Yea District Memorial Hospital


‘Tis the Season to Be… Stressed?

Dec 5, 2010 posted by yvonne

The Christmas and New Year season could be considered the most stressful time of the year.  It may be Christmas but it seems not that many of us are feeling jolly about it. 


Water Safety Week 2010

Nov 22, 2010 posted by yvonne

With warmer weather just around the corner and more opportunities for a cool swim in the local dam, river or at the beach it is important to stay safe around water this summer. 


Water Safety Week, a key part of the state-wide ‘Play it Safe by the Water’ campaign, will be held from Saturday 27 November – Sunday 5 December 2010.


Empowering the Communities We Serve

Nov 8, 2010 posted by yvonne

Community development is a broad term used to describe specific activities that improve participation, coordination, efficiency, investment and connectivity in the community. The focus is primarily on working with local groups and organisations rather than one-on-one with individuals or families.


“YOUR LIFE YOUR WAY” - Occupational Therapy Week 2010

Oct 24, 2010 posted by yvonne

Occupational Therapy Week is about celebrating and promoting the good work occupational therapists do throughout Australia every day.


Zap those lunch-box blues away!

Oct 10, 2010 posted by yvonne

As the school year draws to a close lunch-box fatigue can start to sneak in … both for those of us that prepare the daily offering and the little darlings who have the final say on where that foods ends up!


10 Tips for a Healthier Heart

Sep 19, 2010 posted by yvonne

Are you concerned about your heart health? Here are ten tips to help you look after your heart.


September - Prostate Awareness Month

Sep 4, 2010 posted by yvonne

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australia with 20,000 men diagnosed and close to 3,300 deaths each year.  September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is asking Australia to get involved and help create awareness and raise the much needed funds to help in the fight against prostate cancer.


Bread… get it right or your health is toast!

Aug 22, 2010 posted by yvonne

You are at the supermarket, rushing to grab some bread for the kid's lunches and you are faced with the "wall of bread".  Wholemeal, wholegrain, seeded, rye, brown bread, white bread... so many choices, so little time to decide! 


A healthy choice may be high on you list but how do you wade through all the options promoting themselves to be the best on the shelf?  


Sleep – our body’s recharge cycle

Aug 8, 2010 posted by yvonne

Early to bed and early to rise keeps a man healthy, wealthy and wise.  Late to bed and early to rise gives a man bags under his eyes!  Sleep is the body's way of recharging and repairing itself but modern sleep habits are sabotaging this lifesaving process More

Better Health Channel Celebrates 10 years

Jul 25, 2010 posted by yvonne

Ever wondered where to start looking on the internet for reliable health information?  Scared of what you might find when you get on Google to look for a diagnosis on that itchy foot? No need to fear... The Better Health Channel is here!


Travelling on the Road to Holiday Happiness

Jun 27, 2010 posted by yvonne

Holidays are supposed to offer relaxation and recuperation, but some people find them disappointingly stressful. One of the main reasons is the changing face of the Australian holiday.


Red Nose Day

Jun 20, 2010 posted by yvonne

Red Nose Day is happening this week!  Get onboard and support the vital work SIDS & Kids Australia are doing to eliminate sudden and unexpected infant death and to assist families that have lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).


Putting the bite on heartache

Jun 13, 2010 posted by yvonne

Watch out for those furry fangs because they could end up giving you more heartache than cupid's arrows ever could.  A growing number of scientific research studies are demonstrating the link between exposure to the bacteria that cause periodontal (gum) disease and an increased risk of heart disease.


World Environment Day 2010

May 30, 2010 posted by yvonne

Saturday 5th June is World Environment Day (WED) and you can join people from around the world in celebrating the incredible diversity of life on earth.    The theme for WED 2010 is 'Many Species. One Planet. One Future', and is about drawing attention to the importance of biodiversity or "biological diversity".


Kidney Awareness Week

May 21, 2010 posted by yvonne

Love your kidneys more!

It is kidney awareness week and it's time to love your kidneys more! No, we are not talking about the steak and kidney type, more the little guys that filter your blood and keep you ticking away inside. 


Cooking For Meal Success

May 16, 2010 posted by yvonne

The recent popularity of cooking shows on TV would have us believe that anyone can be a master of their own kitchen domain.  Boned spatchcock wrapped in prosciutto?  No worries! Birthday party for 150 nine year olds?  Piece of cake!

However as we flock to our kitchens to impress our friends with gourmet delights for dinner parties and 'relaxed' get togethers we should spare a thought for the other six days of hum-drum food we all have to prepare.


National Mothering Week

Apr 30, 2010 posted by yvonne


Mothering: Together we do better

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is inviting all mums and families to celebrate National Mothering Week in the week leading up to Mother's Day on 9th May.


National Mothering Week has been celebrated by the ABA since 1979 and this year's focus, Mothering: Together we do better, highlights the importance of mothers connecting with each other through support groups in their local communities. This could be a mother's group, playgroup or the ABA's own support groups.


