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3 - Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Clinical Trials Unit at Canberra
Hospital,collaborated with Menzies Research
Institute Tasmania, is conducting a national
study on improving treatment for people with
high blood pressure.
If you are taking blood pressure lowering
tablets and are aged 70 years or younger you
may be eligible to participate.
If you are interested and would like further
information please contact:
Clinical Trials Unit, Canberra Hospital
Phone: (02) 6244 3687
This clinical study has been approved by the ACT
Health and Human Research Ethics
Committee (ACTH HREC)
DO YOU TAKE
Study Volunteers Needed
RETURN TO WORK FOR WOMEN
Melissa Hitches gets work attire tips from stylist Sanja Marais.
A springboard back into employment
It can be tough for women to find
work after taking several years off.
Melissa Hitches left a job in
corporate travel for Australian
Airlines 21 years ago, at a time
when facsimile machines reigned
supreme, to start her family.
Now, with her children at
university, Mrs Hitches said
keeping up with technology was a
major hurdle to employment.
She enrolled in the CIT Return to
Work for Women course as a first
step towards her new future in
today s job market.
"It s obvious expectations and
requirements have evolved," she
"I know whatever you do today
you have to have computer skills,
but for me it s about understanding
what s required."
The mother of two said she had
brushed up her skills, regained her
confidence and built a new
professional network with
classmates -- but the course had also
been a personal process, of finding
a new direction.
"I looked at this as an
opportunity to try something new,"
"But for me the travel industry
still holds appeal."
The 14-week program includes
training in literacy, numeracy,
resume and selection criteria
writing, mock job interviews,
computer training and guest talks
from style and image consultant
Co-ordinator Elizabeth Kehoe
said the course had a strong track-
record and acted as a springboard
into employment or future study.
"We show women they can have
success in everything from writing
a cover letter, to working in Excel
and all of that rebuilds confidence,"
"Since the introduction of the
work experience element 80 per
cent of graduates of the program
have gone onto further training or
employment within six months."
Students take part in work
experience while building industry
contacts and finding current
referees for their resumes.
"It s one thing to be confident in
a classroom but it s another to hold
your own in a workplace," Ms
The course runs every semester
at CIT s Woden campus and costs
For more information, call
6207 3188 or email
Police catch 39 as focus shifts from seatbelt to traffic offences
Behind the blue line
ACT police officers caught 39
drivers for seatbelt offences during
September and will now target
traffic control offences during
October as part of a multi-agency
road safety strategy.
Of the 39 seatbelt offences, 36
were for drivers not wearing their
seatbelt and three for passengers
not wearing seatbelts or not
One was for a driver with a child
passenger, between one and seven
years old, who was not restrained
by a seatbelt.
ACT Policing will now focus on
traffic control offences during
October. This includes drivers who
disobey red/yellow lights and
arrows, not stopping or giving way
at intersections and not using a
roundabout correctly. Statistics
show that about half of all
collisions on ACT roads occur at
intersections. Of those, around one-
tenth results in injuries or death.
Traffic Operations acting
Superintendent Rod Anderson said
drivers who think they can sneak
through a red light or roll through a
stop sign without consequence
should think again.
"Failure by a motorist to obey
traffic controls is an over-
represented factor in collisions that
result in serious injuries or
fatalities, he said.
Fines for traffic control offences
range from $203 and two demerit
points to $340 and three demerit
points for each offence.
ACT Policing will be supporting
Mental Health Week, which runs
until Saturday and is a chance to
talk to the community about mental
health and illness issues.
For ACT Policing, an important
part of serving the Canberra
community has been fostering
partnerships across mental health
service providers. These
partnerships aim to ensure better
protection for mentally ill people
who find themselves in a crisis
which requires police attendance.
Behind The Blue Line is a
column supplied by ACT
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