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Jungian Analyst, Jacquie Flecknoe-Brown will
be running the 8 week course in dream
interpretation and the symbolic life. For health
professionals and curious others interested in
self development and creativity.
ÒDreams tell you things you should know but
Jacquie also runs a mental health practice on
the island Fridays and Saturdays (medicare
0413 990 878
facebook: ÒLanguage of the DreamÓ
Language of the
Jungian Analyst, Jacquie Flecknoe-Brown
will be running the 8 week course in
dream interpretation and the symbolic
life. For health professionals and curious
others interested in self development and
“Dreams tell you things you should know
Fridays 3-5pm, Cowes, October 21 -
Jacquie also runs a mental health practice
on the Island Fridays and Saturdays
(Medicare rebates available).
0413 990 878
facebook: “Language of the Dream”
PRE MIX CONCRETE
Fifteen radio controlled trucks delivering to all
areas of South Gippsland
- CRUSHED ROCK PRODUCTS - WASHED CONCRETE
SAND - BRICKLAYER’S SAND -
Phillip Island 5956 8302.
Also plants at Wonthaggi 5672 3733,
Bass 5678 2022 and Inverloch 5674 2911.
Scott and Sharon Anderson
With care & dignity we serve South Gippsland & Phillip Island
176-178 Graham Street, Wonthaggi, 3995
Fax: 5672 1747
15 Warley Avenue, Cowes, 3922 (by appointment only)
Pre-paid & pre-arranged funeral plans available
CARING & PERSONAL 24 HOUR SERVICE
MEMBER OF AUSTRALIAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION
Phillip Island Lions Club
Dunsmore Road, Cowes (next toTransfer Station)
Heaps of second hand furniture, whitegoods
and household goods for sale
OPEN SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Leslie 0419 006 062 or Yvonne 0413 140 334, 5952 2140
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED & DONATIONS WELCOME
Sharp edge to criticism
over risky boardwalk
A COWES resident’s routine surf at Cape
Woolamai recently turned into an ordeal when
he stepped on the head of a large nail that was
sticking out of the boardwalk.
It ripped the sole of his foot, requiring seven
Many people at the scene of the accident were
shocked that such a dangerous nail would be
protruding from a busy public boardwalk.
The incident has also again highlighted the
limited weekend medical services available for
The situation means residents needing im-
mediate treatment have to choose between call-
ing an ambulance, or driving the 40 minutes to
On Saturday, September 24, Marcelo San-
chez strolled along the wooden boardwalk with
his surfboard to Colonnades Beach at the end
of Tampa Street, Cape Woolamai.
“The moment I got to the middle platform on
the stairs, I stepped on the head of a nail, and
ripped the sole of my foot,” said Marcelo.
“There was a lot of bleeding, and that caused
a lot of commotion. “Parents, kids and surfers
passing by were surprised a dangerous nail
was sticking out of the boardwalk. It was right
in the place where people walk.”
Friends washed Marcelo’s foot, and drove
him to Cowes Medical Centre.
“The Medical Centre and next door chemist
were both closed at 2pm on a Saturday, which
was a surprise to us,” said Marcelo.
“My foot was bleeding constantly over the
floor of the car, and I was still in my wetsuit.
We decided to stop in the parking lot while my
friend ran to the petrol station to get gauze and
Marcelo tried to change out of his wetsuit
at the carpark, while his foot was still heavily
bleeding and he was in considerable pain.
With no medical services available, and un-
sure of the seriousness of his injury, he was
trying to make the best decision in light of what
was available to him.
“I was trying to call family for help as well as
triple zero, as I had no idea what to do in an
emergency. All triple zero could say was that
they could organise an ambulance to transport
us to Wonthaggi Hospital. I didn’t want to do
that due to the cost, but triple zero had no idea
of what medical support was available on the
Island, except for the ambulance.”
What happened next was even more concern-
ing to Marcelo.
“There were various cars arriving into the
Medical Centre carpark, all looking for a doc-
tor. These people also asked if I needed help,
though they needed help themselves.
“An older couple were worried as the man
had cut his finger in a chainsaw accident, and
they were desperate. When they understood
they could only go to Wonthaggi Hospital, the
couple were in shock as they had no idea where
the hospital was. They were in disbelief that it
was their only option at 2pm on a Saturday.”
