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Become an ambulance volunteer.
won't just be
The life you
SKILLS FOR LIFE
Becoming a volunteer ambulance officer
is not just a great thing to do for the
community, it's also an amazing thing
to do for yourself.
Imagine what it would be like to have
the skills and confidence to save lives -- to
learn leadership skills and gain a broader
Aside from the medical skills they learn,
SA Ambulance Service volunteers gain from
every aspect of the vital role they play.
Ambulance volunteers come to this calling
at all ages, from all walks of life. Some
work in full-time jobs and others have
more time on their hands.
If you're ready to change your life and the
lives of others or want to find out more
about volunteering call 1800 655 306 or
visit our website: saambulance.com.au.
COUPLES who have
experienced the heart-
break of miscarriage or the
disappointment of failed
IVF attempts are being
offered new hope of hav-
ing a healthy baby.
New technology avail-
able in South Australia
offers couples the chance
to have their embryos
screened for chromosomal
only healthy embryos are
selected for implantation.
Repromed is offering the
screening test which it
said will reduce the
chances of miscarriage
"The new technology is
available to at-risk couples
and includes a screen of
all 23 pairs of chromo-
somes to ensure embryos
with normal chromosome
numbers are selected for
research scientist Dr
Kathryn Gebhardt said.
"Growing evidence sug-
gests a major factor in the
failure to establish or
maintain a pregnancy is
when the cells in the
embryo contain the
wrong number of chro-
mosomes, a condition
"The transfer of an
embryo which has the
correct number of chro-
mosomes can significant-
ly increase a patient's
chances of achieving a
The embryos can be
screened for a range of
genetic conditions includ-
ing Down Syndrome,
and Patau Syndrome.
"The test is available to
anyone undergoing IVF;
however, it is of most ben-
efit to women over 38,
patients who have had
repeated miscarriage or
couples with known chro-
Dr Gebhardt said.
New hope for
MIRACLE BABY... Maitland's Renee and Darren Banks
conceived their daughter Eden on their third cycle of IVF which
they had agreed would be their last.
Renee and Darren's miracle baby
WHEN Maitland's Renee and Darren
Banks decided they wanted to add
to their family they knew it wouldn't
be easy, but neither of them was
quite prepared for the rollercoaster
"When we fell pregnant naturally
with our first child Connor we didn't
realise how lucky we were," Renee
"It wasn't long into the pregnancy
when the doctors found major
problems --- I had severe
endometriosis leaving me with just
one ovary, and it was barely
"How we conceived naturally is
beyond me, but the doctors assured
me it wouldn't happen again."
The couple decided they wanted
to give Connor a sibling and were
left with no other option than to
"I could carry a baby but my
chances of conceiving without
intervention were basically zero,"
So began a journey in which the
couple spent more than $45,000 in
their quest to have another child ---
a dream which was realised last
year with the birth of their daughter
"We had three rounds of IVF, and
the whole process took about 12
months which was probably the
hardest year of my life," Renee said.
"It was the physical side effects
which I suffered from the most, my
body just didn't respond well to the
The couple went back and forth
to Adelaide for egg collection,
injections, scans and other
surgeries, often having to drop
everything at short notice.
"We would get a call in the
afternoon saying we had to be there
at 7am the next morning, and we
would just have to do it," Darren
"When you consider all of the
travel, time off work, medical bills
and other procedures we needed,
we were looking at around $45,000
"It was a very hard journey, not
just financially but more so
emotionally, one minute you are so
high and full of hope and the next
minute it can be shattered."
After two failed IVF attempts and
six months off for Renee to recover,
the couple decided they would have
one more go before accepting
Connor would be an only child.
"We went into the last round with
no expectations, knowing it was our
last chance," Renee said.
left, so we had one transfer and one
chance, the odds were against us."
But things fell in their favour and
they became pregnant with a
healthy baby girl.
"It was a hard path but it was all
worth it in the end, especially when
we look at Eden and Connor together
and realise we have the family we
always hoped for," Renee said.
RECREATIONAL fishing possession
limits came into effect on Sunday, and
now apply to King George whiting
and other popular species.
In a move aimed at protecting fish
stocks, recreational fishers will now be
unable to have more than 72, or seven
kilograms of, King George whiting in
Each fisher will also be limited to
1200 pipi and 100 Razorfish.
"Feedback from fishers last year
highlighted concerns fish stocks were
being depleted by local and interstate
fishers visiting popular regional fish-
ing locations specifically to take and
stockpile large quantities of fish,"
PIRSA director of fisheries and aqua-
culture policy Sean Sloan said.
"The introduction of possession
limits will prevent this and help secure
stock sustainability, promote equitable
access to fish stocks and reduce the
risk of localised depletion."
Mr Sloan urges fishers to be mind-
ful of future generations and only take
what they need.
"While possession limits set the
maximum number of fish which can
be kept, we encourage fishers to only
take enough for their immediate
needs so recreational catches can
remain at sustainable levels," he said.
Fisheries officers will be regularly
patrolling fishing spots to monitor any
stockpiling activity and ensure fishers
fully understand the new regulations.
People breaching the limits will
receive a $315 on-the-spot fine with a
maximum penalty of $20,000 if prose-
cuted in court.
Possession limits in effect
GONE FISHING... Recreational fishers Lexi and Lily
Maitland, of Gawler, enjoy fishing on the Wallaroo jetty
with granddad Tony Gallardo. While the new possession
limits won't impact their fishing activities, they are
happy something is being done to protect fish numbers.
The new limits
King George whiting:
six times the bag limit
(72 fish) or seven
kilograms of fillets.
Pipi (Goolwa Cockle): Four
times the recreational bag
limit (1200 Pipi).
Razorfish: Four times
the recreational bag limit
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