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The Chronicle: An Ageing Australia

I recently spent a week in Melbourne caring for my mother who had just had a hip replacement. At 75, Mum is generally fit and healthy, and as a single mother she is incredibly independent. So it was a real a shock for me to see her in a vulnerable position, in need of support and care.

Realising our parents aren’t infallible is one of the most difficult aspects of adulthood.

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The Chronicle: Mr Fluffy

Right now there are tens of thousands of Canberrans facing a world of uncertainty because they live in, have lived in or have worked in a Mr Fluffy home.

I’ve spoken to dozens of Canberra families over the last few months who have all expressed the same concerns: the fear that they are facing financial ruin because their greatest investment can’t be sold, the anguish over the long-term health concerns for their friends and families, and the lingering uncertainty over what will happen next.

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The Chronicle: Revitalising Tuggeranong

Tuggeranong has enjoyed some much needed attention over the last few weeks, with politicians and business owners alike weighing in with ideas about how to revitalise our beloved town centre.

In line with the 2012 Tuggeranong Master Plan, the ACT Government recently announced an increase in building heights and a rezoning of some land to allow for expanded retail and residential development.

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The Chronicle: Seeking Help - Relationships Australia

I recently visited Relationships Australia in Deakin to learn more about the great work being done by a dedicated team of counsellors and mediators to build strong and positive relationships in Canberra and the region. Relationships Australia provides counselling, mediation and relationship education to individuals, couples, families and communities.

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The Chronicle: Canberra Islamic Centre

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke

On a Wednesday afternoon in mid-April, more than 100 Canberrans armed with buckets, mops, brooms and sponges made it loud and clear they would not stand by and do nothing in the face of evil.

And they were flanked by thousands more who had pledged donations and emailed, sent, tweeted and Facebooked messages of support. 

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The Chronicle: Ageing Well

I was deeply concerned to read an ABS stat last week showing that men over the age of 85 are more likely to die by suicide than Australians of any other age group. The suicide rate for men aged 85 and older was 37.6 per 100,000 in 2012, more than triple the national rate.

These deaths are often linked to pain and health concerns, but are also a result of isolation, loss and depression.

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The Chronicle: Postcode 2900

Canberrans rejoiced last week when the rest of the country was made aware of something we have known for a long time – Canberra is Australia’s most liveable city.

Auspoll’s annual survey My City: The People’s Verdict asked over 5000 Australians to rank their city against a set of 17 attributes. And Canberra came out on top.

Canberra shone when it came to recreational spaces, low pollution, safety and good healthcare, schools and universities.

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HerCanberra: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

If you’ve passed by Old Parliament House after dark this month, you might have noticed that the wedding cake had turned a distinct shade of green. The colour is in fact teal, and the façade was been lit up in honour of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Ovarian cancer was once known as a silent killer, because it is notoriously difficult to diagnose. Many women are under the misapprehension that a pap-smear tests for ovarian cancer as well as cervical cancer – this isn’t the case. There is no early detection test, and the symptoms of ovarian cancer are fairly regularly experienced by women from time to time - generally associated with other minor health problems.

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The Chronicle: Ovarian Cancer - a not so silent killer

If you’re passing by Old Parliament House after dark in February, you’ll notice the wedding cake has turned a distinct shade of green. The colour is in fact teal, and the façade has been lit up in honour of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. 

Since being appointed ACT Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer, I’ve been overwhelmed by the commitment and tenacity of the families and friends who have lost loved ones to this terrible disease, yet put the time and energy into raising funds and awareness despite their grief. 

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The Chronicle: Gift of Life

'The gift of life is a gift of giving a normal lifestyle' - Organ recipient, Yvonne Bali

Happy New Year. I trust you had a relaxing break over Christmas and are refreshed and ready to take on 2014. Chris and I had a chance to catch up with family and friends - and each other - and enjoy some time at my second favourite place in the world, the south coast.

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