17 October 2019

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and FODMAPs dietary approach

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal (GI) condition wherein the exact cause remains unknown. It is characterized by recurrent abdominal pain, bloating, distension, cramping, flatulence, diarrhoea and/or constipation. It has been proposed that in those with IBS, the nerves that affect perception of intestinal stretching and motility, may have some disturbances secondary to interaction between factors such as genetics, psychosocial and post-inflammatory changes after GI infection. Diagnosis of IBS can be difficult as there is no structural, biochemical or physiological abnormality demonstrated in those with IBS. Thus, IBS diagnosis is based on symptoms reported. Treatment Pharmacological treatment for...

04 October 2019

Seeking Psychological support… World Mental Health Awareness

  When and why should you seek Psychological support ? Do you know that one in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year; with almost half (45%) of us likely to experience a mental illness in our lifetime? [1] The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder; with these often occurring in combination [1].  It is however more frightening to know that approximately 54% of those with mental illness do not access any form of treatment [1]. When should you seek Psychological support? Psychological treatment may be beneficial if you experience...

25 September 2019

Common Foot and Lower Leg Injuries in Sports – The Role of the Podiatrist (James Teo)

Sports are vital for overall fitness. However, the extra stress on the feet from sports activities can lead to injuries ranging from minor strains and pains to fractures. Structural variations in the foot, leg or hip may function quite well in everyday life. Problems may arise when increased stresses from sporting activities are placed on them. Many of these problems may be treated or even prevented with the help of a podiatrist. Podiatrists management of sports injuries will usually involve footwear advice, simple exercises or stretches, and possibly the use of special insoles or orthotics. Treatment first involves a thorough...

19 September 2019

Breast cancer awareness

Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease. Early detection It’s important for women of all ages to know what they can do to help find breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early means there are more treatment options and the chances of survival are greatest. This page provides information about breast awareness, breast changes, risk factors and mammography screening. For information on breast cancer in men, visit Cancer Australia’s dedicated website, Breast Cancer in Men. Breast awareness Breast awareness is important for women of all ages, even if you’re having regular mammograms. You don’t need to be...

30 August 2019

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is prostate cancer awareness month. Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate. These abnormal cells can continue to multiply in an uncontrolled way and sometimes spread outside the prostate into nearby or distant parts of the body. Prostate cancer is generally a slow growing disease and the majority of men with low grade prostate cancer live for many years without symptoms and without it spreading and becoming life-threatening. However, high grade disease spreads quickly and can be lethal. Appropriate management is key. WHAT IS THE PROSTATE?   Only men have a prostate. It is a small...

12 July 2019

Referral & Prescription Repeats

You can now request a repeat referral or prescription online by submitting your details in the relevant referral or prescription request form. Requests can only be approved if you have visited the original referring doctor within the last 3 months. Turnaround time is one business day. You will be called when the referral is ready for collection. Please note that prescription requests may attract a fee of $15.00 The relevant forms can be found in the Patient Services drop-down as directed in the image below.      

10 July 2019

National Diabetes Week 14-20 July

  It’s diabetes week and it’s a great time to reflect on where we are at with type 2 diabetes at the moment. First some statistics to get you in the mood or at least pique your interest in why this disease is grabbing the headlines so often these days. An estimated 1.2 million (6%) of Australian adults aged 18 and over had type 2 diabetes in 2014-15, based on self-reported data and from the Australian Bureau of statistics (ABS) National Health Survey. So to put that into perspective, if you’re in a restaurant with 99 other diners, a staggering...

12 June 2019

Appointuit is no longer our online booking system

As of July you will be not be able to book your appointment online via Appointuit.    Do you book your appointments with us through the Appointuit website or app? You will still be able to do so until July. After this time, if you search for Castle Hill Medical Centre on the Appointuit website we will no longer be visible.  You can book your appointments via the user friendly online booking system HotDoc or via our website. Why HotDoc? HotDoc is a simple online booking system that will allow you to easily sign up and log in, add family...

29 May 2019

BOWEL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia and is more common in people over the age of 50. Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, develops from the inner lining of the bowel and is usually preceded by growths called polyps, which may become invasive cancer if undetected. Depending on where the cancer begins, bowel cancer may be called colon or rectal cancer. The risk of being diagnosed by age 85 is 1 in 11 for men and 1 in 16 for women. The five year survival rate for bowel cancer is 69%. Bowel...

16 May 2019

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

  Castle Hill Medical Centre is hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday the 23rd of May for our staff to raise funds that will make a big difference to those impacted by cancer. EVERY DOLLAR RAISED THROUGH AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST MORNING TEA HELPS FUND CANCER COUNCIL’S LIFE-SAVING RESEARCH, PREVENTION, SUPPORT PROGRAMS, AND INFORMATION. Sadly, 1 in 2 Australians are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. Cancer is a disease of the body's cells. Normally cells grow and multiply in a controlled way, however, if something causes a mistake to occur in the cells' genetic blueprints, this control can be...

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