Health snap­shot sought

Benalla Ensign - - Community Voice - By Si­mon Rup­pert

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.

●War­ragul trip

Par­tic­i­pants wanted: Re­searchers are seek­ing up to 600 lo­cal house­holds to take part.

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