World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September 2020

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Suicide Prevention Australia

Suicide Prevention Australia have been providing national leadership for Australia’s suicide prevention sector for more than 25 years.

Role and Purpose

In 1992, suicide prevention advocate Alan Staines returned from an international conference with an ambitious plan to establish Australia’s first national voice for suicide and suicide prevention. Today, Suicide Prevention Australia is the peak body for suicide prevention in Australia, representing over 240 Members and Associates.

They work to build a stronger suicide prevention sector, a more aware and engaged community, and a more effective regulatory and funding environment. Together we can achieve a shared vision of a world without suicide.

History

It’s been over 25 years since Suicide Prevention Australia was founded to provide a national voice for suicide and suicide prevention in Australia. Since that time they have worked tirelessly to prevent suicide by working to build a stronger suicide prevention sector, a more aware and engaged community, and a more effective regulatory and funding environment.

By supporting each other, collaborating and advocating effectively, Australia’s suicide prevention sector has increased awareness of suicide as a priority public health concern. This has resulted in an improved policy and regulatory environment, better data and evidence, and more quality suicide prevention programs and services.

With more than 3000 Australians dying by suicide in 2017, there’s more work to do. Suicide Prevention Australia, our Members and Associates will keep working together to achieve our shared vision of a world without suicide.

To find out more, click here: www.suicidepreventionaust.org/about-us

R U OK? Day – Thursday 10 September 2020

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R U OK?Day is our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs.

‘THERE’S MORE TO SAY AFTER R U OK?’
 
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support those around us. In the lead-up to R U OK?Day we’ll help Australians know what to say when someone says they’re not OK and guide them through how they can continue a conversation that could change a life.
You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life.
If you feel like something’s not quite the same with someone you know – there’s something going on in their life or you notice a change in what they’re saying or doing – trust that gut instinct and take the time to ask them “Are you OK?” If someone says they’re not OK, make time to listen, encourage action and check in. That conversation could change, or even save, their life.

Phone numbers for help:

Lifeline (24/7 )
13 11 14
lifeline.org.au

Beyond Blue (24/7)
1300 224 636
beyondblue.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service (24/7)
1300 659 467
suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Kids Helpline (24/7)
1800 55 1800
kidshelpline.com.au
Want to know more about how to support someone and what to say or to donate, click here: http://www.ruok.org.au

Gold Bow Day – 1st September 2020

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The ATF is calling upon all Australians to be aware of any changes or symptoms related to thyroid cancer.

Although Thyroid Cancer can affect all Australians of all age groups and demographics, statistics show that younger Australian women are more at risk. Awareness is the key to ensure you do not overlook any symptoms or changes that need to be investigated.

• 2744 women and 1041 men are estimated to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer
during 2020
• Thyroid Cancer was the 9th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2016,
with 2020 estimated figures to remain the same
• Thyroid Cancer increased from 363 in 1982 to 2973 in 2016
• Average survival rate after 5 years is 97% with early diagnosis and treatment

‘ATF Medical Advisor – Professor Bruce Robinson says, “If you have any change of voice, an unexplained cough, breathlessness or difficulty swallowing then a thyroid problem could be the
cause and a thyroid ultrasound is indicated.’

‘Professor Robinson continues, Lumps in the thyroid more than 1.5cm should be biopsied if they are not making thyroid hormones. Biopsy is critical to determine whether lumps are benign or
malignant (cancerous).’

‘Although, if detected early the outcome and recovery is very positive. There are many reasons why thyroid cancer can develop and all Australians need to be aware, particularly if you have a thyroid disorder, family history of thyroid cancer or symptoms that need to be investigated, continues Prof Robinson.’

‘Early detection is essential to ensure nothing is overlooked and the ATF are here to help with information and support patients through their journey,’ says Beverley Garside – ATF CEO.

