Schlink tribe takes simple steps towards a sustainable future

Noah, Willow and Harper explore Nature’s Window at WA’s Kalbarri National Park.

Noah, Willow and Harper explore Nature’s Window at WA’s Kalbarri National Park.

Imagine this: hitting the road in a caravan with three small kids aged four, one and eight months, a kelpie and a labrador, and the knowledge that most people think you’re insane. Perhaps you are.

Imagine this: one year on the road with the above lot, tantrums in the red earth, meltdowns on the sand and recuperation in the salty sea, wildlife up close and personal and environmentally conscious choices that are indelibly linked to what it means to be a sustainable human. Can you see a pattern emerging? 

Theresa Schlink explains: “It was our greatest achievement as a family. I loved how we connected with the Earth, and Ben and I loved watching our babies observe the ever-changing environment and wildlife while learning how to leave a lighter footprint behind. People said the kids were too small to remember such an adventure, but that’s not true. Just like learning manners when you are young, valuable life lessons stay with you for ever, and the realisation that their Earth needs to be looked after by them has affected them deeply. They understand that every living thing on this planet deserves respect. That trip was in 2016 when we had three children. We have four children now and are heading off again in July, but without our beautiful dogs this time as they have passed away.”

This Safety Beach family live a quiet life and that’s the way they like it. The simpler the better, says Theresa, who is proud to give her children the hands-on experience of learning how to look after their world now to ensure there will be one to look after later on. She continues: “We just figured the best way to teach our children about the environment was to show them. We want to grow eco-conscious kids and to create a new normal by encouraging them to speak up about their environment and step forward. They are the key to conservation and future sustainability. Our caravan is six years old now so it’s not the perfect eco-friendly set-up, but we do what we can. It has roof-mounted solar panels with extra portable panels for overcast days, plus two water tanks and a battery system.  This can keep us self-sufficient for about a week when we go off the grid. We recycle and reuse as much as we can on the road and try to teach our kids that less is more. It’s about balance. If there’s one area where you use a little bit more of the resources available, then you cut back in other areas.”

Sanity is just a state of mind, right? Just like hooking up a caravan to a 4x4 with four kids in tow and getting ready to explore the great unknown may seem crazy to some, it seems like the ideal eco-learning solution to others. The Schlink family isn’t certain when they’ll be returning to the Peninsula but they are certain they’ll come home with more environmentally-conscious cogs turning. This time round they’ll be heading up the east coast first in their Caravan of Conservation and be doing environmentally-based incursions into pre-schools and primary schools and hopefully meeting like-minded eco-friendly people along the way. Kids and all.

Talk about sowing the seeds of sustainability through hands-on learning. Lessons on the environment are calling. Can you hear them?

Follow the Schlinks’ journey on Instagram @caravanofconservation



Jo’s loving touch is making a difference

Jo Lovelock was working as a nurse/midwife at The Bays Hospital when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, contact with breast cancer nurse services was limited to a one-hour consultation at surgery, so Jo decided to pursue further education to continue the service in 2004 and become a breast cancer care nurse herself.

After meeting cricketing great Glenn McGrath, who founded the McGrath Foundation with his wife, Jane, to provide breast cancer support, Jo advocated for The Bays Hospital to work with the McGrath Foundation in order to adapt her role into a McGrath Breast Care Nurse. After receiving the good news that the application was successful, Jo completed her graduate certificate in breast cancer nursing and has been working as McGrath Breast Care Nurse since 2014. It was a move that meant that Jo could now work to support all people with a breast cancer diagnosis, regardless of whether they were in the public or private system. 

This also meant that The Bays Hospital became a new location for breast care nurses. The McGrath Foundation works with all state and territory health departments as well as nominated health services to determine locations for its nursing team’s services. 

