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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 16th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 16, 2009 7 www.innerwestcourier.com.au NEWS Singer-songwriter Emma Donovan sings at the Juniperina juvenile justice centre. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP297061 Prison provides warm welcome See Emma Donovan sing at www.innerwestcourier.com.au INDIGENOUS songstress Emma Donovan got a rousing reception when she visited Australia's only juvenile justice centre for girls in Lidcome last week. Donovan performed her new song, Ngarraanga (Remember), a tribute to the Stolen Generation, and shared stories with the girls at the Juniperina juvenile justice centre. The visit was organised to celebrate NAIDOC Week. ''NAIDOC Week is an ideal opportunity for young women at Juniperina juvenile justice centre to learn the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,'' Juvenile Justice Minister Graham West said. ''Some young offenders feel disconnected with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, so NAIDOC Week activities help them reconnect and boosts their self- esteem.'' Other visitors to the centre last week included Adam Goodes of the Sydney Swans and Yileen Gordon and Jamal Idris of the Canterbury Bulldogs. ''The visits by indigenous role models encourage young offenders to work hard on their rehabilitation and inspire them to make responsible behavioural choices when they return to the community,'' Mr West said. The centre opened in 2005 and accommodates up to 46 girls who are on control orders or remanded in custody. Swine flu hits young people REBECCA WOOLLEY and BOEL ERIKSSON SIX people are in intensive care at Camperdown's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with suspected swine flu, sparking new fears about the spread and intensity of the virus. Head of intensive care services Robert Herkes said the cases were slightly different to those at other hospitals as the patients were ''relatively young'' and had few underlying health problems. A South West Sydney Area Health spokesman said the patients, who are aged in their 20s, 30s and 40s, were being treated by ECMO machines, which re- oxygenate the blood from outside the body. Three machines have been bor- rowed from Liverpool Hospital and specialised equipment is be- ing shared around the southwest's healthcare network, he said. Figures released on Tuesday showed 159 people in SWSAH's area had been admitted to hospital with the potentially deadly virus in June and July. NSW Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant said some of the six patients admitted to the Royal Prince Alfred were at a greater risk because they were obese. ''Influenzas generally tend to hit elderly people, but this one (swine flu) has hit across a younger age profile,'' Dr Chant said. She said a vaccine would be rolled out in about two months and NSW Health would work with the Commonwealth to determine the best strategy to determine priority groups to receive it. ''For the majority of people influenza is a mild illness which can be managed at home,'' Dr Chant said. ''However, seasonal flu and H1N1 influenza 09 can occasion- ally result in severe disease, even in people who have been pre- viously well.'' Last week Health Minister John Della Bosca said there had been a 17-fold increase in the number of people presenting to NSW emerg- ency departments with flu-like symptoms compared to this time last year. Across NSW, 2195 people have tested positive for the strain but the actual figure will be much higher as routine swine flu testing is no longer carried out for mild or moderately unwell patients. Pregnant women and people with obesity, lung, heart or kidney disease should see a doctor if they develop a flu-like illness. Details: www.health.nsw.gov. au/publichealth/swine---flu.asp or the Swim Flu hotline 180 2007.
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