Welcome to Kon-Tiki News, the only newsletter for the Kon-Tiki Medical Centre on the Sunshine Coast. October has always been a crucial month in bringing awareness to the community and for this month’s newsletter we’re going to give you a little insight into why. Read on and help us support and raise awareness for crucial causes like Shoctober, World Osteoporosis Day, World Mental Health Day, and Blue Knot Day.
We’re so excited to have you with us! Enjoy!
Defibrillator Awareness Month
When it comes to the heart, you can’t afford to go wrong. If something were to happen and you didn’t have all the tools on hand to assist when it did, things could fall apart quickly and in devastating fashion. That’s why the Cardiac Arrest Survival Foundation has introduced Shoctober. It’s a way to raise awareness for workplaces and public places (such as school, gyms, and pools) for the need to have defibrillators on hand in case of emergency.
It’s important to be prepared so check out the CASF over here for more information. And if you’re interested in going one better and getting certified in your CPR so you can use a defibrillator should you need too, the Kon-Tiki buildings have an awesome team over at the National First Aid Training Institute that can help you out!
World Osteoporosis Day
Affecting over 1 million Australians, osteoporosis is a disease that makes bones brittle and leads to a higher risk of fractures and breaks than normal, unaffected bone.
As bones become thinner and less dense, even a small bump can turn into a serious fracture, and it’s important to know where you stand if you have any concerns. Check in with us here at Kon-Tiki to see if you’re eligible for a Bone Density scan! We can give you a referral and you can get checked out for sure.
Or, head on over to Osteoporosis Australia for more information on this disease.
World Mental Health Day & Blue Knot Day
10th October & 29th October
October is a crucial month for mental health awareness. The 10th is World Mental Health Day and on the 29th we support Blue Knot Day, a day dedicated to helping those recovering from childhood trauma. Whether nature or nurture or circumstance has lead to an issue with mental health, it’s important to support those suffering and let them know it’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to let others know you’re hurting and admit to needing help.
We forget, sometimes, that it’s not just the body that can be hurt and sick. It’s the mind too.
The World Health Organisation has some resources and information that can help if you have concerns and need to support those in your life affected. And if you’re interested in supporting the Blue Knot Foundation by fundraising or donating to their cause – helping adult survivors – head on over to their website and follow the links.