In a recent details from SA HEALTH list of infected individuals in South Australia, which include 6 in ICU and no deaths.

SA’s  health workforce will be boosted with highly skilled nurses and midwives in the health workforce as part of the COVID-19 pandemic

The SA State Government has begun fast tracking recruitment of nurses and midwives with a range of skills including intensive care, home care

and aged care. As part of the initiative, SA Health will work with education partners in the rapid up skilling of nurses for support in areas of need, including ICU-level care.
Non urgent elective surgeries in Australia’s public and private
hospitals will be banned from midnight in a bid to preserve the
healthcare system to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Health: A collection of coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign resources for the general public as produced by the SA Health. These include

Coronavirus video – Older Australians

Coronavirus video – Stay Informed

Health: The South Australian Health department has set up numerous COVID-19 Clinics and Testing Centres. For the Drive-through Testing at the Repat and Home Testing all patients need a referral from their GP to access these services. Nine people in South Australia have today tested positive for COVID-19. There have now been a total of 29 confirmed cases in South Australia. Source: SA Health Covid-19 Update 16 March 2020

Health: In Australia 3 March 2020, It’s been reported that individuals are stock piling medical supplies, which include hand cleaners and masks. There are also reports of food and other supplies being hoarded.

Tourism: For the last 2 years overseas visitor arrivals to Australia (Short term trips: The number of international border crossings rather than the number of people) have been trending upwards from ~740,000 in August 2017 to just over 810,000 in August 2019 a  0.9% increase since the previous month of 812,600 trips, source ABS.

Grand parents in SA help more when it comes to childcare

In a recent ABS publications it was found that South Australian grand parents provide just over 8% more informal care at 34.1% compared to the national average of 25.7%. Source: ABS Childhood Education and Care, Australia, Data cubes, June 2011. Could this be a conscious sacrifice that South Australian grand parents make so their family stays in South Australia rather than move interstate?


For all Australians that experience time off during Easter will notice that it is a holiday period that changes. The Easter period follows the Gregorian calendar where the date is determined by the first full moon after the equinox, (equal amount of day to night hours) while for the Orthodox faith follows the Julian calendar. This year 2017 Easter is celebrated at the same time. One aspect of the Easter is the crucifixion of Christ where we are reminded of the Christ’s sacrifice. On closer examination of the image of Christ on the crucifix we will see a thorny crown around his head with blood pouring from where the thorns have pierced his skin.

What is the background of the thorny crown, where did it come from and how was it made?  There are numerous trees and bushes that could be used to make the thorny crown. The actual tree that was used to make the thorny crown over 2014 years ago was the Hawthorn berry tree. There are a large number of Hawthorn tree species, but the most common in Adelaide, South Australia are the red and yellow berry varieties. The red hawthorn berry trees have thorns while the yellow variety don’t.

To recreate the thorny crown involved first harvesting a number of thin branches from the red Hawthorn berry tree. The branch ends were placed in water over night to keep them fresh. The next day the leaves were removed and the first branch was tuned in to an oval shape and a couple more branches were inter twined and then trimmed to produce the thorny crown as seen below. It took about 2 hours with care to avoid the thorns. No string was used allowing the forces of the branches to hold the shape. The largest thorn shown below was approximately 3 cm in length. The thorns are sharp and well reinforced, so would not only make a hole in the skin but could tear the skin if dragged across it. With a number of thorns turning inwards an individual wearing a thorny crown would certainly experience some of the thorns piecing their skin in places. The question we pose could it have been possible for the thorns to have actually scratched Christ’s skull and left some marks?