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Under their skin By KYLIE WILSON
Wangaratta’s Kylie Moore, who had a melanoma removed from her neck, enjoys playtime with her son Dylan. PHOTO: Luke Plummer
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KYLIE Moore is the picture of contentment as she enjoys playtime with her bubbly young son Dylan. But a scar on her neck tells the tale of her brush with one of Australia’s most common forms of cancer – melanoma. Ms Moore has been careful of the sun since her school days. Given her vigilance, the Wangaratta mother of two initially thought nothing of a mole on her neck – until it continually became dislodged when playing with Dylan, and kept bleeding profusely. Eventually, tired of the bleeding and worried about the mole, the 31 year old asked her doctor to remove it in October last year. Two days later she was called in urgently to her doctor and told she had a stage two melanoma, which had grown 4mm deep. She said her scare has renewed her drive to be sunsmart, wearing long sleeve shirts and leggings in the sun, and keeping a close eye on her family’s skin to ensure any abnormalities are detected early. It has even changed her approach to family outings, with warm weather trips to the park tending to take place in the late afternoon. “Chances are high that they (melanomas) can pop up at any time,” she said. “I’m paranoid now. “Everybody should get checked out. “I recommend everyone get a yearly check-up.”
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Cares disappear in garden
Elizabeth and Stephen Morris at Pennyweight Winery
FEW plants can survive droughts, frosts, poor soils, very little maintenance and still manage to flower for nearly six months of the year. One plant that does all this is Plumbago. Plumbago auriculata is an extraordinarily adaptable plant that bears a profusion of pretty, blue phlox-like flowers from late spring through to early autumn. They have small roundish green leaves that can take on a slight red or yellow color in the colder months. The species name, plumbago is derived from the Latin word plumbum, which means lead and refers to the lead blue flower color. The flowers vary in shades from dark blue to baby blue. A white form, ‘Alba’, is also stunning and contrasts well with the blue forms. Plumbagos are native to South Africa, Central America, and Southern Asia, so are well equipped to survive our summer heatwaves with little stress. These perennial shrubs are not too fussy about position; they bloom best in full sun but also do well in part shade or dappled shade.
IN THE SHADE: Elizabeth Morris in her garden. PHOTO: Wendy Stephens
What’s in your garden: In my garden I have perennials such as daffodils, hyacinths, freesias and iris. It is always exciting to see them come up year after year. I have exotic shrubs and trees and of course my gorgeous roses. Our native plants attract the tiny birds who feel secure in their dense and sometimes prickly foliage. What do you enjoy about gardening: I enjoy gardening because I never need to make an appointment to visit my garden. It is always there waiting
patiently for me to tend it whenever I get a minute. Gardening is like a balm and all your cares disappear. Favorite plant/spot in your garden: My favorite place is under the Manchurian pear trees in our courtyard. They shield us from the hot summer sun. They also provide a cool environment for our weary cyclists after their hill climb into Beechworth. Water saving/conservation tip: We do not have lawns. All the garden beds are mulched and we favor hardy plants.
Your tips to keep gardens in top shape: Gardening should be part of your daily routine. No time spent in the garden is too short. It only takes a minute to pull out a weed or dead head a rose. Always have the secateurs handy. If you wait for an afternoon or even an hour to do some gardening it might never come. Meanwhile the weeds and untidiness build up and you feel you need more time to set things in order and so the whole thing overwhelms you.
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They grow in poor soils, don’t need any supplementary feeding and need little water once established. Plumbagos require very little maintenance. They don’t need to be pruned to flower and have no pest or disease problems. Mature plumbago leaves sometimes have a whitish residue on their undersides, which looks like powdery mildew, but is actually a natural excretion from chalk glands in their leaves. Plumbagos are versatile and can be grown as a shrub and trimmed occasionally or left to sprawl on the ground, along fences or over a wall. They can be grown as a hedge or espaliered. And they respond well to a hard cut back if needed. For a touch of blue in the garden, Plumbago auriculata is a worthwhile choice. It’s beautiful, tough and very low maintenance. Happy gardening.
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SUDDEN DIAGNOSIS: Bright resident Paul Vey was surprised when it was discovered he had a melanoma. PHOTO: Vanessa Burgess
Itâ€™s advice supported by Bright resident Paul Vey. A native Canadian, he is relishing the Australian outdoor lifestyle, but was taken aback when a melanoma on his back was picked up during a regular check-up. â€œIt was quite upsettingâ€Śthese are things that happen to other people,â€? he said. After it was removed and confirmed as melanoma, he had to return to his doctor and have a bigger section in his back removed to ensure it did not spread. â€œI found it very painful,â€? the 49 year old keen hiker and cyclist said. Mr Vey, who is always careful to wear long shirts, sunscreen and a hat, urged members of the public to be watchful for signs of melanoma and â€œslip, slop slapâ€?. Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians, affecting more people aged 15-39 years than any other cancer, and is the third most common form of cancer in Australian men and women. Early detection and treatment of melanoma could save your life â€“ as more than 90 per cent of melanoma can
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Other signs seen in different diseases include dirty feathers around the cloaca, watery or different droppings, sore eyes and sometimes dirty feathers around the nostrils. If your bird is showing any of these signs it should be seen by a vet as soon as possible. Birds often donâ€™t show signs of disease until they are very ill and so early disease detection is paramount in the treatment of bird illness. Chloe Fingland, 5th Year Veterinary Science Student , James Cook University and Andrew Colson BVSc, Ovens and Kiewa Veterinary Hospital.
