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. [...]
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.
April is Parkinson’s awareness month and 11 April, which marks the birthday of Dr. J Parkinson, is World Parkinson's Day. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, which is characterised by both motor (movement) and non-motor symptoms. It is estimated to affect approximately 6.3 million people worldwide. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. Parkinson's Disease in Australia In Australia, an estimated 1 in 350 people have the condition, and more than 30 people are diagnosed daily. Parkinson’s is slightly more common in males than females. The most most common age range for diagnosis is 55 - 65 years. While the [...]
Our Autumn newsletter is now available with health information articles on: Parkinson's Disease Baby Colic Influenza Vaccine and more. Bulli Medical Practice Newsletter Autumn 2018 For past newsletters visit: Newsletters Page
Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world — but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live 10–17 years less than other Australians. Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. The mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is on par with some of the world’s most impoverished [...]
Rare Disease Day aims to increase awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives. 1 in 20 people will live with a rare disease at some point in their life. Despite this, there is no cure for the majority of rare diseases and many go undiagnosed. Rare Disease Day improves knowledge amongst the general public of rare diseases while encouraging researchers and decision makers to address the needs of those living with rare diseases. For more information, visit the Rare Disease Day website.
Ovarian cancer can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are nonspecific and are similar to common symptoms of less serious health problems. Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer report most frequently: Abdominal or pelvic pain. Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating. Needing to urinate often or urgently. Feeling full after eating a small amount. Bulli Medical Practice encourages any women who have experienced these symptoms multiple times during a 4-week period to make an appointment to see a GP. Ovarian Cancer Australia Ovarian Cancer Australia has a Symptom Diary which can help you to monitor your symptoms. You can then [...]
We are delighted to announce Dr Anna Putnis has returned to Bulli Medical Practice. Anna works Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as some Saturday mornings. To book an appointment visit HotDocs or call reception on 4284 4622. About Dr Anna Putnis Anna initially trained as a general surgeon in London, and worked in a trauma hospital in South Africa. She retrained as a general practitioner in 2010 and worked in London before moving to Australia in 2014. Anna is a very friendly and approachable doctor. She lives locally, with her husband and three sons.
You can now view our Online Summer Newsletter 2018, with information about the new cervical screening test and travel medicine update. For past and current newsletters, you can also visit our Newsletter page.
Wishing all our patients and colleagues a happy and healthy New Year. Did you make a new year's resolution? Some of the most popular changes Australians make include: losing weight; getting fit; reducing stress; reducing alcohol; and quitting smoking. If you did make one of these resolutions, be assured that the GPs and nurses at Bulli Medical Practice are here to help you to achieve your goal. Consider joining our Weight Management Support Clinic. Speak to your GP or ask at reception. And if you plan to travel more in 2018, don't forget our Travel Medicine Clinic to keep you healthy abroad.