Movember in November 2020

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Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing a health crisis, yet it’s rarely talked about. Mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer are all part of men’s health which needs to be looked at.

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION

Talking saves lives. Stronger social connections can reduce the risk of suicide. That means more men talking about stuff that really matters.  the right conversation can make all the difference to a mate who might be struggling. If we all dig a little deeper, we can help prevent more men from reaching a crisis point.

 

To speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

If you’re ever worried that someone’s life is in immediate danger, call 000 or go directly to emergency services.

PROSTATE CANCER

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in Australia. Globally, more than 1.3 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.

Know the facts and take action early.

To find our more about Prostate Cancer: http://au.movember.com/mens-health/prostate-cancer

TESTICULAR CANCER

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young Australian men.

It is a highly treatable cancer and can be effectively treated, and often cured, if diagnosed and treated early

To find our more about Testicular Cancer: http://au.movember.com/mens-health/testicular-cancer

To find out more go to: http://au.movember.com/about/foundation

To donate: http://au.movember.com/donate

 

National Skin Cancer Action Week – 15 to 21 November, 2020

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Cancer Council

What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease of the body’s cells. Normally cells grow and multiply in a controlled way, however, sometimes cells become abnormal and keep growing. Abnormal cells can form a mass called a tumour.How cancer starts diagram

Cancer is the term used to describe collections of these cells, growing and potentially spreading within the body. As cancerous cells can arise from almost any type of tissue cell, cancer actually refers to about 100 different diseases.

How does cancer develop and spread?

As mutant cells (those with mistakes in their genetic blueprint) grow and divide, a mass of abnormal cells, or a tumour, is formed. In some cases, these cells will form a discrete lump, in other cases such as leukaemia, abnormal blood cells are in the body.

Cancer cells can break away from the mass (or tumour) and travel via the bloodstream or lymphatic system to different parts of the body. These cells can settle in other parts of the body to form a secondary cancer or metastasis.

Cancer can cause premature death because these secondary cancers stop parts of the body from working properly.

How many Australians get cancer?

Cancer is a common disease and a major health problem in Australia today. At current rates, it is expected one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

An estimated 145,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year.

Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia – almost 55,000 deaths from cancer were estimated for 2019.

Compared to 1982, around 25,000 more people die each year from cancer. This is due mainly to population growth and ageing. However, the death rate (number of deaths per 100,000 people) has fallen by more than 24%.

More than 66% of people diagnosed with cancer in Australia will survive more than five years after diagnosis.

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To find out more about cancer go to: www.cancer.org.au/cancer-information/what-is-cancer

Cancer Council Australia

ABN: 91 130 793 725

Tel: (02) 8063 4100

Fax: (02) 8063 4101

Email: info@cancer.org.au

 

 

 

World Diabetes Day – 14th October 2020

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World Diabetes Day - 14 November

DIABETES: NURSES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Education is vital to support the fight against diabetes.

What is diabetes

Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it.

There are different types of diabetes; all types are complex and serious. The three main types of diabetes are type 1type 2 and gestational diabetes.

How does diabetes affect the body?

When someone has diabetes, their body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a form of sugar which is the main source of energy for our bodies. Unhealthy levels of glucose in the blood can lead to long term and short term health complications.

For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body. When people with diabetes eat glucose, which is in foods such as breads, cereals, fruit and starchy vegetables, legumes, milk, yoghurt and sweets, it can’t be converted into energy.

Instead of being turned into energy the glucose stays in the blood resulting in high blood glucose levels. After eating, the glucose is carried around your body in your blood. Your blood glucose level is called glycaemia. Blood glucose levels can be monitored and managed through self care and treatment.

Three things you need to know about diabetes:

  • It is not one condition- there are three main types of diabetes: type 1type 2 and gestational diabetes
  • All types of diabetes are complex and require daily care and management
  • Diabetes does not discriminate, anyone can develop diabetes

NDSS Helpline 1800 637 700

For more information on diabetes go to: www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/

 

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