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You may benefit from an iron infusion session in Pascoe Vale.

Get on top of your iron deficiency!

Iron is an important dietary mineral that is involved in various bodily functions, including the transport of oxygen in the blood. This is essential in providing energy for daily life.

Iron deficiency results in depleting the iron stores within your body. This can lead to fatigue, tiredness and decreased immunity.

Iron deficiency is common – are you at risk?

Iron deficiency is a common health problem. High-risk groups include menstruating women, pregnant and lactating women, babies and toddlers, teenage girls and female athletes.

Without intervention, a person whose dietary intake of iron is inadequate to meet their body’s needs will eventually deplete their iron stores and develop iron deficiency anaemia.

It is important that you see your doctor if you suspect you may be iron deficient.

Iron infusion clinics are being run at PVH Medical

An iron infusion is a minor procedure when an iron-containing medicine is infused directly into the blood circulation via a cannula (a thin tube inserted into your vein).

We’re running iron infusion clinic sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4pm. The cost is $150 for private patients and $100 for pensioners.

Book an appointment with your doctor

If you suspect you may be iron deficient and wish to attend an iron infusion session, please make a booking with your GP first.

 

Source: BetterHealth

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Find out about your risk of ovarian cancer at PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale.

Ovarian cancer – are you at risk?

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest women’s cancer.

Unfortunately, this has not changed in 30 years. Every day in Australia, four women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and three will die from the disease.

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. It’s held each year in Australia to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, to share the stories of real women affected by the disease, to highlight the risk factors for ovarian cancer and educate Australians on ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment.

What are some of the risks of ovarian cancer?

We don’t know the causes of most ovarian cancer. Research into the causes of ovarian cancer is continuing in Australia and overseas.

We do know that there are some factors that may increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer and that there are some protective factors that may reduce a woman’s risk.

It’s important to know that many women who develop ovarian cancer do not have any known risk factors — while many women who do have risk factors never develop ovarian cancer.

Here are some of the risk factors:

  • Age: ovarian cancer is most common in women over 50 and in women who have stopped menstruating (have been through menopause), and the risk increases with age. However, ovarian cancer can affect women of all ages.
  • Genetics and family history: if a woman has two or more relatives from the same side of her family affected by ovarian, or ovarian and breast cancer her risk of developing ovarian cancer may be increased. Genetics and family history are responsible for at least 15% of ovarian cancers.
  • Child-bearing history: women who have not had children, are unable to have children, have never used oral contraceptives or have had children over the age of 30, may be slightly more at risk. This is due to ovaries not having a ‘rest’ from the break and repair of the surface of the ovary when women ovulate each month.
  • Endometriosis: this condition is when the tissue lining the uterus (endometrium) is also found outside of the uterus.
  • Lifestyle factors: such as smoking tobacco, being overweight or eating a high-fat diet.
  • Hormonal factors: including early puberty (menstruating before 12) or late menopause (onset after 50).

Take action during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

In 2018, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is about making a stand – it’s time for action. You can help the cause and take action by doing the following:

Make a booking today

To see if you’re at risk of ovarian cancer, or just for a general check-up, please make a booking today. You can book online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: Ovarian Cancer Australia

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Learn how to eat healthy food with a dietitian in Pascoe Vale.

Smart eating – everyone can do it

Smart eating is a means to good nutrition, a key step towards better health for everyone.

But because we’re all unique, with differing health challenges, goals and lifestyles (for example), smart eating will mean different things to different people, and how we go about achieving it will be different too. That’s where personalised nutrition advice and support from an Accredited Practising Dietitian comes in.

How can an Accredited Practising Dietitian help?

Accredited Practising Dietitians have a lot to offer in supporting you to live a healthier life, through smart eating.

They’re nutrition scientists with at least four years’ study behind them in nutrition, food science and biochemistry. And they have the know-how to translate the science into personalised, practical advice, respecting your values and preferences, to find the best approach for you.

Importantly, they can support and motivate you to make smart eating a part of your life over the long term.

More information on dietetics

Fast facts about Accredited Practising Dietitians

Australia’s more than 5,500 dietitians work in a range of areas, including hospitals (36%), community settings (9%), private practice (31%), universities (6%), government (4%), non-government organisations (5%) and the corporate sector (5%).

But what all Accredited Practising Dietitians have in common is they:

  • Have a university degree in nutrition and dietetics
  • Give advice based on scientific evidence
  • Stay up to date through continuing professional development, and
  • Adhere to a Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice.

Smart Eating Week

They say to work smarter, not harder – but when it comes to food and nutrition, are you left wondering how to make the right choices for you?

