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12 Days of Health Checks


December 22, 2019 Health

DAY 1

Routine blood pressure checks are important as they pick up changes to your blood pressure that can increase your risk of heart problems.

Having high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems including heart attack, stroke, heart failure or kidney disease. The symptoms of high blood pressure are often non-existent so it is important to have this checked by your GP.

We have blood pressure machines in each waiting area so you can check your blood pressure while you are waiting for your appointment. Ask your GP for advice on your blood pressure reading.

DAY 2

When was the last time you had a skin check?

Having a regular skin check is important to detect skin cancer early. We encourage everyone to have an annual skin check unless you are a high risk patient. High risk patients include light coloured skin, history of melanomas or skin cancers, family history of skin cancer, older aged groups, high number of moles, previous sun damage, previous use of tanning beds, occupations which require a lot of sun exposure etc.

Routine skin checks should also be paired with using the five forms of sun protection to prevent your risk of skin cancer.

Read more about our skin check services at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield here: https://www.healthhubdoctorsmorayfield.com.au/…/skin-centre/

DAY 3

Regular cholesterol checks are recommended to reduce your risks of heart problems.

Increased cholesterol in the blood makes it harder for blood to flow through the body which can increase your risk of a stroke or heart attack.

Cholesterol is checked by having a blood test. Your GP will discuss your risk factors before referring you for a blood test. Your GP will then discuss your results and the best course of action with you.

High cholesterol can be managed by a change in diet, reduction in foods with saturated fats and regular cholesterol checks.

DAY 4

Cervical screening is the best protection against cervical cancer. This five-yearly test scans for HPV (human papillomavirus) which causes changes in cervical cells that can lead to cervical cancer. If you are between the ages of 25-74, cervical screening should take place two years after your last Pap test.

Book an appointment for your routine cervical screening test by calling us on 5322 4900.

Find out more about the National Cervical Screening Program here http://cervicalscreening.org.au/

DAY 5

There is no simple test to detect prostate cancer however, it is important to recognise changes and symptoms to ensure early detection.

Speak to your GP if you experience any symptoms or if you have a family history of prostate cancer.

Find some common symptoms of prostate cancer here
https://www.cancer.org.au/…/types-of-cancer/prostate-cancer/

DAY 6

Breast cancer is the most common cancer that is diagnosed in Australian women. To ensure early detection of breast cancer, it is recommended that breast cancer screening is part of your health routine.

If you're approaching or over the age of 40 you should start thinking about regular breast cancer screening.
Be proactive and book in for a mammogram at X-Ray & Imaging Morayfield on the ground floor of Health Hub Morayfield.

For more information on breast cancer screening, please visit https://www.cancer.org.au/…/sc…/breast-cancer-screening.html

DAY 7

Heart health checkups are vital to manage your risk factors of heart disease. Your GP will discuss your risk factors with you and refer you to further testing if required.

Your GP may recommend changes to your lifestyle if you have a high risk of heart problems. This includes diet changes, increasing physical activity and reducing alcohol consumption.

Blue Care Live Well Centre, located on Level 1 of Health Hub Morayfield have allied health professionals including dieticians, that can assist you with these changes.

DAY 8

A bone density scan is used to diagnose Osteoporosis. This is a simple scan that measures the density of your bones and ensures that you can manage your bone health appropriately.

Your GP will review your risk factors for osteoporosis before referring you for a test. Visit X-Ray & Imaging Morayfield, located on the ground floor of Health Hub Morayfield, with your referral for a bone density scan.

Learn more about bone density scans here https://www.xrayimaging.com.au/bone-mineral-densitometry

DAY 9

A routine eye check should be apart of your annual health check. Your GP can perform basic vision tests, offer you advice and refer you to an optometrist if they are concerned that you have a vision problem.

Book an appointment with a GP at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield for a basic vision test.

DAY 10

A regular hearing check should become part of your routine health check. Early detection of hearing loss can help treatment be more successful.

Visit ihear Morayfield on the ground floor of Health Hub Morayfield today, to book in for a free hearing check.

