Keep dogs where they belong
We do not feel safe when we take our grandchildren onto Long Beach and are confronted by dogs in the "dogs prohibited" area.Three quarters of the length of Long Beach is available to dogs 24/7 and only one quarter of the beach length is a dogs prohibited area, which is the zone parallel to Bay Road. Council's ongoing efforts to enforce dog regulations are appreciated. Everyone in the community should be entitled to feel safe.
A. Pryor, Long Beach
The curse of the Celtic
If you're celebrating 'a touch of the Irish' in your blood on St Patrick's Day, spare a thought for whether this means you are pumping too much iron.
People of Celtic origin are more likely to have the iron overload condition haemochromatosis which is the most common genetic disorder in Australia. About one in 200 people are genetically predisposed to it and one in seven are carriers.
The good news is that early detection means haemochromatosis is no barrier to a normal life and the condition is easily managed through blood donations. But when undetected and untreated, it can cause organ/tissue damage and perhaps premature death.
So as you raise a glass to your heritage this year, vow to find out more about the 'Celtic curse' from your GP or by visiting www.ha.org.au
Dr Dianne Prince, Haemochromatosis Australia
No easy decision to step down
I have decided to resign from my position of Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Katungul and will finish on the 18th March 2021. It wasn't an easy decision to make but after weighing up my cultural obligations to my elderly parents needs and the commitment required to maintain Katungul 's operations there was little room for flexibility.
I am not entirely leaving the sector as I will be taking up a new position with the AH&MRC as their Southern Regional Strategy Manager so will no doubt be bumping heads from time to time.
After discussions with the Board of Directors, a transition plan was agreed upon that ensures very little disruption and limits the effects of uncertainty. Mr Christopher Heazlewood will be appointed as interim CEO whilst we undergo our recruitment process for my replacement, ensuring that it will be business as usual. Chris has been a Senior Director at Katungul for a number of years and also provides secretarial / governance support to our Board of Directors and is Katungul's legal advisor. He knows our business well and is more than capable of managing all operations entering the CEO Office. Chris has already established relationships with a number of our funding bodies and other key stakeholders and will drive the processes with key staff to continue our compliance. For contact with Chris please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As you can imagine, ensuring compliance in a multi-disciplinary corporation the size of Katungul, we must have very strong Governance, Management and Audit Systems in place. Our GP Clinics, NDIS and Dental Programs all require us to maintain national and state accreditation standards.