Clinic News

National Heart Week 2018: ‘Don’t get the SITS!’

During the week April 29th to May 6th 2018, the National Heart Foundation celebrates Heart Week. This year they are promoting the benefits of physical activity on heart health.

The ‘Don’t Get the SITS’ campaign aims to get Australians moving in order to improve heart health. Being active for at least 30 minutes per day has many positive benefits for the heart and our overall health and wellbeing, including:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced cholesterol
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Improved mood and reduced symptoms of depression
  • Improved management of blood sugar levels
  • Helps to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Increases bone strength
  • Improves joint and muscle health and functionality
  • Lowers the risk of falls
  • Improves sleep

Over half of Australians do not get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day. We are on largely a very inactive nation which has resulted in around 2 in 3 adults being considered overweight or obese. Worryingly, this trend is starting younger with one in four children now considered overweight or obese.

The key to achieving the recommended minimum of 30 minutes per day is to find an activity that you enjoy. The gym, group fitness […]

April 29th, 2018|Clinic News|

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Friday 27th April             1.30-3.00pm
Saturday 28th April    10.30-12.30pm
Tuesday 1st May             5.30-7.30pm
Wednesday 2nd May      1.30-3.00pm 
Thursday 3rd May           5.30-7.30pm
Saturday 5th May       10.30-12.30pm                                                                                            Tuesday 8th May             5.30-7.30pm                                                                                                   Thursday 10th May         5.30-7.30pm                                                       […]

April 16th, 2018|Clinic News|

Meningococcal Vaccination-What’s new and changing.

By Dr Jane Healy

There are two new vaccines that many parents and adults may have recently heard about.

They are Bexsero and Menactra.

Both these vaccines protect against the infection caused by the different subgroups of the bacteria Neisseria Meningitidis. There are five common subgroups of the bacteria: A, B, C, W and Y. The bacteria have the potential to cause two very significant and serious infections which can present either as meningitis (an infection of the brain) or septicaemia (an infection of the blood stream).

Due to the vaccination programmes that have been introduced, different subgroups have become more prevalent in the community. Those most at risk of infection include those without a spleen and deficiencies in their immune system. Other risk factors include smokers, those living in crowded conditions, children under 2 and adolescents aged between 15-19.

In Australia there are a number of vaccines available against the various subgroups of the bacteria meningitis. The meningococcal C vaccine is included in the childhood vaccination programme and is a two-vaccine programme that offers lifelong immunity. A recent increase in the number of cases of meningitis from subgroups W has lead to the Victorian […]

March 29th, 2018|Clinic News|

National Listeriosis Outbreak

Listeriosis is a type of food poisoning caused by consumption of food that has been contaminated by Listeria bacteria. It is thought to cause around 150 hospitalisations and 15 deaths in Australia every year.

In recent weeks, an outbreak of Listeriosis linked to rockmelons grown in the Riverina area of New South Wales has resulted in two deaths in Victoria and two deaths in New South Wales, plus around 18 hospitalisations in the Eastern states. The contaminated melons were withdrawn from shops and news outlets were prompt to warn people not to eat product they may have at home.

Listeria is widespread in the natural environment and can be found in soil, irrigation water, dirty water and fertilisers.

It generally doesn’t cause any harm if ingested by a healthy person. Certain groups of people are at greater risk of developing listeriosis including:

  • Those aged 70 or older
  • Pregnant women
  • Infants & toddlers
  • Those with weakened or compromised immune systems

Listeriosis infection may present in a healthy individual as a mild ‘flu’ or mild gastroenteritis-type illness. It can take up to a month after ingestion of the contaminated food for symptoms to present. Many people will dismiss […]

March 28th, 2018|Clinic News|

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March 26th, 2018|Newsletter|

Influenza Vaccines 2018 – Important Information for Patients

Vaccinations for the 2018 influenza (flu) season will shortly be delivered to medical centres and pharmacies across Australia. There are a number of important changes this year, implemented in response to the particularly severe flu season experienced last year.

Why should I get vaccinated against influenza?

