Mildura Weekly : Friday January 29 Vol 10 No 12
08 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016 SCHS to host renowned NECAS speech pathologist SCHOOL speed zone limits are back in effect this week with driv- ers being urged to slow down and take extra caution around school zones. Speed limits will drop to ei- ther 40km/h or 60km/h in the mornings from 8am to 9.30am and the afternoons from 2.30pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Drivers must obey reduced speed limits outside schools on these days, even if an individual school is closed. With summer in full swing, drivers are also being reminded to watch out for children on bikes, particularly at intersec- tions, roundabouts and foot- paths. Parents and carers are also be- ing urged to be extra vigilant dur- ing drop off and pick up times. All children should be in the appropriate car restraint for their age and size, parking restrictions should be obeyed, drivers should keep clear of the children’s cross- ings and take care not to double park. Term 1 school speed zones have been in place since yester- day, and will continue through to March 24, except for public holidays. Back to school and time to slow down! Bypass roundabouts cause truckie concern • From Page 6 “If the Mildura truck bypass is funded, we are committed to talking to trucking operators and taking on board any feedback we receive on proposed changes to the existing roundabouts,” Ms McNeilly said. “Roundabout designs for truck routes are generally larger, with fea- tures that accommodate truck move- ments through the intersection, such as mountable concrete aprons. “Roundabouts allow larger trucks to U-turn, which is applicable to this truck route, which will have industry-zoned developments either side of the road and in part will be ultimately duplicat- ed or have restricted right turn access. “The proposed bypass would re- move trucks from the centre of town, where there are seven sets of traffic lights and a roundabout along Deakin Avenue, generally in a 50km/h speed zone. “The four large, existing round- abouts along the proposed truck bypass route, between the Benetook Avenue intersection and Seventeenth Street roundabout (roundabouts at Eleventh, Fourteenth, Fifteenth and Sixteenth Streets) are proposed to remain and are likely to be improved or upgraded.” • SCHS regional communication service speech pathologist Emma Douglass. SUNRAYSIA Commu- nity Health Services (SCHS) will host re- nowned Non-Electron- ic Communication Aids Scheme (NECAS) speech pathologist, Clara Navaretti, next Thursday, February 4. The session will focus on the NECAS – which provides a range of non-electronic aids to adults who have speech difficulties. The scheme funds aids such as commu- nication boards and books, community request cards, person- al histories, activity schedules and more, and supports people to develop an aid that suits their specific com- munication needs. A similar scheme for children has also re- cently been piloted for those under 18, with Ms Navaretti’s presen- tation to cover how those interested can apply for the NECAS, while also including a large display of non- electronic communica- tion aids. Ms Navaretti’s visit to the region follows the release of recent sta- tistics that reveal more than 1.1 million Aus- tralians have a commu- nication disorder, with close to 15,000 people utilising non-electronic communication aids. SCHS regional communication service speech pathologist, Emma Douglass, said there were many dif- ferent conditions that result in a person hav- ing little or no speech, and needing assistance to communicate. These include life- long developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy or intel- lectual disability, and conditions that appear later in life such as Par- kinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, severe aphasia (language diffi- culty following stroke) or acquired brain in- jury. Other conditions may result in someone having a temporary loss of speech, such as burns, surgery after cancer, trauma or being on a breathing tube in an intensive care unit. “These days people tend towards using technology as an aid or substitute for speech, with mobile phones and tablets easily ac- cessible,” Ms Douglass said. “However, being immediately able to convey your message via a phrase card on your keyring or in your wallet is much more ef- ficient for most people. “Often a mixture of both electronic and non-electronic options is necessary for efficient and successful commu- nication for those with a speech difficulty.” More information about the presentation, or to book a place, is available by contact- ing Emma Douglass on 5022 5444. 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