To find out more, click here: https://thyroidfoundation.org.au/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/austhyroidfdn

National Stroke Week – August 31-September 6 2020

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This National Stroke Week (Aug 31-Sept 6) Stroke Foundation is urging Australians from all walks of life to become the next generation of F.A.S.T. Heroes.

A F.A.S.T. hero is anyone who can help save a life simply by knowing how to recognise the F.A.S.T. (Face. Arms. Speech and Time) signs of stroke.

When a stroke happens, brain cells start dying at a frightening rate of up to 1.9 million per minute, but medical treatments can stop this damage.

The message is simple – Time is brain. The faster you can be treated after stroke, the more chance you have of making a full recovery.

About the Stroke Foundation

The Stroke Foundation is a national charity that partners with the community to prevent, treat and beat stroke. We stand alongside stroke survivors and their families, healthcare professionals and researchers. We build community awareness and foster new thinking and innovative treatments. We support survivors on their journey to live the best possible life after stroke. We are the voice of stroke in Australia and we work to:Image may contain: text that says 'Around 20 strokes a day impact Australians under the age of 65'

  • Raise awareness of the risk factors, signs of stroke and promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Improve treatment for stroke to save lives and reduce disability.
  • Improve life after stroke for survivors.
  • Encourage and facilitate stroke research.
  • Advocate for initiatives to prevent, treat and beat stroke.
  • Raise funds from the community, corporate sector and government to continue our mission.

To find out more about this foundation, click here: https://strokefoundation.org.au/

To go to the Stroke Foundation Facebook Page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/strokefoundation

Think you’re having a stroke? Call Call us000

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Daffodil Day -Friday 28 August

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Daffodil DayACNC Registered Charity

Every 4 minutes another Australian is diagnosed with cancer

Together we can stop this

The hope of a cancer free future means so much to the 150,000 Australians diagnosed with cancer each year, as well as those who are close to them.

By supporting the Daffodil Day Appeal, you can stop cancer by funding life-changing cancer research. You can give hope and save lives.

Research is vital to saving lives and finding less harsh cancer treatments. Money raised this Daffodil Day Appeal will help fund some of the brightest researchers in the country who are dedicated to discovering the next cancer breakthroughs.

The daffodil

The daffodil is recognised internationally as the symbol of hope for all people affected by cancer. Cancer Council chose it as our emblem as the bright yellow colouring heralds the return of spring, representing new life and growth.

To Cancer Council, and those affected by cancer, the daffodil represents hope for a cancer free future.

Click here to find out more and to donate: www.daffodilday.com.au/donate

Healthy Bones Action Week | 17-23 August 2020

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Since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the year, Aussies are spending more time at home than ever before. This has the potential to have a lasting impact on bone health.

This year Healthy Bones Action Week will embrace online fitness and wellness trends to provide Aussies with daily video inspiration to improve their bone health, wherever they are.

To view videos on how to keep your bones healthy, click here: https://www.dairy.com.au/our-programs/healthy-bones-action-week

Healthy Bones Action Week has called on Australians to protect their bones since 1994. People of all ages are encouraged to take three simple actions to build and maintain healthy bones:

Three simple actions to promote and maintain bone health at every life stage

Weight-bearing Workout with Sarah Piotrowski (for full workout version click here)

Want to know what is happening for Healthy Bones Action Week, you can visit https://www.dairy.com.au/our-programs/healthy-bones-action-week

Red Nose Day – 14th August

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Why your support matters

In Australia, nine children still die suddenly and unexpectedly every day.

That’s more than 3,000 babies, toddlers and preschoolers every year – more than double the national road toll.

We are still losing them to stillbirth, SIDS, and fatal sleeping accidents.

So while incredible gains have been made to reduce sudden infant deaths since the first Red Nose Day in 1988the fight must continue.

