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Barbara considers herself a strong woman, someone who's worked in business and office management for years. Yet when she was admitted as a compulsory patient into a hospital psychiatric ward, she was left isolated, terrified and bewildered. The South East single mum in her 40s says medical staff didn't explain to her why this happened, what her rights were nor did they notify her children of her admission. At times she sat in the ward for four days before she was seen by a doctor, she said. "Patients were saying to me: don't buck up, don't ask questions or they'll keep you in here longer or give you medication." She felt lost, without support, but for the help of an advocate working for Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA). In their role, an advocate visits hospitals and is a voice of support for patients. Barbara described his intervention as like an "angel".

Unfortunately it seems there are not enough of these angels in our mental health system. According to a recent independent review, there needs to be twice as many IMHA advocates to reach every compulsory patient. The horrors started for Barbara when, stalked and threatened by a violent ex-partner, she had "a bit of a breakdown". She sought help at Casey Hospital in January where she had an epileptic seizure. She was told paramedics were transferring her to The Alfred hospital for a CAT scan. Then to her bewilderment, she was admitted as a compulsory patient into a psychiatric ward. "I don't know if there was some sort of mistake Weeks later, she visited Narre Warren police station to apply for an intervention order. Upon checking her details, police officers grabbed her, patted her down in the car park and carted her back to Casey Hospital. There, medical staff started to shackle her

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to a bed and demanded she swallow psychiatric medication. She was told she had been avoiding her medication since released in the community. "'I'm not on any medication,' I said. "It's a very weird situation when your whole person and whole mind is being judged incorrectly. "I would rather be in a police cell." A recent RMIT University review released this month found the IMHA service was doing a sterling job, but underresourced. The review is calling for a funding boost to expand the service to an opt-out model for all involuntary mental health patients. IMHA manager Helen Makregiorgos said the service was a "safeguard". "You can be held in a locked ward and forced to receive medications, as well as other restrictions like limiting your communication with the world outside. "It's a daunting prospect to face by yourself. "We support people to learn about their

rights and have as much of a say as possible, so they don't have to undergo unnecessary or unwanted treatment." Dr Chris Maylea, who led the RMIT review, said several inpatients in Dandenong told how frightening the system could be, and how few the supports. "We identified that services often breached the Mental Health Act and that IMHA helps services to comply with the Act." The IMHA was introduced by the State Government in 2015 at an annual cost of $2.3 million. Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said the Royal Commission into mental health would give answers to a system that needs repairing. "In the meantime, we will continue to support the Independent Mental Health Advocacy to make sure the views and voices of mental health patients are heard." Meanwhile, Barbara is lodging a complaint with the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner. She is also submitting to the Royal Commission.

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Driver dodges past carjacking attempt By Cam Lucadou-Wells A driver has captured on dashcam what he believes was an attempted car-jacking in the back-streets of Springvale. Rich Huynh says he slowed down as a male attacker appeared from "nowhere" in front of his car on Large Street about 11pm on Tuesday 9 April. The dashcam footage shows the male reaching into his pants and producing a metal weapon. "That's when I knew I was in danger and

wanted my car," Mr Huynh posted on Facebook. "I then floored the car towards him and that's when he tried to break my window with the 'gun'." He couldn't be definitely sure what the weapon was, but it made a metallic sound as it struck the window, he told the Journal. Mr Huynh described the man as Asian appearance, in his thirties, medium build, long hair as well as facial hair and about 170 centimetres. Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersvic.com.au.

A man appears in front of Rich Huynh's car in Large Street, Springvale.

Victoria Police released a composite illustration of the alleged robber, and an image of the stolen motorcycle.

Harley rider robbed in Keysborough A rider has been robbed of his Harley Davidson motorcycle by two males in a ute on Hutton Road, Keysborough. The males in a black Holden Commodore ute had motioned for the victim to pull over, indicating that there was an issue with the bike about 7pm on Thursday 21 March. When he stopped, one of the males approached and struck him with an unknown weapon. The male jumped on the bike and rode off towards Springvale Road. He was described as Pacific Islander/Maori appearance, about 183 centimetres and wearing a black hoodie. The distinctive red motorcycle has registration plates YBEAR. Any information to Greater Dandenong CIU on 9767 7487 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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Going for goal in the world game A soccer showcase in Dandenong will kick things up a notch in the race for an A-League team. Gach Chuol, Greater Dandenong Councillor Jim Memeti and Sukart Alex got in some practice ahead of the Saturday 16 June event. See page 7 for the full story. 181655 Picture: GARY SISSONS

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His life for others By Casey Neill

Lee Tarlamis.

Lee Tarlamis says his older brother’s cancer battle inspired him to spend his life helping those less fortunate. His service culminated in a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, announced on Monday 11 June. The Noble Park man and former state Upper House MP received the nod for service to the people and Parliament of Victoria “I’m extremely humbled. It’s not something that I’d expected,” he said. “I didn’t do it to get acknowledgement. “It was about wanting to provide assistance and help to people. “It’s a view that I formed very early on.” Mr Tarlamis said his brother fought cancer for two years before dying at age 17. “The trouble and the stress that the family went through, I saw how positive he was

throughout those two years,” he said. “It instilled in me that as tough as I think I have things, there are always people out there who are doing it a lot worse than me. “That’s why I got involved in the local community.” Initially that was through the Keysborough Learning Centre. “The centre loaned me a computer for me to do my school work,” he said.

