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Leadership is vital in the promotion of health and wellbeing within the community. We are proud to be associated with an award recognising emerging young leaders from Gibb Street Primary School within our community. The 2018 Youth Leadership Award at Gibb Street Primary School was sponsored by Queens Park Medical Centre, and presented to two outstanding students who show a true social conscience and a commitment to their local community by Dr Tim Ong and Mrs Allison Kyle on 7th December 2018. These students were recognised for their leadership amongst their peers, which was demonstrated through consistent display of kindness and patience towards others, conscientiousness, grit, ability to display initiative, enthusiasm, positivity in times of adversity, and generosity with their time for volunteer projects.
In January, we welcomed Dr Talila Milroy to our practice. Talila completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2015 at the University of Sydney, and completed her internship and residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney where she completed terms including emergency medicine, paediatrics, rheumatology and obstetrics and gynaecology. Additionally, she has completed her Bachelor of Psychology. Talila is currently completing her general practitioner training through the Royal Australian College of General Practice.
Talila has a keen interest in paediatrics and family health, and also enjoys women’s health management. Additionally, Talila is very interested in Indigenous health and enjoys writing blogs about social justice and medical issues. Available for consultation on Monday to Friday, and alternate Saturdays.
In January, we welcomed Louisa Parry, an Accredited Practising Dietitian to our practice. An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is an allied healthcare professional who are the most qualified to provided expert advice about dietary and nutritional needs, and are the only nutrition professionals recognised by the Australian Government and Medicare. An APD can assist in the management of medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, food intolerances, and disordered eating, and can also assist in optimising nutrition for people who are overweight and obese. Additionally, an APD can provide tailored advice to otherwise healthy people who have questions about optimising their diet. This can include advice on reading nutritional food labels, managing weight, planning balanced diets, understanding nutritional recommendations for vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, choosing good options when eating out, and optimising sports performance. Services provided by an Accredited Practising Dietitian do not require a referral from a doctor, and private patients are eligible for rebate with most private health funds. A referral from your doctor is necessary if you wish to claim through Medicare and Department of Veteran Affairs.
Louisa will provide one-on-one consultations and deliver individualised and practical suggestions that are tailored to your nutritional needs, medical history, and personal goals. Additionally, Louisa can assist patients to understand the relationship between many medical conditions and diet. Louisa has a wide range of professional interests, including dietary management of weight concerns and healthy eating, diabetes, heart health, polycystic ovarian syndrome, bowel health (including inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease, diarrhoea and constipation, diverticular disorders, and irritable bowel disease), liver disorders, pregnancy and maternal health, and managing concerns about nutritional adequacy for people with osteoporosis, and vegan/vegetarians. We are excited to welcome Louisa to our team!
For more information, contact us on 9356 8993, or contact Louisa on 0439 972 118 or email@example.com
Osteoporosis is a common disease, affecting bone men and women, which causes bones to become less dense, less strong, and more likely to break. It occurs when bones lose the minerals that make them strong, such as calcium, faster than the body can replace them. Between the ages of 25-35, our bones are at their peak density, however, as we age, this begins to decline. Changes in hormones, such as the decline in oestrogen after menopause, can cause bone loss, due to an imbalance in the cells that build up and break down bone. This can result in low bone density, and an increased risk of breaking bones, particularly in the hips, spine, and wrists.
One in two women and one in three men will develop osteoporosis in their lifetime. Many people do not realise they have osteoporosis, as there are often no signs and symptoms until a bone breaks. However, there are some risk factors that increase the likelihood of osteoporosis. These include:
- Female gender
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Low vitamin D levels
- Lack of physical activity
- Having gone through menopause
- More than 2 standard drinks of alcohol a day (e.g. more than two glasses of wine)
- More than 3 cups of coffee (or equivalent) a day
- Medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, chronic kidney or liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Coeliac disease
- Medications, including long-term corticosteroid use
The only way to diagnose osteoporosis and low bone density is by having DEXA scan. A DEXA, or dual-energy absorptiometry scan, is a quick and painless scan, similar to an X-ray, which measures the density of bones.
In the meantime, there are steps which can be taken to prevent your risk of osteoporosis. These include:
- Healthy and varied diet, with fresh vegetables, fruit, and wholegrains, and calcium-rich foods, such as dairy
- Absorbing vitamin D (10-15 minutes of sunshine a day)
- Regular weight-bearing and strength-training exercises, such as jogging, jumping, skipping, Pilates, yoga
- Avoiding smoking
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Limiting caffeine
On the 17th to 19th of December, Osteoporosis Solutions will be joining us at Queens Park Medical Centre providing DEXA scans in their mobile bone density screening van. If you are over 70, you will be bulk-billed with a referral from your GP. If you are interested, please speak to your doctor, or call us on 9356 8993. For more information on DEXA scans and Osteoporosis Solutions, visit http://www.osteoporosissolutions.com.au/
For more information on osteoporosis, visit BetterHealth Channel and Osteoporosis Australia https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/osteoporosis
Queens Park Medical Centre warmly welcomes Dr Kerrie Malarkey to join its medical team. Dr Malarkey completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2013 and following this worked at the Royal Perth Hospital for two years and then moved to Princess Margaret Hospital.
