Influenza (flu) Vaccination

Influenza vaccination 2024 Influenza, commonly known as the flu is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes. Every year, influenza causes widespread illness in the community, and we miss out on the things we love to do! Vaccination against the flu has the biggest impact…

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Supercare Pharmacy Reduced Hours

MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE Customers express concern about Supercare Pharmacy reduced hours 24 January 2024 Bendigo UFS Pharmacies customers have taken to social media to express their concern about changes to trading hours at the View Street Supercare pharmacy. The organisation recently posted on its Facebook page the change to Supercare pharmacy hours to 7am to 11pm, 7…

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Community Prescribing Pilot

Community Prescribing Pilot now available at Bendigo UFS Victoria is piloting a new approach to making healthcare more accessible.  A 12-month pilot is allowing Victorians to receive some treatments at a local pharmacy without needing to see a doctor to get a prescription first.  It particularly benefits women and people living in areas where it…

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Oral Contraceptive Pill

Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP) Oral Contraceptive Pill Program available at Bendigo UFS Pharmacies. Bendigo UFS are an active participant in the Victorian Government’s Community Prescribing Pilot (click here for further information on the pilot). Patients eligible for this program are 16 to 50 years old females who are:  Currently initiated on the Oral Contraceptive Pill by their…

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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Support The UTI Program is available at Bendigo UFS Pharmacies. Bendigo UFS are an active participant in the Victorian Government’s Community Prescribing Pilot. Patients eligible for this program are 18 to 65 year old females who present symptoms of an uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), with no other medical history. Wanting to urinate more…

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Community Giving

A program built to support the health and wellbeing of our community. Our program is changing.   Bendigo UFS has a long term history in providing community support in many ways.     The Building a Healthier Community Program has provided an avenue of support and a commitment to our valued community through grants, sponsorships, partnerships…

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QuizTermsandConditions

Quiz Terms and Conditions These Terms and Conditions relate to the Social Media Quiz hosted by Bendigo UFS from 17 October 2023 until 31 December 2023.  Who can enter? Entrants must live in the Greater Bendigo, Victoria region. Employees, Directors and their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Entry into the competition means that…

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Bendigo UFS backing Bendigo Foodshare’s crucial work

MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE Bendigo UFS backing Bendigo Foodhshare’s crucial work 28 August 2023 A renewed and expanded sponsorship by Bendigo UFS will ensure a crucial community program can continue for two more years.  Bendigo UFS will contribute $60,000 over two years to Bendigo Foodshare’s ‘Grow a Row, Pick a Branch’ program.  Under the program,…

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Pharmacist Intern Program – applicants closing soon

MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE Internship boost for local pharmacy students 14 August 2023 Up to four lucky pharmacy students will receive support to complete their studies and a guaranteed job as part of the Bendigo UFS 2024 Intern Program.  The successful applicant will receive ongoing professional development and training at Bendigo UFS, as well as…

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Bendigo UFS celebrates 150 years

MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE Community pharmacy celebrates 150 years 8 August 2023 CEO Lois O’Callaghan announced this week Bendigo UFS Pharmacies was celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2023 with events and promotions over the next few months.  Bendigo UFS was founded in 1872 on the principles of early lodges, foundations and friendly societies by men…

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Internship

Pharmacist Intern Program Applications are now closed. Intern Program 2025 applications will open in September 2024 Your intern year with a reputable community pharmacy. Bendigo UFS offers an annual Intern Program for pharmacists to join our longstanding pharmacy group based in Bendigo, in Central Victoria. Pharmacists benefit from working as part of a large and diverse…

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Supporting community through changes to prescriptions

MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE Supporting community through changes to prescriptions 22 June 2023 Bendigo UFS has committed to supporting its members and the broader community as changes are made to how some medications are dispensed.  The Federal government announced in its May budget that it intends to allow patients to be prescribed 60 days’ worth…

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Media Releases

Welcome to our Media Release hub Customers express concern about Supercare Pharmacy reduced hours 24 January 2024 The Bendigo UFS Pharmacies View Street Supercare Pharmacy will no longer be offering a 24 hour service from 5 February 2024 and changing to 7am – 11pm, 365 days a year. Read more Bendigo UFS backing Bendigo Foodhshare’s…

