World Allergy Week, 2-8 April 2017

World Allergy Week, 2-8 April 2017

Health Weeks

29-03-2017

 

World Allergy Week 2017 The Agony of Hives

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is addressing the need for greater awareness and understanding of allergy topics as well as the exchange of ideas and collaboration in order to address treatment and quality-of-life issues related to the care of patients with urticaria.

For more information: Urticaria (hives)

Berwick Easter Festival

Berwick Easter Festival

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Berwick Village, in conjunction with the Berwick Business Group, are very excited to be hosting Berwick’s second Easter Festival. Following the success of last year’s event, this Easter themed family festival is sure to be even bigger and better than before with more activities the whole family can enjoy.

Kids aged 2 to 13 years old are invited to participate in the Easter egg hunt. Last year tickets sold out in two days, so do not delay if you would like to take part. The scavenger hunt is being held in High Street park, Berwick, an area fully enclosed by a white picket fence then decorated with hay bales, barrels and flowers to create the perfect garden setting. Children under the age of 3 years require an assisting adult and a separate session will be held especially for them. Special baskets will be provided on the day to every scavenger and personal baskets are not permitted. The Easter Egg hunts are run in 10 minute sessions and tickets are $6 each and selling fast. You can also book to have a lovely, keepsake selfie photograph taken with the Easter Bunny between 10am to 1pm for an additional $2 plus booking fee. Purchase your tickets by following the link here. 

Browse the market stalls situated along the Main Street in Berwick, enjoy live music, enter the Easter Hat Parade for a bit of extra fun, and kids can participate in a range of free activities set up especially for them. Access to activities along the main street is free. Read More >

Raising Awareness of Epilepsy

Raising Awareness of Epilepsy

Health & Wellness

Epilepsy is a common condition in our community and can develop at any age, regardless of gender or ethnic group. According to Epilepsy Australia, research suggests that some 3–4% of the Australian population will develop epilepsy at some stage in their lives.

1548_Raising_awareness_of_epilepsyAt one stage it was believed that epilepsy was a disorder of the young, as it appeared most people experienced their first seizure before the age of 20. However, people over 55 are now recognised as being the most vulnerable. This rapidly growing demographic group is subject to the kinds of cerebrovascular (circulation of blood to the brain), respiratory and cardiac events that can lead to epileptic seizures.

There are many causes of epilepsy, which vary with the age at which seizures begin and the nature of the seizures. However, in 50% of cases, the cause is unknown.

In many cases of epilepsy in young children, genetics play an important role. But research has shown that genetics can be a factor in developing epilepsy at any age. It appears that certain people are more prone to having seizures than others. This is, at times, described as having a ‘low-seizure threshold’. Read More >

Kiana Beauty Therapy in Berwick

Kiana Beauty Therapy in Berwick

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21-03-2017

Visit our beauty rooms located upstairs at Berwick Pharmacy (51 High Street Berwick) and enjoy our luxurious beauty treatments.

Bookings are essential. Call (03) 9769 3314 to make an appointment.

 
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Casey Kids Carnival coming soon!

Casey Kids Carnival coming soon!

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Event Details

Date:           Saturday 25 March 2017
Time:          11.00 am – 4.00 pm
Venue:        Akoonah Park, Cardinia Street, Berwick

Main Stage Line Up:

11.10 am MC Opens
11.15 am Rhiannan Tones
11.26 am Anthropo Group
11.45 am Mik Maks Show
12.19 am Brittany Leo
12.27 pm Mayors Speech
12.30 pm Trolls Show
1.01 pm Vocal Performance School
1.15 pm Sterling Calisthenics
1.30 pm Paw Patrol Show
2.00 pm Anthony Kale
2.12 pm Reflections Academy of Dance
2.26 pm Star Search for a Cause
2.45 pm Backstage Dance Academy
2.59 pm Lindelle School of Dance
3.15 pm MC Closes

Return your unwanted medicines to your pharmacy for safe disposal

Return your unwanted medicines to your pharmacy for safe disposal

Pharmacy news

Consumers have been accustomed to disposing of unwanted and out-of-date medicines using general waste and sewerage options.

Having regard to the potential dangers in retaining these medicines in the home, and environmental considerations, consumers need to know the appropriate action for medicine disposal – and to be encouraged to use this option.

Old medicines lying around the home ‘just in case’ are dangerous…

exclaimationIf taken when they’re out-of-date
If taken when not prescribed for you
If in reach of little prying fingers

The RUM Project provides the safest and easiest way to dispose of unwanted and out-of-date medicines.

