Community News – June ’16

Community News – June ’16

Cigarette smokers who wish to quit sought for a research study

Royal North Shore Hospital is looking for cigarette smokers to participate in a research study focusing on quitting smoking. The research, headed by Prof Geoffrey Tofler, PI takes a novel approach conducted via internet, which uses a brief personalised video to create a simulated teaching moment emphasising the link between smoking and heart attack. Support will also be provided through video counselling with a smoking cessation expert, NRT advice and mobile phone messaging.

CLICK HERE to find out more including how to enroll in the study.

This study has been approved by the Northern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee, study reference # HREC/12/HAWKE/172.

The NSW Police Commissioners Challenge

Late last year, New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione launched his fundraising initiative for 2016: ‘Freezin for a Reason’ challenging Deputy Commissioners Burn, Hudson and Kaldas to take a plunge at the Bondi Icebergs pool on Saturday 25 June 2016.

The pool (which is not heated and will be filled with 5kg blocks of ice) is an icon at Bondi Beach and is used throughout the winter by the Bondi Icebergs Winter Swimming Club.

All money raised through this event will go to assist intellectually disabled people living in NSW and the ACT through the Police’s support of Special Olympics.

Special Olympics volunteers provide sports opportunities for all people with an intellectual disability regardless of their skills, and they do this every week in communities right across Australia.

While some Special Olympics athletes strive to win medals, others enjoy the chance to get active, have fun, make friends and be part of a family. Whatever their motivation, we cater for them by providing meaningful sports programs delivered within a supportive environment where people with an intellectual disability are accepted and can feel proud.

People with an intellectual disability are often ridiculed, misunderstood, isolated or simply ignored. Yet, with the understanding and support of Special Olympics they discover the skills that allow them to improve their health, develop self-confidence and bring joy to themselves, their families and their community.

To assist raise funds for the Special Olympics CLICK HERE for the donations page.

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