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THE PAKMAG EXPERTS - JANUARY 2020 [CAIRNS]

THE PAKMAG EXPERTS – JANUARY 2020 [CAIRNS]

Sunbird Orthodontics

Dear Dr Bobby, when is the right time to see an orthodontist?

Probably the most common question I am asked as an Orthodontist is, “when should my child visit the orthodontist? Aren’t they a little young for braces?”

In my opinion, every child should see a Specialist Orthodontist before the age of nine years. By this age, an Orthodontist can reliably predict if a child will develop orthodontic problems. We can often take simple measures to reduce or even avoid major orthodontic problems being carried over into the adult teeth.

Every child is different. Therefore, it is best to listen to the advice of a professional.

4038 1036
www.sunbirdorthodontics.com.au

Cairns Vet Clinic

Dear Dr Richard Thomas, With 41.5 per cent of dogs and 32 per cent of cats being overweight or obese, obesity is the most common form of malnutrition on Australian pets. Overweight pets suffer more physical ailments and don’t live as long. So how can we get our pet back to their ideal weight?

See my full reply at www.pakmag.com.au

Join our complementary weight loss program for safe and gradual weight loss. In combination with exercise, behaviour modification and Hills Metabolic prescription diet, we’ll have your pet back to a healthy weight in no time. See our website or contact us for more details.

4032 9999
www.cairnsvet.com.au

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, My daughter has eczema.

What is the treatment? Eczema is an inherited condition that usually presents as patches of skin which can be dry, red, scaly and usually very itchy. It varies in severity from quite mild to very serious forms, which sometimes require hospitalisation.

Eczema is usually treated by moisturisers and steroid creams, but it can be a bit of trial and error to find
which cream is going to work for your child. It is also very important to avoid soaps, hot water and other irritants that will dry out the skin and worsen the symptoms.

Fb Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

www.calannapharmacy.com.au

Collier Family Law

Dear Nardine, do you have any tips for consent orders?

There are really only two core things a consent order for parenting must deal with; decision making and the time the children will spend with each parent.

What else is required depends on the family. Good consent orders will also try to cover the needs of the children as they mature.
Avoid terms that are vague or confusing. You all need to know exactly what is intended and make sure the language is clear. Also avoid orders that are really restrictive as this doesn’t allow for flexibility or change.

These are just a few tips – see my full reply at www.pakmag.com.au

4214 5666
www.collierlawyers.com.au

THE PAKMAG EXPERTS - JANUARY 2020 [TOWNSVILLE]

THE PAKMAG EXPERTS – JANUARY 2020 [TOWNSVILLE]

Townsville Paediatrics

Dr Ramaa Puvvadi

Dear Dr Ramaa, I’m scared my one-year-old will choke on her food. How can I prevent this from happening?

Although anyone can choke on a piece of food or an object, children under the age of three are at high risk of choking. We recommend avoiding commonly aspirated foods such as popcorn, hard lollies, raw carrot or apples for children under the age of 15 months.

Children should be encouraged to sit quietly while eating as multitasking such as walking, talking and running while eating increases the risk of aspiration. Avoid toys with small parts for children under the age of three years.

4427 5817
www.townsvillepaediatrics.com.au

Helping Hands – Hand, Wrist & Arm Clinic

Cassandra Chiesa

Dear Cassandra, How do I know if my child is right or left-handed?

For most children, hand preference develops between the age of two and four, and a clear hand dominance tends to present by the age of six. The simplest way to see which child your hand prefers is to hand them an item in their midline and watch what their hands do.

An example could be a felt tip pen with a lid – your child will place the pen in their non dominant hand and use their preferred hand to remove the lid. As therapists, we are sometimes required to provide strengthening exercises or progress dexterity through fine motor tasks.

4755 2337
www.helpinghandsclinic.com.au

Diane Ruhl

Ruhl Family Law Centre

Dear Diane, I want our child to see a psychologist to help them cope with separation, but my ex won’t agree. Can I make an appointment anyway?

Unless you have been to Court and obtained Parenting Orders, there is a presumption that both parents are involved in decision making. This means that you and your ex must agree on major decisions in relation to the kids.

Decisions you must make together include major health matters, what school they attend and where they live. This means you shouldn’t make an appointment for your child with a psychologist without the other parent’s consent.

4772 7672
www.ruhlfamilylaw.com.au

Matthew Calanna

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, my daughter has eczema. What is the treatment?

Eczema is an inherited condition that usually presents as patches of skin which can be dry, red, scaly and usually very itchy. It varies in severity from quite mild to very serious forms, which sometimes require hospitalisation.

Eczema is usually treated by moisturisers and steroid creams, but it can be a bit of trial and error to find
which cream is going to work for your child. It is also very important to avoid soaps, hot water and other irritants that will dry out the skin and worsen the symptoms.

Fb Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy
www.calannapharmacy.com.au

TIPS FOR HOSTING THE PERFECT BARBECUE

TIPS FOR HOSTING THE PERFECT BARBECUE

Dear Jessica, how can we hold the perfect barbecue this summer?

In Queensland, we’re lucky enough to be able to dine alfresco all year ‘round, but January is when we really start to fire up for barbecue season.

These days the options are endless when it comes to barbecuing in the great outdoors. We can grill, roast, smoke or bake on anything from charcoal to wood chips, gas, electric and more. Before you don the apron and grab the tongs, here are some tips to keep in mind.

It’s all in the preparation – There’s nothing worse than running out of gas before your steak is cooked to perfection. Take some time before your guests arrive to ensure your gas bottle is full or your charcoal or wood chips and chunks are well stocked.

