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October 9, 2018
A graphic about mental health week.

Mental Health Week

October 10 marks ‘World Mental Health Day.’ This is a day to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and raise awareness. 1 in 5 people in Australia suffer from a mental health problem and more than ever it is seen as a weakness in life. What people don’t realise is that mental health problems like depression, anxiety, Bipolar disease and schizophrenia can affect anyone at any time. It crosses all domains in life, affecting men and women equally. It has no respect for race or position in society. And these conditions don’t discriminate. Whether you are a Postman, Boilermaker, […]
October 4, 2018

Alcohol, Fake News, and Alternative Facts

Alcohol, Fake News, and Alternative Facts In this day and age it’s sometimes hard to get the facts about anything, let alone your health. You can read something that tells you it’s safe to do this or eat that, and another article will say the exact opposite. (I still don’t know whether butter is good for me – though that hasn’t stopped me putting it on my toast!) When it comes to how much alcohol we drink the advice is equally confusing. One reliable source of information is the World Health Organisation’s AUDIT scale. This is a simple questionnaire that […]
September 18, 2018

Dementia Awareness Month

September is Dementia awareness month. This year the focus is on small actions big difference. Dementia describes a collection of symptoms caused by disorders that effect the brain. It effects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing. Early signs of Dementia Progressive and frequent memory loss Confusion Personality changes Apathy (lack of interest, enthusiasm and concern) and withdrawal Loss of ability to perform everyday tasks. There is no known cure for Dementia, but research shows that you can help by: keeping physically active keeping […]
September 10, 2018

Drug & Alcohol Counselling at the Panaceum

Did you know the Mid-West Mental Health Community Drug and Alcohol Service is now available onsite at the Panaceum? Not many people can say they’ve never been affected by alcohol or even used drugs. Sometimes this can get out of control and cause multiple problems. Drug and Alcohol use affects all members of society and talking to a trained person can be beneficial. The Mid-West Mental Health and Community Drug and Alcohol Service is now providing counselling at the Panaceum. It’s free, confidential and with a qualified counsellor. If you’re worried about yourself, or someone you care about, speak to […]
August 2, 2018

Donate Life Week 2018

DonateLife Week – July 29th to August 5th 2018 DonateLife week is part of the Australians Governments program to increase the organ and tissue donation/transplantation outcomes. The aim is to encourage all Australians to register their organ donation decision and to encourage Australians to have an active conversation with their loved ones about what their decisions are. Did you know that 90% of families agree to organ donation when a previous discussion was had with family and loved ones, compared to just 52% when family were not aware of their loved ones wishes. More than 1400 Australians are currently on […]
July 13, 2018

My Health Record

What is it all about? Over the coming months you will be hearing a lot of information regarding My Health Record. By October 15th 2018, a My Health Record (MHR) will be created for every Australian unless they choose to not have one. So what does it all mean for you? My Health Record is the name of the national digital health record system. It is an online summary of your health information. Having a My Health Record means your important health information allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medications, test and scan results are digitally available in one place. You […]