DAY 11

Have you had your teeth checked lately?

Routine dental checks are important to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. It is recommended that everyone has a dental check-up every six months to reduce the risk of minor problems becoming dental emergencies.

1300SMILES Morayfield is located inside Health Hub Morayfield. Call them on 5407 0154 to book in for your routine dental check.

DAY 12

Assessing your emotional and mental wellbeing is just as important as assessing your physical health.

A conversation with a GP is a great place to start to discuss your mental health. Our GP’s will assess your mental health in a safe and supportive environment and can refer you to mental health services if required.

Open Minds Mental Health Hub are located on level 1 of Health Hub Morayfield and provide confidential counselling and psychological services for people of all ages, including children.



November 25, 2019 HealthServices

Health Hub Doctors Morayfield are now providing Q Fever testing and vaccines on Tuesday mornings.

Book your initial consultation with Dr Emma Scott by calling us on 5322 4900.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Q Fever?

Q fever is a severe, acute febrile illness, which is a major problem in Australia and around the world. It is spread from animals to humans and the infection is caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. Cattle, sheep and goats are the main reservoirs for infection in humans – although bandicoots, kangaroos and dogs also can be infected.

What are the symptoms of Q Fever?

Acute Q fever infection causes a fever and a severe illness with symptoms very similar to influenza infection. Serious cases may be associated with liver, heart, lung problems and meningitis. However, up to 60% of people who get infected with Q fever will have only very mild symptoms and may not even be aware they have had Q-fever. Most people will recover fully within 2 - 6 weeks but 10 - 30% of people may have long term complications such as post Q fever fatigue syndrome which can last for several years after the initial infection.

Who is at risk of Q Fever?

Q fever occurs primarily in workers from the livestock and meat industries and other occupations working closely with animals. However others in the general population may be infected through visits to high-risk areas or through proximity to infected animals or their contaminated products.

How do you test for Q Fever? What is the process of the testing/vaccine?

Testing for suspected Q fever infection is done by a blood test. A blood test and skin test is also needed prior to vaccination in order to make sure it is safe to administer the vaccine. If the vaccine is given to a person who has already had exposure to Q-fever then it can produce a very severe reaction with symptoms similar to acute Q-fever infection.

When you come to the clinic you will have a blood test and a skin test. After 1 week the results will be given and the vaccine administered if it is safe to do so. Your details can be added to the Q-fever register so that employers can see your vaccination status.

How long does the vaccine last? 

The vaccine can only be given once. It gives protection for at least 5 years but once a person has been vaccinated they can never be vaccinated again.

How much does it cost? Any bulk-billing available?

The initial visit for the skin test costs $110 and the follow up appointment costs $70.

The skin test and the blood test are paid for separately and cost approximately $40 (pharmacy fee) and $26 (pathology fee) respectively. If vaccination is recommended then the vaccine costs approximately $140 (pharmacy fee). The cost of Q-fever testing and vaccination is not covered by medicare but if done for the purposes of your employment then these costs may be tax deductible.

Learn more about Q Fever on the Worksafe website



November 20, 2019 HealthServices
Book a skin check at
Health Hub Doctors Morayfield below

Skin Cancer Action Week 2019 is 17th-23rd November. This week is a reminder of using sun protection and the importance of early skin cancer detection.

According to the Cancer Council, more thant 2,000 people die from skin cancer in Australia each year. This year, during National Skin Cancer Action Week, we recognise the importance of the five forms of sun protection: Slip on sun-protective clothing , Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on sunglasses.

It is also important to have regular skin checks to ensure early skin cancer detection.

Health Hub Doctors Morayfield offer BULK-BILLED skin checks

The skin cancer clinic at Health Hub Doctors offers one spot checks and complete body skin exams

One Spot Checks - Take the worry out of those new growing spots by booking a five-minute appointment for an expert opinion.

Complete Body Skin Exams - Our Doctors will analyse all of your skin and provide a comprehensive review of your skin cancer risks. These examinations can take between 20 and 40 minutes.

