ihear – Supporting you through your hearing journey


February 15, 2019 Health

ihear are the hearing professionals at Health Hub Morayfield who support you through your hearing journey.

Customer care isn’t just a catchphrase for us, it’s at the centre of what ihear do and how we operate our clinics. Meeting with your local ihear professional to discuss your hearing concerns, is just the first step towards getting you back to enjoying your life to the fullest. To do this we focus on building a lasting relationship and providing you with ongoing support and advice along your hearing journey. We know that to truly support you, we must understand your lifestyle and needs. That’s why our clinic strives to be part of the local community whenever we can, from employing within the area to getting involved with community events, because to know your needs we must know where you live.

Intro to Services

ihear professionals carefully examine each patient’s whole profile, taking into consideration your individual lifestyle requirements – enabling us to provide you with a personalised solution that will enhance each day and make every experience unique. We offer a range of hearing services from basic tests to complete hearing solutions:

  • Free hearing services for Veteran Affairs and Pension card holders on behalf of the Office of Hearing Services
  • Diagnostic Hearing Assessments
  • Discreet Hearing Solutions
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Ear protection and swim plugs
  • Hearing aid repairs and batteries
  • Work cover
  • Wax removal services

The ihear clinics are powered by Starkey Technologies, a world leader in manufacturing and delivering advanced hearing solutions.



February 11, 2019 Health

This week, the team at 1300 SMILES discuss the importance of children's oral health.

Children’s oral health is so important, and it is down to parents, grandparents and family members to ensure that we give them the best start on a lifetime of quality oral health. From the very young through to teens, encouraging a routine of good practice in their oral health is so important so please read on for our advice to help you from day one.

From infant –

Good oral hygiene starts in infancy. Whether you’re nursing or bottle feeding, you should begin incorporating some type of dental hygiene regimen as soon as possible. Before any teeth erupt, wipe down the gums with gauze or a soft, wet washcloth. Once teeth begin to come in, keep them clean. Using the right set of tools is essential for this daily ritual. For example, it is important to purchase a toothbrush designed specifically for babies, which will have a much smaller head, for their tiny mouths.

As a general precaution, parents should stay away from foods rich in sugar and starch. In addition, a child should never go to sleep while nursing or with a juice or milk in their bottle. Food or drink resting in a child’s mouth can lead to issues with oral health and even worse is a choking hazard.

First dental visits –

If you have not done so already, make sure your child has their first dental visit by the time they are two years of age. Your dentist will keep your child’s teeth healthy by removing plaque build-up and food debris that may be stuck in their teeth. This is an important part of dental care because it prevents bacteria from continuing to grow, which may eventually lead to other dental diseases (e.g. tooth decay or inflammation of the gum tissue). Make your regular visits to the dentist a fun adventure at 1300SMILES we have the Tooth Fairy Club which is free to all and includes games and colouring fun.

Frequency of Dental visits –

Overall frequency is very much the decision of your dental professional. If there is remedial or preventative work to be done, then your dentist may ask to see you more often. Otherwise every six months is standard for both adults and children.

Help with dental costs through the CDBS – the Child Dental Benefit Schedule

The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

Eligible children will have access to a benefit cap of $1,000 over a two-calendar year period.

To be eligible a child must be aged between 2-17 years and their family must receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.

Families can check whether their child or children are eligible for the CDBS by contacting the Department of Human Services.

Caring at home –

Dental professionals will provide you with expert tips on how to take care of your child’s teeth at home. Advice typically includes the proper way to floss and brush your child’s teeth and additional information based on the specific condition of your child’s teeth. It is an unfortunate fact that in Australia a very high percentage of children have had teeth removed or develop cavities by the age of ten. This can so easily be avoided if a correct routine is introduced and encouraged along with regular checks with your friendly 1300SMILES dentist. We have FREE guides to take away including a brushing chart to help you.

