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The Woodside Surgery has
extended its range of bulk
billed services so everyone has
the opportunity to improve
Located on Nairne Road, the surgery
has recently introduced Amy Kmit,
an exercise physiologist who focuses
on chronic conditions, muscle and
joint conditioning, weight loss and
pregnancy back care.
Clinical psychologist Franklin
McCurdy is now consulting at the
surgery and has over 30 years of
experience in the eld.
He has a particular interest in
using meditation and mindfulness
"I aim to help clients overcome
anxiety and stress disorders,
depression, anger problems, panic
attacks and phobias as well as other
self control issues such as mood
disturbances," Dr McCurdy said.
The surgery continues to provide
physiotherapy (Hayley Walker) and
podiatry (Jonathon Gutte), and all
new and existing services are bulk
billed if a patient is on a Care Plan,
managed by their GP.
GP consultations are bulk billed for
all patients who have a Medicare
Surgery GP Dr Pankaj Malik has
been practicing in Australia for
10 years and has worked at the
Lyell McEwin and Women s and
Children s hospitals, and also in the
mental health sector.
He will be at the surgery for the long
term and is hoping to help patients
lead a healthier life.
"The biggest thing is prevention and
I am hoping to address issues before
they become chronic," Dr Malik said.
"I have enjoyed meeting and getting
to know patients, who have made me
feel very welcome."
Woodside Surgery also offers online
bookings through Health Engine.
Practice manager Jen Southwell said
it was convenient for people who
were on the go.
"It s a simple and fast way to see
when health professionals are
available for an appointment," she
Online bookings can be made 24
hours a day at healthengine.com.
Adelaide Pathology Partners will
now be on site from Monday to
Friday, 9am--12pm allowing patients
to access pathology services more
ECGs and spriometry can be
conducted on-site and Australian
Hearing visits several times
throughout the year.
Adelaide Bodyscan will bring its
mobile bone density service to
Woodside Surgery on June 29 and
those interested can contact the
surgery for more information on
We've got your health at heart
Receptionist Michaela House, left, with physiotherapist Hayley Walker, practice manager
Jen Southwell, Dr Pankaj Malik and practice nurse Marion Braun.
Wistow electrician Tras Wright, left, has overseen the installation of
breathometers at football clubrooms across the Hills. The initiative has
been welcomed by Gumeracha Football Club president Alex Tucker.
By Melissa Keogh
Hills football clubs are the
first in SA to install public
alcohol breath testing meters in
hope of reducing drink driving
incidents and saving lives on
Victorian company Breath-
ometer Corporation has donated
up to 20 breath testing units to
Hills Football League (HFL) clubs
after being approached by Wistow
electrician Tras Wright.
The wall-mounted machines,
worth $6500 each, calibrate the
level of alcohol present in the
Mr Wright sparked the idea of
bringing the machines to SA after
a recent visit to Victoria where he
saw the units at pubs and clubs.
He said that he noticed many
drinkers choosing not to drive after
using the machines.
Mr Wright then approached
Breathometer Corporation and
organised for the installation of
the machines across Hills football
clubs and at The Barker Hotel.
"Everybody knows someone
affected by a road accident or a
death in the Hills," he said.
"If these units save just one life,
then they've done their job.
"We are losing too many
people because of drink driving."
managing director Des Malcolm
said he was confident the $130,000
investment in the HFL would pay
off, as other leagues across SA
would learn of the benefits and
adopt the machines.
The Hills footballing community
has welcomed the move, including
HFL vice president and former
local police officer Glenn Thomson.
Mr Thomson has seen first-hand
the consequences of drink driving
and said it was still a major issue
at sporting clubs across the Hills.
"I was a police officer for 43 years
and it (drinking driving) never
stopped," he said.
"It didn't matter what you said
to people, they still thought they
could get away with it."
Mr Thomson described the
number of people who still chose to
drive while under the influence of
drugs or alcohol as "scary as hell".
"I've seen a lot of fatal accidents
and I've also been involved with
football clubs where members have
left after drinking too much and
had crashes," he said.
"There's no doubt that alcohol
is more of a problem in sporting
Mr Thomson warned the units
only offered an approximate
reading and could be less accurate
than units used by police officers.
Helping make roads safe
For the past four years a group
of neighbors have bonded over
the environmental welfare of
a nearby reserve and are now
celebrating the area's improved
Friends of Protea Reserve and
Michael Moran Reserve in Crafers
comprise a small group of green
thumbs who meet regularly
to increase the well-being of a
patch near the Lesley Crescent
Since 2011, the group of seniors,
young mothers and children have
planted hundreds of native plants,
which are now thriving habitats
for native birds and frogs.
However, the group believes it
still has work to do and is reaching
out to the community to take part
in a planting day this Saturday,
when a further 550 plants will be
introduced to the area.
Co-ordinator Bobbie Wheatland
said sedge plants would be a
focus of the event, due to their
suitability to the reserve's wet and
"We'll also be planting native
buttercups because we're trying
to bring back plants that are
indigenous to the area," she said.
"The reserve is much more
manicured than it used to be, so
we've come a long way in a short
amount of time."
The group receives support from
the Adelaide Hills Council and
Adelaide and Mt Lofty Natural
Resources Management (NRM)
The planting day will take place
on Saturday from 9.30-11.30am
and gardeners are advised to
bring wet weather gear and sturdy
Parking is available near the
Lesley Crescent playground,
Crafers, and morning tea will be
Taking part in a
Friends of Protea
this weekend are,
from left, Bobbie
9, and Jack
Friends make a difference
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