Welcome to Kon-Tiki News, the only newsletter for the Kon-Tiki Medical Centre on the Sunshine Coast. This month there’s not too much going on in the medical world — there’s only two health issues that find their home in December — but you’re coming to the end of the year and it’s Christmas time! So today, read on to find out about our holiday opening hours, bowel cancer, and World Aids Day.
We’re so excited to have you with us!
‘Tis the season to be jolly! These holidays, don’t let your health slide. It may be the time to be merry and drink and have fun, but all good things should come in moderation! Be responsible and take care of yourself. You don’t want to be the family member who has to go to a clinic or emergency because you got a little tipsy and decided you could one up your kids on the swing-set. That said, if you do need to see a doctor, we’re here for you! Our practice will be open every day except for weekends and public holidays.
And so, from all of us here at Kon-Tiki Medical, have a wonderful, very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
With bowel cancer sitting as Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, it’s important to know the signs and know what you can do to prevent such a disease. Around 55% of all Australians diagnosed are men, with 1 in 11 men finding they will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.
Decembeard is a movement to help raise awareness for this disease and help those affected. For more information on how you can donate and help, check out their website.
All over the planet, December 1st marks World Aids Day — a day to support and raise awareness for those living with HIV and to remember those who have died of AIDs related conditions or conditions associated with HIV. This year, in Australia, the theme for the day is ‘Everybody Counts.’
The aim this year is to encourage Australians to educate themselves and others on HIV. To work towards reducing the transmission of HIV — through the promotion of prevention strategies. And to ensure that those living with HIV can live their lives to the fullest, free from stigma and discrimination.
To show your support this World Aids Day, wear a red ribbon (the international symbol of HIV awareness and support) and check out their dedicated website for more information on HIV, events near you, and how you can help.