It makes possible the return of all household medicines to any pharmacy at anytime – for free and safe collection and disposal.

Think before you throw

Unwanted medicines are often dumped into the toilet, tipped down the sink or put out with the garbage, which starts a journey that can seriously harm the environment.

More than 500 tonnes of medicines find their way into waterways and landfill every year.

We need to change our behaviours to solve this problem and give the environment a chance.

Don’t flush medicines down the toilet.

Sewerage plants can’t treat all chemicals in waste water, resulting in contamination of waterways.

Don’t pour medicines down the sink.

Household medicines contain highly soluble chemicals which when entered into water systems can harm aquatic life.

Don’t throw medicines into the garbage bin.

Household medicines disposed of this way end up in exposed landfill sites

Returning Medicines

By returning out-of-date and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy, we can make our home a safer place.

This is all you need to do… its really easy

  1. Go to your home medicine area.
  2. Check expiry dates on all your medicines and separate all expired medicines into a container for return.
  3. Check that you actually need all the medicines – separate those medicines no longer needed into the container for return.
  4. Take the container to Eden Rise Pharmacy for disposal.

Brain Week

Brain Week

Health & Wellness

19-03-2017

This year, Brain Awareness Week is taking place on the 13th to 19th March. Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, and unites the efforts of organisations worldwide in celebrating the brain for people of all ages.

1547_Brain_awarenessIn Australia, the Brain Foundation is a charity that is dedicated to funding research around the country into neurological disorders, brain disease and brain injuries. This research aims to advance diagnoses, treatment and patient outcomes.

The brain is a large and complex organ, and is made up of more than 100 billion nerves communicating in numerous connections called synapses. Different parts of the brain work together, and control numerous aspects of daily living, including breathing, sleep, coordination and balance. Read More >

Are you taking your medicines correctly?

Are you taking your medicines correctly?

Pharmacy news

15-03-2017

Making sure you have taken your medications on time and in the right doses is important to ensuring they are effective in managing or treating your medical condition.

For people taking a large number of medications, or older people who may live alone or have limited access to a carer or support person, this can be a challenge.

However, your pharmacists at Eden Rise Pharmacy can help ensure you or a loved one is maintaining a medication regimen by packing the regular medications into a special dosing device called a Dose Administration Aid (DAA).

DAAs organise doses of tablets and capsules according to when they should be taken and are well-sealed, tamper-evident devices. They make it easy to know when to take the medication, whether you have taken it and also help to ensure the medications are taken in the correct prescribed doses.

Medication-related hospital admissions remain a significant problem in Australia. It is estimated that about 190,000 people are admitted to hospital each year in Australia as a result of medications-related problems. Medication-related hospital admissions have been estimated to comprise 2 per cent to 3 per cent of all Australian hospital admissions, with rising estimates of prevalence when sub-populations are studied. For example, 12 per cent of all medical admissions and 20 per cent to 30 per cent of all admissions in the population aged 65 years and over are estimated to be medication-related. Read More >

Should you go gluten-free?

Should you go gluten-free?

Health & Wellness

10-03-2017

The term ‘gluten-free’ appears everywhere in our modern society. Dietary gluten is often blamed for causing a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhoea, bloating and excessive wind, as well as lethargy and poor concentration. There is a range of expensive gluten-free products now on the market, and sales of these products are growing rapidly. Today many people avoid gluten in the belief that it will improve their health or help them to lose weight. Health professionals have expressed concern that increasing numbers of people are self-diagnosing gluten allergies and intolerances.

1497_Should_you_go_gluten-freeSo what are the facts?

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, oats, rye and barley. Other grains such as rice or corn do not contain gluten. A majority of gluten is found in wheat products such as bread and pasta, as well as processed foods such as soups, sauces, gravies, salad dressings, and seasonings. It has no nutritional value on its own, and can be found in unexpected foods. Wheat products form a large part of our modern diet.

For the majority of the population, gluten has no effect on the body. However for about 1% of the Australian population, gluten can be harmful. These people suffer from coeliac disease.

According to Coeliac Australia, in people with coeliac disease the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten, which causes damage to the small bowel (intestine). It affects people of all ages, both male and female. Various symptoms are associated with coeliac disease, including gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting), fatigue, easy skin bruising and others. Treatment involves a strict gluten free diet for life. Read More >