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...

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...