12-18 February 2018 is Smart Eating Week. The week is run by Accredited Practising Dietitians, and supported by the Dietitians Association of Australia. The week falls at an ideal time, with the start of a new year inspiring many of us to live healthier lives, including through smart eating.

So get smart this Smart Eating Week. Connect with our Practising Dietitian at PVH Medical, Samantha Stuk.

Samamtha-Stuk

Samantha can help with nutritional well-being, treating disease, preventing nutrition-related problems, and more.

It’s easy to make a booking

It’s easy to make a booking with Samantha. You can do it online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app on your smartphone, or you can call us on 9304 0500.

Happy Smart Eating Week!

 

Source: Dieticians Association of Australia

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Laughing is good for your health.

Do you have enough reasons to laugh?

When did you last have a really good laugh?

You know, one of those outbursts that literally shakes your whole body. When you can hardly breathe and your sides are hurting afterwards. If you can’t remember the last time you really laughed, it may be a sign you need to make room for a little more humour and playfulness in your life.

Laughter is good for you

Humour balances the seriousness of life, and it’s what helps you endure challenges. Laughter is good for you on many levels:

Laughter relaxes your whole body

A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, relaxing your muscles for up to 45 minutes afterwards.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins

The body’s natural feel-good chemicals, endorphins promote an overall sense of wellbeing.

Laughter boosts the immune system

It decreases stress hormones and increases your body’s production of white blood cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Laughter protects the heart

Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect against heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Ways to laugh more

You can find more reasons to laugh by:

  • Smiling – this is where laughter begins, so find reasons to smile and let it take over your body.
  • Spending time with fun, playful people – seek out family and friends who make you laugh.
  • Moving towards laughter – when you hear people laughing, join them; laughter is highly contagious.
  • Joining a laughter club – these are groups that get together for the express purpose of laughing.
  • Watching comedy – this can be in any form you like, such as a YouTube clip, live act, TV show or movie.
  • Reading funny books or comics – start each day with a funny quote or cartoon.

What or who makes you laugh? Invest some recovery time in these activities and people.

Professional help is at hand

If you or a loved one simply can’t find a reason to laugh or smile, you might benefit from chatting to one of our friendly doctors. You may be entitled to Medicare-subsidised counselling under the GP Mental Health Care Plan Scheme. Please ask your doctor for details and a referral.

For a private consultation with one of our psychologists, no referral is required – you can simply make a booking with Reception.

 

Source: The Life Plan: Simple Strategies for a Meaningful Life by Shannah Kennedy

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Eat healthy food in 2018.

9 healthy habits for 2018

Now that the new year is well underway, how are you going with your goals and resolutions? If you haven’t already made any, it’s not too late to kick-start 2018.

Here are some ideas to give your year the healthy boost it may need:

1. Cut down on stress

Untreated stress can lead to serious illness. Whether you tackle stress through exercise, meditation, leaving work on time, getting more organised or any other method, everyone can benefit from cutting stress from their lives.

2. Get more sleep

Lack of sleep can lead to serious medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Watch less TV and Netflix and try going to bed on time in 2018.

3. Eat well

No, you don’t need to go vegan or quit sugar (unless you really want to) but eating more vegies and home-cooked meals is simple. Like anything, it comes down to planning and changing your habits. If cooking isn’t your thing, make use of meal subscription services like Marley Spoon or Hello Fresh, or sign up for grocery delivery to make sure you always have fresh, healthy food on hand.

4. Get more exercise

Even little bursts of activity — such as a daily 15-minute power walk — can have big health and mood benefits. Try walking to work or take a couple of laps around the block in your lunch break, or try a fun new activity like indoor rock climbing that will help you get active without seeming like a chore.

5. Read more

Reading has been found to reduce stress and boost memory, focus and concentration, so make a list of books you want to read and stick to it. Consider joining a book club if you think you’ll need more of an incentive to hit your reading target.

6. Travel

You don’t have to travel far to have a good time. Pick a location in Victoria you’ve never been to before, program the GPS and head off for a weekend adventure. If you have the time and money to jet off overseas, make sure you speak to us about travel vaccinations before you go.

7. Log off

Studies show excessive screen time can disrupt sleep and contribute to anxiety and stress, so make yourself a nightly digital curfew and stick to it.

8. Eat breakfast

It’s the most important meal of the day. So do your mind and metabolism a favour and make time for a healthy breakfast each morning.

9. See your doctor

Your relationship with your doctor is one of the most beneficial you will have over your lifetime. Regular health checks with your doctor can give you peace of mind, confirm you are on the road to good health or identify any potential health concerns early.

