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September 12, 2019

RUOK DAY

  RUOK day is a national day to remind us to ask “ARE YOU OK?” and that every day is a day to support people that may be having a difficult time and struggling. Listen, offer support and encourage action. Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut and ask Are You OK? Arrange a catch up to see how they are going. If you are struggling its OK to ask for support. Talk to a friend, family member, your boss, work colleague or book in to see your GP. Lifeline 131114 Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 Take the time today to […]
June 10, 2019

Bowel Cancer Awareness

Background Bowel Cancer (aka colorectal cancer) is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia. Over 15000 people are diagnosed in Australia each year. The risk of being diagnosed by age 85, is 1 in 16 for women and 1 in 11 for men. [1] Lifestyle Like most chronic disease, lifestyle is a major factor in reducing the risk of bowel cancer. Insufficient dietary fibre and excess consumption of red and processed meats are each thought to be responsible for 17.6% of Bowel Cancers in the population. Other factors include excess alcohol (9.0%), obesity (9.0%), smoking […]
May 14, 2019

2019 Flu Vaccine

Influenza Vaccination Season 2019 Annual influenza vaccination continues to be the most important measure available to prevent the spread of influenza and minimise the risk of associated complications. This year there is a new A strain (H3N2) and a new strain for the B Victoria linage.  Influenza virus strains included in the 2019 seasonal influenza vaccines are: A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09 like virus A (H3N2): an A/Switzerland/8060/2017 (H3N2) like virus B: a B/Colorado/06/2017 like virus (not included in the trivalent vaccine)  B: a B/Phuket/3073/2013 like virus Patients over 65years are offered a Trivalent vaccination – Fluad. Fluad is designed […]
March 25, 2019

Epilepsy Awareness Day

Purple Day is a global initiative dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy. On March 26th each year, people from around the globe are asked to come together and wear purple and spread the work about epilepsy. Epilepsy is a common brain disorder which takes the form of recurring seizures. It can develop at any age, regardless of gender or ethnicity. An estimated 65 million worldwide currently live with epilepsy – in Australia alone approximately 250,000 people live with epilepsy and one in 25 people will have epilepsy at some point in their life. Epilepsy is more common than MS, Parkinson’s […]
January 9, 2019

New for 2019! Panaceum Medical – Extended Hours Clinic

We have extended our opening hours to help fit your healthcare into your busy schedule! Have you been putting off your health because it is too hard to get into see your healthcare professional during the day? Do the kids need to see a nurse or GP after school? Panaceum Medical (233 Lester Avenue, Geraldton) is extending opening times to 6.45pm every Tuesday and Thursday for: Doctors’ appointments Nurse treatment room appointments Chronic disease care plans New Hours Monday           8.00am – 5.00pm Tuesday         8.00am – 6.45pm Wednesday     8.00am – 5.00pm Thursday        8.00am – 6.45pm Friday              8.00am […]
January 4, 2019

BE SUN SMART

Prevent Skin Cancer – BE SUN SMART It’s the time of the year that we all enjoy being outside. Whether it be swimming, playing sport, riding a bike, gardening, having a BBQ, a picnic, walking to the shop, or even that mundane job of hanging out the washing, where our skin suffers from the harsh UV (ultra violet) rays. These daily activities are the ones where we are more prone to get UV damage and sunburn without thinking about sun protection. This “incidental” UV damage does contribute to our risk of skin cancer. So it’s time for a reminder to […]