The National Eye Health Survey Report found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are three times more likely to have vision impairment or go blind than non-Indigenous Australians.
Marathon Health’s Indigenous Eye Care Pathway program is aiming to change these statistics, by connecting eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to bulk billed specialist eye services, through a local optometry and ophthalmology clinic.
Image: Smart Cook participants and representatives from Marathon Health and Jemena.
Current ABS figures show a large gap in life expectancy between First Australians and non-Indigenous Australians – with chronic disease rates substantially affecting quality of life.
Locally, Marathon Health in partnership with Jemena, created the Smart Cook program – an initiative that provided hands on nutrition and health support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients of the not-for-profit’s Indigenous Chronic Disease (ICD) Clinic.
In recognition of Youth Week 2021 (with the theme ‘together more than ever’), headspace Queanbeyan is hosting a range of events to celebrate young people.
To mark the launch, Axis Youth Service along with headspace Queanbeyan, Grand Pacific Health, Queanbeyan Multicultural Hub and Southern Youth and Family Services are holding a BBQ lunch in Queanbeyan Park with activities including bubble soccer, archery tag, circus games plus more.
Marathon Health is urging the community to remember their After Hours medical services over the Easter period, for urgent but non-emergency medical attention.
Therese Behan, Team Lead, After Hours, said Easter can be a busy time for emergency departments across NSW, which puts pressure on limited emergency resources in small country hospitals, and can also extend waiting times for people who don’t need urgent medical care.
In recognition of Youth Week 2021 (with the theme ‘together more than ever’), headspace Canberra is hosting a wellness workshop to support the mental wellbeing of young people.
To mark the event, the free workshop will begin with yoga hosted by Shine Om, and will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about mindfulness and participate in creative arts. All attendees will receive a gift bag and a healthy lunch.
Around one million Australians have swallowing difficulties, called dysphagia. Swallowing Awareness Day 2021, held this year on 17 March, aims to inform people about swallowing disorders and to connect people with speech pathologists, the professionals who can help.
Kylie Irvin, Marathon Health Speech Pathologist, says Swallowing Awareness Day is an opportunity for people to learn about swallowing difficulties and how speech pathologists are the professionals who can help.
This National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, headspace Queanbeyan is promoting ways young people and parents/carers can minimise potential damage caused by bullying.
Nat Oliver, headspace Queanbeyan Community Engagement Coordinator, said being bullied whether verbally, physically, socially or online, is an issue that can have long-term mental health consequences and impact future relationships.
It is well known that fewer health services exist in rural areas in comparison with major cities, despite the rates of disability being higher in these areas. Marathon Health, regional not-for-profit, is committed to connecting country Australians to NDIS services, ensuring they have choice and control over the support they access.
Jenief Cornish, Marathon Health’s Portfolio Manager for the Murrumbidgee/ACT region, says it is a priority for the charity to provide NDIS services to people across the Murrumbidgee.