Conditions and Diseases

Conditions and Diseases

World Diabetes Day – Occupational Therapy

Diabetes

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic disease associated with abnormally high levels of sugar glucose in the blood.  This occurs when the pancreas does not provide adequate insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar), or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. There are 3 main types of diabetes, which include:…

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Mental Health Week – Depression

Depression

Depression and looking after our health Queensland Mental Health Week (5-13th October 2019) shines the spotlight on how we can look after our own mental health.  It is linked to National Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day which is held on the 10th October. This year’s theme is “Take time for mental health”.…

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Amputation

Amputation prosthesis

Amputation Awareness and Treatment Did you know: Someone will undergo an amputation every 30 minutes in Australia.  Losing a limb is a life changing event and many Australian’s are dealing with the associated challenges every day. National Amputee Awareness Week is recognised during 4-11th of October.  This week is about raising awareness, making sure people…

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Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome

Inherited Conditions with Fragile X Gene Fragile X-associated Disorders are a term given to a range of inherited conditions that occur as a result of alterations in the FMR1 gene (Fragile X gene). It is estimated in Australia, 1 child per week is born fully affected by Fragile X syndrome and 20 are born carriers…

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Upper Limb Rehab After Stroke

Upper Limb Rehab Stroke

How can the upper limb be affected after stroke? Everyone’s experience of stroke is unique, however there are some common effects of stroke to the upper limb (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand) that can impact on a person’s ability to complete daily living tasks. Read more about what a stroke is, it’s effects and recovery in…

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Stroke Effects and Recovery

Stroke

What is a stroke caused by? A stroke is a medical condition caused by the disruption of blood supply to the brain; either via: a broken or burst blood vessel …this is called a haemorrhagic stroke; or by a blood vessel being blocked by a clot …this is called an ischaemic stroke. This disruption of…

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Autism NDIS Treatment Overview

Autism

Did you know: The prevalence of Autism in Australia has risen from 1 in 100 to 1 in 70 people.  So, does this mean Autism is on the rise in Australia? Not necessarily – find out why, and how NDIS funding can be used to help adults with ASD. What is Autism? Autism, or Autism…

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Managing Cancer

Cancer

Why cancer research is important. The latest statistics from the Australian Cancer Council report over 140,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year alone, with 1 in 2 Australian men and women expected to be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Which cancer is most common? Non-melanoma skin cancer is believed to be the most prevalent diagnosis in Australia.…

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Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive Impairment

What are the symptoms of cognitive impairment? How many times have you forgotten an important date, had to look up your own phone number or had a word on the tip of your tongue but struggled to find it?  We all joke about getting older and being forgetful, but when is it time to become…

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Parkinsons Disease

Parkinson's Disease

Did you know: Someone in Australia is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every 47 minutes. Over 70,000 Australians have Parkinson’s Disease.  Once thought to be a geriatric condition, we now know that approximately 15% of people with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease are of working age and nearly 3% are aged between 30-40 years.  Parkinson’s disease…

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