Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt is encouraging residents to take time to have a free blood pressure check during this year’s Know Your Numbers campaign (17 to 23 May 2010).
Mr Pitt said the Know Your Numbers campaign is supported by the Queensland Government and the Stroke Foundation and aims to raise awareness about high blood pressure and stroke in the community.
“The week-long Know your numbers program provides free blood pressure checks at over 500 local blood pressure stations throughout Queensland and Victoria,” Mr Pitt said.
“The program has also established permanent pressure station sites in Queensland pharmacies, and there are now over 200 pharmacies who offer free blood pressure checks throughout the year.
“In 2009, more than 8,000 Queenslanders had their blood pressure taken at 334 blood pressure stations around the state.
Know your numbers is supported by Queensland Health as part of the State Government’s Toward Q2:Tomorrow’s Queensland commitment to making Queenslanders Australia’s healthiest people by 2020.
Mr Pitt said identifying high blood pressure is important in reducing the incidence of stroke.
“High blood pressure can result in damage to blood vessel walls, eventually leading to a stroke,” Mr Pitt said.
“I encourage all residents to stop at a local blood pressure station for a free, quick, painless test that could help to prevent a stroke.
“The Know your numbers program is a great way for people to be more proactive in managing their health.
“By finding out whether you have high, normal or low blood pressure, you can take steps to control it.
“This could be through a change of diet and lifestyle – particularly through regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight – or your doctor may prescribe medication.
“This year 60,000 Australians will suffer new and recurrent strokes – that’s one stroke every ten minutes.
“As you get older, your risk of stroke increases so Know your numbers primarily targets men and women aged 50 years and over.
“The secondary target group of the campaign is adults 25 years and over – however, all adults should take the necessary steps to reduce their chances of having a stroke by quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, eating healthily and being physically active,” Mr Pitt said.
Participating outlets in Far North Queensland
Babinda Pharmacy – 80 Munro Street, Babinda
Calanna Pharmacy – 75 Edith Street, Innisfail
Torre’s Pharmacy – 46 Edith Street, Innisfail
Edmonton Pharmacy – 117 Bruce Hwy, Edmonton
Calanna Pharmacy – 600 Bruce Highway, Woree
Chemist Outlet Pharmacy – 104 Mulgrave Road, Cairns
Terry White Chemists – Shop 112, Cairns Central Shopping Centre
V Pharmacy Cairns CBD Store – 2/86 Lake Street, Cairns
Karens Chemist – Shop 5/146 Anderson Street, Manunda
Day and Night Pharmacy – 318 Mulgrave Road, Westcourt
Calanna Pharmacy – 355 Sheridan Street, North Cairns
Amcal Marlin Coast Pharmacy – Shop 1-2, Campus SC Captain Cook Hwy, Smithfield
Kewarra Beach Pharmacy – Shop 4/1 Poolwood Road, Kewarra Beach
Kuranda Pharmacy – 5 Coondoo Street, Kuranda
Mareeba Discount Drug Store – Shop 9 Mareeba Shopping Plaza, Byrnes Street, Mareeba
Amcal Chemist Atherton – Shop 3, Tableland SV Cook Street, Atherton
Discount Drug Store Wadleys Atherton – 49 Main Street, Atherton