Maximise the flavour – Taking the time to season and prepare your meats appropriately will really up the ante when it comes to taste and tenderness. Be sure to pull your meat from the fridge and let it get to room temperature before it hits the grill. Whether you’re seasoning it with salt, pepper and olive oil or a gourmet spice rub or marinade, give it plenty of time to soak up the flavours.

Invest in a probe or thermometer – Is it well done, medium or rare? Cooking the meat to your guests’ liking can be a tough gig, but the use of a meat probe or thermometer will ensure you get your chicken well done and your lamb, seafood and beef cooked to perfection.

Come in and see the team at Porters Mitre 10 Mackay Weber Specialist Centre and we will help you find the perfect barbecue, plus all the must-have utensils, eskies and outdoor furniture you need to pull off a fantastic cook up this summer!

Porters Mitre 10 Mackay

Fb Porters

www.porterscando.com.au

KEEPING YOUR FAMILY SAFE ON THE INTERNET

KEEPING YOUR FAMILY SAFE ON THE INTERNET

Dear Adam, How can my family and I ensure we are safe when surfing the internet?

While the internet is a wonderful place providing endless entertainment, connection to friends and family and answers to many questions, it’s not always a safe place to surf. Viruses, hackers and scams are everywhere.

If you don’t know how to look out for them and protect yourself, they can get you into an unpleasant situation. Here are a few ways to be cautious when browsing the web.

Think before you click. Some ads or links can be tempting to click on, especially if they offer an epic prize or discount. One careless click could expose your personal data or infect your device with malware. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Be wary of what you download. Programs or apps downloaded from the internet may contain viruses that harm your files or disable your device, or they will try to steal your information. Never download anything that looks suspicious or comes from a site that you don’t trust. Even then, it’s advised to scan all downloaded files with a trusted antivirus software before opening them.

Make sure your connection is secure. It can be pretty tempting to connect to that free public Wi-Fi, but doing so can expose your personal data. Using a secure VPN connection will prevent this from happening.

Unfortunately, sometimes even when you exercise caution, things still go wrong. This is why it’s important to invest in a trusted antivirus software, such as Norton Security. If you are unsure of how to effectively protect your device and yourself from these dangers, or you do happen to get your device infected – come and see us at Harvey Norman Computers. We’re more than happy to help you and your family stay safe online.

Harvey Norman Computers Mackay

a Cnr Heaths Rd and Bruce Highway, Mackay

www.harveynorman.com.au

WHY YOU NEED A LAWYER (AND WHY YOU SHOULDN'T DO IT YOURSELF)

WHY YOU NEED A LAWYER (AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T DO IT YOURSELF)

Dear Katrina, Why do I need a lawyer for family law matters? Can’t I just do it myself?

Family law often involves complex issues of law. There are those matters which can be easily resolved by way of a Consent Order, and there are even Do It Yourself Consent Order Kits on the Family Court website. So, what is the benefit of using a lawyer rather than saving on costs and doing it yourself?

I can give two examples which particularly relate to property settlement matters.

In the first, my client and his ex-wife had divorced over 12 years ago. They did an informal property settlement. Neither of them obtained legal advice when coming to that agreement. The wife applied to the Court because she believed that she did not get what she was entitled to, and she got permission from the Court to seek a property division. She ended up receiving a substantial payment from my client’s superannuation fund. In addition to having to pay his ex-wife money from his super fund, he had expended time and money on the Court proceedings which may have been avoided had the parties formalised their agreement at the time of separation.

In the second example, my client and her ex-husband agreed to an informal property settlement. My client came to me to seek legal advice, as her view was that she did not receive what she was entitled to from her ex-husband. Permission was granted from the Court to seek property division, and she was awarded a further $150,000.00.

So, spending some money to get advice when you separate about your particular circumstances is a worthwhile exercise. While it may not seem necessary now, it could end up saving you money in the long term.

Statewide Family Law

a 34 Wood St, Mackay
www.swc.net.au

SELLING YOUR HOME: WHERE TO START

SELLING YOUR HOME: WHERE TO START

Dear Robyn, I have never sold a home, but I am considering selling my property. I have no idea where to start, what is your advice?

Firstly, prepare your property and get it into tip-top condition. Get all the little nitty-gritty jobs out of the way so that buyers can’t negotiate. Replace light bulbs, fix dripping taps, do some gardening and thoroughly clean every nook and cranny. Buyers feel very soothed and relaxed when they walk into a home and are not looking for the next ‘nasty surprise’.

Next, start doing your own research. See what other similar properties are for sale in your vicinity, compare your property to see if it is inferior or superior and collect tips on what you like in their marketing.

Then, get at least three agents to appraise your property. This will provide you with a range of pricing and marketing ideas, but it will also allow you to get to know the agent you will be employing to sell your property. The way the agent treats you is the way they will treat your buyers – are they listening to your needs? Are they speaking honestly and instilling trust? Do they know their marketplace and know sold figures thoroughly?

Have a big list of questions ready to ask them and ensure that they are answered to your satisfaction. It’s your property and the world of real estate can be a big and complicated one, so no question is too silly.

It is of the utmost importance that you are kept informed of buyer feedback for the duration of your sales campaign as this honest feedback – not sugar-coated comments – will guide you to customise your campaign and reach the greatest number of buyers.

Good luck!

If you’d like my help, I’d love to hear from you.

Mackay Regional Real Estate

P 0419 623 263

www.mrre.com.au