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Michelle Bridges appointed Osteoporosis Australia’s Know Your Bones Ambassador

This week VIVA! Communications teamed with Osteoporosis Australia to announce the much-loved TV personality and health and wellness coach, Michelle Bridges, as the organisation’s national Know Your Bones Ambassador, to help raise awareness of risk factors for poor bone health and the evidence-based tool. Co-developed by Osteoporosis Australia and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research,…

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Sleep Awareness Week

Did you know one in three Australians do not get enough adequate sleep each night? So, how much sleep do you need each night? As we get older, we tend to need less sleep. International guidelines suggest young people aged 12-14 years should get between 9-11 hours, while those aged 14-17 need between 8-10. Adults,…

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Jeans for Genes Day 2020

Today is Jeans for Genes Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the 1 in 20 children who face a birth defect or genetic disorder. Established in 1994 by the Children’s Medical Research Institute in Sydney, the day aims to raise funds for revolutionary research that helps diagnose, understand and develop treatments for genetic…

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National Pain Week 2020

Every year, Chronic Pain Australia, an organisation dedicated to advocating for the 3.37 million Australians living with chronic pain, orchestrate National Pain Week. This week aims to drive awareness and improve knowledge and understanding of chronic pain across the nation. The 2020 theme for National Pain Week is ‘Faces of Pain’ – a video series…

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Celebrating an exclusive 18-year-long commitment to health + wellness communications

Leading health + wellness communications agency and exclusive Australian representative and Asia Pacific Hub Lead for GLOBALHealthPR, VIVA! Communications, is celebrating its 18th birthday today – a significant milestone and testimony to the agency’s longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation in the healthcare arena. VIVA!s birthday celebration today falls in the wake of an unprecedented…

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Key learnings from WFH

At VIVA! Communications, we live and breathe health + wellness, which is reflected in our clientele, projects and office culture. The importance of maintaining mental and physical wellbeing was even more important during the COVID-19 lockdown and working from home (WFH) environment. VIVA! implemented a variety of virtual practices during WFH to boost the team’s…

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Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on Australians living with an eating disorder

Approximately one-in-20 Australians, and an estimated four to eight per cent of the Australian adult population, are living with an eating disorder. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve day by day, the InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders has just launched an online survey to better understand how people living with an eating disorder are…

Pharmacy

Return to lock-down sees Victorian pharmacists step up for community members

With parts of Victoria entering Stage 3 restrictions last night (8 July) pharmacists on the frontline are stepping up to provide essential services to local residents facing six-week stay-at-home orders. With over 932 active COVID-19 cases in Victoria, pharmacists in the greater Melbourne and Mitchel Shire are responding to the crisis swiftly to ensure continuity…

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Mental health of Australians with asthma impacted by COVID-19

Early findings from a recent survey by Asthma Australia reveal 44 per cent of people with asthma experienced new or increasing symptoms of anxiety or depression during the COVID-19 pandemic, and one in four say the stress has been triggering their asthma. The findings, published in a report submitted to a Senate enquiry into the…

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Improving clinical standards for the screening, diagnosis & management of osteoporosis across APAC

The Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO), comprising 39 clinical experts from 19 countries and regions across Asia Pacific (APAC), and its proposed ‘Framework’ aims to drive, and facilitate benchmarking for the provision of quality osteoporosis care across the region. According to a co-authored APCO member and Chair viewpoint article published on Monday, June 22,…