Ovarian Cancer & Teal

Ovarian Cancer & Teal

Health Weeks

22-02-2017

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – an annual Ovarian Cancer Australia campaign. This campaign raises awareness of the signs and symptoms, risks and impact of ovarian cancer. It also raises vital funds to support Ovarian Cancer Australia’s work in awareness, support, advocacy and research. This February, Ovarian Cancer Australia invites Australians to host an Afternoon ‘Teal’ (teal is the international colour for ovarian cancer). It is an opportunity to bring family, friends and local community together to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.

1495_Womens_cancer_and_Afternoon_TealOvarian cancer is a disease where some of the cells in one or both ovaries start to grow abnormally and develop into cancer.

Approximately 1,400 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Sadly, the death rate for ovarian cancer is relatively high – 2 out of 3 Australian women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will die, and around 75% of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage. Read More >

National condom day

National condom day

Health Weeks

15-02-2017

National Condom Day is an annual health initiative that coincides with 14 February (Valentine’s Day). This is an ideal opportunity to promote healthy relationships, and remind people about the risks of sexually transmissible infections (e.g. genital herpes, and HIV/AIDS), and unplanned pregnancies.

National Condom DayResults from the National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health (2013) indicated that:

  • amongst sexually active students, the most commonly used form of contraception was the condom (58%), with the majority (63%) of students believing that ‘most’ or ‘all’ of their peers use a condom when they have sex
  • the majority (67%) of sexually active students reported that a condom was available the last time they had sex, and 86% of these students reported using it
  • when referring to their last sexual encounter, 23% of sexually active students reported having sex in a less controlled space (i.e. friend’s house, car or outdoors), where a condom may not have been readily available.

These results suggest that people are more likely to use condoms if they are available during a sexual encounter; but there are still many occasions where people are engaging in sexual risk taking behaviour. Read More >

Australia’s Healthy Weight Week

Australia’s Healthy Weight Week

Health Weeks

06-02-2017

Australia’s Healthy Weight Week is an initiative of the Dietitians Association of Australia, raising awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. Events are held in February each year to help promote this message and encourage people to see an Accredited Practising Dietitian to assist with food, nutrition and lifestyle management. – more 

Teenagers and alcohol – an unhealthy combination

Teenagers and alcohol – an unhealthy combination

Health Weeks

27-01-2017

At this time of year, the calendar is filled with social engagements and parties. Many teenagers will spend much of the school-holiday period celebrating and spending time with their friends. Many of these functions will involve alcohol.

1491_Teenagers_and_alcoholAn Australian survey in 2013 found that the average age at which young people aged 14-24 first tried alcohol is 15.7. Approximately 86% of Australians 14 years of age and over have drunk alcohol at least once in their lives.

Alcohol acts as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. The effect of alcohol comes from a combination of factors, including the amount of alcohol consumed and various other factors such as age, gender, body size, nutrition, and drinking experience. Alcohol consumption affects not only the person drinking, but everyone in the community. It is estimated that alcohol costs the Australian community over $15 billion a year. These costs relate to health problems, accidents, crime, violence, social issues, and loss of productivity. Read More >

Health Tips for a Healthy Christmas

Health Tips for a Healthy Christmas

Health Weeks

15-12-2016

There’s no doubt that the festive season is a challenging time if you are trying to stay healthy and reduce body fat. It usually revolves around food (and not always healthy choices), large portions and lashing of alcohol to wash it all down. Christmas celebrations can last for weeks, so there are some things you need to watch out for. There are also some simple steps you can take to stay on track while still enjoying this special time of the year.

A Partridge in a pear tree 
Forget the partridges, but focus on the pear. Fruit is a convenient snack choice, and can even be used as a healthy dessert option

2 Turtle doves 
Doves symbolise peace, and you can maintain the peace by staying calm. Christmas can be a time of anxiety and heightened family tension, so have a plan to keep your stress at bay.

3 French hens 
If poultry is on the menu, try to have it without the skin, which can dramatically reduce the saturated fat content. Read More >

National Asbestos Awareness Week

National Asbestos Awareness Week

Health Weeks

23-11-2016

Asbestos is a term for a group of six naturally occurring mineral fibres belonging to two groups:

  • Serpentine Group – comprised of only chrysotile (white asbestos)
  • Amphibole Group – comprised of anthophyllite, amosite (brown asbestos or grey asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos), tremolite, and actinolite. Read More >

Diabetes Screening in Community Pharmacies

Diabetes Screening in Community Pharmacies

Health Weeks

16-11-2016

The fight against type 2 diabetes is about to be boosted with a major trial of diabetes screening in community pharmacies.
Speaking at a Guild Member pharmacy at the Gold Coast which is involved in the trial, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley MP said: “Extending the role of community pharmacists in primary health care will help more Australians to get tested for type 2 diabetes.” Read More >