When Marcelo’s family arrived to help they
drove for 40 minutes to Wonthaggi, with the
couple suffering the chainsaw accident able to
follow in the car behind them.
“At Wonthaggi Hospital we were well looked
after, and promptly,” he said. “In one hour,
my foot was cleaned, stitched and bandaged. I
was lucky. By a fraction of millimetres, the nail
didn’t hit my ligaments, otherwise I would have
needed to go to a major hospital for surgery.”
Marcelo is now unable to walk, drive, or per-
form any work activities for two weeks.
He was due to go overseas for work, but can’t
go until he’s recovered.
He is relieved it wasn’t a child injured there,
especially since it was the school holidays.
He is now keen to get some answers.
“Why is there was no maintenance on these
boardwalks, especially at a busy beach? As a
surfer I am constantly seeing maintenance on
the boardwalks in Smiths Beach and Forest
Caves, but not Cape Woolamai.
“Why isn’t there a single nurse or doctor on
Phillip Island on a weekend? “Or why isn’t
there at least someone to tell people where to
go? In the 15 minutes I was there, many cars
arrived looking for help. They were all shocked
when told there was no doctor.
“How safe is it in Phillip Island, especially
over summer and at peak tourist times?’
Partner Rebecca Mead asked some other
mums who to contact about fixing the nail so
that no other person would suffer the same
Fortunately, a resident living near the Cape
Woolamai beach was able to bang the offending
nail back into the boardwalk with a hammer.
Recently a local surfer’s foot was ripped
by a nail sticking out of the boardwalk at
Cape Woolamai. The ordeal resulted in seven
stitches and considerable time off work. He
is now questioning the neglect of such a pub-
lic area, as well as the lack of weekend medi-
cal services for our community.
Bass Coast Health
obstetric team praised
Local Bass Coast Health Doctors and Midwives have been praised for their rapid response
training by Dr Tim Draycott, renowned for his role in establishing the PROMPT obstetric
course. Dr Draycott, (third right) is pictured with members of the Bass Coast Health team
from left Ursula Harrisson (VMIA), Linda Goltz (BCH Women and Family Services Manager),
Kylie Osborne (Gippsland Clinical Midwifery Consultant) Denise Lawlor (BCH Clinical De -
velopment Midwife) and Cathy Winter (Registered Midwife).
Bass Coast Health (BCH) has recently been
visited by one of the UK’s most high profile ob-
Dr Tim Draycott recently visited BCH’s Ma-
ternity Service to see for himself how obstetric
emergency care is operating in rural settings.
PROMPT (which stands for Practical Obstet-
ric Multi Professional Training), originated in
the UK in 2008, but has since been rolled out
internationally, encompassing teaching and
training for all doctors, midwives, anaesthe-
tists and allied health professionals worldwide.
The aim of the course is to offer health pro -
fessionals opportunities to further develop
their obstetric response skills, through use of
workshops, lectures and simulated real life
scenarios, looking at elements such as com-
munication and teamwork. BCH has success-
fully run PROMPT workshops annually for the
last two years and BCH Education Co -ordina-
tors are now preparing for their next training
session to be hosted on 25th October.
Dr Draycott was very impressed by the local
So much so, that he has offered health pro -
fessionals here the opportunity to present at
the annual UK conference in Bath, next year.
UK obstetricians are interested to hear how
successful principles applied here may also be
applied in areas such as the highlands and is-
lands of Scotland.
Linda Goltz (BCH Women & Family Services
Manager) commented: “Although we are a Level
3 Maternity Service providing care for normal
risk pregnancies, here at Bass Coast Health we
also offer inductions of labour and caesarean
sections, in addition to normal births. Further-
more, our staff are trained to deal with obstet-
ric emergencies as and when they arise.
“BCH Maternity Service has many initiatives
in place, to safeguard and improve our service.
We ensure that Bass Coast Health provides the
best, safest maternity care, in line with evi-
dence based practice and regulatory require-
ments, and we will continue to improve and
develop our maternity services for local wom-
en here in Wonthaggi and in the surrounding
Women interested in finding out more about
BCH’s Maternity Service are invited to contact
the Midwifery Department on 5671 3201 for a
discussion or tour of the unit.
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