January 21, 2021
This article in The Standard highlights the need for us as a community to continue bringing smoking rates into the spotlight.
WRAD, as a comprehensive health service, offers both the range of medical interventions and clinical counselling to help people make the lasting change towards a healthier lifestyle.
One of the misunderstandings people have about coming to a service like WRAD to talk about smoking is that they have to be “ready to quit”. Sometimes it’s more important to have a confidential conversation about your current situation and to see what options are available to help you with making the decision about whether change is desired and how you might go about making that change. We know from several studies that a lot of people who currently smoke don’t actually want to keep smoking forever, but are uncertain about making the change.
We all know of the harms that smoking cause and WRAD’s mission is to see a healthy community so we are here to help and would encourage you to call 1300 009723 to make an appointment to talk through the issues for you and get a health check-up.
It is not surprising with high rates of smoking that the next article also relates to the south west.
Coronary heart disease death higher in Warrnambool than the state average https://www.standard.net.au/story/7033670/heart-attack-deaths-rise-in-regional-and-rural-areas/?cs=12&utm_source=website&utm_medium=index&utm_campaign=sidebar
Heart disease in the south west is 20% higher than the state average. The leading causes of heart disease include, not exclusively, smoking cigarettes, diet, genetics, alcohol use and high blood pressure. Whilst some of the risk factors include things like genetics, there are plenty of modifiable risk factors such as diet, exercise, alcohol use and tobacco use.
WRAD provides a comprehensive health service where those modifiable factors can be discussed and strategies put into place to reduce the risk or in some cases eliminate them. The WRAD Centre’s vision is to advance the health and wellbeing of everyone in the south-west of Victoria
Alcohol No.1 cause for concern
21st Jul 2021
Alcohol is the number one substance use issue for people in south-west Victoria, and the percentage of people experiencing problems is growing. New figures released by the Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) show that alcohol is now the primary substance of concern for 50 per cent of clients. That percentage has gradually increased…
A Tribute to John McGrath
06th Jul 2021
WRAD has lost one of the driving forces behind its formation. In the 1980s John McGrath was a foundation member of the Western Regional Association for Drug and Alcohol Dependence, which would later become the Western Regional Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD). He went on to become one of the longest serving WRAD committee members…
The Warden’s Voice
28th May 2021
By Jonathan Thomas, special prize in WRAD’s short story competition The traffic was slowing, merging into one lane. Around the bend, I could see blue and red lights reflecting off the houses. My heart sank. I knew it! I held the steering wheel with my knees as I grabbed for a water bottle and some…
The WRAD Centre’s vision is to advance the health and wellbeing of those in the South Western Region of Victoria affected by Addictive behaviours and to promote optimal enjoyment of life.
The WRAD Centre seeks to provide comprehensive, holistic support and treatment to individuals and others affected by addictive behaviors and associated issues.
The philosophy of harm minimisation underpins the delivery of all programs offered by WRAD. This principle recognises that people in our society use both licit and illicit drugs, and that drugs can be used in ways that are more or less harmful to individuals, families and society. Harm minimisation offers a number of options designed to reduce the harm of drug use to the user and society.
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