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Inform issue 27 – Autumn 2019

In this issue of Inform we celebrate the art of movement and the personal significance it holds for everyone. We also chat to Ryan, a wheelchair user who offers his advice on how to plan the night out.

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28 informonline.org.au Your health Could you be suffering from malnutrition? The global obesity epidemic receives a lot of attention. We’ve all heard about the health consequences of an expanding waist line. At the other end of the nutrition spectrum, there is another concern that receives much less media coverage.

Your health informonline.org.au 29 Malnutrition often brings to mind images of drought and famine stricken countries. But the problem of malnutrition is a lot closer to home. In fact, a recent Australian study found just over 40 per cent of communityliving older adults who were receiving home nursing services were either at risk of malnutrition or already malnourished. Malnutrition can have a significant impact on your quality of life. People who are malnourished are more likely to become unwell, and when unwell they take longer to recover and are more likely to suffer complications. People who are malnourished will need to see their GP more often, will need to be admitted to hospital more often and are more likely to need to move into an aged care facility at an earlier stage than someone who is well nourished As we age we become more vulnerable to malnutrition for a number of reasons: • our requirement for a number of nutrients increases, such as protein, calcium and vitamin D • we experience changes in our ability to taste and smell food as we get older. This can mean we no longer get the same enjoyment out of eating as we once did • physical changes can also make it more difficult to buy, prepare, cook, and eat food without help Take this quick quiz to find out if you could be at risk of malnutrition.

Health Fact Sheets

IA-ContinencePads-factsheet
IA-CondomDrainage-factsheet
Stools and bowel health
Continence Glossary Terms
Catheter Glossary Terms
Bedding Protection
a-z disability etiquette
How to choose a wound care product
Wound Dressings Overview
How to store wound care products
Drainage bags fact sheet
Condom Drainage Comparison Chart
Condom drainage sizing guide

NDIS Resources

IA NDIS Complex Care
IA NDIS Support
IA NDIS Consumables
IA NDIS Pre-planning-booklet

Product Catalogues

Cather Chart
Continence products for bladder health
Healthcare products order options
Wound Care Catalogue
Independence Australia DVA RAP Catalogue
Cost Savers July - September 2020

Mobility Aids Australia

Mobility Aids Australia - Hire Brochure
Mobility Aids Products

Inform Editions

Inform issue 26 – Summer 2019
Inform issue 25 – Winter 2018
Inform issue 27 – Autumn 2019
Inform issue 28 – Spring 2019
Inform issue 24 – Autumn 2018
Inform issue 23 – Spring 2017
Inform issue 22 – Autumn 2017
inform issue 29 - Summer 2019
Inform issue 30 - Autumn 2020