24 March 2020

Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety

As the number of coronavirus cases rise across Australia, the level of anxiety within the community is increasing. Feelings of worry and unease can be expected following a stressful event, such as the recent declaration of a global pandemic, however, it is important that we learn to manage our stress before it turns to more severe anxiety and panic. This information sheet outlines some useful strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Learn the facts . Constant media coverage about the coronavirus can keep us...

18 March 2020

COVID-19 Protect Yourself

Protect yourself The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is the same way you would protect yourself from catching flu or other respiratory illness: clean your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.cover your sneeze or cough with your elbow or with tissue.avoid close contact with people who are illavoid touching your eyes, nose and mouthstay home if you are sick. Protect yourself The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is the same way you would protect yourself from catching flu or other respiratory illness: clean...

18 March 2020

Social Distancing


26 February 2020

Teal Ribbon Day – Ovarian Cancer Awareness

What is ovarian cancer?   Ovarian cancer is a general term used to describe a cancerous (malignant) tumour starting in one or both ovaries. The ovaries are made up of three main kinds of cells – epithelial cells, stromal cells and germ cells. Each of these cells can develop into a different type of tumour. The average age of women when they are diagnosed with ovarian cancer is age 64. It is mainly diagnosed in women over the age of 50; however, there are cases diagnosed in younger women. Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer in Australia. About...

28 January 2020

Important message regarding Novel Coronavirus

What should I do if I have returned from Mainland China or have been in contact with a patient with coronavirus in the last 14 days and I become unwell?   If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel or have had contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus, you should immediately isolate yourself from other people. Contact  your emergency department or call the HealthDirect helpline 1800 022 222 and seek medical attention as soon as possible.   It is important to phone ahead so that  the emergency department can...

23 January 2020

Novel Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are very common viruses found worldwide in humans and animals. They cause respiratory disease, including common colds. Coronaviruses, however, are also responsible for MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Current status As of 21 January 2020, more than 200 confirmed cases of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been detected in the Wuhan region of China, and deaths. Other cases have been detected in Shenzen and Beijing (China), Japan, Thailand and South Korea. Most of these individuals have reported travel to Wuhan. Like other communicable diseases, people with symptoms should practice simple hygiene by covering...

11 December 2019

Plantar Fasciitis – Common cause of heel pain

Our feet usually don’t get the attention they deserve until some problems become apparent. For most of us feet are usually taken for granted. However, your feet are for life, so it is important that you care for them to ensure they remain healthy. Being active and doing some sports activity regularly it is not only good for your feet, but it is one of the best ways how to stay fit and healthy. Being  active is good for you. Sport activity such a walking or running improves your cardiovascular health, can help prevent some chronic diseases, also improve circulation...

13 November 2019

National Diabetes Day 14/11

Thursday, November 14th is National Diabetes Day! For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. This essential conversion of glucose into energy is performed by a hormone known as insulin. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body.   What is diabetes?   Diabetes is a chronic disease characterised by high levels of glucose in the blood. Blood sugar levels are controlled by insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin, or...

01 November 2019

Severs Disease

Severs disease is a condition characterized by painful heels in children most commonly between the years of 10-12 years. There is pain and discomfort with repeated or excessive activity at the insertion of the Achilles tendon causing inflammation of the growth plate of the heel (calcaneus).        Symptoms Children may begin to complain of heel pain that worsens when walking, running or jumping. Pain may present immediately following an increase in activity or after a growth spurt. Diagnosis will require physical examination where by the podiatrist may replicate the pain by gently squeezing both sides of the child’s...

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...