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new CEO

MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE  New CEO appointed to UFS Pharmacies Thursday 13 October 2022 UFS Pharmacies, is excited to announce the appointment of Lois O’Callaghan as CEO of the group. Lois comes to UFS Pharmacies with an extensive variety of experience in various health care and local government settings, most recently as CEO of Mallee…

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Whistleblower Policy

Our Whistleblower Policy Contents Purpose Bendigo UFS Pharmacies, comprising Bendigo United Friendly Societies Pharmacies Ltd and Central Victorian United Friendly Society Limited is committed to the highest standards of conduct and ethical behaviour in all of its business activities, and to promoting and supporting a culture of honest and ethical behaviour, corporate compliance and good…

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Farewell to our CEO

Announcement – CEO Resignation  Message to Members and Stakeholders From Nicole Cox, Board Chair Bendigo United Friendly Society Chair Nicole Cox said that Chief Executive Michael Fleming has announced his resignation. Nicole said that “After 17 very productive and dedicated years Michael made the decision to resign and to pursue new opportunities and the board wants…

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Pharmacy Assistant

April 19, 2022

Pharmacy Assistant    + Purpose driven organisation | Bendigo location.    + Supportive team environment | Competitive salary on offer.    + Great opportunity to develop your career in the pharmaceutical industry. About us Guided by our values trust, respect and caring, UFS Pharmacies strive to support over 11,000 local household members and customers to…

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Workplace Violence Policy

At Bendigo UFS Pharmacies we have zero tolerance toward violence in the workplace.  We ask that you treat our team members with respect at all times when using our services. We have zero tolerance for abusive and violent behaviour toward our team members or other customers. If this occurs, you may be asked to leave…

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Vaccinations

Supporting our community with vaccinations Bendigo UFS Pharmacies is a community not for profit pharmacy that supports the wider community and its immunisation needs all year round. All Bendigo UFS Pharmacies are providing vaccinations. Each store has been set up with all of the required vaccinator and patient safety, and hygiene measures accounted for –…

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COVID-19 vaccination

      Bendigo UFS Pharmacies are part of the current national COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout and are proud to be part of the program that supports reducing the COVID-19 outbreaks and illness across our community. Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment Book your 2023 COVID-19 Booster dose Book your PAEDATRIC (children’s) dose Book your SECOND dose Book your…

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CPAP Recall

Providing support for the Philips CPAP and Bi-Level PAP Devices Recall Activating on the recall is a priority for you and we strongly encourage you to take action if you haven’t already.   The quickest way is to register your CPAP machine with Philips for the recall is by following this link philips.com.au/healthcare/e/sleep/communications/src-update If your…

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Whooping Cough

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a serious, contagious, respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. The disease begins like a cold and then the characteristic cough develops. This cough may last up to three months, even after antibiotic treatment is completed and the person is no longer infectious. Whooping cough is particularly dangerous for babies less…

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Meningococcal

Meningococcal disease is any infection caused by meningococcal bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis). It is uncommon but very serious.  About 10 per cent of the population carry meningococcal bacteria in their throat without becoming unwell. These people are known as ‘carriers’, and they can pass the disease on to someone else. Meningococcal bacteria are passed from person to…

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MMR

Measles, Mumps, Rubella Measles is a contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. Serious and sometimes fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation). Measles is also known as rubeola, not to be confused with rubella (German measles). Mumps is a viral illness that causes fever and swollen salivary glands. Serious and…

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e-prescriptions

Plane tickets are sent to your phone, banking is electronic, tonight’s dinner can be ordered and delivered without having to make a phone call. Some might say best thing since sliced bread. Now it’s time for prescriptions to join. E-prescribing is converting the traditional paper prescription into an electronic script that is sent to your…

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MedAdvisor

A partnership to make things easier for you Testimonials MedAdvisor is our way of making your prescription, health and wellbeing needs easier all from the comfort of your home. UFS Pharmacies are excited to partner with MedAdvisor as it supports our customers to order prescription medication, organise home delivery and even ensures medication is taken…

