Spring Newsletter 2019
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Please note : Phone calls and e-mails to the practice have become quite overwhelming. Our Doctors always require their patients to make an appointment to evaluate and properly manage any medical condition. A face to face opportunity allows time to discuss, demonstrate, examine and provide a two way understanding of symptoms and issues at hand. Only very limited prescriptions and referrals will be provided per phone and at all times this must be with your treating doctor’s prior agreement.
I have this pain, it come and goes…..?
Listen to this cough, do I need antibiotics?…..
Here is a photo of my rash/ sore ankle/ cut finger, what should I do?
PLEASE MAKE APPOINTMENTS TO HAVE YOUR HEALTH ISSUES PROPERLY DIAGNOSED AND MANAGED, REQUEST A LONGER APPOINTMENT IF MORE TIME REQUIRED
Arrival for appointments: Always remember to check in at the reception counter when you arrive for your appointment. Make sure you give your name to reception staff who will check you in electronically. We always try to have appointments run on time or close to their appointment time, however issues can sometimes arise making this difficult. Please know we respect our patient’s time and ask that patients allow extra time to avoid traffic or parking problems causing late arrival for appointments. This is also one reason the doctors can run late, as one late arrival causes a chain reaction.
Reminder : It’s still Flu Season in August, September & October.
If you are not already vaccinated please consider a flu vaccination, especially if you are travelling. At this time a review of any other vaccinations can also be done
· If you are aged 50 to 74, you will receive a free at-home bowel cancer screening test in the mail every two years.
· If you are outside this age group and worried about your risk of bowel cancer, talk to your doctor.
· More than 90 per cent of bowel cancers diagnosed at an early stage can be successfully treated.
· You can reduce your risk of bowel cancer by quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet with increased fibre and decreased intake of red and processed meats, maintaining a healthy body weight, and being active.
Bowel cancer, also called colorectal cancer, is the second biggest cause of cancer death in Australia. It is diagnosed in about 3,900 Victorians and over 15,000 Australians every year. If you are 50 or over, you are at higher risk of bowel cancer. It can develop with no symptoms, but if detected early, more than 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated.
Take a Walk…
Spring is a good time to start or re-commence walking as a daily or frequent exercise- its free, its personal, its at your own pace, its good for body, mind & spirit. If you’re starting out, begin slowly and build up, maybe count the house frontages, lampposts or blocks you achieve each time and slowly increment these. Always be mindful of footpath levels and watch out for those uneven spots.
Hay fever is the common name for a condition called allergic rhinitis, which means an allergy that affects the nose.
Hay fever is caused by the nose and/or eyes coming into contact with environmental allergens, such as pollens, dust mite, moulds and animal hair.
Most people associate hay fever with spring, when airborne grass pollens are at their peak. This is known as seasonal allergic rhinitis or spring hay fever. However, hay fever can occur at any time of the year. When symptoms occur all year round, this is known as perennial allergic rhinitis. Perennial allergic rhinitis is usually caused by a reaction to allergens around the home, such as dust mites, moulds, animal hair or fur, or occupational allergens.
Symptoms of hay fever….Some of the symptoms include:
· a runny or stuffy nose
· itchy ears, nose and throat
· red, itchy or watery eyes
In some cases, the symptoms of hay fever can be so severe that a person can’t sleep or concentrate, and may feel tired or unwell.
Hay fever is an allergic reaction
Your nose acts as a filter. The tiny hairs and mucus that line the nasal passages trap dust, pollens and other microscopic particles. A person with hay fever is allergic to some of the particles that get trapped in the nose, such as pollen.
An allergic reaction means the immune system treats a harmless substance as if it is dangerous, and launches an ‘attack’. The nasal passages become inflamed and more mucus is produced.
Managing your hay fever
Identifying the allergen/s causing the symptoms is an important part of managing hay fever. In some cases the cause may be obvious but in others your doctor will need to consider your medical history together with the results of allergy tests (skin prick tests or allergen specific IgE blood tests), which may require referral to a specialist.
Some medications may help relieve the symptoms of hay fever. Ask your GP or pharmacist for advice. You may be advised to try:
· intranasal corticosteroid sprays – these nasal sprays are used for people with moderate to severe symptoms and are one of the most effective treatments for allergic rhinitis. They need to be used regularly as directed to be effective
· combined intranasal corticosteroid and antihistamine sprays are also useful for people with moderate to severe symptoms and offer the combined advantages of both medications
· non-sedating antihistamine medications – these may be useful to control sneezing and itching, but are not as effective as intranasal corticosteroid sprays to control a severely blocked or runny nose. Ask your GP or pharmacist for advice if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
· eye drops – may relieve itchy, swollen or runny eyes. Ask your GP or pharmacist for advice on choosing the correct eye drops
· decongestant nasal sprays – are useful for quick relief, but should not be used for more than a few days as long-term use can damage the lining of the nose. Certain people should not use decongestants (such as those who are pregnant, or have high blood pressure). Discuss with your GP or pharmacist before using these medications
· allergen immunotherapy – some people may benefit from allergen immunotherapy, which exposes a person to increasing amounts of an allergen to improve tolerance and reduce symptoms. This therapy may help hay fever and some cases of asthma. It should only be conducted under medical supervision.
Suggestions to reduce symptoms
Suggestions to prevent or limit symptoms of hay fever include:
· In your garden, choose plants that are pollinated by birds or insects, rather than plants that release their seeds into the air.
· Splash your eyes often with cold water to flush out any allergen.
· Reduce your exposure to dust and dust mites, animals and animal hair or fur (dander).
