From our family to yours, we wish you a safe and Happy Holiday season. May this time bring joy and happiness to each of you. We hope you can use the time to connect with those whom you love and care for and stay safe and well in doing so. Always here to support you, the team at Qualitas Health.
We will be operating over the Christmas period with some variations to our regular hours. Please check your nearest practice for more information.
November 14, 2020 is World Diabetes Day and this is a day we feel extremely passionate about. For those in the 10 per cent of Australians living with Diabetes, are you up to date with your health-checks?
A GP Management Plan can help to manage your diabetes and improve your quality of life.
Working with your GP, you will determine an annual plan that looks at:
- Blood glucose levels
- Blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides)
- Blood pressure
- Foot assessment
- Eye examination
- Kidney health
- Weight, waist and BMI
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity
- Medication review
- Diabetes management
- Mental health
Book an appointment with us online or by calling the practice today!
#Worlddiabetesday #gp #nursesmakethedifference
Around the world, men die on average six years earlier than women, and from mostly preventable reasons. This spurs on the motivation behind Movember, a movement to help men take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives. For the month of November, the campaign raises awareness to Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Prostate cancer and Testicular cancer.
There are several ways both men and women can participate in raising funds and awareness for the cause; it’s not only growing a moustache!
The campaign is inclusive in its approach, also promoting the Move for Movember, 60km walk or run to highlight that globally we lose 60 men to suicide each hour.
Host a ‘mo-moment’, virtual or in-person to encourage discussion and mateship. Or you can ‘Mo Your Own Way’ and do something extreme, either physically or mentally, such as kick a bad habit.
And while raising awareness for a worthwhile cause can be fun and include great comradery, don’t forget to follow through for your own health (or that of your significant other) and have a medical check-up with your GP. Men’s Health checks can include:
- Skin checks
- Testicular self-examination
- Heart health checks
- Diabetes checks
- Prostate cancer screening
- Bowel cancer screening
- Eye tests
- Bone density checks
Please don’t leave it another year, book an appointment with your GP today!
For more information visit https://au.movember.com/
#movember2020 #menshealth #GP
October has arrived and for the whole month, we want you thinking pink! Breast Cancer Awareness month is every October and is aimed at raising awareness of the impact the disease has on thousands of Australian women each day.
This year alone, almost 20,000 Australians will be diagnosed with the disease. Tragically, 3,000 women will lose their lives to breast cancer this year.
Breast cancer is the second-highest cancer among Australian women, behind skin cancer. Although survival rates continue to improve, we are still losing far too many women to this disease each year.
There are a few different organisations out there pushing the plight of awareness of this disease. The National Breast Cancer Foundation aims to reach zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.
Cancer Council drives the Pink Ribbon campaign and is hoping to raise funds for prevention programs, support services and vital cancer research. Using the month to also tie in awareness for gynaecological cancers, the Cancer Council reports that gynaecological cancer and breast cancer diagnoses together, impact 65 Australian women a day.
The McGrath Foundation focuses on the FREE provision of qualified McGrath Breast Care Nurses, to support women and their families who are diagnosed with the disease. The McGrath Foundation nurses are an essential part of the medical team managing the care of people with breast cancer and have supported over 90,000 families since their inception in 2005. For the month of October, they ask people to ‘Pink Up’ to raise funds for this worthy cause.
Qualitas Health shares this information to help raise awareness, in the hope you spread the word with your mother, sister, aunty, friends and colleagues.
To book your Women’s Health Check, make an appointment TODAY either online or by calling the practice.
To find out more about how you can support these charities, visit:
#pinkribbon #womenshealth #GP #breastcancerawareness
21 September is World Alzheimer’s Day which launches us into Dementia action week from now until 27 September. Dementia Australia defines dementia as a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.
Almost half a million Australians have dementia, and close to 1.6 million Australians are involved in their care. Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians and the leading cause of death among Australian females. Alarmingly, it is anticipated that the number of people living with dementia will double in the next 25 years.
A diagnosis of dementia will change the life of the person with the disease and those around them. So what can we do? The first stop is to learn more about the disease, the way it affects people and how those living with dementia can continue to lead normal, active lives for many years after diagnosis. Second is to get support, both people living with dementia and their carers have extensive support systems they can turn to whenever they may need.
For more information, visit: https://www.dementia.org.au/
Don’t face dementia alone.
