Feet in focus – avoiding long-term problems

Have you stopped to check your feet recently? We often take our hard-working feet for granted. Our registered nurse, Vivienne White asks “Have you considered how important your feet are to your well being and general health? Early detection and treatment can greatly reduce the chance of long term foot health issues.”

Our Foot Focus Clinic starts at Queen Street Medical Centre Mourya on 8th December. This special foot clinic is a new health initiative under our Better Health programmes and will be conducted by our qualified, registered nurse, Vivienne White. 

Better medicine clinic background

Medicine reviews are proving good for patients and doctors

It’s just over 12 months since we announced the appointment of our clinical pharmacist Jo McMahon. The clinical results and feedback from our clinical team and our patients are impressive.

“I have checked blood results and calculated renal function for hundreds of medicines to ensure that the dose is correct. Patients discharged from hospital who need to understand changes that have been made to their prescribed medicines can be followed up and I can liaise with the patient’s community pharmacy if required.”

Exercise is “medicine” for people with cancer

“Exercise is “medicine” for people with cancer” says Accredited Exercise Physiologist Aden Reynolds announcing Eurobodalla Health and Fitness will continue to run their successful oncology exercise programme. Launched in 2019, their programme is specifically designed to support people in our community to better manage their cancer diagnosis. “We know that a structured exercise program has many benefits for people managing a cancer diagnosis. An exercise program can be positive for both physical and mental health.”
To find out more about the benefits of the programme and to download the free e-book click on the read more link.

Hamish Gorman, Aden Reynolds and the Eurobodalla Health and Fitness team work in association with our Queen Street Medical clinical team and are located at our Moruya practice weekly on Thursdays.

Avoiding dehydration – a risk for babies and children in hot weather

With record hot temperatures across the state, our registered practice nurse Kate Tiller advises it’s important to be particularly aware of dehydration. Dehydration happens when your body loses more fluid than it’s been taking in. Kate, who holds qualifications and experience in paediatric nursing,  is keen for parents and carers to be aware that infants and children are at greater risk of becoming dehydrated. See Kate’s article and download The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne fact sheet.

Chronic pain management group starts 9 October 2019

If you suffer with chronic pain our second six week group programme aims to help you learn how to self-manage your pain and other symptoms. Starting Wednesday, 9 October 2019, this no-fee programme will be conducted for up to 10 patients by GP Dr Aidan Lawrence and Exercise Physiologist Hamish Gorman. You will need a referral from your usual GP for an initial consultation with Dr Lawrence.

In praise of feet – show them you care.

Our feet provide balance and posture, supporting the whole weight of the body when standing and mobilising, often for many hours without rest. Many of us tend to neglect our feet, seldom stopping to consider how important they are to our daily function and well-being, until injury or pain stops us in our tracks! Our registered practice nurse Vivienne shares her expertise and good advice on how to take good care of this remarkable piece of engineering.

Join our Diabetes Exercise and Diet Group – every Friday at Moruya

If you have Type 2 Diabetes and would like to improve your health and fitness this year why not join our weekly group programme – it’s bulk billed and run by Exercise Physiologist Aden Reynolds and our Dietitian/Diabetes Educator Carole Richards. Working at your own pace, your supervised hour-long session is conducted over eight weeks on Fridays starting at 11.30am at our Queen Street Medical Centre meeting room.

Happy travels Annie and congrats Shelley

We know so many of  you will know and love our nurse manager Annie Williams RN.  After nine dedicated years with us here at Queen Street Medical, Annie is taking a six month “geographical sabbatical” to travel and spend some more time with her family. We are sending her off with our collective good wishes but as the saying goes …

Help for problem sleepers…starting in April 2018

Grand Pacific Health is offering a free group-based treatment programme starting in April for those with sleep problems. During the programme you’ll learn various strategies to achieve a longer and more restorative night’s sleep. These sessions will help you establish a routine that both prepares your body for sleep and teaches you ways to calm your mind at the end of the day. The program is conducted by clinically qualified presenters and runs over four weeks with two 1.5 hour sessions in a small group.

 

Introducing Hamish Gorman – Exercise Physiologist

A warm welcome to Hamish Gorman – founder of Eurobodalla Exercise Physiology. Hamish will be consulting at QSMC Moruya on Fridays from 2nd February. Hamish has extensive experience in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic disease management and believes strongly in using exercise as medicine to improve people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Eurobodalla’s new sexual health services

A warm welcome to WILL – our region’s new sexual health nurse who has just arrived to provide free, confidential and LGBTI-friendly services. You can contact Will for STI checks, safe sex advice and free condoms, pre and post HIV exposure prevention and HIV advice…

Salads with attitude

When is a salad not just a salad? QSMC dietitian Carole Richards gives us 10 easy and delicious ways we can nutritionally boost and transform our salads into stand-alone meals.

The Pap Test has changed – what you need to know

From 1 December 2017, a new Cervical Screening Test, which aims to detect the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is replacing the Pap test (or Pap smear) for women aged 25–74.  This program is changing based on the latest available evidence on the development and prevention of cervical cancer. Women who have been vaccinated against HPV still need to have regular cervical screening, as the vaccine does not protect again all types of HPV.

Hearing loss – you can’t fake it

According to research many people with hearing impairment don’t accept their disability initially. Audiometrist Gerry Taniane says “a loss of hearing is more obvious than any pair of hearing aids. Your friends, associates, clients and loved ones are already aware of your hearing loss. You can push it out of your mind, however you are fooling only yourself.”

Eggplant – ’tis the season

Of all the late harvesting vegetables nothing quite compares to eggplant says dietitian Carole Richards. Eggplants are a welcome autumn vegetable, low in kilojoules and high in phytochemicals. Their purple colour comes from anthocyanin, an antioxidant that protects us from cancer, stroke and heart disease. Carole has been on the hunt for tasty, easy recipe ideas for this versatile vegetable…

Eating for eye health – it’s Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 21-27 May

About one in seven Australians, or 1.15 million people over the age of 50 have some evidence of Macular Degeneration (MD) which is the leading cause of blindness in Australians. The good news is that a diet high in leafy green vegetables, fish, nuts and seeds can reduce your risks – eating well can prevent or slow progression of this condition writes dietitian Carole Richards…

The not so humble zucchini – it’s the queen of the crop!

The zucchini is not as humble as we might think – it’s low in kilojoules, high in fibre – loaded with goodness and a low energy base to meals…here are three quick and tasty recipes from our dietitian Carole Richards.

Man up – and break the man rules

Harden up. Suck it up. Man up. We’ve been telling our men this for years, but is it healthy? Suicide is now the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 15-44. And alarming new research suggests that some men choose to take their own life, rather than appear weak by asking for help.

Four good nutrition sites found this afternoon

Nutrition is hard work. It is hard to understand. The advice changes constantly and most people, websites and organisations are pushing a barrow or agenda. For doctors, nutrition is the key to a ranges of illnesses and we recognise the solution to much of what we see in the consulting room lies in healthy eating. For food manufacturers, sugar and …