Our ability to put hip dysplasia on the national agenda depends on passionate people volunteering their time, talking about their experiences and supporting Healthy Hips Australia through fundraising.
By talking about hip dysplasia we can:
- better prepare people for a possible diagnosis and support those impacted throughout treatment,
- reduce risk factors that contribute to the development of hip dysplasia, such as tight swaddling, and
- reduce the incidence of late diagnosis.
Let’s talk hips this November!
What Will You Do For Healthy Hips Day?
HEALTHY HIPS DAY - CHILDCARE OR SCHOOL
Register for Healthy Hips Day, 2 November 2018. Ask your childcare centre or school to register, or register on their behalf with their okay, and promote the day to their community via their newsletter, assembly and social media channels using the provided resources. Wear green and donate.
BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY
Register for Healthy Hips Day, 2 November 2018. Host an event at your workplace or in your community to raise awareness of hip dysplasia it's risk factors and potential signs and symptoms. Decorate your workplace, shop or office with green. Wear green and donate.
HOST AN EVENT
Please register via the form below to host an event (if you are registering on behalf of your childcare provider, school or workplace make sure you have their okay first). You’ll also need to read the HHA Fundraising Guidelines. These help to make the experience positive for all involved.
You’ll be given access to electronic resources to advertise your event, consisting of an event poster and hip dysplasia education flyers.
Why is increased awareness of hip dysplasia needed?
Approximately 11 children a day are diagnosed with hip dysplasia in Australia, and the incidence of late diagnosis is rising. Research has indicated nine out of ten cases of hip dysplasia are diagnosed during adolescence or adulthood, with hip dysplasia the most common cause of hip arthritis before the age of fifty.
Late diagnosis for children means longer treatment, often months of restricted movement in a brace or plaster cast, a greater chance that painful, invasive surgery will be needed, and a higher risk of complications. All of which can, in many cases, be avoided if hip dysplasia is diagnosed and treated in the first few months of a baby’s life.
Awareness and education are key to stemming this trend. Healthy Hips Australia’s Healthy Hips Day aims to increase awareness of hip dysplasia, so that no one need unnecessarily face lengthy and painful treatments. For more information about hip dysplasia see our Hip Dysplasia Toolkit.
How you can increase awareness of hip dysplasia
- Share your story: Raise awareness of hip dysplasia by telling your personal story. You can share your story in your school newsletter, with your local newspaper, on your local radio station, or with an online community. Please be sure to mention Healthy Hips Day and Healthy Hips Australia. You are welcome to also share our media releases.
- Distribute flyers: Download and print the hip dysplasia infographic. Share it with your GP, paediatrician, local pharmacy, child/maternal health nurse, orthotist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, chiropractor, childcare provider, and playgroup (and any other services you might interact with). Some local councils offer support for volunteers, so ask them for assistance in printing the flyers. Don’t forget to let us know how you go so we can track how far the word spreads.
- Spread the word: Comment, Like and Share the Healthy Hips Australia Facebook Page and Instagram posts related to Healthy Hips Day. To make sure you see these posts, please be sure to follow us on these platforms.