26 July 2021

Surviving the lockdown

We have just stepped into the 4th week of the second lockdown in this pandemic, and we don't seem to have the end in sight. Last week, we saw our receptionists sobbing in the tearoom, after a long day on the phone dealing with frustrated callers with various demands. Our nurses have been administering one vaccine every five minutes per nurse for the whole day, with a short 30mins lunch break to catch some sun light. Never in the history of Castle Hill, had so much, owed by so many, to such a few. Thank you. Let me share some of my thoughts...

26 July 2021

Don’t lock up during lockdown!

Sydney's lockdown has been difficult on all of us, from homeschooling the kids, to missing out on our favourite restaurant dishes, to not being able to go to the gym or play team sports. The last thing we need during lockdown is back pain or neck pain!! However, with so many people now working from home, these aches and pains are becoming more and more common. Here are some quick tips to get you going again if your back or neck is playing up: stand up every 30 minutes to stretch or just have a quick walk around the housemake...

12 July 2021

Studying – A doctors perspective

You often hear doctors talking about your health and well- being, I'll digress a little bit today, given that it's the beginning of another school term under 'Rona', I'll share something with you about learning and exam.  I was once an ordinary student in an ordinary school, with one teacher asking me, "What's wrong with you? Why are you so different from your brother (now a Professor, was a teacher's pet back then)?", that was from the PE teacher, if a kid couldn't follow instructions in PE, imagine what he would have been like in other classes. Every teacher went...

07 May 2021

Heart Week

A message from Cathie Hufton, our Preventative Health team leader I saw a patient last week who had a recent heart attack. He was in his 60’s and like most people in this age group he rarely saw a GP, he was on no medication and was rarely sick - he thought he was healthy. Unfortunately, this man was one of the 4 people that have a heart attack or stroke every 4 min in Australia and like more than 1million Australians aged between 30-65 was at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke — but did not...

09 April 2021

Administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine for under 50 years

This information was received by the Australian Government as of Friday 9 April. What is this side effect that everyone is talking about associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine? There is evidence of a likely link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia). The recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is that use of Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) is preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults under 50 years old who have not already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe? Yes. The individual...

25 January 2021

Staying Fit

It is time for us to take care about what is most important. Our health. A lot of us have used the holidays as an excuse to overindulge unhealthy foods and also not make time to exercise. Why exercise? Our Physiotherapist Peter Ho advises that it has been found that regular exercise can have the following benefits: . Physical benefits: helps improve and maintain muscle strength, bone density, joint flexibility and range of movement . Medical benefits: improves cardiovascular fitness reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure reduce the risk of osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes and some cancers reduce weight...

15 January 2021

Living with eczema

Did you know 1 in 3 children and over 1 million Australians have eczema? What is eczema? Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. It can often lead to sleep disturbance and infection.  Eczema often starts in childhood and most kids will grow out of it by the time they turn five.  There is no cure for eczema, but there are very good treatment options that can control the symptoms, alleviate the child’s suffering and reduce the impact it has on the family as a whole. What causes eczema? We are not quite sure what causes eczema.   Genetic...

15 October 2020

A silent disease of the bones

Osteoporosis or a reduction in our bone strength is a silent disease, which is why we need to bring attention to it before we break a bone. Contrary to popular belief it’s not just ‘an old person’s disease’, the diagnosis can occur at any age and there can be a range of risk factors at play. Like many major health concerns, good nutrition, exercise and medication are essential to preventing and managing Osteoporosis. The disease is less likely to occur and be better controlled when we maintain good nutrition and exercise in conjunction with regular dialogue with your GP. A...

09 September 2020

Chronic disease during times of COVID19

We’re asking R U OK? Undoubtedly 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. Many people who previously had the ability to manage their work, family, and friends have found themselves struggling to keep all their balls in the air. We’ve seen the effects of this difficult time impacting people’s health in our community, and our team of mental health experts are responding accordingly. Perhaps more importantly, we also have a team of preventative health professionals that exist to help you navigate this challenging time and your wellbeing before it becomes a greater concern. As R U OK?...

30 July 2020

National Pain Week

Welcome to National Pain Week 2020! Each year Chronic Pain Australia, the national voice of people living with chronic pain, organises National Pain Week to champion the needs of the many Australians living with chronic pain. Chronic pain was defined; the pain usually lasts more than three months. Latest data showed that more than 20% of Australian and NZ population has chronic pain. Chronic pain costs more billion dollars annually and is one of the disabling medical condition worldwide. Unfortunately, despite a lot of researches during the last 50 years, the mechanisms of chronic pain are poorly identified. For years,...

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