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Home Delivery

Your prescription and other health and wellbeing items can be home delivered For your added convenience our home delivery service is available across Bendigo including Strathfieldsaye, Mandurang, Huntly and Marong. You simply make your order and we’ll deliver to you within 48 hours for only $5* UFS Members within 10km of your preferred Bendigo UFS…

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Keep track of your prescriptions and medications at ease

Bendigo UFS Pharmacies have joined the MedAdvisor network of pharmacies to be able to help you keep track of your prescriptions and medications at ease. MedAdvisor is our way of making your prescription, health and wellbeing needs easier. Now is no better time to download the MedAdvisor app onto your smart phone (desktop also available)…

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Taking care of medicines during bushfires

NPS MedicineWise has released advice to help people take care of their medicines during the bushfire crisis. Pharmacist and Medicines Line manager at NPS MedicineWise Nerida Packham said there could be a lot to remember during an emergency, especially if people needed to evacuate from an area or found themselves in an unexpected location. But…

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Reducing our plastic footprint

As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the amount of waste that people produce. Our busy lifestyles include easily disposable products, such as soft drink bottles/cans or bottles of water. We are working hard within our business to reduce our plastic footprint, we feel it is important to enable our members to make…

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Asthma and Travel

Make sure your day-to-day management of asthma is under control before you travel. Visit your doctor for an asthma review to fine tune your asthma management and update your asthma action plan.  Your doctor can also provide you with a letter describing your asthma and your current medication. Check that your travel insurance policy specifically…

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In the community

Maiden Gully Fire Brigade For Maiden Gully Fire Brigade “Building a Healthier Community” also means building a safer community! Two important projects will benefit from this year’s annual payment from the UFS fund. The necessary tools to help community members who find their children accidentally locked in a car have been purchased.  The second project…

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In the community

Holy Rosary School

We would like to formally acknowledge the support that Bendigo UFS Pharmacies provide to Holy Rosary School on an annual basis in the form of your generous donation. 

Our school provides a fresh fruit program to our students on a weekly basis and the funds raised by you each year are a very welcome addition, to enable us to continue providing this healthy program to our students.

Please accept this letter as a token of our gratitude and we hope to continue our relationship with you in the years to come. 

Paul Wilkinson
Principal. 


Top 5 Reasons to Wear Sunglasses

UV Protection The sun’s harmful UV rays can lead to serious, and in some cases, long-term health issues. Skin Cancer 5% to 10% of skin cancer occurs around the eyes. Always wear quality protective sunglasses when outdoors – even on overcast days. General Eye Comfort The sun’s brightness and glare interferes with comfortable vision. Dark…

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Maui Jim PolarizedPlus2® Sunglasses

All Maui Jim lenses block 100% of all harmful UV rays, protecting your eyes from damage and long-term health risks. Maui Jim sunglasses can be custom made with your prescription*, our specially trained staff can assist you in selecting the correct frame and lens to suit your specific needs.  [bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]   Protect your…

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UFS and Webster-pak®

Medications need sorting? UFS make it easy for you.   Webster-pak® is the simple and safe way of keeping track of your own or a loved one’s medications. The daily breakdown on the pack tells you what time of day to take it ensuring no mistakes are made with dosage. 4 great reasons to choose UFS…

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Eat well, Feel well

[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]   Thai Beef Salad Low fat, sat fat and sugar / Med salt Ingredients 500 g rump steak, trimmed of all visible fat 200 g rocket or mixed lettuce leaves, washed and drained 2 Lebanese cucumbers, thinly sliced 1 punnet cherry tomatoes 2 tablespoons mint leaves, finely sliced Thai-style dressing 2 cloves…

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In the community

St Kilians Primary School 100% of the funds given go directly back to our St Kilian’s School Care Team. The team is our Pastoral Care initiative to welcome and support all members of our school community. Most of the funds are put towards food vouchers of equal value to help when babies arrive, there is…

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Welcome Bridge Street

UFS Pharmacies purchase the Bendigo Day and Night Pharmacy. UFS Pharmacies are pleased to announce the purchase of the Bendigo Day and Night Pharmacy from Life Pharmacy in New South Wales which occurred on the 15th April 2019. UFS Pharmacies Bridge St is now a part of our local group of pharmacies who have serviced…

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What you need to know about Measles

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that is spread via respiratory droplets. Measles begins with cold-like symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes), followed by a red blotchy rash a few days later. Who: Measles containing vaccine is recommended for: Children 12 and 18 months of age (as part of the national immunisation program…

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Hand Hygiene – Keep the Bugs Away Today!

