World Parkinson’s Day calls for unity

Yesterday marked World Parkinson’s Day, an international day of recognition for people living with Parkinson’s and the impact it has on their day-to-day lives. Over 70,000 Australian’s live with Parkinson’s Disease. Physical symptoms extend further than muscular shakes, impacting swallowing, blood pressure, and digestion. Mentally, many with Parkinson’s experience depression and anxiety. A global initiative…

Australia sees launch of world-first Olive Wellness Institute

A new research review confirming the ‘health and prolongevity effects’ of the traditional extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)-containing Mediterranean diet coincides with today’s launch of the world’s-first online science repository on the health benefits of olive products. Conducted by US and Italian geriatric and nutritional research scientists, the Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet: Metabolic…

Health Hips Week

Walking at one, talking at two – sometimes it ‘s just not that simple. This week is Health Hips Week and Healthy Hips Australia are working to improve infant hip dysplasia support and awareness. Hip dysplasia, or developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), is a condition in which the ball and socket joint of the…

GoodSAM

Ambulance Victoria is rolling out a lifesaving smartphone app, GoodSAM, that connects people who are medically trained or know first aid with patients experiencing cardiac arrest. Performing CPR and defibrillation in the first three to four minutes of suffering a heart attack is critical and every minute this is delayed, chances of survival are reduced…

Australians urged to vaccinate as the flu season approaches

Two days ago, VIVA! Communications teamed up the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to bring about a heightened awareness of flu vaccination, and complacency toward it, to the wider community with the release of the 2018 Flu Vaccination Study results. The Study revealed alarming statistics concerning Australian adults flu vaccination uptake and understanding. Just one-in-two Australian…

2018 World Down Syndrome Day

Today, the United Nations Human Rights Office in Geneva, the Palais des Nations, will host the 2018 World Down Syndrome Day. Down Syndrome International will this year focus on encouraging those with Down Syndrome to speak up about “What I bring to my community”, aiming to highlight the contribution of those with Down Syndrome in political and employment domains, their gifts and strengths and what enables them…

Handwashing: we may be performing this important preventative step incorrectly

Handwashing is ingrained in most individuals from a young age. It acts as an important preventative step against bacteria and viruses. In the lead up to winter, and therefor flu season, it’s even more of a necessity. Handwashing properly and for an adequate amount of time will reduce the risk of germs or pathogens. Most…

Australia set to become first country to eradicate cervical cancer

International Women’s Day is coming up this Thursday, and we at VIVA! love to celebrate women’s health. This week, an exciting study by the International Papillomavirus Society has revealed a dramatic drop in the rate of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in women aged up to 24 years, from 22.7% down to just 1.1% in the…

Could we soon see the rise of rehabilitation clinics catering to other types of addiction?

As most will know, drug, alcohol, and gambling addictions are commonly treated in rehabilitation clinics. At VIVA! we’ve worked with DARA Rehab helping those afflicted by the aforementioned addictions to seek the help they need. In our increasingly digitally-focused society, however, other addictions are beginning to arise. As a result, the World Health Organisation (WHO)…

Rare Disease Day

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate Rare Disease Day on the last day of February. It’s a cause close to our hearts at VIVA! Communications after we’ve had the pleasure of working on a number of campaigns to raise awareness of a variety of rare diseases. Despite their name, one in 20…