Mildura Weekly : Friday April 11 2014 Vol 8 No 23
Mildura Weekly – 11/04/14 17 www.milduraphonebook.com.au IT’S a shocking statistic. Every three hours, someone in Aus- tralia loses a limb as a direct result of diabetes-related foot disease. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of lower limb amputation in the world. Families in Mildura are among those affected almost weekly, leading to the Limbs 4 Life not-for-profit group getting hosting a Mildura am- putee gathering at the Princes Court Village auditorium and meeting room from 2pm on Thursday, April 24. Susanne Riddington from Limbs 4 Life says losing a limb and becoming an am- putee can lead to a range of physical and lifestyle changes and challenges for the indi- vidual and their loved ones. “In Australia, people suf- fer limb loss every day, the most com- mon reason being as a result of diabetes,” she said. “Other reasons include vascular dis- ease, cancer, trauma accidents, infections and congenital differ- ences. “Limb loss doesn’t discriminate, and peo- ple of all cultures, gen- der, ages and differing socio- economic sta- tus can be affected. Becoming an ampu- tee, or faced with the prospect of limb loss, it can be reassuring to discuss your concerns or fears.” Susanne said Limbs 4 Life’s phi- losophy was to ensure that no one faced the challenge of limb loss alone, and that each individual had access to an organisation that understands their circumstances, can facilitate connections with peers and provide up-to- date information. Established in 2004, Limbs 4 Life helps amputees through their limb loss jour- ney and into independent liv- ing. This includes providing support to adult amputees before and after amputation, as well as their families and primary care givers, while also helping families of children born with limb deficiencies and/or young people who face amputation in the early years of their lives. The group offers one-to- one mentoring, facilitating support groups and hosting amputee gatherings, develops health and well-being infor- mation, publishes web-based and print resources and hosts an AMP-Link forum which provides a virtual form of peer support for those living in rural and regional commu- nities. Susanne, who will host the Mildura gathering, said the session would last around an hour-and-a-half, and was open to all Mildura and dis- trict amputees, families and carers. Intending par- ticipants have been asked to contact Su- sanne (before next Tuesday) on freecall 1300 78 2231, mo- bile 0427 149 136 or email peersupport@ limbs4life.org.au . She has also in- vited local ampu- tees – people of any age and regardless of limb loss, to think about becoming a peer support vol- unteer. Training for this will be held on Wednesday, April 23, between 10am and 4pm, and again, peo- ple should contact Susanne for further information. Applications for training can be tak- en over the phone, email or post. (Ap- plication forms are available online at www.limbs4life.org. au. While in Mildura, Susanne will be providing in- service information sessions to Sunraysia medical and al- lied health providers. It’s a sad fact that is not well publicised, but now there’s action at ground level, with a planned get-together of people who have had one or more limbs amputated. It’s all about... Diabetes – a risk to life and limb • A HELPING HAND: Limbs 4 Life Peer Support co-ordinator Susanne Riddington, ABOVE, and volunteers Henrick Jensen, seated, and Bruce Rodgers. EMBRACING a growing digital landscape can be a tough ask for some, with many Mildura residents finding it difficult to find their technological feet in a growing online- oriented world. Mildura Rural City Council’s library staff are on a mission to help bridge the gap when it comes to technological knowledge, helping residents navigate their way through the world wide web through the ‘Technology Thursday’ initiative. Aimed at beginner and entry level com- puter users, as well as those wanting further help with access to the library’s eResources, Mildura Rural City Council Community De- velopment and Safety Councillor, Ali Cup- per, said the initiative was a great way to help people get connected in the digital world. “The library’s Technology Thursday pro- gram provides a great range of basic email and internet training,” she said. “Small group sessions run each Thurs- day, with no more than six people in each group. “The small group size ensures staff can provide tailored, one-on-one training.” More information – or to make a book- ing – is available by contacting 5018 8350. Mildura Library launches ‘tech-day’ service MILDURA LIBRARY Tuesday 15 April 10:30am Collage a Key Holder 2:30pm Take off in a Hot Air Balloon Thursday 17 April 10:30am Fabulous Fun House 2:30pm Cute Easter Craft RED CLIFFS LIBRARY Tuesday 15 April 11am Easter Egg Characters and Bunny Bookmarks Wednesday 16 April 2:30pm Easter Magnets Thursday 17 April 11am Easter Basket and Eggs All activities suitable for primary school aged children and cost $1.55 per child. Places limited, bookings essential. www.mildura.vic.gov.au/library (03) 5018 8350 MERBEIN LIBRARY Tuesday 15 April 1:30pm Easter Bonnets Thursday 17 April 10:30am Pom Pom Chickens 1:30pm Ghastly Games (for secondary school students years 7-10) IRYMPLE LIBRARY Wednesday 16 April 2pm Bunny Bags Get creative at your local library in the school holidays!
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