McGrath Breast Care Nurses are healthcare professionals who provide physical, emotional and psychosocial support to people with breast cancer and their families. It’s also a free service that doesn’t require a referral. There are 132 breast care nurses across Australia; their roles include attending medical appointments, providing medical support, acting as a point of contact between a patient and their medical team, and decoding medical jargon. Evidence suggests that early access to a breast care nurse improves the experience and outcomes of a person with breast cancer immensely. 

“Many people diagnosed on the Peninsula will have several specialists and hospitals to attend, and I think of myself as an educator and translator to enable people to understand the nuances of their diagnosis,” said Jo. “This means people are empowered to make informed decisions about their treatment. It’s also so rewarding knowing that you can make a difference to people who are going through a really difficult time.”

Her most memorable experience so far was attending the Pink Test in Sydney earlier this year with one of her patients, Amber, while one of her most rewarding moments was being honoured with the opportunity to speak at the funeral of a patient she’d cared for over a long period. 

“I feel strongly about empowering, educating and supporting my patients. I often say that being a McGrath Breast Care Nurse who has had breast cancer is a little like being a midwife who has had a baby — it doesn’t make you a better nurse but it does give you another perspective.” 

While Jo said the medical care she received during her own breast cancer experience was excellent, there was little psychosocial care available on the Peninsula. However, the help she received from a small group of young women who gathered to support each other prompted Jo and her breast care nurse Sue to co-found Breast Intentions in 2004 and the Mornington Peninsula Women’s Cancer Support Group in 2011 for all women dealing with all types of cancer.

In 2009, Jo attended an international conference in Brisbane called Reach to Recovery, a global network that runs events for people who have had breast cancer, their health professionals, and their families. Jo has moved forward to volunteer as a nurse overseas in developing countries and has attended and presented at the conference in Taiwan, Paris, South Africa and Beijing. This year she and her daughter, Katie, are co-facilitating a workshop for cancer nurses and presenting at Reach to Recovery in Prague.

“I honestly love my job and the opportunities it has presented. Every day I make a difference to people with breast cancer and their families.” 

To volunteer or fundraise for the McGrath Foundation, visit www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au; to ask about volunteer positions at The Bays Hospital, phone 5975 2009; to join Breast Intentions, call 0429 929 071. Peninsula McGrath Breast Care Nurses can be contacted on 0477 770 360.

KATE SEARS

Get moving again at Sorrento Osteo

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Sorrento welcomes new osteopathic clinic The Sorrento Osteo to the area. The clinic is centrally located on Ocean Beach Rd within Carmel at Sorrento's heritage building. Osteopath Dr Jack Morris has more than nine years of clinical experience and is looking forward to helping you with any musculoskeletal aches, pains and injuries.

Jack aims to support patients to achieve long-term results by taking the time to explain the potential causes of their injury and educate on self-management and prevention strategies. He treats people of all ages for both acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems.

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Jack is particularly interested in treating sports injuries and supporting young athletes’ development. He has previously worked as a sports trainer for several local sporting clubs. He uses DMA Clinical Pilates, motor control and mobility techniques, taping and dry-needling to complement his osteopathic manual techniques.

“Our goal is to have you moving better and feeling better over the short and long term.”

Jack is fully registered with AHPRA and is a member of Osteopathy Australia. He has experience working in clinics on the Mornington Peninsula, Gippsland, Casey and the Gold Coast.

THE SORRENTO OSTEO

A: Suite 1, 142 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento

T: 0421 715 770

W: www.thesorrentoosteo.com.au

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INSTA: thesorrento_osteo


What is rehabilitation?

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The goals of rehabilitation are to restore a person’s ability to live as they did before an accident, injury, illness or surgery and to assist them to cope with health issues that may affect their independence.

Rehabilitation’s main aim is to help you:

  • Return to activities that are important to you;

  • Improve your mobility, safety and confidence;

  • Assist you to be as independent as possible;

  • Learn new ways to carry out your daily activities; and,

  • Move safely around your home and community

St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital’s services cross all age groups from 16 years and over. The type, intensity and goals of rehabilitation are based on our patient-centred approach and will differ depending on the age and condition of the individual. 

