Na­tion­als prom­ise cheaper med­i­cal travel for pa­tients

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and also from lo­cal out­lets at the Myrtle­ford Post Of­fice, Myrtle­ford Newsagency and the Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre.

“Pur­chas­ing one for $20 is a means of ac­knowl­edg­ing and sup­port­ing the on­go­ing work of the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety,” Mr Tay­lor said.

I RE­CENTLY re­ceived an email from Breastscreen Vic­to­ria, say­ing it was time for a breast can­cer check.

In the past, I’ve been able to have these done in the mo­bile van in Myrtle­ford. It was al­ways easy to book an ap­point­ment, and to fit this in with my nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Now, how­ever, the ser­vice is only avail­able at Wan­garatta, on Tues­days and Wed­nes­days, which means (for me) a two hour round trip and about $30 worth of fuel.

This is dif­fi­cult enough for me, but for a woman work­ing full time, the dis­tance and re­stricted ac­cess must make book­ing an ap­point­ment with­out tak­ing time off work im­pos­si­ble.

I’ve al­ready spo­ken to women who have told me they can’t af­ford the time or money to have a breast check in these cir­cum­stances.

This is par­tic­u­larly con­cern­ing, as Myrtle­ford has an above av­er­age num­ber of women in the age group most sus­cep­ti­ble to breast can­cer, and a higher than usual in­ci­dence of breast can­cer in the com­mu­nity. It is the fourth high­est cause of pre­ma­ture death in the Alpine Shire.

I’m not sure on what ba­sis ser­vices were cut to our area, as the sta­tis­tics sug­gest that, if any­thing, we need more breast screen­ing ser­vices, not fewer.

I’m not prone to us­ing emo­tive phrases such as ‘lives are at stake’ but in this case, they are - and if noth­ing else, hav­ing a reg­u­lar breast check means one less thing to worry about. GET TO­GETHER: Mem­bers of the Myrtle­ford & District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety John Tay­lor, Philippa Cartwright and Gael Butcher join Mu­seum visi­tors Anne Kelso and Bar­bara Sutherland from Lower Tem­plestowe Probus Club in launch­ing the So­ci­ety’s 2019 Cal­en­dar.

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