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Tai chi classes at the Loxton CWA Hall from
11am until noon and 2pm until 3pm. $2 per
session. For more information call 8584 7823.
Tai chi classes at the Loxton CWA Hall from 7pm
until 8pm. $2 per session. For more information
call 8584 7823.
Charity For All Bingo at the Loxton Club. Eyes
down at 7.30pm. For more info call 8584 7353.
Sunday, February 15
A gospel concert will be held at the Loxton
Uniting Church from 2pm to 4pm. Afternoon tea
included, admission by donation. For more infor-
mation call 8584 7622.
Diary Dates is a free service and is not to be used
for advertising committee meetings or group agms
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Phone 8584 6124
SEE BACK TO SCHOOL CATALOGUE
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
High School Canteen Roster
Starting time is 10am
Mon, Feb 2: S. Koskinas
Tues, Feb 3: K. Reid
Wed, Feb 4: C. Faehrmann
Thurs, Feb 5: T. Reichelt
Fri, Feb 6: A. May
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THIS stunning sunset over the Loxton riverfront near the caravan park was captured by Sharon Casey recently.
A local community
organisation is lending
a helping hand to locals
wanting to attend university,
launching a two-year $10,000
Applications for the Loxton
Rotary Club's inaugural Rotary
Vocational Scholarship are now
open until March 6.
Rotary vocational services direc-
tor David Pocock said the organi-
sation developed the scholarship
as a way to reward and support
"well-rounded" local students in
"Many of us are well aware of
the costs associated with vocation-
al study," he said.
"The scholarship contains a
book allowance along with a res-
idential allowance, which is pay-
able to a college.
"Applications are open to recent
graduates as well as mature-age
students. The stipulation being
that they currently reside in the
Loxton/Brown's Well district."
Applicants will need to have
achieved an ATAR of 85 or above,
demonstrated a community and
vocational commitment to regional
South Australia and been accepted
in a degree course for the 2015
Mr Pocock said an expert com-
mittee, made up of community
leaders, would convene to assess
applications on their eligibility and
They will be judged on their aca-
demic merit, vocational commit-
ment and community involvement.
Consideration will also be made
on the degree's regional relevance.
Mr Pocock said there was a
possibility the scholarship could
develop into an ongoing program
for the Rotary Club.
The scholarship application,
along with a list of eligibility cri-
teria, can be downloaded from
the Rotary Club's website (loxton.
Applications close at 5pm on
Friday, March 6. Applicants who
have been granted an interview
will be notified by March 16.
The successful scholarship
recipient will be announced by
For more information, contact
Mr Pocock on 0428 473 455.
Without consultation and with little notice,
general practices across the nation were
informed that Medicare billing arrange-
ments would change as of Monday, January 19.
Then, after we have
reluctantly prepared all of
the necessary alterations
to computer programs and
billing systems and dealt
with phone calls from
anxious patients, on the afternoon of Thursday, January
15 -- one working day before the major change -- we were
informed the Government had changed its mind and we
should continue our usual practice, but "beware because
big changes are necessary and will come".
Meanwhile, the forecast $7 co-payment was changed to
$5 and is now in doubt altogether.
GPs, staff and patients are increasingly confused and
unhappy with this style of Government.
I'm not taking sides here -- the previous Government
was similarly prone to poorly planned and implemented
I was planning in this column to explain the new policy
and its implications, but that seems unnecessary now.
The 'big picture' situation is this: we have a first-class
health system which generates excellent and enviable
outcomes for most -- but admittedly not all -- sections of
our culturally and economically diverse community.
It is not cheap, but by world standards it is very fair and
accessible, and achieves 'bang for its buck'.
Of course it can be more efficient and we should strive
for this, but please avoid 'throwing out the baby with the
bathwater'. We need to accept that, unless we are prepared
to lower our standards, we need to direct more funding to
We were hoodwinked into thinking that if we paid a
1 per cent Medicare Levy all of our healthcare financing
woes would be gone forever.
Of course the Medicare Levy was just another tax and it
never went close to covering the nation's health care costs.
Consecutive governments have perpetuated the myth.
Scrap the levy -- it's a joke.
Sorry, I'll take a 'chill pill' now and get back into my box.
This column is supposed to be about health and I've just
raised my own blood pressure.
However, I will try to keep you informed about those
"inevitable big changes" -- hopefully with more than a few
Parallel Rural Community Curriculum
The Parallel Rural Community Curriculum continues.
Each year, for the last 14 or so, Flinders University of SA
Medical School have sent approximately 10 third year
students to the Riverland for their tuition.
They begin in late January and stay until November.
Most years we accept two students in Loxton, and this
year is no exception. We have Luke (with his pregnant wife
Jamie and their 1-year-old son Daniel) and Matt, who grew
up in Renmark and attended Glossop High School.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for
the way you have embraced students over the years and
have been so prepared to allow them to be part of your
Please introduce yourselves to our latest 'recruits' and
make them feel welcome to our community.
HERE TO HELP: Locals Kieren Forgan (left) and Andrew
Crambrook received their Grand Prior's Badge for their service to
St John Ambulance as cadets.
Medicare policy on the run?
with Dr Peter Hamilton
ON LOCAL HEALTH
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