 

How often should you have a skin check?

It is important to have a regular skin check every 12 months unless you are a high-risk patient, in which case you should receive more frequent skin checks. High-risk patients include: light coloured skin, history of melanomas or skin cancers, family history of skin cancer, older aged groups, high number of moles, previous sun damage, previous use of tanning beds, or high sun exposure in occupations such as; tree loppers, roofers, landscapers, tradesmen, etc.

For more information on Skin Cancer Action Week, please visit Cancer Council website

Meet the Health Hub Doctors Skin Cancer Clinic Doctors

Dr Matthew Allen

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

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.



October 16, 2019 Health

Dr Sonia Anwar - Gynaecologist

Dr Sonia Anwar is an Australian trained Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Dr Anwar is pleased to provide gynaecology services for women in all areas with special interest in endometriosis, infertility and management of pelvic organ prolapse.

Special Interests:

• General Gynaecology
• Abnormal periods
• Contraception
• IUD Insertion
• Menopause
• Endometriosis
• Cervical screening and Colposcopy
• Pelvic Organ Prolapse
• Laparoscopic surgery
• Hysteroscopic surgery

If you bled in random places every month on the outside of your body, people would understand why you were in agony. People would realise why you couldn't go to work or school or why you couldn't even get out of bed.

But, because people with endometriosis bleed on the inside, and it’s a long (probably latin) word that no one has really heard of, no one understands or gets it. The consequence is that women with endometriosis suffer massively. They often even encounter great difficulties to get a diagnosis and the treatment they need to manage their pain.

Women with endo get fed up of being asked why are they complaining about their period so much? I’m sure they feel like screaming ‘endometriosis is an illness and not just a period.’

Endo is common, and the women you know, love, care about or work with, might be affected by it.

Endo is a medical condition where the tissue that usually lines the womb ends up in the wrong places. This tissue somehow becomes randomly scattered around the body, usually in the pelvis, but definitely in places it’s not supposed to be.

Every month the lining of the womb prepares itself to hopefully receive a fertilised egg and grow a baby- it doesn’t understand women don’t want to be permanently pregnant. When the lining of the womb isn’t required to hold a pregnancy it has an easy escape route- the vagina. The blood that comes out every month is the old lining of the womb that is no longer needed- this is what a period is.

But the tissue in random places is exactly the same as the tissue lining the womb and it still responds to the body’s monthly cycle and bleeds. This tissue doesn’t know it’s in the wrong place and it has not got an escape route out. Old blood with no way out stays trapped until the body has had time to break it down and resorb it.

Blood hurts the pelvis, it sticks it’s organs together, cysts can form and burst and it causes agony to women with the condition.

This is endometriosis, it’s a chronic, incurable condition where you are basically bleeding in places you are not supposed to, all of them on the inside. No one knows why some women get it and others don’t, why some women have it their whole reproductive lives and others develop it later on.

Sadly historically endo hasn’t been extensively researched as it was brushed aside as simply ‘period pain.’ We now know endo is not simply ‘period pain,’ it is far worse. As research develops and new things come out, hopefully one day we may be able to explain what causes or even cure this complex condition.

Extreme pelvic pain and all the symptoms endo causes is not normal. It’s not normal to have to sprint to the bathroom at work to avoid the embarrassment of blood leaking on to your trousers. It’s not normal to look down when you get up from a chair when you’re on your period to make sure you haven’t stained it with blood. It’s not normal to not be able to get out of bed and face the day when you’re on your period because you are in so much pain. Nothing about endometriosis is normal.

I would love to tell women with endo there was a cure for their suffering, but there isn’t. For now, I guess it’s all about raising awareness. It’s about educating people as to what the condition is and what can be done to help. It’s about helping women to get the diagnosis they need to access help to manage the chronic condition they have.

Endometriosis is an illness, not ‘just a period.’



Our specialist Oncologist Dr Sharon Heng talks about travelling with cancer.

Travel for patients with cancer has become more achievable because of gains in quality of life and overall survival. The risk assessment of these patients is complex, and there is a paucity of data to which clinicians can refer. We present the challenges of traveling with cancer and a review of the literature.

