Here is a collection of articles our doctors have written on interesting topics in family medicine, women’s health, skin cancer medicine, travel health, child health and more.  We wish to educate and generate interests, thoughts and discussions on these health topics.  Please enjoy the read!

122015Dec
Why do I have low Iron?

Why do I have low Iron?

Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of fatigue in women of child bearing age. Whilst the treatment of iron deficiency can often alleviate symptoms, it is very important to find out what is the actual cause of iron deficiency so a serious disease is not missed. In this blog, I would like…

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12015Nov

What happens to my cycle after I stop the pill?

We have often come across this question by young women on the pill or on other forms of contraception. It is an important question as women may be planning for pregnancy and would like to know when they will start ovulating, or they may want to know at what stage should they be concerned if…

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12015Jan
New Prostate Cancer Screening Guildelines – clarity at last!

New Prostate Cancer Screening Guildelines – clarity at last!

Prostate Cancer – to screen or not to screen? Prostate cancer is a serious disease and kills more than 3000 men a year in Australia.   It is understandable that men are anxious about this. It’s also understandable that you would want to screen for prostate cancer. In December 2014 new (draft) guidelines were released regarding…

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12015Jan
Rabies – what to do if you are bitten overseas?

Rabies – what to do if you are bitten overseas?

We recently had an interesting case come through our Travel Clinic involving a lady bitten by a monkey whilst overseas, enquiring about rabies. Just by chance, the lady was chatting to a friend over a Christmas dinner that she had been bitten by a monkey at a temple in Bali 2 months ago and the…

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222014Dec
Travel Health Checklist

Travel Health Checklist

Spent too much time planning for your trip with no time to organise other pre travel must do’s?  Here is a travel health checklist to keep you organised and on task. Get travel insurance when you book your trip to cover unforseen events before you leave home. Don’t wait until you are about to leave….

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222014Dec
What do I need to know about Dummies?

What do I need to know about Dummies?

Many parents ask us advice about the use of dummies in babies and toddlers. Like many things there is a bit of controversy about their use and they have come in and out of fashion over the years.  So what do you need to know about dummies? Many parents find a dummy very useful for…

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222014Dec

Things To Do Before You Start a Family

Women know to see a GP for blood tests and antenatal care once they see that positive pregnancy test.  But did you know that there are things to do and important health tips to optimise the health of you and your baby before you even fall pregnant? Preconception care involves optimising your health in preparation…

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222014Dec
Pap Smears and the HPV Vaccine – great news for women

Pap Smears and the HPV Vaccine – great news for women

Following the introduction of the cervical cancer vaccine program we have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of abnormal PAP smears for young vaccinated women. This vaccine was developed in Queensland by Professor Ian Fraser and is now being used to protect young women all over the world. The vaccine is given at school…

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222014Dec

Traveller’s Diarrhoea – no point in letting it run!

Did you know that traveller’s diarrhoea affects up to 30-70% of travelers, depending on the destination and season of travel?  While the common rule of “boil it, cook it, peel it or forget it” reduces the chance of travel’s diarrhoea, studies have shown that people who follow these rules can still get traveller’s diarrhoea. Patients…

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222014Dec
Who Should have a Skin Check?

Who Should have a Skin Check?

Australians have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, 2-3 times that of USA, United Kingdom and Canada. Two out of three Australians will have at least one skin cancer by the time they reach 70 years. Queensland has the highest incidence of melanoma in world and melanoma is the commonest “solid” (as…

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