20 April 2017


What is osteoporosis?   Osteoporosis affects over a million Australians. A lot of these people don’t even know they have osteoporosis. That is why it is called the ‘silent disease’. It is a condition which makes bones brittle and become susceptible to fractures with minimal trauma. Bones become thin because they lose minerals like calcium.     Any bone can be affected by osteoporosis, but more common sites are the hip, spine and wrist. Fractures in the spine can lead to curvature of the spine and shortening of their height. Any one over the age of 50 who sustains a...

29 March 2017
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Do you have the flu?

  Help us find a treatment for the influenza flu virus   The best way to prevent the flu is to receive the flu vaccination but its effectiveness can vary significantly. It is for this reason that Castle Hill Medical Centre is involved in a study to test the effectiveness of a new possible treatment, nitazoxanide. There are at present limited options for treating patients who do develop influenza, especially patients who are at high risk of flu-related complications.   Talk to your doctor today about how you can be involved in finding a treatment!   If you develop flu...

24 February 2017

Fever in Children

  Dealing with Fever in Children     What is Fever?   Our bodies are usually between 36.5 and 37.5 oC.  A temperature over 37.5 oC is a fever.   Is Fever Bad?   Fever is usually a sign that our immune system is battling something.  Our bodies generate a fever during infection because it helps the immune system to fight infection. About 1 in 30 young children will experience a febrile convulsion or “fever fit” at some point, usually triggered by a very rapid rise in temperature.  While it can be scary to see your child having a convulsion,...

22 February 2017
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Flu Vaccination Delay

  Stocks of the 2017 flu vaccine have now arrived!!!   Book an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. Castle Hill Medical Centre will only be administering vaccinations containing 4 strains of influenza -  of those 4 strains, one has changed from those given last year based on these recommendations. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the...

14 February 2017
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Finding the right GP

    Finding The Right General Practitioner (GP)   A good General Practitioner (GP) can be one of the most important people in your life, particularly if you have a chronic condition or develop a serious illness. Their care provides the foundation upon which the rest of your healthcare is built.  A positive ongoing relationship with your GP adds to your long term wellbeing and ensures your immediate and future health is effectively managed. It is therefore important to choose the one that is best suited to you and your needs.  Which begs the question - how do you find...

12 January 2017


  Asthma in Adults and Children   Did you know that:   Asthma is more prevalent (common) in Australia than most other countries. In the regions surrounded by Baulkham Hills, Dural, Pennant Hills and Kellyville, (The Garden Shire) where gardens are in bloom for a large portion of the year this can be even more troublesome. One child in 9 or 10 children will have asthma February is always a bad month for children with asthma – this is when many children will have their first attack of asthma Dawn Fraser, Libby Trickett, Grant Hackett and David Beckham all have...

21 November 2016

Benefits of Having a My Health Record

What is My Health Record? it is the new name of the national digital health record system. Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, test or scan reports can be accessed through one system. Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff can see it online from anywhere at any time when they need to, like in an accident or emergency. Benefits of My Health Record: 1. Better Access: Your important healthcare information will be available in one place online that is easily accessible by your authorised doctors, specialists, or...

01 June 2016


Tobacco smoking is the largest preventable cause of cancer, responsible for more cancer deaths in Australia than any other single factor. It is also directly responsible for many heart and lung diseases. Smoking affects the smoker, as well as those around them. What’s in a cigarette? Cigarette smoke is a complex mixture of over 7000 chemicals. Many of these chemicals come from burning tobacco. The remainder come from burning cigarette paper, agricultural chemicals left on the tobacco leaves and chemicals added during the cigarette making process. Once inhaled into the lungs, many of these chemicals pass through the lung walls...

01 January 2016


One of my all-time favourite films is the French classic La Grande Bouffe. Made in 1973, it is a tale of four mates who hire a villa a set about eating themselves to death over a weekend. Sounds a bit gruesome but for a foodie like me, it's the meals themselves that become the central characters. The other La Grande Bouffe isn’t as attractive and is happening in Australia and other parts of the developed world. We as GPs are facing a tsunami of blubber like we have never seen before and with it are waves of diabetes and its...