Healthy Hips In The Top End

Healthy Hips In The Top End

On Sunday 12th March 2017 we flew the flag for hip dysplasia at The Darwin Collective; the Top End's baby expo.

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We would like to thank the local businesses, HG FitnessNT Swim SchoolVanity Hair & BeautyLittle MISS LADY BUGSI Love the Sweeter ThingsLilypad DanceBreastfeeding wear Australia and Tutu's by Sarah Kate, for donating generous prizes to a raffle we ran for the event, with over $100 raised.

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The winning tickets were:

1st prize: 34;   2nd prize: 62;   3rd prize: 8;   4th prize: 56;   5th prize: 23

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Whilst only approximately 30 newborns, born locally, are being treated for DDH in the NT, many young families move to the Top End each year for work or lifestyle; my young family moved here in January 2016. Having set up Healthy Hips Australia as a national health promotion charity, this created the perfect opportunity to spread the message about hip dysplasia and set up support services for those families faced with a diagnosis.

Our Goals In The NT

Support: 

  1. Provide Healthy Hips Kits for DDH Kids through the Royal Darwin Hospital
  2. Make accessible for hire, DDH friendly equipment, in partnership with the local Hire For Baby franchise.
  3. Provide online parent-to-parent support via a Facebook closed group, 'DDH Support SA & NT'.
  4. Facilitate face-to-face catch ups with families as requested.
  5. Explore the potential to create a travel/accommodation fund for those families whose children require surgical intervention, which occurs in Adelaide.

Awareness:

  1. Meet with NT health professionals at the Royal Darwin Hospital and in the community to discuss their participation in sharing our awareness resources.
  2. Engage the Territory Health Minister to discuss the national public health issue related to the rising incidence of late diagnosed hip dysplasia.
  3. Attend community events where Healthy Hips Australia can promote hip dysplasia awareness.

Written March 2017

Disclaimer

This information is intended to support, not replace, discussion with your doctor or healthcare professionals. Every effort is made to ensure this information is up to date, accurate and easy to understand. Healthy Hips Australia accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies, information perceived as misleading. This can be reproduce with acknowledgement to Healthy Hips Australia. Handouts are available to download free of charge at www.healthyhipsaustralia.org.au

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