Eastern Courier : March 25th 2011
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Gout project to be piloted in Counties Manukau Counties Manukau phar- macists are helping to manage their patients gout The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand six-week project starting this month is being piloted in Counties Manukau because of the higher than average cases of gout. This project is aiming for doctors, nurses, phar- macists and patients to combine their knowledge to promote behaviours that will reduce the bur- den of the disease. The guild believes it is vital for the future of community pharmacy that we raise awareness with our stakeholders, particularly government officials and politicians, of the value of the phar- macist s role in manag- ing conditions like gout, chief executive Annabel Young says. Gout is becoming more common around the world as sugar consump- tion and obesity in- creases. The goals of the project are for pharmacists to help their patients assess and increase their understanding of the dis- ease. Rio's life making a difference Remembering Rio: Temira Hetherington and partner Tai Mataroa with a photo and hand cast of the daughter they lost. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS Rio Mataroa s short life will leave a lasting impression. She died at 21 months after suffering with an undiagnosed neurological condition that left her unable to breathe on her own, communicate, cry or eat without a feeding tube. Starship s neurological ward was a second home to parents Temira Hetherington and Tai Mataora. The ward is raising money for a refurbishment and the couple is doing its bit to help in appreciation of the support received. Our neurologist tried really hard to find out what was going on but everything led to nowhere, Ms Hetherington says. Staff were really, really lovely and became like fam- ily.The level of care and com- passion stretched beyond the job description. Several of the nurses atten- ded Rio s funeral and the charge nurse spoke at the ceremony. It meant a lot because they became important people in our lives. They still mean a lot to us, I break down every time I see them, Ms Hetherington says. When Rio became sick at two months old her parents were told she had just weeks to live. I was just trying to do everything I could to help her be comfortable because they had no answers as to how to help her. Counsellors offered invalu- able support when she died and still check in on Rio s birthday and the anniversary of her death. The couple has an eight-year-old daughter and another on the way. Ms Hetherington says she lights a candle for Rio every day. She is never far from their thoughts. We have a whole wall covered in her photos and we got her hands and feet casted. The couple has organised a fishing competition to raise money for the ward. It s a remembrance and awareness for other children who have neurological dis- orders, Ms Hetherington says. There are hopes it will become an annual event. We also want to start a support group for parents and families but it s quite difficult to get up and running when you are working full time, she says. The competition is on April 2from6amto5pmatthe Maraetai Boat Club. There will also be an auc- tion and entertainment from comedian Ewen Gilmour. Tickets are $50. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or get tickets from Top Catch stores in Half Moon Bay and Clevedon, or Hunting and Fishing in Botany. Preparing residents for the emergencies By MATT BOWEN Imagine east Auckland in the wake of a volcanic eruption, earthquake or tsunami. Death and destruction have replaced the area s quiet sub- urban scenes. But in every neighbourhood residents are organising. They have response plans. They know what they have to do and who will do it. Developing a community- based locally-led approach to natural disasters is a major part of the Auckland Civil Defence Emergency Manage- ment Group Plan review. Spokesman Ben Stallworthy pitched the idea to the Howick Local Board this month. They embraced it. A workshop between key stakeholders is now on the cards and an open day for residents to get a handle on their own plans is also poss- ible. Chairman Michael Williams raised the periodic flooding of homes and streets on the Bucklands Beach peninsula, most recently in January, as an example. Board member and Bucklands and Eastern Beaches Ratepayers and Residents Association chairwoman Shirley Warren says electric power boxes were flooded and sparking. They were underwater and people were walking through it and there wasn t anybody who could come, because they were busy elsewhere, to put out cones or something to block off the road, she says. It s simple things like that. A Civil Defence representa- tive is set to attend one of the association s upcoming meetings and discuss the issue. Getting Auckland better equipped to cope with a disas- ter is something that needs to be done with some urgency , mayor Len Brown says. Auckland s preparedness at an organisational level is brilliant but for mums and dads in particular, it s not brilliant. His own family was among the 93 percent of Aucklanders unprepared for an emergency before the devastating Christ- church quake. Never thought about it before, he says. Should have, but didn t . Click on Group Plan at www.aucklandcivil defence.org.nz to comment on Auckland s draft Civil Defence plan before April 3. TOP AUCKLAND DISASTER RISKS This risk ranking combines the likelihood of a hazard occurring and its impact. Very high risk: Power failure (possible, catastrophic) Human epidemic (possible, catastrophic) Distant volcanic eruption (likely, major) Cyclone (likely, major) Flooding (almost certain, moderate) Erosion: Coastal cliff (almost certain, moderate) Erosion: Landslide (almost certain, moderate) High risk: Auckland volcanic eruption (rare, catastrophic) Animal epidemic (possible, major) Aircraft crash (possible, major) Earthquake (unlikely, major) Hazardous spill (likely, moderate) Source: Draft 2010-15 Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management Plan. Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz to see a video of the couple encouraging people to support the cause.
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