Footy Colours Day to help fight cancer

Footy Colours Day to help fight cancer

Health Weeks

08-08-2019

Have you got any unwanted books or puzzles lying around? We’d love for you to donate them to our Footy Colours Day stall on 16th August.

All proceeds will be donated to the Fight Cancer Foundation , a great cause which helps children continue their education during cancer treatment.

Over the last seven years, we’ve raised a total of over $24,000, and we’d love to set a new record this year.

Books and puzzles can be dropped off at Berwick Pharmacy or Eden Rise Pharmasave Pharmacy .

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Donate Life Week 28 July to 4 August – register as a donor!

Donate Life Week 28 July to 4 August – register as a donor!

Health Weeks

08-07-2019

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This DonateLife Week we’re encouraging more Australians to register to be an organ and tissue donor and to have a conversation about it with their family and friends.

DonateLife Week is our annual community awareness campaign to promote organ and tissue donation in Australia.

Each year, events are held across Australia across the week to encourage Australians to register on the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR) and to tell their family and friends they want to be a donor.

Did you know only one in three Australians have joined the AODR, even though 81 per cent believe registration of donation decisions is important*?

Registration is important and so is having a conversation about it. In 2018, 9 out of 10 families agreed to donation when their family member was on the donor register. Consent for donation was given in 7 out of 10 cases when the family had prior knowledge of their loved one’s wishes. This dropped to 5 out of 10 families agreeing to donation when the family was unaware of their wishes.

More than 1,400 Australians are today on wait lists for a life-saving or life-transforming transplant. If you are willing to one day save lives by becoming an organ and tissue donor, please register and discuss your decision with your family and friends.

National Diabetes Week runs from 14 July to 20 July 2019

National Diabetes Week runs from 14 July to 20 July 2019

Health Weeks

01-07-2019

Did you know that as a result of poor diet and lack of exercise, around 2 million Australians are at risk of developing diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious condition that inhibits your ability to produce the insulin that your body needs to convert glucose into energy. This means you end up with unhealthy levels of glucose in your blood, which can lead to health complications including increased risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, limb amputation, depression and blindness.

The two main types of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2, and both are on the increase in Australia.

Type 2 diabetes is largely due to the growing obesity epidemic. Poor diet and reduced physical activity are putting an estimated 2 million Australians at risk of developing the condition.

National Diabetes Week runs from 14 July to 20 July 2019.

Who organises National Diabetes Week?

Diabetes Australia is the national body for people affected by diabetes. Their mission is to work with health professionals, educators, researchers and healthcare providers to minimise the impact of diabetes on the community.

In collaboration with other diabetes organisations, Diabetes Australia provides practical assistance, information and subsidised products to more than one million Australians diagnosed with diabetes. They also work to raise awareness, promote prevention through early detection and advocate for better standards of care.

They are also a significant financial contributor to diabetes research and National Diabetes Week is an important event in their fundraising calendar.

What happens during National Diabetes Week?

National Diabetes Week is held in July each year and is an opportunity for Diabetes Australia to increase awareness of the dangers of diabetes and to raise funds for research into diabetes treatments and the search for a cure.

They focus on a different aspect of diabetes each year and themes from previous years have included diabetes-related amputations, the serious health complications of diabetes and the case for a national diabetes prevention program. The week consists of high-level conferences as well as backyard fundraising events, and everyone is encouraged to get on board and help make a difference. Read More >

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Health Weeks

07-06-2019

 
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June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, a Bowel Cancer Australia initiative to raise awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer and raise funds for the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.
 
Bowel cancer claims the lives of 103 Australians every week (5,375 people a year) – but it’s one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

 
While the risk of bowel cancer increases significantly with age, the disease doesn’t discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old.

 
1 in 13 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer in their lifetime. 15,604 Australians will be diagnosed with the disease this year.

 
Support Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – register your interestorder an awareness pack and the campaign website.
 
 

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