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.

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

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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!

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.