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4 Why is this study being conducted? Gout is caused by a high level of uric acid in the blood, which builds up over time. Uric acid is produced when the body digests foods that contain a high level of a chemical called purine; purines can be found in certain types of meat, seafood, and alcohol. Normally, this uric acid is then passed through the urine. However, in people with gout, uric acid is not eliminated correctly and builds up in joints, causing very small crystals of uric acid to form; these are called urate crystals. When urate crystals dissolve, this can trigger a painful gout flare-up. Many of the current approved treatments for gout are called urate-lowering therapies (ULTs). These are designed to lower the uric acid levels in blood. However, due to how these treatments work in the body, they can disturb the urate crystals in joints, leading to a gout flare-up. Who is eligible to participate in this study? You may be able to take part in the Gout Clinical Trial if you: • Are aged between 18 and 85 years • Have high uric acid levels in blood • Have gout or a history of gout Additional eligibility criteria may apply and will be discussed directly with the Clinical Trial Coordinator. What happens during the study? The study will last up to 14 months. During the study, you will be required to: • Attend regular up to 17 study centre visits for health checks • Take your assigned study drug daily and receive additional medications to prevent gout flare-ups • Fill out an electronic diary each day to record any gout flareups Participation in this study is completely voluntary, and participants can decide to withdraw at any time. Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel, parking, meals and other expenses associated with each study visit. Register for this clinical trial https://redcap.link/gout For further information please contact Taryn Houghton, Clinical Trial Coordinator on 0479178535 or email: clinicaltrialunit@griffith.edu.au. Ethics approval number for the Gout Clinical Trial: Bellberry Limited 2022-10-1070-AC, GU HREC 2023/353 Volunteers Needed for Gout Clinical Trial


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8 Research shows that 80% of older Australians prefer to age in the comfort of their own home rather than an aged care facility. We all want what is best for our ageing loved ones, and to respect their preferences, and at Home Care Assistance Gold Coast we exist to help make this preference a reality. The idea of having Care Workers in the home for some people might impact their feelings of independence, making it more challenging as they are resistant to the idea. At Home Care Assistance Gold Coast, we understand this challenge, and can provide you with strategies to address the underlying concerns or fears and therefore help make the transition to receiving support easier for everyone. When is the right time for home care? It is not often easy to determine exactly when your loved one requires additional support to live well at home. There are times when it can be more apparent, for example following an accident or injury, or on return home from hospital, but at other times the indicators may not be as obvious. Things like changes in eating habits, signs of memory loss, changes to energy levels or difficulty taking part in day-to-day activities can all be signs that extra assistance could be of value. Home care funding options Care for your loved ones in the home can simply be paid for outright, but there are also full or partial funding options accessible through the government such as Home Care Packages, the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and Carer Gateway respite. We can support you in your exploration of these options. Paying Privately The simplest method, and a good option when urgent care is required, is simply to pay privately in full. This timely option is also great when the care need is short term, or you simply wish to keep things simple and straight forward, without involving applications and processes for seeking funding support. Should this be your preference, we offer Respecting our ageing loved ones competitive hourly rates for home care services. Home Care Packages Home Care Packages are government funded subsidies for individualised home care services. As they are personalised to everyone, they can cover everything from gardening and cooking support to more complex services requiring a co-ordinated approach such as personal care or wound care. For those on an aged pension, these packages can be fully subsidised, so there is no out of pocket cost. Let us help you Home Care Assistance Gold Coast can help. Call Our Team today on 5528 1643 for your complimentary in-home assessment. See advert page 9 Present two amazing tours! FOR MORE INFORMATION & BOOKINGS PHONE JENNY 1300 794 373 jenny@currumbinvalleycoaches.com.au www.currumbinvalleycoaches.com.au LIGHTNING RIDGE 28 March - 3 April 2024 • Home pick up and Drop Offs • Comfortable coach travel with two Coach Captains • Quality Accommodation and Cooked Breakfasts • All 2 Course Dinners • 6 Lunches (except day 3) and Morning and afternoon tea as per itinerary • All entry fees and guided tours Experience all that Lightning Ridge and surrounding areas has to offer ... $2400PP Twin Share * $450 Single Supplement - Limited availability • Wine tasting experience, 2 Hour Guided Town Tour, Group Guided Farm Tour at Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries, Afternoon tea river cruise, Roto House, Koala Hospital, Port City Bowling Club, Sea Acres Rainforest Centre C.ex Coffs, Slim Dusty Centre • Luxury Coach travel • 3 night’s motel accommodation PORT MACQUARIE GETAWAY 7 - 10 MAY, 2024 ~ 4 DAYS $1250PP Twin Share * $308 Single Supplement The adoption sale is valid from 8th February 2024 to 14th February 2024, inclusive. The reduced adoption fees apply exclusively to specific cats and dogs that are part of the adoption sale. Other animals are excluded from this offer. Availability is subject to change without notice. BEENLEIGH | GOLD COAST | IPSWICH | WARRA | WILLAWONG Valentine’s Adoption Sale 8th - 14th Feb

9 What is a Home Care Package? A Home Care Package provides Government funded services that can help you remain at home for longer, as well as providing choice and flexibility in the way that the care and support is provided. What services can you access under home care packages? Call today (07) 5528 1643 or visit homecareassistancegoldcoast.com.au Government Approved Provider We provide high level professional care, in the comfort of your own home. Our dedicated team of skilled healthcare professionals are able to support and assist you in keeping your dignity and comfort as you age well. We offer 24/7 personalised on-call support and care from our trained carers and nurses. Local Approved Government Homecare Package Provider Home Care Packages We help you stay home, stay connected and stay in charge. • Social Support and Companionship Support/transport to go appointments, shopping and social functions. • Meal Preparation Nutrition, cooking and hydration needs. • Personal Assistance Grooming, bathing, dressing, continence and mobility • Respite Care Assisting family members to take a well-deserved break with needed. • Cleaning and Maintaining the Home Washing windows, clearing gutters & other services as needed. • Medication Prompting Ensuring the right medication is taken at the right time. • Laundry Washing, drying, ironing and organising. • Pet Care Walks, feeding and other care to keep your pet happy and well. • Gardening Keep your garden beautiful with weeding, lawn mowing, pruning. • Nursing, Allied Health and Therapy Services eg: speech therapy, podiatry, occupational or physiotherapy services and other clinical services such as hearing and vision services. • Mobility and dexterity, providing walking frames, bed rails, pressure-relieving mattresses, etc. Eligibility - Home Care Packages Home Care Packages are open to seniors over 65 years of age, or over 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who need: • Ongoing services • Multiple services, eg: personal care, gardening, light housekeeping, etc. • High Level Support such as complex nursing care Local Home Care Provider To get approved for services you need to register with the Government’s My Aged Care. If you phone us on 55281643 we can complete a referral to My Aged Care to get the process started. Our Passion, Our Dedication for caring for the most vulnerable... Home Care Assistance is CHANGING the WAY the WORLD AGES.

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Minimum order $55 (excl delivery of $8.50) 4 Large Gluten Free Variety 4 Convenient ready-made frozen meals 4 Tastes like home cooking New Customers use the code word INTRO and receive a FREE MEAL Minimum order applies, one per customer 4 4 4 Embracing the support of NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) in your daily living opens a world of possibilities, and at Gourmet Meals, we are here to make every meal an experience of comfort, nutrition, and ease. As a NDIS-approved provider, Gourmet Meals operates under Core Support, Assistance with Daily Living, and Household Tasks, specifically Line items 01_022_0120_1_1 or Line item 01_023_0120_1_1. This means that 70% of the order cost is invoiced under the participant’s plan to cover our delivery, preparation, and packaging costs. The remaining 30% of the food cost is covered by the participant via MasterCard/Visa over the phone or online when ordering, ensuring financial flexibility. If this payment method is not suitable, please contact us to discuss other options. Gourmet Meals is not just a meal solution; it’s a healthy Nourishing Independence: Gourmet Meals, NDIS approved provider option designed for individuals living with disabilities in the South-East Queensland region. Whether your goal is to eat healthier, or you face challenges in cooking, or you are time-poor, we’re here to support you. As an approved NDIS provider of home-delivered meals, we understand the unique dietary needs that come with different disabilities and health requirements. Our commitment goes beyond providing nutritious, readymade meals; we’re here to empower NDIS participants with choices that respect their dietary preferences and requirements, foster independence, and enhance overall well-being. Dive into a world where quality, accessibility, and taste coalesce, designed explicitly with you in mind. 