Food & Drink –

It’s important to get a healthy balance, we all know that treats of some sort will be consumed. However, it’s how we encourage our children to look after their teeth after meal times that matters. Encourage your children to have healthy snacks & drinks and where possible avoid sugary or carbonated drinks. Check the packaging when purchasing on how much sugar is contained in food and drink, normally the higher it is on a list of ingredients the more that product contains. Water is by far the best drink to have as it’s both free from sugar and helps digestion.

Sports -

Did you know that approximately 75% of all oral sports injuries are preventable just by wearing a mouthguard! A staggering fact that many dentists believe can be reduced by getting a custom mouthguard for your child. Children have remarkable energy, they don’t always think of the consequences of their actions and in sports this is multiplied even more so. During their early years and whilst they have just received their adult teeth oral protection is even more important to stop damage that may cost a great deal to put right later. Investment in a good mouthguard, that’s fitted and moulded to the teeth will ensure that your child can participate in their active sport without fear of an oral injury.



February 6, 2019 Events

For more information about Triple P Parenting:

Triple P Parenting provides parents with practical tips and strategies for cooperative kids, calm parents and a happier family life. The support that Triple P provide include one-on-one sessions, group sessions, seminars and online support. These programs assist parents to:

  • Raise happy, confident kids
  • Manage kids’ behaviour
  • Set rules and routines that everyone follows
  • Get on well with your kids and argue less
  • Balance work and family without stress

Triple P Parenting will be running two FREE sessions at Health Hub Morayfield:

The Power of Positive Parenting Seminar
Tuesday 12th February
7:00pm - 9:00pm

This seminar focusses on why kids do what they do and what you can do about it. This session is targeted towards parents of children aged 0-12.

Through attending this seminar, parents will learn advice on how to raise happy, confident kids, deal with difficult behaviour, get on well with their kids and argue less and balance work/family without stress.

This seminar will be run by Dr Kylie Burke a psychologist and researcher who has twenty years’ experience working with parents and families. Her experience focusses on supporting parents and children across a range of difficulties and life-stages which includes mental health problems and parents of teenagers.

To register for this seminar please visit

https://www.triplep-parenting.net.au/qld-uken/find-help/check-our-calendar/2019-02-12/seminar/the-power-of-positive-parenting/105042/

Day Group Program
Saturday 2nd March
9:00am – 5:00pm

This group program provides practical tips for cooperative kids, calm parents and a happier family and is suited for families experiencing multiple issues at home or who want more detail than is provided in the seminar. This group program will run as over a full day and is targeted at parents with children aged 0-12. Support is also provided alongside this program through 3 phone calls in the weeks following the group session.

This group session is run by Matt Vincent who is a professional counsellor that specialises in family, relationship and marriage counselling. Matt enjoys working within a non-judgemental and stress-free environment to support client needs.

To register for this group program please visit

https://www.triplep-parenting.net.au/qld-uken/find-help/check-our-calendar/2019-03-02/group//105043/



January 30, 2019 Uncategorized

Dr Matthew Allen is a physician at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield who specialises in urgent care, skin and cosmetic medicine.

Each week, we aim to bring you news, updates and information about what is happening here at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield.

This week, Dr Allen talks about the rise of low iron treatments as people are eating less meat in their diets.

 

At Health Hub Doctors Morayfield, we are seeing increasing numbers of patients for iron infusions as many find that oral iron supplements fail to help.

As the amount of red meat Aussies eat declines, treatments including iron infusions and hospitalisations for iron deficiency anaemia are on the rise. For hospital-level anaemia, there's often another underlying condition, but a lack of iron-rich foods such as red meat, seafood or leafy greens is one of the biggest risks of low iron. Data from the most recent OECD and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Agricultural Outlook shows in the 10 years to 2017, the average Australian annual red meat consumption dropped 22 kilograms. Lamb and mutton consumption have also dropped by 15.3 kilograms.

