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Counting the cost of treatment and travel for patients in regional Victoria facing serious illness.It got to the point that we did get a long way behind and we repossession notices in the mail.I think there's general sympathy and general understanding that the system is a couple ber some one.As Victorians watch another State's fire emergency, what is potential
ahead for us?We've got the potential to have above the normal Victoria.And the family concern that keeps the wheels turning for part of the business. She the parcel. She is in charge of dispatch and makes my lunch.That is the most important part! welcome to '7:30 Victoria'. I'm Guy Stayner. The financial burden of dealing with a serious illness can significant. But for people living in rural areas it can come close to breaking the bank. Patients and their long
families often need to spend long periods away from home to that
receive treatment. On top of that disruption come s the cost of transport and accommodation, especially
which can quickly mount especially when there's little or no income comes in. There is an assistance scheme in Victoria to help people through these times, but critics say it's inadequate.Life has changed a lot for Travis Abel and his family since March last year.How have you been?Good?Your favourite. Chocolate cake.The day after he married partner Eleanor, the 24-year-old was admitted to hospital in Sale with symptom ache pains. A week later he was in intensive care in Melbourne diagnosed with leukaemia and fighting for his life:You were there for 10 or 12 hours a day, just I don't know just waiting, better.
hoping that he would get better.Travis had a sersive of complications and strokes which kept him at St Vinnent's hospital for nine months. His parents spent much of that time by his side.One there, two and I hadded added up to $2,500 for that lot.But Melbourne is not cheap and the combination of time off work with mount k accommodation and travel costs meant the family began to slide into debt.We got notices in the mail and then eventually I had someone knock on the front door one day and a man with a clipboard saying why haven't we paid the mortgage and asking questions and being nosey about things. That is frightening.And definitely do not need pressure from any outside source while all that is happen ing because you're just concentrating on Trav, that is it. These people that knock on your door and send you leet lerts they don't care that your son is sick, it's put pressure on our pressure is
everything like that. The pressure is very great.There who
is help available for people who live in regional Victoria who need to travel for medical treatment. Known as the assistance
Victorian patient transport assistance scheme, it allows patients and sometimes carers to claim back part of their costs. But at $35 a night for accommodation and 17 cents for every kilometre travelled, for many it still leave s a hole.How much money do you think you ended up spen ltion?I've worked it out. The parking alone was about $2,500. The Quest apartments were $160 a night.So I would think at least $10,000 if not more. you
Yeah.At least.So how much did you get back?$1,399.I would have been grateful for $100. You are just grateful for anything. I am for anything.But I guess the more help would have been wonderful. On the other side of the Grampians, many
State, just passed the Grampians, many in the town of Hamilton know too well the pit falls of the patient assistance scheme. The guideline s state patients need to travel 500km every week for five weeks to receive the travel reimbursement or live 100km away from treatment.It's around about here that Hamilton become s a town divided. People who live on this side of town receive travel assistance under the scheme because they live more
than 100km from Warrnambool. But the people who live on this side of town miss out because they fall just short of wrauf.- cut-off.Bernadette Ferguson is one of them.From our place to the hospital it's 99.8km.The pensioner pays $50 for
in petrol to get to Warrnambool for medical appoints about once a month. But isn't eligible for the rebate.I can't do much about it. I have to go there, so I cover that, we cover that cost.A few kilometres down the road live Tom Cherry and wife Helen.For Warrnambool, we pay $55 to the driver and we lodge the claim for them with the State Government and we get $34 back.Because their house is just over 100km from Warrnambool, they receive the subsidy. Tom feels fellow Hamilton residents who aren't eligible.You could throw a stone that distance. I don't difference.There
see why there should be any difference.There is a band of volunteers who drive patients own
like Tom who can't make their own way ments. She says some who miss out on the scheme need it most.I think the main hardship people face in travelling for health care is the actual cost and I certain ly am aware of occasional cases where people will choose not to visit a specialist or have particular services because the of travelling there is just too much for them, it's so overwhelming.What we would like to see is a more flexible system that doesn't look at the single distance between, say, where you live and the treat ing hospital but the amount kilometres people have during their treatments. We think accumulative scheme is a much fairer for people.As well as ensuring more people are eligible for the the Cancer Council would to see increased rebates. The rates of reimburse ment under st Victorian program were last increased in 2007, and are some of the lowest in Australia.Even increasing for example the travel reimbursement a few cents a kilometre can make a major difference toth the amount they're able to accommodation
