December 1, 2017

Pap Smear changes

          CHANGES TO CERVICAL SCREENING   As of today, 1st December 2017, cervical screening will change in Australia. The Pap test (usually 2 yearly) will be replaced with the new Cervical Screening Test (CST) every five years. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. The new Cervical Screening Test is expected to protect up to 30% more women than current testing measures. There is a new age range to be eligible for this test.  If you are aged 25-74 you are eligible for the cervical screening test. This may mean that you will be […]
November 22, 2017

Antibiotic Awareness Week

World antibiotic awareness week is an annual, global event that raises awareness of the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance. The event aims to encourage people around the world to use antibiotics responsibly – both prescribing practitioners and individuals taking the medications. What is antibiotic resistance? Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria learn to change to protect themselves from an antibiotic. When this happens, the antibiotics that would have previously killed the bacteria and stopped them from multiplying, no longer work. This means that infections are harder to treat and can lead to increased hospitalisations or in some cases death. Antibiotic […]
November 10, 2017

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness   Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness week is November 12th-18th 2017.   Perinatal anxiety and depression is reported to affect up to 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men. It’s a period of time that is associated with so many expectations, excitement, worry and change.   Perinatal anxiety and depression, has no boundaries, it can affect anyone. It’s not always easy to identify and is often associated with shame and guilt. Feelings like “what’s wrong with me “ or “ I should be happy “ are common.   We know that perinatal anxiety […]
October 19, 2017

The Panaceum Group Nursing team will be attending this year’s Midwest Baby and Kids Market. We will be joining other local services and organisations to provide information to the community about immunisations and the health services available at the Panaceum. Do you have questions about Immunisations? Does your child require catch up immunisations for school? Are you a new parent and want to ask about immunisations, the schedule and what is involved? Did you want to ask other questions about vaccinations for your child in high school? Did you know that the Panaceum group provide Immunisation services Monday to Friday? […]
October 12, 2017


What is Shoctober? Shoctober is a national recognised program in October, to increase the awareness of Defibrillation for individuals and in the workplace. Our heart functions using its own electrical current originating in two nodes within the walls of the heart.  There are many reasons that this circuit can malfunction and cause the heart to not pump blood around the body efficiently and in some cases this can be life threatening. Defibrillation is part of the Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) sequence.  Defibrillation is providing an electric shock to the heart to restore the optimal heart rhythm and therefore, the efficient […]
September 11, 2017


  What is it? Asthma is a long-term lung condition.  People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers, causing a ‘flare-up’. In a flare-up, the muscles around the airway squeeze tight, the airways swell and become narrow and there is more mucus. These things make it harder to breathe. An asthma flare-up can come on slowly (over hours, days or even weeks) or very quickly (over minutes). A sudden or severe asthma flare-up is sometimes called an asthma attack. Triggers can be anything from exercise, allergies or smoking, to respiratory infections or the cold weather; […]