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.
This month, our new clinic for varicose veins and musculoskeletal injections is going to open. We also have a new app downloadable for your phone. Then, in the world of healthcare, we’ve got a little info on a topic near and dear to one of our staff members — the World’s Greatest Shave — along with some details on Epilepsy Awareness Day.
Read on and enjoy!
Today’s the day! The sun is shining! Our new service is commencing…….. Oh! Our new service is commencing!!!
As promised last month, we’ve got a new service starting here at Kon-Tiki. Opening on the 13th of March, we now have a clinic dedicated to the ultrasound guided treatment of varicose veins and musculoskeletal injections. If you have any questions about what this means for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the practice. We can book an appointment with one of our doctors so you can have a chat about the service and how we can help.
Surprise, surprise! We’re getting hip with the technological revolution and we’ve released an app! It’s downloadable on both the Google Play store and the Apple store and super easy to use. You can register as a patient, make appointments, and even check in to the clinic when you get here!
Check it out and make sure you head on over to our Facebook page to let us know how it has worked for you.
This year, from the 13th – 17th of March, the Leukaemia Foundation is celebrating 21 years of the World’s Greatest Shave! As one of Australia’s biggest fundraising events, you can either shave, colour, or wax the hair on your head, chest, or face to raise money for those with blood cancer. Blood cancer (such as Leukaemia) and related disorders can develop in anyone, of any age, and every day another 35 Australians are diagnosed. Although research is improving survival, blood cancer claims more lives than breast cancer and melanoma and sadly, an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours.
But the crazy thing is that over the last two decades, more than 2 million Australians have participated in the shave. That amounts to an estimated 375 thousand kilograms of hair removed! And it just so happens that one of those sweet, sweet 2 million was our very own receptionist, Stevi. Straight out of high-school, she took it all off for this wonderful cause and has kept her short hair ever since.
So, if you’re looking to shave, or just to support an event near you, check out the Leukaemia Foundation’s website for more info!
Founded in 2008 by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Canada, Purple Day was born in an effort to get people chatting about epilepsy and to inform those suffering from seizure that they are not alone. As someone with epilepsy herself, Cassidy was initially hesitant to tell others of her seizures because she thought they would make fun of her. But after the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia gave a presentation to her class, she had the courage to talk about her seizures with the other children.
And that is the vital core of Purple Day — to end the stigma and discrimination of epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a disorder of brain function that involves recurring seizures. Roughly 4% of the population willreceive a diagnosis of epilepsy at some stage in their life and for each person it presents in unique ways.
The Epilepsy Foundation is wholly committed to providing support and up to date information regarding epilepsy to those living with the disorder. They have a helpline available at 1300 852 853, but can only reach approximately 10% of Australians living with epilepsy. This is why Purple Day is so important. To spread awareness.
So this March, on the 26th, throw on some purple clothes and support a wonderful cause!