Rehabilitation can be delivered from an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Specialist services offered at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital include:

  • Cardiac

  • Chronic Pain Management

  • Driving assessments

  • Neurological

  • Oncology

  • Orthopaedic

  • Movement Disorder programs (i.e. Parkinson’s and MS)

  • Pulmonary

  • Reconditioning

  • Stroke

  • Women’s and Men’s Health (including incontinence)

To access our rehabilitation services, a referral from your GP or specialist is required.

ST JOHN OF GOD FRANKSTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL

A: 255-265 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston

T: 9788 3333
w: www.sjog.org.au/Frankston

Jo Skin Fitness raises the Bar on The Express Facial Bar

At Jo Skin Fitness we have added a new component to our treatment menu. Designed around the concept of ‘beauty in a flash’, The Express Facial Bar menu offers express tailored skincare treatments to keep your skin at its best. The Express Facial Bar aims to give clients access to customised facials and Croymed LED treatments using the best professional peels and technology available within consumers budgets and timeframe. With our up-to-date technology we are able to address all skin concerns. 

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At the Express Facial Bar, we believe great skin requires consistent upkeep, which is why our dedicated team of skin experts will enable you to hit the reset button on your skin. Choose from a series of 30, 45 and 60-minute skin treatments utilising peels, masks, our bespoke vitamin infusions or facials to target your skin concerns head-on. 

We also have the most precise skin analysis device in Australia to measure and analyse skin so your professional treatments and skincare. In fact, ours is the only skin analysis device in Australia that uses augmented intelligence to give you the most accurate and detailed skin report.

Our innovative skin analysis mirror is the first of its kind in Australia, giving our clients the most accurate assessment of skin in seven key areas: hydration, pigmentation, pores, fine lines, deeper lines, redness and roughness. With the historical skin comparison this provides, you will be able to track the progress of your treatments and skin care.

LED light therapy has been amassing devotees among celebrities, skincare experts, influencers, and beauty editors for its ability to do everything from gently reducing acne to encouraging the skin to behave more youthfully.

LED stands for light emitting diode. The benefits are all a result of the light, which emits therapeutic wavelengths of light energy to energise the cell, stimulating the production of collagen, elastin and anti-antioxidants and improving blood and lymphatic circulation.

Often referred to as ‘the next big ingredient in skincare’, LED light therapy is a fundamental beauty treatment that enhances and maintains the results of everything else included in your skincare routine, from your products all the way through to in-clinic treatments.

Please note not all LED lights are created equal — the Cryomed is the most powerful and effective in the world, so there’s less treatment time. We believe everyone deserves great skin and have created a salon to help you achieve that.

And don’t forget to ask us about our wide range of skin treatment packages. These include the Glow-Getter PCA Skin Oxygenation Trio, the perfect treatment to combat the signs of a busy lifestyle. It costs $110 for a 35-minute session that will leave your skin glowing; you can also enjoy six sessions for $529.

JO SKIN FITNESS

A: 241 Main Street Mornington

T: 0425 201 135

FB: joskinfitness


Hypnosis for weight loss — look no further

Gayle Dwyer has been successfully helping people lose weight using hypnotherapy and EFT tapping for 12 years. “Hypnosis harnesses the part of the brain that is responsible for your behaviours and emotions,” says Gayle. 

Hypnotherapy and EFT tapping are relaxing, non-invasive techniques that can tap into your subconscious mind where your habits reside. If you want long-term success and a healthy mindset towards food and your well-being in general, Gayle’s programs are the way to go. Not only will you make fast change with hypnosis and EFT tapping, you will also be coached on mindfulness and mindset so you can transform any area of your life. 