Did you know that washing your hands properly is the SINGLE most effective action to help reduce infection? [bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]   What is hand hygiene? Generally, just washing your hands with a cleanser. Is there a RIGHT way to wash your hands? Yes! For visibly clean hands, use an alcohol based rub like Aqium…

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Hearty and warm for Autumn and Winter

[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]   Shepherd’s Pie Low fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar Ingredients 2 teaspoons canola or olive oil 200g lean minced veal or beef ½ cup thinly sliced carrots 125g can salt-reduced diced tomatoes 1 ½ cup diced celery 1 chopped onion 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 1/2 beef stock cube dissolved…

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Bone Density Testing

***SORRY, BOOKED OUT**** Watch this space for future dates to be advised. Assess your risk. Are your bones ageing faster than you are? 379 Hargreaves Street Tuesday 2nd July $30*   Bone density needs to be checked regularly, just like any other health factor You can’t see or feel your bones getting thinner Bone loss…

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Don’t risk your eye health

The skin, eyes and area around the eyes are very sensitive to UV radiation. Most of us know that UV radiation harms the skin, causing photoageing, wrinkles and, in severe cases, skin cancer. Although it’s invisible, long-term UV exposure can cause various eye diseases such as cataracts, macula degeneration and accelerated aging of the tissue…

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In the community – Maiden Gully Fire Brigade

“The Building a Healthier Community Program helps us to create a Safer Community,” says Maiden Gully Fire Brigade Captain, David Mustey. “The very significant contribution that this Program provides us annually is being used to purchase new equipment such as tablets in our big Tanker and in the Pumper. This exciting innovation will give us…

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The flu – Defend your workplace

The flu (influenza) is caused by a viral infection that is easily spread from person to person. The flu is a serious condition and complications arising from the flu can be debilitating.

UFS Pharmacies have made it easier for you to protect your employees by offering pharmacist administered influenza vaccinations across our four locations. Thus improving the health of your employees, in addition to minimising potential employee sick days for your business.

Contact us to arrange your staff’s vaccinations by emailing Cheryl at csmith@bendigoufs.com.au.

Vaccinations will be administered by a qualified pharmacist at a time and location at your employees convenience.


Vision Australia Easter egg hunt

This year we were excited to be proud sponsors of the Vision Australia easter egg hunt that happened Good Friday. All proceeds went to Vision Australia, a not-for-profit organisation. The Easter egg hunt is one of Vision Australia’s largest individual fundraising events nationally. It’s run by volunteers, with all proceeds going towards Vision Australia’s services to the blind…

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Announcement – UFS Bridge St

UFS Pharmacies are pleased to announce the purchase of the Bendigo Day and Night Pharmacy from Life Pharmacy in New South Wales which occurred on the 15th April 2019.

The pharmacy located at 40 Bridge Street becomes the fifth pharmacy in our network and offers customers and members another location to receive their health advice and service.  UFS Pharmacies is a local not for profit, community owned organisation that has operated through out the Bendigo area since 1872.

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A new look for our Hargreaves St pharmacy

UFS Pharmacies would like to thank their members and regular customers for their support during the recent renovations at Hargreaves Street. The wait was worth it! After many months of hard work and organisation during our recent renovations we are confident our new look pharmacy will meet the health needs of our members. The new…

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You never forget the flu

How do I get my flu shot? Visit a friendly UFS pharmacist to receive your flu vaccine and protect yourself against the flu this winter! Our highly trained pharmacists can vaccinate anyone over the age of 16 years in store, no prescription required! For adolescents and children under the age of 16, the flu vaccine…

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Are you an Allied Health Professional?

