Brian Magrath – Preventatist – Stress Defence

PO Box 139, Dorrigo, New South Wales
Phone: 02 6657 8068
Name: Brian Magrath
Email: preventatist@gmail.com

A Message from Brian Magrath:

The Preventatists

I have wrestled with the old demon stress and its precursor ID [incoming distress], for around 60 years, whilst helping people who were in the grip of some stress-related unwellness. As a result, I reckon I can justifiably claim to be an expert on the subject of stress.

Back then, in the late fifties, when I started, nobody seemed to accept that stress was the devastator it is, and it’s good to see that orthodox medicine is catching up with the theories I advanced so long ago.

When I claimed that stress causes cancer, depression, cardiac problems, diabetes and a host of other nasties, it was ignored. However, over the years working as a therapist in Sydney I managed to help many people; people who were suffering from a stress-related disorder, by teaching them a simple, easy system to defend against ID.

Today, because of the emerging realisation about the deadly effects of stress on human minds and bodies, there are a lot of people joining the bandwagon with “10-ways to manage stress”. Whilst the ideas promoted are individually sensible, they seem to miss the central point about stress defence, which is that stress must not be “managed”, it must be avoided like the plague it is becoming, and we must be able to continually defend against ID, in a way which is simple, effective, and easy to do.

I retired from therapy to live up on the plateau, and now teach people who are well and would like to remain that way, by becoming “Preventatists”.

A good stress defence needs to be more secure, simple, and easy to use on a day-to-day basis, to confront any immediate event which represents ID; so I designed just such a system. It’s very effective, and it works well for those who choose to use it. If an individual wants to avoid those serious disorders they need to wrap themselves in a good defence against ID, [which cannot be avoided], to prevent it becoming stress, [which can].

Each month, I travel to Dunedoo to teach my methodology and our group out there consists of people in their seventies, as well as children of 10 years of age, who all seem to benefit from the learning in their daily lives. *

“If Distress wins, we all lose; if Distress is beaten, we win all”.

Dorrigo Health & Wellbeing Service

1 Gangara Avenue, Dorrigo, NSW (Off Tyringham Road, opposite the Showground)

Phone: 02 6657 1273
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Dorrigo Health & Wellbeing Service attracts a diverse range of patients who are looking for quality healthcare across a wide choice of services.

Our three doctors provide general practitioner services along with specialist care. Dr Hansen specialises in skin checks, Dr Alex Joannou specialists in acupuncture and Dr Rosemary Ross specialists in women’s health. GP services include:

  • Women’s health
  • Children’s health
  • Preventative medicine
  • Childhood vaccinations
  • Travel advice (medical)
  • Travel vaccinations
  • Acupuncture
  • Chronic pain management
  • Skin checks
  • Asthma management.

Our practice has a mixed billing policy with health care card holders, pensioners and children under 16 being bulk billed. Patient fees are $50 for a standard consultation and $90 for a long consultation.

We service Dorrigo, North Dorrigo, Dorrigo Mountain, Bielsdown Hills, Fernbrook, Bostobrick, North Dorrigo, Tallowwood Ridge and Megan. Practice opening hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Currently, we provide magazines and have a child’s play area, but when we move into our purpose built facility in early December we will also have onsite parking for patients’ convenience.

Next door to the practice is a pharmacy, which means prescriptions can be filled quickly and easily. There is also a pathology service for blood and other tests nearby.

If you are looking for a complete health and wellbeing service then book an appointment online with this practice today.

Dorrigo Library

Corner of Hickory & Pine Streets, Dorrigo, NSW
Phone: 02 6657 2234
Website
Email

Dorrigo Library

Opening hours:

  • Tuesdays 1pm-5pm
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-12noon and 1pm-5pm
  • Fridays 10am-12noon and 1pm-5.30pm
  • Saturdays 9.30am- 12noon.

