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"I have grown in confidence. I am
stepping outside my comfort zone
and leading a busy life."
Belinda, NDIS participant
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the choice and opportunities the NDIS will
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LEAD A RICHER AND FULLER LIFE
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Doctors Antoinette Harmer and Cath Hunt of Capital Anxiety Clinic.
Photo: Daniel Spellman
Capital Anxiety Clinic is a new
division of Optimal Health and
Performance Pty Ltd and a clinical
Clinical psychologist and practice
manager Antoinette Harmer said the
clinic has been at its Weetangera
premises for five years.
"We noticed an increase in the
number of people experiencing
difficulties with anxiety-related
problems and decided to provide a
specialist targeted service for those
people," she said.
The presentation of depression and
anxiety-related issues had always
been prominent, Dr Harmer said.
Increasing understanding and
building coping skills were the keys
to helping people manage their
responses to certain situations.
"In terms of anxiety generally,
people perhaps don t have the
knowledge they need to understand
how to manage anxiety," she said.
"The normal experience of anxiety
can become a problem if a person
responds with avoidance and safety
Both avoidance and safety
behaviours can make anxiety worse
and over time a person may find that
their life is becoming increasingly
restricted or negatively impacted by
unhelpful coping strategies."
Helping people to build more
adaptive coping mechanisms is a
major reason behind Dr Harmer s
passion for her profession and
"I studied psychology because I
realised that people often make the
experience of life and relationships
harder than it needs to be, and that
with more knowledge and
understanding, people can lead a
richer and more fulfilling life," she
"It is satisfying meeting people
who are struggling and distressed and
helping them to make changes to the
way they think and behave so that
they are able to make better choices
regarding their relationships, careers,
interests and health."
Capital Anxiety Clinic features a
range of psychologists trained in
clinical psychology and available by
A GP referral will enable a client
to claim a Medicare or health fund
rebate. For more information, phone
6232 4242 or visit them online at
FOR RECORD ATTEMPT
SIDS and Kids ACT is calling for
volunteers for their Christmas lights
world record attempt in Canberra s
About 250 volunteers are needed
to greet visitors, help in crowd
management and collect gold coin
Chief executive Nathalie
Maconachie said businesses and
individuals had already donated time
and services to the construction
phase and that more people were
needed to help out during the event.
The display will transform
Canberra s CBD into a festival of
lights in an attempt to smash the
world record for the biggest LED
light image display.
Contact SIDS and Kids ACT on
6287 4255 or email at
CIT MOVES TO TAP INTO
A CHANGING MARKET
The Canberra Institute of
Technology will form an
independent governing board to
allow it to compete in the education
and training marketplace.
Education and Training Minister
Joy Burch said the sector was
evolving quickly in response to the
developing needs of the ACT
economy, students, industry and
The governing board will be
headed by an independent chair with
business and industry experience and
features members with a mix of
private and public sector expertise.
Ms Burch said a mix of skills was
necessary to position CIT for success
in the competitive training sector and
to meet public provider obligations.
Deputy chosen to attend US summit
Gungahlin College deputy
principal Craig Edwards has
been named as one of just four
Australian teachers to attend an
international summit in the
The Teacher Professional
Learning and Development
Summit in Washington DC will
bring together delegates from
schools and universities around
the world to share strategies
and learn from each other.
Mr Edwards has been
working with the Australian
Institute of Teaching and
School Leadership for the past
year. The instiute nominated
him to attend the summit.
"I m very humbled about it
all, he said. "It s not every day
that you get the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation to
pay for a trip to America so it
is a fantastic opportunity.
The focus of the summit is
development and how quality
teaching can be implemented
"What I m sharing is our
work here at Gungahlin, he
"We have a very open
learning environment. That is
we don t have classroom walls.
The whole environment is
transparent and we have found
that that is conducive to
collaboration and also the
sharing of teaching practices.
ST FRANCIS XAVIER
Storm poem a winner
St Francis Xavier College
student Gabrielle Clarke, 15,
has taken out the poetry
division of the Write4Fun 2014
Schools Short Story
There were more than
12,500 entries nationally for
the competition, which was
split into short story and poetry
The year 10 student snared
the top spot with her dark
poem, Black Fear.
Gabrielle fell in love with
poetry after learning about it at
"I always write best when
I m in an emotional situation,
when I m really happy or really
determined or when I m really
sad or fearful, she explained.
"In this instance I d just
moved interstate. [I] was flying
back for the first time. I was in
a plane for the first time and
there was a lot of turbulence
and a storm.
That was the main
inspiration for the poem.
As first place winner, she
received $500 for herself and
her school, her choice of an
Xbox 360 and an iPod touch
PlayStation 4 game.
As the winner, she will also
appear in The Text Generation
publication, which will be
released in March 2015.
Telopea Park School s Kerrie
Blain is the first Australian
principal to be honoured by the
Ms Blain was awarded the
Chevalier (Knight) in the Ordre
des Palmes Academiques
(Order of Academic Palms).
The award recognises her
outstanding commitment to
French-Australia relations in
the field of education as well as
her continuing dedication to
The awards were founded in
1808 by Napoleon Bonaparte,
who established the honorary
titles in recognition of devotion
and accomplishment in the
areas of teaching, scholarship
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