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THEY’RE picking on our local member again,
saying he couldn’t even organise a toilet for
the people of Minyerri and that people in re-
mote areas are living in squalor.
What rubbish, Barkly MLA Gerry McCarthy is a great
organiser – have we forgotten the magnificent accom-
modation he organised for himself in Darwin?
And there is always enough of the taxpayers money
left to pay for Gerry’s accommodation when he is in
the big smoke.
And the bloody cheek of the NT News to give Gerry
three out of 10 for effort this year.
They need to do their research.
No polly attends more opening and award ceremonies
than our Gerry and no supermodel ever posed for more
Blind Freddy can see there’s very little time left in the
day to do what those bloody public servants are sup-
posed to take care of anyway.
So in future could those nosey journos direct their
questions to the Departmental heads and stop annoying
Gerry with their petty nonsense.
– G. D. Egan, Tennant Creek.
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WHEN Linda Renfrey bought a Fitbit
to track her activity, record her work-
outs and fitness progress she expect-
ed it would come in handy.
But the mother-of-four didn’t realise that
one day she’d owe her life to the electronic
Nearly two weeks ago she checked her
resting heart rate on the Fitbit and saw the
beats-per-minute had dropped. She made a
mental note to keep an eye on things however
she continued to feel unwell.
She said the next night was a rough one.
“I couldn’t sleep and I felt like my heart
was fluttering, I was tossing and turning all
night,” she said.
“So first thing on Monday last week I went
to the hospital and was let straight through
“My heart was failing fast and all the evi-
dence was on the Fitbit.
“The doctor used the stored information on
the device to see what had been happening
and it wasn’t good news.
“In just over three hours after turning up at
the hospital I was on a Royal Flying Doctor
Service plane to Alice Springs.”
After a night in the intensive care unit, Linda
was medevacced to Royal Adelaide Hospital
and by the afternoon she had a pacemaker
running her heart.
“It was all very rushed,” Linda said.
“I realise now how incredibly lucky I am.
Things could have turned out so differently.
“Everything just seemed to fall into place
and now I feel much better.”
Linda said there had been a few warning
signs like dizzy spells and breathlessness but
she didn’t join the dots until she noticed that
the Fitbit showed her heart rate had dropped.
“Without it, I hate to think of what might
have happened,” she said.
“I had no idea that I had any heart problems
“There’s no way I was ready to leave. I have
way too much to do and more than anything
I want to see my kids grow up. So I’m really
relieved that things turned out for the best.”
The Fitbit has now been elevated to almighty
reverence in Linda’s eyes but she says that the
medical staff at the Tennant Creek Hospital
also deserve a lot of praise.
“Dr Rachel Taylor and nurse Darren Richers,
with some help from Dr Quentin Shaw, saved
my life,” she said.
“I am so grateful to them and to the medi-
cal teams from Alice Springs and Adelaide
“But if it wasn’t for the mob at Tennant
Creek Hospital, I know now that I just
wouldn’t be around.”
Linda thinks there may have been some
divine intervention as well, likely from her
father Knocker and sister Desley.
“I’m sure they were watching over me,”
“The way everything fell into place - every
little detail - was all too much to be coinci-
dental or pure luck.
“Even when there was a big rush to mede-
vac me out of Tennant Creek I had a strange
sense of calm.
“Something was telling me it was going to
be okay, like a whisper in my ear.
“I have no doubt I’ve got some very attentive
guardian angels on my side.”
Ten days after getting a new lease on life,
Linda is back in town and bang on time for her
daughter Jayde’s 10th birthday today.
“The minute the doctors turned on the pace-
maker, I could feel the difference in my heart-
beat and I felt better immediately,” she said.
“It was quite amazing, I wasn’t expecting
such a marked improvement so soon.”
Linda says she’s feeling a bit sore and has a
few weeks of recuperation ahead but she’s all
ready to launch back into things.
“I am looking forward to getting back to
work and into my regular exercise routine,
for sure,” she said.
“And I’ll make sure my Fitbit is charged and
ready to go as well.”
Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal
Corporation is taking action to address
the Meningococcal W outbreak in the
The message from Chairperson Pat
Braun and General Manager Barb Shaw
is “look after your family, any concerns on
a person’s temperature or Meningococcal
W symptoms come to the Health Centre or
if after hours go to the Hospital, while this
disease shows up in our little ones more
than adults, it can affect any one in the
family and everyone needs to take care”
Anyinginyi Health is working with the
Northern Territory and Central Australian
response teams involving the NT
Department of Health Centre for Disease
Control (CDC), our partner Aboriginal
Medical services in the NT, and our
lead representative body the Aboriginal
Medical Service Alliance of the NT
Current Organisational resources
both personnel and infrastructure have
been reallocated to target three key
areas, community education, community
vaccination and vaccination reporting.
Protocols for who is to receive
immunisations have been issued by the
NT Dept of Health CDC, vaccinations are
anticipated to arrive within the week and
our vaccination roll out plan is prepared.
To date Anyinginyi Health will undertake
the following actions:
• Rural Remote will visit the communities
of our service area vaccinating all children
in residence from 12 months to adults 19
• A dedicated clinical room in the Health
Centre for vaccinations of Aboriginal
children 12 months to adult 19 years
at any time during our opening hours,
including our generally closed time of
• Our mobile clinics will target Tennant
Creek Aboriginal community living areas
for opportunistic or follow up Aboriginal
children 12 months to adult 19 years over
the next four weeks.
• Report daily to NT Dept of Health CDC
on disbursed vaccinations for immediate
update to the National Immunisation
Register, this information is critical in
ensuring immunisation coverage.
Aboriginal community member(s)
needing interpretation or education are
encouraged to contact Anyinginyi Health,
our Aboriginal staff are available for
telephone contact, home visits or a family
Anyinginyi Health will continue the daily
and weekly communications with local,
central and territory team of AMSANT,
our partners and NT Dept of Health CDC
in addressing and reporting on progress
We will also where and when as
needed, continue public information and
Anyinginyi Health encourage members
of the public to call the NT Dept of Health
CDC if you have any questions in regards
to the protocols or on Meningococcal W.
“Ngarunyurr Parlpuru Munjarlki”
- Prevention is the Solution -
Fitbit saves a local’s life
CLOSE CALL: Linda at the Royal
Adelaide Hospital last week.
FITBIT & HEALTHY: Linda is
back in Tennant after having
a pacemaker fitted.
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