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GOOD HEALTH REQUIRES
A HEALTHY HEART
3 Regular exercise
3 A healthy balanced diet
3 Quit smoking
3 Low alcohol consumption
3 Keep your immunisations up to date
3 Regular health check-ups
3 Social connection
Prevention is better than a cure. What is good for your heart is good for your overall health.
Take regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, quit smoking, keep your immunisations up to date,
get regular health checks and get involved in your community.
Take early action when you are unwell. Wonthaggi Medical Group offers vascular health
checks, comprehensive health assessments, support to manage your weight and chronic
Don't wait until it is too late, take control of your health and act now.
For appointments call
Wonthaggi - 5672 1333
Inverloch - 5674 1207
Grantville - 5678 8029
50 Radovick Street, Korumburra
A.H. 5654 2753.
* Fully accredited
Phone 5655 1355
Monday to Friday
8.30am - 6pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays
8.30am - 12noon
DOG walkers across Australia are improv-
ing their cardiovascular health by signing up
to dog friendly walking groups in time for
Heart Week (April 30 to May 6).
But pet experts are concerned the health
benefits of dog ownership will be lost if
the number of pet-friendly outdoor areas de-
Keep Australia Pet Friendly is campaigning
for more dog-friendly outdoor areas, such as
on and off-leash parks.
In a survey of pet owners, improving ac-
cess to and the quality of outdoor public ar-
eas is considered by far the most important
attribute to pet owners across Australia.
More pet-friendly outdoor areas would en-
courage dog owners to walk for longer and
The simple act of walking for half an hour,
on all or most days of the week, can reduce
your risk of heart disease by as much as half.
A range of academic studies supported
by pet experts at the Waltham Centre have
identified the many health benefits of dog
• Australian research found dog walkers
are more likely to meet the 150 minutes of
physical activity per week recommended for
• Dog walkers achieve at least 30 minutes
of physical activity on more days per week
compared to non-dog walkers1
• Dog walkers have a faster average walk-
ing speed that can improve overall fitness
• Dog owners have lower risk factors for
cardiovascular disease and blood pressure
• Children who walk dogs are fitter and
less likely to be obese
• Owning a companion dog increases spon-
taneous physical activity level in adults
Pet ownership not only helps keep you ac-
tive, it also helps reduce stress and lower
blood pressure and has been shown to help
reduce depression and loneliness - all risk
factors for heart disease.
Keep Australia Pet Friendly, supported
by TV presenter and veterinarian Dr Chris
Brown, is encouraging community mem-
bers, councils, policy and planning officials
to work together and remember that pet
ownership needs to be considered when
Keep Australia Pet Friendly, sponsored
by Mars Petcare, aims to reverse the down-
ward trend of pet populations in Australia
by highlighting the many positive benefits of
For further information about Heart Foun-
dation Walking and their promotion for dog
walkers that includes the chance to win a
FitBit Flex, visit: http://walking.heartfounda-
Supporters can follow the campaign on
friendly), Twitter (@PetPositives), or Insta-
gram: www.instagram.com/PetPositives us-
ing the hashtag #keepauspetfriendly.
To find out more about the campaign visit
BASS Coast Strollers walking group, who
walk locally on Monday mornings, have a walk
listed as part of the Victorian Walking Festival,
for Monday, May 15, meeting at 8.45am.
The group invites interested adults to join in.
This is a lovely circuit walk of Cape Woolamai
Headland, starting from Woolamai Beach car-
park. It is rated medium and is about 9km in
length. Please visit basscoaststrollers.org and
contact Liz Hart on 5678 0346 prior to the day
for full details.
Following on from the successful inaugural
Victorian Walking Festival last year, the 2017
festival is underway with many walks once
again. This aims to bring together in one pro-
gram various walks from different sectors in
April and the first two weeks of May.
There are positive physical, mental and social
reasons for getting involved with walking.
Organised events encourage walking and in
turn allow for the discovery of new and interest-
If you are new to walking, start with the easier
walks. A group offers security, companionship
See the Walks Program page at victorianwalk-
If you would like to join a walk, contact di-
rectly the group organising the walk and book
Some walks are free while others have a fee.
