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.
Wishing you all a relaxing month in the lead to Christmas, and for the festive season. Changes to our usual hours include: Monday 25th December – closed Tuesday 26th December – closed Wednesday 27th December open from 9am to 5pm Thursday 28th December open from 8am to 5pm Friday 29th December open from 8am to 5pm Saturday 30th December open from 8am to 12 noon. Monday 1st January 2018 – closed Tuesday 2nd January – we return to normal hours. Visit HotDocs to make an appointment, or if you are unable to find an available appointment online, please call our surgery on 4284 4622 and one of our [...]
The theme for this year's World Antibiotic Awareness Week is: Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them. This not only ensures you and your family get the best treatment, responsible use of antibiotics will also help reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance. For more information, visit The World Health Organisation.
With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, Skin Cancer Action Week is a time when we remind Australians of the importance of sun protection and early skin cancer detection. More than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year and the Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially over the past few years. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection. So remember to slip on sun-protective clothing, slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant [...]
Bulli Medical Practice has a proud history of serving veterans living in the northern Illawarra. 21 - 19 October 2017 is Veterans' Health Week and this year's theme is Physical Activity. This is an opportunity for veterans, war widow, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families to improve the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. For more information, visit the Department of Veteran's Affairs.
National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution of Australia's 2.7 million unpaid carers. Anyone at any time can become a carer and National Carers Week is an opportunity to raise community awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy. To show your appreciation and learn about carers and caring in Australia visit the Carers Week website.
Tuesday, 10 October is World Mental Health Day. One in five Australians are affected by mental illness, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma. We can all do something to help. Make your promise today to help shed a more positive light on mental health. Visit: Mental Health Australia
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Recent research findings into the early diagnosis and management of prostate cancer have challenged the approach to diagnosis. This may concern many of our male clients and their families. There are many conflicting health messages given by various interest groups regarding prostate cancer. This can lead to anxiety and confusion about how this common cancer should be managed. Cancer of the prostate does not have the same evidence base for early screening as other conditions, such as breast cancer (mammography) and cervical cancer (pap smears) for women. Research into prostate cancer has demonstrated the [...]
Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s cognitive ability. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. In Australia, three in ten people over the age of 85 and almost one in ten people over 65 have dementia. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing. While there is, as yet, no cure, scientific research shows it may be possible to reduce your risk of developing dementia, or delay the onset - Your [...]