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Here you will find the latest up to date news on Thyroid Health and Treatments

For All Media Opportunities please contact ATF CEO – Beverley Garside – beverley@thyroidfoundation.org.au

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  • 1 May 2022 9:00 AM | Michelle Feraren (Administrator)

    MEDIA RELEASE

    May 2022

    ‘BEFORE YOU PLAN A FAMILY, HOW IS YOUR THYROID HEALTH?’

    May is the time of the year for the Australian Thyroid Foundation’s (ATF) Thyroid Awareness Month

    Recent research from The Lancet – March 2022 emphasises the consequences and risks of an inadequate amount of thyroid hormone at conception, during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. 

    ‘Without an adequate amount of thyroid hormone mothers can be exposed to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, including gestational hypertension and preeclampsia or eclampsia, which affect around 10% of pregnant women and are the leading causes of maternal and neonatal mortality worldwide.  Mothers who suffer from hypertensive disorders during pregnancy are at increased risk of long-term cardiovascular consequences and hypertensive disorders in subsequent pregnancies.  Evidence also indicates a risk of reduced cognitive ability to their offspring.

    Knowing if you are genetically predisposed to Hashimoto’s or Graves’ Diseases, which are both thyroid autoimmune disorders is important to be aware of, to ensure all appropriate tests are ordered.  Autoimmune disorders may predispose mothers to a thyroid problem during pregnancy, says Professor Creswell Eastman, ATF Principal Medical Advisor.’

    ‘Unnecessary risks to a pregnancy and the mother’s health during pregnancy and ongoing is something that can be avoided and prevented.   Raising awareness and ensuring thyroid tests are ordered by GP’s, when couples are planning a family and when the pregnancy is confirmed are both essential.

    As statistics show over 1 million Australians are living with an undiagnosed thyroid disorder, awareness and testing can prevent unwarranted outcomes for mothers and their babies, says ATF CEO Beverley Garside.’

    Pregnancy preparation and the mother’s health during pregnancy is something that is extremely important for all families. The ATF want to ensure the best outcomes for both mothers and babies are possible through awareness and education.


    For more information: May is Thyroid Awareness Month

  • 1 May 2021 7:00 AM | Michelle Feraren (Administrator)

    MEDIA RELEASE

    May 2021

    ‘TEST YOUR THYROID’

    Statistics show that over 1 million Australians are living with an undiagnosed with some form of thyroid disorder,   Be Thyroid Aware and Test Your Thyroid!

    May is the time of the year when the Australian Thyroid Foundation’s (ATF) Thyroid Awareness Month, calls upon all Australians to be aware of their thyroid health.

    Thyroid Disorders affect all Australians of all age groups and demographics.  Awareness is the key to ensuring you do not overlook a thyroid disorder which could be affecting your health and wellbeing.

    • 1 in 10 Australians will be affected by some form of thyroid disorder
    • 7 of the 10 are women
    • Over 1 million Australians are undiagnosed
    • 60,000 Australians are diagnosed each year
    • Thyroid Cancer is increasing, affecting younger Australians
    • Iodine Deficiency & Thyroid Disorders affect pregnancy outcomes for women of childbearing years.

    “Thyroid testing is important for the diagnosis of a thyroid disorder. If you think symptoms you are experiencing may be due a thyroid disorder, please visit your doctor and ask for a Thyroid Function Pathology Test.  Further testing is available if your doctor deems necessary.  Testing will determine if your symptoms are thyroid related.  Diagnosis can improve your quality of life and wellbeing – says Beverley Garside – ATF CEO.”

    “Thyroid Disorders can affect patients of all ages and demographics in different ways, with women diagnosed more than men.  Women of childbearing years also need to ensure their thyroid health and function has been determined and treated if necessary.  Good Thyroid health during this life stage is essential for the development of the newborn – says Professor Creswell Eastman   - ATF Medical Advisor.”

    During May the ATF encourages all Australians to be aware of their thyroid health and visit their doctor to discuss symptoms, testing, family history of a thyroid disorders and to ensure your thyroid health is determined.

    As the Australian Education, Support, Advocacy and Awareness Organisation the ATF wants all Australians to be aware and not ignore any symptoms which may be related to thyroid disease. 

    “All Australians should be aware of their family history - if members of your family have been affected by some form of thyroid disorder, please ensure you do not overlook any symptoms.  Early detection is important, a simple blood test and if necessary a thyroid ultrasound examination if necessary will either determine or eliminate the possibility” states Professor Eastman – ATF Medical Advisor.   

    The ATF’s has been supporting and educating its members and the general public about the importance of Good Thyroid health for over 25 years!  The ATF is very proud to have reached this milestone and we look forward to continuing our work into the future and continuing to raise awareness” says Beverley Garside – ATF CEO”


    About the Thyroid

    The thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck, below the voice box.  The thyroid gland is a soft, small bow-shaped gland, below the voice box or larynx (Adam’s Apple) on either side of the trachea (windpipe).  Thyroid disease affects women more than men and is usually caused by an autoimmune disease.  Iodine deficiency is the most common worldwide cause of thyroid disorders.  Along with thyroid auto-immune disease, a low-iodine diet can cause hypothyroidism, an enlarged thyroid gland (goitre), infertility, pregnancy outcomes and foetal brain development. As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid plays a critical role in the healthy function of the body, influencing and regulating the activity of all cells and tissues.  A healthy thyroid gland uses ingested iodine from iodine enriched foods to produce thyroid hormones which regulate body and brain growth and development, body temperature, energy levels and metabolic functions.

