WOMEN at higher risk of developing breast cancer who are prescribed the drug Tamoxifen are now able to access the drug under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
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Orange oncologist Dr Peter Fox says although the drug has been available for several years and is widely prescribed for women diagnosed with breast cancer, the availability of the drug for women at higher risk of developing breast cancer is a new and welcome initiative by the government.

Retired breast cancer surgeon Dr Stuart Porges said he was pleased to learn the federal government had approved the drug’s placement on the PBS for women who showed a predisposition to developing cancer, and the drug would be cheaper.

“It is a very simple and effective drug with very few side-effects for women who are oestrogen receptor positive,” he said.

Dr Porges had several patients who were involved in trials to determine the effectiveness of Tamoxifen five and even 10 years on from surgery and other cancer treatments.

“This has been a fantastic drug for so many patients over the years,” he said.

The drug’s placement on the PBS follows a trial by the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group.

Director of research Professor John Forbes AM said the announcement was further recognition of the importance of breast cancer clinical trials research.

“Approximately 16,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year and one in eight women will be diagnosed by the time they turn 85,” he said.

“Many patients from the Central West have benefited from Tamoxifen and will continue to do so,” Dr Fox said.

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THE RETURN: Scott Bevan had one of the most prestigious gigs in journalism, but he is now pursuing other interests including music. The star catches up with former ABC journalist, musician and Novocastrian Scott BevanYou have left one of the best journalism gigs in the country at the ABC, what role did your love of music play in that decision?Like a lot of blokes, when I was approaching 50, I thought about not what I have done, but what I haven’t done or should have done. One recurring thought was that I had wandered away from music.
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So I gave myself a 50th birthday present: I recorded my solo EP. The experience also fuelled my desire to explore new opportunities. I didn’t leave my job to pursue music; I left to embrace my life more fully. And music is an integral part of my life.

What musicians inspire you?I’ve had the great fortune to play with some inspiring musicians. Steve Morton, Peter Pihlak, and John Foreman, all dear mates who play on My Old Self, are not only brilliant at what they do but are a hoot to be with.

And I continue to listen to, and love, the musicians who inspired me to pick up an instrument and express myself when I was a teenager: David Bowie, Sting, U2, and Kevin Stanton and Murray Burns from Mi-Sex.

You have released an EP to coincide with turning 50, what terrain does the recording cover?Well, it’s not the soft undulations of middle-age, I hope! The EP has five of my songs. They cover the terrain I’ve always enjoyed walking – rock – and they celebrate my love of 1970s and 80s music, with big arrangements and bigger choruses.

The project was a slow-burn and began in Newcastle, can you tell me about that?The EP was recorded in Sydney, but Newcastle flows through these songs. I’m a Newcastle boy. I fell hopelessly in love with rock music when I heard Mi-Sex open for Cheap Trick at the Civic Theatre in 1979.

I played in Newcastle bands, developing my musicianship and some lifelong friends, and learnt from terrific musos such as Mark Hope, Grant Walmsley and Dennis Butler. And now, with this EP, I’ve recorded with mates who I played with in Newcastle, and the CD cover features a fantastic photo of Newcastle Ocean Baths, taken by another friend, Mark Tedeschi. Mark’s a Sydneysider – but he probably wishes he was a Novocastrian.

What’s next for Scott Bevan the journalist?I don’t know, in short. I will continue to be as I’ve always been, someone who tells stories and sometimes that involves music. I don’t think too much about ‘what’s next’. It’s a terrible approach for career advancement, but it’s a pretty good way to live.

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Next gig: Royal Exchange, Bolton Street, Newcastle, on June 17.

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Desperate for carers


HELPING HAND: Volunteers for Palliative Care Kate Punch, Gwen Teasdale and Virginia Milne. Picture: MARINA NEILMaitland’s Volunteers for Palliative Care is in desperate need of help.
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Operating for almost 26 years the NSW Health funded organisation is short on volunteers and desperately needs more helpers to care for the 20 patients the organisation has on its books.

Volunteers are needed to provide transport for patients, help them attend treatments and medical appointments, provide home respite or companionship or to visit patients in hospital.

Those interested are put through a training course and commitment in time is established on an individual basis at the time of their training.

The organisation’s coordinator Judith Robinson said it takes a special kind of person to carry out this work.

