Regional Voices
Cycling to success in sport and life

Cycling to success in sport and life

October 24, 2018

This week we chat with Shannon Malseed, current Australian champion women’s road cyclist. It’s been a big year for Shannon, who took the road cycling title in her home town of Ballarat and went on to be part of the team which brought home gold at the Commonwealth Games. 

But as she’s discovered, winning is definitely not everything for Shannon. Join us as Kendi Burness-Cowan chats to Shannon about the social and team aspects of cycling, the elation of winning and maintaining the motivation to keep training while aiming high.

Are you a recreational cyclist or a tour tragic? Join us on social media and tell us what you love about cycling.

Tentpegging, a regional sport on the international stage

Tentpegging, a regional sport on the international stage

October 17, 2018

This week we chat with Barry Biffin, President of the Australian Tentpegging Association; Member of the Australian Tentpegging Team and Coach of the Australian Ladies team. Tentpegging is an equestrian sport with military origins. It involves competitors galloping, while carrying a lance aimed at a target, in individual and team events.

Join us, as Kendi Burness-Cowan chats to Barry about competing in far-flung overseas countries and the following that the sport has in the Middle East and Pakistan where tentpegging is as celebrated as cricket.

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Sport helping to build healthy communities

Sport helping to build healthy communities

October 10, 2018

Today we talk to Michael Albert, the Chief Executive Officer of Garnduwa, an Indigenous sport and recreation organisation covering the vast Kimberley region in West Australia.

Michael has seen how sport can be transformative for people of all ages and abilities. He also knows that getting a sporting program up and running is no mean feat when the communities you service are tiny and very remote.

Kendi Burness-Cowan talks to Michael about building healthy people and communities through participation in sport, and how sport is linked to better educational and employment outcomes.

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Be inspired by the Invictus spirit

Be inspired by the Invictus spirit

October 3, 2018

The Invictus Games bring together wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women from around the world. Among them will be Corporal Sonya Newman, from the tiny town of Marrakai outside of Darwin, representing Australia at her second Invictus Games after a four medal haul in Toronto last year.

Sonya tells Kendi Burness-Cowan about her lifelong love of sport, her competitive spirit and why neither of those are the most important things about the Invictus Games.

You can subscribe to the Regional Voices podcast and never miss one of our great stories about the real people of regional Australia. Catch us on social media to join the conversation.

Leading the way to solving interesting problems

Leading the way to solving interesting problems

September 26, 2018

Dr Wendy Craik AM has been making a huge contribution to society for decades and she’s not about to slow down any time soon. In fact, she recently accepted an appointment to the Board of the Reserve Bank.

She’s also a former Chair of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and Director of the National Farmers Federation. Listen as Wendy talks with Kendi Burness-Cowan about leadership development and policies affecting rural and regional Australia.

You can subscribe to the Regional Voices podcast and never miss one of our great stories about the real people of regional Australia. Find Regional Voices on social media to join the conversation.

Succession planning for the family farm

Succession planning for the family farm

September 19, 2018

Judy Hocking is one half of a farming couple in their 70’s. Judy and her husband Charlie, whose family have been on their property outside Bendigo for 4 generations, are continuing to advance their holding while also succession planning to ensure its future.

Kendi Burness-Cowan talks to Judy about Cultivate Farms innovative assistance in this process and the advantages of a farming matchmaker service.

Having a flexible plan for the future looks to be a way to keep Australians farming. Do you agree? Look for us on social media to join the conversation. You can catch another episode of Regional Voices on your local station next week or subscribe to the podcast and never miss one of our great stories about the real people of regional Australia. 

 

 

 

Life, art and being unconventional

Life, art and being unconventional

September 12, 2018

This week we talk to the indomitable Charlotte Drake-Brockman, artist and occasional troublemaker. If you were lucky enough to catch the Archibald Prize exhibition this year, you may have seen Charlotte’s portrait hanging among the finalists. The artist who painted her described her as “a woman who is strong, unconventional, flamboyant and still formidable”.

Does our society value the experience of older Australians? How can we better include and benefit from the wisdom of Australian seniors? Find Regional Voices on social media to join the conversation.

 

Embracing the future of restoring the past

Embracing the future of restoring the past

September 5, 2018

After retiring from the corporate life, Mark Evans and his wife Judy returned to Australia from Singapore and set off around the country in a caravan looking for their next life. What they found was an incredible and consuming experience at Paronella Park, near Innisfail in Queensland, complete with gardens and waterfalls, a once glittering dance hall and a cinema, set in a Spanish castle.

Mark tells Kendi Burness-Cowan about restoring the property to its former glory. 25 years and many awards later there are still grand plans afoot for Paronella Park.