 

Services provided:

*Legal Tool Kit

* Internet access

*Word processing

* Faxing

*Photocopying and printing

* Computer and Internet training

* Council officer from the Division of

Environmental Health and Planning
available for consultation every Thursday
from 2-4pm.

Events:

* First Monday Book Club

*Story Time every Wednesday at 11am

* Children’s Book Week

* Library and Information Week

* Summer Reading Club

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Dorrigo Plateau Fire Brigades

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Phone 000 for all emergencies

 

Dorrigo Plateau Rural Fire Brigades include Bostobrick, Deer Vale, Megan and Tyringham.

The following links are directly from the NSW Rural Fire Service website:

Fires Near Me!

Bush Fire Survival Plan

The Dorrigo Plateau Rural Fire Brigades maintain a Facebook page where they aim to inform and educate our local communities about fire safety in and around the home. They will share information to help residents and rural landholders prepare for the fire season. During the fire season they will share information to help those wishing to apply for a fire permit. They will also share Fire Danger ratings when they reach Very High or above for both the Bellingen and Clarence Council areas. They will advise when permits are suspended or if there is a Total Fire Ban (TOBAN).

Their Facebook page can be accessed here.

Dorrigo Showground and Public Recreation Reserve Trust

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Waterfall Way, Dorrigo, NSW
Phone: 66571373
Name: David Scott, Secretary
Email

The Trust manages  the Dorrigo Showground and associated infrastructure.

Facilities on site  include halls and pavilions, sporting arenas, woodchopping, dog rings, cattle yards, grandstand, dressage ring, cutting and campdrafting facilities, horse stalls, cattle and goat sheds, and toilet and shower amenities.

The Trust meets on a regular basis and welcomes positive suggestions on the grounds. Initial contact may be made with the Secretary, preferably by email.

The grounds are home to the Dorrigo Agricultural Show, Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Silver Spurs Campdrafting as well as numerous other smaller events.

The grounds were recently viewed by officers of the Land and Property Management Authority. Pictured are (L to R) Ron Parbery (Chairman of the Trust), Laurie Darby (Trustee), Andrew Petroeschevsky (LPMA), Wayne Burley (Trustee), Libby Welldon (LPMA) and David Scott (Trustee) at the renovations of the Luncheon Pavilion.

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Dorrigo Recreation Centre

Sports facilities for several sports including:

  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Indoor hall
  • Change facilities

Location: Cedar Street, Dorrigo

To book facilities or further enquiries contact:

Sara Cork
PO Box 455
Dorrigo  NSW  2453
Phone: 02 6657 2354

Dorrigo Support Centre

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50 Hickory Street, Dorrigo, NSW
Phone: 02 6657 2896
Name: Coordinator- Ellie Luhr
Website
Email

As part of these aims the Dorrigo Support Centre offers…………..

  • Social Support & Friendship
  • Advocacy
  • Volunteers
  • Support and Education for Carers
  • Get Togethers
  • Centre Based Activities, such as Bingo, Scrabble and other games, and lunches
  • Annual Seniors Supported Holidays
  • Regular Bus Trips and short overnight stays
  • Respite
  • Information Referral.

Drop in and see us sometime, or phone us on (02) 6657 2896

For further information check out our website, or like us on Facebook.

Hickory House, 50 Hickory Street, Dorrigo.

Dorrigo Visitor Information Centre

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36 Hickory Street, Dorrigo, NSW
Phone: 02 6657 2486
Name: Jo Rees (President)
Email

Maps and guides are available here:

The Dorrigo Visitor Information Centre at 36 Hickory Street, Dorrigo is operated by Volunteers and is self-funded.

We are open daily:

Summer hours: (September to end of April) 10am – 4pm daily

Winter hours (May to end August) 10am 3pm daily

Closed Christmas Day. We welcome all visitors to the Centre and make sure they leave equipped with maps and other information that will assist them in finding their way to the many sites and attractions that Dorrigo offers.