claim overnight for their accommodation while they're being treated, these are significant decisions for people and can insurance the treatment choices people make.What do you think of that - $35 to help with like
accommodation, for in somewhere like Melbourne. Is that going to get you much?I think it is a help. That is the point. That is why we're reviewing it. There's obviously a challenge for country patients. On one side we want to bring as many services close to them so they don't need to travel so that people in country Victoria can access services more easily.On the other, it's important to make sure that they can access them where they do need to come to health is currently re - Department of Health is currently reviewing trm scheme but $1 million went to the program to cope with more people claiming benefit two years ago. The Health Minister says the Government's upgrade regional hospitals also mean s fewer people will have to travel for treatment future:We have situations at the moment where we're seeing towns basically cut in half. Can you see a change in the system where there might be a bit more fairness around that?The scheme has been operation for a number of years so we're dealing with those historical anomalies. That is looking
the sort of thing the resue is looking at.The review will be finished early next year. As for Travis now out of hospital, his treatment for mobility and speech issues continues. He and Eleanor make the 130km round week, a journey
trip to Traralgon three times a week, a journey too short to qualify for the rebate. Whether or not change to the system is coming, they will continue to do what needs to be done to get him better.You just want son to get well, if you have to to start again and if you have to sell your house or lose your house, you just have to start again as long as Trav is OK I can live with that.This time last week, the people of the Blue Mountains were in the middle of a massive fire emergency. It's been described as the worst outbreak in NSW in more than three decades. On the eve of Victoria's fire season, is the public prepared for what the coming months may bring? A short time ago I spoke with Craig Lapsley, Victoria's Fire Services Commissioner.Craig Lapsley, thanks for being on the program.What have you learnt from the NSW fires?I go back to the first day of the moveed
fires, how fast those fires moveed into areas that were populated and outer Sydney areas. But they know they're in high bushfire risk year but were they well prepared? In some respects they were because they didn't have significant injury or loss of life. That would suggest that people had already moved. But to lose 200 homes in an is something we Auld should learn from and understand what that is. I think the first day is something worth looking at and understanding but also there's been some learning third days
week on the subsequent second, third days and in particular with Wednesday..I think Wednesday was interesting about the fact in the the way in schools
which they closed the door schools and a very strong message was about it's not a day off school it's time to family and
spend time at home with your family and be a family unit and make sure you're prepared and ready to react and do the things you need to do as a family. I think that was a good message out of that.There's a bit more -Does that mean we're likely to see more school closures in days of high fire risk in 2 future?We have the Education Department
certainly planned for that with Victoria about
the Education Department in Victoria about what that is and they have the highest risk schools and what they would do with that. So closing schools is certainly part of the plan.And that will be a very conscious decision about what it means to the safety of school children but also the duty of care issue that when they're home with parent and not home alone, therefore becoming a bigger risk to themselves and what we would ultimately see as safety in Victoria.To what extent do the fires in NSW re-Kindle memories for the victims of blaufrmtdThat is
one of the key sleepers in this. I know there's a number of people who have spoken to me this week, I have had message s from those who have known me since then about what it's meant for them. There is a message for every have ooh Victorian that knows someone that's been impacted, listen and have that compassionate understanding, the passion to listen. A bit of compassion goes a long way to make sure people are OK for what they will see on TV, what it will mean for them. It will be very personal ides, it will be very much about their memorandum them and their family.How much fire preparation work has been done in Victoria in the lead-up to this fire season?The Government is very strong about the planned burning program in the public land estate. 250,000 hectares was achieved coming into last year's season. That
is a significant increase on what we had ever seen in this State before, so that is a good thing. Obviously that is ongoing every year. I think the message about fire prevention is in front of us
because we have had a wet and warm spring which means we have growth. My message is prevention is things to do now make
in October and November and make sure we take those practical tep steps to do it.The second message no matter who you are in Victoria is to going to do. Think about where you will get information and make good decisions, make information available, decisions about your safety it's up to all of us to know where to go to get the information to do that.You say it's early in the season. I has been somewhat surreal watching the NSW fires from Victoria in the last week because it's so cold and wet here, hail rain. Is that indicative the fire risk this summer is likely to be a lot lower?I don't believe so. If you look at where the bureau is in a climate forecast sense, we've got the potential to have above Victoria.
