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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 […]
December 7, 2018

Important My Health Record and Privacy Update

Dear Patients, The My Health Record “Opt out” has been extended to the 31st January 2019. To find out more on how to opt out, and for more information on the My Health Record please follow the following link https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au The Panaceum Group will be ready to interact with My Health Record from mid December 2018. Our patients will have the option to be able to load their key health information to their My Health Record with participating health practitioners. Due to this update we have reviewed our practice privacy policy to recognise My Health Record, and how as a […]
October 9, 2018

Mental Health Week

October 10 marks ‘World Mental Health Day.’ This is a day to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and raise awareness. 1 in 5 people in Australia suffer from a mental health problem and more than ever it is seen as a weakness in life. What people don’t realise is that mental health problems like depression, anxiety, Bipolar disease and schizophrenia can affect anyone at any time. It crosses all domains in life, affecting men and women equally. It has no respect for race or position in society. And these conditions don’t discriminate. Whether you are a Postman, Boilermaker, […]
October 4, 2018

Alcohol, Fake News, and Alternative Facts

Alcohol, Fake News, and Alternative Facts In this day and age it’s sometimes hard to get the facts about anything, let alone your health. You can read something that tells you it’s safe to do this or eat that, and another article will say the exact opposite. (I still don’t know whether butter is good for me – though that hasn’t stopped me putting it on my toast!) When it comes to how much alcohol we drink the advice is equally confusing. One reliable source of information is the World Health Organisation’s AUDIT scale. This is a simple questionnaire that […]
September 18, 2018

Dementia Awareness Month

September is Dementia awareness month. This year the focus is on small actions big difference. Dementia describes a collection of symptoms caused by disorders that effect the brain. It effects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing. Early signs of Dementia Progressive and frequent memory loss Confusion Personality changes Apathy (lack of interest, enthusiasm and concern) and withdrawal Loss of ability to perform everyday tasks. There is no known cure for Dementia, but research shows that you can help by: keeping physically active keeping […]