DonateLife Week 2020 – 26 July to 2 August.

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DonateLife Week 2020

This is DonateLife Week, we encourage more Australians to register to be an organ and tissue donor, and to have a chat about it with their family and friends. While the majority of Australians believe it’s important to be an organ and tissue donor, only one in three are registered!

If you’re a registered donor or become a registered donor during DonateLife Week have a chat with your friends, family and colleagues and encourage them to sign up too.

What is DonateLife Week?

We want to inspire all Australians to make a real difference to the lives of others by registering and telling their family they want to be a donor.

So every year we run DonateLife Week! A national awareness week dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation.

Across Australia, DonateLife agencies and our community stakeholders help spread the word about the life changing gift of organ and tissue donation.

To find out more click here:

To register as a donor click here:


National Diabetes Week from 12 – 18 July

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About Diabetes

Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated).

Understanding diabetes and its seriousness is important.

  • If you are living with diabetes, you need to learn how to manage your diabetes
  • If you have a family member or friend with diabetes, you can learn how to support them
  • If you are a teacher or employer, you have a duty of care to provide a safe environment
  • Importantly, if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you can take steps to prevent or slow down diabetes.

Facts about diabetes

  • 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes
  • It is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia
  • More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year
  • For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day
  • In 2013, diabetes caused 5.1 million deaths globally.

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.

To find out more about diabetes, click here:

NDSS Helpline: 1800 637 700

JulEye – National Eye Health Awareness Month

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JulEye has three core aims: 

  • to raise community awareness of eye health issues; 
  • to raise funding for research projects into the causes and cures of vision impairment and blindness; and 
  • to support international development projects whose goals are aligned with those of ANZEF. 

This JulEye, ANZEF is working hard to raise public awareness of simple prevention measures to common household eye injuries. With more and more people staying indoors and tackling DIY projects and complex recipes, eye injuries are on the rise. The Australian and New Zealand Eye Foundation (ANZEF) will be campaigning to increase the public’s knowledge of simple prevention measures. ANZEF is also seeking to raise public awareness of ophthalmology – largely in the context of the role of the ophthalmologist when injuries do occur.

Did you know? 

About 30% of all eye injuries occur in the domestic setting? DIY, car repairs and gardening have been shown to be a common cause of eye injury especially amongst males. Nearly all of these eye injuries can be prevented by taking the simple precaution of wearing suitable eye protection.

Suitable eye protection is that which is:

  • designed for the particular task at hand,
  • correctly fits the wearer, and
  • complies with the relevant AS/NZS standards for that activity.

If you are a RANZCO member and want to assist in the JulEye campaign, please contact us via

Go Dry this July

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Dry July Foundation Logo

Raise funds for people affected by cancer

Challenge yourself to 31 days dry, or this year, have a Dry(ish) July and choose 21 or 14 days dry.

Helping people affected by cancer

Thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of our Dry July participants every year, the Dry July Foundation is able to fund projects and programs that improve the comfort and well-being of people affected by cancer.

Everything we fund is to benefit cancer patients and their families and carers. We aim to make a difficult time, a little easier for those affected by cancer.

About Dry July Foundation

Dry July Foundation is the registered charity behind the Dry July campaign. We are dedicated to helping to improve the comfort, care and wellbeing of people affected by cancer. Since the first Dry July in 2008, the Dry July campaign has raised over $49 million dollars for people affected by cancer.

Funds raised through the Dry July campaign are distributed to cancer organisations across Australia. These organisations provide support services to cancer patients, their families and carers. Like the Dry July Foundation, these organisations depend on the generosity of the community through campaigns like Dry July.

Where does the money go?

The funds raised through Dry July will provide invaluable services to 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.

Everything we fund benefits the cancer patient and their families and carers. We aim to make a difficult time, a little easier for those affected by cancer. Read more…

June hosted World Blood Donor Day

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Why you should give blood

Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood. Providing safe and adequate blood should be an integral part of every country’s national health care policy and infrastructure.

Click on the link to hear why you should donate blood:

About 118.4 million blood donations are collected worldwide. 40% of these are collected in high-income countries, home to 16 % of the world’s population.

About 13 300 blood centres in 169 countries report collecting a total of 106 million donations. Collections at blood centres vary according to income group. The median annual donations per blood centre is 1 300 in the low-income countries, 4 400 in lower-middle-income countries and 9 300 in upper-middle-income countries, as compared to 25 700 in high-income countries.

There is a marked difference in the level of access to blood between low- and high-income countries. The whole blood donation rate is an indicator for the general availability of blood in a country. The median blood donation rate in high-income countries is 31.5 donations per 1000 people. This compares with 15.9 donations per 1000 people in upper-middle-income countries, 6.8 donations per 1000 people in lower-middle-income countries, and  five donations per 1000 people in low-income countries.

62 countries report collecting fewer than 10 donations per 1000 people. Of these, 34 countries are in the WHO African Region,  four in the WHO Region of the Americas, six in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region,  three in the WHO European Region, six in the WHO South-Eastern Asia Region, and nine in the WHO Western Pacific Region. All are low- or middle-income countries.


To find out more about blood click on the link below:

Thinking about donating?

If you’re interested in donating blood, visit the Australian Red Cross Blood Service website to learn more about how blood donation works, who donations help and the types of donation possible. Take the quiz to find out if you are eligible to donate, or call 13 14 95 to talk to Red Cross staff about donating.

