We are a COVID-19 vaccination provider Healthcare Plus Medical Centre is pleased to advise that we are an approved vaccination provider for the COVID-19 vaccines. We are happy to help provide COVID-19 immunisation for our local area and wider community. Website banner: Checking when you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine To find out when you are eligible to receive the vaccine, visit https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker. This will tell you which phase of the rollout you are in. Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can call us on… Read more »
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The federal government has launched My Health Record which aims for more effective and more efficient health care for all Australians. Healthcare Plus Medical Centre is registered to assist with any queries, registration, as well as to upload your shared health summary to My Health Records.
What is athlete’s foot? Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection that is also known as tinea pedis (tinea ‘of the foot’) and is not exclusive to athletes. The fungus that causes this condition – Trichophyton – thrives in areas that are moist and warm; the skin between the toes is a particularly susceptible area. If not treated, it can cause a rash and itching in other parts of the body as well, especially the groin where the infection is sometimes known as ‘jock itch’ (tinea cruris). Tinea pedis is often recurring, as the fungus can survive under the toenails… Read more »
Bluebottles are the most common cause of jellyfish stings in Australia. Bluebottles vary in size, and the severity of the sting usually depends on the amount of contact the skin has had with the tentacle.A bluebottle sting usually causes an immediate and severe pain, which generally fades over about an hour. You can usually see where on the body the sting has occurred because there will be a red line where the tentacle has touched. Sometimes this line has a ‘beaded’ appearance, and is swollen and itchy.Occasionally blisters can develop at the site of the sting, and very rarely the… Read more »
We are sad to inform our patient’s that Dr Parker is departing us this week. He has taken a wonderful opportunity to work remotely in Far North QLD. His last day will be this Thursday, 18th April 2019. It is our hope that he will return to us one day in the future, however in the meantime we wish him and his family the very best.
The decline in ‘incidental’ activity in modern western life has significantly reduced daily energy expenditure. While a return to the pre-industrial revolution days is unlikely, the addition of certain activities as part of daily living can help to compensate for the decline in overall energy expenditure. Remember, all movement burns energy and energy burned results in a decrease in body fat. Here are some ways of doing this: Don’t sit when you can stand: standing requires you to carry your own body weight and any activity where the body weight is not supported helps burn energy. Don’t drive… Read more »
What is a cholesterol test? A cholesterol test is a blood test that measures levels of fatty substances called lipids in the blood. Cholesterol is one type of lipid. Why is a cholesterol test done? Raised cholesterol levels can cause cholesterol to be deposited within the walls of arteries, making it difficult for blood to flow through. This build-up in the walls of the arteries, which is called atherosclerosis, puts a person at significant risk of heart disease and stroke. Abnormally high cholesterol levels may not give you any symptoms, so a blood test is the best way to check… Read more »
What are antibiotics? Antibiotics are compounds that are used to treat infections caused by bacteria and fungi. They are very useful medicines and have saved the lives of many children with serious illnesses such as meningitis, pneumonia and septicaemia (‘blood poisoning’). Antibiotics can also be used to treat more common bacterial infections in children, including middle ear infections and skin infections. Bacteria and viruses Used correctly and when needed, antibiotics are among the most valuable medicines we have. But only bacterial and fungal infections can be treated with antibiotics. They have no effect on viruses. Many infections, such as simple… Read more »
What is anaemia and what causes it? Anaemia occurs when the concentration of the body’s red blood cells, or the oxygen-carrying pigment contained in them, haemoglobin, falls below normal levels. It is often a symptom of an underlying medical disorder. Broadly speaking, there are 3 main causes of anaemia. Blood loss, for example, through heavy menstrual periods or gastrointestinal bleeding from an ulcer. Defective red blood cell production, which can result from nutritional or vitamin deficiencies or a chronic illness where the bone marrow does not work properly. Red blood cell destruction, which may be due to hereditary factors, some… Read more »
What is acne? Acne is a skin problem that usually happens in your teens. Your skin gets greasy, its pores get blocked and you get blackheads, pimples or cysts. Acne can occur in infants, but it is usually only mild. What causes acne? In their teens, both young men and young women have more male hormone (testosterone) in their blood. This hormone makes the sebaceous glands at the bottom of the hairs on your face, back or neck churn out too much oil (called sebum), which then gets clogged in the pores. Bacteria can grow in the trapped oil in… Read more »