DEEP DIVE TO SE­CRETS BE­LOW OCEAN SUR­FACE

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Kristie Lim

SCITECH’S lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion has un­veiled a wa­tery world, with ac­tiv­i­ties and experiences that re­veal some of the ocean’s se­crets, demon­strate how im­por­tant and spe­cial the ecosys­tem is and why peo­ple should pro­tect it for gen­er­a­tions. Each ex­hi­bi­tion takes up to 24 months to de­velop.

THE Town of Bassendean will in­ves­ti­gate im­proved shel­ter op­tions for a street doc­tor ser­vice at Ash­field Re­serve.

At their De­cem­ber 18 coun­cil meet­ing, Bassendean coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously sup­ported Cr Sarah Quin­ton’s mo­tion for staff to con­sult doc­tors and out­reach doc­tors from the Guild­ford-based 360 Health and Com­mu­nity for shel­ter op­tions.

Of­fi­cers will pre­pare a re­port in the 2018-19 bud­get mid-year review.

The Street Doc­tor ser­vice cur­rently op­er­ates at the re­serve on Fri­days from 9.30am to 3pm and at other lo­ca­tions across Perth’s CBD and Midland.

It pro­vides free med­i­cal ap­point­ments to home­less, dis­ad­van­taged and marginalised peo­ple in Perth.

In a re­port to the coun­cil, Cr Quin­ton said the ser­vice could see up to 30 peo­ple per ses­sion.

“Dur­ing the win­ter, peo­ple who visit the ser­vice of­ten sit in the cold wind un­der the shel­ter of the Ash­field Re­serve toi­lets, which in­cludes el­derly and sick peo­ple,” she said.

“Given the Town’s com­mit­ment to the ser­vice and the ben­e­fits it pro­vides to Bassendean com­mu­nity mem­bers, pro­vid­ing a roller door, cafe blinds or some other per­ma­nent op­tion where the ser­vice can store ta­bles and chairs to en­sure peo­ple who are wait­ing to see the doc­tor are com­fort­able, and out of the cold wind and rain, would fit into the re­mit of the Town’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

For de­tails, visit www. 360.org.au/Pro­grams/Stree t-Doc­tor.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Isha Singh at Scitech's new Ocean Odyssey ex­hi­bi­tion.

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