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CONSTRUCTION of the new Phillip Island
Medical Hub draws ever-closer, with the pour-
ing of the slab due to go ahead in March of this
While the implementation of the medical hub
is an incredible gain for the Phillip Island com-
munity, there are many people who believe that
the island still requires a 24-hour emergency
service, as well as a boost to existing paramed-
The new hub, which will be located on Church
Street in Cowes, is set to deliver a plethora of
new services to the island, cutting travel time
for families and the elderly island community.
To be run by Bass Coast Health, the hub will
deliver primary and community health servic-
es, and accommodate various visiting medical
While the new influx of services to be made
available will benefit those living on the island
and in surrounding waterline communities,
there are many who are still fighting passion-
ately for the reinstatement of a hospital on
Spokesperson from the Phillip Island Medi-
cal and Health Action Group (PIMHAG), Gra-
ham Cock, said that while a hospital on the
island would be a wonderful asset, improve-
ments to the existing medical facilities within
the Bass Coast shire are a priority.
“We as a group are looking at the facts, not
the fiction, of establishing these medical facili-
ties,” Graham said.
“We’re working very closely with the new CEO
at Bass Coast Health, Jan Child. She’s a great
asset for the community, not only for Phillip
Island but also for the district. She’s been able
to explain quite sensibly to our community
groups what the problems are, the amount of
dollars required for them, and the fact that the
Wonthaggi Hospital needs a big update.”
Graham and other members of PIMHAG
have been interacting closely with members of
the community, and have recently been hitting
the streets of Cowes to talk about the new hub.
“We’re getting our message out to people, and
people are understanding that this medical
hub is going to be a great asset.”
The new medical facility was a hot topic on
everybody’s lips at a recent council community
consultation session in Cowes on Wednesday,
Many participating members of the public
stated that a 24-hour emergency medical facil-
ity was highly desired on the island.
One of the prominent concerns for citizens
on Phillip Island is the lack of medical care and
facilities available, with many people in atten-
dance stating that a 24-hour emergency medi-
cal facility was a high priority for them.
The team at Bass Coast Health are working
closely with the community and with the shire,
listening to the ideas and suggestions being put
forth by members of the public.
While Bass Coast Health is still working on
its Clinical Services Plan to upgrade the Won-
thaggi Hospital, many existing health services
are being extended to the island.
“We have created a project to work with com-
munity members and other providers to work
up the range of services that will be provided
from the Phillip Island Health Hub,” CEO of
BCH Jan Child said.
“We are working very closely with PIMHAG
on this. We have moved some of our services to
San Remo to provide a more central location
to enable service expansion; this includes our
diabetes, cardiac and district nurses.”
Services based at the new hub will include
hospital-in-home programs, physiotherapy,
occupational therapy, podiatry, foot care,
speech pathology, dietetics, stomal therapy,
breast care, diabetes education, asthma
education, continence advisor, wound care,
health promotion, pharmacotherapy nurs-
ing, counselling, emergency relief programs,
family services, group exercise programs,
planned activity groups, medical specialist
consulting and treatment rooms and an am-
SIX brave and talented women will take to the
stage next month when Foster Arts Music & Dra-
ma association presents ‘The Vagina Monologues’
under the guidance of director, Brad Beach.
They will be following in the wake of celebrities
such as Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Idina Men-
zel, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon, Cyndi Lauper
and Oprah Winfrey who have starred in the mono-
logues in the 20 years since their writer, Eve En-
sler, first staged them in New York.
Brad Beach has been delighted with the man-
ner in which FAMDA’s gifted actors have embraced
the challenge of presenting 15 monologues each
designed to increase awareness of an aspect of the
“Each actor has bought her own perspective to
the show. They have all worked with passion and
conviction. It has been a humbling delight to work
with such a dedicated group of women,” he said.
Nicole Cooper has performed extensively with
both FAMDA and Leongatha Lyric Theatre.
She reports that she has enjoyed taking on this
challenge and stepping out of her comfort zone.
“It has been wonderful working with Brad once
again and being a part of his clear vision, direction
and passion for this empowering, informative and
Laura Muranty, who has had a broad range
of acting experience in film and theatre and has
spent the past decade writing and directing youth
theatre, summed it up well.
