We’re all in this together: breastfeeding support for families

By Kathryn Barwick, Australian Breastfeeding Association Central Coast My boy, only minutes old, lay skin-to-skin across my chest, his head resting on my breast. I looked at him and I knew one thing for sure. Everything had changed – and things would never go back to how they were before. New parents are faced with …

Relieving fear – nurturing hope

By ADRIENNE GARSIDE Though official data is probably some months away, it is clear to anyone looking that the current pandemic has caused children’s fear and anxiety to spike. The organisation I work for, Iris Foundation, is hearing this directly from parents, educators and community partners across the Central Coast who are working hard to …

Moving through Lymphoedema with exercise and health education

LYMPHATIC SOLUTIONS Exercise has many benefits for lymphoedema prevention, detection and recovery. Our Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist and Occupational Therapist, Kate Perkins, recently spoke with lymphoedema physiotherapist, honorary lecturer at Macquarie University, mentor, and founder of online HELP program, Andrea Mangion, about how personalised exercise programs can help you safely and confidently move through cancer rehabilitation …

We HAVE to talk about this – who are you?

by Catherine Schasser Hi. Hello to you, the reader of these words. As we spend this time together, I’m curious about you. If we were together, I’d notice your surroundings, your style and your mannerisms. I’d ask you questions to gain greater details of your relationships and interests, like how many children you have, do …

Top tips to help manage children’s anxiety about COVID-19

LAURA’S PLACE By Laura Kiln PgDip (CBT) (Child & Adolescence), BSc (Hons) CMHN As I sit here it’s Sunday evening across the Coast, I guess many parents are preparing their children for back to school, back to “a new normal”, whatever that might be! As the international impact of the COVID-19 virus continues to increase, …

Soul food – food for the Soul

SOUL SOUP With increased restrictions on how we live through COVID-19, we have all faced the challenges of changing to the times. Local charity, Soul Soup are a great example of adapting quickly to continue to provide food to those in need. Soul Soup have been feeding our community’s homeless and vulnerable people in Woy …

Eight reasons to visit your dentist

CENTRAL COAST DENTAL EMERGENCY SERVICE There is nothing more important than your health, which is why staying on track with your dental appointments and treatment whilst maintaining good oral hygiene is more crucial now than ever. With the recent easement of restrictions during COVID-19, local dentists are now able to provide all dental treatment for …

Rehabilitation is for everyone – the young and not so young!

BRISBANE WATERS PRIVATE HOSPITAL Alex’s personal journey Six weeks ago Alex was on his way home from work when he was involved in a horrific motorcycle accident. Alex was hit head on by a moving 4WD, causing significant injuries to his arm and both legs. Rushed to emergency, Alex underwent surgery on his fractured wrist, …