Mildura Weekly : February 21 2014 Vol 8 No 16
Mildura Weekly – 21/02/14 17 www.milduraphonebook.com.au ROBINVALE’S Lyall Smith knows only too well the frightening sta- tistics of people who pass away because of kidney disease. If it wasn’t for his life-saving organ donation four years ago, his son Brad would have joined them! Lyall and Brad, now fully re- covered after the operation that changed their lives, are continu- ing to raise awareness of kidney health, especially during Donate Life Week, which this year will be recognised from this Sunday. This year, Lyall and Brad are asking people to have a family get-together to encourage each other to register as an organ do- nor. They say the right decision could save someone’s life...even their own. “Without a properly-func- tioning kidney, the body will die,” Lyall says. “One in three of us are at risk of developing kid- ney disease. Diabetes and high blood pressure are risk factors.” Lyall said 50 people passed away each day from the disease, and the figures are rising annu- ally, with a 23 percent increase over the past decade. A single organ donor can save the lives of up to 10 people, but while Australia is a global leader in transplants, we have one of the lowest organ donation rates in the developed world. Each year there are well over 1000 people on the transplant list (from the 10,000 people on dialysis), but only six percent got that life-saving operation. The average waiting time for a transplant is four years, but waits of up to seven years are com- mon. On average, one Australian dies each week while waiting for a transplant. Lyall said the survival rate following a kidney transplant is high - with 98 percent of re- cipients alive a year later, and 88 percent are still with us after five years. He said if people were ever in doubt about becoming an organ donor, they should read the Do- nate Book Of Life, which is avail- able for online viewing at www. donatelife.gov.au/book.html - a collection of life-saving and life- changing stories from people touched by organ and tissue do- nation. Lyall and Brad’s story is included. Lyall, who gets a new T-shirt printed each year to promote Do- nate Life Week is happy to pro- vide more information to read- ers. He can be contacted at home on 50 264653, or email lynclob- firstname.lastname@example.org Best donation of all – life! • KIDNEY SHIRT: Lyall Smith • gets a new T-shirt printed each year to promote Donate Life Week. He was happy to model it to help raise awareness of kidney disease. THE next meeting of Mildura and District Genealogical Society will be held Monday, February 3 at the Carnegie Centre, 74 Deakin Avenue, Mildura at 7.30pm. Guest speaker will be Went- worth Librarian Leanne Watmuff, who will talk about her family’s connection to Norfolk Island, and the island’s early years of settlement, from 1788 to 1796. Leanne went to Norfolk Island in March last year to celebrate the 225th anniversary of Norfolk settlement. The Genealogical Society Library is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Satur- day from 11am to 4pm. Further information is available by phon- ing 5022 0172 Finding out about Norfolk FAMILY Day Care Australia has called on the Federal Government to increase funding to the early childhood education and care sec- tor to ensure greater child care ac- cessibility in regional and remote locations including Mildura. The national peak body’s sub- mission to the Productivity Com- mission Inquiry into Childcare and Early Learning highlights the importance of family day care to regional and remote communi- ties, recommending the need for greater funding to support qual- ity child care accessibility. According to recent studies, more than 61 percent of family day care services operate in re- gional, rural or remote areas, and in many of these areas family day care is the only type of formal early childhood education and care available. “Family day care is an ideal service to operate in regional and remote areas however additional funding and support is required, a priority being assistance in the attainment of mandatory qualifi- cations,” the submission recom- mends. “In rural and remote areas services have additional operat- ing expenses, encounter greater difficulty in accessing training and professional development, recruiting and retaining staff, and face barriers regarding the ad- ministration of support to educa- tor networks.” The submission also recom- mends increased funding and changes to existing structures to ensure all families equity and ac- cessibility to quality early child- hood education. “If the Australian Govern- ment is to truly commit to wide- spread and comprehensive re- form within the early childhood education and care sector, greater investment is required,” the sub- mission reads. 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