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“I wanted to repay the favour so I was volunteering time with them.” There he met then-politician Eddie Micallef and became his electorate officer. “That’s how I got into the politics world,” Mr Tarlamis said. “That opened up a lot of opportunities to provide assistance to community groups.” He never intended to run for parliament, but “one thing lead to another which lead to another” and he was a South Eastern Metropolitan Region MP from 2010 to 2014. “That was such an honour as well, when you consider the fact that very few people get to hold that position and represent that large number of people,” he said. Mr Tarlamis was a Springvale Benevolent Society volunteer from 2002 to 2012, a Noble Park Community Action Forum member for many years, a founding Springvale Multicultural Men’s Shed committee member, and more.

He’s now a senior advisor to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings. The world of politics is not where he thought he’d end up. The Tarlamis family moved from Oakleigh to Keysborough when he was eight months old. He went to Wallarano Primary School in Noble Park and to Chandler Secondary College, where Keysborough College’s Acacia campus now stands. Mr Tarlamis went on to study an associate diploma of business. “I grew up working with dad in the family businesses,” he said. “I thought it would be logical that I would go into the business world and maybe into management or something like that. “I really enjoyed the community stuff. “Politics became that vehicle to do it.”

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No jail terms for vigilante intruders By Cam Lucadou-Wells Two vigilante intruders armed with a cricket bat and a metal pole have been sentenced for wreaking terrifying havoc inside a Noble Park North home. Charanpreet Brar, 32, and Gurvinder Sandhu, 25, pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court to aggravated burglary, assaults and recklessly causing injury. The Indian-born migrants were among a group of six who beat up residents, ransacked their home and smashed car windows at Kernot Crescent about 1.45am on 28 November 2016, the court heard. During the rampage, household items were upended and smashed such as a laptop and speakers. Three cars outside the home were damaged. According to a defence lawyer, Brar had acted in frustration due to a stalled police investigation into an earlier incident. The former Keysborough Pizza Hut owner and security guard was out at a restaurant when he confronted a table of three young men acting offensively towards female staff, the court was told.

He believed the group later smashed his car windows. On the night of the vigilante attack, Brar attacked an occupant sheltering in their bedroom. Brar kicked him, dragged him into a corner, pushed him into a speaker and struck him in the stomach with a pole. He stopped his attack when told that the victim had not “done anything”, Judge Michael O’Connell noted during sentencing on 8 April. Sandhu twice struck one of the occupants to the head with a cricket bat. The victim was taken to hospital with a small haematoma to his head. Two other residents were attacked with a metal pole, wooden bat and rod by unidentified offenders. A female occupant locked herself in her bedroom and crawled under her bed. The group were arrested in nearby Elenora Road soon afterwards, with Brar and Sandhu initially denying the allegations. Judge O’Connell said he could infer that the home occupants were likely to be terrified by the violence.

The incident in the restaurant was “no excuse”, he said. “Neither of you should be in any doubt that taking the law into your own hands is completely and utterly unacceptable.” He noted the Indian-born migrants’ impressive references, remorse, absence of relevant priors and “excellent” rehabilitation prospects. Brar and Sandhu seemed to have “learnt a hard lesson”, Justice O’Connell said. “I’m satisfied that it is highly unlikely that you would take the law into your own hands again.” Judge O’Connell was unsatisfied that jail was the only option, noting two other offenders had been only fined at a magistrates’ court over the incident. Brar was sentenced to a four-year supervised corrections order including up to 400 hours of volunteer work as well as alcohol abuse and mental health treatment. Sandhu received a three-year supervised order of up to 300 hours work and offender programs. Both were required to attend judicial monitoring in 12 months’ time.

Charlotte’s unicorns are flying high By Cam Lucadou-Wells Believe it or not, there are unicorns flying high in front of IKEA Springvale. On National Unicorn Day on 9 April, Charlotte, 6, hoist her unicorn flag design aloft into the whirling winds on Princes Highway. Her family, friends and staff looked on, many of them dressed up in unicorn costume. The unlikely scenario started with Charlotte’s letter of constructive criticism to IKEA’s CEO. Charlotte was unimpressed with the “bor-

ing old” flags in front of the store. She requested that they change them to her attached design featuring pastel colours and soaring unicorns. To her delight, the store manager Julian wrote back. “We think you are right, they are a bit boring. “We actually really love unicorns too.” And so, IKEA staged a flag-raising ceremony among a lot of unicorn activities at the store. The unicorn flag will fly for the following two weeks.

Man charged over crop-house invasion A man has been charged with an aggravated home invasion of a cannabis crophouse in Thomas Street, Noble Park. The 39-year-old, of Caulfield East, allegedly pulled up in a car outside and forced open the residence's front door about 4.15am on Saturday 6 April. The intruder made no threats or meted out any harm to the three occupants, aged 20, 22 and 28. He walked straight to the rear of the premises, where nine cannabis plants were being hydroponically grown. Police say the man started cutting the plants with an intent to steal them. When he was told that police were called, he fled out the back door. Police, with the help of their Air Wing and Canine Squad, arrested the intruder in a nearby front yard about 30 minutes later. A 25-year-old woman, of Hillside, who had waited in the man's car, was interviewed and released pending enquiries. The three residents were arrested and interviewed in relation to cultivating cannabis. They were released pending summons. The man was remanded to appear at a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 9 April.

