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South Australians fast tracking research
Discover the role emotions, attitudes
and purpose play in attaining whole
health – there is more to health than
diet and exercise.
Adelaide GP Dr. Richard Hetzel has
written a fascinating book, “Why
fit people can get sick” – available
online – and together with wife
Cathy will conduct a workshop
based on this theme at the Hilton
Hotel, Bradman Drive, Hilton on
Saturday July 20, 9:00am - 3:30pm.
Cost is $120 (includes lunch and
the book). Find out what’s missing in
For all details and registration go to
Phone Cathy on 0419 172 291.
Dr Richard Hetzel
Discovering Whole Health
Many people who rec eiv e medical treat ment
woul d be surpri sed to discover they can l earn from their illness.
This book is for anyone interested in increasing their total health-finding
psychological and spiritual wellbeing, as well as b eing physi c ally healthy.
Utilizing a wholistic approach in a practical way, Dr Hetzel covers subjects
suc h as attitudinal change, m entorship and g rowth, shifting rigid habits,
healing e motional pain, f acing the unkno w n and building life skills.
Dr Hetzel is enjoying his fortieth year of medicine, having worked in holistic
medicine, psychiatry and most recently suburban general practice. He has
previ ously w ritten Building Personal Resilience and The Wellness R epo rt and
coauthored The Healing Arts and The New Physician.
In 2013, Dr Hetzel and his wife established the Whole Health Project
with the purpose of providing education in whole health. In addition to
producing publications, WHP services will include workshops
and an interactive website.
• Books • Workshops
Nearly 2000 South Australians have
joined the National Breast Cancer
Foundation’s online community for
health research – Register4.
It can sometimes take years
for researchers to find the right
people to participate in their work.
Register4 is a way to help fast track
this process and make research
happen faster. Over 30 000 people
across Australia have joined since
the October 2010 launch, bringing
people and researchers together for
the joint purpose of finding answers
When a researcher needs people
for a project, they’ll get in touch
with Register4, who then emails
Register4 members about potential
projects they might like to consider
taking part in.
“You don’t have to be a scientist
to make a contribution to help the
eradication of breast cancer and
other diseases. Every Register4
member counts and we’d love to see
more South Australians participate,”
said Dr Devon Indig, Head of
Yvonne Jex from Barmera is one
such member who is making a
difference to research. Diagnosed
with breast cancer which was picked
up on a routine mammogram,
Yvonne underwent surgery and
radiation and has been symptom
free now for 10 and a half years.
“Without my regular mammograms,
I believe my breast cancer would not
have been found, as there were no
symptoms or other indications of the
hidden lump which was resting on
my rib cage.”
“Being a member of Register4
gives me a chance to be part of the
solution. If my information can help
solve some of the questions about
breast cancer and other diseases
then I’m all for it”.
Type of projects
The types of projects on Register4
vary. It could be as simple as filling
in a questionnaire to something
more involved such as providing a
blood sample. Whatever projects you
participate in, the choice is yours.
Register4 in action
Dr Taryn Bessen, from the School
of Population Health and Clinical
Practice at the University of
Adelaide, recently used Register4
to find participants for her
project which investigated patient
preferences for breast cancer follow
Dr Bessen sought female breast
cancer survivors around Australia
who had completed primary
treatment (surgery, radiotherapy,
chemotherapy) and were undergoing
follow-up. Participants were asked
to complete an online questionnaire,
which took about 30 minutes.
“It took me more than three months
to recruit the same number of
people that Register4 found in
three days. In addition to the swift
recruitment, I have been able to
recruit a larger number of women
from across Australia. This not only
improves the quality of the research
but also makes the findings relevant
to a wider range of women with
breast cancer,” Dr Bessen said.
How to get involved
• Anyone 18 + years with or without
cancer is encouraged to join.
• Join at register4.org.au and check
the current projects to see what
may be right for you.
• A project for everyone – There’s
already a project waiting for every
member – the Baseline Health
and Lifestyle Questionnaire.
Information from this project will
help researchers look at potential
links between breast cancer
and factors such as lifestyle and
• Spread the word – Register4 urges
current members to tell family,
friends, colleagues and neighbours
to get involved. No matter who
you are, Register4 needs you.
Where to find more information
Visit www.register4.org.au to see
how you can take an active role
in Australian medical research.
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