It is essential that you discuss the degree of dif-
ficulty of the walk and your capabilities with the
group. They can explain what is required also.
The Bass Coast Strollers meet for a walk every Monday morning at various locations.
Come try a shared walk
WITH this year’s influenza (flu) season ap-
proaching, Bass Coast Health (BCH) staff recent-
ly rolled up their sleeves to protect themselves
and their patients from catching the virus.
Up to 170 Australians lose their lives each year
from the flu and high-risk groups in particular
are urged to see their GP now for a flu shot.
As healthcare workers, BCH staff are among
those considered to be in a high-risk group.
• Pregnant women
• Children aged 6-59 months
• Elderly people
• Individuals with specific chronic medical
conditions such as HIV/AIDS, asthma, and
chronic heart or lung diseases
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and
the National Health and Medical Research
Council both recommend that healthcare work-
ers get a flu vaccination every year.
This is because the dominant influenza strains
often change year to year so the protection of the
flu vaccine only gives seasonal coverage.
This year’s flu vaccine contains an additional
strain compared to last year’s vaccine.
Proving that there is no such thing as an in-
convenient time to have a flu shot, even discus-
sions with visiting politicians are seen by BCH
as a great opportunity to make sure everyone in
their organisation is protected.
So discovered Shadow Minister for Health
Mary Woolridge MP, Shadow Parliamentary
Secretary for Women’s Health and Rural and
Regional Health Margaret Fitzherbert MLC and
local MP Brian Paynter MP, who met with BCH
CEO Jan Child and board president Don Pa-
proth at BCH last week to discuss the progress
made so far in improving quality and safety
across the health service.
Discussions also focussed on future opportu-
nities and planned service growth arising from
the soon to be released Clinical Services Plan,
as well as options for significant capital im-
provements required for the hospital.
Shadow Secretary Fitzherbert and Mr Pa-
proth in particular, found out just how serious
the organisation is about protecting its patients
when they were both given their flu shot as dis-
cussions came to a close.
“After useful discussions... about future plans
and local health needs, our meeting finished
with a bonus flu shot – an offer I couldn’t re-
fuse!” Ms Fitzherbert said.
The health service aims to have 80 per cent of
its staff and volunteers vaccinated against the
flu by winter.
During World Vaccination Week (April 24 –
30) the aim is to raise awareness about the crit-
ical importance of full immunisation through-
out life. The theme this year is ‘Vaccines Work’.
Vaccines protect against 26 diseases world-wide.
Did you know:
• Vaccination is the most effective method of
• Vaccines are safe and effective
• Vaccines prevent deadly illnesses
• Vaccines provide better immunity than nat-
• Having multiple vaccines at one time is safe
• If we stop vaccines, diseases will return
• Children are exposed to more antigens from
a common cold than they are from vaccines.
• Vaccines limit the spread of antibiotic resis-
tance by preventing diseases in the first place.
• You can’t get the flu from the vaccine be-
cause it’s inactivated and does not contain any
live viruses and cannot cause the illness.
• Vaccines, like any other medicine, can have
side effects, however the majority of side ef-
fects are minor.
Common side effects following influenza vacci-
nation include soreness, redness, pain and swell-
ing at the site of the injection; drowsiness; tired-
ness; muscle aches and low grade temperature.
These side effects are usually mild and go
away within a few days, usually without need-
ing any treatment. Some people may experience
flu-like symptoms after having the flu vaccine,
but these should only last a few days.
You can come down with the flu within the
first two weeks after having the vaccine, as it
takes this long for the vaccine to start to work.
If you have influenza, you can be infectious to
others for 24 hours before symptoms start, and
continue to be infectious for about a week after
the symptoms start.
Influenza does not discriminate. Even fit and
healthy people can catch it and pass it on to
others. The past is no predictor of the future.
For more information about getting a flu shot,
please speak with your GP.
Health staff line up for flu shot
Paws pound pavement
ahead of Heart Week
BCH executive director of Medical Ser-
vices Dr Bruce Waxman receives his flu shot
from Infection Prevention and Control nurse
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