Jodie McRae, Lismore’s Australia Day Citizen

The founder of local charity Jodie’s Inspiration, which has raised $105,000 for medical equipment at Lismore’s oncology units in six months, has been named Lismore’s 2016 Australian Day Citizen of the Year.

Jodie McRae was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in 2013 but after being given the all-clear was diagnosed with secondary cancer the following year.

Local artist, Penny Evans

Penny Evans produces her beautiful ceramics on a kiln in the backyard of her home in suburban Lismore, on the traditional land of the Widjabul people.

As she explains, “My practice includes producing ceramics and collaged, mixed media work on paper. Each work created is unique and an evolution in my artistic practice.”

Her techniques are varied, ranging across pieces thrown, pinched and coil built using raku, terracotta and white earthenware clay bodies. The technique of sgraffito (from the Italian “to scratch”), is a major focus. This is a pottery decorating technique produced by applying layers of colour/s to leather-hard pottery and then scratching off the parts of the layers to create contrasting images, patterns and texture, revealing the clay colour beneath.

As medical knowledge expands exponentially it becomes increasingly apparent how little we actually know about the miracle that is the human body. In medical school we are taught by a formula - Diagnosis + evidence based management= patient cured.

Just as simple and straight-forward as that!

Alas, this formula is inherently flawed as we very rarely cure disease, more often only managing to halt progression through continuing treatment.

How different if were car mechanics working on ‘patients’ that do not need to have mechanical literacy for a cure to work, nor are they influenced by belief systems and past experience. Yet while cars are exceedingly simple compared to the human body, the major factor affecting their “wellness” is the same one that makes the simplistic medical formula flawed - the human factor, a term popularised decades ago by the title of one of Graham Greene’s best known novels, yet too often ignored..

North Coast's newest oncologist, Dr Amy Scott

Dr Amy Scott has joined Drs Adam Boyce and James Bull at Oncology North Coast (ONC).

Dr Scott completed her medical oncology training in Lismore last year. Prior to that she worked at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital, St George Hospital and Sutherland Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Leeds. 

Dr Scott consults at Lismore Base and St Vincent's Private hospitals where she also provides inpatient care. She will consult at the Grafton Outreach Clinic on a monthly basis. She supervises chemotherapy treatment at all these facilities and also at the Clinical Trials Clinic in Lismore. 

New referrals are currently being accepted for February 2016 at Oncology North Coast for all three doctors. ONC's new website is scheduled to go live in February. 



The Northern NSW Local Health District will host a free quit smoking program in Lismore from Thursday, 18 February 2016.

Helping U 2 Quit is a free quit smoking program run by trained Quit Facilitators, with programs available over three or six weeks,” NNSW LHD Health Promotion Manager Jillian Adams said.

“The Helping U 2 Quit program will help people who smoke develop their own skills and knowledge about smoking, how to quit, and how to stay a non-smoker in a supportive environment. It is a community health initiative being delivered by CHEGS Inc, in partnership with NNSW LHD Health Promotion.”