New National Cervical Screening Guidelines

From the 1st of December this year, significant and important changes have been made to the cervical cancer screening program. Until now, sexually active women between the ages of 18-69 years were screened on a two yearly basis with a Pap smear test. The new program...

Preparing for your blood collection

Having blood collected isn’t a pleasant experience, so proper preparation is essential to ensure a viable sample is taken the first time. This is especially important if your Doctor is requesting tests that require fasting, such as cholesterol and blood glucose. In...

Health Assessments for patients aged 75+

If you have recently turned 75 or will turn 75 in the coming year, you will likely be invited for an annual Health Assessment with your Doctor and Practice Nurse. An initiative of the Department of Health and fully funded by Medicare, annual health assessments are...

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a condition where the airways become blocked when a person is asleep. It is a serious medical condition that affects a person’s health and quality of life. The severity of the condition can vary between individuals, meaning there may...

Common Issues in General Practice: Migraines

The common migraine is a very painful type of headache. For unknown reasons, they tend to affect women more than men suggesting that hormones may play some role. Migraines can be very distressing and disabling. An attack can last anywhere from four hours to several...