Paint the town red
The Bendigo Conservatory and feature tree at Sidney Myer Place is lit-up red from June 1-7 as part of World Haemochromatosis Week.
Haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Australia and causes your body to absorb too much iron from food.
It is easy to test, simple to treat but tragic to ignore because the excess iron overloads body tissues, damages organs and can cause premature death.
Many people suffer the effects of haemochromatosis without being diagnosed because early symptoms are common with other conditions and include tiredness and aching joints.
When detected early, haemochromatosis can be managed easily through blood donations and is no barrier to a normal life or life expectancy.
Find out if this is you at www.ha.org.au
Dr Dianne Prince, President, Haemochromatosis Australia
Enough is enough, PM
It is disappointing to see so little coverage in Australian media of Amnesty Ambassador Craig Foster's recent visit to New Zealand as he lobbied for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to accept the NZ offer to take refugees that Australia has detained since 2013.
As Craig points out, $800 million is being spent this year alone by the Australian government "to warehouse innocent people" offshore.
The NZ offer to take 150 people per year has been on the table for eight years.
Sign the paper Scott - #AcceptNZ
Jan Govett, Convener, Amnesty International Bendigo Group
More court news: Man made 'disturbing' threats to kill woman, her family
Mental illness - no one is alone
I am writing from the not-for-profit Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia to urge people in your local area - who have mental health issues - to reach out and get help.
We know there is a lot of help out there. We know not enough people are accessing that help.
Our latest awareness initiative highlights that mental illness is much more common than many people might think.
Data reveals 45 per cent of all Australians will experience a mental disorder at some point. In the past 12 months alone, 1 in 5 Australians has experienced a mental health disorder.
For instance, 50 per cent of people with Schizophrenia now attempt suicide. The ridiculous myths around this condition need to be busted. It is completely unacceptable that people with Schizophrenia are likely to live 19 years less than people who do not have the condition. Tragically this gap continues to widen.
Around 700,000 Australians have a severe mental illness.
We want people to realise they are not alone and support is actually out there.
The Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia has a FREE phoneline to offer people advice on where to get more support. All local people need to do is call 1800 985 944 or visit minetworks.org.au.
Tony Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
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