This year in Australia, International Nurses Day coincides with Mother's Day on Sunday 12 May. International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. This week, at Bulli Medical Practice we are celebrating the work of our own General Practice Nurses: Rebecca Jeffery, Alexandria Pritchard, Sofia Fairbrother and Victoria Wright. Our practice nurses play an integral role in patient care and support several of our clinics including immunisations, weight management, travel medicine, skin checks and more.
Friday 3 May is Administrative Professionals' Day and we would like to thank our vibrant, hard working administration and reception team including: Maggie Bateman Rebecca Couchman Lauren Hart Tayla Jeffery Amelia Manks Keely Mar Katherine Mercer Feon Ong Special thanks to Rebecca Jeffery, Clinical Services Manager and Brooke Hutchings, Business Administration Coordinator for their leadership. Thanks for all the work you do helping our patients and their families, as well as the doctors and nurses at Bulli Medical Practice.
Now the weather is turning colder, it’s time to plan for the flu season: May to October. For the 2018 season, the Australian Influenza Surveillance Report found that people who’d had the flu vaccine that year were 68% less likely to present to a general practitioner and 58% less likely to be hospitalised due to influenza, when compared to those unvaccinated. How can I get the flu vaccine? 2019 flu vaccines are expected to arrive by mid to late April. As in previous years, Bulli Medical Practice will run nurse-led vaccination clinics as well as offering vaccinations during routine consultations. [...]
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 risk of contracting the condition increases with age, it is not part of the natural aging process. People diagnosed [...]
Throughout March, Epilepsy Australia is urging people around the country to end the stigma and discrimination of epilepsy and ‘GO PURPLE’, the international colour for epilepsy. Epilepsy is a common brain disorder which takes the form of recurring seizures. It can develop at any age, regardless of gender or ethnicity. An estimated 65 million worldwide currently live with epilepsy - in Australia alone approximately 250,000 people live with epilepsy and one in 25 people will have epilepsy at some point in their life. Purple Day (26th March) aims to encourage people to talk about epilepsy and to remind those who [...]
‘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. [...]