To find out more click here: rednoseday.org.au/about/

Sleep Awareness Week / 3-9 August 2020

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While you are sleeping your body does a lot of important work:

  • Your brain sorts and processes the days information creating long term memories as your brain consolidates all the information it’s picked up during the day and files it away for later use. Poor sleep leads to decreased decision-making ability, poorer reaction times and greater irritability.
  • Hormones flood your body during sleep which helps your body to grow and repair itself. Without enough sleep, your hormones are out of whack and your body craves sugar, fat and high-GI foods leading to weight.
  • Consistent good sleep may be a protective factor against heart disease, diabetes, stroke – as our sympathetic nervous system – which controls your fight or flight response – gets a chance to relax.
  • Our cortisol levels (stress hormone) decreases during the first few hours of sleep before rising to peak soon after you wake up. This helps makes you feel perky when you wake up and switches on your appetite.
  • Your immune system releases a type of small proteins called cytokines. If you’re sick or injured, these cytokines help your body fight inflammation, infection and trauma. Without enough sleep, your immune system might not be able to function at its best.

Sleep and mental health

Even partial sleep deprivation has a significant effect on mood. Not only does sleep affect mood, but mood and mental states can also affect sleep. Anxiety increases agitation and arousal, which make it hard to sleepStress also affects sleep by making the body aroused, awake, and alert

  • Chronic sleep disruptions increase the likelihood of negative thinking, depression, anxiety and emotional vulnerability.
  • Good quality sleep assists with the recovery from stressful experiences and is related to greater mental resilience.
  • Poor sleepers are much more likely to develop significant mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety, than those who sleep well.
  • The majority of people who have depression also experience sleep disturbances such as insomnia and sleep apnoea. It is therefore important that we look after our sleep to promote good mental health.
  • Developing good sleep habits will improve sleep. A regular bedtime and waking time, avoiding stimulants (e.g., cigarettes and caffeine) before going to bed, exercising during the day, eating well, a comfortable bedroom that is quiet and dark, and avoiding electronic screens in the bedroom are all essential habits for good quality sleep. Why is sleep so important?We know that sleep is important because every animal ever studied sleeps. We have an overwhelming need to sleep if we are prevented from sleeping for several nights and because certain behaviours that are vital to our ability to function become impaired when we are sleep deprived.  While scientists don’t yet know exactly why we sleep, we know it is vital for both our physical and mental restoration. What are some of the negative things that can happen when you don’t get adequate sleep? The first things that suffer are related to our brain function.  We can’t hold our attention, our memory becomes poorer, our reactions are slowed and our mood fluctuates more than normal.  If inadequate sleep continues to occur regularly we find that our physical and mental health may be at risk.  The likelihood of depression increases, it seems likely our immune system suffers and we are at higher risk for metabolic impairments, such as those leading to diabetes.  Our performance at work is impaired and there is a higher chance of driving accidents.Why is Sleep Awareness Week so important?

    Sleep Awareness Week draws attention to the importance of sleep as a vital component to a healthy lifestyle.  While we have all heard a lot over the years about the importance of a good diet and regular exercise, the importance of sleep has received less attention.  The Sleep Health Foundation argues that sleep is the third pillar of health, alongside diet and exercise.  Interestingly, the recent Parliamentary Report on Sleep Health Awareness (entitled Bedtime Reading) agrees with this assessment and also argues sleep should become a national health priority.

    If you suspect you have a sleep disorder see your GP.

For more information click here: https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/key-events/about-sleep-awareness-week.html

Dental Health Week / 3-9 August 2020

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Tempting as it is to think that everyone is practicing good oral health, the reality is that the oral health of many Australians is not where it should be.

•     Less than 50% of Australians adults have had a dental check-up in the last 12 months.
•     53% of Australians brush their teeth only once-a-day.
•     Nearly 40% never floss or clean between their teeth.
•     73% of young people (14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar.
•     47% of adults (18+ years) are consuming too much sugar.

More statistics on the oral health of Australian children and adults can be found in Australia’s Oral Health Tracker.

For more information, click here:  ADA_OHP_Factsheet_hidden_sugar_4MAY2020