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Getting smokers across the line

The concept of self care entails greater personal responsibility for our health, and for smokers, quitting is the ultimate in self care. In many cases, smokers need the support of family, friends, health professionals and cessation aids to make the change. But the change is worth the battle.


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Complementary medicine – passing fad or panacea?

Our latest guest blogger is Ruth Kendon, the Regulatory & Technical Manager for Complementary Medicines, for the Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI). Ruth is a practising naturopath and herbalist with more than 24 years of experience. She has degrees in Naturopathy and Botanical Medicine and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Herbalists’ Association of Australia.

In this blog, Ruth talks about the role of complementary medicines in the health system, and shares some tips for using complementary medicines effectively.



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Are you MedicineWise? Top tips for taking medicines.

This week is ‘Be MedicineWise’ week, which promotes the safe and effective use of medicines. Visit the website here.

Medicines play a useful, and sometimes critical role in our health, however we must take care to use them responsibly.

NPS, the independent, government-funded organisation behind MedicineWise, says there are five important questions that everyone should ask when using a medicine, whether it is an over-the-counter or prescription medicine:
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Are women the key to men’s health?

We recently featured a blog on men’s health in Australia by Professor John MacDonald, Director of the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre, University of Western Sydney. Professor MacDonald stressed that we should be making services more accessible to men, rather than blaming men for not looking after their health.

Following on from this, we had the pleasure of hearing John’s European counterpart, Professor Ian Banks, President of the European Men’s Health Forum, who was in Australia for the Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI) 2010 Conference in Sydney. 


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You are what you eat

This week is National Nutrition Week which aims to encourage healthy food choices. Find out more about the campaign by visiting Nutrition Australia.

Guest blogger, John Baxter, is the President of the National Herbalists Association of Australia and a practising herbalist and naturopath. Here he explains the importance of balancing the right foods and supplements for optimal health.


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Male health: Self care, but it takes two to tango!

It is often said that men are less likely to look after their health than women, but is this really the case?

According to a recent report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), men are more likely to engage in risky behaviours, and have a higher incidence of many conditions, than women.

The ABS says that men are expected to live 4.5 years less than women, with young men more likely to die from external causes, and as age increases, cancers and diseases of the circulatory system are the main causes of death.

So what can be done to improve the health of Australian men?
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Pharmacists an underutilised resource in the treatment of minor ailments

Have you ever found it hard to get an appointment at your local GP, or been frustrated at the long queue?

All of us need medical advice at some point, whether it’s for a minor cough or a more serious concern. But do we need to always visit the doctor?


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Making our cities healthier starts with the individual

Today is World Health Day. It is a timely reminder to every nation, community, family and individual across the world that health should be nurtured, and it all starts with you.

World Health Day 2010 is run by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and this year it is all about creating healthier cities. According to WHO, more than 50 per cent of the world’s population lives in cities, and by 2030, that number will reach 60 per cent. So it is important to recognise the impact that high-density dwelling has on infrastructure, resources, and inevitability, health.

As part of World Health Day, groups in cities all over the world are taking to parks and streets to spread the word on the importance of health. Even if you are not involved in a World Health Day activity or event, or don’t live in the city, you can still use this opportunity to think about the actions that would make your life healthier.
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