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Ballarat SCI Regional Network Meeting - March 2016

21 March, 2016

Being such a supportive, welcoming and quiet venue, we decided to meet again in the Champagne Lounge at the Lakeview Hotel for the March meeting; using it as an opportunity to discuss and plan the agenda for the remainder of the year.

After speaking with two Occupational Therapists from the Queen Elizabeth Centre in Ballarat (Domiciliary Services/Wheelchair & Seating Clinic), they are organising a room for us to meet at in April or May.

We also discussed taking advantage of Ballarat’s popularity as a tourist destination, and checking out some of the sights; and including this as part of assessing what places are accessible,what works and what doesn’t. One of the locations suggested was the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE), which is located on the historical site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade. There is a cafe onsite, so we hope to get a guided tour of the museum, followed by lunch or afternoon tea in the cafe. Another suggestion was a visit to either the Ballarat Wildlife Park, or the Melbourne Zoo.

All smiles at the Champagne Lounge.

Useful tip: Carry your mobile phone in a sock as it’s easy to get to.

There is a gliding club at Bacchus Marsh; however it is more suitable in the warmer months for those interested, as that is when it would be an enjoyable experience for those interested in going up in one of the gliders, and also a picnic-style lunch for those that would rather stay on ground!

Having found informative, enjoyable and interesting guest speakers in the past, we are considering some options for future engagements, e.g. someone from Bunning’s to give ideas and hints on gardening, home maintenance etc. for people with disabilities, someone to give a talk on topics like anxiety and depression, pain management, nutrition, general health, meditation, physiotherapy and aging with a SCI. Suggestions and ideas continue to be welcomed as plans are set!

Aside from some great planning, we shared their tips, tricks and hints about what we have learnt and found useful since our SCI, some of which were:

  • Carrying your mobile phone in a sock as it’s easy to get to if you fall out of your wheelchair.
  • Wearing a bum bag around your waist with necessities, e.g. wallet, phone etc.
  • A variety of useful phone apps such as First Aid – Australia Red Cross which allows you to add details on who to call, e.g. doctors, family, friends as well as store information such as ID, insurance, allergies, medical condition, medication. Fire Ready for those in high risk fire areas. Powercore which lets you know how long a power outage will last.
  • For overseas travel, always filling out the smart traveller form.

We have also received an invitation from Public Transport Victoria, Travel Before You Ride; giving riders of public transport an opportunity to learn about using V/trains, Coaches, low floor buses and accessible taxis. This will take place from 10 - 11am on March 30 at the Ballarat Train Station. All are welcome!

Details of our next event

Thursday, 21 Apr 2016

11:00 AM

May 19th, June 23rd, July 21st (Christmas in July), August 25th, September 22nd, October 20th, November 24th, December 8th – End of year break up

To be determined

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