Mental Health Resources
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Mental Health Resources

R U OK?: is a public health promotion charity that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives. Our work focuses on building the motivation, confidence and skills of the help-giver – the person who can have a meaningful conversation with someone who is struggling…

‘Dame’ Val takes the challenge of myositis head on
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‘Dame’ Val takes the challenge of myositis head on

Val Dempsey… “Somebody will walk over to you and say: ‘How are you today, Val?’ And likely if you tell them, they don’t ask again.” Photo: Katarina Lloyd Jones. Myositis refers to a group of rare, incurable and progressive conditions that sees the body’s immune system turn against itself, destroying healthy muscle in the process….

Ann’s Story
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Ann’s Story

Ann Reynolds has a remarkably practical and positive approach to her recent diagnosis of myositis and is now doing all she can to learn about it and share her story. “It’s what I’ve been dealt with, I can’t I do anything about it, but knowing there is support helps;’ she said. Ann had been having…

May is Myositis Awareness Month

May is Myositis Awareness Month

Globally this month is dedicated to raising awareness of this progressive, currently incurable debilitating condition. Nationwide, Myositis patients and their families are recognising May as International Myositis Awareness Month.  This is a time to come together for patients and carers battling this disease, as well as an opportunity to educate the public on this group…

Meet Val Dempsey, Dame of Grace in The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem
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Meet Val Dempsey, Dame of Grace in The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem

On 22nd of April at Government House, the Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd) bestowed the order of Dame of Grace in The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem to Val. Val’s family were in attendance to see her receive, the award was…