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World Diabetes Day

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: 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.’

October 10, 2019 Community

The Advanced Breast Cancer Group
Supporting women living with metastatic breast cancer

October is a month swathed in pink to bring awareness to breast cancer and the incredible work that continues to be done in fighting the disease and working to find a cure. What we ask is that throughout the month, and particularly on October 13th, you see a darker shade of pink and recognise the women living with metastatic breast cancer for whom there is no longer a cure. It is important for these women to be part of the conversation and to have a voice through all members of the community.

Women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer (also known as metastatic, or secondary cancer) face specific challenges in trying to understand and accept the diagnosis. What the Advanced Breast Cancer Group aims to provide is a safe space in which women who are living with metastatic breast cancer can come together and talk about their shared experiences. Whilst they are each on their own path, the women who join the group are able to find comfort in connecting with other women on a similar journey.

We offer a weekly, professionally led group to women with metastatic breast cancer throughout Queensland, connecting both face to face and via teleconference.  The women in the group talk about their illness, their treatment, side effects, relationships, what they fear, what makes them laugh or cry, and how they can find ways of living with a metastatic diagnosis. Evaluations have shown that being in the group improves quality of life by reducing the stress and trauma associated with the diagnosis.

We also offer regular workshops to partners and families of women in the group.

The women in the group value each other’s generosity and bravery in sharing their experiences and in supporting one another. Being in the group offers women a sense of belonging and comfort, it extends their social support and decreases the isolation they can feel as a result of the diagnosis. It can also instil hope, and in the face of a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer, the idea of hope is precious.

To find out more, please contact the Advanced Breast Cancer Group, ( Pia Hirsch or Mary O’Brien on 07 3217 2988 or

September 3, 2019 Services

Gastric Sleeve surgery involves removing the lateral two-thirds of the stomach with a stapling device. The procedure is done using keyhole or laparoscopic surgery. The remaining stomach is more like a tube or ‘sleeve’ than a sac. It is estimated that the remaining stomach has about a 100 to 200ml capacity. It works by making you feel “full” sooner, therefore you will eat less.


Is it effective?

Most people who have gastric sleeve surgery have been found to achieve long term weight loss, but it is contingent on keeping to a new lifestyle inclusive of movement and diet changes. Studies have shown that after a gastric sleeve resection procedure, patients show improvement in obesity related health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnoea.

What are the risks?

As with all major surgical procedures, gastric sleeve surgery comes with the risk of post-operative complications such as infections, pneumonia and bleeding. As the procedure involves stapling part of the stomach, leakage is always possible. If leakage occurs, it may cause infection and other health problems. The more obese you are prior to surgery, the higher the risk of complications. However, medical statistics indicate low mortality (risk of dying).

How long will recovery take?

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes one to two hours.
We anticipate your stay in the hospital for two or three days, then recovery at home for two weeks. Your recovery should be fast and smooth, provided that you follow the dietitian’s instructions. You should avoid any heavy lifting for four weeks to allow the wound to heal. You should be able to return to work after 2-4 weeks, depending on your type of work (standardly two weeks).

You will be on a fluid diet for one week post operatively, then you will slowly progress to pureed foods, soft foods, before returning to solid food at approximately 6 weeks.

Movement and regular exercise will assist in helping you return to work as soon as possible.

To book an appointment with Dr Ian Baxter, please call 5444 8594

For more information on Dr Ian Baxter

August 16, 2019 Job Opportunities

Nurse Practitioner:

About the business
Health Hub Doctors Morayfield is growing by 350-500 new patients every week and patient demand is stronger than ever as we continue to focus on high quality, integrated, patient-centred care. Located on Brisbane’s Northside and only 30-40 mins from the Sunshine Coast.

About you
We are seeking a Nurse Practitioner who demonstrates at an advanced level of clinical skills, knowledge and high level of expert clinical capacity to translate these into contemporary evidence based clinical care for our minor accident and illness centre.

Essential Criteria
• Must have working rights in Australia
• AHPRA registration
• Hold Master’s in nursing
• Current prescriber number

• Onsite Radiologist – 5 days a week
• Laboratory within the onsite pathology
• Cafe for patients and staff to enjoy a coffee
• Research based medicine, including clinical trials centre
• Brain treatment centre
• On-site childcare facility
• Hydrotherapy pool

To apply for this role please send your CV and cover letter to Angie Farrell



Practice Nurse:

About the role:
Reporting to the Nurse Manager, you will be based within a friendly team environment with everyone working together to put the patient at the centre of excellent clinical care. Working a variety of shifts and with an assortment of patient presentations no two days are the same.

Some of your main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Wound care
  • immunisation
  • other injections
  • assisting with procedures
  • liasing with patients
  • health assessments & equipment sterilisation

The ideal candidates will possess the following:

  • Degree qualified with Current AHPRA registration
  • Valid police check, or the ability to obtain one
  • Knowledge of childhood immunisation
  • Experience of home health assessments
  • Fracture management/plaster management
  • Triaging urgent care
  • Wound management
  • Patient centred care
  • A holistic approach
  • Experience with Best Practice software
  • Previous general practice experience desireable
  • Experience in a Urgent care clinic or ED environment desirable but not essential

We are looking for nurses who are looking for full time hours, part time hours, and casual hours. There is also clear career coaching and progression available for the right applicants.


  • Flexible hours with a range of shifts to choose from
  • On site, secured swipe card access only parking
  • Childcare on site from next year
  • Above award rates


If this sounds like you, please apply now with your CV and cover letter. Please e-mail

August 16, 2019 Uncategorized

We would like to reassure Health Hub Doctors Morayfield patients with the below statement from Hot Doc.


