Good cop, bad cap
It has been interesting to watch the interplay between South Coast MP Shelley Hancock and the Deputy Premier John Barilaro with Shelley calling for the Shoalhaven to open up out of lockdown despite there being 14 active COVID cases here as of last Wednesday (September 8).
The Deputy Premier held firm of course and we are still in lockdown.
Is this a case of Good Cop / Bad Cop?
That's why we should listen to the health experts and not the politicians.
The road out is for all of us to be vaccinated. It is very hard to take any anti-vaxxer seriously as all the myths and scare mongering can be easily debunked with facts, however, it is confronting when you meet someone who has already made their mind up to not get vaccinated.
These people can rarely be reasoned with. One group that I am concerned for are pregnant women as no real data is yet available on the safety of viral vector vaccines in pregnancy.
So I do understand the possible hesitancy if you are pregnant. Once again, talk to a health professional.
John Panneman, Conjola Park
Our tax dollars at work...
We all know what a stuff up both the federal and state governments have made of the COVID fiasco. Late ordering of vaccine, poor distribution, lack of information etc.
Well, here is another little gem that the Health Department have made.
Firstly they closed down the Sanctuary Point Bakery for two days, for deep cleaning after they discovered that "someone" had entered the premises.
Then, it took eight days before any notification started to pop up on Facebook etc. with still no official notification to the residents of the area. With all of this happening, they closed the wrong bakery. The contact incident occurred in the Plough and Harrow Bakery who were notified days later.
Meanwhile, the bakery had, through no fault of their own, continued to operate and serve customers. When they were finally advised they closed down immediately and had the premises deep cleaned. Is this the government at work or is it just a bloody joke?
Les Boucher, Sanctuary Point
A little support makes a big difference
The number of Australians living with dementia is close to half a million - a number that is set to double in the next 25 years - with an estimated 1.6 million people involved in their care.
In NSW there are an estimated 157,000 people living with dementia.
Many people living with dementia can continue to live well after their diagnosis, which is why the theme for Dementia Action Week 2021, September 20-26, is 'A little support makes a big difference'.
The national awareness raising campaign will continue to lead the discussion about discrimination, which we know has a big impact on people living with dementia, their families and carers.
This year Dementia Australia will provide information and tips to encourage all Australians to increase their understanding of dementia and learn how they can make a difference to the lives of people around them who are impacted - and to help eliminate discrimination.
The good news is that a lot can be done to improve the experience for people living with dementia and carers.
To find out how you can make a difference please visit www.dementia.org.au.
Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia
Phil Hazell, Chair Dementia Australia Advisory Committee
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