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13 GOT LOOSE, PEAKING OR CRACKED TILES? 0414 446 579 CALL DAN FOR A FREE QUOTE Internal & External Patio Floor Pool Coping Bathroom Wall & Floor Splashback TILES WE CAN FIX Service & Product Warranty 10 YEARS Australian Standards Tested 25 YEARS Proven Track Record 30+ YEARS BEFORE AFTER GOLD COAST OFFICE 07 5646 6344 Antique Buyers in the Gold Coast Area With Covid having forced us to spend plenty of time at home, many of us have taken to sorting our drawers and cupboards. Now is a fantastic opportunity to turn those unwanted items into cash. “We are keen buyers, especially of the items listed on our advert (see back page). Everyone has something we want to buy, and nothing is too small for our consideration. We are just as happy to buy one item, as we are buying 10,000!”, says Mike Cornish, chief buyer for the company. The buyers will be in a convenient location in the area very soon (see back page). If you are in doubt about any items you wish to sell, take them in for an instant appraisal. Especially wanted by the buyers are any gold jewellery items, broken or not, antique jewellery, collectables such as military medals, old coins and banknotes, and mechanical watches. Gold and Silver still at high prices With the gold price still at higher than traditional levels, right now would be an opportune time to go through the jewellery box and dig out those old gold chains, rings and brooches and turn them into cash. Mike says, “Now is a great time to sell. We will buy anything made of gold – old jewellery, coins, virtually anything, even gold teeth! We also need silver in any form, including cups, cutlery, old coins, even teapots and the like.” Old coins can toss up a rarity Check those drawers and cupboards, you may have a rarity lurking amongst your coins. “We want to see any old foreign coin accumulations. We will be quite happy to go through your coins on the spot and give you an idea of what we can pay. You just never know what can turn up!” Rolex and mechanical watches wanted Mechanical watches are needed urgently by the buyers. “Collectors at this stage want brands such as Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, Tag Heuer, and Longines, just to mention some. These brands can command good prices depending on the condition and model. In any event we will buy any mechanical watch, even if it’s only a few dollars for parts,” says Mike. “If you are unsure, bring any watches to us at the venues to have them appraised,” he said. Whilst we have a Covid safe environment at the venues, we also offer home visits for those unable to come to us. See our advert for home visit slots and get in touch to book yours in. See advertisement back page for details >

14 Cherri International / After Dark Digital, Security & Offset Printing celebrate 31 years of self employment on the Gold Coast, last April;. “Looking after Locals”. Compact Disc / DVD The first commercial compact disc was produced on 17 August 1982. DVD (an abbreviation of “digital versatile disc” or “digital video disc”) is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed by Philips, Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic in 1995. The world’s first DVD player was the Toshiba SD-3000, launched in November 1996. The first DVD players and discs were made available in November 1996 in Japan, March 1997 in the United States, 1998 in Europe and in 1999 in Australia. (12cm or 120mm International size). The Compact Disc and DVD although incredibly robust can be damaged by the oil from a human finger. After the surface is touched, an oxidization process begins, and generally within a year, the disc is discarded. DVD Drives are readily available with some laptop computers, AIO (All in One) and there are excellent portable drive to select from. The standard Compact Disc will hold 700 Megabytes and the DVD 4.7 Gigabytes (a standard Movie) of data respectively. There are two main classes of CD / DVD. ROM (Read Only Memory) and DVD R/W (Read & Write). (Blank Disc and Recorded on a Computer DVD Burner). “Burning” of your data, photos or video to a DVD is a safe, cheap and reliable storage medium. DVD Drives are available in various speeds. The original hardware speed was 2 x. Recording speed progressively increased over the years to 60x. Nearly all laptop computers have a 24 x DVD R/W (Reading & Writing) speed. Care must be taken if recording a DVD at a faster speed, as the slower DVD player may not recognise the disc. We recommend to record (burn) all DVDs