we can also brush-up on these types of competences as well. In my observation of successful communicators in these situations, I have noticed a few consistencies. For example: •• They talk with their boss privately where possible.

•• They stick to the facts and don’t use sweeping emotive statements like, “everyone thinks”, “you always” or “you never”. •• They are as willing to listen as they are to talk. •• They look carefully at their own part and are prepared to own their actions without defensiveness. Confrontation doesn’t have to be an aggressive, angry and emotional last resort. With care, fairness and mindfulness, it can be a way to understand differences of opinion and find acceptable common-ground. With effective confrontation, horrible bosses may be a thing of the past. CBC Staff Selection 4051 9699 Kirsten@cbcstaff.com.au (Kirsten Le Roux is a senior recruitment consultant with CBC Staff Selection)

•• Written notes enable them to deliver concisely and objectively.

Want an Australian Visa? At Visa Connection we provide expert and personalised immigration advice to individuals and corporations worldwide. We have a vast knowledge of: • Australian Migration Law • General Migration Advice • Family sponsored visas • Spouse and Defacto visas • General Skilled Migration • Australian Citizenship and • Work sponsored visas (457 and RSMS/ENS)

Call us today on: (07) 4051 9043 to arrange your FREE half hour consultation Registered Migration Agents Fiona Ryan, Registered Migration Agent No. 0640004

e: info@visaconnect.com.au www.visaconnect.com.au 46

profilemagazine

profilemag.com.au


business

crash consideration with Naomi de Costa A few years ago, I was in a head-on collision on McLeod Street. Thankfully, I was fine, and the accident wasn’t my fault. Suffice to say though, it was a terrifying experience and I responded by sitting on the side of the road blubbering like a baby. The only thing I did with any sense was call my best friend, who came along and sorted everything out. So, for those of you who don’t have a personal injuries specialist as a best friend, these are her top tips if you get in any kind of motor vehicle accident. Obviously, you need to obtain your own advice for your particular situation, but this is a handy list to tear out and keep in your glove box: 1. Always seek medical attention. You might feel fine, but get checked out fully. A car accident is a shocking, stressful thing and it might take your body a while to come to terms with it, particularly after all the adrenalin has worn off.

2. Report the accident to the police and your insurer, even if no one is injured. If there is damage over $2,500 to your car and it isn’t reported to the police, you can void your car insurance. And those of us who have been there can tell you that it doesn’t take much to rack up $2,500 worth of damage.

that very short and very strict time limits apply to claims, so you can lose your right to bring a claim if you don’t act fast.

3. Write down the full name, address, license number and insurance details of the other party to the accident.

Williams Graham Carman 4046 1111 www.wgc.com.au

So, on that happy note, drive safely over the coming long weekends, and have a great Easter!

4. Use your phone to take photos of the scene of the accident, including your car and any others involved. 5. Obtain the name, address and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident and make sure they don’t leave the scene until the police arrive. And finally, if you need advice, make sure you see a solicitor, and quickly. Recent reforms mean

INDEPENDENT CAPITAL ADVISERS PTY LTD Licensed Securities Dealer

PO Box 5667, Cairns Qld 4870 | Level 1, 55 Spence Street, Cairns Qld 4870 T + 61 7 4031 4575 | F + 61 7 4051 0880 | E admin@incapital.com.au

www.incapital.com.au Independent Capital Advisers Pty Ltd ABN 95 765 269 541 april 2012

Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) Number: 378693 profilemagazine

47


business

Do you believe the ABS? with Simon Lee (on behalf of John Milkota) Every quarter, a horde of economists descend on the latest inflation figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and make visionary and solemn pronouncements. The latest figures tell us that inflation is around 3 per cent, but how much of this can we really believe, and how does it effect our daily lives? Does Cairns City Council believe the latest figures as they ponder our rates? Does the Reserve Bank believe them, as they continue to choke us with interest rates that are around three times those of other Western economies? The 3 per cent figure may resonate with those souls who buy a new car every six months or replace their flat screens every time bigger and fancier models appear. But what about those who struggle with a mortgage, car repayments, kids and all those other expenses that suddenly materialise from nowhere?

