Pictures from the longest lunar eclipse we’ve seen this century, the Australian government’s $4.5 million dollar support plan for sufferers of Endometriosis and the importance of walking our beloved pets every day in the coming month. Here are the stories that you may have missed in the news over the weekend...
Stargazers marvel at the “blood moon”
Saturday morning at around 4.30am AEST was a momentous occasion in the skies. For a total time of one hour and 43 minutes, excited Aussies from around the country were treated to the longest lunar eclipse we've seen in the 21st century, with the added bonus of catching a glimpse of the moon glowing a deep shade of red.
Western Australians were tipped to have the best vantage point, but sadly cloud cover dulled the experience for early risers on the west coast. For spectators on the east, moving clouds peppered the view, with one stargazer commenting online, “The clouds did play peekaboo with the moon a bit.” For some eagle-eyed sky-scanners, Mars was also on full show, glimmering above the moon at one point.
This is the second lunar eclipse we’ve been privy to in 2018. But, if you couldn’t get yourself out of bed in the cold, you may have a long time to wait until the next one. Experts have predicted the next magical alignment of the sun, moon and Earth won’t take place until 2028.
Government launches National Action Plan for Endometriosis
Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced the historic plan to provide extra medical support and resources to the one in 10 Australian women who suffer from Endometriosis, a debilitating disease where the lining of the uterus grows in other areas of the body, causing chronic pain and long-term mental and physical effects on sufferers.
Because of the common misdiagnosis around Endometriosis, the National Action Plan is an ambitious five-year strategy to create awareness and understanding among the public, as well as providing further education for health professionals and employers about the disease.
Greg Hunt, MP said of the new pledge of support, “Many have suffered in silence for far too long, enduring diagnostic delays of between seven and 12 years on average and experiencing poor clinical care, due to a low level of understanding.
“This plan is extremely important. It addresses a historic gap and something that often causes debilitating pain and can lead to mental health complications, social and economic stress and infertility.”
The Australian government has committed $4.5 million to the plan, which will be spent on research, education and awareness in the hope to find a cure for Endometriosis.
Walk your dog to celebrate ‘Pawgust’
Australia is a nation of animal-lovers. We don’t bat an eyelid when it comes to spoiling our pets with cute accessories, outfits and comfortable surrounds. But, but what about investing in their physical health?
New research from Guide Dogs Australia revealed that one in 10 dogs aren’t being walked at all, and a quarter dog-owners get out with their pet just once a week. Respondents to the survey blamed their time-poor lifestyles as well as bad weather for lacking the motivation to pound the pavement with their pups.
Veterinarian, Professor Paul McGreevy, recommends walking our dogs every single day to boost their wellbeing. “Dogs thrive on daily walks for the opportunities they provide to socialise, indulge in some one-on-one attention from their owner, explore beyond the home and discover new smells,” he says, “This inspires curiosity and excitement to release endorphins and make them happier dogs.”
These findings coincide with the launch of a new Guide Dogs Australia initiative, ‘Pawgust’, where dog-owners can pledge to walk their pet for at least 30 minutes, every day, for 30 days this August. If you’re up to the challenge, register online and ask your loved ones to donate vital funds for Guide Dogs Australia. Your pup will thank you for it!