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Discount Drug Stores (DDS) has donated $11,020 to the McGrath
Foundation thanks to the generosity of its customers, after launching its
Spotlight On Breast Health Clinics through 115 stores across Australia from
August to October.
Customers who attended the free
Breast Health Clinics booked a private
15-minute appointment to make the
process quick and easy. Customers
were shown by a registered nurse how
to conduct self-examinations using a
silicone breast model for a comfortable
DDS Professional Services Manager
Stephenie Shea said: ‘We are thrilled
with the results of our first Spotlight On
Breast Health Clinics as we have helped
teach women all over Australia how to
check their breasts and explained to
them the different signs and risk factors
to look out for.
‘Better still, the $11,020 will help to
increase the number of McGrath Breast
Care Nurses across Australia.’
Ms Shea thanked customers who helped
raise the funds by purchasing McGrath
Foundation bracelets or donating
money while attending the free breast
clinics. All clinic expenses were covered
‘Breast cancer affects women and men
of all ages and in most cases, lumps
or changes are discovered by the
patient themselves or their own doctor,’
Ms Shea said.
‘ This makes self-examinations so
important, as just 15 minutes to check
your breast health could make all the
McGrath Foundation Ambassador and
Director, Tracy Bevan, said the charity
was grateful for DDS’ support because
every dollar raised helps with ongoing
funding for the McGrath Breast Care
‘McGrath Breast Care Nurses help
families through breast cancer
by providing invaluable physical,
psychological and emotional support
from the time of diagnosis and
throughout treatment,’ Ms Bevan said.
‘We are proud to have funded
105 McGrath Breast Care Nurses
working nationally, who together
have supported over 36,000 families in
Australia experiencing breast cancer.
Fundraising events like DDS’ Breast
Health Clinics are truly helping us to
make a difference.’
Travel health advice
Fewer than half (46%) of Australians
travelling to at-risk destinations seek
health advice before their trip, a survey
commissioned by Sanofi Pasteur
The research of Australian travellers
conducted by Lonergan Research found
that many were unaware of the health
risks while overseas.
Destinations such as South-East
Asia and South America are popular
destinations for Australian travellers
and at-risk destinations comprise 52%
of all resident departures from Australia.
These destinations also pose a high risk
of illness from food and water-borne
diseases like typhoid and hepatitis A.
Medical Director of Travelvax Australia,
Dr Eddy Bajrovic, said: ‘The good news is
that many of these risks can be avoided
or prevented with the right knowledge
and behaviour, which is why a visit
to your GP or travel doctor should
be an essential part of any overseas
One of the groups at greatest risk
when travelling overseas is those
visiting friends and relatives in their
country of origin. The study reveals 29%
incorrectly believe they are less likely
to get sick due to a perceived natural
immunity, the belief that if they were
born and raised in the country they are
travelling to, they maintain immunity
and vaccinations aren’t needed.
Unfortunately, this is not true.
One in four Australians travelling to
at-risk destinations fell ill on their last
trip and 43% of those had to seek
professional medical assistance, with
younger travellers more likely to fall ill.
The survey shows, it is often the
everyday aspects such as sharing a meal
that can cause serious illnesses, with
49% believing their sickness was as a
result of something they ate or drank.
1. Survey developed by Sanofi Pasteur and conducted by
Lonergan research, May 2015. (N=1,041).
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