48

profilemagazine

And heaven help the poor pensioners who don’t buy TVs because they have just taken delivery of their state-of-the-stone-age set top box, who are being squeezed by rising costs and falling interest rates on meagre savings. Regardless of whether or not we think there is a degree of deception or manipulation at work here, the official number has limited relevance for many people. Many commodity prices are back to near all-time highs and the US and European governments are trying to bury us under a mountain of paper. Asian wages are rising rapidly. Cash has been a wonderful, safe haven since the global financial crisis, but in the medium to long-term, inflation is going to come back to haunt us and we will need to think again about protecting our savings from its pernicious effects.

Cash won’t do it. Gold might. What else? We seem to have forgotten that many growth assets will help provide a buffer against inflation as well as providing some useful income. But these are tricky times, and some of the old rules about quality, diversification and proper advice are all the more relevant today. Your best bet is to remain sceptical about the information you receive, get knowledgeable about current affairs in finance and get your advice from the people in the know. Independent Capital Advisers, Cairns 4031 4575 www.incapital.com.au Simon Lee, research analyst and senior adviser for Independent Capital Advisers AFSL 378693

profilemag.com.au


business

permanent returning work visaresidents with Fiona Ryan Many migrants believe obtaining permanent residency is the end of their Australian migration journey. In fact, permanent residency in Australia gives the visa holder permission to remain in Australia indefinitely. However, it only allows the visa holder to travel to and from Australia for five years from the date of visa grant. Before this five-year travel facility expires, the visa applicant will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return Visa (RRV) to maintain their status as a permanent resident with travel rights. To be eligible for an RRV, you must be an Australian permanent resident or former Australian permanent resident (whose last permanent visa was not cancelled) or a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced their Australian citizenship.

In addition to this, the applicant must meet a residency requirement – demonstrating that they have physically resided in Australia for a total of at least two years in the last five years as a permanent visa holder or citizen. The two year period does not have to be consecutive residence, as long as the total time spent amounts to at least two years. RRVs ensure that only those applicants who have a genuine commitment to residing in Australia or who are contributing to Australia’s well-being retain the right to return to Australia and remain permanently. If the applicant cannot meet the two-year residency requirement, they may still have an RRV approved if they can provide evidence of substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties that are of benefit to Australia.

The applicant would need to show evidence that a tie existed, that it was substantial and also demonstrate that the tie is of benefit to Australia. If an applicant can meet all criteria, including the two years residency, they will be granted a subclass 155 RRV, which gives the applicant continued permanent residency status with a further five-year travel facility. Where an applicant hasn’t met the residence requirements but can demonstrate ties of benefit to Australia, they will only be granted a one-year RRV. Where an applicant has spent less than the required two years and cannot demonstrate substantial ties, they can be assessed for a subclass 157 three-month RRV. Visa Connection Pty Ltd 4051 9043 info@visaconnect.com.au (Fiona Ryan, Registered Migration Agent No. 0640004)

YOUR HOME IN 30 DAYST E E D GUAR

april 2012

AN

profilemagazine

49


milestones

words alli grant ll photography stuart frost

S

tarting a family – for many, it’s what they are put on this earth to do. Sadly, it’s not always smooth sailing, as Michelle Raumer from Queensland Fertility Group (QFG) Cairns knows all too well. As an embryologist, Michelle plays an incredibly important role in the fertility process. Many would call her a miracle worker – she helps bring life into the world, to turn couples into families. What a gift. Michelle joined QFG in 2002. She and the QFG team have assisted with the conception of more than 900 babies born to families throughout the Cairns and surrounding area. A mother herself with two children and a much-loved beagle, Michelle truly appreciates the joy that comes from becoming a parent.