As an accredited Information Centre we are entitled to use the easily recognised Information blue logo with the italic yellow I in the centre.

Dorrigo Youth Clinic

Where: Clinic rooms at rear of Dorrigo Community Hall

When: Every Wednesday 12.30-5.00 pm

Offering services of a General Practitioner and Psychologist

Bulk Billing
Local Youth Case Worker also available in Youth Room (adjacent to Clinic Rooms)
For appointments ring 02 6655 0000

Clinic Number (Wednesday 12.00pm-5.00 only) 02 66571934

G & A Cork Memorial Trust

Shop 2, 44 Hickory Street, Dorrigo, NSW
Phone: 02 6657 2763
Name: Janet Garnsey, Liaison Officer
Website
Email

The G & A Cork Memorial Trust was established by Cyril Cork in memory of his parents, George and Annie. The Trust plans to develop a new Medical Centre for Dorrigo, and a seniors housing project which will provide employment and training opportunities for local people and Dorrigo High School students, as well as much-needed housing for seniors. Works are expected to begin in August 2014, with Seniors Housing available from 2016

Multi Purpose Service – Hospital

Beech Street, Dorrigo, NSW
Phone: 0266 927 700

Services Dorrigo Health Campus
Provided: Dorrigo Multipurpose Service – Emergency Services
Primary Health & Extended Care
Residential Aged Care

Dorrigo Multipurpose Service provides a range of medical services and primary health care to the Dorrigo Plateau. A twenty four hour emergency service is available and medical services are provided by General Practitioners (Visiting Medical Officers) contracted to the Area Health Service. There are no staff medical officers on site. Dorrigo Health Campus forms part of the network of services across the Area Health Service working closely with Bellingen River District Hospital and Coffs Harbour Base Hospital and specialist services as patient needs require.

Primary Health and Extended Care Services.
The Primary Health team provides comprehensive assessment and referral service, wound care, palliative care, community nursing, education and support, stomal and continence management, before school screening, childhood immunisation, chronic and complex care, and welfare services.

Outreach services include continence management, diabetes, dietetics, child and family health, mental health, drug and alcohol counselling, podiatry, occupational therapy, audiometry, sexual health and aged care.

Dorrigo MPS Advisory Committee is responsible for communicating issues to the North Coast Area Health Service, and for advising the community on available services. It aims to improve the health status of the Dorrigo Community through Health Education Forums.
Membership is voluntary. Vacant positions are advertised.
Meetings are held monthly on the 3rd Monday at 2 pm in the Meeting Room at Dorrigo Health Campus.
Chairperson C. Johnson Ph: 02 6657 1091

Spruce Up Dorrigo ‘SPUD’

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The “SPUD” venture and work of the committee has already begun with re-painting of the garbage bins in the main streets, the work being carried out by pupils at local schools.

Other proposals being considered and worked at, are upgrading various important parts of the town, to make the area more attractive to visitors and residents alike.
The committee are considering a makeover to the main bus shelter in the town, and completing the painting of the street-side waste bins.

State Emergency Service – SES – Dorrigo Unit

Railway Street, Dorrigo, NSW
Phone: 0429 600 142

DORRIGO SES UNIT (STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE) is staffed by volunteers trained for storm, water, and road crash rescue, in communications, administration, chainsaw operation, land search, vertical rescue and general rescue. Membership is open to persons over the age of 18 (over 16?s can join and begin training). Meetings at SES Headquarters, Railway Street Dorrigo, weekly on Wednesday at 7 pm.

Telecross

Phone: 02 6655 5205

TELECROSS is a service provided by volunteer members of Red Cross who make a daily morning phone call to frail aged persons. The service is free. Recipients may be referred by their carer, a friend or neighbour, or their health provider. Volunteers are asked to phone a client each morning for one month out of three. To volunteer or enquire about receiving the service: Telecross Headquarters Ph: 02 6655 5205 Dorrigo Coordinator Dawn Bates Ph: 02 6657 2095