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Inform issue 25 – Winter 2018

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  • Disability
  • Catheter
  • Cyberbullying
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  • Bladder
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In this issue of Inform we focus on new beginnings and changes. We follow the story of Joel who following a traumatic accident, had to start from scratch in his career.

Your Health Let 's talk

Your Health Let 's talk about Cyberbullying Bullying is not acceptable in the real world, but these days bullies have a new forum: the internet. Bullying that takes place over the internet is known as cyberbullying, and it can lead to depression and anxiety in the real world. Cyberbullying can take many forms. It can include: • Sending or sharing hurtful messages or emails • Humiliating someone by posting or sharing embarrassing videos or images • Spreading rumours or lies online • Setting up fake online profiles to hurt someone • Excluding others online • Repeated harassment and threatening messages, which is also known as cyberstalking Cyberbullying can be as hurtful as physical or verbal bullying because it is public, it can spread quickly, removing it can be difficult and the bully can be anonymous. Anyone can be the victim of cyberbullying. It’s not just for children and teenagers, although young people are at higher risk, both because they tend to spend more time online, and because they are less likely to speak up and tell someone about the bullying. One in four students in Australia reports that they have been bullied, so if you are experiencing cyberbullying you are not alone. If you suspect that you, or someone you care about, are the victim of online bullying, what should you do? First, take a deep breath and remember: it is not your fault. You are not alone in this, and there is help available. There are some practical steps you can take to access help. You can: • Tell the bully that what they’re doing is not okay • Take screenshots of the bullying as evidence • Block the bully on social media • Report abusive posts to the social media platform If the posts are not taken down, or the bullying continues, you can report cyberbullying to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. This is where having screenshots for evidence will come in handy. Children and adults will need to report through different forms, because the legalities around cyberbullying are different for minors and adults, but anyone who has experienced ongoing cyberbullying can make a report. The final practical step you can take is to look after yourself. Tell people around you what is going on, so they can support you. Commiserating with a friend can lighten the load, even if they can’t do anything to fix your situation. Switch off from social media for a while, and take time to do the things you enjoy. Don’t let cyberbullying isolate you that’s how the bullies win. Instead, gather your team around you and remember that “haters gonna hate”. To find out more or to report a case of cyberbullying, visit www.eSafety.gov.au 24

Featured Product Ugo Fix Gentle (catheter clip) Pioneering gentle catheter fixation As specialists in urology, we’ve spent a lot of time listening to clinicians and individuals living with a catheter, allowing us to develop a range of products that offer performance, precision and comfort whilst instilling that all-important confidence. At Optimum Medical we understand that purpose-designed fixation devices are key in the fight against trauma and infection caused by natural tension to the catheter. We also know how delicate skin can be, this is why we have created a truly gentle catheter clip. Introducing the Ugo Fix Gentle The Ugo Fix Gentle (catheter clip) provides safe and effective positioning of two-way indwelling urinary catheters at the bifurcation of the catheter. Fixing in place comfortably, it allows you to move around freely and safely, with reduced pulling and rubbing on the bladder neck and urethra. Why choose the Ugo Fix Gentle over other catheter clips? The Gel Pad - The Ugo Fix Gentle (catheter clip) was created to provide a gentle yet secure fixation for all catheter materials, without the need for preparation. To achieve this it features a re-adhesive soft silicone gel pad, ensuring painless removal and repositioning - leaving no sticky residue behind! It’s also breathable, showerproof, and transparent, allowing easy inspection of the skin underneath. The gel pad can be worn for up to 7 days of comfortable fixation. The Clip - The Ugo Fix Gentle (catheter clip) also features a silicone bonded revolving clip to hold the catheter in place, away from your skin, preventing trauma and improving comfort. This allows the catheter to move naturally with your body to reducing tension. With it’s easy to open catch and raised arrow to indicate the direction of catheter insertion, the Ugo Fix Gentle is easy to negotiate for users of most abilities. Key Strengths • Gentle re-adhesive pad with soft silicone technology • No skin preparation required before application • No sticky residue upon removal • Easy to apply, remove and reposition, even over the same skin area • Holds tubing away from skin to prevent discomfort • Revolving clip allows natural movement of the catheter and leg • Easy-open catch with positive sensory click • Internal silicone bonding to effectively grip the catheter We have created detailed patient user guides, which are all available on www.optimummedical.co.uk to ensure correct fitting and removal. For additional support or to order, visit store. independenceaustralia.com 25