Quynh, 33 Pharmacist who contracted influenza while travelling abroad, ADELAIDE

Quynh, 33, works as a full-time pharmacist at a 24/7 community pharmacy in South Australia. She leads an active lifestyle, has a strong personal interest in health and wellness, and travels frequently. She has no time for falling ill.   In 2015 however, shortly after returning from a two-week holiday to New York, Quynh developed…

Jessica, 29 Health coach & cystic fibrosis patient advocate who contracted the 2009 swine flu, BRISBANE

Health coach and policy consultant for young women living with illness, Jessica, 29, Brisbane, was a victim of the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Living with cystic fibrosis, Jessica was at higher risk of serious complications from influenza than most. In June 2009, while holidaying with her husband in Queensland, taking time-out to consider health-related lifestyle…

Sheryl, 56 Retired primary school teacher & mother-of-two struck down by influenza, CANBERRA

Recently retired primary school teacher of 35 years, and married mother-to-two, Sheryl, 56, Canberra, has always maintained relatively good health. She enjoys walking, reading and travelling. However, in March, 2016, she was struck down by influenza – a serious respiratory infection that she battled for four weeks. After attending school camp, Sheryl contracted influenza upon…

Rodney, 35 Placed into a medically-induced coma following swine flu infection, SYDNEY

Welfare and mental health counsellor, Rodney, 35, Sydney, was hospitalised with influenza in 2010, in a non-aware state, with congested lungs and less than 30 per cent oxygen in his blood.  Within 48 hours, Rodney was diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus strain –   swine flu – and placed into a medically-induced coma for…

Lisa, 37 Pharmacy assistant & beautician struck down with flu on an overseas holiday, SYDNEY

Full-time pharmacy assistant and beautician, Lisa 37, Sydney, contracted the flu while on holiday in Las Vegas, USA in May, 2016. The flu rendered Lisa bedridden for seven days, mounting a recovery for the ensuing seven days, and compromised her month-long holiday, leaving her with no other option but to cancel all of her pre-booked…

Nick, 30 – Young working professional who contracted flu out of season, SYDNEY

  In March 2016, busy IT professional, Nick, 30, Sydney, contracted a severe case of influenza, out of season. For four nights, Nick endured hot and cold flushes, night sweats, sleep disruption, ongoing headaches and episodes of coughing and sneezing. In fact, he was so unwell, he was forced to cancel his Mardi Gras party,…

93 per cent of Aussies recognise benefits of flu shot in pharmacy – Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Federal Health Minister supports pharmacy as flu vaccination hub with  flu shots expected to climb by almost one million this year The majority (93 per cent) of Australian adults recognise the benefits of flu vaccination in pharmacy, citing access, cost and convenience as the biggest motivators for protecting against seasonal influenza.1 This is according to…

Are you aware of Lynch Syndrome? – Worldwide Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day

Today is Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day. For those who haven’t heard of the condition, Lynch syndrome, previously known as HNPCC, is an inherited genetic mutation. It gives people an increased chance of developing certain cancers across their lifetime, often at a younger age than the general population, i.e., before 50 years of age. The most…

Women encouraged to check their heart health

The classical image of a heart attack is that of a man battling to breathe, crippled in pain. However new research published in British Medical Journal, Heart, on March 1, 2017, reveals Australian women are less likely to be screened for heart disease than men. The new research, entitled, Gender inequalities in cardiovascular risk factor…

Thousands of Pharmacists Gather in Queensland for Annual Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference

Today marks the start of the annual Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference (APP 2017) where thousands for pharmacy and healthcare professionals are gathering to discuss the latest developments in the health industry.   Top international speakers include Alistair Bursey, owner-pharmacist and Chair of the Board of Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPHA); and Graeme Blanchard, President of the…