Q Fever

What is Q Fever and why is it important? Living in rural/regional Australia puts many at higher risk of Q fever. Q fever mostly causes an illness resembling a flu. Symptoms may include high fevers, joint and muscle aches, headaches and extreme fatigue and may last many weeks. Sometimes, more severe illness including heart disease, pneumonia, hepatitis…

Summertime Flu

A good time to travel During our summer and spring, many Australians travel to the Northern Hemisphere, taking advantage of lower costs and fewer competitive tourists. Local operators, food outlets and jaded citizens are often much more hospitable to tourists in their quiet season and contribute to a very pleasant experience. The cooler weather may…

Hay fever

Hay fever Hey fever may resemble a common cold. 7 December 2016 – By Dr John Mackellar   Hay fever is little more than a nuisance to many people and, perhaps also to doctors, who have never had the problem. But to sufferers it can be quite serious. The runny nose may be accompanied by watery eyes,…

Your own first aid kit

Assembling your own first aid kit 14 November 2016 – By Dr John Mackellar Whatever the destination, you must consider buying or assembling your own first aid kit. Australians travel a lot, every year about 7.6 million will travel abroad. Others will travel through Australia’s outback or simply have a long weekend on the river. First aid kits…

Shingles Vaccine

Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax) – Free for 70-79 year olds 8 November 2016 – By Dr Olga Ilic From November 1 2016, Zostavax – the shingles vaccine is provided free for 70-79 year olds from your local General Practitioner. It is thought up to 30% of people will have shingles in their lifetimeand the risk increases as you get older. By the…

Gastric Band Adjustments

Do you have a Lap-Band? If you have a Gastric Band (Lap-Band) then we can adjust the amount of fluid in the band for you. It is important for successful weight loss that you have ongoing follow-up. This can be difficult if it means having to travel to Melbourne. We can provide that service locally,…

Zika Virus Infection

Zika infection is increasing worldwide. Australian travellers need to be aware. Zika virus can permanently damage the unborn child. Australian and International Guidelines recommend that pregnant women and those planning for pregnancy completely avoid travel to Zika areas. In fact, these guidelines recommend women avoid pregnancy for 8 weeks. Men should avoid falling pregnant with their…