The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence falls on this Friday and headspace Orange has aligned with the day of action whilst highlighting their zero tolerance approach towards bullying.
Emily Smith, Clinical Lead at headspace Orange, says that bullying needs to be spoken about often and not just one day a year. The long term effects of bullying can be quite severe and may affect a young person’s physical and mental health, school performance, as well as having negative effects on their families and relationships.
This Friday marks National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and headspace Dubbo has again pledged their support to the movement noting that education, awareness and intervention are key elements in creating safer and supportive environments.
Approximately 46.8% of students have been bullied according to data presented through headspace National. The reality being that the figure would be much higher as many young people either don’t report or don’t know how to report bullying.
This Friday marks National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and the headspace Bathurst Consortium is asking community members to take action against bullying in schools, in the workplace and in the broader community.
The Consortium members and headspace Bathurst staff will be wearing blue as part of the #doitforDolly campaign stamping out bullying.
“We’re asking people in our communities to take a proactive stance against bullying by encouraging each and every one of us to think about how we contribute positively in our interactions each day, and demonstrate kindness towards those people around us,” comments Abbey Barrett, Skillset Education Manager and headspace Bathurst Consortium representative.
Youth Frontiers mentoring program funded for three more years and will launch in three new NSW regions
Young people in regional NSW will get a helping hand with mentoring from the latest Youth Frontiers support program, with renewed funding from the NSW Government.
Children aged 12 to 16 from Murrumbidgee, Far West and Western NSW will be matched with local volunteer adult mentors and work collaboratively on a community project of their own choosing.
15th January 2018 - headspace Orange is relaunching its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning and Asexual (LGBTIQA+) social group for 2018.
Kaleidoscope is a social group for young LGBTIQA+ people and their supporters, to come, socialise and meet new people in a safe space.
12th January 2018 - While the heat has left us drinking more, we need to watch what drinks we are consuming. There is a big community issues with sugar consumption in sugar sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, juices, flavoured milk, frozen soft drinks, sports drinks and vitamin waters.
One of Marathon Health’s Dietitians, Elizabeth Brown, highlights that “While most of us know that the main sources of sugar are in things like lollies, its drinks such as juices, soft drink and vitamin waters that contain more than the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended sugar intake.”
20th December 2017 – The Christmas period is a busy time for many and that extends to the Emergency Department (ED). During this period, Marathon Health wants the community to recognise that the ED should be kept for emergencies and should someone require urgent but non-emergency care, they are able to utilise the After Hours GP Clinic and Telephone Medical Service.
The Bathurst After Hours GP Clinic provides medical attention for patients who are seeking immediate treatment and are unable to wait to see their regular practitioner during routine hours. Alternatively, the After Hours Medical Service will connect patients to a local GP who will be able to offer advice and assistance which may save the trip to the Clinic itself.
11th December 2017 – A recently published collaborative research venture between Marathon Health and the Western Sydney University’s Bathurst Rural Clinical School, found that the local after-hours services are essential for the community and significantly reduce presentations to the Bathurst Hospital Emergency Department (ED).
From December 2014 and June 2015, Marathon Health and the Bathurst Rural Clinical School conducted community and GP specific surveys in relation to presentations made to the Bathurst After Hours GP Clinic (BAHGPC). The purpose of the community surveys was to determine the reason and appropriateness of each patients visit to the clinic and their satisfaction with the services provided. Another survey sought the GPs’ perception of appropriateness for patients presenting to the clinics.