September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Health Weeks

17-09-2018

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men, with approximately 20,000 men diagnosed with the disease every year.

While five-year survival rates have increased to 95 per cent, some 3,500 men still die as a result of prostate cancer every year. Early detection is vital to get these figures down.  

September is International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, with this year’s theme being #getchecked

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is encouraging all men aged over 50 to talk to their GP about prostate health and about what is best for them.

Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia CEO Jane Endacott said regular health check-ups were vital in beating the disease.   Read More >

17-23rd September AF Awareness Week

17-23rd September AF Awareness Week

Health Weeks

10-09-2018

Take the AF Quiz

You could be at risk of having Atrial Fibrillation and not know it.

An unhealthy irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation (AF), affects up to 460,000 Australians and left undetected can cause heart failure or stroke.

Take this short AF Quiz and find out if you could be at risk of Atrial Fibrillation.

National Stroke Week

National Stroke Week

Health Weeks

30-08-2018

Monday 3 to Sunday 9 September 2018

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Every step counts towards a healthy life. 

This year, Stroke Foundation is encouraging Australians to discover how easy it is to fit healthy habits into their day and do their part to prevent stroke.

It’s estimated that more than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented simply by managing risk factors and living a healthy lifestyle. There are some risk factors for stroke which can’t be prevented like age, family history and prior stroke. If you’re male, your risk is also higher.  Read More >

Be Medicinewise Week 2018

Be Medicinewise Week 2018

Health Weeks

23-08-2018

 
 

Medicines are part of most people’s lives, so it’s critical to have access to all the information we need about the medicines we, and our family members, are taking. Read More >

Wound Awareness July 2018

Wound Awareness July 2018

Health Weeks

04-07-2018

ARE YOU AWARE OF WHAT A WOUND IS?

Often we think of wounds as sores or cuts, however non healing or chronic wounds are a serious health concern, affecting hundreds of thousands of people and costing our health system billions. One type of chronic wound is a leg ulcer. These wounds, on the lower leg, can start out as a small scratch and ulcerate and not heal. Some people have these wounds for years and years. Read More >

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Health Weeks

08-06-2018

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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June (1-30 June), to raise awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer.
 
Bowel cancer claims the lives of over 80 Australians every week.
 
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive message – saving lives through early detection – as bowel cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

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National Palliative Care Week

National Palliative Care Week

Health Weeks

10-05-2018

National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia.

The theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week is ‘What matters most?’ and it will be held 20-26 May 2018.  Read More >

World Parkinson’s Day

World Parkinson’s Day

Health Weeks

30-03-2018

Currently there is no known cause of Parkinson’s or understanding of why some people develop Parkinson’s and not others. This is the reason Parkinson’s is often referred to as “Idiopathic (cause unknown) Parkinson’s.

There are many theories as to the causes of Parkinson’s and it is generally thought that multiple factors are responsible. 

 

Through research, our understanding of the possible causes of Parkinson’s is increasing all of the time. Areas of current research include: ageing, genes, environmental factors, chemical exposure and virus like structures called prions. 

GENES AND PARKINSON’S

Genetic, or hereditary, Parkinson’s where Parkinson’s is passed on from one generation to the next is rare, only a very small percentage of Parkinson’s may have a direct genetic cause. Read More >