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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.



April No Falls

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April No Falls, is a national and international campaign to educate and raise awareness of falls prevention and help those at risk of falling to stay on their feet.  The overall campaign aim is to reduce falls and harm from falls.

Each year during the month of April, Queensland Health will promote electronic campaign materials such as posters, brochures, screensavers, videos which are available for download for clinicians, community and anyone who would like to get involved and promote the April No Falls campaign.

The MOVES posters provided by QLD Health will help people living at home, carers and health professionals to create a safe environment and to safely assist a person to the toilet reducing the risk of falls and injuries associated with a fall in the bathroom.

Read more about April No Falls on the QLD Health website.





Book Your COVID Vaccine Now!

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COVID vaccinations are now available to be booked at Edmonton Family Medical Centre! The vaccines will be offered based on priority groups as defined by the Government. You can find the priority groups listed here: When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine? | Australian Government Department of Health

We will be giving the vaccines as quick and efficiently as we can. That means we will give the vaccines in a group setting. It will be a fast moving, after hours clinic. If you are part of the priority group in Phase 1a or Phase 1b, you can make an appointment by clicking here and selecting the “COVID-19 Vaccination” appointment type.

Below is a graphic outline of the COVID-19 vaccination process:




You can learn more about the the COVID-19 vaccine and have your questions answered at the Government website or the QLD Government website.


March is Epilepsy Awareness Month

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What is Make March Purple for epilepsy?

Each March the world turns purple in support of the 50 million people living with epilepsy. In 2021 Epilepsy Queensland invites you to join the movement happening in over 130 countries around the world and make March purple for epilepsy!

Make March Purple is an Australia wide campaign supported by epilepsy organizations across the country and the national peak body – Epilepsy Australia.

World Purple Day, held on March 26 is an international day of awareness for people impacted by epilepsy.

How can you Make March Purple for epilepsy?

During the month of March, Epilepsy Queensland invites you to get involved. On this page, you will find the many ways you can raise funds and awareness in support of the 280 Australians diagnosed with epilepsy every week.

You can choose to host your own event at home or work, set yourself a personal challenge OR join our ULTIMATE challenge and agree to climb the Story Bridge on March 26th just as it lights up PURPLE.

During March you will see iconic landmarks around the world light up PURPLE. Check out who and what will be going PURPLE by clicking the illuminations button below. If you have a tree, a building, or even a windmill you can light up Purple, let us know.

Remember to share your purple and share your story with Epilepsy Australia and, with the world this March. Find out how below.

Everybody LOVES Doughnuts – Right?  Well, now you have the perfect excuse. Epilepsy Queensland is teaming up with Doughnut Time this March. They will turn their crowd favourite the OG doughnut PURPLE for the month of March and donate $1 from every one sold to support people living with Epilepsy. You can view and pre-order your box of deliciousness from 15 February. Click here to see the PURPLE doughnuts they have dreamed up… you can even order a gift box that includes the Epilepsy Australia PURPLE plush toy!


Find out more about Making March Purple on the Epilepsy Australia website.

International CHD Awareness Month – February 2021

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February is International CHD Awareness Month….. childhood heart disease is a global issue!

Some remember the term “Blue Baby” and “Hole in the Heart Baby” – these are conditions that describe CHD which covers a wide range of conditions. At HeartKids, we also include children who may acquire heart conditions such as Rheumatic Fever and Kawasaki’s Disease – therefore we often refer to CHD as meaning Childhood Heart Disease rather than congenital heart disease.

Childhood on-set heart disease includes children born with congenital heart disease and those who acquire it during childhood.

In Australia, there are approximately 300,000 registered births per year resulting in 2,400 – 3,000 babies born each year with a form of congenital heart disease.

HeartKids provides support and information for children, teens, and adults with congenital heart disease as well as those that have acquired a heart condition during childhood.

The National Strategic Action Plan aims to reduce the impact of childhood heart disease (CHD) in Australia and achieve the goal that people with CHD live longer, healthier and more productive lives through effective management of CHD across the life course.

To find out more go to:

Download the HeartKids brochure: hkids_SUPPORTFlyer.DL.FINAL.160718 (2)

Want to chat?

Our Helpline is open 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

To speak to one of our support team please call 1800 432 785  or email


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February (or REDFEB as we like to call it) is for heart research. We invite you to wear RED for someone close to your heart to help keep families together for longer. Whether it’s a family member, wife, husband, or that special friend who means the world to you, or in memory of someone you loved who sadly passed away due to heart disease.

Heart disease is Australia’s leading single cause of death. Each year, around 54,000 Australians suffer a heart attack. Heart disease kills one Australian every 28 minutes¹.  This equates to one heart attack every 9 minutes.

Heart disease is an umbrella term for range of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects you’re born with (congenital heart defects), among others.

The term ‘heart disease’ is often used interchangeably with the term ‘cardiovascular disease’. Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.

Your heart is a hollow muscular organ, about the size of your clenched fist. It pumps blood around the body, delivering oxygen to every organ and cell. Keeping your heart healthy, whatever your age, is the most important thing you can do to help prevent and manage heart disease.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. An ambulance is the safest way to go to hospital and the quickest way to seek treatment. Treatment can start when ambulance staff arrive, saving precious minutes and preventing damage to your heart muscle.

What is a heart attack, watch this video:


To learn more about heart disease, how to look after your heart and how to live with heart disease, click here:

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