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Acupuncture for relaxation
Does it work?
We live in a fast paced world. The more you
do, the better you feel, or not? Leading up to
Christmas I had many conversations about
what people were going to do in their holidays.
Surprisingly, no one wanted to do anything but
relax, including me.
Stress and anxiety related disorders have an
overwhelming prevalence in my conversations
with patients about health related problems.
Almost one in seven Australians reported de-
pression and anxiety symptoms in the severe
to extremely severe range .
Does acupuncture and Chinese herbal med-
icine work for this type of afflictions? “It works
wonders”, I usually say. And I know it does be-
cause I have witnessed it happening over and
over again. I see people who were severely af-
fected by stress and stress related conditions
walking out of a treatment as a changed per-
son. They might be tense and apprehensive at
the start but so relaxed and at ease when they
finish their treatment and it usually only takes
about 30 minutes for this effect to occur.
Does it last?
If aware of triggers of stress, the sense of
relaxation and calmness might last up to one
week. Immediate exposure to stress and anxi-
ety factors might not make it last that long but
probably at least 48 hours. Repetitive treat-
ments, once a week for the first three sessions
are most effective to create a long-term effect.
I also observe patients receiving acupuncture
for stress and anxiety, that they start making
better decisions for themselves. They express
a feeling of empowerment and control and are
better able to align their daily activities with
energy levels and mindset. Taking on less and
managing time a lot more effective was the ul-
Until our community acupuncture space
opens, where you can drop in on certain days
to get your serve of acupuncture at low costs,
we can get you started with individual ses-
sions. Bookings with our registered Chinese
medicine practitioner Brigitte Linder are avail-
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Children learn to cross safely
KINDERGARTEN students across Bass Coast
have been learning to cross the road safely with
the help of Bass Coast Shire Council’s school
Sessions were held at kindergartens and day
care centres in Cowes, Inverloch and Wonthag-
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said
the aim of the program is to educate children to
use school crossings correctly, and the impor-
tance of using the crossings.
“Key messages from the program is for chil-
dren to ‘stop, look, listen and think’, and pro-
moting that road safety is for everyone – them-
selves, their family and friends, and other
people using the road,” Cr Rothfield said.
“It’s important for children to take the mes-
sage home from the session and remind their
parents of school crossing safety.”
Cr Rothfield said it was also important for
kindergarten children to learn the correct way
to use the crossing before they start primary
school next year.
The education program consists of an inter-
active in-class session run by two crossing su-
Phillip Island Early Learning Centre kinder-
garten teachers, Lynne Hadley and Justine
McLaren, thanked the council for allowing the
lollipop education program to visit the kinder.
“We find the children enjoy joining in the role-
play the ladies present,” they said.
“Having the opportunity to see the uniforms
and signs up close, and to be able to ask ques-
tions are invaluable to the kinder children and
we view this visit as part of our transition pro-
gram to school.”
The school crossing supervisors also received
wonderful feedback from the Bass Valley Chil-
“The session was engaging, age appropriate
and informative. Judy responds so well to the
children’s ideas and questions and incorpo-
rates a fun attitude with the serious learning
“This style of free community program is vital
to provide safety information to our pre-school
children and is a wonderful school readiness
activity to prepare children with the tools they
will need to keep safe on the journey to and
from school,” they said.
“We highly recommend this service to any
pre-school facility and hope it remains a high
priority funded program into the future.”
Nine of the council’s 14 school crossing su-
pervisors are trained to deliver the safety edu-
cation program at schools and kindergartens.
Bass Coast Shire Council School Crossing
Supervisors, Julie and Judy, have run a pro-
gram across the shire’s kindergartens teach-
ing children about crossing the road safely.
Traffic Check message
is reaching drivers
A FACEBOOK page set up by a Cape Woola-
mai resident to monitor congested traffic condi-
tions has scored an apparent victory.
Phillip Island Traffic Check, established
by Nina Burns in 2013 after frustration with
traffic delays, last week had a record of nearly
123,000 views of a single post, which urged
drivers to stagger arrival times.
And so far, judging by fewer delays and the
lower number of collisions, the message has got
Nina posted the following message on Decem-
ber 28, which received 122,915 views in 24
“As per yesterday, the rest of this week will fol-
low suit with traffic at a standstill from around
10am till 5pm,” Nina wrote in the post.
“Yesterday, travellers found themselves
in gridlock from around 11.30am-5.30pm.
Should you not want to join the queue banked
up from the Wonthaggi turn-off or back to al-
most Bass McDonalds, I suggest you plan your
arrival around those times.”
The post went on to urge drivers to carry ex-
tra water and food in the event of a crash, as
“the road can be closed for several hours if the
crash is severe”.
Nina wrote that so far the festive five-day
period had only one collision at the Anderson
“Last year, there were 1-3 collisions every day
over the two week peak period of Christmas.
“These crashes were largely caused by driv-
ers not paying attention. So far, we’ve had three
days without any collisions. Would be fantastic
if we could make today a fourth.”
Later that day a car crashed into the rear of
a caravan on the Phillip Island Tourist Road.
Nina told the Advertiser that public aware-
ness about congested traffic seemed to be get-
“I don’t know whether I’m changing behav-
iour or not but the word seems to be spreading:
stagger arrival times and arrive happy.
“I’ve been saying the same message for years
but for some reason this time it’s got through.
“People seem to be slowing down - this year
there is not the same number of reports of
nose-to -tail accidents. A lot of accidents hap-
pen at Silverwater when they turn the corner,
look at the view and run into the next car.
“I hope what I’m doing is having an impact.”
Phillip Island Traffic Check has so far tallied
How it started
The mother-of-three, who works for Bass
Coast Family Day Care, said she started Phillip
Island Traffic Check three years ago for “self-
“It was Boxing Day and I was sitting at Bass
for an hour trying to get home and I thought,
‘gee, I wish someone among my Facebook
friends had told me what traffic was like,” Nina
“I went home and started the Facebook page.”
Nina relies on the public to provide real time
information, but monitors the site in the peak
periods of Christmas and Easter in all her wak-
ing hours, despite only having a week off a year.
She also works closely with the SES, VicRo-
ads and the police, who also monitor her page
Often Nina is the first to know of accidents
She deletes any posts that detail police activi-
ties, unless they relate to a collision, as well as
photos of crashes, names of crash victims, and
posts with swearing.
Nina doesn’t believe increasing the number
of lanes – or even duplicating the bridge – will
make an overall difference to traffic congestion.
She also has her doubts about the effective-
ness of VicRoads’ plans to make four lanes at
Newhaven between Forrest Avenue and Boys
“I suspect four lanes will cause more of a bot-
tle neck and it’s the areas where traffic merges
that are the worst areas,” Nina says.
“The main tourist road is what it is and for
most of the year it’s serviceable.
“It’s just the peak times drivers need to drive
according to the chaotic conditions. Every-
where has bottle necks, Melbourne included.”
Cape Woolamai’s Nina Burns started Phil-
lip Island Traffic Check three years ago: mes-
sages are finally getting through to drivers.
This photo appeared on Phillip Island Traf-
fic Check in the festive period, giving a stark
reminder to drivers if they choose to travel
in peak times.
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