the normal fire season in Victoria. And that has been through the indicators of growth, climate issues about had,
the amount of rairn we have had, or haven't had in some instances in the warm period. Just remember July was the warmest July on record. So that is July. Very small snow season in Victoria, very short, four or five weeks at the best and now we have moved into a spring that is typical spring that generates growth due the fact we had rain and warm days. I think the recipe is there to say this fire season is one of happen
significance and it could happen in an afternoon where we could lose houses, we can threaten lives and that is something we need to be implementation
prepared for in Victoria.The implementation monitor for the bushfire royal commission recommendations wrote in his annual report this year that there is growing evidence of a state of complacensy about bushfires in the Victorian community. The State has a major challenge in securing the commitment of Victorians immediate their responsibilities and without their commitment the royal commission recommendations will have limbed impact. I read that and wonder are we actually Saturday?There's
destined to repeat Black Saturday?There's a couple of things in there, one is there's always that potential of having another Black Saturday in Victoria, we're in one of the highest fire risk areas in the world. So let's -I suppose the danger is that we will actually contribute to repeating it.Absolutely. The ring things andly
that are changing in Victoria andly go to Neil's commentary. have
But think of Victoria. We now now
have a changing population. We now have people that are moving closer to the bush, the tree change people. Just for one example, the Calder Highway, how many people live in Daylesford,
Woodend, cattle main, Daylesford, central Victoria that work in commute daily and are part of those communities at the weekend?They're new to those community, they're new to the rural environments in Victoria. It's the issue we will have to deal with about changing the way in which our people live in Victoria and fire those risks. We don't need to them
scare people, we need to give something
them the reality that fire is consider.How
something they need to consider.How big a problem there
complacency.The figure is there that 60% of people that plan to leave early don't. It's as low as 1.5 of people leave early. They plan to do it but they don't. Is that complacency or misunderstanding of risk. That is a conversation we have to have, do you understand the risk and the There I think Victorians aren't complacent but I think they don't understand and that is the job of have to
education, education but we with
have to do that in a shared way community.Neil
with our Victorian community.Neil comry also single refuge
identified there hasn't been a single refuge British established in Victoria. Where refuges?They
are we are at with refuges?They are my responsibility. We completion. I have
that are built or near final
completion. I have to get one final report to tick a technical sense. We have done the work with the community. We hope this year which will be a world first and -They're built yet you say we hope that they will be ready. That seems extraordinary.The key thing to make sure the community can use them effectively. We can put the infrastructure in place but if woe dent know how to use it and that is the work we're doing right now even in mid-air November there is works continuing with the community, to make sure they can use them effectively, so it's no putting the there without having the community understanding the use effectively.Craig
of those facilities to use them effectively.Craig Lapsley, thanks for talking to '7:30 Victoria'.Thank you.

Dressing modestly is an integral part of Muslim life, especially for women. But that doesn't mean they can't be fashion Aboriginal at the same time. A - fashionable at the same time. A new exhibition at Melbourne's museum explores of
this theme and a unique style of Muslim fashion is developing here in Australia. This is the new generation of Muslim women in Australia - stylish, edgy and distinctive. I think that being a Muslim woman and being fashionable and observing your faith is not necessarily contradictory.The only I suppose adjective I wouldn't use to describe the way a Muslim dressing outside the house is sexy. Everything else is stylish, attractive, beautiful, pretty, feminine, all those things. Different, progressive, whatever. There's Muslim women
no problem with any of that. identity
Muslim women style and identity are explored in a new fashion, fusion at Melbourne's immigration museum.If people can come out of this exhibition and learn something they didn't know, have a stereo type challenged turned on its head, that is what it's all about. Australian Muslims come from more than 70 ethnic groups each with its own language and dress code, but that is all changing.Over a third of the Muslim community here are born here. And over half the population are under 25. It's youthful, it has a very Australian identity and I think that does inform the fashion. What you are seeing is a lot existing or fashion trend which are being appropriated to comply with I guess you might say the Islamic standards of modesty.WhatWhat's happening with Muslim women and their clothing choices in Australia I think it's microcosm of what's happening with the Muslim community in Australia in that it is consolidating and community
becoming an Australian Muslim community as opposed to a community that was, say, Indonesian Muslim or Turkish luz mim.The Australian Muslim woman's look - it has a clear Australian Western flavour. You can even see differences between Melbourne and Sydney for example. Melbourne is probably more hipster..Socialology ist Susan Carland says while modesty remains the cornerstone there's been a noticeable change in Muslim fashion in Australia over the last decade.It's amazing. I look years ago there were very few options. What we did have was kind of ugly and very much suited to a different place, so what would be stylish and appropriate in one country it just didn't transfer well to here for whatever lot of Muslim women would go this is my interpretation of modesty. We flow the basic guidelines are we believe that we need to cover our hair, we were able to show our hands and we're just going to interpret that in a context that is suitable to our live as point in
Muslims in Australia at this designer Gertha
