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March 3, 2020

Patient Alert – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 12/03/2020 There is a lot of media regarding the Covid-19 virus, which can get confusing. Please find some simple advice on what to look for, and what to do. If you have ANY of these symptoms Fever Cough Sore throat Shortness of breath AND Travelled internationally in the 14 days before getting sick or been in close contact with anyone that has done so and is now sick OR Had close contact with someone diagnosed with, or suspected of having Coronavirus in the 14 days before getting sick Please do the following: It is important we minimise any risk […]
February 3, 2020

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2020 February is Ovarian Cancer awareness month to help raise awareness of signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is most common in women over 50 and the average age of those diagnosed is 64 years. Each year approx. 1580 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approximately over 1100 women will lose their battle with this disease each year. With no early detection tests it is important for women to know and understand the signs, symptoms and risks. Risk Factors Age – being over 50 and through menopause. Genetics and Family history – are […]
January 20, 2020

Back to School – Does your child need a foot check up with a Podiatrist?

Children’s feet are always on the move. Whether your child is standing, sitting, walking, running or skipping; their feet are on the move and growing! Your children’s feet will spend most of their growth period in school. It is important to ensure you have good advice on school shoes and that your child has the correct fit in length and width. Your child needs about 1cm of growing room between the longest toe and the top end of the shoe. Your child’s growing feet should not be squashed. FUN FACT: Most people have one foot that is larger than the […]
December 10, 2019

Decembeard – Raising Awareness for Bowel Cancer in Men

Decembeard in Australia is now in its 7th year. The aim of this campaign is to have men raising awareness about bowel cancer in men. Did you know that 1 in 11 Australian men will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime? It affects men of all ages, but significantly increases in risk from the age of 50. The choices you make related to diet, lifestyle, health screening and surveillance can influence your bowel cancer risk. These risk factors in your life are modifiable, meaning you can take action to reduce the impact they have on your bowel cancer risk. If […]
November 20, 2019

National Skin Cancer Action Week

The week of 17 – 23 November 2019 is National Skin Cancer Action Week  – a joined effort by Cancer Council Australia and the College of Dermatologists. The topic of this year’s campaign is “own your tone “. This week is a timely reminder to use sun protection and of the importance to early detect skin cancer. Every year 2000 Australians die from skin cancers. Every 2nd Australian will suffer a non-melanoma skin cancer and about 1 in 20 even a melanoma. However, most skin cancers can be prevented if sun protection is used and are perfectly treatable if picked […]
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 […]