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Halloween Fun

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Halloween Fun at the Edmonton Family Medical Centre

A spooktacular couple of days prior to Halloween weekend. Fortunately we didn’t scare any one away.

Left to right: Yve, Ruth, Sharon and Cathy.

Left to right: Cathy. Ruth. Cathy. Sharon

Edmonton Family Medical Centre Turned Pink

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Edmonton Family Medical Centre Turned Pink for Breast Cancer Awarness Month

Our normally blue/teal clinic turned pink in October to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Our doctors, nurses and reception staff dressed in pink and/or wore pink ribbons for this day. We managed to catch the early birds for a few photos with Dr Kresevic looking the part in his pink shirt.

Dr  Anthony Kresevic with nurses and reception staff: Yve, Tania, Sharon, Dr Kresevic, Sylvia, Cathy and Charlotte.

 

Nurses: Tania, Charlotte and Sylvia.  Reception: Sharon, Yve and Cathy.

These socks were so cute giving everyone a good laugh and therefore deserved a photo on there own. Our ribbons.

 

Breastscreen Awareness Month – October 2020

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month

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.

Changes to look for include:

  • new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
  • change in the size or shape of your breast
  • change to the nipple, such as crustingulcerredness or inversion
  • nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
  • change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
  • an unusual pain that doesn’t go away.

 

Most changes aren’t due to breast cancer but it’s important to see your doctor without delay if you notice any of these changes.

To find out more click here: www.canceraustralia.gov.au/about-us/campaigns-events/breast-cancer-awareness-month

To find out more about getting your breast screen check click here: https://www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au/default.asp

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Try for 5 is an annual campaign powered by Nutrition Australia encouraging Australians to increase their vegetable consumption to the recommended five serves per day. The campaign launches each October during National Nutrition Week, where awareness is raised around the role of food on our health.

This year’s Try for 5 campaign presents an exclusive collection of vegetable-focused recipes, veg tips and information to inspire you to get more veg in your day. At this time, we need to look after our health, and the planet’s well-being too. With the Coronavirus pandemic we are making more meals at home than ever. It’s true that right now, we all want to feel connected with our family and our community.

So, what better time to really Try for 5 serves a day, and let the veggies inspire you!  Join us to make veggie consumption a national priority. Let’s celebrate and try for 5 serves of fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced veggies!

Go to Nutrition Australia Try for 5 website for inspiration and more information:

https://www.tryfor5.org.au/

National Carers Week – 11 – 17 October

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National Carers Week

Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental health condition, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged – anyone at any time can become a carer.

National Carers Week is an opportunity to raise community awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.

To find out more go to Carers Australia website: https://www.carersaustralia.com.au/

Lisa and Jess Origliasso, aka The Veronicas, care for their mum, Colleen, and you can find out more via their new video!

Share your story

If you’re a carer, we want to hear your caring story – the more we share, the louder our voice will be! If you’re not a carer, we still want to hear why you think carers are so important to our communities.

https://carersweek.com.au/your-stories/tell-us-why-you-care/

October – World Mental Health Day 2020

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Don’t wait to look after your mental health

1 in 5 Australians are affected by mental illness annually, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritising mental health and wellbeing has been more important than ever. The message is simple: “Look after your mental health, Australia.”

To find out more, and to share your own tips on how to look after your wellbeing and mental health, follow #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia and #InThisTogether on social media.

There are lots of different ways to look after your mental health. Stuck for ideas? These ten tips are a helpful starting point.

https://lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au/mental-health-tips/

Go to Mental Health Australia website and learn more:

https://lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au/about/

If you or someone you care for is in need of immediate assistance you can contact the below National 24/7 Crisis Counselling Services:

Lifeline
13 11 14 – 24 hours a day
7 days a week

Lifeline Text
0477 13 11 14 – 6pm to midnight (AEDT)
7 nights a week

Beyond Blue
1300 22 4636
www.beyondblue.org.au

Butterfly Foundation National Helpline
1800 334 673

Carer Support
1800 242 636 or 1300 554 660

SANE Australia Help Centre
1800 187 263
www.sane.org

Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467

Kids Helpline
1800 55 1800
www.kidshelpline.com.au

MensLine Australia
1300 789 978

QLife
1800 184 527

Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling
1800 011 046

World Mental Health Month 2020

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Mental Health MonthTune In

Tuning In means being present, being aware of what’s happening within you, and in the world around you. 
Tune In to your senses – what can you sense right now? What can you feel?
Tune In to your communities – what’s happening that you can be part of, or that you can help others be part of?
Tune In to stigma – how do attitudes and understandings of mental health and wellbeing impact people’s ability to live the lives they want?

Taking a moment to Tune In can help still and focus your mind, it can help you understand what’s going on for you and others. Tuning in can help you find a new perspective, and it can help you reflect and be present.

Tuning In has been shown to help build self-awareness, help make effective choices, reduce the impact of worry, and build positive connections. Tuning In to communities and the impact of mental health stigma can help ensure that people who need support have safe places to talk about their experiences and reach out.

Tune In to Mental Health Month and help create a world we can all Tune In to.

FactSheet: click here to download pdf

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Go to the website for more information http://mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/about-mental-health-month/

Celebrating a 60th Birthday this September

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We would like to wish Sharon a wonderful 60th Birthday.

Even though she went away for holidays on this special day, we waited till she came back for a little surprise.

Wishing you many happy returns on your 60th birthday and for the coming years ahead.

Best wishes from the doctors, nurses and reception staff.

World Heart Day – 29 September

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Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death and disability in the world today

The term ‘cardiovascular disease’ (CVD) refers to any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease of the blood vessel. More people die from CVDs worldwide than from any other cause: over 17.9 million every year, according to the World Health Organization. Of these deaths, 80% are due to coronary heart diseases (eg heart attack) and cerebrovascular diseases (eg strokes) and mostly affect low- and middle-income countries.

To find out more about actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD and controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.   Click here: www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/cvds/

At least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

© World Heart Federation