If you are allergic to grass pollen, it can be difficult to avoid but the following advice may help:
· when possible avoid being outdoors on high pollen days and avoid thunderstorms during grass pollen season, particularly the wind gusts that precede them
· avoid activities known to cause exposure to pollen, such as mowing grass
· shower after outdoor activities where exposure to pollen is high
· use re-circulated air in the car when pollen levels are high
· wear sunglasses (reduces amount of pollen that gets into eyes)
· dry bedding and clothing inside or in a tumble dryer.
R U OK?…
· A conversation could change a life!
· R U OK?DAY IS THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER – BUT EVERYDAY CAN BE – R U OK DAY
· TRUST THE SIGNS, ASK R U OK?
· (Google the R U OK organisation)
· WHAT WE DO:-
· We inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.
· You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.
· Starting an R U OK? conversation? Use these four steps:
· 1. Ask R U OK? 2. Listen 3. Encourage action 4. Check In
Mental health and wellbeing support for LGBTI people
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians live healthy, connected, happy and positive lives, but overall LGBTI people experience poorer physical and mental health, are more likely to have problems with alcohol and other drugs, and have a higher rate of suicide. LGBTI people are also frequently subject to discrimination and can have problems accessing healthcare that’s right for them.
If you or someone you know is LGBTI and needs support, help is available … you are not alone.
Mental health services…
A range of services is available specifically for LGBTI Victorians needing mental health support. These services (also available to family members and friends) include mental health counselling, resources and peer support activities.
Key providers of LGBTI mental health services in Victoria include:
- drummond street services– including Queerspace mental health and wellbeing services delivered by specialist queer and queer affirmative mental health practitioners, and QHealth – queer-affirmative drug and alcohol counselling services
- Thorne Harbour Health(formerly Victorian AIDS Council) Tel. (03) 9865 6700 or 1800 134 840 – confidential, non-judgmental, counselling for members of the LGBTI community
- Switchboard (03) 9663 6733 – a peer based, volunteer-run support service for LGBTQI people and their friends, families and allies
- rainbow families Victoria– supports and promotes equality for ‘rainbow’ families (parents, carers and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, gender diverse or intersex) in Victoria.
- The Mind Equality Centrein Fitzroy North is a safe, healing environment that offers specialist support for sexually and gender diverse people.
Other mental health services provide help and support for all Victorians:
- headspace 1800 650 890 – a youth mental health foundation that helps young people aged 12–25 years who are going through a tough time
- beyondblueand youthbeyondblue (Tel. 1300 22 4636) provide free online and telephone helplines for people experiencing depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.You can talk to trained mental health professionals who can give you support and advice
- ReachOutis an online mental health service for young people. It provides practical support to help young people manage any issues they might face, from everyday struggles to much tougher situations
- Kids Helpline(Tel. 1800 55 1800) is a 24-hour telephone service that is available for young people (aged between five and 25) who need advice, counselling or just someone to talk to – no problem is too big or too small
- Lifeline(Tel. 13 11 14) is an anonymous and confidential 24-hour crisis support line. You can call Lifeline to discuss all types of personal difficulties, including thoughts of suicide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Lifeline provides immediate support by phone, via online chat or face to face
- SuicideLine(Tel 1300 651 251) is a confidential 24-hour crisis support line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call SuicideLine if you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, or if you have been affected by suicide
- SANE Australia (Tel. 1800 18 7263) is a national organisation helping all Australians affected by mental illness to lead a better life – through support, training and education.
Peer support is about giving and receiving help in a respectful environment, with people who understand what you are experiencing because they have experienced it too. Peer support for LGBTI young people is available across Victoria.
To access LGBTI peer support services for young people in Victoria contact:
- Youth Affairs Council VictoriaTel (03) 9267 3799
- Minus18– this national organisation for LGBTI youth provides peer support and mentoring to young LGBTI people wanting to make a change
- headspace 1800 650 890 – Qheadspaceprovides online peer support for young LGBTIQ+ people. It’s hosted by young people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and have experienced a mental health difficulty
- WayOut 1300 026 229 – is a suicide prevention program for LGBTI young people in rural Victoria
- GASP 5272 6120 – GASP offers a safe space, as well as social and support groups, services and support for young LGBTI people in the Geelong region aged 12–25
- Ygender– is a peer-led support and advocacy organisation for trans and gender diverse young people.
Spring Newsletter 2019
-1 ½ cups plain flour
-125g cold butter, chopped
-1 egg yolk
-2 tbs iced water
170g asparagus, trimmed, halved
-60g green beans, trimmed, halved
-1/4 cup frozen peas
-1 small zucchini, cut into ribbons
-1 small bunch spring onions/scallions, thinly sliced
-1/2 cup pouring cream
½ cup sour cream
-150g goat’s cheese
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
· -Make short crust pastry, rest for 30mins in refrigerator.
-Oil a24cm round loose-based cake tin. Roll pastry on baking paper until large enough to line tin. Lift pastry into tin and press against edges. Refrigerate for 20mins
· -Preheat oven to 200c
-Place cake tin with pasty inside in oven, lined with baking paper and rice/weights and blind bake for 10mins. Remove rice/weights and baking paper, and bake until slightly browned.
· -Steam beans, peas, asparagus until just tender. Refresh with cold water to stop cooking process.
· -Arrange asparagus, beans, peas and zucchini in pastry case. Top with spring onions.
-Whisk eggs, cream, sour cream and pour over vegetables.
-Bake quiche for approx. 45mins or until just set. Serve topped with goats cheese and mint leaves. Can be served hot or cold.