Karina, pictured, says: “For many years I had struggled with my weight. I’d be able to lose it but not keep it off. Finally I feel like I have found the answer in hypnotherapy. My whole mindset has changed and I no longer feel that food rules me, but that I am now in control of my health and my eating. It’s a wonderful feeling to not be constantly in a battle and thinking of food all the time. I can’t speak highly enough of Gayle and the whole process.” 

GAYLE DWYER

T: 0414714644

E: [email protected]

FB: TimeToThrivewithGayle

INSTA: timetothrive_gayle


Revolutionary vein treatment comes to Peninsula

Just the mention of ‘varicose vein treatment’ can conjure up disturbing thoughts of vein ‘stripping’, major surgery and extended hospital stays.  Thankfully, long gone are the days of painful surgery to remove unwanted and uncomfortable veins.  Dr Ganesha Param recently opened a state-of-the-art vein treatment facility in Frankston that champions the non-surgical removal of varicose and spider veins.  

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“We find so many people are put off seeking help for varicose veins because they fear the ‘stripping’ treatments of yesteryear,” says Dr Gan. “The reality is that technology has evolved to a point that no major surgery or general anesthetics are required.  In fact, the outcomes of the new treatments are far superior to old surgery methods and patients are able to return to daily activities almost immediately.”

The Doctor Vein specialist clinic opened in August 2018 and has already treated hundreds of patients with non-surgical and non-invasive vein treatments.  With a range of treatment types available from laser technology to ultrasound guided injections, Dr Gan works with patients to create bespoke treatment plans. Dr Gan finds patients seek treatment for a number of reasons, from the medically motivated because veins are causing discomfort and pain to the cosmetic to improve the physical appearance of legs . . . and sometimes a combination of the two.  

“Varicose and spider veins unfortunately don’t discriminate and can affect both men and women of all ages.  The great news is that treatment doesn’t need to result in lengthy recoveries and time off work or ongoing commitments.  We find winter is a popular time to undertake treatment so patients can be confident and comfortable with their legs when the warmer weather arrives.”

To discuss your treatment options and book an initial consultation please contact 9781 0646 or email [email protected]  No referral is required. 

DOCTOR VEIN

A: 7 Winifred St, Frankston

T: 9781 0646

W: www.doctorvein.com.au

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INSTA: doctorvein


Winter nutrition to keep you well

It’s not news to us that as winter hits so does an influx of illnesses such as the common cold, flu and other viruses. Focusing on health-enhancing foods can provide you the best opportunity of staying healthy once the temperatures drop, so we’ve put together some helpful tips to help you remain well and nourished throughout the cooler months.

Concentrate on vitamins C, D and zinc
·      Zinc helps to fight off illnesses during winter, particularly the common cold. Eat plenty of spinach, beans, nuts, oysters, pumpkin seeds, seafood and beef.

·      Vitamin C is excellent at fighting against cold and flu.  Keep up your intake of fruits and vegetables such as kiwi, grapefruit, oranges, kale, swiss chard, parsnips, red cabbages, radishes, spinach, sweet potato, winter squash and tomatoes.

·      Our body naturally absorbs vitamin D in sunlight. However, this becomes compromised during winter. Try to consume foods such as eggs, oily fish, avocado, and dairy.

Local & Seasonal Produce

Not only is eating seasonal fruit and vegetable better for the environment, it is also better for your health. We are so fortunate to be living on the Mornington Peninsula with a plethora of farm gates offering locally, seasonally and sustainably grown fruit and vegetables.

Winter fruits: pears, apples, pomegranate, grapefruit, kiwis, oranges.

Winter veg: onions, garlic, shallots, scallions, squash, radishes, rhubarb, potatoes, peas, bok choy, kale, chard, spinach, carrots, parsnips.

Warming spices and hearty meals

There are plenty of reasons why spices and herbs as well as hearty meals such as casseroles, stews and soups have traditionally been used for centuries to keep us healthy during the cooler months. Include spices and herbs in your winter recipes because these act to warm your body, are anti-inflammatory and offer a wide range of antioxidants. Include turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, chilli, garlic, cumin, black pepper and cardamom.

