Chronic disease highlighted – World COPD and Diabetes Day

Chronic disease a hot topic for World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and World Diabetes Day

 Far West LHD staff are combining their clinical expertise in highlighting chronic diseases to celebrate World COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, lung disease) and World Diabetes Day (sugar), which fall on November 14-15 respectively.

The public are invited to visit the health check and information stall at the Broken Hill Health Service foyer on  Wednesday, November 15 from 11.30am to 1.30pm

“Anyone interested in learning more about COPD (lungs) and diabetes (sugar) is encouraged to come and have a health check completed and talk to our professional staff,” said Annette Walker, Nurse Practitioner for the Chronic and Complex Care Team.

Health checks will include; blood glucose (sugar) and blood pressures testing, heart rate, height, weight (Body Mass Index) and basic lung function test. Health care staff will discuss with you your results from the health check and if you require further follow up and review from your GP.  If GP review is required you will be given your results to make an appointment with your GP.

“Public awareness is vital in maintaining and supporting our population and economy and working collaboratively with our community in maintaining their health and awareness of Diabetes (sugar) and COPD (lung disease) enables everyone to live a healthier and longer life and manage the condition better,” said Mrs Walker.

Facts about Lung Disease:

  • The Lung Foundation has cited a new survey which reveals stigma is rife, with many quick to lay blame without empathy, prompting calls for greater understanding to break down the barriers to action.
  • One Australian dies every hour from lung cancer, making it the leading cause of cancer death in Australia more than breast, ovarian and prostate cancers combined.
  • Anyone can get lung disease; it affects one in four Australians and is the second leading cause of death.
  • More than one third of Australians believe people with lung disease have only themselves to blame, while one in ten will say they got what they deserved. When people say lung disease isn’t worthy of help, sadly, it makes those affected believe it too.
  • Stigma is a major barrier to accessing research, funding, treatment and support. It also has significant mental health impacts and causes delays in diagnosis.

Facts about Diabetes:

  • 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes
  • Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated)
  • More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year
  • For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day
  • Total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia estimated at $14.6 billion


Reference: The lung foundation, Australia and Australian Diabetes Society.

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