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CANBERRA’S growing inner north is celebrated for being home to some of the territory’s oldest dwellings, with heritage listed areas including Gorman House, Ainslie Primary and
Haig Park.

The inner north was also a base to the ACT’s original airport which, between 1926 and 1928, sat where the Dickson Library and playing fields now are.  

Growing since its early days, the population of the area is more than 48,000, with more than 21,000 dwellings, according to the 2016 Australian census. 

Its businesses continue to grow, too, with a variety of dedicated business owners who specialise in a range of areas.

Celebrating one year with plenty of prizes

Retail manager Tracey Chappell of Cincotta Discount Chemist.

CINCOTTA Discount Chemist at Dickson is celebrating its first birthday with a party on October 17.

From 10am-1pm, owner and pharmacist Rhonda Warne says there’ll be free hearing tests, a barbecue, a cake, balloons and prizes, with all proceeds from the barbecue going to the maternity ward at Canberra Hospital.

“There will be a lucky door draw with prizes including a Natio gift pack, a food hamper, a pack [full of Ego products] and a baby pack [full of Gaia products], as well as 50 sample bags to our first 50 customers,” she says.

The store is also giving one customer the chance to win $1000 cash, according to Rhonda, but to be eligible, she says customers need to sign up for the Cincotta rewards program and spend more than $20 from selected ranges (terms and conditions apply). 

In addition, she says Cincotta Dickson is running an in-store giveaway to win one of three major prizes including a BodiSure back massager worth $130, a BodiSure cushion massager worth $130, and an Oral-B Pro 2 electric toothbrush worth $100. To enter, she says customers must spend $25 or more on any products in store.

Cincotta’s special offers will be focusing on baby products, with 10 per cent off baby foods, a Medela breast pump available for hire at $35 per week, and bounty bags for new parents or parents-to-be.

Cincotta Discount Chemist delivers personalised customer care, with fast script services and low prices, says retail manager Tracey Chappell.

Cincotta Discount Chemist, 1/30-42 Dickson Place, Dickson. Call 6247 7944 or visit @cincotta.dickson on Facebook.

Australian Croatian Club president Antun Sep giving a speech for the club’s 50th anniversary last year.

Club cooks up authentic Croatian food

THE Australian Croatian Club restaurant serves up authentic, homemade Croatian cuisine every Friday night, says president of the club Antun Sep.

“As well as our Friday night specials, some of the choices we have on the menu include cevapi, raznjici, peka, sarma, surf and turf, schnitzel and snapper,” he says. 

“The Croatian cuisine in the restaurant is all homemade – our wonderful volunteers in the kitchen all make brilliant meals and there’s a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.” 

Antun says the club welcomes members and non-members, but on Friday nights, bookings are preferred, though walk-ins will be catered for if there is room. 

The Australian Croatian Club also features a licensed bar and function rooms available for rent on weekends for occasions like Latino dance nights, weddings or birthday parties.

The club has been based at its current location in O’Connor since 1969, having celebrated its 50th anniversary in October last year.

Being located in O’Connor in the inner north is great for its central location, with plenty of free parking, Antun says.

Australian Croatian Club, 68 McCaughey Street, Turner. Call 6248 8782 or 0414 839083 to book in for the restaurant.

Staff at Dickson Medical & Travel Clinic, from left, nurse Margaret McLachlan, office manager Caroline Thorncraft, receptionist Alayne Walsh, Dr Tereza Prouza, Dr Les Buczynski and nurse Susan Webster.

Medical practice has room for new patients

AFTER taking over Dickson Medical & Travel Clinic in October last year, co-owner and director Guillaume Prudent-Richard says the practice continues to provide a high level of care to patients and the community. 

Established in 1987, Dickson Medical & Travel Clinic offers three lines of service to its patients, says Guillaume. 

He says the clinic offers general practice, travel medicine (being one of two places in Canberra accredited to vaccinate against yellow fever), and occupational medicine, such as employee medicals and screening.

Guillaume, his wife Dr Tereza Prouza and Dr Zdenka Grundel took over the practice as co-owners and say their books are now open for new patients.

The team also includes Dr Les Buczynski, who has an interest in travel medicine and looks after family and men’s health, Dr Di Hannaford, who specialises in women’s health, and Dr Doug Randell, who performs employment checks and supports musculoskeletal issues. The practice also has two nurses, Margaret McLachlan and Susan Webster.