Michelle Raumer

Milestones ... Life-changing milestone 1: Growing up in the big, confusing world I really enjoyed my time at high school, having worked out just how much I needed to study to get a pass in all my subjects and still actually have a life. This is where I think my passion for reading began: sadly, it was all Mills & Boon under the desk while trying not to get caught. When it came time to enrol in university, I decided that because my passion lay in science and maths I might as well be a scientist. After graduation, I worked in haematology, biochemistry, blood banking and microbiology, as a general all-round scientist. I was still not sure what I really wanted to do. In the laboratory, I met my wonderful husband, Paul. Life changing milestone 2: Having children, raising them and setting them free In 1991, I had my first child. Bronte was a revelation to me, a whole new lifestyle that was way beyond what I was used to. I was totally enjoying motherhood when along came my second child, Sam, and I believed life could not get better, unless I won lotto. We were a family at last, not just a couple. While financially it was a struggle, I was lucky enough not to have to work full-time until long after my children went to school. As they progressed from babies to toddlers to small children, every step was wonderful to participate in and watch. Schooling and education was always very important to both Paul and me. We have many memories, both of the good times and the bad. We now suffer from empty nest syndrome, as both of our children are at university this year. Bronte is doing third year speech pathology and Sam is in his first year of medicine. We’re proud of our kids but we miss them terribly. Life changing milestone 3: Inspiration – finally! Around the time that the children attended preschool, I felt the need to start thinking about other things and get my mind going again, so I started working part-time while they were away. This was when I truly discovered my passion in the laboratory. Microbiology captured my imagination and I 50

profilemagazine

found a renewed vigour in a job I hadn’t really settled into before. I enjoyed the hands-on aspect of science. As strange as it sounds, the smells and look of bacteria you have grown and identified yourself can be very satisfying. When we moved to Cairns it was difficult to work in this same field so I decided to move into IVF. The ability to produce embryos and help a couple achieve a longed-for baby is really rewarding. Life changing milestone 4: Settling in In 2002, my husband applied for a job managing QML Pathology in Cairns, so we packed up the family and moved. This was a big step for a girl who hadn’t been north of Noosa. Leaving Brisbane, where I had lived all my life, giving up my closest friends and the wonderful part-time job I had was quite difficult at the time. It was going to be a five-year stint just to further my husband’s career and then we were back to the big smoke. Well, 18 months down the track, we were totally enchanted with the lifestyle Cairns had to offer us and our children. We sold up everything in Brisbane and made our new life in Cairns a permanent choice. Life changing milestone 5: Becoming an embryologist with QFG Probably the biggest milestone change for me, after my children and husband, would be taking on the role of embryologist for QFG in Cairns. I never thought I would love anything as much as being a microbiologist, but being an embryologist has truly surpassed that in all aspects. This is a job of extraordinary highs and lows but the joy of a family finally having that longed-for baby has made it all worthwhile. When I first started training at 39, I felt I was too old to start learning again. I was wrong, and I would encourage anyone to just go for it. The wonderful time I have had watching my children grow into well-rounded, happy adults makes me want to give this chance to any couple who desires it. This field is always growing and new technology make it easy to constantly learn and improve our skills to better help those who need us. profilemag.com.au


MIGRATION PLUS BUSINESS PROMOTION

Is it “real”? with Dr Chris White

We assume that the things we deal with in our daily life are real. Things that we see, touch and feel. But, we put attributes and ‘qualities’ on these things from our own background, our own experiences. In our minds, our perceptions and our interpretations are what we believe to be reality and truth. For example, if we showed a traditional Inuit Eskimo a paint brush, gas heater or an air-conditioner what would they see? If we showed a traditional desert dweller a fish or boat, what would they see? What did traditional tribes people see when first sighting an aeroplane? Did they see the characteristics and traits we see? Each of these may have been seen as something quite different from what, for example, our framework tells us these things are. Why is this even relevant? It is interesting for us to reflect on this, because what we see, what we touch and what we hear can actually be slightly or greatly different to the perception of the next person. Time and time again we dogmatically expect each person to relate to that view, that item, that sound the way we do. Certainly we can identify with words spoken in different languages, that the sounds will have different meanings to different people depending on the languages they speak and understand. Yet in other situations, we become obstinate and will argue that the things we see, the items that we can touch, the sounds that we hear are exactly our perceptions of them and that we are ‘right’ or the ‘correct’ description. In the world around us we see adults, world leaders and mass populations individually and collectively support assumptions of reality or truth without foundation. We see war and terror based on these false precepts. We see riots, violence and retribution over the burning of ‘holy’ books, flags and other symbols. When we analyse the truth of the matter, what has happened is that paper has been burned, wood and cloth has been destroyed and, a man-made and defined symbol has been destroyed. Has it really impacted that religion, that nation, that group? In ‘reality’, only the individual interpretation of what occurred and the acceptance by the masses that this view is the ‘truth’ survives – without question, without logic, without thought. We should look behind our initial interpretations and assumptions and ask ourselves, “How is it really?” We will find often it is just our interpretation or inflection imposed on what really is. Going back to our reactions and putting our names and interpretations on all things around us, it is also worth keeping the old schoolyard chant in mind, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me”. Migration Plus 4041 2620 www.migrationplus.com.au

