International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year. IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.The Australian Government has been supporting IDPwD since 1996 and provides funds to promote and raise awareness of the day around Australia.

Source: About – International Day of People with Disability

National Stroke Week

Every step counts towards a healthy life. This year, Stroke Foundation is encouraging Australians to discover how easy it is to fit healthy habits into their day and do their part to prevent stroke. It’s estimated that more than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented simply by managing risk factors and living a healthy lifestyle. There are some risk factors for stroke which can’t be prevented like age, family history and prior stroke. If you’re male, your risk is also higher.

There are two ways to approach this: first by talking to your doctor and secondly by taking ownership of your own health.

Take charge of your own health:

  • Eat well.
  • Stay active.
  • Be smoke free.
  • Moderate alcohol intake.
  • Visit your doctor for a health check to help manage blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat).

Source: National Stroke Week — Stroke Foundation – Australia

Neuro-physiotherapy vital in Parkinson’s

Research into Parkinson’s disease over the past decade has shown that early physical intervention and targeted exercise programs slow the disease progression in its early stages. “Neuro physios can prescribe specific neuro-active exercises for patients, which are exercises designed to train the brain to better control the body and ultimately help patients move better and more confidently. Essentially, it gives patients confidence in their movement and therefore a better quality of life.”

Source: Targeted neuro-physiotherapy intervention vital in effective management of Parkinson’s disease

MS research improving lives

The last five years has seen the treatment landscape completely transformed, according to MS Research Australia CEO, Dr Matthew Miles.

“More than 8 new treatments have been introduced including oral medications and infusions that can be given very infrequently – monthly, 6 monthly or even more than a year apart, depending on the medication,” says Dr Miles. “Many of these treatments are also highly effective in suppressing the relapses and stopping lesions from forming in the brain.” This means that most people with relapsing multiple sclerosis can find an effective medication that is suited to their own clinical and personal circumstances.

Source: Research changing the lives of those with MS – HealthTimes

NDIA Rollout in Loddon

Intereach, in partnership with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), is gearing up to meet demand for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Loddon area of Victoria. By 2020, the NDIS is expected to provide support to about 5300 people with disability in the Loddon area –a 33 per cent increase in the number of people currently receiving support.

Source: The Loddon area is getting NDIS Ready — Intereach

Phantom limb pain eased by VR

Virtual Reality (VR) can relieve the sensation of phantom limb pain, report researchers. A new test shows that VR technology can trick the amputee’s brain into thinking that it is still in control of a missing limb. The method has proven effective in a number of amputees and is the foundation for a new method that has been developed by Bo Geng in collaboration with Dr. Martin Kraus and Master’s students Bartal Henriksen and Ronni Nedergaard Nielsen from Medialogy at Aalborg University.

Source: Virtual reality eases phantom limb pain — ScienceDaily