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HEART WEEK MAY 1-7
Monday to Friday
8.30am - 6pm
8.30am - 12noon
Closed Sundays & public holidays
* Fully accredited
Keeping you and
your heart healthy
Phone 5655 1355
50 Radovick Street,
A.H. 5654 2753.
42 Murray St, Wonthaggi
25 A'Beckett St, Inverloch
2/1524 Bass Hwy Grantville
Bass Coast Health
GOOD HEALTH REQUIRES A HEALTHY HEART
Visiting your doctor once you are seriously ill is rather like visiting the crash repairer
after the car's brakes have failed; a necessary repair job but it would have been
better to have checked and serviced the brakes before they failed.
Add more active years to your life by taking regular exercise, eating a healthy diet,
quit smoking, regular health checks and by getting involved in your community.
Take early action when you are unwell.
Wonthaggi Medical Group offers vascular
health checks, comprehensive health assessments, support to manage
your weight and chronic disease management.
For Appointments Call
Wonthaggi - 56721333
Inverloch - 56741207
Grantville - 56788029
A healthy balanced diet
Low alcohol consumption
Regular health check-ups
Don't wait until it is too late, take control of your health and act now.
Heart Foundation Australia is running a number
of programs to reduce Australian’s risk of heart at-
tacks and strokes with Heart Week running from
Sunday, May 1 to Saturday, May 7.
There is no one cause for heart disease, but there
are risk factors that can contribute to an increase
chance of developing it.
Some factors like aging cannot be altered, eth-
nic background, family history and gender can be
contributing factors to an increased risk of having a
heart attack or stroke.
While these factors cannot be minimised, a
number of positive lifestyle choices can reduce the
risk of heart disease.
Those who smoke, have high cholesterol, or
high blood pressure, diabetes or an unhealthy diet
are at higher risk of heart disease.
Being inactive or overweight can also contribute
to an increased risk of heart disease, while isolation
and mental health problems like depression can also
pose a threat.
The Heart Foundation recommends a number of
actions to decrease the risk of heart disease by pro-
moting healthy foods and an active lifestyle.
For those who have suffered a heart event, car-
diac rehabilitation is recommended to decrease the
risk of future events through the promotion of a
healthy lifestyle and education patients about heart
disease warning signs.
The foundation also recommends checking an
individual’s waist measurement to assess whether
or not they are at a heightened risk of developing
Regardless of height or build, for most adults a
waist measurement of greater than 94cm for men
and 80cm for women is an indicator of the level
of internal fat deposits that coat the heart, kidneys,
liver, digestive organs and pancreas. This can in-
crease the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Waist circumference is less accurate in some
situations, including pregnancy, medical conditions
where there is distension of the abdomen, and for
certain groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples, South Asian, Chinese and Japa-
To minimise the onset of heart disease, the
Heart Foundation suggests aiming for two to five
hours of moderate intensity physical exercise each
Not only does physical activity decrease the
likelihood of developing heart disease, it also
helps control other heart disease risk factors like
high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and being
First and foremost, speak with a health profes-
sional about risk of developing heart disease and
discuss the most suitable options for cardiac reha-
bilitation or heart disease prevention.
Keeping beat: now is the time to visit your
general practitioner to see what lifestyle
changes can be made to reduce your risk of
heart disease. Local health clinics also offer
cardiac rehabilitation for those who have suf-
fered a heart event.
HEART Week is on this week, with
health organisations and healthcare pro-
viders banding together to minimise
heart disease in Australia.
Heart disease is the single biggest killer of
Australians, however most of it can be prevented
through positive lifestyle choices and a proactive
approach to healthcare.
Heart week beating strong
Come on: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien is urging the State Government to secure
federal funding to help advance the realignment of the Black Spur, on the South Gippsland
Highway at Koonwarra.
was a standout project in Gippsland South that
could attract funding from the Commonwealth if
Labor got its act together.
The Federal Government recently committed
$345 million to be spent of safety upgrades, dupli-
cations and other roadworks in rural and regional
“Thanks to the efforts of my federal colleague,
Member for Gippsland and Minister for Infra-
structure and Transport, Darren Chester we now
have a golden opportunity in Gippsland to deliver
improved roads,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The Black Spur project is a critical one for
the South Gippsland Highway, but Labor has been
dithering on a business plan funded almost two
years ago by the previous Coalition Government.
“This $51 million project would do a lot to
improve safety and economic efficiency on the
South Gippsland Highway and given that it would
be a significant project, there would be an oppor-
tunity for the State Government to access some
Mr O’Brien said Labor’s record of cuts to road
funding was woeful and it now had an opportunity
to let Darren Chester and Malcolm Turnbull drag
them out of the mire and deliver better roads for
“(Victorian Roads Minister) Luke Donnellan
needs to get on his bike and get these projects
moving,” Mr O’Brien said.
“When I was elected I made roads funding a
priority and I’ll continue to fight for a better deal,
just as The Nationals and Darren Chester have
done from Canberra.”
Federal funding a golden roads chance
GIPPSLAND South MLA Danny
O’Brien has called on the State Govern-
ment to expedite plans for major road
projects in Gippsland to take advantage
of a funding offer from the Federal Gov-
Mr O’Brien said the Black Spur realignment
on the South Gippsland Highway at Koonwarra
KORUMBURRA CFA will receive a
new heavy tanker as a result of design
and planning works undertaken by The
Nationals when in government.
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said
the tanker would arrive this year. Sale CFA will
also receive a heavy tanker.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the remarkable
and selfless job our CFA volunteers do in protect-
ing their community from fire and I know the new
tanker will be a great asset to our local brigades,”
Mr O’Brien said the new truck – an Iveco
heavy tanker crew cab (4x4) – would be fitted
with large LED tank level lights, a multi-function
ladder and 50 litre fresh water tank to enable fire
crews to perform their job better.
“These tankers provide a new level of service
and improved safety measures, meaning those us-
ing these vehicles will be safer while undertaking
their job,” Mr O’Brien said.
“This will also mean these communities and
the surrounding areas will be better protected
from the threat of fire throughout the year and
particularly in the drier summer months.”
New truck for
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