What would you do if you could choose any kind of career for your ‘second time around’? Look for us on social media to join the conversation. You can catch another episode of Regional Voices on your local station next week or subscribe to the podcast and never miss one of our great stories about the real people of regional Australia.

 

 

Initiatives improving regional health

Initiatives improving regional health

August 29, 2018

Why are patients living in rural and regional areas 35 per cent more likely to die within five years of a cancer diagnosis than their city counterparts? Dr Kate Fennell from the University of SA Cancer Research Institute discusses some of the complex reasons for this statistic and a series of videos called Rural Cancer Stories which have been created to assist remote cancer patients pre and post treatment.

Kate also speaks with Kendi Burness-Burness Cowan about her work on ifarmwell, a website developed to pro-actively support farmers’ wellbeing and mental health.

Let’s hope Kate's hands-on approach, international study and regional roots are a combination that will really help remote cancer patients into the future.

Do you have a regional cancer story?  Do you think tips from rural people could help others without support? You can join the conversation on social media.

A Country Practice: resilience, experience and community

A Country Practice: resilience, experience and community

August 22, 2018

Today Regional Voices looks at what it means to be a GP in a regional area – and who better to ask than 2017’s Rural Doctor of the Year, Dr Colin Farquharson?

Colin has been serving the community of Kempsey for 30 years, so he knows a bit about what’s involved. He’s delivered plenty of the region’s babies, covered countless shifts at the local hospital and to this day he works with a number of other services in the region.

Listen in as Kendi Burness-Cowan and Colin talk about passion for the job, the resilience required to be a rural GP and attracting graduates to rural practice.

Do you have a great regional GP?  We’d love to hear more about what you value in a doctor. You can join the conversation on social media – look for us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

Rural health up in smoke

Rural health up in smoke

August 15, 2018

Did you know 1 in 5 people in outer regional or remote areas smoke daily and the number goes up in the most disadvantaged rural areas? Dr Adam Coltzau, President of the Rural Doctors Association, talks with Kendi Burness-Cowan about some of the reasons for these figures and to how to address the problem.  

They also talk about access to healthcare and how the association is working with doctors and government to try to get more GPs to go to and stay in regional and remote areas.

Are you smoker who’s tried to quit? Tell us about accessing support in regional areas. You can join the conversation by finding us on social media. If you enjoyed this episode don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast.

 

Technology and the business of regional healthcare

Technology and the business of regional healthcare

August 8, 2018

How much can technology improve access to healthcare in rural and remote Australia?  Richard Sykes, CEO of Panaceum Health, in regional WA says technology has led to big strides in regional healthcare, but it will never be the whole answer.

Kendi Burness-Cowan and Richard discuss the use and limitations of technology including telehealth for regional Australian GPs as well as other measures GPs can take to make sure their practices are as healthy as their patients.

Does your rural GP use technology like SMS appointment reminders? What technology would you or do you use to make dealing with your doctor easy? You can also join the conversation on social media, by finding us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

Nurses fill the gap

Nurses fill the gap

August 1, 2018

Is upskilling the answer to the delivery of improved regional health services? This week we speak to Fiona Currie about how the Rural and Isolated Practice Endorsed Registered Nurse qualification is improving the delivery of services to patients at Cobram Health.

Kendi Burness-Cowan talks to Fiona about returning to study, working in a regional hospital and what patients think about being treated by a nurse instead of a doctor.

What do you think about giving nurses extra training to help meet healthcare needs in our regions? Is it a good use of the advanced skills so many nurses have? Find Regional Voices on social media to join the conversation.

FIFO Wife: Coping strategies

FIFO Wife: Coping strategies

July 25, 2018

As most parents are aware, the joys of parenthood come hand in hand with sleep deprivation and a lot of hard work. This week we talk to Debbie Russo, a mother to 3 boys and a fly-in-fly-out wife. Debbie shares how she and her husband juggle their parenting roles and how her own battle with depression inspired her to start a support network for other FIFO partners.

Kendi Burness-Cowan speaks with Debbie about her unique lifestyle, the support network that helped her and how honoured she is that she can now assist others in similar situations.

Aussie Helpers providing mental health care

Aussie Helpers providing mental health care

July 18, 2018

Having survived his own battle with depression after losing the farm, Brian Egan took the advice to “help someone worse off than himself” to heart in a big way. His charity Aussie Helpers provides both practical assistance to farmers battling drought and mental health guidance where it is desperately needed.

Kendi Burness-Cowan speaks with Brian about the Virtual Psychologist, a mental health program aimed at giving accessible mental health support to farmers in regional Australia. Mental health training and support is also provided to all Aussie Helper volunteers who visit the farmers. Where relevant, the local community-based services are linked in to provide ongoing care.