More than 20,000 young Aussies (under 50 years of age) living with an incurable movement disorder are set to benefit from the launch of an Australian-first digital support platform today (Thursday, April 8, 2021), ahead of World Parkinson’s Day (Sunday, April 11, 2021). Developed as a ‘living lab’ model, the Young Onset Parkinson’s Exchange (YOP-X)…

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Did you know, approximately 1 in 70 people are considered to be on the autism spectrum? This means it is likely that you have met or will meet someone with autism in your lifetime. It is estimated there are more than 205,000 Australians living with autism, with the prevalence of the disorder on the rise.…

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Today (26th March), the VIVA! team has popped on some purple to mark Purple Day 2021 and raise awareness of the 250,000 Australians living with epilepsy. Started by 9-year-old, Cassidy Megan, Purple Day is a global initiative with the goal of encouraging discussions around the disease, increasing support for those affected, and providing a platform…

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This Endometriosis Awareness Month, Endometriosis Australia is calling for everyone to ‘March into Yellow’ to raise awareness of endometriosis and encourage public discussion on the largely invisible illness. Endometriosis affects more than 830,000 women in Australia and occurs when tissue, similar to the uterus lining, forms outside of the womb, growing around the ovaries, bowel…

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Empathy is key to effective healthcare communication. The ability to put oneself in another’s shoes, trying to understand what they may be feeling, and acknowledging the significant impact an illness or life event can have on a person’s wellbeing is crucial to building trust and connecting in a meaningful way. Every day, the VIVA! team…

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