Chairman and family help raise $700,000 for outback mental health support

Finding out the suicide rate for men in the outback is up to three-times higher than their coast counterparts prompted Friendly Society Private Hospital board chairman Les Hancock to establish an event that has raised $700,000 in just five events. Mr Hancock, along with wife Shelley and son Damian founded RideWest in 2010, a charity cycling event to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, for its primary health care role in the area of mental health in theMore

Diversity of Bundaberg orthopaedic services highlighted

Advances in technology and the diversity of orthopaedic services available in Bundaberg was the focus of a medical information evening held on Tuesday night. Four leading orthopaedic surgeons, Dr Michael Delaney, Dr Jacob Van der Westhuizen, Dr Chris O’Brien and Dr Andrew McGee, joined with the Friendly Society Private Hospital to speak to local GPs and other health professionals about a variety of topics such as knee, shoulder and hip pain, management and surgery. Dr Delaney said information evenings such asMore
The Friendlies Foundation

Foundation makes first donation

The Friendlies Foundation has made its first donation to the Friendly Society Private Hospital, a $20,000 donation for the expansion of the Day Oncology Unit. Public relations officer Fiona Macaulay said it was exciting that the fundraising The Friendlies Foundation had been doing would now be given to the hospital to invest in the health and wellbeing of the community. “This donation will go towards the $700,000 expansion of our oncology unit, that will see it become the largest privateMore

How to feel full without gaining weight over winter

The Friendlies Physiotherapy Service has some great advice on how to stay healthy and avoid those extra winter kilos.   As the weather gets cooler, we tend to eat more food. Psychologically, when winter arrives and we feel a bit cold, we tend to choose foods that are warming and comforting.  So we ditch the salads and eat more hot foods that most likely contain a higher calorie level. With days that are shorter, we also tend to exercise aMore
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