On World Autism Awareness Day, Tuesday 02 April 2013, Autism Queensland and supporters turned the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane blue to raise awareness about people living with Autism, their families, carers and teachers.
The event marked the start of Autism Awareness Month and the formal kick-off of Autism Queensland’s fundraising and awareness campaign Go Blue for Autism. Dancers in blue morph suits captured the attention of curious onlookers and help raise awareness of autism — a condition that research shows affects one in 100 Australian children.
If April doesn’t suit, please choose a more suitable day and make that your Go Blue for Autism day!
Each year on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, iconic buildings across Australia and the world turn their lights blue to promote autism awareness. In support of this global initiative, Autism Queensland asks people Go Blue for the month of April to help raise awareness and funds to help us support Queenslanders of all ages living with ASD and their families.
Pharmaceutical companies are banned from advertising prescription drugs directly to Australian consumers. But they can promote their products to doctors and other health professionals, including through their sponsored “education events”.
Thalidomide victims to share massive settlement after successful class action
Great news: more than one hundred Australians and New Zealanders living with severe physical deformities because of thalidomide will share in an $89 million settlement after a class action ended in Melbourne.
The British multinational owner of the company that distributed the drug in Australia, agreed to the settlement.
In a joint project with students from Macquarie University, DES Action NSW is asking pharmacists to display the historic DES posters at their scripts-in counters to prompt people to find out about problems associated with exposure to diethylstilboestrol (DES).
So far 75 Sydney pharmacies have agreed to take part in the project but according to DES Action NSW co-ordinator Carol Devine the participation needs to be more widespread.
DES Action Australia: support and advocacy for those exposed to DES ; related hormones and endocrine disruptors
A few weeks ago DES Action Australia NSW in Sydney had a notice published in the RSVP section of the Sydney Morning Herald, inviting people affected by DES (diethylstibestrol) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the DES cancer finding. For this occasion Carole Devine, DES Action Australia NSW founder, is inviting the group members and associates, their friends and families to meet up for a DES picnic community event.
DES ACTION AUSTRALIA BIG PICNIC
Where: Lilies on the Park (cafe), Bicentennial Park,
adjacent to Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush When: Saturday November 26th – 11.30 am Directions: Follow signs to Sydney Olympic Park.
On Australia Ave take first turn on right into Bicentennial Ave.
(Lattice clock tower at park entry).
Event attendees will then move on to a nearby picnic area.
If you’ve been affected by the DES drug and are anywhere near Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday 26th November, join your local DES community and bring along a picnic or buy food at Lilies Cafe. Just come along and look out for DES Action Australia identifying marker – yellow balloons!
Tea, coffee, juice will be provided and there will be an opportunity to hire bicycles at the park for AU$ 15 per hour.
For more information about the 40th Anniversary of the DES cancer finding watch this video featuring US researcher Dr Arthur Herbst.
To get an idea of interest and to help with catering, DES Action Australia NSW is asking participants to RSVP as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 02 98754820. For more information about the great work they are doing, please visit DES Action Australia NSW blog.