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BOWEL Cancer Australia has released updat-
ed data to coincide with the latest bowel cancer
awareness campaign – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too
Late – which urges Victorian residents to be pro-
active when it comes to their bowel cancer risk.
Research released last week by Bowel Cancer
Australia shows more than half (55 per cent) of
respondents were unsure or not aware of bowel
One in four respondents experiencing symp-
toms waited more than three months before vis-
iting a GP or hospital emergency department.
“Victorians need to be bowel aware and if expe-
riencing symptoms such as bleeding in the bowel
movement, severe abdominal pain, or have a per-
sistent change in bowel habit they need see their
GP for further investigation as soon as possible,”
Colorectal surgeon, Associate Professor Graham
Newstead AM of Bowel Cancer Australia said.
The Bowel Cancer Atlas of Australia provides
communities throughout the state with a snap-
shot of their health.
The atlas includes updated data on bowel can-
cer deaths, screening participation and colonos-
copies, along with existing data on risk factors
such as smoking and high alcohol consumption,
Type 2 diabetes and obesity.
“The atlas data provides an opportunity for
communities to focus attention on health behav-
iours that could be improved to reduce bowel
cancer risk,” A/Prof Newstead said.
• The local government area (LGA) of Indigo
had the highest participation in bowel cancer
screening at 43.8 per cent while Wyndham had
the lowest at 28.9 per cent.
• In terms of bowel cancer deaths, Mildura
LGA had the lowest (5.4 per 100,000) com-
pared to Hindmarsh with the highest (24.8 per
• Average age at death from bowel cancer in
Victoria is 72.9 years.
The lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer is
one in 13 (7 per cent).
Bowel cancer risk rises sharply and progres-
sively from age 50.
Around 91 per cent of bowel cancer cases oc-
cur in people age 50 and over.
The 2017 Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late cam-
paign aims to have a lasting impact where no one
dies from bowel cancer and all those diagnosed
receive the support they need.
South Gippsland’s stats
Screening participation 38.4%
National average 37%
Victorian average 33.5%
Bowel cancer deaths
9.4 per 100,000 deaths
national average 9.2 per 100,000
state highest Hindmarsh
(27.2 per 100,000)
Average age of death – 73.1
State average 74.1 years.
Don’t wait until it’s too late
VICTORIAN Jessica McKelson now calls the
jungles of Sumatra home.
For the past 10 years she has worked to pro-
tect orangutans and other endangered wildlife
from deforestation as well as develop ecotour-
ism in the region to provide local villagers with
alternative livelihoods to illegal logging and
Recently named as one of Victoria’s ‘50 wom-
en you need to know’ by the Herald Sun in
celebration of International Women’s Day, Jes-
sica will visit Phillip Island tonight to talk to the
community about orangutan conservation, con-
flict palm oil and her unique ecotourism model
that supports and funds local conservation and
grassroots community development programs
in some of the world’s most biologically diverse
The talk will raise funds for an orangutan pro-
tection program in Sumatra and be followed by
a free screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s stun-
ning environmental documentary, Before the
Flood, which features Jessica’s past work.
The event partners are Phillip Island Conser-
vation Society and Raw Wildlife Encounters.
The event is on tonight, Tuesday, March 21 at
the Phillip Island RSL, 225 Thompson Avenue,
Cowes at 7.30pm for Jessica’s presentation fol-
lowed at 8.30pm by the film.
Donations can be made on the night.
All funds raised will support wildlife protec-
tion programs in Sumatra.
Limited seats available; email Lauren Jones
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0422 248
Remaining spaces will be advertised at door.
LIBRARY members can now enjoy faster
borrowing, with the introduction of Radio Fre-
quency Identification (RFID) technology in li-
braries across the West Gippsland region which
includes the Bass Coast and South Gippsland
RFID technology has replaced the current
barcode system with a microchipped tag to
identify books, magazines, DVDs and CDs.
The RFID upgrade began in August 2016 and
included a three-month long tagging process of
the 130,000 items in the library collection.
The upgrade is the corporation’s largest in-
vestment in technology to date, with a total bud-
get of $435,000.
Following an extensive tender process, FE
Technologies was awarded the contract to un-
dertake the works on behalf of the corporation.
Chair of the West Gippsland Regional Library
Corporation Cr Mikaela Power said RFID tech-
nology brought a range of benefits for commu-
nity and staff.
“Thousands of books, DVDs, CDs and maga-
zines are borrowed and returned in our librar-
ies each week.
“RFID technology allows library staff and
members to check out up to five items at once,
freeing up more time to assist library users and
“RFID has made the returns process more ef-
ficient, as unlike barcodes, the RFID tags don’t
need to be sighted for the system to read the
information about the specific item.
“Library staff are now able to spend less time
sorting returned items and more time with the
community,” Cr Power said.
Technology upgrade for our libraries
Orangutan conservationist to
share tales from the jungle
Jessica McKelson will be the special guest at the Phillip Island RSL tonight.
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