World Aids Day

World Aids Day

Health Weeks

29-11-2021

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

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If your child missed out on their school-based vaccinations this year, it’s not too late

If your child missed out on their school-based vaccinations this year, it’s not too late

Health & Wellness

If your child missed out on their school-based vaccinations this year, it’s not too late. There’s still time for students to get up-to-date with their vaccinations before the end of the year.
Speak to your GP or local council immunisation service about how they can catch up and get protected.
 
 

 

 
 

Can I tan safely?

Can I tan safely?

Our Pharmacy Services

Q: Can I tan safely?
A: No. There is no such thing as a safe tan.
Production of melanin in the skin after exposure to UV radiation (tanning) is a sign of skin damage, just as sunburn is. Over time, the effects of repeated skin damage build up, increasing the risk of skin cancer (and causing fine lines and wrinkles too).
To look after your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer, use a combination of sun protection measures every day.
It’s also important to be on the look-out for any changes that could be a sign of skin cancer developing. Check all of your skin regularly – not just sun-exposed areas. If you notice any change in shape, colour or size of a spot, or the development of a new spot, visit your doctor as soon as possible. And call into Berwick Pharmacy for advice about the best sunscreen for you and your family.
 
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It’s National Skin Cancer Action Week

It’s National Skin Cancer Action Week

Health Weeks

23-11-2021

Time for a quick ‘Did you know?’
☀️Skin cancer is Australia’s most common cancer. Around 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer every year. (In 2020, there were 291 deaths from melanoma in Victoria alone.)
☀️Studies suggest that up to 95% of melanomas are caused by over-exposure to UV radiation.
☀️ You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by using the 5 sun protection measures: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide.
☀️ The earlier skin cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat.
☀️ You can detect skin cancers early by:
1️⃣ Getting familiar with your skin and checking it regularly – if you find any new, unusual or changing spots visit your GP right away
2️⃣ Having an annual skin check with your GP.
So, book in for your annual skin check with your GP today.
 

Latest on Pfizer booster vaccines at Berwick Pharmacy

Latest on Pfizer booster vaccines at Berwick Pharmacy

Pharmacy news

Darren Pountney, a partner at Berwick Pharmacy, was interviewed by The Age about why we are not yet offering Pfizer booster vaccines.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have strived to continue to provide the best service we can, under very challenging, and often changing circumstances.
To date, we are proud to have given over 1200 doses of Astra Zeneca and Moderna vaccines, up to 50 jabs per day at the peak. Our pharmacists sometimes spent up to an hour with patients who were needle-phobic or needed extra support. And we love that after that time and care, those people walked out having been vaccinated, protecting themselves and the community.
Our staff have done an amazing job especially given we never had any extra staff (and often had less staff due to furloughs and much-needed annual leave). Everyone is slightly exhausted and the additional requirements of the Pfizer vaccine would add to the workload, for very little remuneration, significantly less than GPs get for the same work.
We need to protect our team and do not want them to burn out. The government need to show respect for the pharmacists who have stepped up during the pandemic and fund them appropriately. Read More >

Lung Cancer Awareness

Lung Cancer Awareness

Health Weeks

08-11-2021

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This is an important time of the year, that brings the community together to help provide awareness, and to inform and educate people on the signs and symptoms of the disease. It is the fifth most common cancer in Australia, with around 12,000 Australians diagnosed each year.

In 2015, 11,788 new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed in Australia, this equates to nearly 9% of all cancers that were diagnosed that year. In 2016, 8410 deaths were caused by lung cancer in Australia.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month | Lung Cancer

We’re excited to introduce AMPERNA Probiotic Skincare to our pharmacy

We’re excited to introduce AMPERNA Probiotic Skincare to our pharmacy

Beauty News

AMPERNA was created by founder Kiri after she experienced months of skin concerns before taking matters into her own hands.
Their range of Australian made probiotic skincare rebalances and transforms skin and strengthens the skin barrier.
Suitable for:
– Sensitive skin
– Eczema
– Perioral dermatitis
– Rosacea
– Acne
– Pigmentation
If you’d like more information, speak to Loreece or one of our other team members, or head here
photo credit @ampernaskin