Hairdressers cut in on conversation
BREASTSCREEN Queensland Toowoomba Service has teamed up with local hairdressers to encourage women to talk about their health.
The participating salons are providing clients with special coffee cups and brochures and health promotion officer Shenaed Bliss said they had received an excellent response.
"Last week we dropped in on LJ's Hair and Beauty and we were happy to hear that our specially branded coffee cups, kindly provided by the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, are continuing to be a great conversation starter," Ms Bliss said.
Leisa Toomey of LJ's Hair and Beauty said she and her team were more than happy to be involved.
"If it prompts just one client to think about their health and book in for a breast screen then it's more than worthwhile," Ms Toomey said.
"Having the coffee mugs is a great conversation starter because when clients sit down they'll see the mugs and brochures, ask what it's all about and it goes on from there.
"Lots of people see the mugs and say 'I should book in for a breast screen' and we've also noticed that it gets them talking about other important health checks like pap smears."
Miss Bliss said while the campaign was achieving its objective, it was up to the ladies themselves to take the next step.
"BreastScreen Toowoomba has plenty of appointments available, including out-of-hours appointments, and our staff are eager to see you, so if you're female and over 40, phone 13 20 50 today," she said.
Ms Bliss said there was an extra incentive for local women to take up the challenge and be part of the conversation.
"There is a wonderful gift pack, containing a range of natural and organic hair and beauty products, valued at more than $140, to be won," she said.
"All you need to do is take a selfie in one of our participating salons, with one of our BreastScreen coffee cups or brochures, post it on Facebook and tag the photo 'I believe in Pink'.
"Our thanks go to Applebom Beauty, Hair and Wellbeing, and the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation for making this prize available."
The winner will be drawn on Friday, May 6.
Participating salons include Applebom Beauty, Hair and Wellbeing, Helen Teys Hair fashions, Intershape Hairstylists, Katrina's Hair and Beauty Salon, LJ's Hair and Beauty, Niko and Okin Hairstylists and Pure Hair.