Daffodil Day Cancer Council

Volunteers needed for Daffodil Day

Cancer Council is calling on Queenslanders to show their support for Daffodil Day in 2018, by volunteering a few hours of their time to help raise funds for lifesaving cancer research.

The iconic fundraising event will take place on Friday August 24 this year, and volunteers are needed to help sell daffodils to raise funds.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan encouraged locals to turn the state yellow and spread hope by volunteering.

“This year we’re seeking around 1200 people to volunteer their time to sell thousands of daffodils from 300 sites across the state,” she said.

“Whether you can volunteer for a few hours, or a full day, your contribution will help us raise vital funds that can be invested back into research.

“The daffodil is the international symbol of hope – and with every daffodil sold, we can invest in research that will give hope to Queenslanders every minute, every hour, every day.

“While cancer research has made some extraordinary breakthroughs over the years, with treatments improving all the time, there are still cancers with low survival rates and limited treatment options.”

This year Daffodil Day celebrates 32 years, with Cancer Council Queensland aiming to raise more than $1 million from the initiative.

“One Queenslander is still diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes – more than 27,000 people each year,” MS McMillan said.

“Support for Daffodil Day ensures that we’re investing in cutting-edge, lifesaving research that will bring a cancer free future closer.”

To volunteer on Daffodil Day, or find out more, visit daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

Face Cream

Gold Coast Skin care brand joins re-use revolution

Single-use plastic bags have been given the flick and now an Australian skin care company is looking at other ways to reduce waste.

MooGoo is now offering a re-filling option with a goal of reducing the number of new bottles needed for personal care.

In a statement released on Monday, CEO and founder Craig Jones said that although the packaging of MooGoo products is recyclable, they can do more to help consumers become ‘reusers’.

“More than 120 million units of packaging is produced each year by the global cosmetics industry,” Mr Jones explains.

“The cardboard that wraps perfumes, serums and moisturisers contribute to the loss of 18 million acres of forest each year,” he added.

The company is also looking at giving customers the option of buying re-fill pouches, so they can be packed flat, sent back and re-filled.

“The best part is it doesn’t have to mean compromising on affordability or become a burden on time.”

Any MooGoo container or bottle can be refilled, for 30 per cent below the original cost, as long as it’s clean and in good condition.

Soft Drink

Have your say: The future of sugary drinks

Gold Coasters are being urged to speak up and voice their opinion on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Cancer Council Queensland and Heart Foundation have this week launched a new state-wide health survey that aims to help health organisations develop new campaigns and advocate for laws that will positively impact the health of Queenslanders

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said the Everyday Health Survey: Sugar-sweetened beverages gave Queenslanders the opportunity to share their views and be heard.

“We know that these beverages (including soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and cordial) have little or no nutritional value, provide excess energy, lead to weight gain and increase the risk of a number of chronic diseases – which is why we’ve joined with Heart Foundation to look at how we can reduce consumption,” she said.

“The average Australian who drinks a 375ml can of sugary drink a day will consume around 14.6kg of sugar a year. A 600ml bottle a day would equate to 23.3kg of sugar a year.

“Although many factors influence obesity, the latest research indicates sugary drinks play a significant role in driving up obesity rates.”

Ms McMillan said the health organisations wanted to hear from all Queenslanders aged 18 and over, living right across the state.

“This survey will give the public a voice to help us advocate for the right laws and levies and provide targeted strategies to improve the health of Queenslanders,” Ms McMillan said.

“The survey covers topics about personal habits, views on proposed laws such as a sugar levy, restricted marketing to children, and gives participants the opportunity to provide their personal views and thoughts.”

Heart Foundation CEO Stephen Vines said obesity is a major risk factor for developing heart disease and sugary drinks play a big role in the problem.

“A can of soft drink might seem harmless enough but if it has more than 10 teaspoons of sugar and if you are having more than one a day, it can a huge impact on your weight and overall health,” said Mr Vines.

“This survey is a great opportunity to find out what Queenslanders are drinking and what they know about sugary drinks.

“The survey results will help us to advocate on Queenslanders’ behalf to government and the beverages industry.”

