TIME TO PUT YOUR HEALTH FIRST.
What is Wellness Day?
Wellness Day encourages workplaces and communities to prioritise their health and get a health check that they may have been avoiding.
Whether it is a skin screening program in the office or time off for employees to attend a health check, we aspire to bring about lasting change in the way that communities encourage and prioritise regular health checks.
A health emergency
In response to alarming data showing that 8,000 Australian women were living with undiagnosed Breast Cancer due to a 37% reduction in screening1, Wellness Day was founded as a Novartis initiative allowing associates to take an additional day of leave to get a health check.
We want to send the message far and wide…put your wellness first and #getchecked!
Be part of the change!
Don't forget to take time to
Did you know?
Australia has the highest melanoma rates in the world. It is expected that 16,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma this year. One person is diagnosed with melanoma every 30 minutes.2
Due the pandemic, at least 27,000 Australians are likely to have missed out on early detection for heart attack and stoke risks.4
In Victoria, around 2,500 cancer diagnoses were missed during the first six months of the pandemic.5
30-50% of all cancers are preventable6 and yet, in Australia 150,000 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2021 alone7
Statistics show there were around 145,000 fewer screening mammograms performed through BreastScreen Australia from January to June 2020 compared with the same period in 2018.8
Help bring about lasting change,
What is a Health
A health check is a necessity for protecting your health and may help prevent health issues or disease. Health checks can involve an array of tests, which vary depending on many factors such as your age, sex, family history, environment and behaviours.
Listed below are some of the routine checks that you might want to consider as you participate in Wellness Day. Please check with your GP or health care professional on what is recommended:
- Breast screening test
- Skin check and mole mapping
- Cervical screening test
- Routine blood test
- Prostate / testicular cancer check
- Bowel screening
Mental Health Matters
Cheer on these businesses and organisations that have pledged to prioritize the health and wellness of their employees and communities and strive to bring about lasting change in prioritizing health and wellness.
To find out more about why Wellness Day is so important, check out these news sources.