Make a booking today with one of our friendly doctors. You can book online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: News.com.au

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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New psychologist in Pascoe Vale

New psychologist at PVH Medical

We’re pleased to announce a new psychologist at PVH Medical – Bronwen Francis.

Psychologist Bronwen Francis has started working at PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale.

Psychologist Bronwen Francis

Bronwen is experienced in helping young people and adults across a diverse range of life experiences and needs including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorder
  • Bipolar disorder and adjustment disorder
  • Personality disorders, borderline personality disorder, and addictions
  • Dual disability, dual diagnosis and learning difficulties
  • Relationship issues and life transitions
  • Stress management and parenting strategies
  • Grief and loss, and trauma.

At PVH Medical, we provide comprehensive assessments, interventions, and support for adults and adolescents who seek assistance for a range of emotional and behavioural concerns.

Our aim is to build resilience and enable individuals and families to reach their true potential.

To make an appointment please call Reception on 9304 0500.

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Drink responsibly this festive season.

How to drink responsibly this party season

With Christmas and New Year’s Eve just around the corner, there are plenty of opportunities to drink alcohol.

While it’s ok to enjoy yourself during the silly season, it pays to drink responsibly. Here are some tips to help you be a responsible drinker.

1. Know your limits

Don’t drink too much, and don’t drink too quickly. In practice, this basically looks like having one drink per hour, with a non-alcoholic drink like water in between drinks. When you feel drunk, stop drinking.

2. Don’t drink and drive

If you have to drive, don’t drink. Alcohol is a depressant drug that slows down your reaction speed, which means if you need to think and act quickly, you probably won’t be able to. Make arrangements for how you’ll get home before you go out, like booking a taxi or Uber.

3. Avoid mixing alcohol and other drugs

This includes both prescription drugs and recreational drugs. Make sure you know how alcohol will react with any medications you’re on.

4. Use common sense

If it doesn’t sound like a good idea, it probably isn’t one. If you’re not comfortable with the environment you’re in or are worried about bad things happening, just call it a night.

5. Do things differently

Mix things up – be the designated driver, carry bottles of water with you, or simply turn down an invite to a boozy party. Your body will thank you for it!

Need help?

If you’ve tried drinking responsibly and it’s not working, you could have a drinking problem. The easiest and quickest way to get help is to talk to someone about it. The sooner you open up about what you’re going through, the sooner you’ll start to feel a bit better.

For a confidential chat with one of our doctors, please make a booking today.

 

Source: reachout.com

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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The doctors at PVH Medical wish you a happy Christmas.

Season’s greetings

This festive season we’re closed on the following public holidays:

  • Monday 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 26 December – Boxing Day
  • Monday 1 January – New Year’s Day

In the case of an emergency, please call 000.

On all other days we’re open per our usual operating hours – that’s Monday to Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 8am-5pm.

We would like to wish all our patients and their families a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Thank you for your ongoing support and letting us take care of your health needs. We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!

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Our doctors in Pascoe Vale can answer any questions you have about skin cancer.

Be SunSmart this summer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia.

Over 434,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma cancers in Australia each year and over 11,500 people are treated for melanoma cancers.

In 2011, there were more than 2,000 deaths from melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is our main source of Vitamin D, but it is also the major cause of skin cancer. Skin can burn in just 15 minutes in the summer sun.

Skin cancer is largely preventable

Be SunSmart. When the UV level is 3 or above, protect yourself against sun damage and skin cancer by following these steps:

Our doctors in Pascoe Vale can answer any questions you have about skin cancer.

1. Slip on clothing

Cover as much skin as possible, such as shirts with long sleeves and high necks/collars. Wear clothing made from close-weave materials such as cotton, polyester/cotton and linen.

When swimming, wear material such as lycra which stays sun-protective when wet.

2. Slop on sunscreen

Sunscreen is only effective if you apply enough to your body, including your face, 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Reapply every two hours outside, and immediately after swimming, towel-drying, or heavy sweating.

It’s best to use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) water-based sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day.

3. Slap on a hat

A broad-brimmed, legionnaire or bucket-style hat provides good protection for the face, nose, neck and ears, which are common sites for skin cancers. Caps and visors do not provide enough protection.

Choose a hat made with closely woven fabric – if you can see through it, UV radiation will get through. Hats may not protect you from reflected UV radiation, so also wear sunglasses and sunscreen.

4. Seek shade

Be UV cautious in the middle of the day when UV levels are most intense. Shade provides good sun protection, but remember that UV rays reflect off surfaces such as sand, water and paving, so use other sun protection measures when in the shade too.

