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Changing the face
of the future
Under the leadership of Professor
David David AC, the specialist
Australian Craniofacial Unit (ACFU)
at Adelaide Women’s and Children’s
Hospital performs surgery on around
500 patients each year, most of
them babies and young children.
Over the past thirty -five years
the ACFU has established itself
as a world leader in its field,
developing a hugely successful
multidisciplinary team approach
to the ongoing surgical treatment
and developmental management of
More than ninety per cent of ACFU
patients are from Australia. The Unit
also has an international outreach,
regularly sending surgical training
teams to Indonesia, Malaysia,
China and other parts of Asia. Such
work creates considerable regional
goodwill and often generates keen
media interest. The latter has
sometimes created an impression
that overseas patients are the Unit’s
main concern, which is clearly not
Craniofacial surgery is extremely
complex, demanding supreme
surgical and nursing skills and
expensive tools and facilities for
the best outcomes. Many families
of ACFU patients experience
considerable financial distress in
addition to the emotional toll of
extended surgical treatment for their
children. Craniofacial Australia was
founded by Professor David in 1975
to help support these patients and
Are your drinking habits increasing your risk of cancer?
Alcohol and cancer – the facts
There is convincing evidence that
drinking alcohol increases the risk of
cancers of the bowel, breast, mouth,
throat, voice box, oesophagus (food
pipe) and liver. Even drinking small
amounts of alcohol increases your
cancer risk. The more you drink,
the greater the risk. If you choose to
drink, limit your intake.
Are different types of alcohol
worse for you?
The type of alcohol you drink doesn’t
make any difference. Beer, wine and
spirits all increase your risk of cancer.
What about red wine?
In the past, researchers believed red
wine might have had health benefits
for heart disease, but this does not
appear to be the case. There are
better things you can do to reduce
your risk of heart disease and
cancer, such as not smoking, healthy
eating, being physically active and
maintaining a healthy body weight.
Smoking and alcohol
It has been known for a long time
that smoking is harmful to health.
The combined effects of smoking
and alcohol greatly increase the risk
of cancer (more so than from either
of these factors alone). Up to 75 per
cent of cancers of the upper airway
and digestive tract can be related to
alcohol plus smoking.
What should I do?
To reduce your risk of cancer, if you
don’t drink, don’t start. If you choose
• limit your intake – National Health
and Medical Research Council
recommends no more than two
standard drinks a day for both
men and women
• avoid binge drinking. Do not
“save” your drinks using alcohol-
free days, only to consume them
in one session
• have at least two alcohol-free days
• choose low alcohol drinks
• eat some food when you drink
Your bequest could be ...
a gift to last
Perhaps you believe that
only the very wealthy
provide for charity in
their wills. In fact, most
charitable bequests are
made by ordinary, hard-
working people who
dearly want to make a
positive contribution to
the community after they
PO Box 1138 North Adelaide SA 5006
P: 08 8267 4128. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered charity No. CCP653
was founded by Professor David David in 1975. Its aim is
to support the Australian Craniofacial Unit and its patients.
The world-leading multi-disciplinary medical team at the
Craniofacial Unit treats over 500 young Australians annually.
Several volunteer craniofacial surgical training teams are also
sent to neighbouring countries each year.
A simple codicil added to your will would mean that you
too help change the face of the future, with your legacy
bringing a lifetime of smiles to an unfortunate child.
changing the face of the future
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