Nationals promise cheaper medical travel for patients
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.