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Health Awareness, What's happening this month? February..

February 4, 2019

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Written By Amy Stewart

Hi guys, I’m Amy Stewart and welcome to our first blog for the year. This will be the first in a series of blogs where we will be writing about raising awareness for different charities/causes for the coming month.

This month there are three with a personal connection to us. I have been a nurse for the past 7 years, working at Cabrini Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital. I took a particular interest in paediatric cardiac nursing for a number of years and this month marks International Childhood Heart Disease Awareness. Heart Kids is an organisation that aims to help those 64,000 Australian children, teens and adults affected by congenital heart disease live the most fulfilling life possible. This is made possible through in-hospital support services such as Care Bags and Heart Beads, information pages and Heart Kids helpline and events such as Teen Camp. In Australia, 8 babies are born every week with a congenital heart defect. If you would like to find out more, visit their website at https://www.heartkids.org.au/ or if you would like to donate to this cause you can do so here https://www.heartkids.org.au/get-involved/donate

Ovarian Cancer is one of the deadliest women’s cancers in Australia. Every day, 4 Australian women are diagnosed and 3 women will die from ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cancer Australia is an organisation that aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, provide support to those diagnosed with this cancer and improve the quality of life and survival rates for those women. Ovarian Cancer Australia calls on all Australians to host a Paint the Town Teal fundraising event by throwing an afternoon tea, long lunch, golf day etc. If you would like to find out more, visit their website at https://ovariancancer.net.au/ and if you would like to donate to this cause you can do so here https://ovariancancer.secure.force.com/Donate/GeneralDonations2017-2018

Bowel Cancer is the third most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia, with 1 in 13 Australians being diagnosed every year. 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated if found early but with less than 50% of cases being detected early, bowel screening is incredibly important. “Bowel Cancer Australia provides practical and emotional support for the growing number of Australians affected by the disease”. This charity organisation provides information, resources and support to those affected by bowel cancer. To find out more visit their website at http://www.beatbowelcancer.org/

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=23&v=s-EFvwtO_lY

 

Keep an eye out for Facebook and Instagram posts. Each of these fantastic organisations have specific fundraising days and we will be letting everyone know when they will be occurring.

We hope you are all well and I’ll see you next month with another blog letting you know what’s happening in our community for the coming month,

Amy (The Osteo Collective Cheltenham)

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