Plan ahead for the heat

Plan ahead for the heat

Health Weeks

17-12-2019

When hot days are forecast it’s important to plan ahead.

🔴 Stay up to date with the weather forecasts in your area

🔴 If you have something planned for the hottest part of a very hot day, consider if you can cancel. If that’s not possible, try to reschedule for the coolest part of the day

🔴 Make sure you have what you need so you don’t have to go out in the heat. Having plenty of food – including some that doesn’t need refrigeration – is a good idea, as is filling some bottles with water and popping them in the fridge. Check if you have any medications you might need.

🔴 On a cooler day, visit your GP to check if you need to change your medications during extreme heat. It’s also important that you store any medications you have at the appropriate temperature Read More >

All you need to know about first aid kits

All you need to know about first aid kits

Health Weeks

An organised and properly stocked first aid kit can give you peace of mind in a medical emergency. Being prepared could help you save a life.

Doing a first aid course is recommended to give you the knowledge and skills to provide capable first aid assistance.

Buying a first aid kit is a convenient option.

First aid kits are sold in different shapes and sizes and for different uses.

A basic first aid kit checklist

You can customise your first aid kit depending on the activities you do. A basic first aid kit checklist might include:

  • crepe bandages of varying widths
  • hypoallergenic (skin) tape
  • triangular bandages
  • adhesive dressing strips (such as bandaids) in different sizes
  • gauze swabs
  • combine dressing pads (10cm x 10cm)
  • non-stick dressing pads (7.5cm x 10cm)
  • sterile eye pad
  • alcohol swabs
  • stainless steel scissors (sharp/blunt) 12.5cm
  • disposable gloves
  • stainless steel pointed splinter forceps (tweezers)
  • shock (thermal) blanket
  • safety pins
  • notepad and permanent marker
  • sterile saline tubes/sachets
  • disposable resuscitation face shield
  • antiseptic skin swabs
  • stop itch cream
  • first aid booklet Read More >

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