“They have to be non-judgmental, patient and a very good listener,” Ms Robinson said.

The group currently has 25 volunteers but needs many more.

“It’s better to have a pool of volunteers who are ready so we cantap into them straight away when the need arises.”

She said there is usually a natural attrition rate with volunteers as some have to bow out with family commitments, going back to work or becoming carers themselves for a family member.

All volunteers will have a criminal check carried out. They will also be put through a training program. On completion they will be “buddied up” with a patient and then start.

“We connect the volunteers with families and make sure they are a good fit,” Ms Robinson said.

Ms Robinson said there can be some fears and misunderstandings about what palliative care means.

“We discuss this thoroughly withvolunteers and talk about all their fears. It’s a wonderful training program and it’s essential,” she said.

“Predominantly most of the work ourvolunteers do are in patients’ homes.This work is not aboutsitting with someone who is dying, it’s about supporting someone to the end of the life. They have dreams, wishes and desires and we are there to listen to them.”

Anyone interested in helping the organisation shouldcall 49366582.

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Kate Perry in the yellow jersey on the final day of the tour. Picture: Cycling AustraliaWagga cyclist Sophie Mackay played the support role for Specialized Women’s Racing teammate Kate Perry who won the Mersey Valley Tour on the weekend.
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Perry won by six seconds to take the lead in the Subaru National Road Series after the third event for the season.

Mackay and two of her teammates worked to catch the lead pack and ensure Perry was well-positioned for the hill climb.

“Kate’s a particularly good climber,” Mackay said.

The girls closed a 58-second gap in the space of 10km before a decisive climb, where Perry overtook the leader to snare the yellow jersey on Saturday.

“We allowed Kate to draft behind us andshe was able to conserve energy for the hill,” Mackay said.

“On the third day it was just a matter of holding onto the yellow jersey.”

The rain in Tasmania was continuous and torrential, and despite competing in the most arduous conditions of her career, Mackay had the time of her life.

“Iquite enjoyed the challenge of the weather,” she said.

“It’s a particularly tough course; amentalchallenge.”

Next on the agenda, Mackay will compete in a couple of local events including the Geoff Dixon Memorial and the Cootamundra Haycarters classic and recovery races.

She looks forward to a national series race in June.

“The Battle on the Border ismore suited to me,” she said.

“There aremore sprint finishes.”

She’s in good form,and gaining momentum on the road thanks tocontinuedtraining.

“I’m really enjoying getting on the bike every day; Ifeel energetic,” Mackay said.

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The prawn arrabiata had a spicy kick (left) and former West Coast player Todd Breman tucks into a massive hellfire parmigiana. Photo: Karl Langdon The outdoor section at The High Wycombe Tavern.
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When former Eagles sharp shooter and respected football caller Karl Langdon says something has a “beautiful kick” you tend to tune in to what he is saying.

But this time Langdon isn’t talking about an AFL player, but the dish he had at the High Wycombe Tavern, as part of Radio 6PR’s “Pub of the Week”.

Langdon said even though the menu offered up a vast and varied selection of modern Australian contemporary fare, he couldn’t look past the prawn arrabiata pasta ($21.50).

The dish is infused with coriander, garlic chilli and onion.

“It had a beautiful kick to it,” he told WAtoday. “Not too overpowering for those that don’t like spicy food, but I do love my spicy food, so for me the spicier the better.

“It had nice big prawns, lovely texture…a pretty good dish.”

Langdon said former West Coast and Subiaco teammate Todd Breman tucked into the hellfire parmigiana ($25).

“My premiership teammate is a good eater –  he’s a fireman and he’s on holidays at the moment,” Landgon laughed.

“The chicken was nice and moist and thick and then the topping was something that he hadn’t had before.

“It was a different style of parmigiana then he had every experienced.

“The sauce on the top had jalapenos and it had some diced up chicken….it was really interesting.”

Langdon said while the wine list was limited, the tavern boasts 19 different varieties of local, imported and craft beers on tap.

And the ex-Eagles star knows a thing or two about beers, having run the Blue Note Tavern and the Wembley Hotel.

“The Squires Golden Ale pint was $9.50 a pint and I’ve had it up to $11.50, so that was good value,” he said.

