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Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD)
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
AOD FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
For family members, significant others and supporters of people
struggling with addiction and susbtance abuse
WHERE: Bass Coast Health - Cowes site 14 Warley Ave
Fridays 2pm - 4pm (afternoon tea supplied)
This program is facilitated by BCH Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)
counsellors and peer support volunteers and will help participants
to be better equipped in knowing what to do if a friend or relative is
struggling with addiction or any substance abuse.
Families and supporters will be:
• Able to recognise signs of addiction of alcohol and other drug use, particularly
early warning signs
• Educated on addictive behaviours and substance dependence. This will include
education around brain functioning and alcohol and other drug use
• Able to understand how to manage difficult and unsocial behaviour
• Given strategies for self-care and maintenance of healthy family life
• Supported to understand and maintain appropriate boundaries with the person
struggling with addiction
• Supported to understand the person in addiction rather than judge the person
with addiction issues
• Offered emotional support and will be given strategies to manage their emotional
wellbeing, including coping with grief
• Able to support the person in addiction to seek treatment and/or other service
support as appropriate
• Learn how to support other members of the family who are impacted
• Given strategies for prioritising needs amongst family members while they are
dealing with the instability and chaos that is associated with the addiction lifestyle
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE PHONE BCH ON 5671 3278 OR 5951 2100.
A HEALTHY body has healthy numbers for
blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar,
BMI and waist measurement.
It only takes a few simple tests to show
how your health is tracking. The question
is, how do you add up?
As part of its evolution, the Miners Dis-
pensary in Wonthaggi is offering a free 20
minute, one-on-one consultation with a
registered nurse who will check these vital
measurements and offer practical and per-
sonalised advice on how to improve health
This is the first of many clinics that the
Miners Dispensary will be running from
their newly renovated clinics at the rear of
Miners Dispensary general manager Mi-
chael Schuller is eager to see locals look af-
“This is a great way for busy locals to be
proactive about their health in an accessible
and easy way.
“These clinics can help people identify early
risk factors and help with small lifestyle chang-
es that can have good, long term outcomes.
“All too often we are too preoccupied with
day to day things to actually stop and look
after ourselves. As a simple screening tool,
it’s a simple first step to take.
“These clinics are for all ages and stages of
life, although mums in particular may ben-
efit from the chance to stop and consider
their own health for once.”
A healthy community is critically impor-
tant. As a not-for-profit pharmacy that is
owned by the local community through a
friendly society structure, the Miners Dis-
pensary has made a commitment to pro-
viding practical and accessible advice and
services in addition to the existing prescrip-
tions and medications on offer.
For the past six months the business has
been a hive of building activity.
Now, nearing completion, it is ready to
start expanding its service offerings to mem-
bers and customers.
In addition to the Healthy Numbers pro -
gram, there will also be a Flu Clinic in May,
Bone Density testing in June, with more clin-
ics planned to follow.
And there will also be an exciting and im-
portant announcement for mothers and ba-
bies very soon too.
The Miners Dispensary is located at 169
Graham Street and can be contact by phon-
ing 5672 1034 or email on wonthaggi@min-
How do you measure up?
RAISING a guide dog is a challenging, yet in-
credibly satisfying way that Rhyll’s Jennie and
John Shields give back to the community.
The couple started raising pups for Guide
Dogs Victoria while living in Melbourne and
have continued to take in pups since moving
Jennie said the satisfaction of being able to
help people is what inspires the couple to help
the dogs in their development.
“When they finish their guide dog training
we get to go on a demonstration walk around
Fairfield and we walk a few metres behind the
trainer and the dog, ” she said.
“We see all the things they’ve learnt walking
through a residential area, a busy shopping
centre and up onto a rail – that’s real lump in
the throat stuff. You see the dog that you raise
as a little puppy suddenly taking charge of a
The retired couple pick up a puppy when its
eight to 10 weeks old and look after the dog for
12 to 13 months.
Every fortnight they meet with a trainer at
Cranbourne and complete drills to track the
puppy’s development, and are given drills and
exercises to complete at home.
The pups must be exposed to different en-
vironments to see how they respond, learn to
ride on trains, trams and buses, and be com-
fortable in lifts and dark carparks.
John and Jennie have now raised 18 pups,
with many going on to be guide dogs, compan-
ion dogs or therapy dogs after returning to
Guide Dogs Victoria for assessment after 12
to 13 months.
“Up until the point we hand them into as-
sessment, we’re in charge. We’ve got the dog on
the end of a lead and we’re running its devel-
opment program,” John said.
“What they do with the assessment is they in-
vite the dog to reverse the process, asking the
dog ‘would you like to take charge of yourself
out in the big world and would you also like to
take charge of a human being and be respon-
sible as well?’
“We’ve had a good success rate over the years
and we’ve also had some unusual failures. For
example, one of them had everything going for
her, but at one point during the assessment
they took her to Glenferrie Road and there was
one particular noise coming from the ambient
area that she didn’t like. She’s become an am-
As well as raising pups from a young age, the
Shields also take care of guide dogs when they
are between clients.
The couple are looking after Finbar, a beau-
tiful Golden Retriever x Labrador they raised
who became a guide dog.
He’s on a ‘holiday’ at the moment, and will
complete a refresher course before he’s as -
signed to a new client.
Jennie said puppy raising is challenging, but
it’s also fun and addictive.
“It keeps us mentally alert and active, forc-
ing us out for a walk even on cold days,” she
“We do get tired of hearing people say ‘I don’t
know how you can give them up, I couldn’t do
“It’s not about us. It’s about the person who’s
going to be helped by the dog.
“I’m like a kid at Christmas when we go up
to Guide Dogs Victoria to get a new pup. You
wonder what you’re going to get and what they
will look like.”
For those interested in guide dog raising lo -
cally, Guide Dogs Victoria does not service the
But Vision Australia via Seeing Eye Dogs,
has a base at Warragul and services South
Another organisation, Dogs for Kids with
Disabilities, is based in Frankston and ser-
vices the area.
Raising guide dogs
to make a difference
Jennie and John Shields raise guide dogs from their home at Rhyll for Guide Dogs Victo-
ria. The couple care for dogs like Golden Retriever x Labrador, Finbar, before they are ready
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TWO Yamaha diesel generators and four Gar-
min GPS dog collars were stolen from a front
yard in Parr Street, Leongatha between March
POLICE executed a search warrant on March 7
at a Grantville address where they located 15 can-
nabis plants and two firearms.
A 50 year old man from Grantville was arrested
and subsequently charged with drug cultivation
and possession, as well as the illegal possession
of firearms. The man was bailed to appear at the
Korumburra Magistrates’ Court on April 3.
at Lang Lang
BETWEEN March 8 and 9, an unknown of-
fender broke into the Lang Lang Golf Course
before accessing golf carts and driving them
around on the green, causing significant dam-
age. The offender also stole an unknown
amount of unleaded fuel.
A TABLE was stolen from the San Remo Bake-
house in the early hours of Saturday, March 11.
The table is a large style café table, engraved
with the words ‘San Remo Bakery’.
Unknown persons smashed a window on a
gold Subaru station wagon between 3pm and
4pm on March 6. The car was parked in Cot-
tesloe Avenue, Cape Woolamai.
A silver Peugeot parked in the car park of The
Caves at Surf Beach was broken into between
2pm and 4.30pm on March 10. Unknown per-
sons smashed a window of the vehicle to gain
entry and steal the victim’s wallet.
By Mitch Guy
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