Solar company to face court The state's consumer watchdog has launched legal action against a Dandenong South solarpanel business and its director. After investigating customer complaints, Consumer Affairs Victoria alleges that Vic Solar Technologies misled and acted unconscionably to consumers between 2013-'19. CAV has also brought the Federal Court of Australia action against the company director Sunny Srinivasan, 29, of Templestowe. Among the allegations was that the company used door-knocking of homes to enter into "unsolicited consumer agreements". In some cases, Vic Solar didn't advise consumers of their cooling-off and termination rights, and started supplying and installing solar systems during a prohibited period, CAV claims. In a statement, CAV states it will seek a fine against the company as well as compensation for its affected customers. The matter is expected to be heard later this year.

Driver injured in Dandenong crash A man in his forties has been seriously injured in a car crash on Frankston-Dandenong Road, Dandenong South. Paramedics were called to the scene near the corner of Amberley Crescent about 1pm on Wednesday 10 April. The man was taken by road ambulance to The Alfred Hospital with upper body injuries. Police were investigating the crash.

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LOOKING BACK 100 years ago 17 April 1919 Dandenong High School On Wednesday 9th a meeting of parents of children attending the High School was convened by the head master. The meeting was held in the fire brigade hall, and the object was to elect three members to represent the parents on the High School Council. The following were nominated: Dr Langley, W Tharle, C Robertson, Cr Pearson, Mr Mehrens, and Mr Staughton. A ballot was taken with the following result: Dr Langley 41, Tharle 40, Robertson 35, Mehreus 18 Pearson17, and Staughton 11. The Chairman (Mr Langford) declared the first three duly elected.

50 years ago 15 April 1969 Harold Blair to open 1969 festival

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Australian tenor Harold Blair, a teacher of singing and speech, will open Dandenong's 1969 Festive of Music and Art for Youth on Thursday night at Dandenong Town Hall. When the Governor, Sir Rohan Delacombe, chief patron, was unable to accept, it was unanimously decided to invite Harold Blair to launch the festival. Blain has won world wide acclaim on Australian and overseas concert platforms and on radio and television. The festival is going from strength to strength and this year promises to be an outstanding success. There is a record 82 choirs competing in the Westminster Australian Youth Choral Contests including entries from Hamilton, Bendigo and Sebastapool.

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During the recent visit by a delegation of ministers to the area, the Treasurer, Mr Stockdale, indicated to me that Dandenong should not be viewed or promoted as Melbourne's second city, but simply as an industrial area. Not only did I find this offensive, but it indicated to me a real lack of understanding about the area. Greater Dandenong has innumerable assets, the greatest being its people. More than 140 different nationalities are represented and they bring with them a great diversity of culture and skills. In many ways the area is a gateway as it links Melbourne with agricultural and fishing industries in South East Victoria. The Treasurer should visit this area more often to better inform himself about its wide diversity of assets.

14 April 2014 Traders blame poor parking for City's ongoing growth jam Car parking remains a major sticking point for central Dandenong traders who are keen to see the shopping precinct grow. The Dandenong Retail Traders Association (DRTA) asked where central Dandenong was heading at its forum last Tuesday 8 April. Car parking was identified as a major issue facing retailers. The more infrastructure we put into Dandenong, the more we need to push that they put more car parking into Dandenong DRTA chairwomen Glenys Cooper said "We have a great main street but there are issues with car parking and the practicality of not being able to do right hand turns. - Compiled by Dandenong and District Historical Society

Coffee without equal By Cam Lucadou-Wells There's no going back after you try Alem Hailemariam's coffee. At her stall Abyssinia Coffeeland in Dandenong Market, she serves Ethiopian organic coffee that's roasted and packed in Australia. The single-blend Sidano bean tastes surprisingly smooth with a nutty, sweet undertone. There's none of that familiar bitter after-taste or head-spinning kick. And it's very more-ish. Also on offer is the stronger Yirgacheffe bean. It's a complete other world from regular coffees - due to the absence of chemicals such as fertilisers, Ms Hailemariam says. Drinking three cups a day, she finds it difficult to find a comparable quality coffee when she goes out. "It makes me annoyed. I think why aren't

EAT LOCAL, DINE GLOBAL they selling the right coffee? "One time I tried it (when I was out), I ordered a mocha - like a short black - it made my hands shake, my heart beat faster. It's just not right. "Otherwise I have to run to my home to have a coffee." The refugee and single mum has dreams of owning her own cafe and restaurant, with her stellar coffee roasted out the back. After completing a hospitality course at

Chisholm Institute in Dandenong, she started working at the department's cafe. After trying a coffee stall at Dandy Makers Market last year, she opened an outlet at the market one month ago. Unsurprisingly given Melbourne's deep coffee cult, she's quickly attracting loyal customers. "After you give them a taste, they always seem to buy it."

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China school exchange By Cam Lucadou-Wells The call is out for schools to join Greater Dandenong Council's revival of a Chinese sistercity student exchange program. Mayor Roz Blades will meet up to four schools in the cities of Xuzhou and Xinyi during a council trip in China in mid-May - described by one councillor as a "junket". As part of the trip, Cr Blades and a senior council officer will attend the Xuzhou International Sister City Exchange on 15-17 May. Cr Blades had been instrumental in setting up the original school exchange in a previous mayoral stint. The exchange had ongoing benefits, with former students maintaining the friendships. It also "opened the doors" for local businesses to access the Chinese market, Cr Blades said. She'd also organised and paid for teachers and nurses to work in Xuzhou. "The benefits are that students have been able to learn about each other and it's been ongoing. "It's a slow process but very worthwhile." At a council meeting on 8 April, Cr Blades and several councillors were moved to defend the mission. Cr Timothy Dark, in opposition, said the $5,000-10,000 trip didn't pass "the pub test" and carried "no nett benefit" for Greater Dandenong. Such talks could be facilitated online, such as on Skype, he said. "There's no need for the mayor to embark on a junket." The word 'junket' drew a swift rebuke from

