World MS Day 30 May – Raising awareness of the invisible symptoms and unseen impact of MS.

World MS Day 30 May – Raising awareness of the invisible symptoms and unseen impact of MS.

Health Weeks

20-05-2019

World MS Day 2019 will take place on 30th May. The 2019 campaign will be called ‘My Invisible MS’ (#MyInvisibleMS) and the theme is Visibility.
 
My Invisible MS will raise awareness of the invisible symptoms of MS and the unseen impact of MS on quality of life.
 
The campaign will give a voice to everyone affected by MS to share their invisible MS symptoms and express what they want others to know and understand about MS to challenge common misconceptions and help people understand how to provide the right support.

 

 
There are many ways to get involved in World MS Day and use and adapt the My Invisible MS campaign. You can take part in the campaign online and on social media, hold an event to bring people together for World MS Day, lobby your decision makers to make positive changes for people affected by MS…there are so many possibilities!
 

World Ovarian Cancer Day

World Ovarian Cancer Day

Health Weeks

09-05-2019

WHAT IS WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY?

Each year on May 8th, women living with ovarian cancer, their families and supporters, along with patient advocacy organizations from around the world, come together to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD) is the one day of the year we all raise our voices in solidarity across the world in the fight against this disease.

The first World Ovarian Cancer Day took place in 2013. World Ovarian Cancer Day is an initiative of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

Why do we need World Ovarian Cancer Day?

Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of all female cancers. Most women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making it more difficult to treat. There are often delays in diagnosing ovarian cancer. That is because there is no early detection test, and symptoms are often confused with symptoms of other less severe illnesses, particularly gastrointestinal complaints. Read More >

National Heart Week 28 April – 4 May 2019

National Heart Week 28 April – 4 May 2019

Health Weeks

23-04-2019

 

Heart Week 2019 focuses on encouraging more people to understand their risk factors for heart disease and take the right steps to reduce this risk.

Heart Week is an opportunity for health professionals and the Australian public to start a conversation about heart health and the steps needed to reduce the risk of heart disease.

In 2019, Heart Week is celebrated from 28 April–4 May. It will focus on the importance of having a heart health check. 

In particular we are focusing on:

  • Heart health checks and what they involve
  • Which patients should have a heart health check and why
  • What steps patients can take to manage their risk of heart disease and stroke.
 
 
 

 

Our defibrillator located at Berwick Pharmacy

Our defibrillator located at Berwick Pharmacy

Health Weeks

16-04-2019

Did you know we have a cardiac defibrillator (or AED) available for public use at Berwick Pharmacy?

It was donated by an oh-so-considerate member of our community a few years ago.

It is available to use for people having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

The defibrillator analyses the heart rhythm. If it detects an abnormal rhythm, it decides whether a shock is required. Using the AED attempts to shock the heart back into normal rhythm.

Every minute counts in a heart attack. The chance of survival doubles if someone is defibrillates before paramedics arrive on scene.

So although we seriously hope you or your loved ones will never need to use it, keep in mind that Berwick Pharmacy has an AED available for use.

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Purple Day for Epilepsy March 26

Purple Day for Epilepsy March 26

Health Weeks

15-03-2019

This March you can help make a difference for those living with epilepsy
“Because no one with epilepsy should go it alone”

Donate to Purple Day 2019

 

Return Unwanted Medicines to Berwick Pharmacy

Return Unwanted Medicines to Berwick Pharmacy

Health Weeks

16-01-2019

Storage of expired and unwanted medicines in the home can be dangerous and unsafe disposal of unwanted medicines can lead to environmental damage. There is a free and convenient way to dispose of your unwanted medicines responsibly via your local Berwick Pharmacy, and it’s called Return Unwanted Medicines. You can learn more here

7 Tips for a healthy festive season

7 Tips for a healthy festive season

Health Weeks

12-12-2018

Friends eating

Christmas parties, picnics and BBQs on balmy evenings – summer is a fantastic season to be out and about with family, friends and colleagues.

Amid all of this festive fun, our healthy habits tend to take a back seat.

At this social time of year we often eat less fruit and vegetables, consume larger portion sizes, drink more alcohol and forgo exercise.

An abundance of tempting Christmas food appears in supermarkets and workplaces – and unfortunately our waistlines pay the price. Read More >

World COPD day November 21

World COPD day November 21

Health Weeks

08-11-2018

World COPD Day this year is being held on 21 November to raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) symptoms, and empower people with COPD to take control of their condition and symptoms through self-management approaches.

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One in seven Australians 40 years or older has COPD, however many sufferers do not know they have it and mistake their symptoms as signs of ageing or lack of fitness.

Lung Foundation Australia stresses that early diagnosis through case finding and spirometry is critical in providing early access to treatment, and improving outcomes and quality of life for people living with COPD. Read More >

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Health Weeks

07-11-2018

Breakthroughs in pancreatic cancer research are desperately needed. With the lowest five-year survival rate of all cancers in Australia (6.8%), it is shocking to think that these poor pancreatic cancer survival rates have not improved for nearly forty years.

We hope this link is a useful resource, helping you to find information about pancreatic cancer, research, support and other resources. You will also find information about how you can help raise much needed funds for Australian research into pancreatic cancer.pancreas

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018

Health Weeks

31-10-2018

The World Health Organization has warned that antibiotic
resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health today.
Antibiotic resistance happens when
bacteria change to protect themselves
from an antibiotic.
When this happens, antibiotics that
previously would have killed the bacteria,
or stopped them from multiplying, no
longer work. Read More >