An increase in vegetarianism - whether due to soaring meat prices or environmental concerns - could also be at work. Iron in animal products, such as red meat, is generally absorbed easier than plant-based iron, with two to three servings of red meat a week the recommended amount. Vegetarians can be healthy though with a well thought out diet.

Anaemia is more common in women of child-bearing age but changing lifestyles could also be contributing to an increase in anaemia. Some cultures, particularly South Asian women - a fast-growing population in Australia -  are prone to low iron, possible due to the difference in cultural diets.

Symptoms of low iron are subtle at first, so people often take too long to get checked by a health professional. Commonly, people believe low iron is a symptom that is a part of life where people think "I'll sleep in a bit more, maybe have nap or some time to myself and I won’t feel so tired." Yet, it only gets worse over time and reaching for the coffee won’t help as caffeine inhibits the absorption of iron.

Typically with low iron patients will find that they will be out of breath quickly and will become tired quickly. Patients with low iron are essentially starving their body of oxygen.

If in doubt we encourage our patients to see their family doctor. To book an appointment at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield, please call reception on 5322 4900 or visit the Book Online tab at the top of the page.

 



October 22, 2018 Health

Musculoskeletal  Medicine

Dr Matthew Allen on Injectable Gels for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Patients with knee osteoarthritis, who have tried exercise or over-the-counter pain and prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories but still have significant pain may respond to an injectable gel for the knee. This product has been available for a number of years but there have been significant improvements recently with the cost coming down and the gels lasting longer.

Hyaluronic acid is a TGA  approved treatment for osteoarthritis. The clear gel is manufactured from a natural substance that is delivered by a small injection into the joint.  This lubricates the joint and may provide up to 9 months of knee pain relief with one injection. The viscoactive gel temporarily replaces and supplements the deteriorated fluid in the knee joint with a naturally derived lubricant closely resembling the fluid in healthy young knees.  These are now available at the Hub.

It is important to understand this not a cure nor a replacement for surgery when the knee becomes very arthritic. Moreover, it does not work for everybody. Very severe osteoarthritic knee pain always benefits from an orthopaedic specialist opinion.

In general, patients with lower grades of arthritis exhibit much better responses to HA injections compared to those with a more advanced disease.

Costs are variable ($350-500) and can be fully reimbursed for Department of Veteran Affairs patients.

Dr Matthew Allen has a special interest in Cosmetic Medicine and writes regular blogs for the Health Hub Doctors website to provide informative content on the range of treatments he provides. 



September 4, 2018 Health

EIMERGE Skin Centre

  • Cosmetic medicine

  • Dermatological Surgery

  • Skin cancer

  • Veins

  • Laser

  • Musculoskeletal medicine

We now have a dedicated Cosmetic Skin Clinic within Health Hub Doctors providing a comprehensive range of services including general dermatology, skin cancer care and a range of cosmetic services.

The cosmetic service is headed by Dr Matthew Allen and is a part of the general skin clinic at the Hub.  

Dr Allen has extensive experience in dermatoscopy to improve skin cancer detection and provide both surgical and non surgical management of cancers and sun damaged skin.

As a  fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery he has clinical training in the diagnosis & management of skin cancers, cosmetic skin concerns, lasers & minor dermatological surgery. Dr Allen also holds advanced certification in skin cancer, skin histopathology and a Diploma of Dermoscopy

His experience includes advanced skin cancer surgery, facial skin procedures, and treatments for varicose veins. His particular interest is the treatment of acne. He specialises in minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical procedures for facial rejuvenation and restoration, In particular  thread lifting, fat transfer and laser resurfacing.

As well as utilising injectables® for line reduction, excessive sweating and migraines, he is also an expert in the advanced use of fillers for volume and contour restoration and correction.


Our Cosmetic Solutions

All injectables

  • A comprehensive range of skin injectables for  restoration of  facial  volume & the reduction of lines .

