What is febfast?

What is febfast?

Health Weeks

22-01-2020

febfast is where individuals call time-out on alcohol, sugar or another vice of their choice, to support disadvantaged youth in Australia. It is the perfect excuse to kick-start the year with a little good health and good will.

Across Australia, thousands of people give up alcohol or sugar for the month of February to raise funds for young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Febfast lady with ice-cream
 

Childrens Health

Childrens Health

Health Weeks

06-01-2020

In the first five years of life, a child’s brain and body develops more quickly than at any other time. When babies are young, their learning and development mostly happens within the family at home. As they grow and develop, children will start to learn from others in the community – friends, peers, and early childhood educators. Read more here

MCH graphic - children playing

First aid kits available in our pharmacy

First aid kits available in our pharmacy

Health Weeks

17-12-2019

An organised and properly stocked first aid kit can give you peace of mind in a medical emergency. Being prepared could help you save a life.

Doing a first aid course is recommended to give you the knowledge and skills to provide capable first aid assistance.

Buying a first aid kit is a convenient option.

First aid kits are sold in different shapes and sizes and for different uses.

A basic first aid kit checklist

You can customise your first aid kit depending on the activities you do. A basic first aid kit checklist might include:

  • crepe bandages of varying widths
  • hypoallergenic (skin) tape
  • triangular bandages
  • adhesive dressing strips (such as bandaids) in different sizes
  • gauze swabs
  • combine dressing pads (10cm x 10cm)
  • non-stick dressing pads (7.5cm x 10cm)
  • sterile eye pad
  • alcohol swabs
  • stainless steel scissors (sharp/blunt) 12.5cm
  • disposable gloves
  • stainless steel pointed splinter forceps (tweezers)
  • shock (thermal) blanket
  • safety pins
  • notepad and permanent marker
  • sterile saline tubes/sachets
  • disposable resuscitation face shield
  • antiseptic skin swabs
  • stop itch cream
  • first aid booklet Read More >

Help spread the word about bowel cancer

Help spread the word about bowel cancer

Health Weeks

04-12-2019

Be the face of Decembeard® Australia!

Decembeard® isn’t just hair-raising, it’s about fundraising to help save lives and beat bowel cancer.

Your support of Decembeard® Australia directly contributes to Bowel Cancer Australia’s work, providing practical and emotional support for the growing number of Australians affected by the disease, from prevention and early diagnosis to research, quality treatment and care.

Would you like to share your bowel cancer story to help raise awareness?

To help challenge misconceptions associated with bowel cancer we need your help to spread the word!

Whether you are living with bowel cancer, beyond bowel cancer or know someone who is, we want to hear from you!

To share your story, email us at info@bowelcanceraustralia.org with Me, My Beard and Why (for men) or Me, Decembeard and Why (for women) in the subject line or submit your details using our contact us web form

World COPD Day 2019

World COPD Day 2019

Health Weeks

25-11-2019

This World COPD day (November 20), Lung Foundation Australia is encouraging people living with COPD to reach out and connect with support services and resources that can help you understand your condition and improve your wellbeing.
 

Reach Out

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an emotionally challenging disease, and it can take its toll on your emotional wellbeing. People living with COPD face many emotional, psychological and practical day-to-day demands on top of the physical impacts of the disease and its treatment.

Learn more here

Time to start growing a Mo to save a bro.

Time to start growing a Mo to save a bro.

Health Weeks

02-11-2019

The day has come. You may be a legend inside, but we need you to LOOK like a legend. And all legends have Mo’s. (Freddie Mercury and Ron Burgundy weren’t coincidences).

It’s time to start growing a Mo to save a bro.

Haven’t signed up yet? All you need to do is click: Movember.com/fbfundmo

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Health Weeks

21-10-2019

Dense Breasts Guide

Nearly half of all women 40 and older have dense breasts. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are giving this helpful guide about dense breasts to every woman who requests it.

Get your free guide:

 

Snapshots of Hope

Help us honor those at every step of the breast cancer journey by sharing the story of how you or someone you love has been affected by breast cancer. We will share these stories throughout the month of October on our social media channels to encourage others facing breast cancer.

Join Us

When you need information, help, or hope, we are here for you.
Help us reach more women this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Donate

Fight
FIGHT
Breast cancer doesn’t run in my family; it sprints. Now it was my turn, and I was determined to defeat this. I couldn’t change that I had cancer, but I could decide how to go after it.

Jessica BaladadBreast Cancer Survivor and NBCF Supporter Read More >

October is anxiety and depression awareness month

October is anxiety and depression awareness month

Health Weeks

10-10-2019

Managing and treating anxiety

  • Anxiety disorders can affect a person’s ability to work, study and participate in other activities.
  • Recovery is possible with the appropriate treatment.
  • Some ways to manage anxiety disorders include learning about anxiety, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, correct breathing techniques, dietary adjustments, exercise, learning to be assertive, building self-esteem, cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, structured problem solving, medication and support groups.

 

Anxiety disorders can affect a person’s ability to work, study and participate in other activities. Recovery is possible with appropriate treatment. There are different types of anxiety disorders. These include:

Anxiety disorders can be distressing and debilitating. They may contribute to loss of educational and employment opportunities and difficulties in family and social relationships. 

Recovery is possible with appropriate treatment such as exposure therapy, attention training, and a range of anxiety management techniques that can help you manage your symptoms. You can learn the following strategies yourself (using books or taking courses, for example) or you can consult with a trained professional.

Managing anxiety

Some of the management options for anxiety disorders include:

  • learning about anxiety
  • mindfulness
  • relaxation techniques
  • correct breathing techniques
  • cognitive therapy 
  • behaviour therapy
  • counselling  
  • dietary adjustments
  • exercise
  • learning to be assertive
  • building self-esteem
  • structured problem solving
  • medication
  • support groups

Learning about anxiety

The old adage ‘knowledge is power’ applies here – learning all about anxiety is central to recovery. For example, education includes examining the physiology of the ‘flight-or-fight’ response, which is the body’s way to deal with impending danger. For people with anxiety disorders, this response is inappropriately triggered by situations that are generally harmless. Education is an important way to promote control over symptoms. Read More >

Dementia Action Week 16–22 September 2019

Dementia Action Week 16–22 September 2019

Health Weeks

21-09-2019

Formerly Dementia Awareness Month, this year Dementia Australia is bringing you Dementia Action Week from the 16 to 22 September to include World Alzheimer’s Day on the 21 September.

The theme for Dementia Action Week is Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you?

We’re inviting the community to join in a conversation about  discrimination and dementia. We’ll also be sharing a survey later this month to gain important insights into this issue.

You can create or attend events to play a part in the conversation about discrimination and dementia during Dementia Action Week. Perhaps you’d like to host a morning tea, a gathering of family and friends, a display in your community, or a creative event. It’s up to you! Simply use the links below so that you have everything you need to create your Dementia Action Week event.

  • Get involved – Read our FAQs about hosting or attending an event
  • Download resources – Download posters and images to help promote your event
  • Request a kit – Request printed resources and add your event to our website calendar

Stay tuned for more announcements from Dementia Australia and you can read more here!