A delegation from sister city Xuzhou visited Greater Dandenong councillors in 2015. 145203 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS Cr Blades, insisting it was "not a holiday". Cr Dark said the trip met the definition of a junket, which was an official's "extravagant" trip or celebration at the public's expense. It didn't have the same value as past council-business delegations to China, which he'd seen first-hand open markets for local manufacturers. Cr Sean O'Reilly, in support of the exchange, said the trip was in no way "extravagant". "The schools aren't extravagant ... the bus (ride during the trip) is not extravagant, it's a regular bus that the mayor is travelling on." He said students who understand Chinese culture would better prosper in their later business lives. "From what I've heard from the mayor, there's no person more committed to using her time for the productive benefit of the council and re-establishing those educational links."

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Sex pest jailed for years By Cam Lucadou-Wells A predator in his thirties who pursued underage girls online for sexualised chats and explicit photos and videos has been jailed. Richard Kelly, 35, was a registered sex offender and on a community corrections order for similar offences when he was arrested by police at his mother's house in Cranbourne in July. In sentencing on 11 April, County Court of Victoria judge Scott Johns noted that Kelly had often used a false name and pretended he was 17 during the seduction of the six victims aged

between 12 and 15. He had contacted them on private messaging on either Facebook or Instagram, mostly for up to eight days. However, a 15-year-old victim was groomed by Kelly for nearly 13 months. At one point, he'd arranged to meet her at a shopping centre, telling her they would smoke ice, go to the cinema and have sex in his car. Judge Johns accepted that Kelly cancelled the meeting and made no physical contact. On seizing Kelly's phone, police discovered Kelly contacted a total of 15 children - who he had failed to disclose to authorities.

Kelly had a 20-year history of drug abuse. He was under the effects of 'ice' during most of his offending, as well as socially isolated and depressed by the death of his father a decade ago, the court heard. Judge Johns said Kelly's high moral culpability was amplified by the breach of a corrections order issued by Dandenong Magistrates Court for similar offences. They included soliciting a child under 16 for sex, inducing a child to provide child abuse material, and possessing child pornography. The corrections order did not deter Kelly from further offending, the judge noted.

Kelly had not advanced any remorse and showed limited insight into the impact of his actions, the court heard. Judge Johns said "with some reservation" that Kelly had rehabilitation prospects given Kelly had not yet completed a sexual offender program. It was largely dependent on Kelly overcoming his drug addiction, the court heard. Kelly was jailed for up to three years and three months, with a minimum non-parole period of two years. He will be a registered sexual offender for life.

Meet the critters that live around Dandenong Creek The wonders of life in a local waterway were celebrated at Tirhatuan Park on Thursday 11 April. Discover Dandenong Creek Festival featured fishing, live animal and fish displays, wetland tours, gardening tips and plant giveaways.

Also there were entertainers such as The Connies, Djirri Djirri Dance Group and Lilly Pilly Green Zucchini Clan. The event was held by Greater Dandenong Council and Port Phillip and Westernport CMA. It was a part of Nature Play Week.

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Drug workshop leads way perience with: the mentor and best-selling author of 'Drugs Do Not Discriminate' and 'I Quit Drugs Now What?' was once a drug addict and dealer himself. Sentenced to jail, he appealed and received an 18-month intensive corrections order. While serving his time, Munso realised that something was missing from traditional counselling and rehabilitation programs for people like him - especially when he was told he had an 85 per cent chance of reoffending and landing in jail. Based on his experience, he created the Youth YOU program to help youth overcome and recover from drug addiction. And Munso's strategy is yielding positive results. "One participant [on Saturday] said it was so different to what she had done because usually courses are all about the shame of being on drugs [instead of] forward-thinking and focusing on the person," he said. "Another said that it gave him hope again and sparked his passion for living again."

By Danielle Kutchel Local youths are now armed with the tools for recovery from drug addiction, thanks to a unique workshop that focuses on the person, not the stigma. Former drug addict-turned-author and life coach Glenn Munso brought his Recover from Drug Addiction program to Hallam last Saturday, where 20 people took part in a workshop led by Youth YOU coaches and assistants. "The objective for the day was to give people who were struggling with mental health and drug addiction the tools and strategies to overcome their daily struggles," Mr Munso of Cranbourne explained. Participants were taught about the importance of having a healthy mindset and lifestyle, and Mr Munso said the coaches showed participants that they still have time and hope to accomplish their dreams despite the stigma of the 'drug addict' label. "We showed them that...a label didn't define their life," he said.

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to also give them an action plan. "So many programs focus on the drug and the shame and not on the person. We need to focus on the internal battle of self-worth that they need, to know they are worth overcoming the battle they face. It's about giving them a second chance and understanding things happen for us, not to us." It's something Mr Munso has personal ex-

Big push for bowel health as many ignore the test People, seriously it's time to get over your poo. In Melbourne's South East, just 40 per cent of eligible people are completing the free lifesaving tests for bowel cancer. It ranks below the state average. It's extraordinary how bad the take-up rate is - considering the test is free, conveniently done at home and so effective in detecting what is Australia's second most deadly cancer. Bowel cancer claims 100 lives a week. Yet in 90 per cent of early-detection cases, treatment is successful.

