Heads Up On Diabetes for National Diabetes Week13-07-2020
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month24-06-2020
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.
Why is Australian male health so in need of attention? Why work on men’s heath?05-06-2020
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?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.
Ovarian cancer doesn’t go into lockdown08-05-2020
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.
Today is White Shirt Day
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.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:
-Long working hours
Hand Care – how to protect your skin28-04-2020
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 >