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ATF News & media

Welcome to the ATF News and Media

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

Our news page is open to both members and non-members and provide information on managing your thyroid health as well as the latest events and medical updates locally and internationally.

We also encourage you to follow us on our social media, as we often upload information there first.


Our news pages are put together by our wonderful team of volunteers.  As with every registered charitable organisation we are enormously thankful for the work of our volunteers, many of them with their own personal thyroid story. To assist us in keeping you up to date and to provide educational and support services on managing your thyroid health, we ask you to consider joining or making a donation. Your help really does make a difference as we operate entirely without any grants or government assistance.

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy or news and social media pages.

  • 25 Mar 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    On behalf of the ATF, our thoughts are with all Australians who have been directly impacted by COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and their families, friends and loved ones. We also want to say thank you to the amazing medical providers and healthcare professionals who have been working tirelessly in response to this pandemic – our gratitude and appreciation for your efforts to keep Australians safe throughout this period cannot be overstated.

    In this unique and unprecedented time, we know there is vast amounts of information circulating about COVID-19, which may be overwhelming and confusing. As such, we wanted to provide an update for Australians living with a thyroid disorder (incl. thyroid cancer, Hashimoto’s disease or Graves disease), to address any concerns you may have about the impact of COVID-19 on your health.

    We have consulted our team of Medical Advisors for advice about this issue, to ensure you have the correct information.

    What you need to know

    While many people with a thyroid disorder may have an autoimmune condition (such as Hashimoto’s disease), this does not mean you are ‘immuno-compromised’. The part of the immune system that’s responsible for autoimmune thyroid conditions is separate to the immune system that’s responsible for fighting off viral infections, such as coronavirus.

    You shouldn’t think of yourself as being immuno-compromised if you have thyroid disease. When health experts refer to ‘immuno-compromised’ people being at higher risk of COVID-19, they are typically referring to those who may have a history of leukaemias, malignancies, or who have undertaken chemotherapy. These are considered to be a true ‘recognised immune deficiency’, and are more uncommon. In addition, any patients who may be taking steroids, such as prednisone, could also be at risk for coronavirus.

    Australians with a thyroid disease should follow the same hygiene precautions as the rest of the population to limit the spread of infection.

    We understand this is a daunting time for all Australians, including our thyroid community. To ensure you have access to the right information, we have provided a list of resources below, for your reference.

    Please ensure you follow the guidance of our federal and state governments and health authorities to help contain the spread of the virus. Be sure to follow appropriate hygiene precautions and social distancing, while observing advice about self-isolation and quarantining, should you come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Take care and stay safe,                                           

    From your ATF team.

    Additional COVID-19 Resources

    Telephone support: For non-clinical information about COVID-19, please call the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

    Online information:  For reliable information on COVID-19, please visit the healthdirect and/or Department of Health (DoH) sites.

    Symptom Checker: Check your symptoms and find out if you need to seek medical attention, through this self-guided online COVID-19 Symptom Checker

  • 21 Mar 2020 8:03 PM | Anonymous

    At 11.00am on Monday 23 March, 'ABC Conversations' will be replaying its interview with ATF Medical Advisor, Professor Creswell Eastman AO, which originally aired in December 2015. Called, 'The man who saved a million brains: Creswell Eastman's pioneering work with iodine deficiency disorder', the 1-hour interview will highlight Prof Eastman's tireless work to abolish iodine deficiency throughout the world.

    Listen via ABC Local Radio or via your podcast app. The program will also be broadcast on Radio National at 3.00pm.

  • 27 Jan 2020 12:12 PM | Anonymous

    The ATF's newest Ambassador, Channel Ten's Antoinette Latouf, recently shared her thyroid story with 10 News First. The piece also includes comments from ATF CEO, Beverley Garside. 

    10 News First, 27 January 2020

    Read more about Antoinette's story on 10 Daily

  • 4 Jan 2020 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    The Summer 2020 Issues of The House of Wellness Magazine features an article about thyroid health - called 'Check Your Neck: Thyroid disorders are more common than people realise' by journalist Sarah Marinos - including an interview with ATF CEO Beverley Garside and an ATF member story from our Treasurer, Sarah Yeates.