Even, pre-cancerous polyps can be discovered by the test and eliminated easily. The problem is fear of the stool, says Cancer Council Victoria prevention head Craig Sinclair. "It is about dealing with people's poo. That is the barrier for people to take it up in the first place," Mr Sinclair says. It's reassuring that 77 per cent of people who do the test will do it again when they next receive it in the mail, he said. "This gives us confidence that once people do the test, they realise it's not so difficult." Cancer survivor Mark Dunstan is proof that

Free buses will run between the following RSLs and suburbs to the Shrine on Thursday 25 April: ̶ Chadstone via Ashburton & Camberwell ̶ Croydon via Ringwood East ̶ Dandenong via Noble Park, Springvale, Clayton and Oakleigh ̶ Doncaster via Balwyn North, Kew & Victoria Park (Jock McHale Stadium) ̶ Essendon Football Ground (Windy Hill)

Medical staff at 120 general practices in Greater Dandenong, Casey and Mornington Peninsula will be trained to encourage patients to submit their tests. The free NBSCP test is mailed out to eligible 50-74 year olds. Details: 13 14 50 or cancervic.org.au, and bowelcancer.org.au.

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If you’re planning on attending the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance this year, then consider catching a free shuttle bus from your local RSL.

Cancer Council Victoria is trying to lift the uptake rate with a vast advertising campaign, including posters in Tamil, Hindi, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

a full recovery is possible. He was diagnosed at 33 years, well before the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program test began. His cancer wasn't discovered early. He had been in agony, and required the removal of his large bowel. Now at 60, he's still rolling the arm over on the cricket field. His diet isn't overly stringent - but for staying off rich, creamy foods. "What I can say is you can still live a reasonably normal life."

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The next generation Mazda 3 In recent years, brands such as Mazda have been pushing the design envelope for nonpremium cars. And the next generation Mazda 3 is no exception. Underpinning the new car is the SkyActivVehicle Architecture, Mazda's latest modular platform which makes its own debut in the next generation 3. The platform is said to offer improved dynamic performance compared to Mazda's current design, as well as a quieter, comfier and a more refined ride. The platform also integrates Mazda's new SkyActiv-X engine which promises diesellike fuel economy but with the cleaner emissions of gas engines. The engine features what Mazda calls 'spark-controlled combustion ignition technology,' and is said to be capable of returning 20 to 30 per cent better mileage than a conventional engine with similar performance. Inside the new 3, the dashboard is low, with an 8.8-inch display nested in a crevice above the centre console. Secondary switches are sparse, with only a handful surrounding the gear lever. Meanwhile, climate controls are grouped in the centre of the dashboard. A newly available driver-attention monitor-

Mayor Roz Blades, fifth left, with Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong members and North Lodge staff at the event.

The next generation Mazda 3. ing system uses infrared to watch the driver and to sound an alert if it detects wandering eyes looking away from the road. Additional electronic driver aids include front cross traffic alert and a traffic jam assist with steering function. For more information about the next generation Mazda 3, visit www.berwickmazda.com. au. Alternatively, to test drive one of the new cars, visit Berwick Mazda at 3 Prestige Place in Narre Warren.

Mind Help - new campaign Swimmers took the plunge to help raise money for Rotary's new mental-health campaign Mind Help. Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong staged sprints and relays for 42 young swimmers at North Lodge Swimming Academy on Saturday 30 March. Greater Dandenong mayor Roz Blades as well as extended families, friends, Rotarians and pool staff were on hand. Proceeds were donated to Australian Rotary Health for mental health research and community education.

In its project Mind Help, the Rotary Club aims to support locals suffering mental illness, as well as helping their families. It also plans to offer mental health first-aid training to community leaders who work with children and young people. "Our area of special interest is the mental health of children and adolescents," club secretary Leanne Byron said. "Our endeavour is to provide support to their immediate and extended families."

Big disruptions across Melbourne from April 6-23. Plan ahead to avoid long delays. As part of Victoria’s Big Build, there will be works throughout April to deliver the Metro Tunnel. Impacted train lines across the South-Eastern suburbs include: Cranbourne, Pakenham & Frankston lines 6th to 12th and 15th to 18th April Buses between Flinders Street and Caulfield stations

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Dr Yap helps fight cancer Dr Nicole Yap is the director of Breast Institute Australia and works across multiple practices including those as St Vincent's and Mulgrave Private. Dr Yap specialises in the dual practice of tumour removal and mastectomy and breast reconstruction. During her career, Dr Yap has brought hope and comfort to hundreds of women. Dr Yap's mantra is that 'breast cancer need not be a death sentence if women are in tune with their bodies'. "Currently breast cancer affects one in eight

women and is the leading cause of cancer death in females," she said. "Early diagnosis is key to survival and women should rally to stand up against breast cancer by seeking advice early if concerned about any signs of a breast lump, nipple discharge, nipple inversion or breast skin tethering or dimpling." After training in plastic surgery, Dr Yap completed her fellowship in general surgery. This allows her to combine surgical cancer treatment of the breast with plastic surgical techniques to allow for an aesthetically pleas-

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ing result following cancer surgery. Her breast Oncoplastic work was augmented by further training at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan and participating at the Breast Oncoplastic Workshop Royal College of Surgeons in London. Dr Yap has honed her skills by working with leading breast Oncoplastic surgeon Dr Krishna Clough at the Clinique Bizet in Paris, and more recently with Dr Emmanual Delay at Leon Berard Cancer Centre and Clinique Charcot. As a female surgeon, Dr Yap understands the emotional and psychological strain women experience when first diagnosed with breast cancer. She understands that the breast is a symbol of femininity, reproductively and sexuality. "Most women believe that cancer surgery is akin to defiling this and immediately suf-

fer from low self-esteem, anxiety and depression," she said. "The technique of breast Oncoplastics acts to counteract this, to provide a more positive outcome which assists in a better response to further medical treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Dr Yap is skilled in breast reconstruction and augmentation using both implants and autologous fat grafting. She has presented on autologous fat transfer at the International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgery Congress in Rome and the World Congress of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells in Guangzhou, China. She has also presented at IPRAS in Sydney and EPRAS in Vienna. For more information about Dr Yap, visit mulgraveprivate.com.au/specialists/dr-nicoleyap.