Kate Save is an accredited practising dietitian, exercise physiologist and co-director of Be Fit Food in Mornington. For more info go to befitfood.com.au or phone 1300 2 MEALS (63257)

Bring on the boots at Bata

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Winter’s here so now’s the time to get your boots on at Bata. With more than 20 styles on offer, there’s certain to be something to suit your individual look, whether cool and casual or dressed up to the nines.

Bata Shoes is well known for its wide range of men’s, women’s and kids’ footwear. This season’s line of brilliant boots is priced right from just $55 and brings comfort, class and creative styling to the fore. Women’s boots come in flats and well-honed heels with a choice of imaginative embellishments, including buckle-ups for an alternative edge and zip styles for easy on/off accessibility. High-leg styles are available for cold-weather dress and skirt-wearers too.

There’s also plenty of footwear variation available for the man about town at Bata Shoes. Think casual styles for day-to-day chic, dress shoes perfect for night-time adventures and hiker styles for weekend escapes. All boots come in a variety of traditional colours, including blacks, browns, wheat and tan to make a winning winter style statement.

Bata Shoes provides the ideal boot to complement your stylish winter look. Whether you’re at work or play, you’ll find a style to suit in leather or fabric and always at a most competitive price. And don’t forget gumboots and school shoes for the kids for outdoor wintertime fun and term-to-term hard-wearing comfort.

Drop by Bata Shoes to experience friendly and expert service today. Your winter look awaits. Available in-store at Mornington only.  

LIZ ROGERS - SPONSORED EDITORIAL

BATA SHOES

A: 1158 Nepean Highway, Mornington

T: 5970 8500

W: www.bata.net.au

FB: Bata Mornington Australia

INSTA: batashoes

 

When your family is complete

At Eramosa Vasectomy Clinic, you’re in safe hands. Dr Joshua Honig has 25 years of GP experience, with extensive skills in minor surgery and complex skin cancer removal. These surgical skills, in addition to specialised training in vasectomy, have allowed Dr Honig to perform hundreds of successful vasectomy procedures.

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If your family is complete, Dr Honig can discuss your options with you. If you decide that vasectomy is right for you, the initial consultation with Dr Honig will start with an examination and a discussion of the procedure. You will find Dr Honig is compassionate and patient and will answer any questions you may have about vasectomies. If you choose to go ahead, your 20-minute procedure will be scheduled for a later date, and you can rest easy because no preparation, such as shaving, is required. The ‘no scalpel’ method and an ‘open-ended’ technique is used to minimise pain and complications, and the use of local anaesthetic means you can drive yourself home afterwards. No stitches are needed so follow-up appointments are not usually required, which also means that recovery is generally quite quick, with most men having the procedure on a Friday and returning to work on Monday.
Dr Honig is passionate about working with families and welcomes partners to sit in for the consultation and procedure.

ERAMOSA FAMILY MEDICAL CENTRE
A: 61-67 Eramosa Rd West, Somerville
T: 5970 7777 
W: www.eramosamedical.com.au

Sustainable salon initiative at Amicus By Liz Rogers

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Donna and Maria and their team at Amicus Hair and Beauty are well known for creating contemporary looks and treating your hair with care. They are also keen supporters of viable hair salon practices. Donna explains: “We work closely with the group Sustainable Salons, which recycles up to 95 per cent of all salon resources. They provide customised bins for resource separation and pick it up from our salon every fortnight, which makes recycling easy. All proceeds are donated to OzHarvest and KiwiHarvest to distribute meals to people in need.” 

Resources such as hair, plastics, paper, chemicals, metals, razors and tools are repurposed after being collected, which is great for reducing landfill. Donna continues: “We promote the use of cruelty-free and toxic-free product at Amicus Hair and Beauty and believe in being environmentally conscious in every way possible. We also stock Aveda, Kevin Murphy and La Biosthetique products.”

