Or Alcohol and Other Drugs in Tennant Creek for those not up on their acronyms. My start in Tennant coincided with the town making the headlines for all the wrong reasons unfortunately. There had been two incidents that made the national news and prompted a crisis meeting with the powers of government in Tennant Creek itself. Seems like the usual political guff, a lot of talk and promises of which only a small percentage will probably be implemented. Also the changes being mooted are ones that sound good, "we will pledge X million dollars for the upgrading of X and Y services" that probably make no difference to the issues in the end. I may sound a little jaded but over the years we have seen these issues come and go with no real improvement and they just seem to die a natural death when something just as confronting comes along.
That off my chest, it is quite nice being back in Tennant Creek again, it's been 3 or 4 years since we were here and really nothing has changed much as you would expect. The new job is going very smoothly and is something I probably needed after not having a real break from remote work for nearly a year. Mind you most people would call Tennant Creek remote but it's all relative isn't it? When you are used to only having one small store with very limited selection and no options to eat out anywhere this seems like a virtual metropolis.
What I am relishing most is being able to go home, with no chance of the phone going off in the middle of the night and not knowing what will be on the other end, a sore toe or a multi casualty MVA. I was talking to Jo at lunchtime today and she was waiting for a call from the retrieval Dr about a young baby with Bronchiolitis and a respiratory rate through the roof and I thought......all I've got is to prepare for my education talk on Monday. That sort of thing may become a little mundane after a while and there is a part of me that enjoys the challenge of managing very ill people but for the time being.....will I put the video on before or after the coffee break??