Hervey Bay Independent : 6th November 2014
Proposed changes for FCO board A motion to increase the size of the Fraser Coast Opportunities board, and for it to include up to three Councillors, will be discussed at its annual general meeting later this month. “If approved, the change would increase the board from seven to nine directors including the Mayor, CEO and up to three Councillors,” Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell said. “It would enhance Councillor involvement and accountability. “We feel that it is the right move; that elected representatives have a guiding infl uence on FCO given that signifi cant ratepayer funds are invested in the entity. “I see it as a positive that Council has a strong focus on economic development and regional promotion that will benefi t all sectors of the region from agriculture to tourism. “Councillors will bring a range of skills to the board.” Increased Councillor involvement would improve communication between the two organisations to maximise benefi ts to the region, he said. The board would still have directors from the business sector. “The other directors would bring skills to the board and industry groups would still have input through the advisory groups, such as the Tousirm Advisory Group,” Cr O’Connell said. “It is not just about the structure of the board. The objective is to ensure the region is working together to achieve its potential.” Fraser Coast Anglican College students Jesse Reck, Angus Robinson, Kate Woiwod, and Talha Fuad. Advertisement Dissections on USQ Student Experience Day agenda Almost 200 Fraser Coast high school students are expected to attend this year’s USQ Fraser Coast Student Experience Day, which includes a “short, intense, fun” biology session for Year 10 and 11 students visiting the University this Friday. Lecturer Ruth Newby said students would have an (optional) opportunity to dissect a pig’s eye and heart and bull’s testicles as part of a hands-on session designed to introduce high school students to what they might experience at university. “Students can also examine a pig’s lungs as they are gently infl ated with air. This is always astonishing to watch, and helps students appreciate how exquisite and delicate the lungs are,” Ms Newby said. “The activity uses animal organs discarded as waste from an abattoir. It’s the ultimate in recycling, since they would normally be thrown away. “It engages students with the excitement of studying biological systems and gives them an understanding of their own physical complexity and NEWSBRIEFS Pain-free prostate cancer test saves lives Queensland researchers are working to develop a painless prostate cancer test that could help to differentiate between aggressive tumours and tumours that pose no danger to health. Public transport fares down 5% Public transport fares across Queensland have been reduced by 5%. We asked you to have your say on the future of public transport, and more than 20,000 Queenslanders voted. Cheaper fares: 74% More services: 26% Source: Cheaper fares or more services consultation survey, September 2014 (21,911 responses). There will also be no fare increase in January 2015. To find out how much you’ll save, visit translink.com.au or call 13 12 30 anytime. Funded by Cancer Council Queensland, the innovative University of Queensland study, led by Dr Matthew Roberts, is examining naturally-produced body fl uids to try and fi nd a more effective prostate cancer test. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the study could lead to a breakthrough in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. “Prostate cancer is complex - while some tumours grow quickly and prove lethal, others grow slowly and do not cause harm in a normal lifespan,” Ms Clift said. “Right now doctors do not have a single, simple test to detect prostate cancer.” The fi ndings of this study could help to create a test that improves the clinical treatment of the 4000 Queensland men affected by the disease each year, better informing treatment options for doctors and patients. “Cancer Council Queensland is proud to fund this promising research project, it could help many men to avoid unnecessary treatment for prostate cancer and avoid the often life-altering side-effects of surgery and hormonal therapy,” Ms Clift said. Lead researcher from the University of Queensland, Dr Matthew Roberts, said in addition to being painless, the test could help determine whether a tumour is aggressive or slow growing, better assessing risks to a man’s health. “I’ve always been passionate about men’s health, and in the course of my work as a clinician I’ve seen fi rst-hand the devastating effects prostate cancer has on men and their families,” Dr Roberts said. “This highlights to me the importance of better methods of testing and I’m determined to do all I can to improve the way we diagnose and treat prostate cancer in the future.” Dr Roberts said that there were many great ideas and approaches to signifi cant health issues like prostate cancer that went un-funded, and that fi nancial investment into research saved lives. “For organisations like Cancer Council Queensland to see and share our vision and provide fi nancial support is something we’re truly grateful for,” Dr Roberts said. “We will do our best to repay their faith in us by providing the best research outcomes for Queenslanders, and all Australians.” Cancer Council Queensland is asking all men to be proactive about prostate cancer, urging men at risk to talk to their GP about the pros and cons of testing. “Our Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20, staffed by fully trained professionals, is available Monday to Friday for more information about prostate cancer or to discuss being tested for prostate cancer,” Ms Clift said. “Men in at-risk age groups, particularly those over 50, or with a family history, need to be proactive about prostate cancer.” Authorised by the Queensland Government, George Street, Brisbane. 26 / Hervey Bay Independent, November 6, 2014 About 32,500 men are alive today in Queensland after a diagnosis of prostate cancer, and while fi ve-year relative survival rate for prostate cancer has increased from 64 per cent in the 1980s to 92 per cent today, the impacts on quality of life can be physically and emotionally challenging for men and their partners. More information about Cancer Council Queensland website. an appreciation of their own wellbeing.” USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas said the 2014 Student Experience Day was aimed at giving Year 10 and 11 students the opportunity to participate in a range of sessions so they could experience university before choosing their future study courses and careers. “Even if students already know what they are interested in studying, the event is a perfect opportunity to ask questions and fi nd out more before applying for their preferred programs,” Professor Thomas said. Students will participate in various sessions, most of which include hands-on activities, in the study areas of education, nursing, psychology, science, creative arts, business management, accounting, humanities, communication and law. Where: USQ Fraser Coast, 161 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay. When: 9.30am to 2pm, Friday October 31. The lunch break is noon to 1pm.
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