Each February Ovarian Cancer Australia runs a national Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month campaign to highlight the symptoms of ovarian cancer. February 23 is Teal Ribbon Day when all Australians are invited to wear a Teal Ribbon to show support for raising awareness of ovarian cancer. You can purchase a Teal Ribbon from Chemmart Pharmacies, Napoleon Perdis concept stores or from RACV stores (Victoria only). You can also purchase Teal Ribbons directly from Ovarian Cancer Australia.
It can be very difficult to diagnose ovarian cancer but the four most common symptoms:
- - Unexplained abdominal or pelvic pain.
- - Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating.
- - Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.
- - Needing to urinate often or urgently or a change in bowel habits.
- For more information visit the Ovarian Cancer Australia website.
AFMW would like to congratulate the following medical women on their 2011 Australia Day Honours:
- Dr Rosalie Jean Shaw, PSM, for service to medicine, particularly through the Asia-Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network
- Associate Professor Marianne Vonau, for service to medicine in the field of Neurosurgery as a clinician, educator and mentor
- Professor Louise Kathryn Newman, for service to medicine in the fields of perinatal, child and adolescent mental health, to education, and as an advocate for refugees and asylum seekers
AFMW progresses many projects of importance to medical women, both alone and in conjunction with other groups such as the Australian Women's Coalition, Australian Medical Association or community groups. The projects AFMW is involved in can be classed into three main areas:
- Socialising and networking
The Rural Health Education Foundation currently has free DVDs and resources available to Australian health professionals. The programs currently available are:Gynaecological Cancers: Psychological Care
Endometrial Cancer: Investigation and Appropriate Referral
The Discomfort Zone: A Guide to Managing Difficult Consultations (Distribution free only to NSW/ACT residents)
Obesity: A Heavy Burden
Live Strong: Closing the Gap on Chronic Disease
Musculoskeletal Guideline Series
From the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety comes the excellent Farm Safety Toolkit for Rural General Practices which provides General Practitioners with summary information on the health of Farmers, who are at higher risk of fatal injury, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and suicide. The toolkit includes
- The Farmer Health Check-Up Checklist
- Information for General Practitioners
- Farm Health and Injury Prevention Resources for Farmers (with take home checklists)
- Clinic Posters, and
- Preventing Falls for Older Farmers
Click here to download the Toolkit.
Looking for information on Palliative Care? The Palliative Care Curriculum For Undergraduates (PCC4U) project is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing that provides a series of online learning modules. The modules focus on developing the graduate capabilities in palliative care. The modules, which include a case study, video vignettes and current references, are:
- - Principles of palliative care
- - Communicting with people who have a life-limiting illness
- - Clinical assessment and intervention in palliative care
- - Optimising function in palliative care.
To access these modules visit the Teaching and Learning Jub at the PCC4U website.