“We have a large, experienced team, offering flexibility and choice for patients, with a number of emergency appointments available each day,” says Guillaume. 

“With a comprehensive suite of services, from standard general practice services such as diabetes and asthma management to tropical vaccinations and occupational medicine, we are a one-stop shop.”

Dickson Medical & Travel Clinic, Unit 5, 151 Cowper Street, Dickson. Call 6257 3853 or visit

Previous HKH directors Alison McNamara and Ben Hatte have joined Chamberlains Law Firm.

Two law firms merge to deliver more

UNDER the Chamberlains flag, Chamberlains Law Firm and Howes Kaye Halpin Solicitors (HKH) have merged to deliver a stronger offering to the ACT region, becoming one of the biggest law firms in Canberra, says Chamberlains managing director Stipe Vuleta. 

The merger allows Chamberlains to strengthen its legal services in the areas of personal injury, property law, corporate law, and wills and estates.

“Canberra is the cultural heart of Chamberlains Law Firm and it makes me particularly proud to welcome such an amazing group of people into the Chamberlains’ family,” says Mr Vuleta. 

Joining Chamberlains’ board from HKH are director of property law Ben Hatte and director of compensation and estate litigation Alison McNamara.

Mr Hatte is an expert in all aspects of property law, having guided many first-time homebuyers, investors, and builders over the years and developed one of the strongest property practices in Canberra.

Ms McNamara brings a wealth of experience in the personal injury and litigation sectors to Chamberlains, having a background predominantly in the areas of civil, commercial and estate litigation. 

“We immediately saw great synergies in the culture of Chamberlains and HKH. Both firms are very much driven by an incredible team committed to achieving excellent results,” Ms McNamara says.

Chamberlains Law Firm, Level 8, 224 Bunda Street, Civic. Call 6188 3600, email or visit

Devoted dentists strive for optimal oral health

Ainslie Dental Care owner Dr Vicky Pusnjak.

AINSLIE Dental Care offers family-friendly general dentistry, cosmetic care, preventative care and children’s dentistry, says owner Dr Vicky Pusnjak.

The practice can also provide general check-ups, dentures, mouthguards, cleaning, fillings, whitening, crowns and bridges, orthodontics, emergency appointments and root canal treatment.

It’s been almost two years since Dr Vicky, of Canberra City Dentistry on University Avenue in Civic, took over Ainslie Dental Care. 

The team at Ainslie Dental Care includes general and cosmetic dentist Dr Edward Davies, oral therapist Koko Clarke, and Dr Kam Sinn, who has specialised interests in gum disease, dental implants and minor orthodontics.

Dr Vicky, known for her gentle, quality care, graduated in 1993 from the University of Queensland dental school, and moved to Canberra for a job in Woden at the start of 1994.

She says the practice takes great pride in helping its clients create a magnificent smile which enhances facial aesthetics, and in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health.

“We’re devoted to creating world-class aesthetic treatments and strive to develop long-lasting, trusting relationships,” she says. 

Ainslie Dental Care accepts HICAPS, private health funds and DVA health cards.

Ainslie Dental Care, Ainslie Chambers, 100 Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie. Call 6248 7662.

Dr Tran helps ‘significantly’ improve incontinence

A NON-INVASIVE procedure that can help treat mild to moderate urinary incontinence is available at Wattle Street Medical Practice, says Dr Tuan Quoc Tran.

Dr Tran says the BTL EMSELLA chair, pictured,  uses electromagnetic technology to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles, with no recovery time required, and patients remain fully clothed during treatment.

“This BTL EMSELLA chair can help patients with weak bladder causing urine leaking when coughing, laughing, sneezing, running or jumping, and urgency in rushing to the toilets frequently,” says Dr Tran.

Patients must book in for an initial assessment with Dr Tran to determine suitability for this treatment, and Dr Tran recommends six 30-minute sessions, scheduled twice a week, for three consecutive weeks, for optimum results.

“Scientific research shows that 95 per cent of incontinent patients reported significant improvement in day-to-day life and 85 per cent improvement was observed in overall intimate satisfaction,” says Dr Tran. 

“Here at the practice I have treated 36 patients so far, 34 patients responded with excellent results, and two patients without improvement.”

A BTL EMSELLA spokesperson says the chair can support muscle re-education of incontinent patients, women after childbirth and those with decreased intimate satisfaction.

Wattle Street Medical Practice, 83 Wattle Street, O’Connor. Call 6248 5446 or 6247 4807.

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