Maureen Corrigan

A portrait photo of Maureen Corrigan
Maureen Corrigan

I have enjoyed a varied working life in health. I began as a medical practitioner then moved into management of hospitals, health services and aged care. My main qualifications are a medical degree, a master in administration and a college fellowship. I retired earlier than anticipated because of multiple sclerosis. This means I can enjoy other passions much more often.

I have a passion for healthy living and love travelling. I also enjoy reading and visiting various arts venues. Having more time to enjoy these things is something that I truly value. Writing is also a new discovery!

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Tennis players at the Australian Open on a bright blue court
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The Australian Open Tennis Championships offers great support for people who have a disability

I am a big tennis fan and enjoyed the Australian Open this year. The quarterfinals were exciting, especially from my wheelchair seat with a great view in the shade. There is a special needs office to do bookings and there is good disability information on the Australian Open website. There are lifts, disabled toilets, accessible seats and pathways. A major redevelopment of Melbourne Park is underway with many improvements to come. Melbourne is the permanent home for this first Grand Slam tennis event of the year. It is a great venue.
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Woman holding an electric fan in front of her face
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The Australian summer is back, and hotter than ever

It has been very hot this summer. Having MS means I am sensitive to high temperatures. In this article, I research extreme temperatures in an effort to better understand how to deal with the heat. There are some good tips on preventing heat problems from the Better Health Channel website. They included covering up, drinking water and taking it easy. The tips I found for keeping cool were staying inside with air conditioning if possible and using special cooling vests and clothing with gel pockets that swell.
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Trees changing colour during Autumn in Canada
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Autumn in Canada

I went to Canada to look at the autumn leaves and to try out new or different approaches to accessibility. In Vancouver, there was an accessible SkyTrain, Seawall Walk and Float Plane Terminal. Even in the old city of Quebec, the footpaths were easy to use. Montreal had an interesting underground city, but the 33km underground pedestrian walkway had very few lifts for access. On my travels I was given a brochure for tourists with disabilities called The Accessible Road. I also learned that Canada is to host an international meeting on accessibility in 2013.
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The ceiling lights that dangle down towards the seats below in Hamer Hall.
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The lights look like long thick glowworms.

I am pleased I can see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform at Hamer Hall again. The concert hall in Melbourne was closed for two years. It's been renovated and re-opened. Inside the concert hall, the new lighting in the ceiling is beautiful. Hamer Hall now also meets international accessibility standards. There are more places for people who use wheelchairs and more accessible toilets with Braille. I was lucky enough to be at one of the opening nights of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. It was spectacular. Hamer Hall now faces the Yarra River and the city. It's for everyone to enjoy.
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A panoramic photo of Neuschwanstein Castle which is perched high on a mountain.
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Neuschwanstein Castle

I have just come back from a wonderful holiday in Germany. I went on a driving tour with two people I met when travelling last year. These new friends understood I use a scooter so made sure our daily trips were to places I could access. We went to some castles and churches. My new friends even booked the most accessible hotel room of our trip. For the first time, I had a height adjustable clothes hanger. Their hospitality and thoughtfulness was wonderful. I hope I can one day be as generous to them.
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A Persian illustration of a man and woman being married
The marriage of Yusuf and Zulaykha (detail), from Jami, Yusuf u Zulaykha, 1595. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

The exhibition tells stories of love.

I went to a free exhibition called Love and devotion, from Persia and beyond . Persia is the old name for a region in the Middle East. The exhibition is at the State Library of Victoria until 1 July. On show are beautiful Persian artworks. Some pieces are 700 years old. The colourful artworks show people, palaces, musical instruments and gardens. There are stories, poems and songs that tell of love. These artworks still influence people today. I now want to to learn more about Persian culture. I think if you visit the exhibition you will leave feeling touched and enriched.
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An external photo of MONA. Its set into a hillside and is on the waterfront.
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MONA is on the Derwent River.

I went to the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart recently. There are many types of art including paintings, sculptures and videos. There is very old art and new art. I liked a waterfall art piece. As drops of water fell, they made words. There was a lot of art I didn't like. Words to describe the museum include wonderful and fabulous. I cannot find the right words to explain what I thought and felt for the art. But I know it was disturbing. If you have been there, what words would you use to describe it?
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The gatehouse and new concrete section of Princes Pier.
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The pier is an accessible public space.

Princes Pier in Port Melbourne has re-opened. I went to see it. It is great to see people walking and fishing on the pier. The pier is 580 metres long. It now has a new section. The pier is accessible for people with a disability. There are ramps and disabled toilets. At night, there is good lighting on the pier. The pier is an important part of Melbourne's history. Many people came from other countries to live in Australia. They came on ships that stopped at Princes Pier. On 28 January there will be a festival at Princes Pier.
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Two deck chairs and an umbrella on the sand of a pristine beach.
Two deck chairs and an umbrella on the sand of a pristine beach.

A popular summer holiday destination.

People enjoy their holidays in many different ways. Some people like to travel. Others like to go camping. Other people like to stay at home and relax. Everyone has different ideas about what makes a perfect holiday. I thought about what I like to do on a holiday. My perfect travel holiday is when I experience something special. Things like tasting food at markets. Or seeing art in museums or galleries.
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A black camera with a large lens
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Why do you take travel photos?

My friend's mother has been throwing away photos that do not have people in them. But my own travel photos are usually just of scenery. I do not take many photos of people. I have been sorting through my latest travel photos. There are lots of beautiful scenes. I also took many photos of accessibility. I took shots of bathrooms, other rooms and entrances. Accessibility is important to me. The photos could also be useful to other people planning a trip. I wonder what you take travel photos for? And what do you do with them after your trip?
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