It is a great honour to serve the people of Queensland as one of our state's 12 Senators in the Australian Senate, and the people of Australia as the Shadow Minister for Women, Carers, and Communities.
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WHAT'S ON IN JULY 2014
JulEYE - Nationwide - Eye Health Awareness Month
The RANZCO Eye Foundation is a not-for-profit eye health organisation.
Each year, 10,000 Australians go blind. About 200,000 Australians have visual impairment that cannot be corrected by spectacles.
Get your eyes tested this JulEYE.
75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable if detected early enough, yet every 65 minutes an Australian loses part or all of their vision.
JulEYE is The RANZCO Eye Foundation's national eye health awareness month that takes place during July each year.
Read more about JulEYE here.
National Diabetes Week 2014
Two million Australians are at high risk of type 2 diabetes.
To coincide with National Diabetes Week, Diabetes Australia is launching a new prevention campaign urging all Australians to see if they are at risk of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in up to 58 per cent of cases through early detection and lifestyle modification.
Diabetes Australia represents all people affected by all types of diabetes.
The aim of the 2014 National Diabetes Week campaign is to raise awareness of the seriousness and prevalence of type 2 diabetes and encourage all Australians to check their risk.
National Diabetes Week runs from 13-19 July 2014.
To read more about National Diabetes Week 2014 click here
National MDS Day 2014
Monday July 14 is the date of the Leukaemia Foundation's second National MDS Day.
In Australia, the incidence of MDS is increasing, rising from 1185 people diagnosed with MDS in 2009, to 13301 diagnosed in 2012. This rise is due in part to our ageing population. MDS predominantly affects older people and the average age at diagnosis is 74 years.
Read more about MDS and National MDS Day here
21-27 July is National Pain Week
Chronic Pain Australia support research that contributes to a greater understanding of the experience of living with chronic pain.
They present the opportunities that are available for people in pain to participate.
To read more about the services provided by Chronic Pain Australia and connect with them here.
22 July is Fragile X Awareness Day
Fragile X is a genetic condition that causes intellectual disability, behavioural and learning challenges and various physical characteristics.
Though Fragile X occurs in both genders, males are more frequently affected than females, and generally with greater severity.
Read more about The Fragile X Association of Australia here.
23 July is World Sjogrens Syndrome Day
Sjögrens syndrome is an illness of unknown cause in which the immune system attacks the lacrimal and salivary glands decreasing the production of tears, saliva and moisture production in the body.
This causes the most common symptoms of Sjögrens syndrome namely dryness of the eyes and mouth, "SICCA complex".
Sjögrens can be a stand-alone condition where SICCA dryness symptoms are the only problem. However, Sjögrens is common in people with other autoimmune illnesses such as Lupus, Scleroderma and Rheumatoid arthritis.
While these conditions are rare, they
are important to identify because they are likely to need specific treatment.
Read more about Sjögrens syndrome at the The Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre (ARRC) website here.
World Hepatitis Day, 28 July
The World Hepatitis Alliance first coordinated World Hepatitis Day in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, nor the political priority, seen with other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
In 2010 the World Health Assembly endorsed July 28 as World Hepatitis Day and it became one of only four 'World Health Days' recognised by the World Health Organization.
Read more about World Hepatitis Day here.
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More Info on the Abbott Government's Welfare Cuts
The Abbott Government has instigated a review into Australia's welfare systems. Click on the PDF link to see how you can have your say and read the interim findings of the Review.
Parkinson's Walk in the Park 2014
Parkinson's Disease is no walk in the park, but fundraising for Parkinson's Queensland is! Join me and my team on August 31st to fight this horrific disease. Find out more at Parkinson's Queensland