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Dandenong Dermatology Centre Practice Nurse and Laser Practitioner, Marie Lebrasse now operates as Vitalase Skin and Laser Clinic for Dandenong Dermatology Centre. Marie has been practice Nurse at Dandenong Dermatology Centre since 2001 and over that time has regularly studied, upgraded and updated her nursing and laser skills. Most recently she has achieved her Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing whilst continuing as our caring Practice Nurse and trusted Laser practitioner.

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Skin Needling: Skin needling is a skin rejuvenation treatment that helps stimulate collagen and elastin to promote smoother, healthier skin through a natural healing process. This treatment is suitable for all skin types and is designed to support skin regeneration to help conditions including acne scars, surgical scars/scarring, stretch marks, fine lines, pigmentation, enlarged pores, blackheads and mild textural irregularities and is suitable for treatment during the summer months. Laser, radio frequency and intense pulse light: Laser, radio frequency and intense pulse light is used to treat conditions related to skin damage and premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, redness, acne scars, broken capillaries, pigmentation, melasma, age spots and general photo rejuvenation. Non ablative skin rejuvenation uses radio frequencies to improve the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots and minor scars by creating heat in the skin with out injuring the surface of the skin. The heat generated promotes collagen production which results in tighter, healthier, younger Iooking skin. Treatments are suitable to most skin types. The first consultation is complimentary (free) by appointment only with cosmetic Nurse, Marie Lebrasse@ Vitalase Skin and Laser Clinic at Dandenong Dermatology Centre, 1/110 David Street, Dandenong 3175 Tel: 9791 3455

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Anti wrinkle injections: The role of anti wrinkle injections is to relax wrinkle causing muscles, thereby softening and preventing the development of expression lines, creating a smooth and rejuvenated appearance. Wrinkles often appear around the forehead and eyes when we smile or frown and these areas can be treated along with crow’s feet, using a well studied safe medication that suits all skin types, administered only by our qualified medical professional.

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Exciting new treatment Rezum is a ground-breaking new procedure which uses water vapour rather than radical surgery and is now available for treatment of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia/enlarged prostate). BPH is a condition that affects 50% of 50-year-old men with increasing frequency with age. The typical symptoms include decreased flow or urine, difficulty initiating urination, incomplete emptying, straining, rushing to the toilet, frequent urination and waking up night frequently. Some patients may get further complication such as urinary tract infection, blood in the urine or complete blockage of urination. Urologists Mr Shekib Shahbaz and Mr Tony de Sousa from Melbourne Urology Centre have had great experience with Rezum technology since its introduction in Australia. They have performed this procedure for local patients as well as those coming from interstate and overseas. "Rezum is an exciting new minimally invasive treatment for relief of symptoms of

prostate enlargement/BPH utilizing the natural energy stored in water vapour/steam," Mr Shahbaz said. "The first patients underwent this treatment in Victoria at The Mulgrave Private Hospital. "During the treatment, sterile water vapour is released through the obstructing prostate tissue; when the steam turns back into water, energy is released causing the cells to die. Over time the body's natural healing response removes the cells, effectively shrinking the prostate. This relieves the obstruction and reduces the symptoms of BPH." Mr Shahbaz said that this is a minimally invasive procedure performed in hospital under anaesthetic for patient comfort (sedation or general anaesthetic). "Some of the advantages include quicker recovery and the procedure can be performed as a day surgery with return to normal activities within 1-2 days," he said.

"There are no cuts involved and minimal bleeding. There is preservation of normal ejaculation function in most cases. It is a safe and effective alternative to lifelong medications or more invasive procedures. "Improvement in urinary symptoms can be noted in as little as two weeks but can take up to three months for maximal effect. "The cost of the treatment is mostly covered by private health insurance. Uninsured patients can get access to this treatment but should insist on a detailed quote and informed financial consent."

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Care and compassion throughout the decades The doctors and staff at Langton Medical Centre have been caring for the locals of Dandenong since the 1950s. And while they may have seen many changes since then, some things, like the personal approach to family healthcare, never change. It's no secret that the experienced doctors and dedicated staff pride themselves on offering excellent service and high standards to their patients. Recently, the centre's many longstanding doctors have been joined by additional experienced GPs. This is in an effort to ensure pa-

tients can see a doctor on the day they call and urgent medical problems can be seen sooner. There are now nine doctors available for bookings. Patients can also have their blood tests done within the medical centre and pick up any prescriptions at the pharmacy which is located right next to the centre's waiting room. And if patients need any extra medical tests, such as x-rays and ultrasounds, or possibly appointments to see physios, specialists and many more, they are all nearby. Langton has also worked closely with Dandenong Hospital and many other hospitals in the area.

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for free under the government flu vaccination program, so the centre always recommends that patients check with them when visiting. Langton Medical Centre is conveniently located in Langhorne Street, right in the centre of Dandenong. The practice is easily accessible and there is plenty of parking right outside the door. Opening hours are from 8am Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings from 9am. For more information, phone 9791 8888 or make an appointment online at www.langtonmc. com.