april 2012

profilemagazine

51


on the road

HSV Clubsport R8

ll words hamish rose

T

hree little letters: H, S and V. To car enthusiasts like me, these three letters can really get the blood pumping. For the not so car enthused, let me explain why car nuts get so excited about HSV. HSVs have been around since 1987 when they made the VL Commodore more powerful, faster and a heap cooler. Since then, Holden has taken what is already an extremely popular vehicle and has continued to make it bigger, better and much faster, creating the epitome of Australia’s performance vehicle range. Twenty-plus years on, Holden is still creating dream performance cars and the current model SV R8 Clubsport has proven itself to be exactly that. As loyal Profile readers know, I am a big fan of the VE Commodore (having owned a 2007 VE SS), and in my eyes, the HSV R8 Clubsport makes something really good even better! Standard features include: satellite navigation, touch screen audio with USB input and MP3 hard drive, fully integrated Bluetooth, dual zone climate control air-conditioning, rear park assist, full HSV body kit, 19-inch sports allow wheels and a powerful 6.2L V8. The R8 Clubsport also has some really quirky features such as tyre pressure monitors, HSV oracle instrument cluster and the HSV Enhanced Driver Interface with launch control on manual models. The model tested was a manual sedan, although the R8 range caters for a range of applications, with the R8 Maloo ute and R8 Tourer performance wagon. The R8 range is powered by a 6.2 litre alloy V8 that is a firecracker, delivering 317kw of power at 6000rpm and 550Nm torque at 4600rpm. When it comes to looks, you would go a long way to find better, both inside and out. Sitting in the driver’s seat you realise the R8 has been ergonomically designed for the ultimate driving experience, with 4-way electric adjustable driver’s seat, sports seats, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and instrument clusters positioned perfectly.

52

profilemagazine

To be honest, I wasn’t 100 per cent sure about the spaceship-like daytime running lamps, but coupled with the performance engine hood with dual scoops, they give the HSV R8 Clubsport a prominent point of difference. Throw in the unique HSV body kit with shockwave-inspired grills, 19-inch sports alloy wheels, chrome finishings and sports rear LED tail lights, and the external stance of the R8 Clubsport is one of the best combinations of performance and style on the market. Despite the huge power on tap from the 6.2 litre V8 motor, the HSV R8 Clubsport is a very easy car to drive around town, featuring light steering and clutch, much like the VE Commodore the model is based on. The versatile 6.2 litre motor likes to be revved, but by the same token offers plenty of low-down torque, and sounds just like a performance V8 should. The performance suspension setup allows for good cornering with an impressive amount of grip and the upgraded brakes ensure you stop when you need to. For the technologically-advanced, the HSV Enhanced Driver Interface measures vehicle dynamics and performance data so that it can be accessed at the touch of the screen or downloaded via USB to a laptop computer for analysis. Off the racetrack and onto our local streets, the first thing I noticed was that visibility is quite good, often not the case with this category of car. If you are a seeking outright performance, style and class, and looking for a heap of credibility from car enthusiasts, the HSV R8 Clubsport is a must. No matter what your motivation, the HSV R8 Clubsport has a lot to offer with the perfect mix of sporty looks, comfort and performance. And to top it all off, you can have the features and performance of many $200,000 plus Euro cars, for under $75,000 driveaway – you must drive it to really believe it!

