Lifestyle

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 […]
June 18, 2018

World Continence Week

World Continence Week         18-24th June 2018.   What is incontinence? Incontinence is a term that describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or bowel motion, faeces or wind from the bowel (faecal or bowel incontinence). Incontinence is a widespread condition that ranges in severity from ‘just a small leak’ to complete loss of bladder or bowel control. In fact, over 4.8 million Australians have bladder or bowel control problems for a variety of reasons. Incontinence can be treated and managed.  In many cases it can also be cured.   Who is at risk? […]
May 24, 2018

Palliative Care Week

  What is Palliative Care? Some people are confused about what palliative care means. The world health organisation definition is: “Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.” In general, people will get referred to palliative care when their life expectancy is 12 months or less. It does not necessarily mean that they are about to die, palliative care […]
May 7, 2018

Allergy and Anaphylaxis management

Anaphylaxis Management This month the Panaceum have been educating you on Allergies. For patients with severe allergies – exposure to an allergen can cause life-threatening reaction known as Anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis affects a person’s whole body and usually occurs within minutes of an exposure. Signs and Symptoms of anaphylaxis include: Difficult/noisy breathing Swelling of tongue Swelling or tightness in throat Wheeze/persistent cough Difficulty talking Dizziness or the person may collapse Pale and floppy (if a child) If you believe that someone is experiencing anaphylaxis – Adrenaline must be given. People who have known anaphylaxis to an allergen should carry an auto-injector […]
March 2, 2018

Pain Series – Part 4: What can you do to manage pain?

Part 4 of Physiotherapist Thomas Knight’s Pain Series. What to do about it / Management: Turning down the volume… Slow down, trying to fight pain is like putting petrol on a fire Remember that it is just pain. It’s not fun but it’s also not dangerous Breath slowly and deeply, When pain strikes, slowly breath in for 5 seconds and out for 5 seconds Work back into the things in life that pain has caused you to stop or avoid. Set small goals and celebrate each one you achieve Pace yourself slowly and don’t jump into doing too much too […]