What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder ?
FASD is a diagnostic term for severe neurodevelopmental impairments (you may see these as difficulties with physical activities, language, memory, learning and behaviour) that result from brain damage caused by alcohol exposure before birth.
It is important to get an early diagnosis so that early interventions and support can be provided. With the right support and early interventions, good outcomes across a range of life goals are more likely to be achieved. A circle of collaboration between health professionals, the family, school and service providers ensures the best opportunities for people with FASD. Read some of the common myths about alcohol use and pregnancy here.
It is important to get an early diagnosis so that early interventions and support can be provided.
With the right support and early interventions, good outcomes across a range of life goals are more likely to be achieved.
A circle of collaboration between health professionals, the family, school and service providers ensures the best opportunities for people with FASD.
Read some of the common myths about alcohol use and pregnancy here.
Find more about FASD
Get Healthy at Work is a free NSW Government workplace health service that aims to help improve the health of working adults by giving workplaces tools and support to address
- Healthy eating
- Healthy weight
- Physical activity
- Active travel (ie walking, cycling, public transport to work)
- Harmful alcohol consumption
Why improve health at your business?
In the short-term, you’ll be able to recognise a successful workplace health program by the way your team:
- Works together
- Engages in their jobs
- Enjoys their work
In the long-term, a successful workplace health program may influence the performance of your workplace through:
- Gains in staff attraction and retention
- Improved productivity
- Enhanced corporate image
- Reductions in absenteeism
Get Healthy at Work is currently focused on the prevention of chronic disease including type two diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. However, if your workplace would like to focus on supporting mental health there are a range of resources and support programs available to workplaces and workers in NSW.
No matter what industry you’re in or the size of your workplace, Get Healthy at Work makes it easy for you to identify the biggest health issues facing your workplace and make changes for the better.
Visit Get Healthy at Work to register your interest, request a Workplace Information Kit or to find out more about the program.
The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service is a free confidential, phone service which helps participants reach healthy lifestyle goals. Find out more about the Service, including who is eligible, why and how you can refer your patients. Start building a healthier community today. Read More
Get Healthy Service
Medicare Benefits Schedule
Medicare Health Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (MBS Item 715)
Health assessment for people aged 40 to 49 years who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes (MBS 701,703,705,707)
Australians spend about one third of their lives at work, so being healthy at work can make a big impact on helping to reduce the prevalence of lifestyle-related chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
No matter how big or small your workplace, Get Healthy at Work can help address individual, behavioural and workplace factors leading to poor health. It can also help in reducing tobacco and alcohol use or increasing physical activity and healthy eating.
The Central Coast Community Health Survey 2014 estimated that of Central Coast adults aged 18 years and over, 10% had been told by a doctor or hospital they had diabetes and of these, 75% have Type 2 diabetes.
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So what is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic (long term) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, circulation problems, lower limb amputations, nerve damage and damage to the kidneys and eyes.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
Many Coasties, particularly those over 40, are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes through any one of these lifestyle factors:
- Not enough physical activity
- Poor nutrition
- Being overweight
Other factors that increase risk are:
- Being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- Being a male
- Having a family history of diabetes
- Ethnicity/country of birth.
In approximately 58% of cases of type 2 diabetes, the condition can be delayed or prevented by reducing weight, increasing physical activity, improving diet and stopping smoking.
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The Central Coast Local Health District, Diabetes Services, provide information, education and support for people with diabetes, their families and carers. Our team includes diabetes nurse educators, a dietitian and social worker to help both children and adults manage their diabetes
Health assessment for people aged 40 to 49 years with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes
The home of Diabetes Australia
The FREE Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service can help provide you with the support and motivation you need to reach your own healthy lifestyle goals.
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With this in mind, there is opportunity to promote healthy eating and active living across organisations on the Central Coast to help reduce prevalence of the disease.
The new Central Coast Local Health District’s Diabetes Plan and Model of Care are important to address the increasing rate of diabetes on the Central Coast – about 10 per cent of adults living in the region have diabetes, mostly type 2 diabetes.
This is the first Diabetes Plan and Model of Care for the Central Coast created in partnership between the Central Coast Local Health District, the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network and Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Services, with input from consumers.
The Plan aims to address health promoting environments and education among communities and health professionals.
Lifestyle related risk factors, including overweight and obesity, are major contributors to the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. The Central Coast Local Health District’s Health Promotion Service and Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Services have a range of programs in place in the community to increase physical activity levels, increase fruit and vegetable consumption and ultimately, reduce levels of overweight and obesity in children and adults.