“The good part was the lines were clear, because the Golden Ale had a crisp flavour which a beer should have. If you have dirty lines in a pub then beer won’t taste anywhere near as nice.”

Langdon said in the end, the tavern experience was “outstanding”.

“This place had full table service so they are bringing food and drink to your table and you can set up a tab,” he said.

“You can then sit and enjoy your company and chat without having to go backwards and forwards to a bar or a server to order your food or drink.

“The wine list was the only thing I could mark them down on compared to some of the other pubs I’ve visited over the time. But really there is nothing wrong with the place.”

The Langdon verdict: 9.5/10. The High Wycombe Tavern 530 Kalamunda Road, High Wycombe.Phone: 9454 2236

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In Sea Hero Quest, a father and son travel the oceans to find pieces of a missing map. A smartphone game has achieved the seemingly impossible less than 24 hours after its launch. Thousands of people of all ages are participating in dementia research on their mobile phones, including youth who want to help their sick grandparents. The research data already collected would have taken 70 years to collect in a laboratory, the researchers say.
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Sea Hero Quest is based on a simple idea: what could be achieved if some of the three billion hours people spend gaming each week was devoted to scientific research?

The researchers say every two minutes someone spends playing the game generates the same amount of data as it would take scientists five hours to collect in equivalent lab-based research.

In the game you are a sea explorer travelling the oceans with your seafaring father to recover his lost memories, navigating courses to find pieces of a missing map. There are three main tasks: getting through mazes, shooting flares, and chasing creatures to capture photos of them. Every decision a player makes in the game is anonymised and fed back to scientists. They can read where you go in the game like a heat map and use the mass data to understand how people navigate.

Losing the ability to navigate one’s surroundings is an early sign of dementia, so “the more we can find out about how people find their way around, the better we can understand the problems people might get in dementia”, says Hugo Spiers, a neuroscientist at University College, London. Other project members are the University of East Anglia, Deutsche Telekom, and game designer Glitchers. Oh us? We’re just cruising down the Arctic Rivers looking for monsters. #seaheroquest#gameforgoodpic.twitter南京夜网/Vfe6TK7Jry— Glitchers (@glitche_rs) May 4, 2016

In a master marketing move, Deutsche Telekom secured the services of YouTube superstar PewDiePie to promote the game to his 43.8 million YouTube subscribers and 7.4 million Twitter followers. PewDiePie’s video promotion rapidly amassed 1.1 million views. “Please check out this game… It is a really cool thing and I think if you bros checked out this game, download it on your phones, we can all help to support research for dementia. I think that is f***ing awesome”, he said.

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia where an estimated 400,000 people are living with it. As the researchers say, there is no treatment, no cure, and no-one has ever survived it. Worldwide, 49 million people have the disease, with that number projected to triple by 2050.

The game is available free on iOS and Android phones.

The National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 provides support and information about dementia.

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Tributes for Josie Edden, who died after being hit by a garbage truck last year. Photo: Penny Stephens The corner of Collins and Spencer streets, where young barista Josie Edden died last year. Photo: Eddie Jim
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Melbourne City Council planners will investigate closing parts of Spencer Street at the “dangerous” Southern Cross Station intersection.

The council will spend $750,000 on a master plan to improve pedestrian safety at the busy junction of Collins and Spencer streets, where young barista Josie Edden was killed last year after falling into the path of a garbage truck.

Lord mayor Robert Doyle said Town Hall was already working with Metro Trains to reopen a historic pedestrian tunnel that runs from the station, underneath Spencer Street, to Little Collins Street.

“I think that would be a great thing to do, to use a piece of infrastructure like that to move people into the city without them risking that intersection,” Cr Doyle said.

“I think we all know regrettably of that awful tragedy of that young woman who was killed on that corner. You’d hate to think – was that an avoidable death?”

The Spencer and Collins intersection has been identified as one of the most severely overcrowded locations in central Melbourne.

On weekday, between 8am and 9am, more than 4000 travel through it – a rate that is comparable only to intersections near Flagstaff and Flinders stations.

Council planners will talk to VicRoads about creating more space for pedestrians by closing down one of two lanes travelling in each direction on Spencer Street.

They will also explore the closing the road for a couple of hours during peak periods, with vehicles being diverted through Wurundjeri Way or elsewhere.

