One traumatic accident leads to a dream career

Rise Health Group is a business that is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all community members. Through the development of the business, Rise has seen an extensive number of patients; each brings with them their own stories about their needs for care.

As a journalism student at Swinburne University and staff member at Rise Health Group, I, Breanna Harris, will be highlighting the stories of both patients and staff.Each story will be told over a series of articles. The following is the first in a series about our Exercise Scientist, Miss Zoe Ruth.
“If I hadn’t [had] done it, I one, wouldn’t be working here; and two, wouldn’t have studied what I studied.”
Zoe Ruth started out as a patient, but is now a qualified exercise scientist who has gone on to complete her masters at Deakin University in order to become a fully qualified exercise physiologist as a result of her 14 years with Rise Health Group.
Zoe’s involvement with Rise Health Group first started when she broke the femur in her left leg.
At the time, Zoe was only eight years old, and when she believed that her cat was stuck behind a few slabs of marble, she had to do something.
“Because my dad worked in construction, we were banned from the side of the house.” Zoe explained.
Terrified about her cat she ignored the family rule and crept down the side of her house.
Zoe laid three slabs on her lap before a fourth one fell down, causing the break in her leg.
She was rushed to Dandenong Hospital and into surgery in order to implant two internal pins into her left femur.
While waiting in the emergency room, Zoe’s mum saw a similar situation telecast on Channel 7 — a young girl, about Zoe’s age, had been taken to Dandenong Hospital from Rowville with reports that she had broken her left leg.
It only came to Zoe’s mum’s mind that the news story was about her daughter when she began receiving a number of text messages and calls from concerned relatives.
Mrs. Ruth was mortified that Zoe’s story had been telecast nationwide and that her other two children had also been interviewed despite her wishes.
After Zoe was out of surgery and the Channel 7 ordeal had subsided for a moment, it was critical that they began her rehabilitation the next day due to the nature of her break and her age.
Her rehabilitation started in Dandenong Hospital and then moved to another local physiotherapist in Scoresby, but “they weren’t that great” for a young girl scared and having to learn how to walk again.
At this time, Rowville Physiotherapy, which is now called Rise Health Group, was only a new business in the Rowville area.
With about three physiotherapists, including practice owner, Stuart Canavan, the practice was small and without many patients.
Based solely on the corner of Taylors Lane and Kelletts Road, the practice was relying heavily on word of mouth and locals seeing their signed location.
Curiosity of the new practice in their area was what drew her mum to suggest trying Rowville Physiotherapy for her daughter’s treatment.
Beginning her rehabilitation with physiotherapist, Stuart Canavan, Zoe began to realise the full scope of her accident.
From this one injury she had to learn how to walk again, her legs started to grow at different speeds, she developed muscular atrophy (the reduction in muscle size) and her body changed its response to even the simplest of tasks.
“He was really good with assessing and treating,” Zoe said when asked about her rehabilitation sessions with Canavan, “[he was] really committed.”
Canavan reported that he can remember visiting Zoe one day after work in order to check up on her pain because “the nature of the injury that she had, was reasonably significant.”
“It wasn’t any different to what I would do to other patients who were in a really bad way,” he continued.
Although Zoe’s leg has now completely healed, she continues to be a valuable asset to the Rise Health Group team working as an exercise scientist as well as helping out with administration work and running the new ‘Life!’ program.
If you believed that Zoe Ruth could help with your treatment, please contact Rise Health Group on 9763 9233 or visit any of our facilities to organise assistant with one of the Rise team members.
Originally printed in the November Issue of the Rowville Lysterfield Community News on page 20.

Dutton defends detention and Dickson

Dutton addresses a press conference

Dutton addresses a press conference

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton may have sparked outrage among opponents of Australia’s tough asylum seeker policies. But he seems set to comfortably hold the once-marginal Queensland seat of Dickson.

