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Take a step forward with ‘My Health Record’

If you had to describe Bill Hardy’s passions, they would be fitness, health and travel.

After retiring, the 70-year-old now runs over 50s fitness classes after completing a Diploma of Fitness five-years ago.

“I have always been interested in health, which is why I started training mature aged men and women in strength and conditioning. It’s so important that as people get older, they keep active and look after their health.”

Bill’s passion for health extends to his My Health Record, where he keeps a summary of his health information securely online and can choose which medical professionals can see it.

“I think My Health Record is a great step forward in healthcare, making it easier for people to keep track of their key health information,” Bill said.

“I recently had my whooping cough and tetanus immunisations so I could visit some friends and their young baby in Melbourne. This information will go on My Health Record, so I know when my immunisations are due as they can be hard to remember.

“I can go to a doctor or hospital at any time, anywhere and they will know my health problems and what medications I am taking, which makes the whole process easier,” Bill said.

My Health Record brings together health information such as medical conditions, medicines, allergies and test results which can be viewed securely online. It can also contain your immunisation history, whether you choose to be an organ donor, and you can include your Advanced Care Plan.

It’s your choice about which medical professional can see your My Health Record, and what information you wish to share with the healthcare providers involved in your care. Some key things to remember about My Health Record:

• Your important healthcare information is available online, and easily accessible by you, your doctors, specialists or hospitals.
• When moving interstate or travelling, the information can be viewed securely online.
• In emergency situations, treating doctors can view information such as current medications.
• You don’t need to remember the dates of tests, medicine names or dosages.
• Because healthcare providers have access to clinical information prepared and shared by other health professionals, they may have a more detailed picture with which to make clinical decisions, diagnose and provide treatment.

By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one. If people choose not to have a My Health Record, they will be able to opt out during a three-month period starting on Monday 16 July and ending on October 15 2018.

For more information visit: or contact the Helpline on 1800 723 471.

Park2Park Results for 2018

Park2Park Results

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Ipswich Hospital Foundation Park2Park results for 2018 are in. Brand new features, including stadium seating, healthy food options, GPS tracking and enhanced stage zone, were hard to miss at this year’s Park2Park, presented by University of Southern Qld.

Ipswich Hospital Foundation Board Chair Neil Harding thanked volunteers, sponsors, service providers and the participants for helping make the event a success.

“The enhanced event is made possible thanks to our wonderful sponsors USQ, City of Ipswich, Walker Pender Group, Catalyst Church and the Bendigo Bank.”

“Roughly 2000 competitors walked and ran their way to better health today. Myself and the organising committee would like to thank you all for making the effort! As for the elite athletes there certainly were some close calls across the line and superior shows of athleticism!

“Importantly the funds raised will go to benefit West Moreton Health for their work in the digital hospital and research space, together we are becoming the healthiest community in Australia.”

Next year’s Park2Park will return on Sunday 28th July.

Park2Park Results

City of Ipswich Half Marathon Male
Glen Yarham 1:13:31
Brendan Press 1:15:16
Andrew Dey 1:15:47

City of Ipswich Half Marathon Female
Alex Blake 1:25:56
Solveig Litchfield 1:32:03
Taryn Axelsen 1:33:42

University of Southern Qld 10KM Male
Jack Anstey 00:33.48
Damon Bruce 00:35:32
Clay Dawson 00:36:01

University of Southern Qld 10KM Female
Tamara Carvolth 00:37:04
Sara Parkinson 00:40:50
Anna Mayr 00:44:24

University of Southern Qld 5KM Male
Jude Thomas 00:16:09
Peter Bracken 00:16:18
Allen Dennis 00:16:24

University of Southern Qld 5KM Female
Amelia Partrige 00:20:07
Paige O’Connor 00:20:27
Kirsten O’Connor 00:20:31

Talkin’ it up for Mental Health

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Regional Youth Mental Health Forum 2018

More than 300 West Moreton youth came together on Thursday 26th July to talk it up about mental health to reduce the stigma around the important topic.

Ipswich Hospital Foundation is proud to have funded the ‘Talkin’ it Up’ Regional Youth Mental Health Forum 2018. IHF CEO Phillip Bell said the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the region is worth prioritising.

“We know we can make a very positive difference by working with West Moreton Health and our other partners to remove the stigma associated with mental illness and to provide a great day of entertainment and information for local young people,” Mr Bell said.

Students and other young people learned and talked about mental health wellness at a series of interactive workshops.

A keynote presentation was delivered by Livin’ co-founders Sam Webb and Casey Lyons, who have championed the “it ain’t weak to speak” message to make sure young people with mental health issues do not suffer in silence.

If you are struggling and need support or advice contact Headspace Ipswich 07 3280 7900, or drop in 26 East St, Ipswich.

Other avenues for help include: Lifeline 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467, and Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800.