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 >