Heatwaves kill far more people than natural disasters like bushfires, cyclones and floods. Adequate preparation is essential, especially for people at high risk: the elderly, babies, young children, people with health and mobility problems.
Before and during a heatwaveStay hydrated
Drink two to three litres of water each day, even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Lighter clothing helps your body stay cool. Light-coloured clothing reflects heat and sunlight.
Check on family, friends, neighbours
Keep a close eye on those most at risk, like the sick, the elderly and the young. Do this at an arranged time at least twice a day.
Heatwave forecast service
The Bureau of Meteorology's heatwave forecast service maps areas that are expected to have unusually hot conditions over a period of three days.
If you or those close to you are suffering heat stress, call for help immediately
Symptoms of heat stress include extremely heavy sweating, headache and vomiting, confusion, swollen tongue.
Stay out of the sun
Take shelter. If you need to be out in the sun, wear a shirt, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Sunburn will affect your body's ability to cope with the heat.
Get your home ready
Draw your curtains, blinds and awnings at the start of the day to keep as much sun out of your home as possible.
Seek air conditioning
If you don't have air conditioning at home, spend the day somewhere that does, like a library, cinema or shopping centre. If you do have an air conditioner at home, make sure it has been serviced. Fans will also help you stay cool.
Look after your pets
Make sure your pets have plenty of shade and eno
A cookbook full of recipes designed specifically for people who have difficulty swallowing is now just a click of the mouse button away.
Beyond the Blender: Dysphagia Made Easy is the brainchild of speech pathologist and Griffith researcher Simone Howells, and has been created by Master of Speech Pathology students at the School of Allied Health Sciences. It isavailable as a free download here
Simone Howells.“When I graduated as a speech pathologist I was working with patients with dysphagia in hospitals,” Simone Howells said. “That’s a very controlled environment. What’s brought up from the kitchen is exactly what the patient with dysphagia eats.”
However, when her work took her into the wider community and people’s homes, Simone realised that environment was unlike the clinical setting. “They can walk up to the fridge and grab just about whatever they want. The temptation is there to essentially eat or drink something that may not go down the right way which can be catastrophic for the patient with dysphagia.”
Dysphagia is known to affect up to one in three people in the community. It is most common among people aged over 65 and can be caused by neurological conditions like stroke and Parkinson’s disease and if left untreated it can be fatal.
“The symptoms can be as simple as taking longer at mealtimes and needing more time to chew and to swallow. But dysphagia can also cause pain and discomfort, the feeling of something stuck in the throat. It can cause coughing, throat clearing or sneezing during eating and drinking, so it can manifest in any number of different ways.”
Simone’s research at Griffith Health aims to build a greater understanding of the difficulties experienced by adults with dysphagia who live at home, and identify new ways that speech pathology services can support them. Along with physical and clinical factors, her work also recognises psychosocial issues connected to the condition.
“Social lives are impacted. A person with dysphagia can’t go to a normal café and order off a normal menu. It is also difficult for them to manage it at work, preparing drinks that need to be thickened, bringing special lunches that might need to be pureed or mashed up.
“People with dysphagia are much more likely to experience social anxiety and depression. It is also known to impact their relationships and how they function in society. Often they disengage from their regular activities.”
Beyond the Blender is a creative approach to supporting people with dysphagia and the families and friends who share their lives. It represents a platform to make informed choices that don’t compromise on flavour, appearance or social acceptability. Within the cookbook are three different categories which are compliant with the Australian standards for texture modified foods – soft, mince moist, and pureed.
“When I looked for places where people with dysphagia might look for appropriate recipes I found there was very little out there. Now our students have developed a series of very tasty recipes that have been audited for texture compliance,” Simone said. Friday’s launch will include a morning tea created from recipes in the cookbook.
PublishedNovember 30, 2018 AuthorStephen O'Grady
Categories Griffith Health, Griffith Health Institute, Health, home, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, News articles, School of Allied Health SciencesTagged Beyond the Blender, cookbook, dysphagia, recipes, School of Allied Health Sciences, Simone Howells, Speech Pathology, swallowingRelated
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Can I be fired for comments I make on social media?
Depending on the nature of the comment, it is possible for an employer to fire an employee for comments made on social media. This includes Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, blogs, online forums and email. Whether or not an employer is entitled to fire you for comments on social media depends on a variety of circumstances including:
Whilst Australian law recognises the freedom of information, opinion and expression, the Australian Constitution, unlike the American Constitution does not provide an unfettered right to freedom of speech. For example, pursuant to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, it is unlawful to do an act that is likely to offend or insult a person or group because of their race or ethnicity. Accordingly, racist or sexist comments, or comments intended to incite violence or fear, may be considered unlawful and give rise to dismissal.
Nowadays, as social media becomes a significant and valuable instrument for businesses, most companies will often include social media clauses or guidelines in their contract of employment or code of conduct. Comments on social media that contravene any of these provisions may entitle an employer to fire an employee. These provisions are often paramount in considering whether an employer is entitled to fire an employee.
Whether or not a comment breaches company policies however will depend on the facts of the situation.
Examples of comments that have resulted in lawful dismissal include commentary that:
Nonetheless, it appears that in order to terminate someone’s employment on the basis of social media comments, the comments must identify either the company or specific staff members. Comments that are vague or non-descript have been held to be insufficient grounds for dismissal.
What if I didn’t make the comments whilst at work?
Given the nature of the internet and the reliance that business places on social media, it is possible to be fired for comments made outside of work hours, or outside of the workplace. Social media obligations often fall within the scope of obligations that a company may place on its employees outside of working hours.
What if I only post my comments on private pages?
Firstly, there is no recognised right to privacy in Australian law. Accordingly, a Facebook page or Twitter feed only accessible by approved friends, or set to the maximum privacy settings, may be insufficient to prevent termination. Even anonymous blog posts have been the subject of lawful dismissals.