Healthy Canberra: What's Happening In May 2016

Healthy Canberra: What’s Happening In May 2016

It’s nearly the end of the month, which means it’s time for our regular roundup of health-related events. At Corinna Dental Group, we not only look after your oral health but we also promote overall wellness. That is why we’d like to raise awareness about health-related activities happening next month and we’d like to encourage you to take part and to spread the word in whichever way you can.


1-7 May: Heart Week

Did you know that cardiovascular disease (or diseases of heart, stroke and blood vessel) kills one Australian every 12 minutes? (Source: Heart Foundation)

On May 1st-7th the Heart Foundation holds its annual Heart Week, an awareness campaign urging Australians to learn the warning signs of a heart attack and helps improve the heart health.

Visit their website for more helpful resources.

3 May: World Asthma Day

Asthma, a respiratory condition that affects a person’s breathing, affects one in every 10 Australians (source:

Every first Tuesday of May (this year it falls on May 3rd), Global Initiative For Asthma (GINA) observes World Asthma Day to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. Visit their website to learn more.

5 May: World Hand Hygiene Day

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), millions of patients around the world are affected by health care-associated infections and more than half of these infections could be prevented by caregivers properly cleaning their hands at key moments in patient care.

That is why the WHO declared May 5th as World Hand Hygiene Day, which encourages patients and family members to join health workers in their efforts to practice good hand hygiene. Learn more here .

12 May: International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), is a neurological disease affecting multiple body systems/organs with the potential to cause devastating disability.

Here are some websites that offer helpful resources about this complex condition:

15–21 Food Allergy Awareness Week

According to the 2011-2012 report of Australian Health Survey, around3.7 million Australians have food allergy. Every year Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia devotes a week to raise awareness on how to minimise the risk of an allergic reaction, to know what to do if a reaction happens, and to understand and support family, friends and colleagues living with food allergies.

Visit their website for helpful resources about allergy and anaphylaxis.

26 May: Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Organised by Cancer Australia, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is an annual fundraising event encouraging people to help those affected by cancer by hosting a tea event. Visit their website if you’re interested to host an event yourself.