Are you looking for a room in the heart of Bendigo? Join the Bendigo UFS Health Hub – support better health outcomes for the community and our customers. Collaboration Flexibility Central Bendigo Exclusivity Our goal is to create a hub of activity where a diverse range of health related providers run successful businesses and potentially feed off other…

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Keep it fresh this Summer

[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]     Warm potato and salmon Low sat fat, salt and sugar / Med fat Ingredients 600g salmon fillets 500g halved baby (new) potatoes cooking spray olive oil 100g (either whole canned baby corn or fresh corn) baby corn 100g washed and halved lengthwise baby spinach leaves 100g semi-dried tomatoes Dressing 4…

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Protect your skin this summer

At least two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70. Skin cancer is one of the most expensive of cancers for the Australian Healthcare system, but also one of the most preventable.    UFS Pharmacist, Bronwyn, answers some common questions in relation to sunscreen. What does SPF mean? SPF…

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Do you need help in the bedroom?

What is Sleep Apnoea? Sleep apnoea is a common sleep disorder which is defined as an increased number of pauses in breathing whilst sleeping – all individuals have pauses in breathing whilst sleeping, however sleep apnoea is an increased amount of these events. These pauses cause us to wake up subconsciously, leading to restless sleep,…

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New eyewear to make you feel good.

“We are Eyewear Architects”   Founded in 1973, ProDesign Denmark has more than 40 years of experience creating beautiful eyewear with a clean-cut Scandinavian feel. Drawing on our heritage of Danish design, we create innovative eyewear with a close-knit relationship between functionality and visual expression. “We aim to design eyewear that feels as good as…

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Don’t let hay fever control you this season

Hay fever is the common name for allergic rhinitis. It is an allergic reaction in the nose, throat and eyes.  Most people associate hay fever with spring, when airborne pollens from grasses are highest. However, hay fever can occur at any time of the year.  [bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″] Common allergic triggers include: pollens from trees,…

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The Bendigo SES are very grateful for their donation.

The Bendigo SES have allocated the funds to two important purchases for their unit. “One is a fridge to keep near our truck bay which will be kept stocked with water and electrolyte replacement drinks so that our crews can quickly load up our vehicles and maintain their hydration on hot and drawn out calls…

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Tully, a Tough Little Lamb

Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services may be best known for our work in rescuing and rehoming our beloved companion animals and assisting disadvantaged pet owners in our community, however our Huntly North shelter and sanctuary also provides a home for a number of rescued farm animals. One of our latest arrivals, Tully has certainly…

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The OTIS Foundation

The OTIS Foundation was established more than 15 years ago in Bendigo to support women dealing with the challenges of breast cancer and their families by providing access to retreat accommodation at no cost. This unique gift aims to reduce the psychological impact of the disease by allowing guests to relax, reconnect and create special…

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Building a Healthier Community 2017/18

UFS Pharmacies has a proud history of involvement in the Bendigo community for over 145 years as a not-for-profit membership organisation. UFS Pharmacies in Bendigo originated from a community need and involved people pooling their resources through membership to provide a local service. That model has stood the test of time and has evolved further with our Building a…

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Nurse on duty, 6pm to 10pm, Everyday

Every day of the year, UFS View Street Pharmacy has a nurse on duty from 6pm to 10pm (last registration 9.30pm) for after hours non-emergency treatment and general health advice.

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Patch Adhesive Strips – Kind to you and the earth.

PATCH is crafted with 100% organic bamboo fibre with the added natural goodness of activated charcoal, aloe vera and coconut oil. We take pride in using natural, organic, biodegradable and sustainable resources, that are historically proven to soothe symptoms whilst promoting wound recovery for even the most sensitive skin types. The Patch Range [bs_row class=”row”][bs_col…

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A stronger immune system.

Your immune system is one for the most important systems in your body, it defends against viruses and bacteria. As we are in winter, you can help boost your immunity against those dreaded colds and flus! A common sense approach to healthy living – a diet high in fruits and vegies, whole grains, regular exercise, 8-10 glasses of water a…

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Avoid the flu this season

What is the flu? Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes. The flu usually differs from a cold as symptoms develop suddenly, and can lead to complications such as chest infections and pneumonia. Unlike a cold, symptoms such as fever, sore throat and muscle aches…

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Codeine – why the change?

