It is recommended whenever UV levels reach 3 or higher that sun protection is to be used. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, therefore it is important to remember:
- Always wear a hat – ideally one that protects your face, head, neck, and ears
- Wear sunglasses – ensuring they meet Australian standards
- Seek shade where possible
- Wear protective clothing that covers your skin as much as possible
For more information, please visit the Cancer Council Website: https://www.cancer.org.au/
#sunsmart #staysafe #cancercouncil
You’ve made it through 2020 (phew) and if you feel arriving in 2021 has this euphoric sense of hope about it, you’d be right. Even if it takes a little Taylor Swift mojo to “shake it off” to the hangover 2020 left, it’s time to get your sense of excitement about the New Year and we suggest you get your groove on. Because today marks the beginning of 365 days of opportunities ahead, so, let’s talk a little about how you can get the most from them.
LOVE. Let those close to you know how much you value having them in your life. Whether to do this, you must visit, call, zoom or text your appreciation and love for them being in your life, the important thing here is that you tell them. Because if we learnt any lessons from 2020 it’s that being alone is hard and life is full of surprises.
LAUGH. Like really laugh! Belly laughs are thought to improve oxygen intake and stimulate the heart, lungs and muscles. And that’s not all; you also get a rush of endorphins that can help to stimulate circulation, ease pains and decrease the body’s response to stress.
THINK FULFILMENT. A positive mindset not only helps people to lead more satisfying, fuller lives, it determines how satisfied you will be with your achievements. So, no matter how small the win, take a moment to celebrate it. Whether it’s making it to the gym a bit more each week, weeding the garden or finally getting your pantry organised – they are all little victories you should pat yourself on the back for. Good job, you!
FUEL YOUR HEALTH WITH FACTS. New Year’s resolutions are as set in the calendar as the celebrations for the earth’s lap around the sun, with companies globally cashing in on the hopes and desires of individuals to achieve a healthier, more active, financially free or successful life in the new year. But if you calm all the hype and close down your Instagram feed while you think, we’re sure you’ll agree that when it comes to your health, the first place you should start is with the facts. What is your blood pressure? Have you had your cholesterol checked? Have you had your skin assessed? When was your last mammogram, pap smear or Men’s Health check? Because knowledge is power, and unless you know for sure that what you’ve been doing has or hasn’t been working for you. You can’t very well determine the RIGHT way to move forward to achieve the healthiest you.
To get your facts and toolkit for 2021, make your first appointment this year with your GP!
Find your nearest Qualitas Health Practice.
#newyear2021 #nyresolutions #healthgoals #happynewyear
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!
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
North Sydney Doctors joined the Qualitas Healthcare group in Oct 2020. During her many years of practice in North Sydney, practice principal Dr Helen Greer has thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the privilege of being involved in the long-term care of so many patients and their families. Qualitas Healthcare is pleased to welcome such an experienced and accomplished GP into the group and looks forward to continued growth in the local North Sydney area.
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:
- National Breast Cancer Foundation https://nbcf.org.au/fundraise/breast-cancer-awareness-month/
- Cancer Council https://www.cancer.org.au/pink-ribbon
- The McGrath Foundation https://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/
#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