Welcome to Kon-Tiki News, the only newsletter for the Kon-Tiki Medical Centre on the Sunshine Coast. The new year is well and truly underway and Kon-Tiki is striving forward with bringing the coast new and vital health services. April is the month home to Easter, ANZAC Day, Parkinson’s, Haemophilia, and Heart Week!
Read on and enjoy!
With the weekend of chocolates just around the corner, it seemed prudent to talk about opening hours. Because in a matter of days we not only have Easter but ANZAC day as well! Kon-Tiki Medical Centre will be closed for the following weekend and public holidays:
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that can affect anyone from anywhere, from any and all walks of life. It is a condition where dopamine — a type of chemical messenger that relays messages between cells in your brain — is not produced at adequate levels. Dopamine is especially important in controlling movement.
Currently, it is estimated that more than 80,000 Australians are living with Parkinson’s — 20% of which are of a working age.
There are no known causes of Parkinson’s and since it is so difficult to diagnose, requiring a specialist neurologist, it is important to support organisations dedicated to researching this disorder and supporting those affected. There is also no known cure to Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s Australia has some wonderful information on both research, how they help those affected by Parkinson’s, and how you can support them too. Give them a look!
Since 1989, the World Federation of Haemophilia has strived to educate the populace and inform the public of haemophilia and other inherited blood disorders. April 17th (in honour of the birthdate of WFH’s founder) is the day where they implore others to reach out and help raise awareness for such disorders.
Haemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder where the blood does not clot properly because it lacks in a “clotting factor” which is a protein that controls bleeding. In Australia there are more than 2,800 people diagnosed with haemophilia, who are mostly male. Severe haemophilia is rare in women, but it does happen!
Low levels of clotting factor can produce a wide range of bleeding episodes and these can occur spontaneously, without obvious cause, or as a result of trauma and injury. Often, specialised treatment is needed to help blood clot normally and if internal bleeding is not quickly stopped with treatment it will result in pain and swelling. This is why raising awareness for such a disorder is so important — to ensure a fast and educated response!
So check out Haemophilia Australia for more info on how you can get involved!
What’s more important: your brain or your heart? Well, since April includes National Heart Week, we’re gonna definitely support the latter! Your heart ensures your blood pumps and flows and considering heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australians, we gotta make sure we take care of it!
Each year, approximately 10 thousand Australians die of a heart attack. Heart Week is dedicated to increasing awareness and education around the protection of this vital organ.
The Heart Foundation is an excellent resource for information on heart disease, heart attacks, heart research, and even healthy recipes! They are diligent in their support to funding research and helping those affected, and for all that and more, including how you can support them, check out their website!