The Annual General Meeting of the Northern Rivers General Practice Network (NSW) Limited ACN 062 273 036 will be held at St Vincent’s Hospital Education Centre on the 19th day of December 2019 at 6.15 pm.

It will  consider a Special Resolution to amend the NRGPN's Constitution. The aim of the Special Resolution is to widen the membership to include all medical practitioners in the region from the northern NSW border to Grafton. This will bring it in to line with the boundaries of the Northern NSW Local Health District.

Members can vote at the AGM by attending the meeting or by downloading the voting pack from the NRGPN website and nominating a proxy.

Should the resolution be passed it will become effective immediately and there will be a subsequent call for Directors from the expanded membership. It is anticipated this new meeting will be held in February / March 2020.

There will be an informal discussion of the organisation's future activities at 6.30 pm following the meeting. 

CCC forum

The first forum to discuss the effects of the Clarence Correction Centre (CCC) on the community was held on Saturday at St Matthews Anglican Church in South Grafton. Its focus was the impact of the new jail on women, and Indigenous women in particular.

Around 40 people came along. There was a broad section of the community present including Clarence Valley Councillors Debrah Novak and Greg Clancy.

The privately run CCC is being built at Lavidia, 12 km south of Grafton, and will open in July next year. Run by SERCO it will house 1400 men and 300 women, at least 100 of whom will be Aboriginal women. State Member Chris Gulaptis has described it as ‘the fourth largest town in the Clarence Valley’.

The forum was organised by local activists Colin and Joyce Clague and chaired by Associate Professor Pauline Clague from the Jumbunna Institute at UTS.

Dr Nathan Kesteven

The Northern Rivers General Practice Network has continued to support and advocate on behalf of general practitioners over the last 12 months. It has represented general practice through its membership of the North Coast Primary Health Network and from members’ participation in the Northern Clinical Council of the NCPHN.

Areas of particular focus for the NRGPN in the Council have been information and communication technology, Aboriginal health, improved care of refugees and arguing for better integration of health care between the NSW State run local prison system and the better funded and organised Medicare system. 

Master cabinet maker Geoff Hannah with former student Colin Fardon and the latter’s creation, Three Little Birds, sold for $68,000.

Robin Osborne meets local cabinet maker Colin Fardon, a master craftsman in the making.

A chance meeting at a party in Brisbane has resulted in Casino-born woodworker Colin Fardon selling his milestone creation for the astounding sum of $68,000 and in the process deciding to become a cabinet maker full-time.

“Now I can give up the day job and follow the dream,” Colin joked as he carefully handled one of the beautifully crafted drawers from his inlayed collector’s cabinet titled “Three Little Birds”.

The work is part of the exhibition Chesta Drawz and the LowBoys that ran recently at Lismore Regional Gallery. The other works, less ambitious in scale but also superbly executed, were by passionate locals – including former Lismore City councillor Brian Henry - who had studied with nationally acclaimed cabinet maker and local resident Geoff Hannah.  Geoff’ latest masterpiece was in the show, while in a nearby room stood his million-dollar (literally) creation the ‘Hannah Cabinet’, the subject of an intensive fundraising effort aimed at keeping this wonderful work in Lismore.

Colin said he had trained with Geoff for one day a week for 16 years (Colin is now aged 31). The master had never raised his voice or expressed a cross word.

 In recent years breakthrough advances have occurred in the management of ischaemic stroke, greatly improving clinical outcomes. Along with the availability of clot retrieval for acute management of stroke there have been advances in stroke secondary prevention. The following article summarises the highlights of the talk given on the Modern Management of Stroke at the Nordoc conference in June 2019 and focuses on recent updates in the field.

Facts about stroke:

Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability, killing more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer (1). Even when patients survive, most suffer a disability that impedes their carrying out the activities of daily living unassisted (2). Therefore, it is of utmost importance to look for new ways and strategies to reduce the detrimental consequences of stoke.

Endovascular therapies:

One of the breakthrough advances has been the implementation of clot retrieval in the management of stroke caused by a large vessel occlusion. A series of clinical trials published in 2015 showed consistently that endovascular treatment, in combination with best practice medical treatment, was superior to the latter treatment alone for patients suffering acute occlusion of the internal carotid artery or the main stem of the proximal middle cerebral artery. The number needed to treat in most studies ranges between 3 to 7 to achieve a positive outcome and functional independence (3,4,5,6,7).