Langton Medical Centre offers a wide range of services to patients, covering all aspects of general practice and family medicine. Patients can book appointments for many things such as women's health, maternity care, minor surgery, work medicals, kid's immunisations and of course general medical concerns. The doctors are supported by a dedicated team of nurses and support staff, and translation services can be organised for appointments if needed. The flu vaccination is now in stock and available for Langton Medical Centre patients. Many people are able to get the vaccination

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AVIVA REINVENTS RETIREMENT AVIVA Communities has commenced work on what will be a ground breaking residential community for people over 50 at Officer. Managing Director of Aviva Communities Todd Strathdee said the $55million project is all about reinventing retirement and creating a community that is more suited to a young-spirited retiree. “The innovative design of the community and what we are able to offer our homeowners is very different to other options in the market,“ Todd said. Designed by award winning Wolveridge Architects, the homes and clubhouse reflect modern housing styles that are based on the history Officer and embody design practices that optimise liveability for homeowners. “All living spaces are oriented to the north and achieve a minimum six star energy rating,“ said Todd. “Genuine master-planning means that every home has private open spaces that are achieved without tracts of imposing fences.“ All homes at Aviva Officer come with access to a stunning clubhouse known as The Lodge. The Lodge design reflects the brick kilns and timber mills that were the foundations of enterprise in Officer. With statuesque brick chimneys punctuating stunning timber facades, The Lodge will be home to a range of amenities that support an active social and physical life.

Whilst the community is outstanding in its design credentials, affordability was one of the most important considerations in its creation. “People living in retirement have fixed incomes and worry about how far their money will go. We have invested a lot of time in developing ways to provide our homeowners with financial certainty and a greater level of control over their cost of living,“ explained Todd.

“At Aviva Communities Officer we are able to offer our homeowners financial peace of mind by rethinking the traditional way these communities work. One example of this is managing electricity costs through a marketleading energy system. We didn’t want out residents to be scrimping on the heater in winter and A/C in summer, so we did something about that. We are able to offer our residents energy in a way that provides certainty and protects them against the ever-

increasing electricity price hikes.“ Located on McMullen Road, Aviva Communities Officer is within walking distance of the future planned Officer Town Centre and has the added benefit of being adjacent to the Gum Scrub Creek Nature Reserve. Aviva Officer will be launched in mid 2019. To register your interest and to take advantage of pre-release purchase benefits call 1800 961 585 or register on https:// www.avivacommunities.com.au ●

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A computing beginners course and an English conversation class are set to begin at Hallam Community Learning Centre, 56 Kays Avenue. The English classes are a fun, educational program with a fully-qualified English teacher - students can attend with their children. The computer classes run for eight weeks from Tuesday 30 April 9:30am-12:15pm. The English classes start 29 April 12:45-2:45pm. Bookings: 9703 1688.

Pay your respects to our war veterans on this fascinating free Anzac Day tour of Springvale War Cemetery. All tour participants will receive a free copy of the publication ‘Victorian War Heritage’. 25 April, noon at Springvale Botanical Cemetery. Please meet at Cafe Vita, Springvale Botanical Cemetery by 11.45am. Bookings: celestina.sagazio@smct. org.au or 8558 8210.

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Join our Community Leaders Forum and make a difference to the lives and wellbeing of your community. Learn from professionals on how to grow your community group, skills development and community lunches and morning teas. Other topics include material aid and assistance referrals, meeting spaces, grant writing and how to run a meeting. The event is held by Dandenong Neighbourhood Community and Learning Centre. Free afternoon tea is provided. Wednesday 1 May 3-5pm at 34 King Street Dandenong. RSVP by Friday 26 April. Details: 9792 5298 or admin@dandenongnh. org.au

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The Aussie Rhythm & Jazz Association presents a music and dance event with the Matrix dance band. All ages are welcome to enjoy an evening of rock and roll, reggae, pop, jazz, Latin and waltzes. Food on sale. Dress code is smart casual, BYO drinks and dancing shoes. 18 May at Keysborough Seniors Club, 352 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough. $15 members, $20 non-members, $10 children 6-12 years. Details: Brian David, 8759 0747 or 0421 983 862, or Lew Geer on 9558 1898 or 0437 950 550.

A weekly two-course lunch is provided by Hampton Park United Church, with the support of City of Casey. All welcome. Thursdays, 12noon at 1 Coral Drive Hampton Park. Details: 9799 7994

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Men and women can learn to use a sewing machine to insert zips, cut patterns and how to hem. Free childcare is available for parents who attend the class. Springvale Neighbourhood House, 46-50 Queens Avenue, Springvale. Tuesdays during school terms, 12.30pm to 2.30pm. $3 per class. No bookings required. Call 9548 3972 for more information.

This group offers help and support to family and friends of problem drinkers. Meetings are weekly at Endeavour Hills, Dandenong, Springvale and Dandenong North. Mondays from 10am at the Andrews Centre, corner Hanna Drive and Heatherton Road . Endeavour Hills, Wednesdays from 8.15pm at Seminar room 2 at Dandenong Hospital, David Street, Fridays from 10.30am at Springvale Church of Christ, corner Buckingham and Windsor avenues and Saturdays at St Gerard’s Community Centre, 71 Gladstone Road, Dandenong North. Details: 1300 252 666 or visit www.al-anon. org.au

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This free conversational English class is ideal for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Doveton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 34 Oak Avenue, Doveton. Tuesdays, 10am to noon. Call 9791 1449 for more information.

