World Hearing Day 2021

World Hearing Day 2021

Health Weeks

27-02-2021

  • Good hearing and communication are important at all stages of life.
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be avoided through preventative actions such as: protection against loud sounds; good ear care practices and immunization.
  • Hearing loss (and related ear diseases) can be addressed when it is identified in a timely manner and appropriate care sought.
  • People at risk of hearing loss should check their hearing regularly.
  • People having hearing loss (or related ear diseases) should seek care from a health care provider.

Learn  more here

Coronavirus hotline – If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline 1800 675 398

Coronavirus hotline – If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline 1800 675 398

Health Weeks

12-02-2021

Statement from the Premier – Read more about Corona virus in Victoria here

I won’t waste words: today hurts.  Victorians know, better than anyone, just how deeply. 

But as we’ve seen – here in Australia and around the world – we are facing a new kind of enemy.

A virus that is smarter, and faster, and more infectious. 

And until we have a vaccine, we need to do everything we can to keep this virus at bay.

In the past 24 hours, five new cases have been identified.

It shows just how incredibly infectious this virus is. And our public health team tell us it’s only getting faster. Read More >

Even the best maintained pools can spread germs

Even the best maintained pools can spread germs

Health Weeks

16-01-2021

Did you know that although chlorine in pool water kills many #germs, it doesn’t immediately kill the crypto germs that can cause gastro?
Some #germs, such as #Crypto, can live in pool water for days and make people sick.
Without your help even the best maintained pools can spread germs. Follow the #HealthySwimming steps to help keep the pool clean for everyone to enjoy!
 
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World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day

Health Weeks

07-01-2021

World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday in January. The next World Leprosy Day will be taking place on 26th January 2020. The day was chosen by French humanitarian Raoul Follereau in 1953 to coincide with the anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi’s death on 30th January 1948.

World Leprosy Day raises awareness of a disease that many people believe to be extinct. Today it is not just the disease that is forgotten, but the people too.

Everyday nearly 600 more people are diagnosed with and start treatment for leprosy. In 2014, 213 899 people were diagnosed and it is estimated that millions more go undiagnosed.

Read more here

Australia Day, 26 January

Australia Day, 26 January

Health Weeks

04-01-2021

Australia Day, 26 January, is the day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history.

On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people.

Australia Day is about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution that every Australian makes to our contemporary and dynamic nation. From our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  – who have been here for more than 65,000 years – to those who have lived here for generations, to those who have come from all corners of the globe to call our country home. 

The marking of 26 January is an important date in Australia’s history and has changed over time: starting as a celebration for emancipated convicts and evolving into what is now a celebration of Australia that reflects the nation’s diverse people.

Australia Day continues to be hugely popular, with 3 in 4 Australians believing it has a bigger meaning beyond being just a day off.

More than half of all Australians participate in Australia Day attending events organised by State Governments, local councils, community groups or getting together with family and friends.  In addition, over 16,000 new Australians become citizens on Australia Day.

Get beardy or hairy (anywhere)

Get beardy or hairy (anywhere)

Health Weeks

19-12-2020

Decembeard Grow a Beard

Bowel Cancer Australia’s hair-raising fundraiser encouraging you to get hairy while raising awareness and funds to help beat bowel cancer.
 
Face, head, legs, body – if it’s hair – let it grow or let it go!
 

Get beardy or hairy (anywhere) – the options are limitless, and the choice is yours.

  • Grow a beard or some chin stubble and promote your facial hair
  • Dye, decorate shave or trim your precious hair and create something amazing
  • Fake some luscious locks or make a hair-inspired creation
  • Donate the amount you spend on shaving/grooming or by skipping your next waxing appointment

You can join the hair-wagon any time, so what are you waiting for?


Help make real change happen in 5 easy steps

  1. Create your profile, set your target, add a picture and blurb about why you’re getting hairy and you’re good to go!
  2. Raise funds on your own or get your mates together and grow together!
  3. Share the online link to your fundraising page with family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues, so they can donate in support of your hair-raising efforts.
  4. Track your progress, post updates, and see donations and messages from your supporters on your page.
  5. Sign up and start making a difference today.

Read more here

World AIDS Day December 1st

World AIDS Day December 1st

Health Weeks

30-11-2020

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

 

 

Read more here

Skin Cancer Week

Skin Cancer Week

Health Weeks

17-11-2020

During Skin Cancer Awareness Week @cancercouncilaustralia
reminds us to use a combination of sun protection measures on days when the maximum UV level is higher than 3:
– Slip on sun-protective clothing.
– Slop on SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors (reapply every 2 hours).
– Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
– Seek shade.
– Slide on wrap-around sunglasses (that meet Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067).
 
 
 
 
 
 

November is lung cancer awareness month

November is lung cancer awareness month

Health Weeks

07-11-2020

Smoking is a key risk factor for lung cancer. According to Cancer Council Victoria:

– About 90% of lung cancer cases in males and 65% of cases in females in Australia are thought to be due to smoking.

– The earlier you start smoking, the longer you smoke and the more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of developing lung cancer.
– Other risk factors include passive smoking, exposure to asbestos and other elements, family history and more.
Learn more about lung cancer during lung cancer awareness month here
 
Discover the support available to help you quit smoking here
 
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