MAY IS CROHN’S & COLITIS AWARENESS MONTH

MAY IS CROHN’S & COLITIS AWARENESS MONTH

Health Weeks

12-05-2021

GET INVOLVED THIS MAY TO HELP US #FLUSHTHESTIGMA

It takes guts to talk about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and this May Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) will be raising awareness in support of people living with these lifelong illnesses.

This May is a chance for Australians to understand a little more about what it is like to live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many people living with these illnesses stay silent about the day-to-day issues they face but during May, we can help them speak up.

By as early as next year, there is expected to be over 100,000 Australians living with Crohn’s or colitis – lifelong, incurable conditions that are on the increase. For every person diagnosed, not only are their lives changed forever but also the lives of their family and friends.

World Asthma Day May 5

World Asthma Day May 5

Health Weeks

22-04-2021

GET SUPPORT TO BREATHE BETTER IN COLD WEATHER

We know winter can be challenging for people with asthma. It’s another burden to manage. So, we’re here to help.

Join, Asthma Assist our free asthma information service that aims to support you in better managing your asthma this winter.

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Sign up and you will receive:

  • An Asthma Toolkit including helpful brochures, Asthma Action Plans, educational videos, plus more!
  • A subscription to our e-newsletter, jam-packed with updates on asthma management, latest research and what Asthma Australia is doing to better support the one in nine Australians with asthma

Simply complete the form below and one of our Asthma Educators will endeavour to respond as soon as they can.

If you have any further questions regarding our Asthma Assist service, or have a specific enquiry, please contact our Asthma Educators on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) or email us on helpline@asthma.org.au

World Parkinsons Day

World Parkinsons Day

Health Weeks

12-04-2021

Did you know that there are 27,000 Victorians living with Parkinson’s disease? It’s a progressive neurological condition that affects control of body movements, and it can affect anyone.
Each person’s experience of Parkinson’s disease is different. With a combination of medication and allied health support, symptoms can be managed and people with Parkinson’s disease can live independent, rewarding lives.
Contact

Parkinson’s Victoria

on 1800 644 189 for information and support.

 

Reduce stress and improve your focus

Reduce stress and improve your focus

Health Weeks

24-03-2021

Five minutes of meditation seems brief, but pausing to sit quietly with yourself can help to let everything else go, calm your mind, reduce stress and improve your focus for the rest of the day.
Set a reminder to spend five minutes at the same time each day to sit quietly with your thoughts, your breathing or a guided meditation.
 
May be an image of fruit and text that says 'STOP FOR A MOMENT ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? BREATHE SLOWLY IN THROUGH YOUR NOSE & OUT THROUGH YOUR MOUTH FEEL YOUR CHEST RISE & FALL WITH EACH BREATH CLOSE YOUR EYES ALLOW YOURSEL TO BE CALM Visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.qu BetterHealth Channel'
 
 
 

Celebrating World Hearing Day

Celebrating World Hearing Day

Health Weeks

27-02-2021

World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. Each year, WHO decides the theme and develops evidence-based advocacy materials such as brochures, flyers, posters, banners, infographics and presentations, among others. These materials are shared with partners in government and civil society around the world as well as WHO regional and country offices. At its headquarters in Geneva, WHO organizes an annual World Hearing Day event. In recent years, an increasing number of Member States and other partner agencies have joined World Hearing Day by hosting a range of activities and events in their countries. WHO invites all stakeholders to join this global initiative.

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