at 8 x or 16 x, thus allowing compatibility with both a laptop and a desktop computer. Please call Mark on (07) 5537 8382 if unsure. Generally the software included with the DVD drive, such as Nero Express, is excellent, and will allow you to copy and produce most common disc types. Playing a modern DVD movie or music CD on very old equipment with limited RAM and Processor speed, may result in poor quality and interruptions. This is called “buffer underrun”. When choosing a CD or DVD, select by laser image. Turn the disc upside down, and then turn it into the light. A laser rainbow image will appear. The sharper the laser image, the higher the quality of the CD or DVD disc. Cherri International are giving a copy of Trend Micro Maximum Security 2024 (2PC/Mac/iOS/Android Licence) with all laptops and PCs supplied (valued at $77.00). This includes the latest in Ransomware protection. Please mention this fine “Over 50s” Newsletter. Talk to Mark at Cherri International and we will show you how to keep your PC running at optimum performance, including virus protection. We offer “one on one” tutorial for those who wish to learn computers properly. Cherri International will train beginners to advanced. © www.cherricomputers.com Email: mark@cherricomputers.com PH: (07) 5537 8382 / 0416 365 859 Cherri International would like to thank the readers of Especially for Over 50s for their business and also the ongoing referrals. Mark’s monthly computer tips RUNAWAY BAY HAS MOVED to 7 GATEWAY DRIVE, BIGGERA WATERS sales • hire • repair • service Come in and see our new expanded product range • mobility scooters • power chairs • wheel chairs • walkers • crutches & canes • lift chairs • walking frames • knee walkers 5500 6245 scootersandmobility.com.au • daily living aids • beds & mattresses • pillows & cushions • bathroom & hygiene • patient handling • pressure care • bariatric • rehabilitation 7 GATEWAY DRIVE, BIGGERA WATERS

15 3 Bulk Billed Eye Tests 3 Most Health Funds Accepted 3 External Prescriptions Welcome *Excludes Maui Jim, Zeal and Oakley Sun RX PARIS MIKI OPTICAL Shop 18, 12 Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale Plaza Phone 5580 5010 | www.paris-miki.com.au In our fast-paced lives, filled with digital screens and constant visual stimuli, it’s easy to overlook the significance of maintaining good eye health. However, regular checkups with an optometrist are not just a precautionary measure; they are essential for preserving the precious gift of sight and overall well-being. One of the primary reasons to prioritise optometric check-ups is the early detection of potential issues. Many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, often develop gradually without noticeable symptoms in their early stages. An optometrist can detect these conditions through comprehensive eye exams, allowing for early intervention and effective management. Timely diagnosis can prevent irreversible damage to the eyes and, in some cases, even save one’s vision. Moreover, optometrists are equipped with the expertise to address refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. While it might be tempting to rely on over-the-counter reading glasses or online prescriptions, these solutions may not adequately address the unique visual needs of each individual. Optometrists tailor prescriptions based on a thorough understanding of the patient’s eye health, ensuring optimal vision correction. Regular eye check-ups are particularly crucial for children, as undetected vision problems can hinder their learning and development. Children may not always express vision concerns or even recognise them, making routine optometric visits essential for identifying and addressing potential issues early on. Good vision is integral to a child’s academic success and overall well-being. Paris Miki Optical has been servicing the Helensvale and surrounding community for eyewear needs since 2005. Store Manager Michael has over 30 year’s experience as a qualified Optical technician and has been The importance of regular eye checks working in the area for 23 years. We have an onsite workshop for quicker spectacle making, so you don’t have to be without your own frames for weeks if we are using your own frame for new lenses; repairs can be done onsite and same day service is available on in store stock lenses. Here at Paris Miki, we offer a large range of contact lenses; including multifocal, toric, 1 day, fortnightly to monthly lenses. Michael is able to customise lens shapes for rimless and semi rimless frames to suit customers various needs. We can also create prescription polarised sunglasses for most sunglass frames. Bulk billed eye testing is available with retinal photography. Health fund claiming for most funds can be done on the spot. To make an appointment please call on 5580 5010. $150 OFF COMPLETE PAIR Fresh Year, Fresh Health Coverage! The majority of health fund yearly limits refresh every January 1st. Schedule your eye examination today and upgrade your eyeglasses!

