Bowel Cancer in Men – December is Decembeard month

Bowel Cancer in Men – December is Decembeard month

Health Weeks

04-12-2019

1 in 11 Australian men will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.

Bowel cancer affects men of all ages – and risk increases every year from age 50.

Around 55% of all Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer are men.

Choices you make related to diet, lifestyle, screening and surveillance can influence your bowel cancer risk.

Because you can change or modify these risk factors, they are referred to as ‘modifiable’.

Increased age, personal and family health history and hereditary conditions can also influence your bowel cancer risk.

Because you cannot change these risk factors, they are referred to as ‘non-modifiable’.

 

Bowel cancer and men – the impact

Bowel cancer is the third deadliest cancer in men

Bowel cancer kills more than 2,900 men each year, 279 (10%) are under age 55.

More than 8,500 Australian men are diagnosed with the disease each year.

Around 1,194 (14%) of those men diagnosed with bowel cancer are under age 55. Read More >

About World AIDS Day

About World AIDS Day

Health Weeks

25-11-2019

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about HIV and AIDS. It is a day for the community to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died of AIDS related conditions or other conditions associated with HIV. Learn more here

Image of people standing in front of the big World AIDS Day letters on Princes Bridge in Melbourne

Shine a Light on Lung Cancer

Shine a Light on Lung Cancer

Health Weeks

02-11-2019

This Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we’re calling for change by releasing a short film capturing the heartbreaking reality of being diagnosed with lung cancer and exposing the true disparity in lung cancer care and the reforms needed. Watch film here

 

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. 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 >

Mental Health Week 2019

Mental Health Week 2019

Health Weeks

21-09-2019

Mental Health Week 2019

October 5 -11 2019 | Mental Health: What do you know?

Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians around mental health and related issues through the organisation of a huge variety of events by individuals and organisations across the state.

The theme for Mental Health Week 2019 in Victoria is Mental Health: What do you know?

We are asking Victorians what do they know about mental health.

World Mental Health Day

We also support World Mental Health Day on October 10th, 2019.

The theme for WMHDay, as set by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is ‘Making Mental Health a Global Priority: Scaling Up Services Through Citizen Advocacy and Action’.

Mental Health Week / Day / Month is celebrated all around Australia, with each state adopting their own theme and holding their own events each year. Learn more here

 

 

Web Links

→ www.mentalhealthvic.org.au

→ www.health.vic.gov.au

→ www.vic.gov.au

→ Men’s Health Week 2020

→ Mental Health Foundation

Footy Colours day coming soon

Footy Colours day coming soon

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 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 Eden Rise Pharmasave Pharmacy or Berwick Pharmacy .

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Register as an organ donor!

Register as an organ 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.