Laser and light therapies

  • Restore skin tone & coloration
  • Sciton BBL & Laser for the treatment of facial pigmentation, rosacea and veins.

Acne care

  • We can determine which is the best treatment for you professional medical care for the treatment of adolescent and adult acne

Vein treatments

  • New dimensions in spider and small varicose vein therapies

Cosmetic mole removal and other noncancer surgery

  • Non-skin cancer surgery for benign moles, ganglion, skin tags and scars with traditional surgical therapies been augmented by laser, radio frequency and photo dynamic procedures

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for facial skin rejuvenation, sports medicine in orthopaedics

  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy may offer a viable alternative to dermal fillers for facial restoration and also for orthopaedic problems  due to cartilage and/or tendon damage from over use and wear and tear.


July 17, 2018 Health

Dr Matthew Allen

​ Fellow of The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery
MB ChB Dip O&G
FMFACCS
FRACGP

Dr Allen has extensive experience in  dermatoscopy  to improve skin cancer detection & provide both surgical & non surgical  management of cancers & sun damaged skin.

As a  fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery he has  clinical training in the diagnosis & management of skin cancers, cosmetic skin concerns, lasers & minor dermatological surgery. Dr Allen also  holds

​ advanced certification in skin cancer, skin histopathology and a Diploma of Dermoscopy

His experience includes advanced skin cancer surgery, facial skin procedures, and treatments for varicose veins. His particular interest is the treatment of acne .

He specialises in minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical procedures for facial rejuvenation and restoration, In particular  thread lifting, fat transfer and laser resurfacing.

As well as utilising cosmetic injectables for line reduction, excessive sweating and migraines, he is also an expert in the advanced use of fillers for volume and contour restoration and correction.

Dr Ahmed Elsedfy

Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor by The College of Skin Cancer Australasia
MB ChB
AMCC
Dip Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
Advanced Certificates in Demoscopy and Skin Cancer Surgery (SCCA)

Dr Ahmed Elsedfy is an Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor by The College of Skin Cancer Australasia. Dr Elsedfy is a GP with over 30 years of experience. He has worked in trauma surgery overseas and has obtained a Diploma in Emergency Medicine from The Australian College of Emergency Medicine. Dr Elsedfy is interested in skin surgery, trauma, and all aspects of General Practice.



June 6, 2018 Health

Bowel cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the wall of the large bowel grow in an uncontrolled way.

So what are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is usually a slow-growing cancer that often has no symptoms in the early stages of the disease.
The most common symptoms of bowel cancer are:

  • Bleeding from the rectum (this may be noticed as blood in the stools)
  • Symptoms of anaemia
  • A change in bowel habit (loose stools or constipation)
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Bloating
  • Weight loss
  • Unexplained tiredness or fatigue.

See: Cancer Australia – Govenment Website

There are a number of conditions that may cause these symptoms, not just bowel cancer. If any of these symptoms are experienced, it is important they are discussed with your doctor.
The good news is that this type of cancer is one of the most treatable, which is why screening for bowel cancer is so important!

A number of tests may be performed to investigate symptoms of bowel cancer and confirm a diagnosis, such as:
– a physical examination
– a blood test to check for anaemia
– an internal examination of the rectum, anus and colon – this may include a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy
– imaging of the bowel, which may include barium enema, computed tomography (CT) scan or
– magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
– taking a sample of tissue (biopsy) from the bowel wall for examination under a microscope.

See: The Australian Government’s Cancer Factsheet

Bowel cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and your most effective protection is to:

  • do an FOBT (Faecal Occult Blood Test) every two years from age 50.
  • get 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per day.
  • maintain a healthy body weight.
  • eat a well balanced diet.
  • avoid processed and burnt meat; limit red meat intake to three to four times per week.
  • limit alcohol.
  • quit smoking.

 
See: Cancer Australia – Govenment Website
It is important to consult your GP if you have any of the above symptoms.


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