“I feel passionate about theatre that provokes
important conversation and hope that ‘The Vagina
Monologues’ will bring attention to the plight of
women all around the world and create an aware-
ness of issues relating to violence against women.”
Formerly an habitué of the Leongatha Lyric
stage with leading roles in musicals such as ‘Sweet
Charity’, ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’, Ali-
son McIntyre has been lured back to perform in
the local area.
“I would like to thank FAMDA for giving me an
opportunity to tread the boards once again, and
for being brave enough to stage ‘The Vagina Mono-
Dianne Berryman performed in plays and musi-
cals in Whyalla, Port Pirie, Stawell and Tamworth
back in the 1990s. Since then she has limited
her theatrical involvement to playing the clarinet
in musicals such as FAMDA’s ‘Dreamboats’ and
‘Bugsy Malone’ until the opportunity to take part
in ‘The Vagina Monologues’ has finally tempted her
back to the stage.
A sense of adventure and the enjoyment of a
challenge drew Cindy Hasthorpe to ‘The Vagina
She grew up on a Gippsland farm and has a
strong athletic background, including ultrama-
rathon running at international level, competition
swimming and trekking to Base Camp Everest.
Once a medic in the Australian Army and now
a Clinical Research Nurse, Cindy’s diverse experi-
ence has brought an extra dimension to the cast.
Hadassah Wanstall, who has a BA in Perform-
ing Arts from Victoria University and was most
recently seen on stage as Puck in Lyric Theatre’s
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, admitted that, “Af-
ter seeing ‘The Vagina Monologues’ in Bass many
years ago, it has been on the bucket list to do ever
“Individual rehearsals with Brad have been great
and it has been a cathartic and side splitting expe-
rience putting it all together with a fantastic group
Between them these six women will inform,
inspire and entertain audiences with 15 mono-
logues. ‘The Vagina Monologues’ will be staged be-
tween March 9 and 24 at the Foster War Memorial
Bookings for this compelling show can be made
online via www.famda.org.au or www.trybooking.
com/OPNK, in person at Main Street Revelations
in Foster or by phoning 5682 1381.
Note: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ contains strong
language and adult themes and is unsuitable for
anyone under 18.
The cast of ‘The Vagina Monologues’, Dianne Berryman, Laura Muranty, Nicole Cooper,
Hadassah Wanstall, Cindy Hasthorpe and Alison McIntyre. Photo by Pobert Paragreen.
Six actors, 15 stories
CONSTRUCTION of the Inverloch Men’s
Shed is one step closer to completion, with
the building at lock up stage and interior
The group’s members will chip in with la-
bour alongside tradesmen to get the shed up
It will include a meeting room with office,
toilets and disabled toilets, a workshop area
and first aid room and kitchen.
Inverloch Men’s Shed members met with
Jenny Walsh from the Gardiner Dairy Foun-
dation and Mandy Grinblat from the Founda-
tion for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR),
who were instrumental in helping the Men’s
Shed obtain a $5000 grant to start the proj-
Inverloch Men’s Shed president Julian Sell-
ers said there are no words to describe the
thrill of the four-year project coming to frui-
tion, with the Merv Riley Men’s Shed expected
“With the hurdles and ups and downs we’ve
had, it’s a great achievement by all the mem-
bers to put it together because it has been a
struggle, but we’ve got here and we’ve got one
of the best sheds in the area,” he said.
“Everybody that walks in goes ‘wow’.”
Along with the grant, the Men’s Shed has
received support from Department of Human
Services and Federal Community grants, In-
verloch Bendigo Bank, Inverloch Jazz Festival
and the Inverloch Community Hub and has
held monthly sausage sizzles at Wonthaggi
The FRRR supports local communities ini-
tiate projects that meet needs and interests in
the community and local solutions.
South Gippsland community groups are
encouraged to check out the Working Dairy
Communities Small Grants program and
other FRRR grants at www.frrr.org.au/grants
The Inverloch Men’s Shed is expected to be completed by May 6, with the building
in lock up and interior work starting. Checking out the shed on Thursday were Inver-
loch Men’s Shed member Frank Deane, Gardiner Dairy Foundation representative Jenny
Walsh, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal representative Mandy Grinblat and
Inverloch Men’s Shed president Julian Sellers. rg040817
Shed taking shape
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