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Dry July

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You’ve heard the joke ‘Three men walk into a bar…’ No, really, that’s how the first Dry July started!

In July 2008, three mates, Brett, Kenny and Phil, wanted to take a break from alcohol, so decided to abstain for the month of July, coining it their ‘Dry July’. They also wanted to raise money for a cause very close to their hearts, so they asked friends and family to sponsor them.

Hoping to raise $3,000 to buy a TV for their local hospital’s waiting room, the campaign was a huge success. The first Dry July ended up raising $250,000, thanks to the support of Adam Spencer, and Dry July was well and truly born!

Dry July is a fundraiser that encourages you to go alcohol-free in July to raise funds for people affected by cancer.dryjuly

The funds you raise as part of your Dry July will provide invaluable services for cancer patients, their families and carers – whether it’s a lift to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs or a bed close to treatment.

Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits, such as sleeping better, having more energy and of course, no hangovers! So you’re not only helping others, you’re helping yourself. It’s a win-win!

Learn more about Dry July on the Dry July Foundation website.

 

Patients aged 40-59, reserve your Pfizer dose now!

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As of Monday 5th July 2021, Edmonton Family Medical Centre will be offering the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination to patients in the following eligibility criteria:

Newly eligible:

  • All adults aged 40-49
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 49
  • NDIS participants aged years 16 and over, and carers of NDIS participants of any age

Already eligible:

  • All adults aged between 50 to 59
  • Quarantine and border workers
  • Health care workers
  • Aged care and disability care residents and staff
  • People aged 16 and over with an underlying medical condition or significant disability
  • Critical and high risk workers aged 16 and over including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.

PLEASE NOTE: Patients aged 60 and over are NOT eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at our clinic. However, they are eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Eligible patients can reserve their Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination through our online booking system or by calling 4055 4556. They will then receive a text message when the Pfizer vaccine stock arrives so that they can organise an appointment to get the vaccination.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

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June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Bowel Cancer Australia’s signature event to raise awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer and funds for the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer claims the lives of 103 Australians every week (5,336 people a year) – but it’s one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

While the risk of bowel cancer increases significantly with age, the disease doesn’t discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old.

296 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this week (15,352 people a year).
Find out more about how you can show your support for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Red Apple Day on the Bowel Cancer Australia website.
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Queensland Day

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Sunday 6th of June was Queensland Day!

Queensland Day is a celebration of Queensland’s birthday and marks the state’s official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony on 6 June 1859.

Commemorated annually on 6 June, Queensland Day is an important celebration of our state’s culture and heritage, and an opportunity to reflect on what Queensland means to you and what makes you proud to be a Queenslander—whether it be our people, places, opportunities or lifestyle.

Queensland Day, Sunday 6 June 2021 marked 162 years since a new story began, the story of Queensland. And with more than five million people calling Queensland home, we each have our own unique story to tell.

The QLD Government encourages all Queenslanders—businesses, community groups, organisations, schools, families and sporting teams—to come together on 6 June, show their state pride and share their Queensland story.

Learn more about the history of Queensland on the QLD Health website or watch the video below where QLD Health reached out to some proud Queenslanders to find out their Queensland story.

COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 2a book now!

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Patients eligible under Phase 2a of the COVID-19 Vaccination Priority Rollout can now book an appointment to get the COVID-19 jab!
Phase 2a consists of adults with moderate risks including:
– Adults aged 50-69 years
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18-49
– Other critical and high risk workers

We are also still taking COVID-19 Vaccination appointments for patients eligible under Phase 1a and Phase 1b.

More information about the people eligible for each phase of the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout can be found on the flyer below or if you are unsure about what phase of the COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout you are in, you can confirm your eligibility using the QLD Health’s Vaccine eligibility checker here.

Otherwise, you can organize an appointment with us to get the COVID-19 Vaccination by calling us on 4055 4556 OR booking an appointment online here.

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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

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May is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month, and if there’s anything we’ve learned from the community over this past year, it’s that sometimes, MS just really SUCKS. That’s why we’ve made it this year’s theme. From chronic pain and debilitating fatigue to mobility challenges and vision issues, the symptoms of MS are wide-ranging and deeply impact all aspects of life.

We want to help others understand these symptoms, aka monsters, that our community faces regularly. Click here to discover ways you can join us this month in spreading MS awareness.

Thyroid Awareness Month

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Diagnosis of a thyroid disorder depends on thorough testing.  As a patient, knowing which tests are available and how to interpret results will help you when discussing with your doctor.

Be Thyroid Aware and Get Tested  –  Over 1 million Australian have an undiagnosed thyroid disorder!

What You Need To Know

Knowing how to interpret Thyroid Pathology Tests and if necessary a Thyroid Ultrasound will determine or eliminate a thyroid disorder.

Thyroid Function Tests include – TSH, T4 and T3. Thyroid Antibodies determine if a patient has a Thyroid Auto-Immune Disease, either Hashimoto’s or Graves’ Disease. A Thyroid Ultrasound shows the physical health of the thyroid gland – the size, shape and texture of the gland if nodules are present.

Reducing the time in reaching a correct diagnosis will help improve your quality of life or eliminate the possibility of a thyroid disorder.

Thyroid Disorders affect patients in many ways and are individual. Usually caused by a thyroid auto-immune disease – Hashimoto’s Disease or Graves’ Disease.

Treatments and test results for thyroid disorders are individual, the best results and outcome for you depends on what’s right for you.

Thyroid Disorders affect women more than men and Australians of all life stages need to be aware.

It is essential for women of child bearing years to have their thyroid function and the possibility of a thyroid auto-immune disease determined before conception.

Thyroid disorders and thyroid function during pregnancy can affect the foetal brain development and pregnancy outcomes.

Maintaining a good relationship with your doctor to ensure your treatment management is a joint partnership is important for long term treatment.

For more information check out the Australian Thyroid Foundation’s website here.

ANZAC Day

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ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.

ANZAC Day is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

This Anzac Day we’ll come together, in person and in spirit, to commemorate the men and women who have served our nation in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

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Cairns Dawn Service
The Dawn Service will commence at the Cenotaph on the Cairns Esplanade at 5.30 am.

Services Parade

The Parade will commence at 7:30am from the corner Aplin and Lake Streets, heading to the Esplanade past the RSL.

Commemorative Service

The Commemoration Service will begin after the passing of the March (approximately 7:45am) at the Cenotaph, the Esplanade.

Road Closures – 3am to 9am

Aplin St from Lake St to the Esplanade
Esplanade from Aplin St to Minnie St
Florence St from Abbott St to Esplanade

For more information, please contact Ann Le Comte Ph. 4044 3020.

Find out more about the other Dawn Services in and around Cairns on the Cairns Regional Council Website.

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day

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Go Blue from April 2 to increase greater understanding, acceptance and inclusion of people on the autism spectrum.

Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate, interact with others and cope in everyday situations. The cause of autism is not fully understood, but structured early intervention, therapy and education delivered by professionals with expertise in autism can make a significant difference.

We acknowledge that Australia has come a long way in raising awareness about autism but there’s still more to be done. During April, Autism Queensland asks our supporters to raise funds to help us support people living with autism.

You can read more about Autism and how to identify it on the Go Blue for Autism information sheet shown on the right or visit the official Go Blue for Autism website.