State Health Awareness Campaign
The QCWA has long been focused on improving the health and wellbeing of women across Queensland.
Our objective is simple: to improve the welfare of the lives of women and their families, especially in Regional, Rural and Remote communities. One such way we achieve this is through our Health Awareness programs.
Originally taking root through our State External Appeal, each year a state wide program would be nominated and Branches across Queensland would fundraise to raise money to support their good work. This has incorporated many charities over the years including Mater Children’s Hospital Sleep Unit, RFDS and Queensland Melanoma Project to name a few.
During our Annual Non-Conference Council a motion was passed that rather than QCWA focusing solely on fundraising for donations, we need to do more in communities to bring awareness to our chosen appeal. From this, Branches and Divisions are now encouraged to facilitate meetings, seminars, events and other such occasions where guest speakers and professionals linked to the program provide informative talks and build awareness in the local communities across Queensland.
2019 State Health Awareness Campaign: Crohn’s and Colitis
Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis are life long gastrointestinal disorders that commonly present themselves in children, adolescents and adulthood.
Collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), the conditions are an emerging global disease, with Australia having one of the highest prevalence in the world. More than 80,000 Australians live with these conditions, with numbers expected to increase to more than 100,000 by 2022.
The conditions are becoming more prevalent, more severe and more complex and are being diagnosed in more and more very young patients.
During a disease flare, inflammation in the colon, rectum and gastrointestinal tract can become so severe that sufferers need to be hospitalised and/or require surgery.
The conditions are largely unpredictable with significant variation in the degree and pattern of symptoms affecting each patient. The relapsing and chronic nature of the disorder has broader impacts on a person’s emotional, physical and social wellbeing. Patients may also develop complications that are potentially life threatening, with links between IBD and increased risks of colorectal cancer as well as the adverse side effects of treatment.
Bouncing Back Program
Another way in which the QCWA is helping improve the health of our communities is through our newly launched Bouncing Back Program.
Since early 2014 the QCWA has been concerned about how little was being done for Queenslanders suffering the effects of drought, floods, fire, cyclones, financial difficulties and the normal stress of life today. Despite allocated funding from State Governments, the QCWA feels that there is more room for improvement especially in regards to practical goals and achievements for those that have suffered from crisis. From this our Bouncing Back Program was born whilst also supporting the current work that our Association does with our Public Rural Crisis Fund – a support fund providing financial assistance to those suffering from crisis.
The Bouncing Back Program Coordinator has developed a practical guide available for those that would like some further help bouncing back from crisis. This guide can be downloaded here.
If you would like to learn more about our Public Rural Crisis Fund please follow this link.
A LIFE-SAVING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM THAT EVERYBODY CAN BE PROUD OF
Red25 is a unique giving program by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Uniting workplaces, community groups, schools and universities around Australia to save lives through blood donation.
Together, Red25 members work towards ensuring that 25% of Australia’s blood donations are secured.
Queensland Country Women’s Association can help Red25 achieve this goal by encouraging family and friends to donate at their nearest collection centre. Think ahead and make an appointment when going to town or on holiday.
GETTING STARTED IS EASY
1. Join – Donors can join their Red25 group online using their Donor ID number.
2. Donate – Every time someone gives blood stating that QCWA is part of the program it automatically counts towards our group’s tally. Individual
members can organise appointments by themselves, for themselves – every donation counts.
How can I see how many donations QCWA has made?
Log on to Red25, click on Results Tallies, go to See Red25 Group Results and enter Queensland Country Women’s Association name into the group tally results. Donations take 24 hours to appear online.