But on Thursday the lord mayor said he thought even a partial road closure would be “pretty hard” given Spencer Street’s role as a major conduit to the inner west.

Widening pedestrian crossings and redesigning tram stops are more likely to be adopted. The operators of Southern Cross Station will be approached about removing the glass wall which separates the station from most of Spencer Street, improving direct access to Little Collins.

The plan was outlined as part of the council’s 2016-2017 budget, which despite coming in a council election year, was dubbed “very responsible” and “a bit boring for an election budget” by councillors.

The big spend was $8.45 million towards the revamp of the Queen Victoria Market.

It is the council’s first budget since the state government introduced its controversial 2.5 per cent rate capping policy.

However thousands of property owners in the central city will still experience massive increases, well above 2.5 per cent, due to rapidly-rising property values in their area.

For example in Kensington residential property prices increased annually by 10.4 per cent and in North Melbourne they increased by 7.9 per cent annually.

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Golden Square’s Ryan Herring.THE BFNL’s key forward stocks continue to dwindle ahead of this month’s inter-league clash with Gippsland at Warragul.
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Golden Square’s Ryan Herring informed coach Brett Fitzpatrick this week that he was unavailable for the May 21 clash.

Kangaroo Flat duo Corey Greer and Tom Holman have also pulled out of the 53-man training squad.

“Ryan, Corey and Tom all had prior commitments booked for that weekend and can’t play,’’ Fitzpatrick said.

“It’s not a case of them not wanting to play, they have legitimate reasons as to why they can’t play.”

Kangaroo Flat’s Corey Greer.

Herring looked to be a strong chance to fill one of the key position posts inside forward 50.

“We don’t have a lot of depth in our key forwards, but I’m not too concerned… we’ll get around that,’’ Fitzpatrick said.

The squad had its first training session at Castlemaine on Wednesday night and Fitzpatrick was impressed with what he saw.

“We had more than 30 players on the track and it was great to see a young, enthusiastic group out there,’’ Fitzpatrick said.

“It was a light, 45-minute session and the boys gelled really well.”

Golden Square’s Hamish Morcom was promoted to the squad earlier in the week to replace injured Strathfieldsaye forward Lachlan Sharp.

Fitzpatrick said more players will come under notice this weekend.

“Players like (Strathfieldsaye’s) Tom Bartholomew and (Kangaroo Flat’s) Lance Oswald are only playing their second games this weekend,’’ Fitzpatrick said.

“We’ll keep an eye on them and see how they go.

“I’m sure there’s going to be injuries pop up in the next couple of weeks, so we’ll be constantly looking at the make-up of the squad.”

BFNL squad:

Castlemaine:Justin Dorward, Jarryd Graham, Kal Huntly

Eaglehawk:Brodie Collins, Jesse Collins, Brenton Conforti, Glenn Daly, Tim Hill, Tyler Miles, Ben McPhee

Gisborne:Jarryd Lynch

Golden Square:Adam Baird, Travis Baird, Jon Coe, Brayden Dorrington, Jack Geary, Dylan Johnstone, Hamish Morcom, Chris Ryan, Thomas Toma

Kangaroo Flat: Rhys Healey,Nic Lang, Hunter Lloyd, Marty Kelly

Kyneton:Dan Davie, Ethan Foreman, Max O’Sullivan, Ben Weightman

Maryborough:Ethan Crackel, Coby Perry

Sandhurst:Lee Coghlan, Kristan Height, Blair Holmes, Codie Price, Lachlan Ross, Nicholas Stagg, Matt Thornton, JoelWharton

South Bendigo:Liam Bartels, Isaiah Miller, Blair Whelan

Strathfieldsaye:Harry Conway, Bryce Curnow, Jayden Donaldson, Trent Donnan, Kallen Geary, Jake Hall, SamHeavyside, Jake Moorhead, Michael Pilcher

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Patrons delight in day one


BRIGHT coloured gumboots and raincoats paraded through Main Street for the first day of Agfest this year as the state’s premier agricultural event got under way at Carrick on Thursday.
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FRIENDS: Five-year-old Matilda Cameron showing her miniature pony Paluka Kimberley during the miniature horse display at the Equine Expo at Agfest.

The inclement weather early in the day did not deter patrons from the event, who rugged up and plodded through the mud and puddles at the edges of sites.

