Premier walking 18 minutes a day following nasty fall

Premier Daniel Andrews says he has been walking up to 18 minutes a day as he makes steady progress in his recovery following a nasty fall last month.

Mr Andrews narrowly avoided permanent spinal cord injury after slipping on wet stairs at a holiday home on the Mornington Peninsula in early March.

He fractured at least five ribs and sustained an acute compression fracture of the T7 vertebra.

On Sunday, the Premier wished Victorians a happy Easter and thanked the community for their good wishes as he recuperated.

“Happy Easter everyone,” he said on social media.

“Thanks for all your messages of support over the past couple of weeks. They’ve really helped to keep my spirits up in what’s been a pretty painful time.

A photo shared by Daniel Andrews last month when he was moved from ICU.Credit: Supplied

“I’m making steady progress and being diligent with my physio exercises. Also building up my walking and am up to about 18 minutes on my daily walk.

“If you’re giving, receiving, hunting, decorating or eating eggs today – enjoy.”

Mr Andrews had taken six weeks off work until the end of April, with his deputy James Merlino serving as acting Premier in his absence.

Victoria is short of two of its most senior ministers with Police Minister Lisa Neville revealing on Saturday that she would take another three months off work, until the end of June, as she undergoes surgery in her battle with Crohn’s disease.

She said subsequent tests showed her condition had worsened since February when she announced she would take leave, and that she now required surgery to remove a part of her bowel.

“Although it is disappointing and always concerning to have part of your bowel removed, for many who have Crohn’s this can result in a period of remission and enable people to return after recovery to normal life and work,” Ms Neville said in her statement.

“I have every confidence in my medical team and the nursing support at the hospital that this surgery will give me the chance to achieve this.”

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