Kaete Walker

Kaete Walker

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25th April 2020.

Anzac Day here in Australia, and I am forever thankful to those persons who fought in the various wars that Australia has been asked to be involved in. Yet, by the same token, so many lives lost, so many injuries, so many mental health problem, as eg, PTSD, I caution us ever getting involved in a war ever again.

Since one of my younger brother’s very tragic death in November last year as result of cancer, the third son my mother has already lost, so horrible, and since the Covid19 pandemic imposed travel restrictions of late, with my wonderful sister no longer able to visit and stay Newcastle with my mother, from the south coast of NSW where she lives, I’ve taken up some the responsibilities that each had previously had. Additional responsibilities and additional work, but nonetheless important if we are to keep our nearly 94 year old mother at home, and, for long as possible, out of a nursing home. Our mother looked after of us when we were children, so now time to reciprocate, and I don’t at all mind.

Work wise, I continue doing the mental health telehealth Skype like assessments of folk brought to hospital emergency departments, now numbering 34, in the north of NSW, and the telephone triaging/crisis intervention work I do (See, https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Pages/Mental-Health-Line.aspx.) In the health district I’m employed, the Easter period saw very much less referrals for these services than usual, though we had thought there might have been more. As a result of the reduction I took some annual leave over the Easter period, staying at home the majority of the time, and luckily as I am, with the unit I have being adjacent a park, and getting out and about in the mornings doing the regular bike riding that I do, the necessary shopping I do for my mother and I, but otherwise being a hermit and recluse of sorts. Tis good.

These telehealth assessments (seeg http://www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au/hnet/Documents/Psychiatry%20Training/NMHEC-RAP%20(Telepsychiatry).pdf) mentioned above, that we do, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, are designed to reduce the number of people having to be taken to major hospital centres for assessment, and thus reduce ambulance, police, and other travel, costs, that might otherwise occur. I think they work well.

That’s it for the latest update. More later.

Kaete xx

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April 25, 2020 at 15:16

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  1. Hello! I am in Newcastle too and have a Vivente. your blog came up as I was just looking for people who had converted to electric. How are you finding the conversion? And do you mind letting me know how much it cost you? Thank you!

    Cara Isaacs

    September 20, 2020 at 13:00

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