Halloween Fun at Edmonton Family Medical Centre

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We hope all our clients had a wonderful Halloween

It was a spooktacular day at the Edmonton Family Medical Centre yesterday which brought smiles to many of our patients.

Seeing some of the parents bring in their children dressed up in costume was wonderful.

We all ate gummy eyeballs and zombie marshmallows, and some enjoyed a spookylicous hot zombie chocolate.

Your friendly and helpful Halloween staff – Left to right: Michelle, Yve and Cathy

Congratulations to Edmonton Family Medical Centre

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Congratulations to Edmonton Family Medical Centre on achievementing AGPAL accreditation.

Edmonton increased its community health credentials last week when Edmonton Family Medical Centre received a national award of accreditation, demonstrating its commitment to quality and safety within its practice. 

Edmonton Family Medical Centre  received this important recognition from Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL), the leading not-for-profit provider of general practice accreditation services within Australia.

AGPAL Chair, Dr Richard Choong, said accreditation shows the practice makes a significant investment and commitment to quality on a day-to-day basis, across all levels of the practice team.

“Achieving accreditation is a major achievement for any practice and a clear demonstration that Edmonton Family Medical Centre  is striving to improve their level of care to both patients and the community,” he said.

“Practices seek accreditation because they want to do their best and view this as another step towards excellence in patient care.”

To achieve accreditation, a practice team works over a 12 month period to implement the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices, the recognised national standard for general practices, that provides a template for quality care and risk management.

The AGPAL accreditation program was developed to provide a range of minimum expectations for patients surrounding safety and care by assessing the practice environment and their processes. Accreditation was developed jointly by AGPAL and primary health organisations and peak bodies, including the Australian Medical Association (AMA). 

Areas of focus during an on-site assessment for accreditation include: ensuring vaccines are within their use-by-date and stored at the correct temperatures, that the practice equipment is clean and sterile, practice staff are up-to-date with their training, and the practice has emergency care available.

Dr Choong said accreditation is attainable only through cooperation and communication between staff members. 

“Everyone at the practice plays a valuable role in working to meet the RACGP Standards. It gives staff a real sense of pride to work in an accredited practice,” added Dr Choong.

Edmonton Family Medical Centre  proudly displays the AGPAL Accredited Symbol for all their patients to see.

“We want community members, nationwide to know that their wellbeing is our priority. By choosing to attend an accredited practice, patients know they will get quality and safe care that meets the RACGP Standards.”

AGPAL is the leading not-for-profit provider in general practice accreditation services; for further information on AGPAL please visit www.agpal.com.au or free call 1300 362 111.

November – Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, provides the opportunity to raise community awareness of lung cancer and the signs and symptoms of the disease.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia with around 12,000 people diagnosed in Australia each year. The symptoms of lung cancer can often be vague and mimic those of other conditions, so it’s important to know what your cough is telling you.

The signs and symptoms of lung cancer can include:

  • a new cough that has persisted for 3 weeks or more
  • a changed cough
  • coughing up blood
  • a chest infection that won’t go away
  • chest pain and/or shoulder pain
  • shortness of breath
  • hoarse voice
  • weight loss or loss of appetite

Cancer Australia has released a new lung cancer awareness video, What’s your cough telling you?  to raise awareness of symptoms that could be lung cancer and the importance of early assessment by a GP or healthcare worker. If lung cancer is found at an earlier stage there is more chance of a better outcome.

Find out more about:

https://canceraustralia.gov.au/healthy-living/campaigns-events/lung-cancer-awareness-month

Dementia Australia – Grief, loss and dementia – 19, 20 November 2019

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Grief, loss and dementia – 19, 20 November – Cairns

These sessions provides an overview of dementia and caring for someone who has dementia. It focuses on practical tools to manage the emotions associated with change, including loss and grief.

These sessions provides an overview of dementia and caring for someone who has dementia. It focuses on practical tools to manage the emotions associated with change, including loss and grief.

Dementia Australia’s facilitators have specialist dementia knowledge, skills and experience. These sessions are focused on the carer and are delivered interactively. You will be encouraged to share your experiences alongside other carers giving you an opportunity to develop new support networks.

You will gain knowledge in:

  • your own responses to grief and loss
  • tools to help with support, networking and stress
  • strategies you can put in place to support your well-being

Suitable for: Family carers and family members of people living with dementia.

Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm
When: 19, 20th  2019
Course Duration: 2 x 4 hours
Where: Cairns
Cost: FREE
Provided: Tea/Coffee, Morning Tea and Lunch

Click on link for additional information and to register: eventbrite.com.au/e/care-for-the-carer-cairns-qld-registration

National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 (for language assistance call 131 450)

Lighting up Munro Martin Parklands (Cairns)

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In recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness Month, Munro Martin Parklands will be lit up in teal lights.

Start: Monday 7 October 2019 12:00 PM
End: Thursday 31 October 2019 23:55 PM

Address: MUNRO MARTIN PARKLANDS, 123 SHERIDAN STREET,  CAIRNS CITY, QLD, 4870
Bookings: Not required
Cost: Free
Access: Wheelchair access without assistance

Further information

Organiser: Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women
Email: violence_prevention_team@csyw.qld.gov.au

October – Sexual Violence Awareness Month

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About Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Sexual Violence Awareness Month is held during October each year to:

  • raise community awareness about sexual violence
  • promote the support options available to people affected by sexual assault and sexual abuse, and
  • uphold a clear message that sexual violence will not be tolerated in our communities.

There are many sexual assault services across Queensland that provide free and confidential counselling, support and medical care.

These services also contribute to a range of awareness-raising activities and community events occurring across Queensland during Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

If you would like to get involved you can:

Find out more

Find out more about sexual abuse and assault and how you can:

October – Anxiety and Depression Awareness Month

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3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression

Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

For support and to learn more about anxiety, depression and suicide click here:  https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

If you need help and would like to talk to Beyond Blue call 1300 22 4636.

National Nutrition Week

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Eat a rainbow

Fruit and vegetables fall into five different colour categories: red, purple/blue, orange, green and white/brown. Each colour carries its own set of unique disease fighting chemicals called phytochemicals. It is these phytochemicals that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colour and of course some of their healthy properties.

To download a pamphlet: https://www.nutritionaustralia.org/sites/default/files/eat-a-rainbow-fact-sheet-20130506.pdf

To learn more click here: https://www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/resources/national-nutrition-week

Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week

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Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week is an opportunity for individuals and families as well as Haemophilia Foundations and other organisations to take part in a campaign and activities to raise awareness about haemophilia, von Willebrand disease and related inherited bleeding disorders throughout Australia during the week of 13-19 October 2019. 

Click here for more information: https://www.haemophilia.org.au/get-involved/events/bleeding-disorders-awareness-week

October – National Lupus Awareness Month

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October is National Lupus Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month takes place during October in Australia every year. It is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the disease.

Building awareness of lupus is essential to improve early diagnosis and treatment of this unpredictable and misunderstood disease, and ensure that people with lupus are aware of the support and resources available to help them manage the disease.