16 0417 294 778 A Touch of Grass Garden Care GARDEN CLEANUPS / REJUVENATION & MAKEOVERS A SPECIALTY We offer an experienced, professional and reliable service Call Jeremy on ... Est. Gold Coast since 2001 Let us create your new and rejuvenated garden where you can sit back, relax and enjoy your tranquil surroundings ... Specialising Garden Makeovers & Rejuvenation * Garden Care * Plant Selection * Soft Landscaping As well as the destruction and damage of homes and businesses, the last weeks of tremendous storms have also devastated areas of natural vegetation. Everyone in horticulture, conservation and the garden media recognise the challenges ahead in gardens and natural areas, and many are involved in clean-ups and providing support for some of those affected. The heat and humidity have been intense. Even the smallest of gardens can help reduce the effects of the sun! On the hottest of days, we all head for the shade. Some of the loveliest of small trees are in flower now and a trip to Brisbane or the older suburbs of the Gold Coast will see mature Crepe Myrtles in bloom. Many that grow in Brisbane’s parks including New Farm and the City Botanic Gardens are a legacy of Harry Oakman (1906-2002) Director of Brisbane City Parks from 1947- 1963. He was also a prolific author and champion of gardens and trees for South East Queensland. The delicate mauve form is close to a century old and grows in a heritage garden on the Gold Coast. Lagerstroemia indica is one of around fifty species of Crepe Myrtle from sub-tropical climates, first introduced to Australia in Sydney in 1836 and then available to the public through Camden Park Nursery Catalogues in 1843. It is a delightful tree, with special forms available for many years and recent cultivated forms allowing for the selection of mature tree size and flower colour. There are also dwarf forms and ground covers. And an Australian native species Lagerstroemia archeriana from the Rockhampton region which is equally delightful. The panicles of individual flowers, each 6 – 10cm across are from white to soft mauve or brilliant hot pinks develop along branch tips. Moderate pruning through the short deciduous winter period will encourage more branches and thus more flowers. Not to be outdone by the brilliant flowers, the bare winter trunks are equally beautiful with smooth mottled trunks. Crepe Myrtles require an open full sun position, and are not too fussy about soil types but the moist humid conditions may cause some mildew problems on foliage. They are in flower now at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. The effects of the sun can be alleviated with careful planning and planting. Even a group of large pots planted with trees offers respite in a small courtyard. It’s not only the shade offered, but also the cooling effect as hot air passes through the leaves and moisture evaporates into the atmosphere. Stay safe in the heat and the storms... Kate Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Rosser Park, 232 Ashmore Rd, Benowa Visit www.friendsgcrbg.org.au or www.facebook.com/friendsgcrbg Gardening by Kate Heffernan Honorary Life Member Friends of GCRBG, Botanic Garden Consultant Lagerstroemia indica Lagerstroemia indica

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18 Answer to Crossword No. 104 from last issue Answer to Cryptic Xword No. 104 from last issue Answer to Sudoku No. 104 from last issue CRYPTIC 105 Answer next issue TO ENTER SEND YOUR COMPLETED CRYPTIC CROSSWORD TO: “Over 50s Cryptic Crossword Competition” PO Box 3302, Burleigh Town City Q. 4220 Write your name and address on the back of an envelope. First correct entry drawn will win a $50 WISH Card. Entries close 29.02.2024. Winner notified by mail. (Can be used at Woolworths Supermarkets, selected Ampol Woolworths, Big W, BWS, Dan Murphy’s, Cellarmasters) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 ACROSS 1. Does the Scottish Bishop cook on this? (6) 7. The governing bodies wrote some of the book. (8) 8. Walk a little and inside find a base. (6) 9. Stepping out and biking on the road. (8) 10. Spikes caused by sirens on the junction. (6) 11. It is non compulsory that I too plan moving. (8) 14. Loathing that dates sit rotting. (8) 18. Quietening a communist while divided. (6) 19. Flutters around just before 1000 households. (8) 21. The brood makes a mess. (6) 22. Crux of the crucial gem. (8) 23. Currency found on the road at the seashore. (6) DOWN 1. Rabbited on but quietly upset. (8) 2. The time agreed upon was inadequate. (6) 3. Over a hundred ships otherwise surrounded by the secret service clippers.(8) 4. A den for the French Inland Revenue. (4) 5. I circle behind the hunk in the workplace. (6) 6. The head dashed into the intelligence branch. (6) 12. Supports for the French behind the locks. (8) 13. Put a hole in and took off around the snake. (8) 15. I am a long time finding the reproductions. (6) 16. His set works for the large mining company. (6) 17. The substance was of importance. (6) 20. I mislead the legend. (4) 2 3 4 9 11 12 13 15 16 20 21 23 1 8 10 14 22 5 6 7 17 18 19 C R E D I T M S C R R O V E R T U R E E N T A I L A A E A G L I T E R A T E T H R O N G E I I N A B A N D O N S O T T T NASTI EST E O B I I N S T E P C O N T R A S T C P U L I U T O P I A U N H E E D E D R G D S S E N T R E E 9 11 13 19 24 26 5 1 8 10 12 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 23 25 27 2 3 4 6 7 M C C P C H E R I S H E D S H O R E H X S O R H M N I N T E S T I N E O P E R A R R P C A N D N E R A S E E N D E A R I N G M N E A A S U N D E R D E R A N G E M E E X S A B O T A G E S V I S I T H R A L I E H R E R E C T I N T E R C E D E R L L T D O S B M R E L A Y E N U M E R A T E Y A T D 6 1 3 2 7 9 5 8 4 5 7 2 8 3 4 1 9 6 9 4 8 5 6 1 2 7 3 7 8 6 9 5 3 4 1 2 4 9 5 6 1 2 7 3 8 3 2 1 4 8 7 6 5 9 8 3 4 1 2 5 9 6 7 1 6 9 7 4 8 3 2 5 2 5 7 3 6 9 8 4 1 An Englishman inherits a blue and green budgie from his brother’s estate. He brings it home, and after removing its cage cover, the bird begins to talk, “I’m a Gleisga Budgie an’ am hard as nails! It keeps repeating this mantra ad nauseam till it’s new owner is so fed up with hearing it, he goes out and buys a Kestrel and puts in the cage with the Budgie. Next morning the Kestrel’s dead, the Budgie swinging on it’s perch says, “I’m a Gleisga Budgie an’ am hard as nails!” The next day the man buys a Buzzard and puts it in the cage with the Budgie. Next morning the Buzzard’s dead, and the Budgie is swinging on its perch, and saying, “I’m a Gleisga Budgie an’ am hard as nails!” Next day the man buys a Golden Eagle and puts it in the cage with the Budgie, and sure enough, next morning the Golden Eagle is dead and the Budgie is sitting on its perch featherless. The man asks, “What happened here? and the Budgie replies, “a had to take my jacket off ta deal with that one!” Win a $50 WISH Card

19 Navigating Driving Challenges: Age, Disability, and the Need for Constant Upskilling Driving is a dynamic skill that demands a constant adaptation to accommodate various life stages and social changes. This adaptation becomes particularly crucial when addressing the specific needs of senior drivers, individuals with disabilities, and the general driving population's need to stay abreast with evolving road conditions and regulations. The Role of Age Assessment as individuals age, driving abilities can change due to various factors like reflexes, vision, and health conditions. Regular age assessments for senior drivers are vital. These assessments help determine whether adjustments are needed to ensure the safety of all road users. They guide seniors on how to adapt their driving habits, suggest vehicle modifications for comfort and safety, and can even offer insights into alternative transportation options if needed. Driving with Disabilities represents independence, but for individuals with disabilities, it involves overcoming unique challenges. Customised driving instruction is vital in this context. It involves adapting vehicles with special modifications, like hand controls or wheelchair accessibility, and employing teaching methods tailored to each individual’s needs. This specialised approach empowers people with disabilities to gain confidence in their driving abilities, ensuring they can navigate the roads safely and independently. Keeping Up with Modern Driving. In an era where technology is rapidly advancing, upskilling in driving is essential for all. New vehicle technologies, updated road laws, and changing traffic conditions require even experienced drivers to periodically update their skills. Upskilling lessons are designed to keep drivers informed and confident, ensuring they are equipped to handle the demands of modern driving and maintain road safety. In response to these diverse needs, Spotto Driving School on the Gold Coast offers tailored programs encompassing age assessment, disability driving instruction, and upskilling. Spotto’s commitment to adapting its teaching to suit each learner’s needs reinforces the importance of accessible and lifelong driving education. With a focus on safety, independence, and staying current, Spotto Driving School ensures that every individual is equipped to face the road with confidence, regardless of their age or ability. Welcome to For Enquiries and Bookings phone 0417 855 512 0417 855 512 SPOTTO DRIVING SCHOOL We offer tailored programs encompassing P Age Assessment P Disability Driving Instruction P Neuro Diversity P Upskilling Your path to safe, confident driving begins here Let’s hit the road together! One-Off or Package Lessons Gift Vouchers Available SPOTTO DRIVING SCHOOL GOLD COAST Book now 5539 4255 or online www.spotlighttheatre.com.au 185 - 187 Ashmore Road, Benowa Bookings: www.javeenbah.org.au Phone 0417 004 466 • Email info@javeenbah.org.au CNR STEVENS & FERRY STREETS, NERANG Tickets available 5532 2096 www.gclt.com.au 21A Scarborough St, Southport