NSLHD News August 1

RNSH staff attempting the Weetbix challenge in the main foyer

World Head and Neck Cancer Day July 27 RNSH clinicians and staff came together to help raise awareness about head and neck cancer by holding a Weetbix challenge in the main foyer of the hospital. Patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer often develop dry mouth - a sensation often described as eating dry Weetbix. Representatives from various departments across the hospital were there to answer questions

from staff, patients and visitors.

Did you know there are more than 17,000 Australians with head and neck cancer? Each year nearly 5000 people are newly diagnosed.

It only takes a minute to donate life Hospitals across the district have been participating in

another person who hasn’t joined the register. Held every year, DonateLife Week is a key event that highlights the benefits that organ and tissue donation has for transplant recipients and their families in Australia. It is quick and easy to become a registered organ and tissue donor at donatelife.gov.au, all you need is your Medicare card and a spare minute.

Everyone should talk about organ and tissue donation. Your family needs to know your wishes to be a donor but also encourage your family and friends, colleagues and neighbours to register too. There are about 1400 Australians on the waitlist for a life-saving transplant, and a further 11,000 people on dialysis. To find out more information visit donatelife.gov.au.

DonateLife’s registration race to see how many people sign up to the national organ donor register. As part of Donate Life Week (28 July–4 August), hospital departments are competing to see who can sign up the most to boost the national register that can save lives. With this year’s theme focused on “Plus One’’, the aim is for every registered donor to find


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