World Autism Awareness Day - 2nd April 2010

Apr 9, 2010 posted by yvonne

Friday 2nd April is World Autism Awareness Day.  The United Nations designated the 2nd of April as World Autism Awareness Day, to be observed every year beginning in 2008.  The aim of the day is to raise awareness about children with autism throughout society.  Autism affects approximately one in 1,000 Australians. Boys are more likely to be affected than girls.



Oct 15, 2009 posted by yvonne

Tuesday, October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day and is a chance to provide important awareness on this 'silent disease' that affects so many Australians.


Mental Health Week – 4 to 10 October

Oct 2, 2009 posted by yvonne

Mental Health Week is a national mental health promotion campaign held in early October each year. Its main aim is to promote social and emotional wellbeing to the population - encouraging people to maximise their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals, and increasing mental health literacy.

Mental Health Week 2009 marks the second stage in the Mental Health Association's three year mental health promotion campaign "Building Resilience".


Prostate Health

Sep 29, 2009 posted by yvonne

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month and it is a perfect time to remind men with symptoms or a family history of prostate cancer to discuss any concerns they may have with their doctor.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed internal cancer in Australia, with over 16,000 men diagnosed and close to 3000 deaths each year. While prostate cancer is most common in men over the age of 50, younger men with a history of prostate cancer in their family are at greater risk.


National Dementia Awareness Week 2009

Sep 14, 2009 posted by yvonne

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person's functioning - loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and normal emotional reactions. Most people with dementia are older, but it can occur in people aged 40 onwards. Particular sorts of dementia can be inherited, but most are not.


National Child Protection Week 2009

Sep 10, 2009 posted by yvonne

From the beginning of National Child Protection Week (6th September) to the end of Children's Week (1 November) NAPCAN is conducting the largest ever survey of Australia's attitudes to child abuse and neglect.


How Community Health Can Help You

Aug 21, 2009 posted by yvonne

Community Health Services around Australia focus on the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve. In the Murrindindi Shire, community health services are provided by Yea Hospital (for the western side of the shire) and Alexandra Hospital (for the east side), with additional services from Mitchell Community Health.


How good is your hearing?

Aug 14, 2009 posted by yvonne

One in six Australians suffers from some form of hearing loss. The theme for Hearing Awareness Week 2009 is "At Home, At Work, At Play - One in Six". Hearing Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the dangers of over-exposure to loud noise, especially loud music.


Helping Depressed Teenagers

Jul 31, 2009 posted by yvonne

When teenagers are suffering with depression, they aren't always able to ask for help and may even refuse your help. More

Depression and Teenagers

Jul 31, 2009 posted by yvonne

Young people can feel depressed for all sorts of reasons and their moods can vary, from feeling a bit blue to feeling overwhelming sadness and hopelessness. Some may even feel suicidal.


Don’t Try To Go It Alone

Jul 24, 2009 posted by yvonne

"A problem shared is a problem halved" is an old English saying which holds a lot of truth. The trauma that so many of our residents have experienced, and continue to deal with, can weigh heavily, taking its toll on mental health, physical health, relationships, and many other aspects of life.


Handwashing for Health

Jul 17, 2009 posted by yvonne

Handwashing has been high on the agenda recently with the Government and health agencies promoting frequent washing of hands as a key way to reduce the spread of swine flu. 

According to the United States Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Handwashing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection."

Yet, recent studies and reports indicate that lack of or poor handwashing still contributes significantly to the spread of diseases.   Those groups that are especially vulnerable include pregnant women, children, old people, and those with weakened immune systems.


Parenting - coping with stress

Jun 29, 2009 posted by yvonne

Being a parent brings out a range of powerful emotions from exhilaration to despair. Your feelings of love, happiness and pride may quickly turn to anger, hate or guilt, depending on the situation and the degree of support available to you. These feelings are completely normal. Most parents experience negative emotions from time to time.


Fighting off the winter ills

Jun 25, 2009 posted by yvonne

With winter now well and truly here it is important that we continue to give our bodies a fighting chance to ward off or recover quickly from the winter colds and flu.


Men’s Health

Jun 12, 2009 posted by yvonne

Five men die every hour in Australia from potentially preventable illness. It's time for Australian men to get out of their comfort zone and start thinking about their health. Even when feeling healthy, a simple yearly visit to a GP can often save a man's lifestyle and maybe his life. Men can live longer if they keep in touch with their health.


Go Red for Women

Jun 9, 2009 posted by yvonne

Wear red on June 12th to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease in women.


'Make A Noise about The Silent Killer' - Kidney Health Week 24-30 May 2009

May 22, 2009 posted by yvonne


1 in 7 Australians, the equivalent of the entire population of Sydney, have at least one clinical sign of existing Kidney Disease such as reduced kidney function and the presence of protein or blood in their urine, according to Kidney Health Australia.