5.  Slide on sunglasses

Sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat worn together can reduce UV radiation exposure to the eyes by up to 98%. Sunglasses should be worn outside during daylight hours.

Choose close-fitting, wrap-around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard AS 1067. Sunglasses are as important for children as they are for adults.

Finally…

Check your skin regularly and see your doctor if you notice any unusual skin changes. If you have a lesion that doesn’t heal, or a mole that has suddenly appeared, changed in size, thickness, shape, colour or has started to bleed, see your doctor immediately.

Treatment is more likely to be successful if skin cancer is discovered early. Remember, if you have any concerns or questions, please make an appointment with one of our friendly doctors.

 

Source: Cancer Council Australia

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Get your cervical screening test at PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale.

Cervical screening test – starting 1 December

There are some important changes regarding the Pap test.

The two-yearly Pap test for women aged 18 to 69 will change to a five-yearly cervical screening test (CST) for women aged 25 to 74.

The latest medical and scientific evidence shows that having a cervical screening test every five years is just as safe, and is more effective than having a Pap test every two years.

Changes to age brackets

The age at which screening starts will increase from 18 to 25. If you are aged between 25 and 74 and have ever been sexually active, you should have a cervical screening test every five years until you’re 74.

Getting tested

You will be due for your first cervical screening test two years after your last Pap test. We’ll send you a reminder letter so you don’t forget to get tested.

Your doctor will receive your results about two weeks after your test.

If you’ve been vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (Gardasil vaccine) it is still recommended to have ongoing cervical screening tests as this vaccine does not protect against all the types of HPV that cause cervical cancer.

Any symptoms? See a doctor

Women of any age who have symptoms such as unusual bleeding, discharge and pain should see their doctor immediately.

If you have any questions about cervical cancer or the new cervical screening test, please make an appointment with us.

See the frequently asked questions about the cervical screening test.

 

Source: Department of Health – National Cervical Screening Program

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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See a doctor in Pascoe Vale if you're at risk of getting lung cancer.

Lung cancer: the facts

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the lung grow in an uncontrolled way. It often spreads (metastasises) to other parts of the body before the cancer can be detected in the lungs.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia with around 12,000 people diagnosed each year. It’s 1 of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women in Australia.

The signs and symptoms of lung cancer can include:

  • a new cough that has persisted for three weeks or more
  • a changed cough
  • coughing up blood
  • a chest infection that won’t go away
  • chest pain and/or shoulder pain
  • shortness of breath
  • hoarse voice
  • weight loss or loss of appetite.

The symptoms of lung cancer can often be vague and mimic those of other conditions, so it’s important to know what your cough is telling you.

What are the risk factors for lung cancer?

Factors that are associated with a higher risk of developing lung cancer include:

  • smoking cigarettes, pipes or cigars currently or in the past – this is the greatest risk factor for lung cancer, and the risk is greatest for people who began smoking early in life, smoked for longer and smoked more often
  • exposure to second-hand smoke
  • personal or family history of lung cancer
  • radiotherapy treatment to the chest
  • exposure to radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can build up inside houses in some areas
  • exposure to asbestos fibres – this also increases the risk of developing mesothelioma, which starts in the lining surrounding the lungs (the pleura) and is not considered a type of lung cancer
  • exposure to other workplace substances, including radioactive ores (e.g. uranium), chromium compounds, nickel, arsenic, soot, tar or diesel fumes
  • exposure to air pollution
  • infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS
  • a history of certain diseases of the lungs, including tuberculosis, fungal infections of the lungs, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary fibrosis.

Some risk factors are modifiable, such as lifestyle or environmental risk factors, and others cannot be modified, such as inherited factors and whether someone in the family has had cancer.

Having one or more risk factors does not mean that you will develop cancer. Many people have at least one risk factor but will never develop cancer, while others with cancer may have had no known risk factors. Even if a person with cancer has a risk factor, it is usually hard to know how much that risk factor contributed to the development of their disease.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, provides the opportunity to raise community awareness of lung cancer and the signs and symptoms of the disease.

Cancer Australia has released a lung cancer awareness video called ‘What’s your cough telling you?’. It highlights symptoms that could be lung cancer and the importance of early assessment by a GP or healthcare worker.

Make a booking today

Are you at risk of getting lung cancer? See your doctor to be sure. Finding lung cancer at an early stage can lead to better outcomes.

Make a booking today with one of our friendly doctors. You can book online, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: Cancer Australia

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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PVH Medical supports Movember.

