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Centre is excited
to announce that
Dr David Cheah
will be joining our
medical practice on
the 21 August 2015.
Dr Cheah is an experienced GP who
previously worked at Macquarie
Medical Centre and North Canberra Family
Practice and has decided to move back
to Canberra with his wife to spend
more time with his daughters and
Dr Cheah has a special interest in sleep
apnoea, medical hypnotherapy and
counselling (including mindfulness CBT).
He will be joining Dr Wai Htut,
Dr Celia Wilson, Dr Lakshmi Mudunuri,
Dr Rizwan Khan and Dr Wayne Pahn at
Gungahlin Medical Centre.
Gungahlin Medical Centre is conveniently
located at 43 Hibberson Street on
the corner opposite the Post Office.
Our phone number is 6255 0888.
Bulk billing of children under 16 years
of age is available during weekdays.
We are open 7 days. Your medical centre
offers services in children's health,
women's health, men's health, care for
the elderly, childhood immunisations
and surgery (minor operations).
We look forward to being of
service to you.
Children's eggcitement bubbles over
Dr Graham Walker conducts an experiment with Mentos and Coke at Gungahlin Library as part of his show.
On the surface there are flames, froth
and bubbles but Dr Graham's Little
Scientists' Puppet Show was created
to convey a far deeper message.
For 15 years, Graham Walker has
been creating shows that entertain and
leave audiences with an appreciation
of how science permeates our lives.
His latest work targeted at children
under eight has been showing across
Canberra as part of National Science
Throughout the interactive puppet
show, Dr Graham and his co-host
Curious Cat harness the power of
science to solve problems for their
We want to give young people a
really positive first experience with
science,'' he said.
One of the messages I want to give
everyone, and particularly young kids,
is that science is really there to serve
people and it's a useful thing,'' he said.
The pair help Dr Blofeld the whale
fix his spout, go magnetic fishing with
Sammy the Seal, meet some fire-
breathing dragons and have an egg-
cellent experiment'' with Charlie
And if that doesn't get you excited
about science, there are sharks with
Responses to science shows was the
focus of his PhD studies and he said
science literacy was fundamental to
the development of a rational thinking
Surrounded by young faces staring
up at him in awe, he said while not all
children will absorb the theory behind
each experiment it was about exposing
them to considering and questioning
how things work.
There is a lot of simple accessible
science that at any age can blow your
mind,'' he said.
But even at this young age it's
about trying to teach some of the key
skills to see the world in a scientific
way, whether that's testing ideas out or
just being curious.''
Inspiring a fresh crop of children to
grow up to be Australian innovators
was a goal, but expanding science
literacy had great benefit beyond that.
It's an issue for our country that
we don't have enough scientists and
engineers and mathematicians coming
through and that only puts Australia at
a disadvantage,'' he said.
I hope some of the kids grow up
and have fulfilling careers as
But even if they don't do that,
having critical thinking and problem
solving skills is a big advantage
regardless of where you want your life
strings with kids
Turner Primary School is hosting an
artists and writers festival until
The event started in 2013 and is held
every second year. In the other year the
festival is focused on science,
technology, engineering and
Students suspend their regular
routine and immerse themselves in the
The festival's vision is to increase
creativity and build children's
identities in the science and
mathematics field, or as artists and
This year, authors, writers,
illustrators, storytellers and artists
from the local and national creative
community are involved.
Acclaimed puppeteer Maryanne
Mettes will work with all the children
preschool to year 6.
BUDDING FILM MAKERS IN
SPOTLIGHT FOR FESTIVAL
From animation and drama to comedy,
documentary and music clips, the
Limelight Film Festival provides a
chance for students from 10 ACT
public schools to showcase their work
to their wider community. On Tuesday,
August 18, from 6.30pm at Palace
Electric Cinema in NewActon, the
film festival will show 28 films from
55 budding film makers from primary,
high school and college students from
across the capital. The film festival
aims to promote the creative arts in
public education and showcase a range
of quality work from schools.
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