#dementiaawareness #GP #healthcare
This year, National Stroke Week is perhaps more critical than ever. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been fewer people calling triple zero (000) and going to the hospital at the first sign of a stroke.
You could save the life of a loved one, a colleague, a stranger or even yourself by learning to recognise what to look out for and acting at first signs of a stroke. Knowing the F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech and Time) acronym can save lives. So this week, let’s recognise the importance of thinking F.A.S.T and encourage others to become more aware of stroke, understand their risk and what they can do to prevent a stroke.
In an emergency dial 000. To discuss ways you can reduce your risk of stroke, make an appointment with us today.
#strokeweek2020 #strokeawareness #healthcare #GP
Managing patients with diabetes during a health crisis requires patience, understanding and quality information.
It’s strange times for all at the moment! And while it’s unclear if those living with diabetes have a greater chance of catching COVID-19, it is known that if they do contract the virus, they are at a heightened risk of having severe illness and needing hospital care. Diabetes Australia reports that people with diabetes represent 7% of diagnosed cases of COVID, 17% of hospitalised cases, 24% of ICU stays, and 25% of deaths.
At Qualitas Health, we have been working with our patients to recommend pathways forward that consider their individual needs and concerns. We recommend patients remain vigilant at all times to protect themselves and others by maintaining good hygiene practices, socially distancing, avoiding others who are sick and large public gatherings. But we are also working tirelessly to emphasise the importance of continuing any care regime with their GP. It’s also about encouraging patients uptake services to allow them to continue their care, such as Telehealth consults for those who do not feel up to visiting their practice. Our aim is to ensure the physical and mental health of all our patients’ can benefit from the support available.
HOW as health professionals do we encourage patients to put their general health in a balanced perspective with COVID-19 fears, lockdown and ongoing media hype.
At Qualitas Health, our latest campaign has simple messaging to remind the community that Victoria’s stage four guidelines are in place to keep people healthy and enable them to continue a health maintenance regimen with their doctor. After all, COVID isn’t our only health concern.
Patient absenteeism in Victoria is leading to an increase in the number of deaths from cancer and other serious illnesses. The Australian Financial Review reported yesterday that its patients’ fear of COVID-19 and Melbourne’s lockdown that’s the cause of many skipping health appointments, making health professionals unable to diagnose diseases such as cancer, stroke and heart disease early. Cancer Council Victoria saw a 28% decline in pathology notifications of cancer reported in the first wave (120 people per day) and commented on how the recent stage four lockdown is showing a similar drop. When patients are finally presenting, it is said to be with more advanced stages of cancer, making it harder or not possible to treat.
#healthcare #health #cancer
AFR subscribers can read source article at: https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/more-cancer-deaths-from-covid-19-lockdown-20200807-p55jnm
As of 29 July, there have been 15,582 cases of COVID in Australia and a most upsetting toll of 176 deaths. The Australian Department of Health has just released its COVID-at-a-glance infographic, and it tells a clear picture of the impact of the pandemic on Australians factually – without any of the emotion of course.
2020 and this pandemic hurts and everything is different. All businesses are experiencing some form of impact, and individuals/families feel the effects in other ways. Across our 31 medical practices in QLD, NSW and VIC we’ve noticed a change in patient numbers and behaviour. But we’re also seeing resilience, kindness and, most importantly, the ability for people and businesses to adapt. It’s incredible what can be achieved with a positive outlook and community support. With the daily number of reported cases now surpassing that of the first wave – let’s continue supporting one another, local business and members of the community, in the hope it can get us through another tough round on the health system, societal well-being, and the economy. Stay well; we are #inthistogether
#community #healthcare #business #COVID
ANZAC Day, April 25, is an important day for all of us fortunate enough to call Australia home. It is a day that we as a nation express our gratitude to the servicemen and women who served our country in war and peacekeeping.
While COVID-19 has transformed the way we will commemorate the day, it won’t stop us from paying tribute to those who deserve our recognition.
This Saturday, at 6.00 am, our people will join our fellow Australians, as we stand at the end of our driveways or on our balconies in remembrance of the service and sacrifice. For it is they who made this “the lucky country.” Our practices opening hours will vary, please check the website for details.
#lightupthedawn #drivewaydawnservice #anzacday2020 #community #remembrance #standatdawn #standto