8-10 children a day are diagnosed with hip dysplasia in Australia. Early diagnosis optimised treatment outcomes; unfortunately though 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 person’s life. Awareness and education are key to stemming this trend. Healthy Hips Week aims to increase awareness of hip dysplasia, so that nobody 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 to talk 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.
How you can increase awareness of hip dysplasiaShare your story: Raise awareness of hip dysplasia by telling your personal story. You can share your story with your local newspaper, on your local radio station, with a local or an online community (such as via your Facebook page). Please be sure to mention it's Healthy Hips Week and encourage others to seek out more information from Healthy Hips Australia. You are welcome to share our media releases and hip dysplasia awareness resources. Distribute flyers: Download and print our 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). 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 Week. To make sure you see these posts, please be sure to follow us on these platforms.
What Will You Do For Healthy Hips Week?
This year our awareness activities look a little bit different due to the impact of Covid19. Whilst you might not be able to necessarily get together with friends, colleagues and family to host awareness events, please consider sharing our awareness resources on your social media platforms, via text, email and even in conversation.
SHARE YOUR STORY AS A FACEBOOK FUNDRAISERA really quick and effective way is to share your story on your own Facebook page – let your own network of family and friends have an insight into what your experience has been like. It might not be life threatening, but like me you probably felt overwhelmed and isolated in the beginning, and if by sharing your story you help someone you know (even someone they know) it is worth it. Tell them it is Healthy Hips Week and that you are sharing your story to create awareness. Being reliant on community donations to keep Healthy Hips going, I ask that you please choose to add the Support Non-Profit button to your post to help raise funds.
In addition to raising awareness 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.