The former policeman who tried to switch to the safe Liberal seat of McPherson after proposed boundary changes put Dickson at risk in 2009 is expected to retain the seat he won in 2001.

Like successive immigration ministers in recent decades, Dutton has courted controversy. Labor and The Greens condemned recent comment by Dutton that “illiterate and innumerate” refugees would take Australian jobs or “languish” on the dole if Australia was to significantly increase its humanitarian intake. The comment provoked upset in the community.

Weeks earlier, protesters at his Strathpine electoral office made the local news. They were demanding rights for asylum seekers likely to be sent from Australia to Nauru.

But Southern Cross University politics lecturer, Bryan Cranston said “the electoral profile of Dickson is actually not unfavourable to the Turnbull (and Abbott) Government’s immigration policies, so the attacks may not have the desired outcome.”

The immigration Minister, who succeeded Treasurer Scott Morrison in the portfolio, has sought to emulate his predecessor’s uncompromising stance, recently told the ABC: “If you think that I’m going to allow people… men, women and children to drown at sea again, then you well and truly underestimate how determined I am”.

Dutton has held the seat of Dickson since the 2001 Federal election, in which he beat Cheryl Kernot. The former Australian Democrats Party leader, who defected to Labor and won the Dickson seat in 1998.

Dutton has held Dickson comfortably since, except for the 2007 election in which ALP candidate, Fiona McNamara, lost by just 217 votes after gaining an 8.76% swing.

Before holding the seat for Dickson, Dutton had a career as a Queensland police officer for nine years, being involved in the Drug Squad, Sex Offenders Squad and National Crime Authority across his service. His time in the police has shaped his views. “I have seen the wonderful, kind nature of people” he said. “I have seen the sickening behaviour displayed by people who… barely justify their existence in our sometimes over-tolerant society.”

Dutton has always had a strong interest in politics, even before his career in the police force. At age 19 he ran for the seat Lytton in the 1989 Queensland state election against Labor’s Tom Burns. He entered Federal politics in 2001, after a vitriolic campaign.

In 1999, Dutton graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of business, which he returned to after losing the election in Lytton. He ran businesses with his father, Bruce, before running for Dickson. The Duttons owned two childcare centres with plans to buy another.

The Immigration Minister has made headlines over his comments about Australian jobs being taken by “illiterate and innumerate” refugees.

“They won’t be numerate or literate in their own language, let alone English” he said. “These people would be taking Australian jobs, there’s no question about that.”

Dutton’s outrage was in response to The Greens’ proposal to increase the Australian refugee intake from 14,000 to 50,000 per year.

Dutton is constantly in the media on issues of human rights, including Manus Island’s detention centre. He had to explain why the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea could rule that the detention centre was illegal and why there was so little transparency about its funding and operations.

Dutton also had to defend mocking comments about Indigenous communities, which were caught on microphone at a conference in September 2015. “It’s like Cape York time”, he said, referencing the lateness of the Aboriginal attendees. Dutton then joked about climate change, saying “time doesn’t mean anything when you’re about to… have water lapping at your door”.

Dutton routinely asserts the government is “absolutely adamant” that asylum seekers won’t be settling in this country.

Bebe Sinclair, a resident of Murrumba Downs for 20 years claims that she feels “neglected” by Dutton’s party, saying that people in the electorate “have not benefitted from him being our voice in Canberra.” Although Sinclair voted for Dutton in 2013, she now says she feels “patronised” by him.

As Immigration Minister, Dutton has one of the most difficult jobs in the government. He has to be secretive and sound tough for the Government’s policies on deterring people smugglers to work. But he often looks inhumane and almost everything he says about this complex issue is unpopular with large sections of the community.

As Sinclair says “These poor desperate people are the victims of politics and war. I understand processing but indefinite detention is not the answer. Young children locked up in terrible conditions is not a good look.”

Written by: Breanna Harris and Alex Calatano

Original post location: UniPollWatch