Queenslanders aged 18 and over can complete the Everyday Health Survey: Sugar-sweetened beverages, at cancerqld.org.au/everydayhealthsurvey by July 31.

Blood Donation

URGENT NEED: Blood bank desperately seeking O-Negative blood type donors

The Blood Service is desperately urging people with O-Negative blood to make a donation by the end of the month, as the nation’s reserve slips to just two days’ supply.

According to The Australian Red Cross, an extra 4,500 O-Negative blood donations are needed this month to help boost Blood Service stocks up to normal levels.

It’s understood an increase in demand for O Negative blood, combined with a drop-off in donor numbers due to cold and flu symptoms, is behind the decline in supply.

“During cold and flu season, sickness leads to as many as 1,000 cancelled donations per week,” the Australian Red Cross Blood service said.

Spokesman Shaun Inguanzo says O-Negative is a universal blood type that can be used in an emergency situation where the patient’s blood type is unknown.

“With one in three of us needing donated blood in our lifetime, the life you save could be that of a friend or family member,” Mr Inguanzo said.

“The number of people suffering cold and flu symptoms greatly impacts the number of regular donors who are able to give.

“We need others to take the place of those who will be unable to answer our call.”

Donors who are affected by cold and flu symptoms are able to give blood at least seven days after making a full recovery.

To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.

Sun, surf and IVF

Thanks to the lure of our unique lifestyle, the Gold Coast is home to some of the sharpest medical minds in the country, and in the field of reproductive medicine, we boast the very best.

Dealing in the ultimate gift of life, Senior Monash IVF Specialist Dr Kee Ong is one of Australia’s most prolific baby makers and has earned a reputation as the city’s own ‘miracle man.’

It’s not only the locals who benefit. Over twenty percent of his patients now travel from interstate and overseas pinning their hopes and dreams of a family on the man with the magic touch.

“It’s an exciting time for reproductive medicine and the future is looking bright. Technologies like advanced PGD Diagnosis allows us to screen for the strongest embryos and our deeper understanding of the important role of the uterus in fertility is certainly contributing to increased success for patients,” Dr Ong said.

This year, Dr Ong celebrates ten years with assisted reproduction pioneers, Monash IVF on the Gold Coast and thousands of miracle babies born to women and couples desperate to conceive.

It’s a partnership that has also seen the development of the city’s first all-encompassing fertility treatment centre in Southport where patients can access consultation and early fertility treatment through to surgical procedures, IVF and allied health in the one location.

“Partnering with Monash IVF gives patients access to the most advanced technology in the world and the very latest in medical diagnosis and treatment,” Dr Ong told myGC.

“The highest pregnancy rates can only be achieved by a combination of excellent clinical management and an excellent laboratory. Modern medicine must also embrace alternative health treatments and a holistic approach to provide the best chance to conceive.”

With over 35,000 babies conceived and over 40 years experience, Monash IVF stats are world class, but patients must dig further when choosing the right care.

Dr Ong has chosen to dedicate his entire working career and focus solely to reproductive medicine and miscarriage giving his patients the advantage of a vast amount of experience with some of the most complicated infertility cases.

And while Dr Ong’s specialised training, skill and expertise are unmatched, it’s his commitment, passion, time and compassion that endears him to patients and colleagues.

“As a husband and father, I understand the importance of family and the gift of children. Everybody has the right to experience this, and we never give up on anyone” Dr Ong said.

One in six Australian couples struggle with fertility. The journey to parenthood can be tougher, and more physically and emotionally taxing than ever imagined.

In a complicated field, his message is simple, “Never be afraid to take the first step, never let anyone treat you like a number, never let anyone tell you nothing can be done and never give up hope”.

After completing his specialist medical training, Dr Ong completed four years of additional training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Sydney’s Westmead Fertility Centre and one of the world’s leading infertility treatment and reproductive surgery centres, the University of Sheffield’s Assisted Conception Unit in the UK.

Dr Kee Ong is based in Southport at Level 2, 2 Short Street, and also conducts appointments from Homeworld Helensvale Medical Centre every Tuesday. For appointments and general enquiries, please call 07 5519 1602 or visit www.goldcoastfertilityspecialist.com.au

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Dr Kee Ong