Dr Malarkey is currently completing her GP training through the Royal Australian College of General Practice and has a keen interest in paediatrics and family health.
To make an appointment to see Dr Malarkey please call 93568993 and speak to one of our friendly receptionists or make an online booking. She is available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and every third Saturday.
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Laughter burns calories. OK, so it’s no replacement for going to the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn about 40 calories—which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year.
Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.
Laughter may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humour outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer.
With so many benefits to laughing, we at Queens Park Medical Centre ran a competition in the month of February called: MAKE ME SMILE
Patients were invited to submit a short joke for the chance to win some movie vouchers to Hoyts.
Some of the entries were:
Q: Why was 6 afraid of 7?
A: Because 7 ate 9 (7 8 9)
Q: What do you get if you cross a kangaroo with a sheep?
A: A woolly jumper
Q: What did Sushi A say to Sushi B?
A: Wasa B!
And the winning joke is…
Q: What did the 1st tonsil say to the 2nd tonsil?
A: Get dressed up, the doctor is taking us out!
Thanks to all the patients who participated!
Your hearing is vital to your wellbeing and everyday living. So if you are finding it hard to hear, do not delay.
Queens Park Medical Centre, in partnership with Australian Hearing, is running Free Hearing Checks on the following Tuesdays:
10 October 2:00pm – 5:00pm
7 November 2:00pm – 5:00pm
5 December 2:00pm – 5:00pm
To check your eligibility and to make an appointment, please call 93568993 or speak to one of our friendly receptionists when you are next in the Medical Centre.
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
Franklin D Roosevelt
At Queens Park Medical Centre, we contribute to the youth in our community by providing work experience opportunities. Recently we had 2 students from St Norbert College and all doctors and staff enjoyed showing these two young ladies the workings of a busy medical centre. We hope they enjoyed and learnt from the experience as well.
Dr John Hanrahan has recently passed his FRACGP exams and all of us at Queens Park Medical Centre wish him the warmest congratulations.
If you wish to consult Dr Hanrahan, please either book online or call and speak to one of our friendly receptionists on 93568993.
For the month of June 2017 we will be presenting ‘Fruity Fridays’ at Queens Park Medical Centre. This is a community health promotion aimed at raising awareness of healthy eating and lifestyle. Have a free piece of fruit on us as our contribution towards a lighter and healthier Australia!
The flu season is upon us once again. Private influenza vaccines have now arrived! So please call or book online for an appointment to see the doctor and ensure that you and your family are protected.
Government funded influenza vaccines are expected to arrive in mid April.
You are eligible for government funded vaccines if you meet the following criteria:
- all people aged 65 years and over
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to 5 years
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
- pregnant women
- people aged 6 months and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza, namely:
- cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive
- chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma
- other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies
- chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders *impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use
- cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive
- children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy
Please let us know if you wish to be included on our Government Funded Flu Vaccine list and we can call you to make an appointment when the Government vaccines arrive.
Queens Park Medical Centre warmly welcomes Dr John Hanrahan to join its medical team. Dr Hanrahan enjoys enjoys all aspects of family medicine, especially chronic disease management and child health. He is available for minor procedures.
To make an appointment to see Dr Hanrahan please call 93568993 and speak to one of our friendly receptionists or make an online booking.
The practice will soon offer an SMS/ Text message facility to all our patients. This will initially be for test reminders and later on looking at for appointment reminders, recalls and medical services we offer.
If you want to opt out and do not wish to use the facility, kindly inform reception when making your next appointment.
The sun is out which means it’s summertime! Beaches, barbeques, swimming pool, all fun in the sun. However, as much as we all love being in the sun, that little bit of sun can be detrimental if we’re not careful.
Over 95% of skin cancers can be treated if found early. Most skin cancers are detected by people themselves or by a family member.
Skin cancers may not be painful and are more commonly seen rather than felt.” – Cancer Council WA 2015
Our Health Promotion is designed to raise awareness and reduce incidences of skin cancers through;
- Patient Education
- Early Detection – Skin Examination/Screening
- Early Intervention –Skin Biopsy/Referral
If you have noticed any differences in your skin lately or have any concerns with skin issues that you want to have checked please call 9356 8993 to book an appointment. We will be conducting Skin Check Clinics during the summer months of January and February which will be BULK-BILLED.
Queens Park Medical Centre has partnered with Australian Hearing under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program to provide patients with a free hearing check.
Healthy hearing checks will be run at the medical centre on:
8 November 9:30am – 1:00pm
6 December 9:30am – 1:00pm
To check your eligibility and make an appointment, please call 93568993 to discuss with one of our friendly receptionists.