Schizophrenia Awareness Week - 17 to 23 May 2009

May 15, 2009 posted by yvonne

Schizophrenia is a major mental illness affecting the normal functioning of the brain. About one percent of the population develops schizophrenia and it is slightly more common in males. It usually begins between age 18 and 25 in men and a little later in women. Some people are more likely than others to develop schizophrenia and it is usually triggered by a combination of contributing factors. With appropriate medical and social support, most people with schizophrenia can live a full and active life.


Flu (Influenza)

May 11, 2009 posted by yvonne

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread by coughs and sneezes. Older people and those with an underlying medical condition are more likely to develop serious complications as a result of the flu. There are various types of flu - the "Swine Flu" or H1N1 being of great global concern currently.


Personal Support for Bushfire Affected People

May 1, 2009 posted by yvonne

Many people affected by the fires have taken up the offer of personal support, counselling and case management. However, many others, who thought they could manage without support, are now finding it is tougher than they expected. The support options are still available.


The Dangers of Isolation

Apr 28, 2009 posted by yvonne

Human beings are social characters. We live in groups (families), form partnerships, and live in communities. Some people always find social contact difficult, but there are times when most of us avoid social contact for some reason. Social contact is important for our emotional and mental health. It gives us a sense of worth and purpose. A sense of belonging is a basic human need.


First Aid for Mental Health

Apr 17, 2009 posted by yvonne

First Aid is the help given to an ill or injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. The aims of first aid are to preserve life, prevent deterioration of the condition, and provide comfort to the ill or injured person.


Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. More

Keep the pressure down

Mar 17, 2009 posted by yvonne

12 March 2009 was World Kidney Day, highlighting the importance of our kidneys, endeavouring to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. The 2009 campaign highlights the importance of high blood pressure as one of the key symptoms and causes of Chronic Kidney Disease.



Mar 17, 2009 posted by yvonne

March is Lymphoedema Awareness Month. Lymphoedema is a chronic swelling (oedema) due to an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the body's tissues. It usually affects the arm(s) or leg(s) but can also occur in other parts of the body. People of all ages can be affected - infants, children, adolescents, men and women.


Emotions after the bushfires

Mar 17, 2009 posted by yvonne

We are all affected by the bushfires, some more than others. And we all respond differently. Some people want to avoid contact with others; others crave contact. Some people want to talk about the experience, while others don’t. Some can cry, others can’t.  Many will be hurting while some will feel numb. Some feel guilty that their home survived when neighbouring homes were destroyed. Some want to go back; others can’t face the devastation.


Organ Donation

Mar 4, 2009 posted by vdpweb

Australia has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the developed world and the number of donors is not growing. An estimated 100 people die each year while waiting for an organ transplant due to the shortage of organ and tissue donors. You can help save lives by registering your consent to become an organ and tissue donor. Remember to tell your partner, family or friends about your decision. More

Ovarian Cancer

Mar 4, 2009 posted by vdpweb

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Can you name any symptom of ovarian cancer? If you can't, you're not alone. A National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre survey has shown that one in five Australian women can't name one symptom of ovarian cancer. More

Lunch Box Tips pt. 2

Mar 4, 2009 posted by vdpweb

Foods should be simple, ready to eat, and appetising after several hours storage in the lunch box. Foods such as sandwiches can be prepared ahead, frozen, then taken for each day's lunch box. Suitable foods to freeze include: bread, cooked meat, cheese, peanut butter, baked beans, mashed eggs, yeast or vegetable spreads. More

Lunch Box Tips

Mar 4, 2009 posted by vdpweb

Healthy lunches and snacks are important for active children. Eating healthy food helps children concentrate and learn. Healthy eating changes are not always easy to make - set a good example with your own eating habits. Encourage children to be involved in preparing their own lunch and choosing the foods to include. Choose a variety of food from all food groups. More

Healthy Weight Week

Mar 4, 2009 posted by vdpweb

During Healthy Weight Week - 25th to 31st January - the Dietitians Association of Australia encourages you to develop and maintain a healthy weight to help you live life to the full. Maintaining a healthy weight needs a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle, including eating healthy foods and keeping physically active in a way that you can maintain and enjoy.


Grandparent Carers

Mar 4, 2009 posted by vdpweb

Throughout Australia, an increasing number of grandparents are taking on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren. Other relatives such as aunts, sisters and brothers are also caring for children in their extended families. The reasons for this are many - they might be avoiding the children going into protective care, relieving family stress, or a parent may have died or be ill. More

Safe Partying

Mar 4, 2009 posted by vdpweb

Summer time is party time. Partying is fun for people of all ages, but especially teenagers. If you follow a few simple suggestions, it will help you stay safe while you're having a good time. Australian statistics show that if you are informed about safe partying, you are more likely to protect yourself and your friends.