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CATCH OF THE WEEK
Action at most lakes BY ROB ALEXANDER, WANGARATTA I HAVE so many fishing reports from around the area over the past week that I have decided to do an old fashioned point form report. Lake Buffalo: Redfin to 1kg have been caught trolling the small Halco “Crazy Deep” lures in around 20-25 feet of water just upstream of the yellow marker buoys. Small redfin have also been caught casting soft plastics and 7gm blades from the bank near Marshalls ridge. Lake William Hovell: Redfin to 30cm have been caught using small yabbies for bait in the open water at the southern edge of the lake. Smaller redfin have also been caught on soft plastics cast from the bank over the weed beds. The Upper Murray River: The river around Jingellic has been producing quite a few decent sized Murray cod on cast spinnerbaits and hard body lures. A few cod over 100cm in length have been landed, however, the average size has been much smaller. Lake Mulwala: Lake Mulwala has stepped up a few notches in recent weeks with catches of legal sized Murray cod becoming more and more frequent. Spinnerbaits during the day and surface lures of an evening have been getting the best results down there. Lake EIldon: Lake Eildon has been a little slow lately. I fished the Jerusalem Creek arm with quite a large group of very experienced anglers on Friday
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Hunger games WEEK six into my latest diet regime and I’m beginning to struggle. On New Year’s Day, which was Day 1 of my 5:2 fasting diet, I was full of motivation and bravado. This will be a doddle, I thought. How hard can it be? Eating ‘normally’ for five days a week and reducing my intake to 500 calories per day on two non-consecutive days per week certainly seemed doable at that point. Of course, I was spurred on by the Christmas cheer that had spread around my waist-line (which might be more aptly named “waste-line” because that’s where all the excess calories end up!). I can do this, I thought. And after watching a couple of documentaries on the potential health benefits of this ‘diet’ I felt suitably ready to have a crack. The first couple of ‘fast days’ were very informative. I learned a lot about myself on those days. One, I am a complete guts. I love food and dislike the feeling of hunger. That was instructive, because I realised that I have not often been hungry in the past howevermany years. It’s not something we ‘do’ (voluntarily) in our modern society, where food abounds and advertising of the same is relentless. We’ve also been told for many years that it’s not good to go hungry as it ‘slows the metabolism’, so what do we good little dieters do? We eat every few hours (at the least) to keep that blasted metabolism chugging along nicely. Well, according to the research accompanying the 5:2 diet, this idea is actually a load of codswallop. The new thinking is that merely skipping a few meals will not cause any downward swing in the metabolism and that, in fact, our Neanderthal bodies are actually designed to withstand quite long periods of fasting. After all, in prehistoric days (and probably many thousands of years afterwards) mankind was often in a culinary pickle when it came to food availability. Fillet of woolly mammoth for
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Taminick opium, 1872 A FINE crop of opium poppies, grown quite legitimately at Taminick, went on display in Wangaratta on February 26, 1872. Farmers were particularly anxious to diversify, and were willing to try any crop
which had the potential for profit. At the time, opium was in considerable demand for medicinal purposes, but there was also a market among Melbourne’s growing Chinese population.
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IT is a delight each year to see the amazing tomato specimens greenthumbed gardeners are able to produce in their own backyards. Like those monster pumpkin growers, they have a magic touch no one else can duplicate, no matter how closely you follow their tips on varieties to plant, plucking out the weakest link and piling on the fertilizer. I also like the spirit of healthy rivalry that exists between the backyard boys as they compare quality, color and size in a game of “mine’s bigger than yours”. I’m not sure if my grandfather ever grew the biggest tomato, but I know he grew the best, because to this day I remember they smelt different, tasted different and had the fleshy texture of biting into butter. It reminded me of summer in the same way a fruity Sauvignon Blanc does now. Feathertop Wines
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National gender pay gap at 17.1 per cent NEW figures released recently by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that, on average, full-time working women’s earnings are 17.1 per cent less per week than full-time working men’s earnings (a difference that equates to $262.50 per week). This gap in male and female earnings has decreased slightly since the last set of ABS figures were released in August 2013, when the gap was 17.5 per cent. Women’s earnings have increased at a slightly higher rate than men’s over the past 12 months: 3.5 per cent compared to 3 per cent. The national gender pay gap has hovered between 15-18 per cent for around two decades and is influenced by a variety of factors including industrial and occupational segregation, a lack of women in leadership, the fact that women still do most of society’s unpaid caring, a lack of senior part-time and flexible roles (which disadvantages women who are more likely to work part-time or flexibly), and direct or indirect discrimination. “This persistent pay gap is both concerning and frustrating. And sadly, there is a pay gap in favour of men in every single industry,” said Helen Conway, director of the Workplace
Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). “Some of the highest gender pay gaps are found in female dominated industries including health care and social assistance and finance and insurance services,” Ms Conway said. However, Ms Conway said she is pleased that there is evidence that employers are taking steps to ensure that they are paying their staff fairly. In a WGEA survey conducted last year (2594 respondents) one third of respondents said they had conducted a gender pay gap analysis and a quarter of organisations have undertaken an analysis in the previous 12 months. One in two organisations said they had plans to conduct a gender pay gap analysis in the coming 12 months. “It’s fair to assume employers don’t deliberately set out to discriminate between women and men, but many organisations simply don’t realise they have a gender pay gap,” Ms Conway said. “I say to organisations who think pay equity isn’t an issue for them, ‘how do you know?’. “Unless you’ve analysed your payroll data, any assertion that you don’t have a problem is uninformed.”
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