A review using Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines was performed. A search using the terms ”cancer,” “advanced cancer,” ”metastases,” “brain edema,” “lymphoedema,” “pneumothorax,” ”pleural effusion,” “pericardial effusion,” pneumonitis,” “hypoxia,” “end-of-life,” and “shunt,” combined with “flying” and “air travel,” was conducted. The PubMed and Cochrane databases were searched for English-language studies up to December 2018. Studies, case reports, or guidelines referring to travel in the context of adult patients with malignancies were included. A total of 745 published articles were identified; 16 studies were included. An inclusive approach to data extraction was used.

There were no specific criteria to deem a patient with cancer fit to travel. Neurologic, respiratory, and cardiac implications, and time from recent surgery or procedure need to be considered There was a lack of high-quality studies to inform decisions, but the British Thoracic Society and Aerospace Medical Association Medical Guidelines included recommendations for fitness to fly for patients with cancer.

In the absence of large prospective studies, individual fitness to travel should be assessed on a case-by-case basis, bearing in mind that maximizing a patient’s ability to safely travel is an important goal for many individuals with cancer.

To read the article in full, please visit https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JGO.19.00029

To book an appointment with Dr Sharon Heng, please call (07) 3859 0690



May 22, 2019 Health

Ashlee

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Prolotherapy

A case history by Dr Philip Dupre.

EDS is a genetic disorder that causes weak connective tissues and therefore affects joints, skin and sometimes blood vessels. Joints become unstable, skin becomes lax and blood vessels fragile. It affects about 1 in 5,000 of the population to a varying degree. It also affects animals.

Generally, surgical treatment for these unstable joints is ineffective because surgery does not correct the underlying tissue fragility.

About 3 years ago, I was approached by the mother of Ashlee, a 15 year-old girl affected by this condition and having a problem with dislocating patellae. She was keen to know if prolotherapy might help her daughter. Prolotherapy involves the injection of an irritant solution usually glucose, into areas of chronic pain in order to cause an inflammatory response. This initiates a healing process in the damaged soft tissue, and ligaments are strengthened. It is most commonly used for spinal pain with generally good results.

I had not heard of prolotherapy being used in Ashlee's situation but, in theory, injecting a sclerosant (concentrated 50% glucose mixed with an equal volume of local anaesthetic) into the medial joint capsule of her knee might tighten and strengthen the tissues and therefore stabilise her knee. She and her mother were keen to give it a try.

Her right patella had been dislocating about every other day for the past 6 months, so she was forced to wear a knee splint. Her left knee was doing the same. Initially, I infiltrated 2mls of the glucose mixture into the medial capsule of her right knee. Two weeks later she stated that her knee felt more stable, so 3mls were injected at this session. At 5 weeks' follow-up, after two injection treatments, she was able to discard her knee brace, and at 8 weeks she had stopped dislocating completely.

Meanwhile, as her left knee had the same problem it was also injected.

Two years after the initial treatment, both patellae had started to sublux but responded well to more injections.

In summary, her right knee stabilised after 4 treatments over 7 weeks but required two further inections 2 years later. Her left knee was stable 2 weeks after only one inection, but again required a booster 2 years later. It is now 6 months since her last treatment and Ashlee reports that both knees are feeling good.

About 18 months after her first knee treatment, she reported that her left wrist had been dislocating and this was demonstrable at the radiocarpal joint. In view of the reported success of treating lax cruciate knee ligaments with intra-articular glucose, I injected 2mls of glucose mixture into her left wrist joint. Two months later she stated that her wrist was about 60% improved. On this occasion I infiltrated 1ml of mixture into the dorsal capsule of her wrist joint. She was seen 6 months later and stated that her wrist had been good for 5 months following the last injection but was starting to sublax again. 2mls of mixture were again injected into her left wrist joint. Currently, 8 months after the last treatment, she is happy with the result, her wrist is stable with only occasional twinges of pain.

