Do you have asthma or hay fever?

Do you have asthma or hay fever?

Health & Wellness

15-09-2021

Spring can trigger flare-ups that produce symptoms similar to COVID-19. Having good control of your asthma or hay fever symptoms helps protect you and your community.
Speak to your doctor to develop or review your asthma action plan or hay fever treatment plan.
Remember to get tested for COVID-19, if your symptoms are new, different than your usual symptoms, have restarted after a period of absence or if you’re unsure.
 
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Head to Health – Anxiety

Head to Health – Anxiety

Health & Wellness

25-08-2021


Most of us experience some level of anxiety from time to time. But if this is affecting your ability to manage daily life, there are things you can do.

Find information on anxiety and ways you can help yourself manage these feelings here 

Anthony Byrne MP receives his second Astra Zeneca dose at Berwick Pharmacy

Anthony Byrne MP receives his second Astra Zeneca dose at Berwick Pharmacy

Health & Wellness

13-08-2021

Anthony Byrne received his 2nd Astra Zeneca jab from his local pharmacist Darren down at Berwick Pharmacy.
Anthony said that “chemists across the country have now joined the front line in our fight against COVID19. This is great news because now we can go to our trusted pharmacist at our local chemist to get the jab and at the same time do our bit to keep yourself and our community safe.
Together we can beat this!”
“Thanks to Darren and staff at Berwick Pharmacy for looking after me so well.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The best Covid vaccine is the one you can get right now

The best Covid vaccine is the one you can get right now

Health & Wellness

30-07-2021

Author: Natasha Yates

Assistant Professor, General Practice, Bond University

Reprinted from The Conversation

 

If you are 18 or older, and in an area where there is a COVID-19 outbreak, the best vaccine for you is the one you can get right now. That possibly means you should get the AstraZeneca vaccine, as Pfizer is still in short supply.

This updated advice was given by ATAGI (the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation), the government’s expert vaccine advisory body, on July 24. Why would it change to recommending either AstraZeneca or Pfizer, after months of preferring Pfizer for younger people?

More young people are being hospitalised, in ICU and dying during this current outbreak in Australia, where the Delta strain is dominating.

Whether this is a function of the Delta strain being more dangerous to young people, or because older people are (as a group) more likely to be protected by already being vaccinated, remains a subject of debate.

 

Read more: Why is Delta such a worry? It’s more infectious, probably causes more severe disease, and challenges our vaccines


There is little argument, however, that the Delta strain is more infectious, which is why we want to vaccinate our population as quickly as possible.

So if you are 18 or older and have not been vaccinated yet, you may be asking whether getting an AstraZeneca vaccine right now is the right thing for you to do. To answer this we need to consider the benefits and risks of the AstraZeneca vaccination.

What do vaccines achieve?

When thinking about what any COVID-19 vaccine should achieve, there is an order of priority.

First, it should stop people who catch COVID-19 from dying.

Second, it should reduce risk of severe disease (symptoms bad enough to need ICU treatment).

Third, hospitalisations should go down.

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How can you recognise when stress is a problem?

How can you recognise when stress is a problem?

Health & Wellness

22-07-2021

Stress isn’t always a bad thing – sometimes it helps you get through a tough situation by making you feel more alert and capable. But it can also be overwhelming and affect your quality of life.

How can you recognise when stress is a problem? Some questions you can ask yourself include:
– Can you switch off when you want to rest? Or can you not stop thinking?
– Are you coping? Or do little things get you down?
– Do you feel mostly calm? Or do you feel irritable?

Find more ways to recognise and cope with stress here

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It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health

It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health

Health & Wellness

05-07-2021

Victorians have faced some tough times lately – from droughts to bushfires to a global pandemic. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve been through – everyone needs help from time to time.

Almost half of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, but most people still feel too uncomfortable and uncertain to talk about it. 

The Victorians featured in It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health have shared their stories to illustrate how we can all experience different mental health challenges.

If you or someone you know is struggling – don’t wait. It’s always the right time to talk about mental health.

You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636. In an emergency, call 000.

How can you recognise when stress is a problem?

How can you recognise when stress is a problem?

Health & Wellness

28-05-2021

Stress isn’t always a bad thing – sometimes it helps you get through a tough situation by making you feel more alert and capable. But it can also be overwhelming and affect your quality of life.
How can you recognise when stress is a problem? Some questions you can ask yourself include:
– Can you switch off when you want to rest? Or can you not stop thinking?
– Are you coping? Or do little things get you down?
– Do you feel mostly calm? Or do you feel irritable?
 
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Anxiety and depression that occur during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth are known as perinatal depression (PND)

Anxiety and depression that occur during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth are known as perinatal depression (PND)

Health & Wellness

04-05-2021

Anxiety and depression that occur during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth are known as perinatal depression (PND).
How can you tell if your feelings are ‘normal’ for a new or expecting parent or if you might need to seek help for PND?
PANDA’s mental health checklists for expecting and new parents are a useful guide.
 
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Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health

Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health

Health & Wellness

22-04-2021

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 Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.

Physical activity does not have to be vigorous or done for long periods in order to improve your health. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise – around 75 minutes per week – improved their fitness levels significantly, when compared to a non-exercising group.

Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. You can get out and walk without worrying about the risks associated with some more vigorous forms of exercise. Walking is also a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly, or who haven’t exercised in a long time.

Walking for fun and fitness isn’t limited to strolling by yourself around local neighbourhood streets. There are various clubs, venues and strategies you can use to make walking an enjoyable and social part of your lifestyle.

read more here

Watch out for gastro

Watch out for gastro

Health & Wellness

12-04-2021

Some germs can be effectively removed from our hands by using hand sanitiser. Others can’t.
For example, hand sanitiser does not work well to prevent the spread of gastro.
So if someone in your household is sick with gastro, the best way to prevent the spread is by washing your hands the old-fashioned way, with soap and water.
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