point in time.Melbourne designer Gertha Imelda's philosophy is to make women feel beautiful and present the hijab as anything but a symbol bol of impression. She finds diversity as
inspiration in Australia's stores and
diversity as well as vintage stores and markets.I love the mix of everything. People going to op shop, or recycled stuff, it's just really inspire me and from my background, especially from Indonesia, it's everything it's full of colours. I love could live
colours.And I don't think I colours.One of the things that I really like doing is going to a particular store and actually hijabfying the outfit, so what I will do is I have no shame, I have done this to people on the treat, I have gone up to someone on the tram and say I really like your dress and then I will mix up the dress and wear wilt jeans or legings or add something to make it work to cover parts of my body that I think need to be covered.Melbourne Shanaaz Jacobs-Copeland designs hijab friendly evening wear and says Muslim women and girls don't beautiful.Young
need to expose everything to be beautiful.Young girls now they are so impression able by going magazines.Formals
through vogue magazines.Formals are coming up, special occasions for weddings and they want to look the part and feel gorgeous and glamorous. So I think with thedy signers they've come up with amazing designs and we are stepping into a new dimension. social
And in that new dimension social media is becoming influential.There will be a certain look that I really like and what really has dress
literally changed my I guess my dress inspiration on its head is social media. This morning I got up and put on this scarf and I linked my in sta gram and I saw somebody in Poland I think and she had a particular style of hijab and I just copied that and put it on.As well, women are flocking to labels
uniquely Muslim Australian labels online.The Muslim world has just fallen in with online non-Muslim
commerce as much as the non-Muslim world.I find I am starting to order so much online I am starting to hide the packages from the family. What is the delivery man doing here? It must be for next door. I think I need to reign in the online shopping to be honest! Kate Arnott with that story. There are some long established family businesses in Melbourne's CBD. And one of the most notable is a motorcycle parts shop on Elizabeth Street. For six decades, Jean Beanham has been behind the counter there and this week the 88-year-old along with her son, David, were honoured with Lord Mayor's commendations for their operators. Andrew
commitment as small business operators. Andrew Bell paid them a visit.Mother and son business.
- partners in Brisbane.- in business.Jean and David Beanham's life work is here, Modak Motorcycles was found ed in 19 po and acquired by husband and father Robert Beanham in the mid-air 50s. He had been running a operation at other premises Elizabeth Street since just got mixed up with the person with the business. And that was it.And I was just sort of put in, wasn't I, Dave? You JoYou were thrown in at the deep end, weren't you.And that meant and still mean s selling and trading spare parts for British-made motor based on
siecialgs .It was a business based on wrecking motorcycles really because he importing new parts until some time later. He was a wrecker of motorcycles, breaker and he also sold new parts for Harley and Indian, which he obtained from the government sales after the war.: And there were a lot of those bikes came on to the market. So there was a good demand for the parts and still
really put him on his feet.And still very much on her feet stands Jean Beanham, who doesn't shirk from putting in a five 5.5-day working week. She stood behind the counter from the start, some customers were taken aback.They sort of stare but they accept me in the end. It took a while because they were used to men always there they were very friendly, yes.What is it like to have the family behind the counter?Well, it's a matter of necessity. We've stayed small. Originally it was father, mother and myself. And the way it's worked for us. So that is the way it stayed.Who is the boss?Well -Don't say anymore! I will just put my hand on the heart!Truly?Yes. Because he knows more - far more than I do.Like business you have to have a bit there's
of give and take.Fortunately can
there's enough of that that we well.When
can work together quite well.When he was about that small, he used to look up the counter and that's where it started really.The motorcycle trade has been a feature of Elizabeth Street for generations. This business sends parts all over the country and the world. And while it's specialised the Beanham's still see a future for it.Business is good enough to keep us here. It's not an expandsing business. The moat other cycles that haven't been made in any quantities since the '80s so it is not a business that getting any bigger year by running
year.Jean and David have been since
running the show as a pair since Roberts ert's death since 2001 and they wouldn't have it any other way.I would be bored if I didn't have something like that. I am not one of these sort of people that can go around to various things and things. I just like to be able to come from home to here and then go back again. And I am quite happy about that.I couldn't do it on my own. I am very happy to have my mother here to help she is an integral part - she wraps the parcel, she serves the odd customer and is important part of the business and makes my lunch.That is the most important part!So it good.
not a bad life.No..It's very good.Now a post script to one of the stories '7:30 Victoria' brought you last year.

It was the tale of African refugees Fablice and G-storm who were working with Australian singer-song writer experiences
Paul Kelly to record their experiences as child soldiers. Next week, the Flybz, as they're known, will officially launch the single called, appropriately, "Child Soldier". '7:30' Victoria's been given a sneak peak. (Sings) # Things are up for the child soldier # They label him a rebel # Say he is only trouble # But all he wants is. #All he wants is love #The duo is also set to be a feature s ed in a documentary on ABC television.Not a bad place to have it air. That's '7:30 Victoria' for this week. Thanks for watching. If you want to make a suggestion for a story, you can go to our website. And you can follow me on Twitter.

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