In retrospect I would in future only inject the dorsal capsule and if intra-articular injection was required only use 1ml of glucose mixture.

During all this time, Ashlee's left shoulder had been dislocating anteriorly. This was painful and distressing. The problem was how to stabilise a global joint laxity. The original operations for anterior shoulder dislocation involved suspending the humeral head from the acromion by tendon graft or transfer and, bearing in mind this principle, I infiltrated Ashlee's postero-superior shoulder capsule with 2ml of glucose mixture. She has required four further injection treatments over a 13 month period and currently she says her shoulder is not dislocating at all, whereas, in the past it had been happening up to thirty times a day which was painful and very inconvenient.

In addition to all the above, she reported instability in her left ankle, both inversion and eversion. This responded well to a single injection into her medial and lateral ligaments.

In summary, this is only one case, the story of an 18 year old girl with Type 3 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, who has gained significant improvement from a simple and inexpensive treatment over the past 2-and-a-half years. She is currently attending university and states that at the time (March 2018) none of her joints feel unstable, and she of course is very pleased with the results. She is unable to explain why her problems have generally been unilateral. She is right handed.

It is possible that prolotherapy may have a place in treating people with normal connective tissue who had joint instability, especially of the patella, but this will require further research.

 

Bibliography|
Reeves, K. D. and Hassanein, K, Randomised Prospective Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Stud of Dextrose Prolotherapy for Knee Osteoarthritis With or Without ACL Laxity. Alternative Therapies, 2000 Mar, Vol 6. No. 2, pp. 68-79

 

 



April 29, 2019 Health

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 importance of continuity of care.

 

Patients often express they cannot see the same doctor every time, or their favourite doctor has suddenly moved on. Doctors complain their patients attend multiple practitioners, sometimes for the same complaint.

Long considered the heart of general practice, continuity of care is becoming increasingly distant in the fast world of modern medicine. This is something we are attempting to change at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield. Even in our large clinic, we cherish the old-fashioned values of holistic care from your family doctor.

As you may notice we have two integrated services; acute care for patients presenting with immediate problems serviced by our urgent care doctors and our general practitioner services focusing on holistic family care largely provided by appointment.

I practised in New Zealand where the medical system ensures patients must be registered with a Medical Centre, and therefore are more likely to seek all their medical attention from one provider.

Sadly here in Australia, continuity of care appears more fractionated.

There are many reasons which have contributed to this including:

  • The pressure to offer increased access
  • The loss of personalised GP lists
  • The multiplicity of different providers (including new online GP services)
  • The overstretched workforce
  • Growing numbers of healthcare professionals working less than full time

The growing size of many practices, the impact of technology and the increasing prevalence of mental health issues, all present challenges and solutions to the best practice ideal of a patient seeing a single GP, or inter-connected group of health professionals over an extended period. However, this continuity of care is valued by both patients and doctor. It allows GPs to build a rich tapestry of their patients’ lives, woven using the strands of contacts we have had together over the years, within the context of their families and community. It allows truly holistic care and consultations are easier and more productive.

Continuity of care is the single most important factor in delivering safe, cost-effective & quality care with fewer errors. Moreover, it results in cost savings in investigation, prescribing, hospital referrals and admissions.

As doctors working in a busy clinic, we often encounter patients whom we have never met before. Within the allocated time, we have to become rapidly acquainted with the patient's previous history, develop a rapport and move on to address the patient's present problems. The patient also has to quickly come to trust an unfamiliar face on the basis of their professional standing. One cannot but feel that if patients saw the same doctor, a better standard of care would result along with a more satisfactory and effective consultation for both patient and doctor. The evidence, therefore, indicates that continuity is valuable and important to doctors and patients.

So please, if you don’t have a regular family practitioner, ask our staff for advice about registering with one of our many dedicated GPs. Many of us have subspecialty interests and you’re bound to find one of us that you can develop a rapport with.

Above all strive to build on this important professional relationship.

 

To book an appointment at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield, please call 5322 4900.