  • Influenza affects people of all ages and states of health.
  • Vaccination not only provides protection for yourself but reduces the risk that the people you come into contact with will be infected.
  • Vaccination does not guarantee that you will not get the flu, but provides our greatest protection against the widest circulating virus strains. In Australia, research suggests a 40-50% risk reduction in people who are vaccinated.

Changes affecting patients aged 65 years and over

In 2018, a ‘super’ high-dose vaccine will be provided under the National Immunisation Program for those aged 65 years and over. More than 90% of all flu-related deaths in 2017 affected this age group. This ‘super’ vaccine is a trivalent (three-strain) formulation and has been shown to generate a stronger immune response and provide more effective immunity from influenza in this age group.

This vaccine was specifically […]

March 6th, 2018|Clinic News|

Smoking and the Pill: What is the risk?

Oral contraceptive medication commonly referred to as the ‘Pill” works to prevent pregnancy by supplying the body with hormones that make an egg unsuitable for fertilisation. It is generally considered a very safe drug and its short term and long term use has been extensively studied.

There are a range of potential side effects linked to use of the Pill. Commonly reported side effects include breakthrough bleeding, increased blood pressure, nausea, weight gain, breast tenderness, vaginal infections (such as thrush) and headaches. These are mostly mild and transient symptoms, more common in the first few months of Pill usage.

Less common and more severe side effects of the Pill include:

  • Severe headache
  • Pains in the chest, groin or leg (especially in the calf)
  • Unexplained weakness, numbness or pain in an arm or leg.

You will notice, many of these more rare and severe symptoms could be explained by the presence of a blood clot. Medical attention should be sought with urgency if you experience any of these symptoms.

Women who smoke have significantly higher likelihood of experiencing severe side effects from the Pill, especially if they are over the age of 35. It is believed that nicotine […]

March 1st, 2018|Clinic News|

Important Changes to After Hours Doctor Services

Many people use after-hours doctor services when their usual doctor is closed. After hours doctors provide medical care either in your home or in special after-hours deputising clinics across Victoria.

They provide care strictly after hours meaning evenings, weekends and public holidays. They are not open during normal business hours when patients can access their own GP.

After-hours doctors fill an important gap in the provision and accessibility of acute care that does not necessarily require urgent hospital attention and therefore help to reduce the burden on emergency departments. They provide your regular doctor with a report of your consultation within 24 hours.

As of March 1st 2018, the Department of Health has imposed many restrictions on the type of service that an after-hours doctor can provide. These restrictions were introduced to reduce the use of after-hours doctors for routine or non-acute reasons that should be dealt with by your local doctor.

From March 1st 2018, after-hours doctors will no longer be able to provide:

• Repeat prescriptions (unless at the specific direction of your regular doctor)
• Immunisations and injections
• Preventative health activities such as skin checks, cervical screening, hearing checks etc.
• Ear syringing
• Mental health plans
• Chronic disease management plans
• Medication reviews
• Referrals to […]

February 22nd, 2018|Clinic News|

Changes to Codeine Prescribing – Effective 1st February 2018

Effective from February 1st 2018, the Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA) have ruled that all medications containing codeine will no longer be available without a prescription. This includes medicines that contain codeine in combination with other analgesics such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and Mersyndol as well as various generic pharmacy brands of pain relief and/or cough and cold medication.

Why have these changes occurred?

Until now, medications containing low dose codeine have been available over the counter. The TGA ruling has now made products containing codeine a Schedule 4 medication, meaning they can only be obtained with a Doctor’s prescription.

Codeine is an opioid product belonging to the same family of analgesics as morphine. Its use in the long term can lead to codeine tolerance, meaning a person becomes ‘tolerant’ to it effects, requiring higher and higher doses to obtain relief. It also induces withdrawal effects such as headaches, muscle aches, nausea, insomnia and mood affects.

Another reason for this change is that codeine is often combined with another analgesic such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. When people become tolerant and use high doses of these combination products, it is easy to exceed the recommended daily dose of paracetamol […]

February 4th, 2018|Clinic News|

Opening Hours – Australia Day Friday 26th January 2018

The Practice will be open from 8.30 – 12.30pm


January 24th, 2018|Clinic News|