Shingles Vaccine now available

Adults aged 70 to 79 years are eligible for a free Zostavax (Shingles) Vaccine – a safe and effective way to protect yourself from serious disease caused by shingles.

Shingles is the disease caused when the chickenpox virus reactivates. It causes a painful blistering rash which can cause a tingling, burning sensation in the area. The rash can last about 10 to 15 days. It often makes a stripe or belt-like pattern on one side of the face or body. The rash forms small blisters, which fill with liquid and burst before the skin crusts over and heals.

It can also cause headache, tiredness and discomfort when looking at bright lights.

Shingles is a serious disease because it can cause severe nerve pain that can last for months. It can also lead to serious eye problems, pneumonia, hearing problems, swelling of the brain and death.

Shingles usually affects older people. The older you are if you get shingles, the higher your risk of getting serious disease.

If shingles is diagnosed early enough (within 3 days of the rash appearing), it can be treated with antiviral medicines.

The shingles vaccine is given as a needle. Common side effects of shingles vaccine may include: pain, redness, swelling or itching where the needle went in; headache; tiredness.

Please telephone the practice on 07 5477 0644 for more information or to book an appointment with your GP to discuss the shingles vaccine further.

Look after your mental health during COVID-19 restrictions

The impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, physical distancing and isolation can make us feel anxious, stressed and worried. Read about what you can do to look after your mental wellbeing and look out for those around you as we tackle these challenges together.

The Australian Government will provide 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions for people subjected to further restrictions in areas impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

People will have to have a Mental Health Treatment Plan and a review with their GP to access the additional sessions. This will allow them to continue to receive mental health care from their psychologist, psychiatrist, GP or other eligible allied health worker.

Click HERE for more information from the Australian Government Department of Health

Accelerating diabetes and cardiovascular disease research

The Government will invest $47 million over 4 years into a program to accelerate cutting-edge research into two of the most prominent health conditions that affect millions of Australians – diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The accelerator program will consolidate research being done and see ideas developed into outcomes more quickly. It will bring together industry, researchers, clinical organisations, businesses and philanthropists to deliver results.

For more details, see the media release.

Protect your baby against meningococcal B

Protect your baby against meningococcal B – now available on the National Immunisation Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants

Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious condition with young children more at risk. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged under 2 are at even greater risk — about 4 times higher compared with non-Indigenous children. For this reason, the meningococcal B vaccine is now covered under the National Immunisation Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under 2 years of age.

From 1 July 2020, the meningococcal B vaccine will be given at the same time as other routine baby vaccinations at 2, 4 and 12 months. An extra dose at 6 months is required for infants who have certain risk conditions.

It is important that all doses are given to ensure your child is protected.  Children who missed out can still get their meningococcal B vaccines up until they turn 2. If they receive their first dose before turning 2, they can complete the other doses even after turning 2.

The meningococcal B vaccine is safe and effective, but all medications and vaccines can have side effects. Babies who get the meningococcal B vaccine are more likely to develop a fever, so it is recommended that you give your baby 3 doses of paracetamol with each vaccination:

  • Dose 1 – 30 minutes before vaccination or as soon as possible afterwards
  • Dose 2 – 6 hours after the first paracetamol dose even if there is no fever
  • Dose 3 – 6 hours after the second paracetamol dose even if there is no fever

Talk to your health care worker, doctor or nurse about the vaccine or read  Vaccinate to protect your baby against meningococcal B.

See the National Immunisation Program schedule for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples from 1 July 2020.

Our New Extension is now open!

We are very excited with our modern new extensions. Our New Treatment Room, Podiatrist Room, New Doctor’s Room and our new landscaped garden are ready for use. Click here to see all our new rooms.

New extensions are almost complete!

Our additional treatment room, new staff room and additional allied health/nurse’s room are almost ready for patients.

It’s taken a while during these difficult times but we’re nearly there!

Practice Improvements Begin Soon!

The extension which will commence at the end of February will provide the practice with an additional treatment room bed, a new staff room and an allied health/nurse’s room.

The current staff room will be converted into another doctor’s room – in time to welcome Dr Alison Hanks.

We aim to keep the noise and disruption to a minimum, but we thank you in advance for your patience throughout this process.

The build is anticipated to take about 8 weeks.