Movember

Time to grow a MO’ for men’s health this Movember

We’re about to see many moustaches on the faces of Australian men this month, as Movember officially commences.

It’s the annual event in which men are encouraged to grow out their upper lip hair to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.

It comes as figures show that an alarming amount of Australian men are still dying too young, including 3,400 lives lost to prostate cancer and more than 2,000 suicides each year.

The Movember Foundation this year celebrates its 15th anniversary by returning bigger, better and…hairier than ever, as the only global charity focused solely on men’s health.

Last year, the moustache-growing season saw over 300,000 ‘Mo Bros’ and ‘Sistas’ around the world raise more than $80 million to stop men dying too young.

Rachel Carr, The Australia Director of the Movember Foundation says she’s seen men go through really tough times, and has witnessed first hand the impact that men’s health issues can have on Aussie men.

“Being part of the Movember movement is about raising the volume on men’s health and I’ll be joining our Mo Bros and Sistas in shouting from the rooftops this Movember.

“There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done – but with each Mo grown, dollar raised and story shared by our Movember community, we get close to our goal of stopping men dying too you,” Ms Carr said.

So grow a Mo’ this Movember, or get involved in one of the many ways. Head to movember.com to donate or participate.

Whooping cough warning after two cases at Gold Coast school

A WHOOPING cough alert has been issued for a Gold Coast school after two children were diagnosed with the highly contagious respiratory infection.

The Gold Coast Health Unit released a statement to parents and staff of Broadbeach State School this week, notifying them of the recent outbreak.

They urged parents to make sure that their children’s vaccinations are up to date and advised students and staff recently diagnosed with whooping cough to be “excluded from the school until they have received either 5 days or a 7 day course of appropriate antibiotics or excluded for 21 days from the onset of coughing.”

Whooping cough, also known as Pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can be life threatening for babies and young children.

It’s caused by the bacterium Bordetella Pertussis and is spread by coughing, sneezing, kissing and skin-to skin contact.

The infection usually begins with cold-like symptoms including a runny nose, watery eyes and fever, however quickly develops into a dry cough that sounds like a “whoop” and can cause vomiting.

Light The Night

Help light up the night to raise funds for blood cancer research

Broadwater Parklands will be transformed into a sea of glowing light this Friday to help raise much needed funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Thousands of locals are expected to turn out to walk in the charity’s annual Light The Night Gold Coast event, which kicks off at 5:30pm.

During the reflective walk, each registered participant will carry a coloured lantern that carries a special meaning – Gold to remember loved ones lost to blood cancer, White for those diagnosed themselves and Blue to show community support for all those affected.

According to the Leukaemia Foundation, 35 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer every single day.

It claims more lives than breast cancer and melanoma and sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours.

Light the Night is a chance for the Leukaemia Foundation to raise money to fund more research into understanding the causes, better treatments and cure for blood cancer.

For more information on the Gold Coast Light The Night event and to register to take part, visit: lightthenight.org.au/events/gold-coast

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Leukaemia Foundation

 

Syringe Needle

Australia to eliminate cervical cancer by 2035

Great news for women across Australia today.

It’s been revealed that Australia could become the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer thanks to the success of the Human Papilloma Virus vaccination program.

According to new research released today by Cancer Council NSW, if vaccination and screening coverage is maintained, cervical cancer rates will drop to less than six in 100,000 by 2022, meaning that it will soon be considered a rare cancer.

The research predicts rates will continue to drop even further, dropping below 4 in 100,000 by 2035.

Professor Karen Canfell, Director of Research at Cancer Council NSW said The World Health Organization recently called for action to eliminate cervical cancer.

“This is such exciting news for women across Australia,” Professor Canfell said.

“We’ve been leading the way in cervical cancer control for many years and we’ll be sharing our research and approaches with the rest of the world as part of a global push to eliminate this highly preventable cancer.”

Australia transitioned to a new five-yearly HPV cervical screening test for those aged 25-74 from last year, replacing the old two-yearly Pap test previously offered from ages 18-69 years.

The new test looks for the presence of HPV, the virus that causes almost all cervical cancers, and is expected to lower cervical cancer cases and mortality by at least 20%.

Professor Canfell said that to achieve elimination, it’s vital that women continue to participate in the National Cervical Screening Program and that girls and boys are vaccinated against HPV through the national HPV immunisation program.

“Under the new screening program, women should have their first screening test at age 25 and then every five years, if no high risk HPV is detected,” she said.

“Those who have previously had the Pap test should have their next cervical screening test two years after their last Pap test, after which point they can move to five-yearly screening.”

Friends talking

Gold Coast men urged to ‘have a chat’ with their mates today

Men on the Gold Coast and all around Australia are today being urged to have a meaningful conversation with their mates.

The call comes on World Suicide Prevention Day, with figures showing suicide is the leading cause of death among Australian men aged 15 to 44.

Instead of a minute’s silence, global men’s health charity the Movember Foundation is urging men to speak up through their Man of More Words campaign.

“One minute of silence is society’s way of reflecting on and honouring significant deaths. However, in the case of suicide, it is this silence which is killing men,” Craig Martin from the Movember Foundation said.

“So, to change this, we are encouraging men to speak out for one minute on World Suicide Prevention Day.”

Man of More Words kicks off a month long campaign aimed at encouraging meaningful conversations around men’s mental health as a way to ultimately reduce the high rate of male suicide.

“We know gender plays an important role, which is why we’re talking specifically to men, equipping them to recognise the signs when they’re not doing so well, and to talk up when times get tough,” Mr Martin said.

“We’re hoping to show men that to be the best versions of themselves – to be better dads, mates and sons – they need to be men of more words. We want men and their supporters to know that talking, more and with more meaningful words, saves lives.”

According to the Movember Foundation, three out of four suicides are men, with more than 2,000 Australian men taking their own life each year.

Here’s how you can start a conversation with the men you care about in four simple steps:

1. Ask how they are doing
2. Listen without judgement
3. Encourage action
4. Check in regularly

Anyone in need of support can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14
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Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
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Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
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