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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 8th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 9, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Burwood GP goes national to fight youth mental illness SHIREEN KHALIL Dr Ramesh Manocha is launching a national program to address youth mental illness. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP263065 A BURWOOD GP is launching a national program to give parents and teachers useful strategies on how to deal with child mental illness. When it became obvious to Dr Ramesh Manocha that there was a massive gap in what carers knew about youth mental illness, he decided to launch Generation Next. ''The seminars will provide up-to-date expert information and advice on mental health including cyber-safety, drugs and alcohol and the impact on sex and violence on the wellbeing and behaviour of young people,'' Dr Manocha said. Depression also contributes to mental health, which goes un-noticed in the Inner West, according to Dr Manocha. ''Parents don't know how to handle it . . . they know what many of the problems are, but they're struggling to find answers,'' he said. Dr Manocha, who is a father of two, said online material and the media, which bombard young people with images and messages about how they should look, contribute to mental illness. ''With all the pressures of a changing information age and the tide of economic uncertainty, parents feel more exposed and under-equipped than ever before to manage their kids,'' he said. Dr Manocha said official Federal Government figures showed mental health disorders were the leading cause of disability among young Australians aged 15 to 24. ''Generation Next works on prevention being better than cure, but its scope is broad enough to give parents hope and advice if their kids are getting into trouble.'' The first Generation Next seminar will be held on May 23 at Clancy Auditorium, University of NSW, from 6pm to 10pm. For more information visit www. gennextsemionars.com. Sandwich-board ban SHIREEN KHALIL Danny Lim and his dog Smarty outside Strathfield Plaza on Monday. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP263573 THE owners of Strathfield Plaza have denied banning contro- versial councillor Danny Lim from setting foot in the shopping centre. Cr Lim said he received a notice last Thursday advising him that if he entered Strathfield Plaza, the police would be called and he would be charged with trespass- ing. But Memo Corporation, which owns Strathfield Plaza, said Cr Lim was only banned from the centre when entering with adver- tising material. ''Danny Lim has not been banned from the plaza, but he cannot come in wearing advertis- ing signage or with his little dog on a lead, which is exactly the same as anybody else who comes in handing out brochures,'' a Memo Corporation spokesperson said. ''But if he comes in as a cus- tomer and a shopper, he is per- fectly welcome.'' However, Cr Lim, who has been waging a sandwich-board war against Strathfield State Labor MP Virginia Judge, said the letter states: ''Take notice that the right of licence you may have to be in or upon the property of Strathfield Plaza/Strathfield Plaza carpark is hereby terminated for indefinite months.'' Cr Lim, who feels the ban has prevented him from performing his civic duties for ratepayers, has questioned Ms Judge's failure to prevent the ban. ''One has to ask what role Fair Trading Minister and Strathfield State MP Virginia Judge is play- ing while independent councillors get banned from Strathfield Plaza, (yet) the Labor Party can move around freely -- not to mention put up their political advertising at each and every election for Ms Judge and themselves,'' Cr Lim said. Cr Lim said he wants to know why the decision was not made before, as he has been wearing sandwich boards with political messages for years. ''I'm prepared to give up my citizenship if this is what Aust- ralia is all about,'' he said. A spokesperson for Ms Judge said ''The centre is private prop- erty and, as such, all enquiries should be directed to centre man- agement.''
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