April 17, 2019 Health

Health Hub Doctors Morayfield offer BULK-BILLED skin checks

The skin cancer clinic at Health Hub Doctors offers one spot checks and complete body skin exams

One Spot Checks - Take the worry out of those new growing spots by booking a five-minute appointment for an expert opinion.

Complete Body Skin Exams - Our Doctors will analyse all of your skin and provide a comprehensive review of your skin cancer risks. These examinations can take between 20 and 40 minutes.

 

How often should you have a skin check?

It is important to have a regular skin check every 12 months unless you are a high-risk patient, in which case you should receive more frequent skin checks. High-risk patients include: light coloured skin, history of melanomas or skin cancers, family history of skin cancer, older aged groups, high number of moles, previous sun damage, previous use of tanning beds, or high sun exposure in occupations such as; tree loppers, roofers, landscapers, tradesmen, etc.

 

Call 07 5322 4900 to make an appointment for a skin check at Health Hub Doctors.

Meet the Health Hub Doctors Skin Cancer Clinic Doctors

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.



April 8, 2019 Health

Government vaccines are now available at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield.

Who is entitled to receive a free flu vaccine?

  • All children aged 6 months up to 5 years of age
  • Adults aged 65 years and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are aged 6 months and over
  • Pregnant women during any trimester
  • People aged six months and over with medical conditions that can lead to complications from influenza such as people who:
    • have heart disease; or
    • have lung disease or asthma; or
    • have another chronic illness, including diabetes and renal failure; or
    • have a chronic neurological condition, including multiple sclerosis and seizure disorders; or
    • have an immune compromising condition, including HIV infection; or are aged five to 10 years and are receiving long-term aspirin therapy, or are pregnant

If you meet any of the above criteria, please speak with one of our GP's about vaccination under the National Immunisation Program.

For more FAQ's about our Flu Clinic, click below.



March 14, 2019 Health

Today marks the start of Coeliac Awareness Week which is from 13th-20th March 2019.

Coeliac Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of Coeliac disease to those in dietary and medical professions as well as the general public. During this week, Coeliac Australia holds a number of events and programs to achieve this.

What is Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac Disease is a condition that affects the small intestine where the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten. This reaction to gluten causes inflammation and damage to the small bowel. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. The damage of the small bowel means that nutrients from food are not properly absorbed into the body.

What are the symptoms of Coeliac Disease?

The symptoms of Coeliac disease can vary from person to person and include:

  • gastrointestinal symptoms
  • fatigue
  • iron deficiency
  • weight loss or weight gain
  • bone and joint pains
  • easy bruising of the skin
  • irritability or altered mental alertness
  • skin rashes

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is advised that you consult with your GP.

Diagnosis of Coeliac Disease

Diagnosis is essential for Coeliac Disease as it is a complex medical condition that has lifelong implications.

Coeliac Australia recommends the following tests on how to get diagnosed with Coeliac Disease.

1. Gluten Challenge: A normal diet must occur for the six weeks prior to a diagnosis. This involves consuming a minimum equivalent of four slices of bread for adults and two slices of bread for children per day. By undertaking this test, test results will be more reliable compared to someone who has commenced a gluten free diet prior to diagnosis.

2. Blood Tests : A blood test will be undertaken to screen for coeliac disease. The diagnosis of coeliac disease should not be made with a blood test alone.

3. A small bowel biopsy: A small bowel biopsy is essential to confirm a Coeliac disease diagnosis. This procedure demonstrates the changes to the bowel which can be difficult to observe with the naked eye.

If the diagnosis of coeliac disease is ruled out after these tests, then other causes of these symptoms will be investigated by your doctor.

Living With Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease can be controlled by adhering to a strict gluten-free diet.

Visit www.coeliac.org.au/living-with-coeliac-disease/ for more information on living with Coeliac disease.

 

If you or someone you know thinks they may have Coeliac disease, it is recommended that they see their GP.

Book an appointment at Health Hub Doctors online via www.healthhubdoctorsmorayfield.com.au/book-online or call 5322 4900

For more information on Coeliac Disease, please visit www.coeliac.org.au


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