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More prison beds welcome
expanding the number of
beds at the Cadell Training
Centre have been welcomed
by the Public Service
Association of South
PSA senior industrial
officer Simon Johnson said
more needed to be done to stop
overcrowding in state prisons.
"The PSA welcomes
current discussions with the
Department of Correctional
Services (DCS) regarding
increases in bed capacity
across all South Australian
prisons, including regional
SA," he said.
"Any increase in bed
capacity must attract adequate
and safe staffing levels.
"There are current
pressures within the system
that require immediate
within the state's high-
"Any additional bed space
at Cadell Training Centre
cannot be used as an overflow
for high-security prisoners,
as it is a low-security prison."
The call to expand prisons
in South Australia came after
discussions between the PSA
and DCS to find $5 million in
A DCS spokesperson said
there were currently no plans
to expand the overall size of
the Cadell Training Centre.
AFTER suffering a stroke two
years ago, Cadell man Kevin Myers
is now celebrating the profession that
helped him recover from his illness.
The day Mr Myers had his stroke,
he knew something was wrong after he
struggled to get out of bed.
When his wife Rosslyn came home, she
suspected that it could be a stroke.
Mr Myers had become lethargic and
was slurring his words, and he eventually
lost complete movement down one half
of his body.
"I'd always thought a stroke hits you
like a tonne of bricks," he said.
"It didn't occur to me this was exactly
what was happening --- that my whole
world was slowly changing."
Mr Myers said he had wanted to walk
out of his rehabilitation.
"My left-hand side had totally
stopped working, and I had to rely on
physiotherapists to show me how to
reconnect the electrical pathways from
my brain to my limbs and other body
parts," he said.
"I was determined to walk out of
Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and not
leave in a wheelchair."
Determined to one day go fishing again
with his then 15-year-old son, Mr Myers
began an intensive eight-week program
of physiotherapy four hours a day, seven
days a week.
The treatment enabled him to move out
of his wheelchair and return to Cadell.
However, once home, he suffered from
depression and found it difficult to adapt
to his new world.
Mr Myers said his physiotherapist
helped improve his physical and mental
"I came to the conclusion that
the doctors saved my life, but my
physiotherapists gave me the quality in
my life," he said.
"All the physiotherapists involved in my
treatment guided me from a wheelchair to
be able to fish with my son again.
"Their support and motivation helped
get me to where I am today."
Mr Myers, 57, is the deputy mayor of
the Mid Murray Council and continues
to see a physiotherapist to maintain his
To celebrate World Physiotherapy
Day, the Australian Physiotherapy
Association (APA) has launched its 'I love
my physio' competition, inviting South
Australians to share stories of how their
lives have improved with support from a
Mr Myers is one of many Australians
who have had their lives turned around
with support from physiotherapists.
The APA is running the campaign
after receiving hundreds of stories
from last year's inaugural competition.
Entrants will go in the draw to win an
Apple iPad, and the competition will close
on Wednesday, October 8.
To share your story or find out
more about the campaign, visit: www.
Stroke survivor Kevin
Myers shares his story
CADELL man Kevin Myers (right) with
son Kieran, 17, continues to receive
physiotherapy after having a stroke two
MID Murray Council
has increased its online
presence after launching a
to the successful Obesity
Prevention and Lifestyle
(OPAL) program recently.
Council launched the
webpage on Thursday,
September 18, to provide
local families with more
information on the OPAL
The site now includes
videos, surveys, photos,
educational information, event
calendars, parent resources
and children's activities.
It is set to complement the
already successful social media
presence, which was developed
by council's community
Mid Murray Council chief
executive officer Russell Peate
said the webpage was a perfect
opportunity for OPAL to
integrate further into council's
"Since its inception in
2011, the OPAL program has
used unique and innovative
ways of engaging with the
community," he said.
"Many people would know
there was some uncertainty
around the program continuing
this year, but we are extremely
pleased to confirm that OPAL
is now here to stay in Mid
Murray through to the end of
OPAL manager Courtney
Blacker said the new web
presence would help increase
access to nutrition and
physical activity programs for
families living in the district.
"A big part of engaging our
Mid Murray community in
OPAL initiatives is having the
capacity to communicate on
a number of levels," she said.
"It's taken months of hard
work, rigorous testing and
careful development to get
to this point, but what we
have now is an incredible
web presence which people
can access from their home
computers, or on their mobile
"Feedback from local Mid
Murray families tells us that
websites and social media are
key communication tools to
engage young parents, youth
and children -- so this is where
we need to be investing more
resources right now.
"The best thing about this
website is that it is solely
focused on the Mid Murray
activities, so the usability and
navigation through the site
will be simple and effective
for anyone who is interested."
Mid Murray Council health site up and running
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