So if you’d like to look and feel sensational while knowing the planet is being looked after too, then head into Amicus Hair and Beauty this autumn and winter. They are offering a cool-weather hair care package, which includes a full head tint and blow dry for just $169. First 20 callers receive additional 10 foils free.

AMICUS HAIR AND BEAUTY

A: 3/45 Main St, Mornington

T: 5976 2740

W: www.amicus-h-b.com.au

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The doctor’s back in town


Dr David Edis (MBBS, FRACS [Ortho], FAOA and AFRACMA) is an orthopaedic and spine surgeon who moved back to Melbourne more than a year ago to open his rooms in Frankston and Mornington. After studying at the University of Melbourne and training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dr Edis pursued further training in spine surgery in New Zealand. 

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His passion for improving patient care included developing minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques for eight years in conjunction with surgeons in Australia and overseas. He is currently working with a pain management and multi-disciplinary team in Frankston to help solve complex pain issues. In addition to this, he spent five years developing allied health and pain management programs in regional Tasmania over his 10 years spent living in the beautiful island state. 

With a special interest in the areas of adult spine surgery, hip and knee arthroplasty, knee arthroscopy and orthopaedic trauma, Dr Edis now also offers oblique lumbar fusion surgery, percutaneous screw fixation and deformity correction for adult scoliosis. 

He believes in a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care and is passionate about working closely with primary carers, physiotherapists, pain specialists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, myotherapists and nurses to achieve evidence-based contemporary care for his patients with spinal conditions. 

Dr Edis will also be holding a conference in the next six months in order to engage with local providers, share expertise with each other and ultimately collaborate with them. Any practitioners who are interested in participating are welcome to contact his rooms. 

Dr Edis invites new referrals for any orthopaedic conditions. You can find Dr Edis at The Bays Hospital, Suite 15, Ground F, Main St, Mornington; and at his Frankston rooms at 93 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Frankston.

VICTORIAN ORTHOPAEDIC SPINE SERVICE
A: 93 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Frankston
T: 8683 9039
W: www.vicorthospine.com.au

Don’t sacrifice a healthy diet over winter

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Winter is officially here. With the colder weather and comfort food, it is easy to fall out of routine and find yourself straying away from your typical flow. The days are shorter so there is a greater tendency to stay indoors, be less active, and eat heartier meals. Before you get too far into the slump of winter, adjust your approach and hit the reset button! 

Be Fit Food recommends undertaking one or two weeks of the Be Rapid meal program every three to four months for a metabolism reset. This is not only the perfect approach for staying on track and starting each season as the healthiest version of yourself, but it also allows you to reset your metabolism after a period of indulgence such as Christmas or Easter. 

Cycling Be Rapid with your regular diet for two weeks each season can help you to lose a couple of quick kilograms as well as increase insulin sensitivity and stabilise blood sugar levels. It can improve metabolic markers and cardiovascular risk factors such as your blood fat profile, including cholesterol levels. 

Winter can also bring the increased risk of coughs, head colds and the flu. Eating nutritious foods can help to keep a strong immune system. Be Fit Food meals contain food from each of the five food groups and contain four to 12 vegetables in each serve. This provides you with antioxidants and essential micronutrients to help you to maintain optimal health throughout winter.  

The cold weather can also make getting out of the house less appealing. Rather than getting takeaway or fast food delivery, have Be Fit Food delivered to your doorstep. You can use Be Fit Food meals for healthy convenience. Store the food in your freezer, and on the nights you want to avoid comfort eating or just need something easy, simply heat and enjoy a warm Be Fit Food meal.

