26th July 2017 – In 2012 an estimated 230,000 Australians were living with chronic Hepatitis C infection with most new cases relating to the sharing of injecting equipment.
With these statistics in mind and to mark World Hepatitis Day this Friday, headspace Dubbo in partnership with local business Sharica, Hepatitis NSW and Western NSW Local Health District (WLHD) are encouraging all young people to be aware of the dangers associated with unprofessional tattooing.
12th July 2017 – This week is National Diabetes Week and with the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes on the rise, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Marathon Health is organising a healthy morning tea and free Diabetes risk assessment at the Kelso Indigenous Chronic Disease Clinic this Thursday.
“The theme for this year’s National Diabetes Week is, ‘It’s About Time', which is all about raising awareness of Type 2 Diabetes which can develop over a long period of time with no obvious symptoms. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are almost 4 times more likely than non-indigenous Australians to have diabetes,” comments Anna Blackie, Marathon Health Diabetes Educator.
7th July 2017 – In keeping with the importance of NAIDOC Week - a week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, headspace Dubbo will be unveiling their new Acknowledgement of Country plaque and artwork.
The artwork has been created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist Riki Salam of We are 27 Creative, after consultation with key members of the headspace network and cultural advisors.
15th June 2017 – headspace Bathurst works hard to ensure that they are able to meet the needs of the youth of Bathurst.
As part of the team’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that young people are able to access timely and appropriate psychological, educational and vocational services, the centre has organised StartUP Sessions; weekly informal information seminars that function as an active waitlist as well as soft entry for young people aged 12-25.
15th June 2017 - Fourteen people graduated yesterday with their Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work as part of a joint initiative to provide an ongoing legacy to support people with mental illness.
Supported by Western NSW Local Health District, Marathon Health, Partners in Recovery Consortium members and the Mental Health Coordinating Council these fully qualified Peer Workers completed 18 months of studying.
6th June 2017 – A recent report released by the Royal Flying Doctor Service has highlighted a saddening difference in mental health outcomes between individuals living in rural and remote NSW and those living in the city.
In light of the report, Marathon Health employees want to ensure residents of the Murrumbidgee region that they are dedicated to ensuring better healthcare, closer to home and are committed to bridging the gaps in mental health treatment availability.
31st May 2017 – Today is World No Tobacco Day and Marathon Health is committed to reducing smoking rates in western NSW communities.
Marathon Health has implemented smoking cessation support services to regional towns and is excited to announce the commencement of a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking cessation partnership with Cancer Institute NSW and Quitline NSW.
16th May 2017 - In celebration of International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) tomorrow, headspace Bathurst in conjunction with their Youth Reference Group, is wrapping the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning and Asexual (LGBTIQA+) rainbow flag on trees in Bathurst.
The LGBTIQA+ community are at a higher risk of experiencing mental health concerns due to the difficulties associated with community attitudes and discloser. Initiatives that challenge discrimination and harassment are crucial and of vital importance to the wellbeing of regional communities. With this in mind, the 2017 Youth Reference Group has planned to celebrate IDAHOBIT in the most public way possible; a rainbow flag wrap.