Like to improve your health in 2020?

Like to improve your health in 2020?

Health & Wellness

06-01-2020

Hoping to improve your health in 2020? If your diet isn’t quite as it could be, a supplement may help.

@sup_supplements target specific concerns for the modern life.

Speak to one of our team to find out if a vitamin supplement might be suitable for you.

📸 pics via SUP Supplements

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Bushfire aftermath – safety tips

Bushfire aftermath – safety tips

Health & Wellness

  • Check with your local emergency services that it is safe to return to your property after a bushfire.
  • Wear protective clothing before entering your property after a bushfire.
  • Where possible, try to avoid taking children onto fire-damaged properties. If you do, make sure they remain protected at all times.
  • Hazardous wastes, such as asbestos materials and burnt CCA-treated timber, need special care during handling and disposal.
 

Houses, sheds and other buildings or structures burnt in a bushfire can leave potential health hazards. These may include fallen or sharp objects, smouldering coals, damaged electrical wires, leaking gas and weakened walls.

When returning to your property, make sure you are aware of the dangers and take steps to protect your health and safety.

 

Hazardous materials that may be present after a bushfire include:

  • asbestos
  • ashes, especially from burnt treated timbers (such as copper chrome arsenate or ‘CCA’)
  • LPG gas cylinders
  • medication
  • garden chemicals
  • farm chemicals
  • other general chemicals (for example, cleaning products)
  • metal and other residues from burnt household appliances
  • dust.

If you have a septic tank, remember it may have been weakened in the fire so do not drive or walk over it.

It is unsafe to spread ash around your property, particularly if asbestos materials were used in your home or other structures, or if CCA-treated timber was burnt. It is also unsafe to disturb the dust when walking around your property.

Use protective clothing to check your property after a bushfire
 

Make sure you wear protective clothing before entering your property, including:

  • Wear sturdy footwear and heavy-duty work gloves.
  • Wear disposable overalls, with long sleeves and trousers.
  • Wear a P2 face mask (P2 face masks are sometimes referred to as N95 masks).
  • When leaving the property, dispose of gloves, coveralls and face masks into a garbage bag. Wash your hands after removing contaminated clothing and articles. Shoes should be cleaned before being worn again.

All foods that have been fire damaged or affected by heat should be discarded. This includes all perishable and non-perishable foods (such as cans or packaged foods). Power outages can also leave perishable foods that may have been refrigerated unsafe to eat.

Bushfires produce large amounts of smoke and ash, and your tank water could have become contaminated from debris and ash, or dead animals. If the water tastes, looks or smells unusual, do not drink it or give it to animals.

Read more here

Never leave kids in cars

Never leave kids in cars

Health & Wellness

30-12-2019

Never leave kids in cars

Never leave your most precious valuables, your children, alone in the car.

The never leave kids in cars campaign prompts parents to take their kids with them whenever they get out of the car, just as they do their everyday valuables, to avoid potentially tragic consequences.

 

The risk of heatstroke and dehydration is very real

  • a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adults’
  • even on a mild day, the temperature inside a parked car can be 20 to 30 degrees hotter than the temperature outside
  • when it’s 30 degrees outside, a child could be suffering in up to 60-degree heat
  • leaving the windows down has little effect on the inside temperature of the car
  • large cars heat up as quickly as smaller cars.

Visit Kidsafe Victoria for more information. 

Child Health

Child Health

Health & Wellness

18-11-2019

In the first five years of life, a child’s brain and body develops more quickly than at any other time. When babies are young, their learning and development mostly happens within the family at home. As they grow and develop, children will start to learn from others in the community – friends, peers, and early childhood educators.

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WHAT IS THUNDERSTORM ASTHMA?

WHAT IS THUNDERSTORM ASTHMA?

Health & Wellness

02-11-2019

Thunderstorm asthma can be very serious for people with asthma.

Thunderstorm asthma events are believed to be triggered by an uncommon combination of high grass pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm, causing pollen grains from grasses to be swept up in the wind and carried long distances.

If grass pollen is a problem for you then thunderstorms in spring and summer may also affect you.

Some pollens can burst open and release tiny particles that are concentrated in the wind just before the thunderstorm. These small particles get further into the airways and can trigger asthma symptoms.

To avoid exposure, stay inside with the windows and doors closed until after the storm has passed.

People as risk of acute asthma flare-ups triggered by a thunderstorm include those with seasonal hay fever, current asthma, a history of asthma or undiagnosed asthma. Read More >

Can Qiara help you?

Can Qiara help you?

Health & Wellness

10-10-2019

To the mums out there, for something that is supposed to be “natural”, breastfeeding is often more difficult that we imagine it’s going to be.

Qiara contain probiotics isolated from breast milk, which can help yours and baby’s tummy. It may also reduce and relieve pain and discomfort associated with mastitis, and reduce the occurrence of mastitis.

Come and speak to our pharmacists to see whether Qiara can help you.

📸 photo credit @sarahcraven_photographer

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Pollen season and asthma

Pollen season and asthma

Health & Wellness

30-09-2019

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Asthma explained

  • The common symptoms of asthma are wheezing, breathlessness and chest tightness 
  • Different triggers bring on asthma symptoms in different people.
  • Asthma can be controlled with regular preventer medication every day (if prescribed) and using a reliever when symptoms flare up.
  • People experiencing asthma-like symptoms for the first time should visit their GP for assessment and advice, and if appropriate, develop an asthma management plan.
  • An asthma attack can threaten life – call triple zero (000) for an ambulance in an emergency and tell the operator that someone is having an asthma attack.
  • Find out more about asthma and its treatment – this will help improve asthma control and help you feel more confident to look after yourself, your child or anyone in your care.
  • A range of programs and services are available to support Australians with asthma.

Asthma is a common disease of the airways – the structures through which air passes when moving from your mouth and nose right down to the smallest structures in your lungs. About one in nine to ten Australians have asthma. It is often associated with other allergic conditions like hay fever and eczema. Read More >