Newsletter – 5

Kon-Tiki News – May

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.

May is the month for bodies and lungs! We’ve got Asthma Day, Palliative Care Week, MS Day, and No-Tobacco Day! So dive on in, give it a read, and enjoy.

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World Asthma Day!

Let’s help everyone breathe a little easier

World Asthma Day

Asthma is a long term lung condition where those affected have sensitive airways in their lungs that react to triggers and cause a “flare-up”. In a flare-up the muscles of the airways squeeze tight as they swell and become narrow. There is also more mucus and all of these together make it harder for the person affected to breathe.

One in nine Australians have asthma. It affects those of all ages and while it cannot be cured, it is well controlled by most people by following a daily management plan.

This Asthma Day, the 7th of May, check out Asthma Australia for information on how you can support this organisation. There’s also information on asthma research and training for people so they know what to do if someone is having an asthma attack! It’s a great resource and definitely worth giving a read.

Palliative Care Week!

19-25th May

Palliative Care is a service provided to patients (and family) where they have an active, progressive, advanced disease, who have little or no prospect of cure and who is expected to die, and for whom the primary goal is to optimise the quality of life.

It is a vital service that ensures a patient’s comfort in the time they need it the most.

To find out more information, check out Palliative Care Australia!

MS Day!

30th May

This year the theme for MS Day is “Visibility!” Many symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis are invisible, and there is the all too often overlooked, unseen impact that MS has on quality of life.

Multiple Sclerosis is a condition of the central nervous system. It interferes with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. MS affects over 25 thousand Australians and more than two million diagnosed worldwide. It is estimated that 3 in 4 people diagnosed are women, with the average age of diagnosis being just 30 years old!

MS Research Australia has been dedicated to researching MS for the last fifteen years. Their website is a wonderful resource for their research, information for those affected, and details on how you can help! Give them a look.

No Tobacco Day

31st of May

In our second lung themed awareness subject, it’s No Tobacco Day this month! This year, the theme of the day is “Tobacco and Lung Health.” The campaign is to increase people’s awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure. Such effects range from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, tuberculosis to air pollution.

The most effective measure to improve lung health is to reduce tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure. The problem with this is that the knowledge on the consequences of smoking and second-hand smoke exposure are limited and low in some countries.

The World Health Organisation is dedicated to World No Tobacco Day and this year is striving to raise awareness on the:

  • risks posed by tobacco smoking and second-hand smoke exposure;
  • awareness on the particular dangers of tobacco smoking to lung health;
  • magnitude of death and illness globally from lung diseases caused by tobacco, including chronic respiratory diseases and lung cancer;
  • emerging evidence on the link between tobacco smoking and tuberculosis deaths;
  • implications of second-hand exposure for lung health of people across age groups;
  • importance of lung health to achieving overall health and well-being;
  • feasible actions and measures that key audiences, including the public and governments, can take to reduce the risks to lung health posed by
  • tobacco.

For further information on the movement, what you can do, and how you can help, make sure to check in with the World Health Organisation.

And if you’re interested in seeking help to quit smoking, you can contact us at Kon-Tiki on 5349 0390 to make an appointment with one of our doctors. Or, you can find us on Facebook and send us a message.