Pelvic pain and endometriosis

It dismays me to see women suffering with debilitating pelvic pain who have been told “it’s a normal part of being a woman” or “it will settle when you have kids”. If you have pains around or during your period that don’t settle in 1-2 days or with simple pain killers...

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Hip pain in adults

This is a really common problem, especially if you are older than 50. There are a few different causes, but surprisingly the most common cause is not hip arthritis (which is what most people think), it is a condition called Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS)....

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Hair loss in females

Hair loss is certainly not a problem confined to men. In fact, nearly 50% of women show some signs of hair loss and thinning by age 50, making this quite a common situation, and one that can cause a significant amount of psychological distress.   Everyone starts...

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Not-so-new wonder treatment we all need

This time I’d like to share a great type of treatment I often recommend to my patients. Let’s run through the benefits first, and then I’ll let you know what the treatment is! It can help you quit smoking, and also limit the amount of weight you gain when you quit...

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Shingles can be prevented

Shingles is a nasty recurrence of the chickenpox virus resulting in extreme pains on one side of the body, followed by a stripe of bubbly rash. Sometimes the pains never go away, and other complications can follow. It is also contagious for chickenpox – if you have...

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Poison prevention for kids

Sometimes contact with fairly mundane household items can have devastating consequences for kids. Years ago when I was working on my own in an isolated emergency department I pulled a thin plastic bottle cap out of a blue infant’s throat. It must have happened in...

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Travel advice

Prior to jetting off on holidays it is a good idea to check in with your GP to ensure your travel is not marred by avoidable illness. Conditions such as malaria and typhoid are typical diseases that can be encountered overseas and are preventable with a little forward...

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Meningitis vaccinations

The two most common types of meningococcal disease, B and C, can be prevented by vaccination. When I was a medical student it was a sad reality in paeds wards to see the aftermath of meningitis – young kids missing limbs, vision, hearing, or learning to eat and talk...

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HPV vaccinations

Australian families rejoice – we have the lowest death rate from cervical cancer of anywhere in the world. This results from frequent pap tests (which detect changes that precede cancer by up to 10 years) and a great public health system that provides treatment for...

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Head injuries in kids

Head injuries are a very common ‘urgent fit-in’ at our practice. They run the gamut from minor scratches and bumps to injuries causing permanent brain injury. In children even minor head injuries can have quite significant consequences, and so all head injuries are...

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Finger and hand injuries

Hand injuries are a really common presentation in General Practice. They are the most common injury sustained in the workplace, and we also see many from recreational activities such as cricket and home maintenance.   Anything other than a very minor injury should be...

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Eczema in kids

About one in five children have the red, scaly and itchy skin rash known as eczema. The areas of skin involved can vary depending on age. Infants often have patches first appearing on the cheeks. Toddlers may have scratch marks on the outside of arms and legs, making...

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Acne

The first thing to know about acne is that you don't have to put up with it. The second thing to know is that is it really very common – over 85% of people are affected to varying degrees at some point. Your doctor can be helpful in deciding the severity of the acne,...

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Swimmer’s ear

Swimming is great fun, swimmer's ear however - not so much. A combination of humidity, perspiration and residual water from swimming can easily lead to an overgrowth of fungus or bacteria in the ear canals. It usually starts as an itchy sensation but can end up being...

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Hand, foot and mouth – all that blisters…

Hand, foot and mouth (HF&M) disease is a really common viral infection in young kids (mostly under age 6) but it can also affect older kids and even adults at times. The usual culprit is Coxsackie virus, a type of enterovirus that seems to flourish around this...

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Whooping cough – don’t go breaking a rib.

I would prefer not to experience the pain of a broken rib, but if I do, I really hope the injury could be in some way worth it – perhaps sustained while mountain biking or generally doing something fun (if a fraction risky). Contracting pertussis (whooping cough) and...

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Gastro – everyone’s favourite medical condition…

August - the month of windy weather, the possibility of early firefly sightings, and (unfortunately) increasing cases of gastroenteritis. We have seen quite a few cases of fairly severe viral gastro amongst both kids and adults recently, and thought it might be a good...

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Kids and Coughing

Our waiting room is a chorus of coughs thanks to the large number of upper respiratory tract viruses circulating through the community at present. Did you know that the average number of coughing illnesses for a school-aged child is three per year? It probably feels...

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Why wear sunscreen?

Being able to diagnose and treat skin cancer is satisfying, but what is even better as a GP is the opportunity to help prevent skin cancer. Everyone both young and old gets a similar sun protection spiel from me. Cover up thoroughly including wearing sunglasses, stay...

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Medical consultations and the young adult

Going to a doctor can be confronting for anyone, and young adults can find this especially intimidating. Despite this, forging a comfortable relationship with a trusted family doctor is important; it is a great opportunity to embark on a path of positive health into...

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Bowel Cancer Screening

My patients will be familiar with my irreverent lamentation – nobody wants to wear a brown ribbon. Unfortunately, bowel cancer is both 'unglamorous' and common, with roughly 1 in 25 Australians affected, one of the highest rates in the world. It's not all bad news...

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Managing cuts and grazes

My first article for an upcoming edition of the Karana Downs Community Chronicle! I'm happy to accept suggestions for future topics, and you can contact me via the contacts section of the webpage.   I recently spent an evening washing some typical Mt Crosby...

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