Circumcision. Making an informed decision.

Whether you’re considering circumcision for your child, yourself or significant other, we’re here to help you make an informed decision.

While there may be many different opinions about whether parents should circumcise their child, what the majority of most Australians don’t realise is that circumcision is still commonplace in Australia with thousands of newborn babies, young children and men circumcised every year for one of 3 reasons:

  • Religious or cultural.
  • Hygiene and appearance.
  • For health reasons.

Understand the benefits, risks and keys to post-procedure care and learn more about what to expect, by booking a consultation with one of our experienced general practitioners near you in New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland.

Men’s Health – Vasectomy facts to set your mind at ease

Our experienced doctors at Qualitas Health appreciate that discussion around vasectomies may cause high levels of stress and anxiety for some men, so here are a few simple facts that we hope will set you and your partner’s mind at ease:

  1. A vasectomy is a safe, simple and permanent contraception procedure for men, when couples decide they have finished adding to their families or that they don’t wish to have children.
  2. It doesn’t impact on sexual satisfaction or virility – the relieving news for men is that sexual function continues as normal for them following a vasectomy procedure.
  3. What is done as part of a vasectomy? – this simple surgical procedure closes off the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm in the scrotum) and this prevents sperm from being in seminal fluid upon ejaculation.
  4. How effective are vasectomies? They have a failure rate of less than 0.1% which makes them much more effective than other methods of contraception and contraception for women, such as IUDs (intrauterine devices) and female sterilisation (tubal ligation).
  5. Is a vasectomy painful? No. During the procedure you will feel a slight pinprick from the needle and then the surrounding area will be numb. Afterwards, you can expect to have a small scar on the scrotum and potentially some slight discomfort for a day or two, but it won’t be overly painful.
  6. Can sperm be stored for later? It is possible, however we highly recommend that you only undertake a vasectomy when you are looking at a permanent form of contraception, as while vasectomies can be reversed, there are no guarantees.
  7. How safe are vasectomies? Vasectomies are very common procedures. There are always some risks, including infection and swelling, which is why it is important to consult with your doctor to discuss before and after care instructions. Our Qualitas Health team are of course always on hand to discuss any questions, concerns or needs that you might have pre or post-surgery.
  8. Is it possible to reverse a vasectomy? Should you change your mind later, for whatever reason, it is possible to reverse a vasectomy. However, it is important to understand that there are no guarantees and that you should always consult your GP for more detailed information and with any concerns you may have prior to undertaking the procedure.
  9. The procedure – generally the procedure takes less than 30 minutes and the majority of vasectomies are completed under local anaesthetic.
  10. Medicare rebate – a referral is not required to get a vasectomy when performed by your experienced General Practitioner. If you have a medicare card, some of the cost will be covered for the procedure.

If you’d like to understand more about the benefits, risks and keys to post-procedure care for a vasectomy, reach out to our Qualitas Health team to find an experienced general practitioner near you in New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland.

5 Top Tips – Keep Your Family Healthy This Summer

Summer is here! For many of us, the change in season drives change in how we live our lives; time spent outdoors, ways we socialise with family and friends, the foods we eat and often increasing activity levels in the warmer months.

The warmer weather and change in conditions can also make our bodies more susceptible to different health issues and there are a few key tips that we can all employ as part of our everyday routine to keep ourselves and our families happy, safe and healthy this summer.

1. Stay cool & hydrated.

  • Sip water frequently throughout the day, be mindful of when you are feeling thirsty.
  • Take a water bottle with you on day trips and holidays.
  • Do your best to limit, or better still avoid, sugar-filled drinks, alcohol and tea/coffee, which can make you even more dehydrated.

     Plan ahead to stay cool.

  • Keep your house cool by closing windows in the day, drawing curtains/blinds. Get fresh air into the home by opening windows at night when its cooler

2. Summer foods & fun.

  • Eat seasonal local produce, salads and smaller, lighter meals – fruit and vegetables that are grown, picked and eaten fresh will have higher levels of vitamins and minerals.
  • Make family eating interesting, fun and healthy – create easy-to-make healthy & delicious treats for the family such as crisp cold watermelon straight from the fridge, juice ice-blocks or crisp frozen grapes from the freezer.

3. Stay sun smart.

  • Slip on a long-sleeved shirt.
  • Slop on the SPF50+ sunscreen.
  • Slap on a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Seek shade – endeavour to stay out of the sun between 10am – 3pm, when UV Index levels are at their peak.
  • Slide on a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Skin checks – make a habit of getting your skin checked at least once a year.

4. Travel & health.

  • Bushfires and air quality – consider air quality before heading outside during the summer months. Suburban areas nowhere near bushfires can also experience poor air quality caused by smoke and ash in the air.
  • Vaccinations – if you’re heading overseas this summer, then please ensure you make an appointment with us to ensure that all of your vaccinations are up-to-date.

5. Fuel your body & mind

  • Stay active – plan your days to include atleast 30mins of brisk exercise. This could be in the form of a morning walk/run or swim.
  • Again, practice mindfulness and be open to new ways to calm a busy mind, this can be achieved through meditation, pilates or yoga.
  • Immerse yourself in nature.

These are just some of the simple steps that you can take to protect you and your loved one’s health this summer.

Stay safe and wishing you a Happy Holiday Season from our Qualitas Health family to yours.

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Qualitas Health Welcomes North Ryde Family Medical Practice

On the 1st of February 2018, North Ryde Family Medical Practice joined Qualitas Health. The practice has been based in North Ryde since the 1950’s and has been at their current location for forty years. In the near future the practice will be relocating next door to a brand new premises. The new North Ryde Family Medical Practice site will provide the base for future growth of the practice and continued care for the North Ryde locals. We would like to welcome Dr Hunter, Dr Lee and the Team from North Ryde Family Medical Practice into the Qualitas Family.

Qualitas Health Expands in Victoria with National Healthcare Unity (NHU) Group

Qualitas Health would like to formally welcome the 6 sites of National Healthcare Unity (NHU) into the group. Based predominantly in the south east of Melbourne the NHU group will expand the Qualitas Health network of sites in Victoria. Qualitas Health believes the NHU group will complement the existing Victorian sites well, and look forward to working with all of the Doctors and staff of NHU in the future.

Qualitas Health expands offering in Queensland

The Mediprac group of practices joined the Qualitas Health network in December 2015. Mediprac consists of five medical centres in the Logan area of South Brisbane. The addition of these centres strengthens the existing network of sites in Queensland. Qualitas would like to extend a warm welcome to the GPs and staff of Mediprac and look forward to supporting ongoing growth and development in the region.