Coronavirus hotline – If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline 1800 675 398

Coronavirus hotline – If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline 1800 675 398

Health Weeks

12-02-2021

Statement from the Premier – Read more about Corona virus in Victoria here

I won’t waste words: today hurts.  Victorians know, better than anyone, just how deeply. 

But as we’ve seen – here in Australia and around the world – we are facing a new kind of enemy.

A virus that is smarter, and faster, and more infectious. 

And until we have a vaccine, we need to do everything we can to keep this virus at bay.

In the past 24 hours, five new cases have been identified.

It shows just how incredibly infectious this virus is. And our public health team tell us it’s only getting faster. Read More >

Check for signs of skin cancer

Check for signs of skin cancer

Health Weeks

04-01-2021

Get to know your skin

Check for signs of skin cancer

The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.

It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.

It’s important to get to know your skin and what is normal for you, so that you notice any changes. Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently seen than felt.

Develop a regular habit of checking your skin for new spots and changes to existing freckles or moles.

Grow a beard for Decembeard!

Grow a beard for Decembeard!

Health Weeks

19-12-2020

Decembeard Grow a Beard

Bowel Cancer Australia’s hair-raising fundraiser encouraging you to get hairy while raising awareness and funds to help beat bowel cancer.
 
Face, head, legs, body – if it’s hair – let it grow or let it go!
 

Get beardy or hairy (anywhere) – the options are limitless, and the choice is yours.

  • Grow a beard or some chin stubble and promote your facial hair
  • Dye, decorate shave or trim your precious hair and create something amazing
  • Fake some luscious locks or make a hair-inspired creation
  • Donate the amount you spend on shaving/grooming or by skipping your next waxing appointment

You can join the hair-wagon any time, so what are you waiting for?


Help make real change happen in 5 easy steps

  1. Create your profile, set your target, add a picture and blurb about why you’re getting hairy and you’re good to go!
  2. Raise funds on your own or get your mates together and grow together!
  3. Share the online link to your fundraising page with family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues, so they can donate in support of your hair-raising efforts.
  4. Track your progress, post updates, and see donations and messages from your supporters on your page.
  5. Sign up and start making a difference today.

Read more here

World Aids Day Dec 1st

World Aids Day Dec 1st

Health Weeks

30-11-2020

The national World AIDS Day theme for Australia in 2020 is Now More Than Ever. World AIDS Day aims to encourage Australians to educate themselves and others about HIV; to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting prevention strategies; and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination.

As a community and as individuals, there is a lot we can do in relation to HIV. Working in partnership with people with HIV, we can encourage others to understand how HIV is transmitted. We can support people to access testing, treatment and care, as we know that commencing treatment at the early stages of HIV results in better health outcomes and reduces the likelihood of onward transmission.

Read more here

Skin Cancer Awareness Week

Skin Cancer Awareness Week

Health Weeks

17-11-2020

During Skin Cancer Awareness Week @cancercouncilaustralia
reminds us to use a combination of sun protection measures on days when the maximum UV level is higher than 3:
– Slip on sun-protective clothing.
– Slop on SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors (reapply every 2 hours).
– Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
– Seek shade.
– Slide on wrap-around sunglasses (that meet Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067).
 
 
 
 
 
 

November is lung cancer awareness month

November is lung cancer awareness month

Health Weeks

07-11-2020

Smoking is a key risk factor for lung cancer. According to Cancer Council Victoria:

– About 90% of lung cancer cases in males and 65% of cases in females in Australia are thought to be due to smoking.

– The earlier you start smoking, the longer you smoke and the more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of developing lung cancer.
– Other risk factors include passive smoking, exposure to asbestos and other elements, family history and more.
Learn more about lung cancer during lung cancer awareness month here
 
Discover the support available to help you quit smoking here
 
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October is Walktober

October is Walktober

Health Weeks

24-09-2020

Walktober is an annual health awareness and fundraising event that challenges people to move for 31 minutes of every day for 31 days in October. At the same time, we raise funds to enable Bluearth and its programs to have a presence in more schools across Australia.

Why we need to move more

Physical inactivity is a leading cause of disease and disability.

An office worker will typically spend 80,000 hours of their life sitting. Over time, sitting for more than 6 hours a day reduces life expectancy by 40% for women and 20% for men.

Sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality, double the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety.

Two thirds of Australians are overweight or obese; Australia has the highest rate of obesity in the world.*

Moving more is good for us; improving sleep and lung capacity, increasing blood flow to the brain for improved mental alertness and productivity, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure and improving heart muscle function and blood flow.

Helping kids to learn the joy of movement in their early years, is a key piece of their development that can influence their health and wellbeing through to later years.

You can read more here

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019

THERE’S MORE TO SAY AFTER R U OK?

THERE’S MORE TO SAY AFTER R U OK?

Health Weeks

05-09-2020

The message for R U OK?Day 2020 is:
 
‘THERE’S MORE TO SAY AFTER R U OK?’
 
 
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support those around us. In the lead-up to R U OK?Day we’ll help Australians know what to say when someone says they’re not OK and guide them through how they can continue a conversation that could change a life.
 
You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life.
 
Learn what to say after R U OK? and download our FREE resources for tips and ideas to help you share the message in your community.