Kate Save is an accredited practising dietitian, exercise physiologist and co-director of Be Fit Food in Mornington. For more info go to befitfood.com.au or phone 1300 2 MEALS (63257)


Colourfully cosy at Yo-Ko Original

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As the dreary embrace of winter approaches, Yo-Ko Original women’s fashion boutique loves to encourage colour as an instant pick-me-up. Although tonal shades in nudes, oatmeal, soft greys and faded khakis will remain strong, bold hues in citrus shades will pack a punch of vibrancy into your winter wardrobe. Explore yellows, bold rusty oranges and greens to wear with the basic blacks and denim blues.

These shades are showing strongly in divine new knitwear, long-sleeved tops and stretch slim-leg pants by Café Latte, hooded cardigans and voluminous short dresses by Miracle and in statement leopard print jumpers and patterned maxi dresses by Boho Australia.

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Yo-Ko’s knits are the fluffiest and softest you’ve ever felt, while linen blends continue in tops, pants and jumpsuits, adding casual class to your everyday or event outfits. Strong flat or heeled boots are the chicest way to stomp through those chilly morning commutes, and check out the super-stylish footwear by No!Shoes in blacks, tans, navy and latte.

See the vast selection of affordable jewellery and scarves from Trio Rouge plus beautiful upcycled cotton knit beanies and bags by No+El. Markdowns of up to 50 per cent on summer season clothing and footwear continue in store.

YO-KO ORIGINAL

A: 10 Station St, Seaford

T: 9782 4442

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INSTA: yokooriginal

A gift to you from The Bays By Liz Rogers

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From its community-first bush nursing hospital roots to today’s modern-day deliverer of exceptional health and aged care services, The Bays continues to demonstrate a great passion for health care and its community.

Operating as one of the few remaining independent, community-owned, not-for-profit hospitals, The Bays’ free health and well-being initiative encourages residents to retain or regain their health and well-being.

The Bays draws on more than 80 years of experience to bring the community a program of prominent, highly qualified health experts who are leaders in their field.

This year marks a new era for The Bays with the opening of an intensive care unit and funding announcement to build a comprehensive cancer centre. The Bays has a bold vision to develop an extensive healthcare precinct, bringing top medical professionals to the community’s doorstep and innovative medical technology to address Peninsula healthcare challenges now and into the future.

THE BAYS HEALTHCARE GROUP

A: Vale St, Mornington

T: 5975 2009

W: thebays.com.au

FB: TheBaysHealthcareGroup

INSTA: The Bays Hospital Mornington

Warm and snug for winter

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Winter is nearly here, and if you love warm, adaptable, easy-wearing and effortlessly fashionable knitwear, MerinoSnug is definitely for you. 

Proudly Australian owned, MerinoSnug’s range of merino wool clothing is created with Australia’s finest merino wool and sustainably and ethically manufactured at a purpose-built factory outlet in Carrum Downs.

From bale to retail, MerinoSnug is committed to connecting customers and woolgrowers by highlighting the origin of each of its garments, allowing customers to learn about the garment’s provenance. Each garment boasts a QR-enabled tag that showcases the woolgrowers who contributed to the making of the garment and the environment in which the wool was grown.

The Carrum Downs factory outlet is open to the public with a huge range of firsts, seconds and factory-overrun discounted garments available for sale. 

MERINOSNUG
A: 140 Colemans Rd, Carrum Downs
T: 9786 1113
W: merinoandco.com.au 


Spoil Mum with a healthy breakfast in bed

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We all know that mums put everyone but themselves first, with diet, exercise and “you-time” often going out the window. At Be Fit Food, our priority is to improve health and wellness by providing healthy and convenient meals and support. 

That’s why we’ve put a healthy twist on the traditional “breakfast in bed” for Mother’s Day with this recipe for delicious and healthy Chocolate Protein Pancakes! 

BFF Choc Protein Pancakes 

Serves 2 BFF Dietitian: Laura Ballantyne

Ingredients 

Pancakes:

30g Be Fit Chocolate Protein Booster

40g rolled oats

1 large egg

20g Chobani 0.5% Plain Greek Yoghurt 

50ml unsweetened almond milk 

10g stevia 

½ teaspoon baking powder

1½ teaspoons coconut oil

Topping:

½ cup blueberries

4 teaspoons Chobani 0.5% Plain Greek Yoghurt

Method

Place the oats in a food processor and pulse until it resembles a powdery consistency.

