‘Traveller’s diarrhoea is the most common medical complaint for overseas travellers and while it is usually not life threatening, it can significantly disrupt your holiday plans,’ said Dr Julie Blaze. Traveller’s diarrhoea can occur shortly after arrival, when your body is exposed to new and unfamiliar bacteria and viruses. Most cases of traveller’s diarrhoea are caused by bacteria such as E. coli, shigella and salmonella. Viruses like norovirus and rotavirus cause the same symptoms. Parasites such as giardia lamblia are another cause. Symptoms Stomach cramps, bloating or nausea Diarrhoea Mild temperature Weakness Loss of appetite Vomiting. 10 tips to avoid [...]
The March - May 2019 newsletter includes stories on: Melanoma March AGPAL accreditation Traveller’s diarrhoea Updated GP availability Staff and community news and more. You can collect your copy at reception, or download the Autumn Newsletter 2019 here. For past newsletters, please visit our Newsletter Page.
Melanoma March is a family friendly event to raise awareness and funds for melanoma research and treatment. The Illawarra Melanoma March is at Stuart Park from 7.30am on Sunday 10 March. About Melanoma Melanoma is a form of cancer that develops in the skin’s pigment cells (melanocytes). It is the most serious form of skin cancer and can grow very quickly and spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. ‘Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world. On average, 30 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma every day,’ said Dr Michael Hanson. ‘The good news [...]
Last Wednesday, Bulli Medical Practice was assessed by AGPAL, a not-for-profit, general practice accreditation provider. And now it's official! We're accredited for a further three years! AGPAL accreditation demonstrates significant investment and commitment to quality on a day-to-day basis, across all levels of the practice team. “To achieve accreditation, we demonstrated that we implement the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) standards including quality care and risk management,” said Practice Manager, Rebecca Jeffery. “All our staff work hard to achieve this and continue to maintain the standards in their day-to-day work." Accreditation is not only about clinical standards. It includes [...]
In NSW there are an estimated 146,007 people living with dementia and services have never been in higher demand. The Dementia Australia Memory Walk and Jog is on again at North Wollongong's Stuart Park on Sunday 3 March 2019. Get active and help beat Dementia by walking, jogging or running. There are 2km, 6.5km or 7.5km events. All funds raised help Dementia Australia to provide vital support services, such as counselling, support groups, education to help family carers and professional training across NSW. These services reduce feelings of isolation and empower people living with dementia and those caring for them. [...]
Rare Diseases Day takes place on the last day of February each year to raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives. About Rare Disease Day This international day primarily targets the general public and also raises awareness among policy makers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers and health professionals. It encourages researchers and decision makers to address the needs of those living with rare diseases. Building awareness of rare diseases is important because 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 will not [...]
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