It’s World Breastfeeding Week

It’s World Breastfeeding Week

Health Weeks

05-08-2020

It’s World Breastfeeding Week, and this year’s theme is ‘support breastfeeding for a healthier planet’. The WHO and UNICEF are calling on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support.
Here in Victoria breastfeeding mothers can seek support from their maternal and child health nurse, GP or midwife, maternity hospital breastfeeding ‘day stay’ units, lactation consultants, early parenting centres and the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
Help is available by phone 24/7 through:
• Breastfeeding Helpline (1800 686 268)
• Maternal and Child Health Line (13 22 29).
Learn more about breastfeeding and available supports:
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World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day

Health Weeks

29-07-2020

Today is World Hepatitis Day!
Hepatitis Australia says that while the world is focused on a new virus, it is important not to forget what is happening for those at risk of, or living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
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June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Health Weeks

24-06-2020

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
 
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – a Bowel Cancer Australia initiative raising awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer and 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 (5,336 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.

 
296 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this week (15,352 people a year).
 

Why is Australian male health so in need of attention? Why work on men’s heath?

Why is Australian male health so in need of attention? Why work on men’s heath?

Health Weeks

05-06-2020

Good question!

Because the health status of males in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than that of females.

More males die at every stages through the life course, more males have accidents, more males take their own lives and more males suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females at the same age.

Meanwhile, men are less frequent visitors to general practitioners, and the perception is that they don’t care about health or that health services are not well-prepared to interact with men effectively.

But that’s not what Men’s Health Week is about!

Men’s Health Week was started in the United States by the US Congress in 1994 to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. 

In Australia, there were small and localised Men’s Health Week events in Victoria and then in New South Wales from about 2000 onwards.

In 2002, the 2nd World Congress Of Men’s Health was held in Vienna and brought together six leading men’s health organisations including MHIRC to run international events in June each year, just before the United States and United Kingdom Father’s Day. Read More >

Can you help The Nappy Collective?

Can you help The Nappy Collective?

Health Weeks

20-05-2020

Around 1 in 10 Australian mums will struggle to afford the nappies they need for their babies.

The Nappy Collective aims to deliver 1 million nappies to families in need this year.

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 situation, they are unable to collect nappy donations so they are asking for you to consider giving the gift of virtual nappies.

For as little as $20, you can provide 1 weeks’ worth of nappies to a family in need.

Please head to their social media pages or their website to learn more, and to make a donation.

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Ovarian cancer doesn’t go into lockdown

Ovarian cancer doesn’t go into lockdown

Health Weeks

08-05-2020

Every 8 hours, one woman dies from this silent killer and right now those with ovarian cancer are at an increased risk.

We’re in uncertain times—and now, more than ever, we need support to fund our critical research.

Even $20 gets us closer to saving the lives of women with ovarian cancer.

Now, more than ever, we need your help
 
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Now, more than ever, we need your help

Today is White Shirt Day

Today is White Shirt Day

Health Weeks

The OCRF is on a mission to make early detection a reality. The annual White Shirt Campaign plays a significant role solution in helping raise the funds needed to support essential research projects.

Thanks to your support, the campaign now in its 12th year, has contributed more than $13.5 million to research that is tackling early detection and improving treatment. Research that will save women’s lives. Now more than ever, the campaign is relying on your continued support.

Wear a white shirt on May 8th, in honour of the committed researchers working to save women’s lives and find ways to reduce the threat of ovarian cancer. Read More >

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Health Weeks

29-04-2020

Health workers are on the frontline of the COVID-19 response and exposed to hazards that put them at risk of infection. Risks include:
-Pathogen
-Long working hours
-Psychological distress
-Fatigue
-Occupational burnout
-Stigma
-Violence

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Hand Care – how to protect your skin

Hand Care – how to protect your skin

Health Weeks

28-04-2020

Proper hand washing is the first line of defence against infections. However, frequent hand washing
can lead to dry, cracked, painful and itchy skin which may lead to an infection. This is especially true
for those people suffering from skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Dry skin is caused by an
impaired skin barrier and a deficiency in the healthy fats in the top layer of the skin.
Here are a few tips for protecting your skin from drying out:
1. Dry your hands properly
After washing your hands, it is important to dry them properly. Not only are germs easily transferred
between wet hands, but water has a drying effect on the skin. When water evaporates it reduces
the skin’s natural oils.
2. Avoid using hot water for handwashing
Make sure you use warm rather than hot water. It is also a good idea to wear latex or rubber gloves
when washing the dishes, and when using cleaning products that may dry out the skin, for example
bathroom cleansers or shampoos when washing your child’s hair.
3. Regularly use a moisturiser
Frequent use of hand sanitisers and soaps can strip the proteins in the top layer of the skin. When
this happens you may experience dryness, itching and even cracking or bleeding. Your skin might
feel like its burning. Frequent moisturising helps to avoid dermatitis and heal rough hands, locking
the moisture inside. You should use a moisturiser throughout the day and especially when your
hands feel dry. To prevent spreading germs, it’s a good idea to carry your own personal tube of
moisturiser rather than sharing a jar of it with others. Read More >