Add the protein powder, egg, yoghurt, almond milk, stevia, baking powder and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to the oats in the food processor. Combine for approximately 30 seconds until smooth.  

Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Use some of the leftover ½ teaspoon coconut oil to coat the pan. When oil is melted, spoon 50g of the mixture (this will make two pancakes per serve), or 25g of the mixture (this will make four pikelets per serve) into the pan. Cook each side for approximately 2 minutes, or until golden.

Repeat the last step until all pancakes are cooked. 

To serve, place two pancakes or four pikelets on each plate. Top each stack with 2 teaspoons of yoghurt and ¼ cup blueberries. 

Enjoy!!

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Back to the future


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Not many local businesses can claim a long history, let alone in the same premises. But Frankston’s Peninsula Star Cycles can do just that, having been at 48 Playne St since 1946.

The business has undergone several changes since then, and recently went back to being fully independent. The store even had a makeover to celebrate the change.

“We wanted to focus on our brand and our history as Frankston’s oldest bicycle store,” said store manager John Billing. “We used a photo of the store from around the ‘60s as the inspiration for our new paint job and signage. Our painter Glen, from High Rollers Painting & Decorating, and signwriter Grant, from Scene D Signs, did an amazing job of transforming our vision into reality.”
PENINSULA STAR CYCLES
A: 48 Playne St, Frankston
T: 9783 2266
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Aged care as individual as you are

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At Just Better Care Melbourne Mornington, the aim is to provide the kind of ready support and genuine care that restores, enhances or even improves your quality of life. 

Just Better Care Melbourne Mornington offers a diverse range of aged care support for both home care packages and private customers that can range from a single visit to more intensive support options.

Just Better Care helps you feel right at home. Providing quality in-home care and support means understanding where you are at in life, where you’ve been and what’s important to you.  

Just Better Care is not merely ‘selling services’; it is proudly and enthusiastically enhancing lifestyles and will help you enjoy striving for and reaching your goals, which can range from general or daily fitness to enjoying the extraordinary experiences available across the Mornington Peninsula. 

Just Better Care focuses on providing just better care, whether you are: 

  • Ready to explore the aged care services for yourself;

  • Considering alternative care arrangements;

  • A medical or healthcare professional looking to recommend the right services for your clients; or,

  • A caring family member who only wants the best for your loved one.

Perhaps it’s time to get in touch with the team at Just Better Care Melbourne Mornington to talk about services that would be right for you.

JUST BETTER CARE MELBOURNE MORNINGTON

A: Level 1, Suite 2, 346 Main St, Mornington

T: 5972 1860

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Double the delight for TSIC By Kate Sears

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The Sports Injury Clinic has been successfully helping the community with their health needs for 15 years with Pippa Hanson at the helm. From four team members to an impressive 64, it’s no wonder The Sports Injury Clinic went home with two awards after the Greater Frankston Business Awards on Thursday, February 21. 

They were thrilled to receive the Best Health Professional Award. Four major awards with surprise categories closed the night, with Pippa being called up to the stage for a second time to receive the Best Work Place Culture Award.

“It was a surprise,” Pippa said. “It was fantastic that what we had conveyed in our application showed the type of workplace we run. My team thought it was fantastic to be recognised. They are amazing people and they work so well together regardless of their position. Everyone is treated equally here.” 

Pippa said the process of applying for awards offered her team a good opportunity to assess where they’re at, what direction they’re heading in and what they need to continue pursuing. 

“I always wanted to create a workplace that is a great place to be. You are at work a lot so I wanted to create a great work culture from day one. I wanted to provide a workplace with good vibes, a place where you like to turn up to every day.”  

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