Health snapshot sought
Local people will have the chance to participate in the Crossroads Research Project, which aims to provide Benalla Health with accurate statistical information to help them plan services into the future.
A team of researchers will visit 600 randomly chosen addresses in Benalla to ask questions relating to health and access to health services.
Half of participating adults will then be offered the chance to undergo a comprehensive free health check-up that has the capacity to detect undiagnosed health issues.
Lead researcher Kristen Glenister said the proposed research in Benalla was a continuation of research conducted in Shepparton, Mooroopna and Cobram.
‘‘People have really enjoyed participating and many found the clinics very worthwhile,’’ Ms Glenister said.
‘‘The 600 addresses are sel- ected at random and we hope that at least 300 will participate.
‘‘We ask a range of questions around people’s health, diseases and their use of health services.
‘‘We will then share the results with our partner organisation, which in this case is Benalla Health.
‘‘We check for a range of conditions from poor lungfunction to cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and dementia.’’
The study is a repeat of a project that was conducted between 2001 and 2003 in the region and aims to offer an upto-date snapshot of health service requirements.
Researchers received the green light after funding was secured from the National Health and Medical Research Council in 2016.
The study is conducted in partnership with the Department of Rural Health, local health services, the University of Melbourne and local government. Tuesday, September 5, 9.30 am to 11.30 am: The Hume Riverina Community Legal Service will be attending Benalla Health, Coster St, Benalla, to provide free face-to-face legal advice.
For more information or to make an appointment, phone Hume Riverina Community Legal Service on 1800 918 377.
●Tuesday, September 5, 7.15 pm: Benalla Garden Club meeting at the Bowls Club. Meeting starts at 7.15 pm, trading table opens at 6.30 pm. Guest speaker will be Netty Hanley from Gooroombat. You will have seen or heard about ‘‘wicking beds’’ before, but not like this. Netty has been producing huge quantities of vegetables from her wicking beds and aquaponics hot house for years. While she and husband John have the space and ability to do this on a large scale, they will also demonstrate for those who perhaps live in units, but can still use small containers to achieve great results. You will be inspired. Do you love visiting gardens? The Benalla Garden Club is travelling to Warragul for three days, November 15, 16 and 17, to visit magnificent Broughton Hall Gardens (Google it, you will be amazed), a French-style garden, a nursery and much more.
For more details, or to join the trip, phone Kathleen on 0427 880 508 or Maureen on 5762 5041.
●Adoption cats and kittens Pickles short hair, 6 months, male, tabby. Floyd Short hair, 18 months, male, ginger/ white. Lottie short hair, 6 years, female, black tortoiseshell/white. Joffrey short hair, 2 years, male, tabby/white. Major Tom Short hair, 2 years, male, grey tabby. Tammy Short hair, 1 year, female, grey tabby. Alex short hair, grey, male, 3 years Maggie short hair, black/white, female, 3 years. Brock shorthair, tabby, male, 2 years Cindy short hair, champagne, female, 1.5 years Ivy short hair, tabby/white, female, 2 years. Nimue short hair, black tortoiseshell, female, 2 years. Rupert short hair, grey tabby, male, 3 years. Atticus short hair, tabby, female, 3 years. Scrappy short hair, tabby, male, 1 year. Hilary short hair, grey tortoiseshell, female, 4 years. Juliette short hair, ginger, female, 5 months. Ves long hair, tabby/white, male, 3 years. Casey short hair, white, female, 3 years. Wangaratta RSPCA, 1 Connell St, phone (03) 5722 2874.
Participants wanted: Researchers are seeking up to 600 local households to take part.