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Finding friendship The Burmese Women’s Alliance Friendship Group meets every Thursday to socialise and make new friends. The meetings involve mentoring, cancer screening workshops, and fabric painting. Noble Park Community Centre, Memorial Drive, Noble Park. Thursdays during school terms, noon to 2pm. New members are welcome. A $2 donation applies to fabric painting. Call Chaw on 0432 021 888 or the Noble Park Community Centre on 9547 5801 for more information.

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Family fun at the library Children and their carers can enjoy Lego, chess, puzzles and games. Playing games together can improve literacy, numeracy, spatial awareness, socially appropriate behaviour and fair play. This event is free and no booking is required. Springvale Library, 411 Springvale Road, Springvale. Saturdays during school terms, 11am. Call 1300 630 920 for more information.

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Voices of Casey and Play it Forward choirs present Songs My Mother Taught Me - a trip down memory lane, with great songs from the 20th century. Conducted by Dr Jonathon Welch AM and accompanied by Jodie Lockyer. Includes afternoon tea. Saturday May 11 3pm at The Amazing Grace, 150-156 South Gippsland Highway Cranbourne. $30 adult/ $25 concession/ $20 under-18s / $85 family. Bookings: Paulien 0412 741 195 or maritimes.1@hotmail.com

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The Waverley Gardens Combined Probus Club is seeking new members from the Dandenong North, Noble Park and Springvale North areas. Members meet for coffee and a guest speaker from 9.45am to noon on the last Tuesday of the month, and for other activities. Vegas Club, Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, corner Jacksons and Police roads, Mulgrave. Call 9560 6046 or 9801 4049 for more information.

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Rugby rules for kids, OK? By Hayley Wildes The Endeavour Hills junior rugby union club has been around for decades, and over that time the club has gone from strength to strength despite being in an AFL-dominated sporting landscape. Gone are the days of needing parents to light up the field with their car headlights for training, and gone are the days of getting flooded off the field. Now, with new lights and three new fields to utilise, the club is on the hunt for new members to come and join in the fun. The club has something for everyone, with teams starting from under-7s all the way through to under-18s, and both girls and boys are welcome. With the creation of the Super W league - the national rugby union competition for females - there are bonafide pathways now available for both boys and girls to make it to the elite level of rugby union. An array of past and present Endeavour Hills players have represented Victoria, the Melbourne Rebels and even Australia's national team; the Wallabies. Sean McMahon and Siliva Siliva are two names that immediately jump out and without the opportunities presented to them in their earlier years as Endeavour Hills players, they wouldn't be where they are today on some of the biggest stages in the world. Marita Naea, Endeavour Hills rugby club junior coordinator, talked about the passion within the club and the volunteers that are helping the kids advance and chase their rugby dreams. "We just want to create a platform for them to advance and it's a really supportive environment where they can get exposure to high-lev-

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el rugby." Naea said. Having involvement with the Melbourne Rebels is another important link for the club and helps the juniors realise elite level rugby isn't far away.

"Kids get to look at their role models," "At training they're getting excited, interacting with teammates, staying motivated and off the streets. "Grassroots is where it starts and we just

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Lucy's Milo lit up Sandown Park on Thursday night, running the fastest time of 2019 to storm into the final of the $432,000 Launching Pad. The son of Melbourne Cup winner Dyna Double One stepped well from Box 3 before accelerating brilliantly to lead equal favourite Say Hi past the post the first time. From there, the gap only grew as Lucy's Milo powered away from his rivals to stop the clock in 29.166 eight lengths clear of runner up Chiquita Lass. It was the eighth win of his 18-start career and by far the most impressive, though his performance didn't come as a big surprise to connections. "He's getting better with every start," said Tom Dailly, deputising for his wife, trainer Andrea. "He got out of the box quite well last week and even better this week, but as a baby he'd always shown good pace, but it's taken a while to show it in a race. Hopefully he keeps doing it because

he's strong as well, so if he can keep coming out like that he's going to win some good races." The win completed a race-to-race double for Andrea Dailly after Jaro Bale impressively also won through to Thursday night's (18 April) decider. Despite being shuffled back to last after finding early trouble, Jaro Bale showed fantastic field sense to pick his way past his rivals to win in 29.80 and will now line up in the $150,000 to the winner final at just his seventh career start. As impressive as the winning Dailly double were, boom pup Flynn is the greyhound to beat in the final after drawing Box 1 for the final. The pre-post favourite took out the night's opening semi-final by five lengths in 29.38, much to the delight of trainer Harry Manolitsis who believes Flynn has further scope for improvement as the series enters its third week. Flynn lost no admirers after running second in his heat last week and further justified the punter's faith with a flawless performance in his semi-final. That run was just his second

start over 500 metres and the confidence of his huge supporter base was enhanced knowing he will wear the coveted red rug in the final. The night's final semi-final was won by Curt Lee in 29.93. While the slowest of the four semi-final winners, Curt Lee was no less impressive. In a rough-run affair, the striking Glenn Rounds trained chaser was made to earn his seventh consecutive victory but did so in determined fashion, improving his record to eight wins from 10 starts. The Launching Pad is Australia's only sweepstakes event and is open to greyhounds with one to six wins, and no more than 30 starts. Connections pay $2000 for one of 64 places in the heats. It attracts the best young chasers from across the nation and boasts one of the biggest prizes in greyhound racing. The final of the 2019 Launching Pad will be run on Thursday 18 April as part of the club's annual Easter Kids Fun Night featuring a host of free family entertainment.

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Dandenong Star Journal - 15th April 2019  

Dandenong Star Journal - 15th April 2019