FRNSW brings the magic of Open Day to The Children’s Hospital

May 13, 2019

Firefighters made a special visit to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead on Tuesday to bring a touch of Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Open Day to children who are unable to attend a fire station on Saturday 18 May.

Children at the hospital had the chance to see fire trucks and firefighting and rescue equipment up close and chat to firefighters about the critical work they do to keep communities safe.

The visit was also an opportunity for firefighters to meet children and their families at the hospital’s Burns Unit, who have been injured or impacted by fire, heat or other incidents.

FRNSW Commissioner, Paul Baxter said the Burns Unit – which is affectionately known as FRNSW Station No. 2 – was a place very close to the hearts of all firefighters.

“Children are especially vulnerable to fire injuries and burns due to their natural curiosity and lack of knowledge about fire safety,” said Commissioner Baxter.

“We work hard to reduce the incidence of those injuries and our firefighters readily give up their time to support the Burns Unit, because they see the children at the scene of fires and want to ensure they get the best possible care.”

The Burns Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead admits approximately 200-220 children with burns injuries each year, ranging from birth to 16 years old.

Firefighters from 400in4 Charity Ride, who cycled from Huskisson to Mt Kosciusko over four days in April, presented a cheque of the money raised to the Burns Unit during today’s visit.

“We are so grateful to Fire and Rescue NSW for their generous support over the years, and for their commitment to helping ensure we can continue providing the best treatment and rehabilitation to our patients,” Kerry Bolwell, Acting Nurse Unit Manager of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s Burns Unit said.

FRNSW will also open the doors to hundreds of fire stations across NSW on Saturday 18 May from 10am to 2pm for its annual Open Day, inviting people to learn more about Australia’s largest urban fire and rescue service.

Butterfly turns the spotlight on the two million carers in Australia who support people living with an eating disorder

May 9, 2019

Since launching in 2016 the MAYDAYS campaign has played a crucial role in providing advocacy for treatment and health system reform and raising awareness of the serious consequences that people with a lived experience of an eating disorder are experiencing every day.

This year the focus, Carers Need Care Too, is on the desperate needs of many carers and the need to expand Butterfly’s Carers Support Groups to reach more Australians in crisis.

Carers play a crucial role in the care, support, and recovery of people with eating disorders. There are an increasing number of cases where Australians caring for people with an eating disorder are overlooking their basic needs of care and wellbeing.

Butterfly Foundation CEO, Kevin Barrow, said the launch of MAYDAYS – Carers Need Care Too is a crucial step in providing improved and effective support for the carers of people with an eating disorder.

“When an eating disorder enters a home, it impacts every aspect of a carer’s life whether it be financial, social or emotional – it consumes their every waking moment,” Mr Barrow said.

Not surprisingly, Butterfly’s Raising the Alarm: Carers Need Care Too survey report found that more than 40% of carers have never sought support, despite a staggering 83% of respondents highlighting the impact on their mental health.

Other key report findings include:

  • 64% of carers acknowledged that they would benefit from psychological support
  • 78% lost work or their ability to study to be able to provide the support needed
  • Others said it impacted on sleep (76%), relationships (76%) and social life (71%)
  • 100% of carers reported that they thought their support in caring for someone with an eating disorder was more important than most of the other things they would like to achieve
  • 81% of carers reported they were confident about their learned skills to support a loved one.

The full report can be downloaded here.

Primary is proud to work alongside the Butterfly Foundation on their MAYDAYS campaign to build awareness of the need for carers support, the people who are often overlooked. This year MAYDAYS is running 5 – 30 May.