Cancer Connections

Beating Cancer in the Highlands ... This column is brought to you regularly by the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee and is first published in the Lifestyle section of the Southern Highland News. It is designed to inform everybody of matters relating to cancer in our local community and the wider society. We aim to focus on local news, forthcoming events, services and other cancer issues.

Cancer Connections - April 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cancer Services Directory now online

If you were not able to get your copy of our Directory for the Southern Highlands, the whole contents of the booklet can now be obtained from this website. This year’s booklet, which featured special articles on men’s health issues, can be easily downloaded as a pdf file. Just click on the Directory tab above.


BowelCare program resuming
We have now heard from the Rotary Club of East Gosford which organises the distribution of BowelCare test kits that they are resuming their program for 2013 with the same testing kit they have employed in the past. The latest information is that Southern Highlands pharmacies will have the kits available from May 4th (if not earlier) through to June 1st and should be receiving their supplies in late April. The last day for returning the kit for pathology testing is June 15th. With over 12,000 new cases of bowel cancer diagnosed in Australia every year, it is one of the most common forms. The good news however is that, if detected early, this is one cancer which is curable in so many cases. So, why not “Get checked”.

Emergency Care Kit available

One of the many services provided by the Commonwealth Government’s Respite and Carelink Centres is an Emergency Care kit. These Centres exist to assist older people, people with disabilities and those who provide care and services. The kit, which is free, provides four forms for recording all details of the plan for a patient's care. Part of the kit is a most useful card which a carer can keep in their purse or wallet. Should they be involved in an accident or any emergency, the card will show that they are a carer and provides the name and contact details for the person they look after. For more information about this and their numerous other services, you can contact this government agency on 1800 052 222 or to visit their website click here. 


Biggest Morning Tea

Another great fundraiser for Cancer Council is the annual Biggest Morning Tea. While a nominal date is set for Thursday, May 23 this year, not all groups who are organising their morning teas can hold them on the same day, so they may be held on any morning around that date. Not a problem. Maybe this means you get to go to more than one event ! And if you are thinking of getting one started yourself to raise some financial support, you can find out more from the Cancer Council website at www.cancercouncil.com.au


DonateLife

There has been increasing publicity lately about Australia’s need to improve its rate of organ and tissue donation, which is low by developed world standards. The DonateLife campaign encourages people to discuss this question first with their family, since they need to be aware of the person’s wishes. People willing to be listed on the Donor Register, or who would like to know more about the process and the issues involved, can do so by calling 1800 777 203 or going online at  humanservices.gov.au/organdonor or visiting the local Medicare Service Centre.


Coming Events

• Carers NSW is conducting a number of 6-week teleconferencing courses to assist carers at no cost to participants. To find out more, call 1800 242 636 or go to www.carersnsw.org.au

• Prostate Support Group meeting, Henrietta Rose Room, 6pm, April 30th
• BowelCare kits available at pharmacies, May 4th to June 1st.
• Lunch for Breast Cancer Support Group, May 5th – see website www.bcsg.info/
• Can Assist meeting, 10am Thurs, May 9th at the old Bowral Hospital
• National Volunteer Week, May 13th – 19th
• Biggest Morning Teas will occur on Thursday, May 23rd or on nearby dates
• May 31st is always World No Tobacco Day.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or info@sh-cancerconnect.com.au




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