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Sunday, 22 October 2023 06:43

MADE IN THE WEST RETURNS

Film festival showcases local talent
MADE in the West Film Festival returns this November for its 12th annual festival highlighting the outstanding talent in the Western Sydney film scene and cutting-edge films being made by independent and student filmmakers in the region.
Wednesday, 11 October 2023 15:27

ONE OF THE FINEST IN OUR REGION

Popular tourist spot receives rave reviews 
ELIZABETH FRIAS
SOARING interest rates and rising cost of living are ongoing hurdles for Vintage Secret Garden Restaurant owner Kavita Saini.
Friday, 06 October 2023 07:22

LINK BETWEEN DIABETES AND HEARING LOSS

Western Sydney most at risk
HEARING loss and diabetes are two of Australia’s most common health concerns and research shows that people living with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer hearing loss as those without the condition. 
 
Diabetes is a condition that affects the body's ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone which helps balance the levels of sugar in your blood. 
 
Western Sydney is facing a growing health concern due to the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes which is at 13 per cent in adults - higher than the state average. 
 
Western Sydney Diabetes is a collaborative initiative led by Western Sydney Local Health District and Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WentWest), Diabetes Australia and Department of Planning and Environment to address the Western Sydney diabetes hotspot.
 
Over time, diabetes can damage blood vessels in the heart, kidneys, nerves and can cause hearing loss and permanent vision loss in the eyes.
 
Donalee Rose, Community Hearing Advisor from Hearing Australia in Westpoint Blacktown, said it is important people living with diabetes understand the risks and long-term implications of hearing loss.
 
Ms Rose, who provides hearing care, education and information for the Blacktown Local Government Area, said most people are not aware of the significant impact of diabetes on hearing.
 
“The structure of the inner ear is highly vascularised,” she said. “Therefore, hearing loss can result from changes to the small blood vessels of the inner ear.  
 
“There is evidence that diabetes may lead to the sensorineural hearing loss by damaging the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear.”
 
She said the physical and psychological effects of hearing loss can be debilitating.  
 
“It is also critical that hearing loss is not left unmanaged due to the risk of comorbidities,” Ms Rose said. 
 
Interventions are aimed at reducing the effects of the damage and restoring function.  It is very important the brain continues to be stimulated by hearing and understanding words.  
 
Hearing Australia has provided hearing care for 76 years helping Australians re-discover the joy of sound and is the largest provider of government-funded hearing services in Australia.  
 
As a Community Hearing Advisor, Ms Rose liaises with GPs, pharmacists, community groups and sporting organisations to raise awareness of diabetes in the community via free hearing screenings to identify hearing loss and facilitate clinical appointments with audiologists.
 
Bill Needham of Prospect has had type 2 diabetes for 11 years and met Ms Rose at Myrtle Street Pharmacy, Blacktown for a Pharmacy Hearing Screening and discovered there could be a link between his diabetes and his hearing loss. 
 
“It’s a conversation worth having with your GP,” Ms Rose said. 
 
“People might come in to get their diabetes medication and the GP will take that extra step and send them to me as the patient may not realise their diabetes could be linked to their hearing loss.” 
 
Ms Rose facilitated an appointment with an audiologist who fitted Bill, 76, with hearing devices.
 
He said it has been a positive, life changing experience and encourages everyone to have an annual hearing screening, especially people who have diabetes which allows for early diagnosis and effective hearing care management.
 
Diabetes can be prevented by: 
Early detection and follow-up;
Managing blood sugar levels; 
Quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels; and
Maintaining a healthy weight.
 
Western Sydney Local Health District provides several initiatives including community education programs, screening services and support groups for people with diabetes.
 
Residents can visit Ms Rose at the Blacktown Hearing Australia Centre, Level 2, Westpoint Shopping Centre, 17 Patrick Street, Blacktown between 10am and 3pm on Tuesday, September 26. 
 
Western Sydney Diabetes staff specialists have put together a video discussing the importance of hearing checks: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/770971497/af04736acb
 
Visit www.westernsydneydiabetes.com.au/ for more information.
Friday, 29 September 2023 14:17

WEXPO HILLS: OVERCOMING SUCCESS BARRIERS

Mental fitness coach has some tips 
TWO in every five Australians aged 16 to 85, or 44 percent of the population, experienced mental health issue at any point in their lives, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report.
Friday, 29 September 2023 09:59

BEST IN NATIONAL TRADES AWARDS

Customised design solutions a winner
WESTERN Sydney based Bespoke Building & Construction company, PNP Constructions has won the inaugural Australian Trades Small Business Champion Awards 2023.
Friday, 29 September 2023 08:40

FIGHTING HEART DISEASE IN SOUTHWEST

New hub aims for life saving impact
 THE NSW Government has partnered with two giants of medical research, The Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute to form a strategic partnership and cardiovascular research hub in southwestern Sydney.
Saturday, 16 September 2023 11:10

WSI SUPPORTS LOCAL FIRST NATION STUDENTS

Learning Circle a local cultural connection
WESTERN Sydney International Airport (WSI) and its contractor AeroWest have opened a traditional Aboriginal learning circle.
Friday, 15 September 2023 11:16

EMMA MCKEON TO OPEN AQUATIC CENTRE

Parramatta celebrates new swimming complex
FIVE-time Olympics swimming gold medalist Emma McKeon will join the City of Parramatta to celebrate the official opening of Parramatta Aquatic Centre (PAC) on Monday, September 25.
Sunday, 20 August 2023 11:09

PLATYPUS FOUND IN SYDNEY'S NORTHWEST

Rare sightings in Hawkesbury Nepean
ELIZABETH FRIAS
WHILE Australia’s rare mammal platypus population has been on a decline, Western Sydney University ecology researchers have found evidence they multiply in waterways in the northwest.
Sunday, 20 August 2023 10:35

STUDENTS NAME MEGA BORING MACHINE

Western Sydney Airport Metro on track
THE fourth and final name of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project has been unveiled during a launch ceremony at the Orchard Hills metro station site.
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