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January 17, 2020 Community

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by the bushfires currently devastating parts of Australia.

Please donate at the box at reception to help us raise much-needed funds for those impacted by these bushfires. Every cent counts!

All money raised will be donated to The Salvation Army's Disaster Appeal and Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Donations can also be made via the links below:

The Salvation Army
DONATE HERE

The Australian Red Cross
DONATE HERE



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.



December 19, 2019 Community











We would like to thank everyone for their generosity in donating gifts to our gift drive in support of The Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal.

Your contribution will help make Christmas a little brighter for families in need.

If you haven't donated a gift yet, it is not too late. Head to your local Kmart and place a gift under the Kmart Wishing Tree to support those doing it tough this Christmas.

Find out more about how The Salvation Army are helping families in need this Christmas www.salvationarmy.org.au/christmas



November 27, 2019 Community

We are hosting a gift drive this year to support The Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal.

For families in need, Christmas is a challenging, lonely and isolating time. The Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal give hope to families in need by collecting food and gifts for Christmas hampers.

By hosting a gift drive, we are bringing hope and joy to families in need during this festive season.

Please donate all gifts to Health Hub Doctors reception.

Gift Giving Guidelines

  • Please consider giving gifts/ gift cards for a range of age groups, including teenagers and parents
  • Please leave gifts unwrapped so parents or guardians can choose which gifts suit their child’s interest and personality (feel free to include wrapping paper or gift bags)
  • Please only donate new items

Gift Suggestions

  • Gift vouchers (eg. movie, sporting store, shopping centre, electronic store, Netflix, iTunes)
  • Outdoor equipment (eg. sporting equipment, bicycles, gym gear)
  • Activities (eg. books, puzzles, stationery)
  • Accessories (eg. jewellery, perfume, aftershave, wallets, handbags)
  • Electronics (speakers, headphones, cameras)

 

See full gift guide here > Gift Suggestion List

Find out more about The Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal HERE



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.



November 7, 2019 Events

Join us at Health Hub Morayfield on Thursday 14th November for a World Diabetes Day event. You are invited to attend a presentation by Dr Steven James from USC and discover advice and information for successful diabetes management from members of our Health Hub Morayfield Team.

The University of the Sunshine Coast in conjuction with Health Hub Morayfield presents a special World Diabetes Day event

Looking after your family: A Guide to Diabetes and Complication Screening

Date: Thursday 14th November 2019

Time: 9:30am for guest presentation (Light refreshments and information booths from 11-11:30am)

Venue: Level 1, Health Hub Morayfield, 19-31 Dickson Road, Morayfield

RSVP: uschhm@usc.edu.au by 12th November 2019

You are invited to attend a presentation by Dr Steven James from USC at 9:30am.

Health Hub Doctors Morayfield will be providing free blood glucose monitors to people with Diabetes. Other Health Hub Morayfield services will also have information booths available, to provide advice on and information on successful diabetes management.



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.’


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