Rural Youth chairman Kate Coad said it didn’t appear the weather had deterred anyone as it was relatively mild compared to the weather experienced in the lead up to the event.

“Today’s weather hasn’t been too bad in the grand scale of things, I think because we had such bad weather in the lead up. But the rain usually means that people go into the marquees to stay dry so it’s possibly a positive thing,” she said.

Ms Coad said wandering around the stalls today it seemed crowds were having a good time and enjoying themselves at the event and doing a bit of shopping along the way.

“The crowds seem to be pretty good, to me it’s like there’s people everywhere; it looks like crowds are pretty normal,” she said.

She said she didn’t think the weather factor would present in the overall figures for the day.

She said the bullock demonstration by Brian Fish, of Oatlands, was getting a lot of attention as well as the Equine Arena that is back again after a year’s hiatus.

DAY ONE: Crowds wander down Main Street for the first day of Agfest 2016. Crowds were relatively good despite some rain and wind. Pictures: Scott Gelston

“Everyone is getting around and looking at all the wonderful exhibits,” she said.

There are an extra 44 exhibitors this year from last year’s Agfest and there is a fifth craft shed as well.

Ms Coad said the rain had done wonders for the four-wheel-drive track, with plenty of mud on the track.

“The boys have spent the past fortnight making little amendments to the area and it’s great to see them playing in the mud,” she said.

The weather is expected to be finer for the second day of Agfest and Ms Coad she was looking forward to better weather for patrons and exhibitors.

“We will be looking forward to having the Wolfe Brothers on site,” she said.

Patrons going to and from the event caused some congestion on the Bass Highway in the afternoon and prompted a warning from Tasmania Police.Police warned drivers that congestion in the area would continue during the three days of the event.

“Large numbers of vehicles on the road, plus rain and wind make for hazardous conditions and extra care and patience will be needed,” the statement read.

Police encouraged drivers to adhere to the existing traffic management plan and to follow all signs and directions from traffic marshalls and to allow for extra braking room.This week is Road Safety Week.

RUGGED UP: Patrons ignore the rain and windy conditions during day one of Agfest. The weather didn’t deter crowds and warmed up in the afternoon.

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A SKYROCKETING cigarettetax has fuelled fears local black market activity will surge as scorned smokers are “forced” into illegaltobacco trades.
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It comes after reports a Wagga store is selling unregulated tobacco over the counter when prompted with a special “code-word”.

NSW Farmers’ local district council chair Alan Brown

Tuesday’s federal budget saw smokers slugged with a taxhikewhichwill seea packof 25 cigarettes cost more than $40 by 2020, up from around $25 today.

The tax was introduced in attempts to “empower smokers to quit”, but locals and farmers have speculated it will amp up the frequency of illegal trading.

NSW Farmers’ local district council chairAlan Brown said black market tobacco trade is already taking place in Wagga, with the recent tax slug set to encouragebootleg trades.

“It’ll be one of the big problems they’ll have to deal with;whenever you have the cost of something rise like this, people are going to try find ways around it,” he said.

“Just like any other time you bring in criminal activity, it’s not good for society as a whole and it brings in a whole array of risks and dangers -there’s no quality control.

“You’d hope it would curb smoking and drive down consumption, but it’s more complicated than that.”

Young residentCarol Walnut believes there will be a black market for tobacco in Wagga without a doubt, which she says, “I would buy from”.

But Wagga motherMelissa Burden saidthere already was a local black market for tobaccoand it“has been around for a very long time”.

Illegaltobacco has thrivedacross Australia in recent years, with a 30 per cent increase in black market trade costing taxpayers more than $1.35 billion, according to a 2015 report by KPMG.

And a local, who refused to be named, has told The Daily Advertiserof a store in Waggawhichsells illegal tobacco when quoted a “code-word”.

“There’s a shop in the main street where you can buy illegal, pre-rolled cigarettes,” the woman, who asked not to be named, said.

“You have to know the secret word and you just rock up and they sell them to you.

“They’re disgusting but it’s only, like, $20 a carton where you pay more than $120 for other cartons of cigarettes. AndIt’s only going to become more popular now the government are putting up prices.”

In 2015, a proposed Wagga CBD smoking ban was shot down by local smokers.

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