Did you know?

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women
  • If you’re a woman, your risk of breast cancer increases greatly after the age of 50
  • Nine out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer
  • Breast screening can find breast cancer early, before it can be seen or  felt by a woman or her doctor
  • Finding breast cancer early means there are more treatment options
  • Breast screening has a normal result for most women, with no cancer found

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April 2024 is Autism Acceptance Month

Autism spectrum disorder, commonly known as ASD, affects how people communicate and interact with others. It affects how they make sense of the world.

Autism is a developmental condition that is typically life-long. People with autism experience difficulties with communication, social interaction and restricted/repetitive interests and behaviours.

These are often accompanied by sensory issues, such an oversensitivity or undersensitivity to sounds, smells or touch. All of these difficulties may lead to behavioural challenges in some individuals.

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18th March to 24th March – National Advance Care Planning Week

Advance care planning involves planning for your future health care. It enables you to make some decisions now about the health care you would or would not like to receive if you were to become seriously ill and unable to communicate your preferences or make treatment decisions.

Advance care planning gives you the opportunity to think about, discuss and record your preferences for the type of care you would like to receive and the outcomes you would consider acceptable. Advance care planning helps to ensure your loved ones and health providers know what matters most to you and respect your treatment preferences.

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December is Decembeard – be Bold for Bowel Cancer

Decembeard Australia encourages men to grow a beard in December to raise awareness for bowel cancer. The disease affects 1 in 10 Aussie men making it Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.
www.bowelcanceraustralia.org

 

 

Why Antibiotics can’t be used to treat your colds, flue and other viral illnesses

It’s understandable that when you’re sick, or when someone you’re caring for is sick, all you want is a medicine that will make everything better.

Unfortunately when it comes to viruses—such those that cause colds or influenza (flu), COVID-19, and other viral illnesses— antibiotic medicines don’t work. In fact, taking antibiotics to try and treat viral illnesses might make us all sicker in the future.

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Vape Now: Pay Later

Professor Henry Marshall has seen it all in his career of helping people who just want to do something that all of us take for granted….and that’s breathing.

Based on site at the Prince Charles Hospital precinct, the lung specialist’s job is to work with people who have conditions such as breathlessness, emphysema, blood clots and lots more.

As a thoracic physician, he’s seen the damage smoking has done to generations of Queenslanders, and what concerns him now is the fact that he will be long retired when the impact of vaping will appear in hospitals.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Having good mental wellbeing is just as important as having good physical health.

Part of the reason for negative attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental illness is a lack of knowledge and a fear of the unknown.

Anyone can experience mental illness—it’s more common than you may think. So it’s important that we try to gain a better understanding of what people around us may be going through.

Visit the signs of mental illness page for more information.

 

 

Skin Cancer Prevention

Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer in Australia—understanding the risks is key in preventing skin cancer.

Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in Australia, learn more about the 3 types of skin cancer.

Skin cancer is preventable, learn how you can protect your skin from the sun and reduce your risk of skin cancer.  Click HERE for more information.

 

 

National Blood Donor Week

13-19th June 2022

Over 8.3 million Australians will need blood in their lifetime.

When you give blood, you’re more than just a donor. You’re the Lifeblood of your community. Your football team. Your family. Your book club. Your neighbourhood.

You’re the Lifeblood of Australia.

Donors are part of a community. They may lead very different lives, but they have one important thing in common: giving life.

There’s a lot more to blood than meets the eye.

Whether you give blood or plasma (a powerful part of your blood), your donations can make an immeasurable difference to the patients who need them — and everyone in their lives.

People who receive blood are grateful every time they explore the countryside, go for a run, play Monopoly, or argue about what to have for dinner. Everyday activities that are possible because of donors. Donors like you.

Thank you for being the Lifeblood of Australia this National Blood Donor Week.

Why antibiotics can’t be used to treat COVID-19

When you or someone you are caring for is sick, it’s understandable that all you want is a medicine that will make everything better. But when it comes to viruses, such as those that cause COVID-19, colds or flu and other viral illnesses, antibiotics don’t work.

In fact, taking antibiotics to try and treat viral illnesses could make you sicker in the future.

How antibiotics work

Antibiotics were discovered by a scientist called Alexander Fleming in 1928, and are widely credited as one of the most important medical discoveries in human history.

Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Bacteria are very small organisms, and billions of them live in and on your body. Most of the time these bacteria are harmless or even helpful for your body, like those that help you to digest food, but some bacteria can cause diseases.

There are two types of antibiotics that work to stop bacterial infections. Some slow down the growth of bacteria and damage their ability to reproduce and spread, while others kill the bacteria by destroying the bacteria cell walls. The choice of antibiotic depends on the type of bacteria.

Read more information on the Queensland Health page.

Slip, Slop, Slap

2021 marks the fortieth anniversary of the iconic Slip, Slop, Slap campaign with Sid the Seagull yet, Australia still has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, including melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Currently two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70 every year, and around 2000 Australians die from this disease.

Despite improvements in melanoma rates amongst Australians under the age of 40, skin cancer remains Australia’s most common cancer, the most costly and one of the most preventable. It is estimated that there have been around 20,000 deaths from skin cancer since the last national skin cancer prevention campaign.

In order to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, all Australians need to use the five forms of sun protection when the UV level is 3 or higher:

  • Slip on sun protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30 (or higher) sunscreen. Apply 20 minutes before going outdoors and every two hours afterwards.
  • Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
  • Seek shade.
  • Slide on sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards

Winter is nearly here – get your Asthma Management Plan

With winter coming we encourage our patients with asthma to come in and get your Asthma Management Plan in place so you are prepared for the cold weather.

What is asthma?
Asthma is a common medical condition that affects the small airways of the lungs. During an asthma attack, the lining of the airways swell, there is a build up of mucous
(phlegm) and the muscles around the airways tighten. This causes a narrowing of the airways (bronchoconstriction) and makes it difficult to breathe.

For more information about Asthma click HERE

 

COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

With winter coming we encourage our patients with COPD to come in for a management plan to have on hand during the cold weather.

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly referred to as COPD, is a group of progressive lung diseases.

The most common of these diseases are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Many people with COPD have both of these conditions.

Emphysema slowly destroys air sacs in your lungs, which interferes with outward air flow. Bronchitis causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, which allows mucus to build up.

It’s estimated that about 30 million people in the United States have COPD. As many as half are unaware that they have it.

Untreated, COPD can lead to a faster progression of disease, heart problems, and worsening respiratory infections.

Read more about the symptoms and treatment of COPD HERE

 

Healthy Hearty Meal for those Cold Nights

Low Cal Chicken and Mushroom One Pot

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons olive oil
1kg Lilydale Free Range Chicken Thigh, trimmed, halved
300g button mushrooms
2 large celery sticks, finely chopped
4 French shallots, peeled, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon salt-reduced tomato paste
125ml (1/2 cup) white wine
400g can diced tomatoes
185ml (3/4 cup) Massel Salt Reduced Chicken Style Liquid Stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus extra, to serve
1/4 cup fresh continental parsley leaves
Steamed wholemeal couscous, to serve
Steamed green beans, to serve

METHOD

  • Step 1
    Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook the chicken, in 2 batches, for 5 minutes or until golden then transfer to a plate.
  • Step 2
    Heat remaining oil in the pan. Add the mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes or until golden. Add celery, shallot and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes or until soft.
  • Step 3
    Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook, scraping base of pan with a wooden spoon, for 2 minutes or until reduced by half. Add the tomato, stock and thyme. Bring to the boil. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer for 15 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Season. Stir in parsley. Serve with couscous and beans, sprinkled with extra thyme.