As many individuals will be aware, from the 1st of February 2018, products containing codeine now require a prescription. [bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″] There are a number of reasons why the government has made this change. Evidence indicates there is no additional benefit in using small doses of codeine (lower than 30mg) over products without any codeine (Pain Australia, n.d.). Codeine use can result in tolerance,…

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Healthy food, healthy you.

Healthy winter warmer recipes for your family. Entrée Vegetable Filo Triangles Low fat and sugar Ingredients 20 sheets filo pastry 1.5 cups canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained half cup reduced fat milk 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1 potato, grated 40g reduced fat cheese, grated quarter carrot, grated 1 tablespoon tomato chutney half onion, chopped Method…

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Have you had your eyes tested recently?

There’s a bear hiding amongst the cats. Can you spot it? Glaucoma is a largely unobservable group of eye diseases in which damage to the optic nerves causes a loss of vision. What causes glaucoma? Damage to the optic nerve is responsible for the vision loss that comes with glaucoma, the most common cause of…

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UFS and Webster-pak®

MEDICATIONS NEED SORTING? Bendigo UFS Pharmacies making it easier for you. Our Webster-pak® is the simple and safe way of keeping track of your own or a loved one’s medications. The daily breakdown on the pack tells you what time of day to take it ensuring no mistakes are made with dosage.  Let us take the worry out…

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Understanding Allergic Rhinitis (Hayfever) and Asthma

If you’re confused about the difference between allergies and asthma, you’re not alone. The two are often related, have similar symptoms and can be triggered by the same things.   So how do you know whether you have allergies, asthma, or both? Well, first and foremost, see your doctor. Your GP can run tests to…

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UFS in the community

UFS Pharmacies has a proud history of involvement in the Bendigo community for over 144 years as a not-for-profit membership organisation. UFS Pharmacies in Bendigo originated from a community need and involved people pooling their resources through membership to provide a local service. That model has stood the test of time and has evolved further…

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A new home for our Maiden Gully pharmacy

The new Maiden Gully UFS Pharmacies store at Shop 2, 741 Calder Highway, Maiden Gully was officially opened on Saturday June 3rd this year, and our staff couldn’t be happier in their new ‘home’… Saturday June 3rd’s grand opening was a celebration for UFS Pharmacies’ members, staff and the local Maiden Gully community to come…

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The Youngblood Difference

Mineral cosmetics with a flawless finish for all ages and skin types.   Of course, all mineral cosmetics are not created equal. Pauline Youngblood Soli, a pioneer in the industry, developed her first products in a medical setting, specifically for patients recovering from harsh medical procedures, such as laser or chemical peels, surgeries, and even…

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Community Magazine

UFS produces its own member’s magazine which is mailed directly to members three times a year. Community Magazine is a great way for us to keep in touch with members, communicating great specials and telling you all about new products and services, not to mention a wealth of interesting articles that are sure to make great reading. [bs_row…

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Comfort food that’s kind to you

Welcome to the winter months! These 13 frosty weeks are notorious for their ability to reduce households to a pile of tissues and runny noses, “shrink clothes” and affect bathroom scale readings. During the colder months, it’s easy to lose motivation and let your fitness slip. A warm, cosy bed is much more appealing than…

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UFS in the community: Healthy food for those in need

Food poverty is a reality for about 1 in 9 people in Central Victoria. These are the people that we at Bendigo Foodshare seek to help each week. Mostly staffed by volunteers, each week we will source and distribute food donations to 14,000 people in need of a meal. Partnered with over 100 schools, charities…

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Immunisation: not just for the kids

It can be hard to keep up with your immunisation, especially in your adult years. Mum won’t drag you to your appointment, you’ll have to make a voluntary trip this time – and aren’t immunisations expensive? Turns out they’re not. You wouldn’t want to break your arm if you could help it, so why risk…

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Glaucoma: you won’t see it coming

Glaucoma is a largely unobservable group of eye diseases in which damage to the optic nerves causes a loss of vision. What causes glaucoma? Damage to the optic nerve is responsible for the vision loss that comes with glaucoma, the most common cause of this damage is high pressure in the eyes. However, there are…

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UFS in the community: A gift of love

Jemima’s Gift Inc is an official registered, not for profit, pro-life animal rescue group based in Bendigo. Our organisation named after Jemima, a beautiful mother cat who came to us from a country pound after living in a gutter raising litter after litter of kittens. She also helped mother several orphan kittens. If her carer…

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Maiden Gully Store Grand Opening

You’re invited!

