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Plains Producer, Wednesday, June 19 2013
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SA Police issued a reminder to
early morning and evening walkers
of their obligations as responsible
Chilly weather means walkers need
to rug up – and police know winter
clothing is predominantly dark in
colour, but there are some things you
can do to make sure you are visible
to other road users.
High visibility vests, tabards, arm-
bands or clothing will highlight your
presence for a significant distance.
Light or bright colours in your
clothing will also help.
“Pedestrians should also always
use a footpath,” the SAPOL statement
said. “When conditions make these too
wet or muddy, it makes sense to use
the road – but be sensible.”
Jasmyn and Gabi Smith walk fairly
regularly, usually late in the afternoon.
Parents Michael and Megan walk
either early in the morning or at night.
“We wear light coloured clothing
and mainly stick to the footpath,”
“Sometimes we walk on the road
because it’s smoother, but if we see
a car we quickly get to the footpath.”
When asked if they have had any
near misses while walking, both said
local drivers tend to be fairly courte-
ous and alert.
“We haven’t had any trouble,”
“Most drivers are pretty good, if
you’re crossing the road they’ll slow
She also offered a tip to other
walkers who like listening to music
during their exercise.
“When I’m walking with my head-
phones in, I keep the music turned
down so I can still hear when there’s
a car coming,” Jasmyn said.
SA Police said keep as close to the
footpath as possible and make sure you
walk towards the oncoming traffic.
“That way they can see you and
you can see them,” the statement said.
REGISTERED nurses at Balaklava
Hospital could potentially be required
to work across both acute care and
aged care wards under a proposal sug-
gested by Country Health SA (CHSA)
CHSAexecutives, including director
of nursing and midwifery, Lyn Olsen,
CHSA Yorke and Northern director,
Roger Kirchner, andAged Care director,
Nino DiSisto, attended a staff meeting
at the hospital last week.
“Nurses on the acute care ward
and nurses on the aged care ward (Ira
Parker) work in the same building at
Balaklava Hospital,” a Country Health
SA spokesperson said.
“It was suggested at a general staff
meeting they may wish to consider ways
in which they can work more effectively
as a team.
“This could include assisting each
other on the wards if their own ward
is not busy.”
The Plains Producer learnt the sug-
gestion of acute nurses assisting in
the aged care ward raised concerns,
as it could contradict a nurses’ union
agreement. The agreement reportedly
stipulates two nurses must remain in
the acute ward at all times.
The staffing proposal could result in
nurses being predisposed at other areas
in the hospital. If a person or people
present to emergency and no nurse is on
hand to treat them, there were concerns
an acute nurse could be held responsible
and as a result lose their registration.
With all that considered, CHSA
confirmed no formal direction as yet.
“No decision regarding this proposal
has been made,” the spokesperson said.
thorn footballer, Shane
Crawford, is riding a
bike from Melbourne
to Perth, appropriately
called “Tour de Crawf,”
in a bid to raise funds for
Breast Cancer Network
He will stay over-
night at Burra on Mon-
day, June 24. Next
day, Crawford will be
riding through Spald-
ing and Gulnare and
local Friends in Pink
member, Joy Ryan, is
hoping to catch him on
his way through.
Call Joy on 0408 621
108 to join the welcome
group. Keep updated on
the ride via crawf.com
GABI (left) and Jasmyn Smith set out on an evening walk
in Balaklava this week.
Be seen, be safe on walks
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