    House of Wellness Magazine, Summer 2020 Issue - Page 1

    House of Wellness Magazine, Summer 2020 Issue - Page 2

  • 3 Dec 2019 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Watch new ATF Member, Ana Neves, share her thyroid story with Today Tonight - including comments from ATF CEO, Beverley Garside.

    3 December 2019, Today Tonight, Channel 

  • 2 Jun 2019 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    A message from TFI President, Ashok Bhaseen:

    "There are still many people living with some kind of thyroid disorder without diagnosis. The International Thyroid Awareness Week is now in its 11th year, and I promise we at Thyroid Federation International and its member countries won’t rest until testing and diagnosis rates improve globally. This year we’re helping people to recognize the many faces of thyroid disorders so they can visit a healthcare professional and get tested as soon as possible."

    TFI Statement on 2019 International Thyroid Awareness Week

  • 9 May 2019 4:57 PM | Cheryl Weller (Administrator)

    On Monday 6 May, ATF CEO Beverley Garside & ATF Medical Advisor Professor Bruce Robinson, joined 2GB Afternoons Presenter, Chris Smith, to talk about thyroid health and answer questions for Thyroid Awareness Month. Listen to the full interview here...

    ATF on The Chris Smith Show for Thyroid Awareness Month - 6 May 2019

  • 9 May 2019 4:28 PM | Cheryl Weller (Administrator)

    To kick off Thyroid Awareness Month, ATF CEO Beverley Garside was interviewed by Presenter of the Breakfast Program on ABC Mildura-Swan Hill, Julie Reynolds, about thyroid health. Both Julie and her mother have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease (underactive thyroid). Click the link below to hear some of their on-air conversation.

    ABC Mildura-Swan Hill_TAM 2019.MP3

  • 9 May 2019 4:08 PM | Cheryl Weller (Administrator)

    ‘The Many Faces of the Thyroid’: Why Aussies are being urged to “check your neck” this May

    • Approximately 60,000 new cases of thyroid disease are diagnosed each year in Australia.
    • Women are ten times more likely than men to be diagnosed with a thyroid disorder.
    • An estimated 1 million Australians may be living with an undiagnosed thyroid condition.

    As it marks the start of this year’s Thyroid Awareness Month, the Australian Thyroid Foundation Ltd (ATF) is calling on all Australians to be more aware of their thyroid health during the month of May and to see their doctor for thyroid testing.

    “In Australia, each year during May, we recognise Thyroid Awareness Month - an important opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of thyroid disorders, including thyroid cancer”, said Chief Executive Officer of the ATF, Ms Beverley Garside.

    “This is particularly important as thyroid disorders can be difficult to diagnose, due to the common nature of the symptoms, which can often be associated with other medical conditions”, said Ms Garside.

    ATF Media Release_Thyroid Awareness Month - May 2019.pdf

  • 21 May 2018 4:04 PM | Michael Sugg

    International Thyroid Awareness Week is 21st – 27th May. 

    Thyroid Federation International (TFI) instigated ITAW to recognise the importance of raising awareness worldwide through its member organisations.  The ATF is a member of TFI. 

    World Thyroid Day is an annual awareness day that was established in 2008 during the congress of the European Thyroid Association (ETA). It focuses on increasing awareness of thyroid health and educating about prevention and treatment of thyroid diseases.

    The thyroid gland, often referred to as simply the thyroid, is one of the largest endocrine glands. This butterfly-shaped gland is located in the neck. Hormones produced by the thyroid influence critical body functions and regulate metabolism, therefore thyroid health is extremely important.

    Thyroid disorders are very common worldwide, they affect people of all ages and have a large range of symptoms. The most common thyroid disorders include hyperthyroidism (abnormally increased thyroid activity), hypothyroidism (abnormally decreased thyroid activity), thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland) and thyroid cancer. They are often caused by iodine deficiency.

    World Thyroid Day aims at increasing public awareness of thyroid deceases, namely the importance of their timely diagnosis, treatment and prevention. World Thyroid Day events and activities are coordinated by the European Thyroid Association, the American Thyroid Association, the Latin American Thyroid Society, and the Asia & Oceania Thyroid Association.

    The ATF encourages you to visit the ATF website and explore the pages to learn more about the Thyroid and managing your thyroid health.


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