Our Maiden Gully store has moved to a brand new location, and we’re celebrating! Come and join in on the festivities!

  • FREE Jumping Castle
  • FREE Sausage Sizzle
  • FREE Face Painting
  • Maiden Gully Primary School Choir
  • Maiden Gully Fire Brigade
  • Door prizes & extra UFS Member discounts

WHEN
Saturday 3rd June, 10am – 1pm

WHERE
Shop 2, 741 Calder Highway, Maiden Gully


The Flu and you

Unlike the common cold, the flu virus can cause severe illness. Being able to identify symptoms and knowing where to find treatment can reduce the severity of the infection. Symptoms can be very similar to the common cold, such as fatigue, headaches, coughing, sneezing and runny noses. However, the flu can include more serious symptoms…

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Menopause: What’s happening to me?

Menopause isn’t an illness, it’s a natural transition which signifies the end of a woman’s reproductive years and will eventually happen to all women. Menopause is marked by 12 months without menstruation but the symptoms can occur in the time leading up to, and after, these 12 months. In Australia, “most women reach menopause between…

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Optometrist’s View: Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes

Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.Comprehensive dilated eye exam Comprehensive dilated eye exam Visiting your eye care professional for a…

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It’s time to shake up this Summer

Sweet Summer Smoothies During the hot summer months, it is refreshing to be able to drink a cold, power-packed smoothie for a snack or lunch. Here are a few recipes to get you through the summer heat: Strawberry – Strawberries are not only delicious, but they also add a lot of vitamins to your diet….

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Educating kids on Asthma

If you have a child with asthma, or even a curious child with a friend or classmate with asthma, you might want to check out asthmakids.com.au – it’s a website that speaks to kids about asthma, without all the heavier grown up or medical jargon. It’s bright and engaging, targeting pre-school and primary school children…

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Helping communities shine

With school starting this week it is an ideal time to replenish your sunscreen and at the same time help a worthwhile community group with help from Bendigo’s four UFS Pharmacies. One dollar from the sale of Pharmacy Choice SPF 50+ sunscreen one litre pump pack or 200ml spray bottle will go directly to the…

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Essential health items for happy travels

There are many things you can do to ensure you are a healthy traveller, and your local UFS Pharmacy can assist with your preparations. Visit your GP Ensure you have no underlying health issues, especially if you are travelling overseas or to a remote location. Ensure you have sufficient scripts to enable you to take…

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Gift ideas for Santa Claus

It’s that time of year when Santa Claus comes sliding down the chimney bringing presents for all. Santa’s had a long year making toys and preparing for the big day. Doesn’t he deserve a few presents of his own? Here are some gifts for Santa Claus that he’ll surely appreciate this Christmas: [bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″]…

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Fast-track Guide: Getting Holiday Ready

Looking your best this holiday season doesn’t just start on the day – maintaining a good skincare regime is key to mastering your healthy summer skin for the holidays and beyond. Take a look at these fresh tips – from bronzing up to stepping out in style with that healthy glow. Book your pre-travel preparations…

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UFS in the Community: Valkyrie Care Group

Providing support for those touched by cancer On behalf of Valkyrie Care Group Inc. I, as Co-ordinator, wish to thank the UFS Pharmacies’ members for the opportunity to be part of the Building a Healthier Community Program. We were thrilled to receive your donation, as every time we make any amount of money in partnership…

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New Year, New You

For many of us, January marks a month of new beginnings – all backed by good intentions. Here are some fool-proof ways to ensure that your resolutions not only stick, but transform you into the best you that you can be.Ditch the ‘diet’ Ditch the ‘diet’ If eating better is on your list of New…

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Member Rewards Nights 2016

You’re invited! Join us for some light refreshments and a night of shopping at our VIP Member Rewards Nights! Two great nights at two great locations – plus ones welcome! For dates, times and RSVP information, download the invitation below: