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World Thyroid Day

World Thyroid Day (WTD), May 25 is dedicated to thyroid patients and all who are committed to the study and treatment of thyroid diseases worldwide.

It is so important for all thyroid patients to understand their thyroid disorder and for doctors to understand how thyroid disorders affect patients and how to improve outcomes for patients.

Professor Creswell Eastman – Speaks about the importance of Iodine Supplementation for Pregnant Women

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Endocrinology Watch 1 - Challenges and Controversies in the Diagnosis and Management of Gestational Subclinical and Overt Hypothyroidism

Presented by:  Professor Creswell EastmanMB BS 1965 MD 1980 FRACP FRCPA FAFPHM ACCAM

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Why communication is so important

  • A good rapport with your GP, Endocrinologist or Endocrine Surgeon is essential and will make is easier to ask questions and understand your thyroid condition.
  • Understanding which tests are needed to reach a definite diagnosis, what treatment options are available and medication choices. 
  • One-On-One Support, with information and education available and the understanding of other thyroid patients through ATF Membership. 
  • The confidence that you are armed with all you need to improve your thyroid health and support is available when you need it. 
  • Together with your treating doctor, ATF support, information and advocacy will help you gain good thyroid health. 

Read More:     

Why Become an ATF Member  

Pregnancy and Your Thyroid Health  

Questions to Ask your Doctor 

World Thyroid Day (WTD), May 25th, is dedicated to thyroid patients and to all who are committed to the study and treatment of thyroid diseases worldwide. The year 2011 is of special importance since it was the first time that World Thyroid Day would be celebrated by the American Thyroid Association (, the European Thyroid Association (, the Asia-Oceania Thyroid Association ( and the Latin American Thyroid Society (

The commemoration of WTD coincides with the 25th anniversary of the dreadful Chernobyl accident as well as with the recent tragedy of Fukushima. Thus, it is appropriate that commemoration of this Day should also place an emphasis on environmental factors that affect thyroid function and exacerbate thyroid disease. One of the prime amongst these is radioactivity, as we have so sorrowfully once again witnessed. It is therefore our duty to provide accurate information in order to raise awareness of the risks of radiation exposure on the thyroid.

It is important that the public is educated with approaches to reduce radiation exposure after an accident. Adequate stocks of potassium iodine are important to be available to take prior to exposure to block uptake of radioactive isotopes into the thyroid gland. It is our hope that these dangers will also promote the development of alternative sources of energy.

This is a Day that offers members of Thyroid Federation International around the world a splendid opportunity to highlight these many issues. By encouraging the national societies and thyroid working groups to provide the public with information about the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid diseases, as well as prevention through adequate iodine nutrition. This information can be distributed via the media, organized events, and meetings with the people. The target is to boost awareness, through optimal access to education, as to the importance of optimal functioning of the thyroid gland in childhood, during pregnancy and throughout adult life.

Click here to access the Podcast by Penny, the presenter of Babytalk.

Key Notes

  • 2022 World Thyroid Day brings attention to the importance of communication and understanding the benefits of good thyroid health
  • Well over 1 million Australians are suffering with an undiagnosed thyroid disorder
  • 1 in 10 people worldwide will suffer with some form of thyroid disorder. Thyroid Disorders affect more Women than Men!
  • Thyroid health is essential to protect a pregnancy, the gestational health of the mother and the newborn development
  • If you are unsure, speak to your doctor and request thyroid pathology and a thyroid ultrasound to be sure.

Please contact The Australian Thyroid Foundation by email if you need any further information.



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The mission of The Australian Thyroid Foundation Ltd (ATF) is to offer support, information and education to members and their families through the many services provided by The ATF and raise awareness about health consequences of iodine deficiency and the benefits of good thyroid health. 

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