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Those who have experienced mental health and /or addiction issues or who know or support someone who has, have the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences in a hui designed to ensure people get the right support when they want and need it.
The “Let’s Talk About What Matters to You” hui on April 5, run by the Waikato District Health Board in conjunction with Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, will help guide the new direction of mental health and addiction services in the Hauraki and Waikato rohe.
Mental health services don’t always meet the needs of the people they are intended to help and the hui will enable people to have a say in their own and their loved ones’ futures.
The hui will be held at the Thames Memorial Civic Centre in two sessions – from 9am-12 noon for those who have experienced health and addiction issues, their whānau, support workers, helpers, friends and other interested people; and the 12.20-4pm session for service providers, primary health, government agencies, NGOs, community members and schools.
The hui will move around the Waikato District over the next three months, including Ngātea (April 16), Coromandel, Colville (April 17), Paeroa, Te Aroha (April 23); Waihī, Whangamatī(May 15); Whitianga (May 25) and Tairua (June 12).
For more information, or to register your interest to attend, contact Fiona Wasiolek 07 868 0033; firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Ashman 07 839 8899 ext 97409 or email email@example.com
Watch this page for venue updates.
Taking 10 minutes out of a woman's day could save her life. That woman could be your mother, wife, daughter, niece, auntie, nana – or it could be you.
Ten minutes is the time it takes to have a cervical screening (smear) test to detect abnormal cells in a woman’s cervix that could lead to cervical cancer.
Every year 160 New Zealand women develop cervical cancer, with 50 dying from it. And yet it is one of the most preventable forms of cancer – as long as the cell changes that cause it are detected early.
Cervical cancer refers to the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of cells in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus (womb). It usually develops very slowly, with the first signs showing up as ‘abnormal’ cells, which can then take more than 10 years to develop into cancer.
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Poukura Hauora - Clinical Services Manager - Taima Campbell says women and their whānau should make cervical screening a priority.
“Abnormal cell changes might not show any symptoms until they become cancerous, which is why early detection through screening and follow-up treatment is important,” she says.
“We can’t stress enough how important it is that our wāhine keep up to date with their smear tests because we know that they can save their life.”
Treatment can be as simple as removing the affected tissue.
Many wāhine are embarrassed or whakāma about having a cervical smear test and Taima says the clinic’s female nurses will do everything they can to make sure a woman feels comfortable during the short procedure.
Without screening, about 1 in 90 women will develop cervical cancer, with 1 out of 200 dying from it, whereas with screening, 1 out of 570 women will develop cervical cancer, with 1 out of 1280 dying from it.
Three-yearly cervical smear tests are recommended for all women aged 20 to 70 who have ever been sexually active.
Make an appointment to see one of our nurses by FREEPHONE phoning 0508 835 676. Te Korowai GP and Nurse clinics are in Thames, Paeroa, Te Aroha and Coromandel
A Care in the Community wānanga will be held in Thames on July 26.
The aim of the wānanga is to look at what health services communities want locally and how they should be delivered.
The wānanga is an opportunity for consumers to be involved in the design of services.
Keen basketballers from years 7 to 10 will have the opportunity to fine-tune their skills with a two-day school holiday programme in Thames.
The programme on July 16 and 17 is run by Laurence Were, who has been involved with the Breakers Champion Basketball Programme as well as school basketball programmes throughout Hauraki rohe.
Basketball is a great workout that builds endurance, develops balance, coordination, concentration and self-discipline as well as muscle. It is a great way to stay fit, learn about team playing – and it’s fun!!
Jack Mc Lean Community Recreation Centre
Thames High School
Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th April
10am – 3pm
(Bring your own snacks and lunch and something to drink)
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Debbie Petersen-Pilcher 0274321100 or 07 868 0033 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Life is looking a lot brighter for Pare Ehrhorn since she gave up smoking nearly two months ago.
She is saving almost $200 a week, no longer coughs in the morning, her singing voice has returned - along with a renewed confidence to sing - her brain is clearer, she has more energy and she now lives in a smokefree environment.
Pare, 50, says she decided to give up smoking after she had a “gutsful” of seeing the ongoing smoking culture within her own family.
“My grown up children and husband smoke and my 19-year-old who lives at home and his friend who lives here also smoke.
“I have grandchildren now and I just wanted to change the culture of our whole home.”
She says she wouldn’t have been able to quit without the backing of her whānau who have shown their support by not smoking within the family property.
“If they want a smoke, they leave the property to have one.”
She says this makes her feel well supported, respected and that they value her health.
And the bonus of having a smokefree home is that her whānau have also reduced their cigarette intake.
Pare decided to quit smoking after being introduced to the six-week Stop Smoking programme offered by Hauraki health provider Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.
The service offers free nicotine replacement therapy, one-to-one or group support as well as a monetary incentive.
“I’m just grateful they have that service for the public,” Pare says. “And you can also check your carbon monoxide levels on a weekly basis to monitor yourself - you’re in charge, and can see your progress.”
Pare knows there will likely be challenges ahead – she has been there before, having previously given up smoking for 15 years until three years ago when a personal trauma saw her reach for the cigarettes again.
But she is all about moving forward, not backwards, and, while she says that stressful situations can always be a challenge, she hopes she now has the tools to see her through.
She is excited about her future, and the fact there are more positives on the horizon than negatives.
“I can see a future and it also makes me feel warm and fuzzy that we can offer to help our kids out if they need it financially.”
She encourages those who want to give up smoking to just try and give it a go.
“It can be about the timing, so if it doesn’t work this time, just keep trying, don’t give up.
“And surround yourself with the right people that can support you.”
Do you want to stop smoking? You can STOP Once and for All with our FREE six-week programme includes support and nicotine replacement therapy to help you Stop Smoking in a gradual way.
If you are Smokefree four weeks after your Quit Date, you will receive a $50 voucher. If you are pregnant and still Smokefree after your Quit Date, you will receive up to $300 in vouchers.
Contact: Melena or Jodi - 07 868 0033; email@example.com
World Smokefree Day was yesterday, May 31.
Caption: PARE EHRHORN, 50, right, from Thames, celebrates two months as a non-smoker with her Stop Smoking support person, Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Poukura Oranga/Service Manager – Public and Community Health Services. Debbie Petersen-Pilcher.