Welcome to Kon-Tiki News, the only newsletter for the Kon-Tiki Medical Centre on the Sunshine Coast. Happy New Year, all! It’s the start of a new year and in January there’s not much happening but we think you’ll find that what is is pretty darn important. So here’s to new team members, resolutions, running in your underwear, and a disease of biblical age.
We’re so excited to have you with us!
At the end of January we’ve got some new additions to the Kon-Tiki family. The excellent team of All Abilities are expanding their practice into our rooms here in Maroochydore. Dedicated to child and family therapy — through psychology, occupational therapy, and speech therapy — All Abilities are a fantastic addition for our facility and we’re welcoming them with open arms!
They’ll be operating out of our rooms as of the 31st of January, and will be here on Thursday mornings and all day Fridays. Referrals to see the team should be sent to their clinic at Noosa Heads. Just let them know you’d like to see them at our rooms in Kon-Tiki, and you’re all sorted!
Welcome to 2019! It’s a new year and that means it’s a time for new beginnings. Cliche? Maybe. But you have to admit that like Christmas, there’s a certain little spark of excitement and magic that accompanies the beginning of a year. You’ve sleighed the holiday season (get it?) and the stress that comes with last minute gift shopping and enduring rowdy family has finally had a chance to dissipate. It’s time to take a breath, look at the year you’ve had, and evaluate if there are changes to be made for the year to come.
And that’s where resolutions come in! They don’t have to be about getting fit and going to the gym. (How many of us have tried giving that a go?) They could be something as simple as reading 10 books in the year or endeavoring to get the family together for dinner once a fortnight. Even something as small as going to bed half an hour earlier could be a resolution! The list is truly endless.
But remember to re-evaluate. If one resolution isn’t working out, change it. It’s important to look after yourself mentally and realize when you’ve pushed yourself too hard. Can’t read 10 books this year? Read 4. You’ll get there. It’ll happen. It just takes time.
It may be in South Australia, but that shouldn’t stop us Queenslanders from checking out the Undies Run! Every year, to support and raise awareness and money for Bowel cancer research, the Cancer Council hosts the Undies Run at the Adelaide Oval. All you’ve got to do is register and raise $300 for your chance to do two laps in your (almost) birthday suit.
But if you can’t make it to Adelaide, maybe think about donating to help those stripping down. Head on over to the dedicated website and see what you can do.
We know what you’re thinking — is leprosy really still a thing? It is! And because of the stigma against this age-old disease, countless are never diagnosed and the symptoms are allowed to run unchecked. As it is, over 210,000 people across the world were diagnosed in 2017.
Leprosy is a highly infectious tropical disease of the skin and nerves, caused by bacteria. It is thought to be transmitted through droplets when the infected persons’ cough. For all of this, however, leprosy is entirely curable. And while it rarely affects those of modern Australia, it is deeply woven into the history of our world.
From the 27th of January to the 28th of April, The Leprosy Mission Australia is urging people with their churches and groups to host a Leprosy Sunday event and raise money to help support those living with leprosy and those doing what they can to help the affected. To find out what you can do to help, check out their website! Even if you can’t host an event, donating and educating yourself can do more than you think.