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plantar fasciitis: What
is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is the flat band of tis-
sue (ligament) that connects your heel
bone to your toes. It supports the arch of
your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia,
it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (in-
flamed). It’s often painful.
Case study: Female, 47 years old, ac-
tive and fit
Started to suffer pain in her foot shortly
after completing a 21km cross country run
in October 2015. She had been doing a lot
of running including completing four 21km
runs plus a number of 15km runs during
the same year. The pain became most no-
ticeable on the Melbourne Cup weekend.
A couple of weeks after that she had an
x-ray and an ultrasound and received a
medical diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. She
experienced significant pain and could
hardly walk; at home she had to keep
shoes on inside because walking bare-
foot was too painful. She had to take non-
steroidal anti-inflammatory medication on
several occasions so that she could con-
tinue to go to work.
She started acupuncture treatments in
late November 2015 and had three ses-
sions over several weeks. She chose not
to take up any other treatment modalities.
A short time after her third treatment, she
felt that she improved enough to go for a
run. She then participated in the Inverloch
Parkrun on Christmas Day 25 December
2015. This is a 5km run on concrete foot-
She completed the run with no pain, in
a good time considering she had not run
for 8 weeks, and had no pain in the days
after that. She has completed further runs
since, including another two 21km cross
country runs. She has not had any further
pain in her foot whatsoever.
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Island loses $18,222
every day on pokies
RESIDENTS of Bass Coast Shire and their fami-
lies have again been reminded that local help is
available for problem gamblers following the re-
lease last week of new statistics showing they con-
tinue to haemorrhage money to electronic gaming
Figures released last week by the Victorian Com-
mission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VC-
GLR) show that Phillip Island gamblers lost the
staggering amount of $18,222 on average, daily,
over the past 12 months, at the Island’s two poker
machine venues, located at the Phillip Island RSL
(58 machines) and the Continental in Cowes (27
The figures, just released for the past 12 month
period, show that player losses on Phillip Is-
land have increased steadily from the previous
year, and are up by half a million dollars, going
from $6.1 million in 2014/15 to $6.6 million in
The statistics are even worse in Wonthaggi, with
average daily losses of $26,493 recorded over the
past 12 months.
Wonthaggi’s three poker machine venues, which
have 138 machines between them, recorded play-
er losses of $9.6 million for the past 12 months, a
figure also well up on the previous year.
Total player losses across the whole Bass Coast
Shire for 2015/16 were $16,321.
That figure represents an increase in annual
losses of almost 3 per cent on the previous year.
Shire wide, daily player losses have increased
by $1285, from $43,430 a day in 2013/2014 to
$44,715 a day.
This equates to $524 lost annually by every
man, woman and child in the shire.
The VCGLR figures show that player losses are
fairly steady throughout the year, ranging between
$1.2 million to $1.5 million monthly, but peaking
at $1.7 million in the month of January.
This figure is thought to reflect the impact of the
summer holiday season, and visitors to the shire.
In comparison, the Surf Coast Shire, which has
a similar population to Bass Coast, recorded $2.9
million in losses at its 126 poker machines, which
are located in four different venues.
Average player losses per month in the Surf
Coast were in the vicinity of $230,000 monthly,
well below the local figures.
Help is available
Gambler’s Help Partnership Officer Tenille
Thorburn said last week that the money lost in
the Bass Coast Shire was still a huge amount of
money, considering many residents face social dis-
“We want to remind people that there are ways
they can seek help if they are concerned about
their gambling behaviour,” Ms Thorburn said.
“Gambling can be addictive, and as with all ad-
dictions, you should get professional help.
“Through the Gambler’s Help service at Latrobe
Community Health Service, we provide therapeu-
tic and financial counselling, recovery assistance
and education. These services are free and con-
Across Gippsland’s six local government areas,
total losses at the pokies amounted to $126.5 mil-
lion, an increase of $3 million from the previous
Ms Thorburn also reminded people they are not
“It’s estimated that for every one person expe-
riencing problems with their gambling, up to 10
other people are impacted.
“Problem gambling can be linked to mental
health issues, financial difficulty and relationship
breakdowns,” she said.
“Gambling is meant to be a form of entertain-
ment, and not a way to cope with or escape from
other social or personal issues.”
Tony Askwith can be contacted at any time
through the Gamblers Help Gippsland on the
helpline 1800 242 696 or on the National Gam-
blers Help Line on 1800 858 858.
The Latrobe Community Health Service is lo-
cated at 86-88 Graham Street, Wonthaggi.
For more information about how to contact
Gambler’s Help services, visit www.lchs.com.au/
gambling-alcohol-drugs/gambling or phone 1800
NBN rollout ramping up
THE rollout of the NBN network locally is ramp-
The NBN network has recently become avail-
able in a number of areas, including parts of Ne-
It is scheduled to become available over the next
three months in parts of Wonthaggi.
Construction is also progressing, with work re-
cently starting in Cowes.
NBN, the company delivering access to fast
broadband across Australia, aims to connect eight
million homes and businesses nationally by 2020.
The full list of communities where construction
on the rollout of the NBN network is scheduled
to begin before September 2018 can be viewed at
Communities can also check the progress of the
rollout of the network in their area by typing their
address or postcode into the interactive NBN net-
work rollout map.
Pictured celebrating Paramedics Day last week at Bass Coast Health in Wonthaggi are
paramedics Kerry Senior, Sonny Roff-Smith, Mia Allen, Robin Lowe, Paul De Fazio, Dun-
can Roney, Graham McDougal and Eddie Wright.
They were joined by BCH staff Dr Bruce Waxman (Executive Director Medical Services),
Debbie Rogers (Executive Director Clinical Services) and Cath Jones (ED Nurse Unit
BCH celebrates our ambos
PARAMEDICS Day was celebrated across
Australia last week and as part of this day
of recognition, Bass Coast Health (BCH) staff
surprised some of our local paramedics with a
home cooked sponge cake - iced with its very
own ambulance - as a way of saying thank you.
Jan Child, Interim CEO of BCH and Eddie
Wright, Group Manager of Ambulance Victoria
(AV) said the partnership between the Ambu-
lance service and BCH is a very important rela-
tionship and the collaboration between the two
organisations is very strong.
Ms Child said that the paramedics provide
an excellent service to our local community
“and our work together ensures we provide the
best possible emergency response.
“We are very pleased to be able to work with
paramedics who are so highly skilled, but who
also care greatly for the community,” Ms Child
said. “This day of recognition for this excep-
tional group of men and women is highly de-
served and on behalf of our community, we
thank them for their excellent day to day con-
tributions to the community.”
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