In light of recent ACCC press release regarding legal proceedings against another online booking provider, we would like to take a moment to reassure all patients and practices that HotDoc is not part of these legal proceedings and has never sold or shared patients information to third parties for advertising purposes.

Our purpose is to enable the best possible healthcare experience for everyone in Australia and part of that is ensuring patients privacy and security is managed with the highest regard.

For more information, you can find our transparent Patient Privacy Statement here -


August 4, 2019 Services
Dr Posture logo

Stretching promotes normal metabolic activity of the inter-vertebral discs, muscles and ligaments. It should be done in a smooth, controlled manner and should never be painful. If you do experience any pain, please consult your health care professional.

These stretches should be done at least twice each day (first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening before bed). You will also benefit from stretching throughout the day whenever you feel your muscles stiffen. Ten repetitions to each side are suggested for each stretch.


1. Spinal Rotations: Sitting upright, slowly twist your spine as far as it will go (look over your shoulder) to both sides.

2. Spinal Extension/Flex: Sitting upright, place hands on knees. Slowly pull head back as pelvis is tilted forward, then bend your head forward as your pelvis tips backwards.

3. Spinal Lateral Bending: Sitting upright, bend fully to one side and then to the other (bring your ear towards your shoulder as far as you can).

Spinal Molding

This exercise enhances spinal curves and prepares you and your spine for a restful sleep, following your evening stretches. Lay on a neck and back roll for 10 minutes before sleeping. Place neck roll under your neck, pressed against your shoulders. Place lower back roll below your rib cage and above your pelvis. You can add a bolster under your knees for added comfort (skip this exercise if you are using the ThoracicPillow®).




To book an appointment with Dr David Shahar, please call 5322 4900

For more information on Dr David Shahar

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

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

July 15, 2019 Services

We sat down with Dr Baxter to learn a little more about him!


Q:   How did you get to become a surgeon on the Sunshine Coast?

A:   I was educated in Brisbane and commenced medicine at the University of Queensland in 1980. After graduating I worked at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and always had a passion to become a surgeon as I enjoyed the principles of operating, the black and white nature of surgery and the ability to significantly improve peoples' lives through operating. I then travelled for a couple of years and then returned to the Royal Brisbane Hospital as a training Registrar and embarked upon my surgical training.  I finished my surgical training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and obtained my college certification which is to be a Fellow of the Royal College of Australian Surgeons in 1995.  I then went and studied abroad for 2 years at Bath and then Edinburgh where I was a Senior Registrar and got involved with upper gastro-intestinal surgery and that became my area of interest and passion.  During that time, I saw the evolution of laparoscopic or keyhole surgery and saw that was a way for the future. I returned to Australia as Director at the QE2 Hospital in Brisbane and spent a year as Director  and then ventured to the Sunshine Coast where I wanted to reside in 1998 and have lived there since with my wife and four children.   My interest in bariatric surgery began seeing gastric bands with one of my mentors and I started doing these in 1999, since that time bariatric surgery has become a considerable interest and part of my practice and has evolved over the last 20 year where we now do laparoscopic bands, laparoscopic sleeves and laparoscopic bypass and it certainly is a significant area of practice.  I enjoy general surgery and will continue to practice with my main focus in bariatric surgery and upper gastro-intestinal.

Q:  What do you do in your spare time?

A:  I live rurally on acreage so most of my spare time is outdoors mowing on a tractor or gardening which I have got an avid interest in. I also have a local band that I play guitar and do vocals and I enjoy all things about the ocean in particular surfing. I also have a real interest in snow-skiing and take most years on the snow fields in winter.

Q:  What is at the top of your bucket list?

A:  At the moment it would be looking at the walking tour along the Amalfi Coast and through Tuscany.

Q:  What is your favourite food?

A:  My favourite food would probably be Morton Bay Bugs and the Mooloolaba Prawns.

Q:  Favourite holiday destination?

A:  My favourite holiday destination I would have to say I really enjoy both the ocean and snow, so we often ourselves surf locally at the beach or at North Stradbroke Island. The beaches around Byron are also quite spectacular. With skiing I would have to say Whistler would be by favourite skiing destination.

Q:  What is the most interesting medical article you have read recently?

A:  I have read a number of articles about the rise of robotic surgery which has become an area of interest to me which I will look at further training in the future and it possibly is the next evolution in terms of surgery using robots to help and certainly is an area that interests me at the moment.


To book an appointment with Dr Ian Baxter, please call 5322 4900

For more information on Dr Ian Baxter

July 9, 2019 Services
Dr Posture logo

Dr David Shahar is our chiropractor here at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield who is committed to helping patients with their posture.

Healthier standing, sitting and sleeping habits will certainly reduce neck, head and back ache, pinched nerves, arm and shoulder pain, insomnia and mental fatigue. It’s that simple!

Sit Correctly

When resting your back against a car seat, in front of the television, at your desk or at school, remember to perform the ManubriumLift®.

Make sure your buttocks touch the back of your chair, as that will help to shift your head back over your shoulders. A lumbar roll can be used to help you maintain the normal curves in your back.

Bend your knees at a right angle (use a foot rest or stool if necessary). Keep your feet flat on the floor and try not to cross your legs.

When sitting forward while eating, at your computer or when writing, it is good to tip your seat down slightly at the front if possible, or use a sacral block (chair wedge) to prevent your pelvis from tipping back, which causes slouching.

“Blocking” your pelvis will make it easier and more comfortable to maintain an upright position.

Here’s to your good posture!

To book an appointment with Dr David Shahar, please call 5322 4900

For more information on Dr David Shahar

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