Healthy Hips Week

Healthy Hips Week

Healthy Hips Week is dedicated to raising awareness of hip dysplasia, also known as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) or 'click hips'.

 

Help improve hip dysplasia support & awareness. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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Approximately 11 children a day are diagnosed with hip dysplasia in Australia, and the incidence of late diagnosis is rising.

Late diagnosis 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 Week aims to increase awareness of hip dysplasia, so that no child need unnecessarily face lengthy and painful treatments. For more information about hip dysplasia see our Hip Dysplasia Toolkit.

Together We Can Make A Difference!

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:

  • prepare new parents for a possible diagnosis and support them 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 April!

What Will You Do For Healthy Hips Week?

HOST AN EVENT

Host a fundraising activity during Healthy Hips Week, such as a morning tea, bake sale, high tea, or even a ladies night in. Hold it at home, playgroup, school or work.

Please register to host an event. You’ll need to read the HHA Fundraising Guidelines first. These help to make the experience positive for all involved.

You’ll be given access to electronic resources to advertise your event, including event posters and hip dysplasia education flyers. Join the Healthy Hips Week Facebook page to share ideas with other supporters and subscribe to our newsletter to stay connected.

RAISE AWARENESS OF HIP DYSPLASIA

  1. 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 Week and Healthy Hips Australia. You are welcome to also share our media releases.
  2. 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.
  3. Spread the word: Comment, Like and Share the Healthy Hips Australia Facebook Page and Instagram posts during Healthy Hips Week. To make sure you see these posts, please be sure to follow us on these platforms.

JOIN THE HEALTHY HIPS CHALLENGE

We want to raise $10 000 this Healthy Hips Week. Can you get ten people to donate $10 each to help support families affected by hip dysplasia, and raise awareness of the condition?

We want to ensure that every family, whose child is diagnosed with hip dysplasia, has the support they need. Our support services are free and we are fully volunteer run so we rely on your support.

 

Help improve hip dysplasia support & awareness. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Donate Today