Immunisations or vaccinations are controversial and some work better than others. Australia’s childhood immunisation rates have reached a record high (94.5%) but the anti-vaccination movement remains vocal. There’s plenty of good news about what vaccinations have achieved and the health improvements they’ll continue to bring. Here are some current examples. Successful elimination of Rubella Rubella is a contagious viral disease. The symptoms in children are usually mild, including fever, rash and sore throat. However Rubella is dangerous for women in the first trimester of pregnancy and results in an 85% chance of miscarriage, stillbirth or other serious adverse effects to the developing foetus. [...]
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. The 2018 Australian theme for World AIDS Day is: HIV is still here - and it's on the move. World AIDS Day aims to: Encourage Australians to educate themselves and others about HIV Take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting prevention strategies Ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination. For more information about HIV, how it is transmitted and how it can be prevented, visit: World AIDS Day [...]
The December 2018 - February 2019 newsletter includes stories on: Stopping domestic violence The Bulli Medical Practice Weight Management Program and alternatives for weight loss Immunistation update Updated GP availability Staff and community news and more. You can collect your copy at reception, or download the Summer Newsletter 2019 here. For past newsletters, please visit our Newsletter Page.
White Ribbon Day is Australia’s national day for raising awareness of men’s violence against women, and how to prevent it. Why we ALL need to spread the message and help STOP domestic violence! Recent reports of homicide and violence against women in the Australian media have shocked and saddened us all. But the statistics are even more distressing. On average, one Australian woman is murdered by her current or former partner every week. According to an Australian Bureau of Statistics survey: 1 in 2 women experienced sexual harassment during her lifetime. 1 in 5 women experienced sexual violence since the [...]
With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, Skin Cancer Action Week is an important reminder for all Australians to sun protect and get a check-up for early skin cancer detection. More than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year, and Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially over the past few years. However, most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection. That’s why this National Skin Cancer Action Week, all Australians are urged to use [...]
We will soon say farewell to our senior practice nurse, Karen Ruskin. Karen has worked at Bulli Medical Practice for over 23 years. She started when Dr Bill Feneley owned the practice and when Drs Julie Blaze and Jeff Hall took over, Karen continued her role and helped them during many transformations. As the Practice grew, Karen took the role of Senior Nurse. She remained committed to the highest quality of patient care and has always been highly respected and well-liked by her colleagues and patients. We all wish Karen a rich and rewarding retirement. She plans to spend more time [...]
Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile, so that they break easily – even as a result of a minor fall, a bump, a sneeze, or a sudden movement. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability. Signs Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra. Loss of height over time. A stooped posture. A bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected. Risk Factors Females are at higher [...]
Today is R U OK? Day. If you have noticed someone seems out of sorts, agitated or withdrawn then it's time to start a conversation with them. R U OK? can help you with tips on how to ask, listen, encourage and check-in with your friend, family member or colleague. If the conversation becomes too big for you to manage alone, or if the person is at risk - please contact your GP or other health professional as soon as you can.
The two biggest barriers that prevent women from maintaining a healthy lifestyle is ‘lack of time’ and ‘health not being a priority’. Women’s Health Week is the time of the year for women to put themselves first and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime. Women's Health Week is an initiative of Jean Hailes, a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the knowledge of women's health throughout the various stages of their lives. During Women's Health Week you can sign up to receive free health tips, recipes, videos, podcasts and more, aimed at inspiring you to live a healthier life. [...]
We are pleased to announce that Dr Nathan Beckman is returning to Bulli Medical Practice after his adventure travelling around Australia. Dr Beckman returns Wednesday 5th September and is available for appointments on Wednesday and Friday mornings and Thursday afternoons. To book an appointment, visit HotDoc. To read more about Dr Beckman, visit his profile.