THE FACTS HSV Clubsport R8 Sedan FEATURES: •• Satellite navigation •• Rear park assist •• Dual zone climate control air-conditioning •• Touch screen Enhanced Driver Interface •• Extended cruise control •• Full HSV body kit with 19-inch sports alloy wheels •• Enhanced bluetooth technology ENGINE: •• 6.2 litre generation 4 LS3 V8 with 317kw power at 6000rpm and 550Nm torque at 4600rpm. FUEL CONSUMPTION: •• 13.5 litres per 100km (combined) PRICE: •• R8 Sedan from $73,789 driveaway •• R8 Tourer from $74,844 driveaway •• R8 Maloo ute from $70,727 driveaway To test drive this vehicle, contact: Ireland HSV 227 Mulgrave Road, Cairns Phone 4052 3666

profilemag.com.au


Port Douglas Carnivale is a 10 day celebration of life in Tropical North Queensland 18-27 May 2012 In 2012, Carnivale launches with a gourmet weekend of food and wine. Your favourite cuisine events are all together on 18,19, 20 May - Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch; Audi Palates of Port; Food,Wine & A Taste of Port and the Meridian Seafood Extravaganza.

For the full program visit carnivale.com.au

Family favourites the Macrossan Street Parade and Four Mile Beach Day are back the next weekend, and mid week events and Carnivale Club keep the vibe going! Check out the full program of events and check into one of the region’s resorts with the great deals on offer.

portdouglascarnivale

@PDCarnivale

The Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch is the ideal excuse for a very, very long lunch. There’s pre-

arranged seating under a beautiful lakeside marquee, and table service of a highly anticipated, three

course menu showcasing fresh local produce accompanied by the very best of Australian wines. The love-to-lunchers of Port Douglas and Cairns come out and are joined by seasoned southern

professionals and guest celebrities each year. Dress to impress, bring your friends or make new

ones – its really easy in the very convivial atmosphere of the Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch. Friday 18th May 11.30am – 3.30pm Lakeside at the Sheraton Mirage Country Club $150 per person including 3 Course Lunch, Fine Wines, Beer & Entertainment

Book Online Today: www.foodandwinenq.com.au

april 2012

profilemagazine

53


the last word

Krystal King

ll photography stuart frost Krystal King, general manager of I Want That Course, is all for training. With a double degree in marketing and tourism behind her, Krystal knows first-hand that a solid education is the best foundation for career success. But when she’s not training, assisting, mentoring and coaching others, Krystal loves nothing more than cooking, walking her dogs, and getting stuck into the renovations on her house.

“My hidden talent is … pole dancing for fitness.

I grew up in … Moranbah (mining town west of Mackay). I start my day by … getting up at 6:30am and walking my two dogs around Lake Placid. I love soaking up nature and getting my head space right for the work day ahead. I wish I could … travel 365 days a year as a lady of leisure. The best meal I have had was at … Coral Hedges, Rydges on the Esplanade. The chefs cook garlic cream prawns right in front of you so they’re hot, crunchy and delicious when you sit down to eat.

My favourite restaurant is … Tamarinds at the Casino. It’s a five-star dining experience!

When Krystal King is not fulfilling her busy role of general manager with training organisation I Want That Course, she’s busy pole dancing (for fitness, of course) and learning the saxophone

54

profilemagazine

My favourite holiday spot is … Koh Samui, Thailand. Sipping on Pina Coladas on the beach. Mmm. Most people don’t know that I … am trying to teach myself to play the saxophone. I think it’s a really sexy instrument and my ears always spike when I hear music with the saxophone in it.

I couldn’t live without … my computer, and, of course, my husband. I would love to be a better … cook. My greatest achievement is … earning the position of general manager at I Want That Course. My most annoying habit is … putting things away, even when people are still using them, e.g. the TV remote. In five years I hope to be … living in my completely renovated house and enjoying its amenities. The one person I would most like to meet … is Fred Hollows. He is such an inspirational Australian. My hidden talent is … pole dancing for fitness. If I didn’t live in TNQ I’d live … in Perth, because of the beautiful scenery and friendly people. profilemag.com.au


102.7

ONE STATION ALL THE ROCK LEGENDS

weekdays from 5.30am ZINC 102.7 ROCKING THE CAIRNS COMMUNITY ...

april 2012

profilemagazine

55


April TNQ Profile Magazine  

Tropical North Queensland Profile Magazine