May is Macula Month

May is Macula Month

Health Weeks

21-04-2022

May is Macula Month, our annual awareness campaign to help Australians understand their risk of macular diseases. When you understand your risk, and know what to do, you can take early action that could save your sight.

The 2021 Macula Month will be extra special. We’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of Macular Disease Foundation Australia. That’s 20 years of impact on behalf of the macular disease community we serve.

This May, we’ll focus on Check My Macula. Check My Macula is a short online quiz that reveals your individual risk factors for macular disease in less than a minute and helps you learn what to do.

Doing the quiz takes just 60 seconds – 60 seconds that could save your sight.

With tens of thousands already taking the quiz, Check My Macula is a hugely successful tool to educate people over 50 about their risks of macular disease. And, of course, to encourage them to have regular eye exams.

Please do the quiz. If you are already living with macular disease, please share the link with your family and friends this Macula Month.

April is IBS Awareness month

April is IBS Awareness month

Health Weeks

13-04-2022

1 in 7 people suffering IBS type symptoms – 15 times more people require a diet low in FODMAPs than a gluten free diet. There is currently no cure, only multiple IBS management strategies including the low FODMAP diet, Dietitian support, health care team, probiotics and prebiotics, gut hypnotherapy etc.
Read more here
 
What does FODMAP Friendly mean?

The FODMAP Friendly certification (Fodmap Accreditation) program, incorporating the FODMAP Friendly logo, is the only registered certification trademark worldwide certifying FODMAP levels in food products that have been laboratory tested to be low in FODMAP’s. It is designed to enable consumers with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) who are following a Low FODMAP diet to easily identify and select suitable packaged food products. This easily recognisable “FODMAP Friendly” logo assists people with such symptoms to shop and eat with confidence.

National Advance Care Planning Week, 21-27 March 2022

National Advance Care Planning Week, 21-27 March 2022

Health Weeks

22-02-2022

Important life choices are planned, so talk about your choices today. 

Advance care planning gives you a voice in your health care, no matter what the future brings.

National Advance Care Planning Week is the perfect time to attend an event or start a conversation with loved ones about what’s important to you.

Man completing Advance Care Directive

 

 

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February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

Health Weeks

08-02-2022

We lose one courageous Australian woman to ovarian cancer every eight hours. 

But there are multiple way to be involved during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to ensure their courage continues.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held each year in Australia to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, to share the stories of real women affected by the disease, to highlight the risk factors for ovarian cancer and educate Australians on ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Ovarian Cancer Australia provides care and support for those affected by ovarian cancer and strives to make ovarian cancer a national priority. Importantly, we advocate for increased sector funding to enable delivery of the key priority areas outlined in the National Action Plan.

What to do if you test positive for Covid

What to do if you test positive for Covid

Health Weeks

15-01-2022

Understanding Your COVID checklist

Victoria’s isolation rules have changed, but some COVID-19 risks still remain. 

To see what you have to do if you test positive to COVID-19, or you have been told you are a contact, you can follow the checklists and information resources here.

Get beardy or hairy for Decembeard

Get beardy or hairy for Decembeard

Health Weeks

22-12-2021

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?
 
Decembeard Grow a Beard
 

World Aids Day

World Aids Day

Health Weeks

29-11-2021

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

Read more here 

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Health Weeks

08-11-2021

Lung Cancer Awareness Month | Lung Cancer

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This is an important time of the year, that brings the community together to help provide awareness, and to inform and educate people on the signs and symptoms of the disease. It is the fifth most common cancer in Australia, with around 12,000 Australians diagnosed each year.

In 2015, 11,788 new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed in Australia, this equates to nearly 9% of all cancers that were diagnosed that year. In 2016, 8410 deaths were caused by lung cancer in Australia.

 

October is breast cancer awareness month

October is breast cancer awareness month

Health Weeks

04-10-2021

October, Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community.

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.

Take the time this month to find out what you need to know about breast awareness and share this important information with your family, friends and colleagues.

Be breast aware

Learn more here