Want to know more, click on this Youtube video from for more blood facts:

June – National Burns Awareness Month

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National Burns Awareness Month (NBAM) aims to drive greater awareness amongst the Australian community of burns prevention and the correct first aid treatment for burns.

National Burns Awareness Month is an initiative of Kidsafe, Australia’s leading community organisation dedicated to child injury prevention, and held in June each year as there is a significantly increased risk of burns during winter.

How to treat a burn:

REMOVE jewellery and clothing from the burn area.
Clothing, nappies and jewellery can hinder the healing process in two ways. Clothing and jewellery can
retain heat and can also restrict the body if swelling occurs. (A burn will continue to burn the skin until
the area cools).

COOL the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes.
The longer a burn is left untreated, the deeper and more serious it becomes. It is therefore vital that
cooling the burn area is the critical first step in burn first aid management. Ideally this should be done
under cool running water however if running water is not available, two dampened cloths can be used
and alternated as heat will be transferred from the burn area to the cloth quite quickly. If the burn
surface area is large i.e. front or back torso of a child, or full arms, the body may lose heat due to the skin
losing its ability to regulate normal body temperature. Children can become cold very quickly if the burn
is large. At any sign of shivering or shock the patient should lay down and be loosely covered to keep

COVER the burn area with  a clean lint free cloth or cover loosely with cling wrap
Many burn complications arise as secondary conditions to the burn itself. These are commonly related
to shock, toxicity to the area or local infection of the wound and surrounding tissue. To reduce the
likelihood of infection and to assist the body in retaining body warmth it is advised to cover the burn
injury loosely with a plastic cling wrap or clean, lint free cloth. It is important to wrap the area loosely to
allow for some swelling of tissue.

SEEK medical advice
If the burn area is larger than a 20 cent coin or on the face, hands, feet,groin area, in skin folds or if there
is potential damage to the lungs and throat seek immediate medical attention.

To learn more click on the information guide link and watch the video below:


Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – June

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Dementia & Alzheimer’s

Dementia is a group of cognitive, life-limiting symptoms that progressively damage the brain, often leading to the gradual decline in a person’s memory, function and behaviour.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for between 50-to-70 per cent of all dementia cases. It is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that attacks brain cells and neurotransmitters, affecting brain function, memory, and behaviour.

Up to one-in-10 Australians over 65 years of age and up to 30 per cent of those aged 85 years and above are living with Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2018, there is estimated to be more than 425,416 Australians living with dementia, and this number is expected to rise. Dementia is Australia’s second leading cause of disability burden and a growing public health issue. The prolonged nature of the disease incurs a significant impact on the general population.

To learn more about dementia, download our fact sheets or call 1800 180 023 to obtain a hard copy via post. Visit our Dementia Library for further information.

Watch this video on the early signs: Disease – Early Signs

June – Bowel Cancer Month

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June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – a Bowel Cancer Australia initiative raising 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 (5,375 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.

300 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this week (15,604 people a year).
To find out more about bowel cancer, click here:
To donate click here:
Call Bowel Cancer Australia’s Helpline on 1800 555 494.

Celebrating 35 years – May 2020 Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month

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Crohn’s and colitis awareness month aims to raise awareness about this condition. This is also a major fundraising event for Crohn’s & Colitis Australia, a supporting organization which helps people with Crohn’s and colitis. 100% of money raised goes towards supporting people with this condition and for further research for a cure. 

Often referred as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s and colitis are conditions which affect the intestines. These conditions cause the intestines to become red and inflamed. Crohn’s disease can affect any area of the intestines whilst colitis (formerly known as ulcerative colitis) affects the large intestine (colon).

As with many other conditions, symptoms of IBD can vary between individuals. Symptoms of Crohn’s and colitis can include:

  • fatigue and tiredness
  • frequent diarrhea & bowel movement
  • abdominal cramps and pain
  • anemia
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss

Whilst the cause of IBD is not known, environmental, genetic and immunological factors may be involved. It’s also thought that the symptoms of IBD may be ience long periods of remission with flare ups from time to time.

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month promotes greater understanding of IBD. The major supporting organization, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia, have in recent years used the ‘Can’t Wait’ theme to carry their message.triggered by environmental factors such as bacteria and viruses. There is no cure for IBD although it can be managed with medication. People with IBD often exper

If You Can’t Wait, Don’t wait… See Your Doctor With Any Bowel Related Symptoms“.

The theme ‘Can’t Wait’ was chosen as it works on many levels. On a basic level, ‘Can’t Wait’ reflects the urgency IBD sufferers experience when they need to go to the toilet at short notice.

On a deeper level, the theme reflects we can no longer wait for:

  • improved access to specialized care and treatment.
  • employers and schools to recognize IBD as a condition in its own right, and to help those with this condition manage it.
  • the long time between initial and final consultation.
  • an accurate diagnosis of IBD.
  • the government to prioritize IBD in their health programs.
  • the public to more become more aware about IBD.
  • the stigma and feeling of embarrassment towards this condition to be reduced.

There is also a ‘Can’t Wait’ program with a dedicated website. Business owners are encouraged to participate in a special access toilet sharing program for IBD sufferers. They display a ‘Can’t Wait’ sticker in a prominent place (such as a shop window). People with IBD apply for a Can’t Wait Card and can use this to gain access to these toilets.

Donations help support people with this condition and provides funding for research into a cure. For more information visit: