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$1 Million funding allocated for thunderstorm asthma research

Posted Date: 2017-08-14

Funding for thunderstorm asthma research

The state government has decided to allocate $1 million in funding for research into thunderstorm asthma and pollen monitoring.

Minister of health, Hon. Jill Hennessy MP released a report from the IG for Emergency Management in relation to the thunderstorm asthma event that happened in November 2016. The report states that thunderstorm asthma is not a well understood topic and the factors that enable thunderstorm asthma events to be predicted need to be better understood through research.

$700,000 of the funding will be allocated into researching the causes of thunderstorm asthma and the best methods to forecast and predict such events. The remaining $300,000 will be allocated towards Victoria’s pollen monitoring network.  

Although pollen season is over for victoria for the time being and thunderstorm activity that triggers asthma is not expected any time soon, it is vital that research is conducted in order to be prepared for future occurrences.

More information can be found on the state government’s health services website.



How Can You Protect Your Family From Meningococcal Disease?

Posted Date: 2017-08-07

Meningococcal disease is a rare bacterial infection that can be deadly if not identified and treated quickly.

Children that receive regular vaccinations would have been given the vaccination for one strain of meningococcal disease (usually given at 12 months of age). Although the routine vaccination can help protect against the one strain it does not protect against every type of meningococcal bacteria...



Home Medicines Review - How It Can Help

Posted Date: 2017-07-27

 
Home Medicines Reviews aim to achieve safe, effective, and appropriate use of medicines by detecting and addressing medicine-related problems.

HMR services are appropriate for patients who are:

  • Currently taking five or more regular medicines
  • Taking more than 12 doses of medicine per day
  • Experiencing significant changes to their medicine regiment (in the last three months)
  • Recently discharged from hospital
  • Taking medicine with a narrow therapeutic index or that requires therapeutic monitoring
  • Experiencing symptoms suggestive of an adverse medicine reaction
  • Having difficulty managing their own medicines because of low level literacy and language skills or impaired sight
  • Attending a number of different doctors, both general practitioners and specialists
Speak to your GP if you think you would benefit from this service. It is funded by Medicare, hence no out of pocket charge for patients.


Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease:

Posted Date: 2017-07-17

The Department of Health & Human Services Victoria has issued a notice that there have been an increased number of reported cases of the Legionella infection. A total of 47 cases of the Legionella infection or more commonly known as Legionnaires’ disease have been reported for 2017 so far.

The department is investigating the notified cases to try and identify how these patients contracted the illness. A potential outbreak was detected in the Cranbourne area and further investigation is being carried out (there were 4 cases since February of people who had visited the Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre). Cooling towers in the vicinity of the area were tested and have undergone disinfection. (The tested towers did not return a positive result for Legionnaires’ disease)

Who is at risk?

Some of the risk factors are...



Outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to frozen berries:

Posted Date: 2017-07-10

A notice was recently issued by Health Services Victoria declaring an outbreak of Hepatitis A was linked to a specific brand of frozen berries. The virus has been potentially linked to the consumption of frozen mixed berries of the brand ‘Creative Gourmet’ (300g). The product has been recalled, please make sure to check with your local supermarket and ensure that recalled products are not consumed.  You can discard or return the recalled product to the point of sale at the supermarket or store it was purchased.

Who is at risk?

Anyone who consumed Creative Gourmet frozen mixed berries (300g) packs with a best before date of 15 January 2021...



How To Protect Yourself From The Flu This Season!

Posted Date: 2017-03-29

How to protect yourself from the flu this season, watch the flu movie now:

 The Flu Movie

 



Type 2 Diabetes – Are you at risk?

Posted Date: 2017-03-22

By Fiona McKeeman Credentialled Diabetes Educator RN

Type 2 Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia. Around 280 Australians develop diabetes each day. That is about one person every 5 minutes. 1 million Australians are known to have type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that another 500,000 Australians may also have type 2 diabetes but are undiagnosed.1,2

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, representing about 85% of cases. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition in which the body becomes less sensitive to insulin. Over time the pancreas may also not be able to make enough insulin. Insulin is released into the blood stream to help move glucose from the food we have eaten into our body’s cells to be used as energy. If we are less sensitive to insulin or not making enough of it, blood glucose levels rise.

Many people can manage type 2 diabetes initially with healthy eating and regular exercise.  However, over time most people with type 2 diabetes may also need tablets and many can also need insulin to keep blood glucose levels stable. By keeping blood glucose levels stable, this can reduce risk of long term complications such as heart disease and damage to blood vessels, nerve pathways, eyes, feet, and kidneys.

Symptoms of diabetes

  • being thirsty
  • feeling tired
  • passing more urine
  • sores or cuts that won’t heal
  • blurred vision
  • skin infections

numbness, pain or tingling feet.

Often, people may not notice these symptoms, or they may appear slowly over time. Some people may not have any symptoms at all. Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms or you have risk factors for type 2 diabetes...



Why Regular Medical Check-Ups Are So Important:

Posted Date: 2017-02-13

The generally busy lifestyles of people today with demanding work schedules coupled with costly healthcare has resulted in many people giving less priority to regular medical check-ups. But the reality is that regular healthcare check-ups can be the difference between life and death.

It is very important to get a medical check-up done at least once a year, especially if you want to live a healthy, comfortable life. Doctors can run necessary examinations and tests to identify issues early on whilst providing treatment and advice on healthy living.

The age old saying “Prevention is better than cure” – regular medicals provide doctors a way of identifying any underlying health problems early. Since check-ups include a variety of tests, preventive screening and examinations, it helps a doctor determine the current health and future risks of a patient

In addition to determining a baseline using which they can identify risk factors and unhealthy trends, regular medicals can help save costs in the long run. Since regular medical check-ups can minimise the risk of potential health issues by identifying risks early, this means lower chances of more extensive (costly) medical care in the future.

Speak to Unique Medical to find out if your health check-up is covered by medicare or health insurance.

What is included in a medical check-up at Unique Medical Centre Cranbourne...



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