Monthly Archives: November 2017

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November 27th, 2017|Newsletter|

Preparing for Thunderstorm Asthma

Last November in Victoria, an unprecedented number of people presented to hospitals and medical centres suffering from acute respiratory distress after a weather phenomenon sparked a thunderstorm asthma event larger than Australia had ever seen. Eight people died and emergency services where overwhelmed with calls for help.

It affected all types of people, those with diagnosed but poorly managed asthma, undiagnosed asthma, seasonal hayfever and/or allergies to grass pollens were the worst affected.

Although it does not happen every year, the events that unfolded in 2016 were a powerful reminder that it is best to be over prepared than under prepared.


So what should we do to prepare ourselves?

  • If you have known asthma ensure you have an asthma action plan in place. Be sure you know how and when to take your preventer medications and that you have a valid prescription (including a repeat) at all times. Be vigilant in taking your medication every day and if you are sensitive to grass pollens, keep track of pollen counts via your State pollen count website and the Bureau of Meteorology website.
  • If you suffer from seasonal hayfever, even mildly, consider speaking with your Doctor about […]
November 21st, 2017|Clinic News|

E-Mental Health: Self Help Resources

Matching the intensity of care to the severity of the illness

Dr Sharon Woolf

 This article refers to people with mild to moderate mental health issues.
It refers to online resources, websites, smartphone apps and online treatment programs.

Australia is the world leader in the provision of online treatment for mental health. In 2001, the Australian National University (ANU) developed “MoodGYM” which is now recognised throughout the world. Many studies have proven that online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT) are just as helpful as face to face therapy in managing and treating mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

Who could benefit? 

  • People with mild to moderate mental health symptoms
  • People who consider that they are not ‘unwell’ enough for face to face treatment
  • People who struggle with time or financial resources to attend face to face treatment
  • People who utilise online services in addition to their face to face treatment
  • Those who wish to develop resilience to mental health problems

What is available?

Warning – there are literally hundreds of websites and apps available – but most […]

November 13th, 2017|Clinic News|