    May is Thyroid Awareness Month in Australia, which incorporates World Thyroid Day (25 May) and International Thyroid Awareness Week (25-31 May)

    For Information, or to support the ATF, please visit www.thyroidfoundation.org.au

    ~ ENDS ~

    For all media enquiries, please contact:

    Beverley Garside

    Chief Executive Officer

    Australian Thyroid Foundation

    M: 0416 269 982   |   E:  beverley@thyroidfoundation.org.au


    About the Australian Thyroid Foundation

    The Australian Thyroid Foundation Ltd (ATF) was founded in 1995 and is now the peak advocacy and support organisation for Australians living with a thyroid disorder.  The ATF is a national not-for-profit organisation with a focus on providing education and support to its members and promoting Good Thyroid Health messaging throughout the community.  The ATF is a member of Thyroid Federation International (TFI), a world-wide thyroid patient organisation dedicated to global action of thyroid related issues.


  • 31 Aug 2020 7:00 AM | Michelle Feraren (Administrator)

    THYROID CANCER IS INCREASING AMONGST YOUNGER AUSTRALIANS – AWARENESS IS ESSENTIAL

    Gold Bow Day – 1st September is the Australian Thyroid Foundation’s (ATF) Thyroid Cancer Awareness Day!

    The ATF is calling upon all Australians to be aware of any changes or symptoms related to thyroid cancer.

    Click below to read the Media Release

    Media Release

  • 22 Aug 2020 8:04 PM | Michelle Feraren (Administrator)

    House of Wellness - awareness article about the importance of good thyroid health and iodine deficiency with Prof Creswell Eastman – ATF Principal Medical Advisor and Beverley Garside – ATF CEO

    Read here

  • 6 Aug 2020 7:47 PM | Michelle Feraren (Administrator)

    Professor Creswell Eastman – ATF Principal Medical Advisor and Beverley Garside – ATF CEO speak to John Healy – Good Health on Great Lakes FM 101.5FM about the thyroid gland, iodine deficiency and pregnancy and much more!

    Listen Here

  • 22 Jul 2020 10:16 PM | Michelle Feraren (Administrator)

    On behalf of the ATF, Professor Creswell Eastman – ATF Principal Medical Advisor spoke to Josh Szeps on ABC Sydney Radio - Thursday 16th July about the importance of including Iodised Salt in the daily diet to maintain healthy thyroid function and production of thyroid hormones.

    Audio of Interview

  • 16 Jul 2020 10:39 PM | Michelle Feraren (Administrator)

    Associate Professor Rory Clifton-Bligh on behalf of the ATF, together with ATF CEO Beverley Garside spoke to Christine Layton – ABC Radio Perth about all aspects of thyroid disease with callers giving personal experiences. Very interesting segment.

    https://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/programs/focus/thyroid-health/12406876

  • 10 May 2020 9:03 PM | Michelle Feraren (Administrator)

    Professor Bruce Robinson ATF – Medical Advisor and Beverley Garside – ATF CEO spoke to Chris Smith about thyroid disease, Thyroid Awareness Month and much more.

    Listen Here

  • 6 May 2020 10:59 PM | Michelle Feraren (Administrator)

    At the start of May, the Australian Thyroid Foundation’s (ATF) Thyroid Awareness Month, the ATF is calling upon all Australians to be aware of their thyroid health.

    ATF TAM 2020 Media Release (Final).pdf

  • 8 Apr 2020 6:13 PM | Tania Jayesuria

    In response to ongoing concerns raised by members and patients about the limited availability of levothyroxine - marketed in Australia under the brands Oroxine®Eutroxsig® and Eltroxin® - the ATF has continued to liaise with the manufacturers, Aspen Pharmacare (Aspen), about the recent supply shortage of these medicines.

    Aspen has today informed the ATF that the pharmaceutical supply chain is currently under stress due to the increase in medicines stockpiling during March, including brands of levothyroxine, as a result of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. For this reason, Aspen has now brought forward the manufacturing of all levothyroxine brands; and has given the ATF an assurance that additional supply of these products have been released and should be available in Australian pharmacies this week.

    Based on 'normal' use (i.e. the typical number of levothyroxine scripts that are filled in any given month), Aspen says it should have adequate supply to meet patient needs. Aspen is working closely with pharmacies to update them on availability of levothyroxine over the coming weeks and months, as they work to manage supply throughout the pandemic. For your information, please find below a copy of the letter from Aspen to the ATF regarding the current supply shortage of levothyroxine.

    Should you have any concerns about the availability of your brand or dose of levothyroxine, please contact ATF CEO Beverley Garside via email on beverley@thyroidfoundation.org.au

    Take care and stay safe, 

    Your ATF Team


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