Movember is for men’s health

The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health.

Since 2003, $850 million has been raised and countless men and women have been empowered to join the global men’s health movement. Through the moustaches grown, the connections created, and the conversations generated, more than 1,200 breakthrough men’s health projects have been funded in 21 countries.

A bit about the history of Movember

The seed of an idea first sprouted over a few beers in Melbourne in 2003, when two mates challenged each other to grow a moustache for the duration of November. Recruiting the support of 30 loyal friends, together they experienced a month of inquisitive conversation as a result of their newly acquired facial hair. The power of the Mo as a conversation starter and awareness raiser was realised.

What it’s all about

Movember is about helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives through investing in these key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Funds raised go towards supporting innovative world-class men’s health programs supporting the key areas.

Getting involved is easy. Simply sign up at Movember.com and fundraise by growing a moustache, setting a movement challenge (like walking, running or swimming), hosting an event or making a donation.

Movember 2017

This year everyone is being asked to think about what their life would be like without the men they love. Movember developed this year’s campaign to spark important conversations about the state of men’s health and to help preserve the lives of men.

Across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. The stats are startling:

  • 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men ages 15-29
  • 3 out of 4 suicides are men
  • More than 500,000 men take their own life every year. That’s one every minute.

“When we look at these stats, it becomes so clear that there is a men’s health crisis,” says Owen Sharp, CEO of Movember Foundation.

“There is a lot that needs to be done, but by talking about it, by encouraging our friends to take action for their health and supporting them, we can help keep the men we love around to live happier, healthier, longer lives. They don’t have to miss out on those key moments that matter most.”

Men’s health matters

At PVH Medical, our men’s health services aim to provide professional treatment of all types of men’s health problems in a confidential setting. From routine check-ups to screening tests to treating chronic ailments, our doctors have the experience and expertise to ensure optimal health and wellness.

So if you or a loved one needs to see a doctor, we’re here for you. You can make a booking online, on the Appointuit mobile app or by giving us a call on 9304 0500.

 

Source: Movember

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Exercise physiology in Pascoe Vale.

New exercise physiologist in Pascoe Vale

We’re excited to introduce our new exercise physiologist, Mike Fitzsimon, to our medical practice in Pascoe Vale.

Mike has over 17 years of clinical experience. He specialises in the delivery of evidence-based, person-centred exercise services that enhance your health.

As head of exercise physiology at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy / Clifton Hill Pilates and Rehab, and previously in his role at No Limits Exercise Physiology, Mike has developed excellent clinical skills and created innovative exercise programs for a range of patient groups.

Mike enjoys collaborating with like-minded clinicians to deliver and coordinate care that enhances health. He provides patients with education, guidance and support that enables them to make better exercise decisions and reach their full potential.

Exercise physiology in Pascoe Vale, Melbourne.

As an exercise physiologist, Mike is committed to:

  • Delivering high-level performance for the prevention, management and rehabilitation of illness, chronic disease and injury
  • Delivering quality, evidence-based exercise
  • Developing innovative service models that enable a wide range of people to access exercise physiology services, and
  • Developing specialised group services for special populations, particularly those with complex medical conditions.

When Mike is not working he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching junior sport, playing golf, exercising regularly, listening to music and travelling.

What does it cost?

One-on-one consultations are as follows:

  • Initial consult (60 minutes) is $85
  • Follow-up consult (60 minutes) is $75
  • Follow-up consult (30 minutes) is $50

Bulk billed EPC and DVA appointments are also available.

Free consultation if you were previously enrolled

You can enjoy a free initial consultation if you were previously enrolled in exercise physiology classes at PVH Medical.

Exercise physiology classes available

You can benefit from joining a group exercise class. View the current exercise timetable here.

Group classes are $20 each. Alternatively, you can buy a 10-class pass for $200 and get a bonus class (i.e. 11 classes for $200).

Mike looks forward to implementing the following classes at PVH Medical:

  • Chronic disease management
  • Shoulder and neck conditioning
  • Knee strength and conditioning
  • Exercise oncology
  • Pelvic function and conditioning
  • Strong to the bone (osteoporosis management)
  • Women’s exercise
  • General fitness.

Make a booking today

Patients can book directly with Reception for an initial consultation. An initial consultation is required before enrolling in an exercise group.

Mike is accessible through EPC referrals as well as DVA and private patient bookings.

Feel free to have a chat with Mike in our clinic or email ep@pvhmedical.com.au.

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Pascoe Vale podiatry.

How healthy are your feet?

According to the Australian Podiatry Association, one in five Australians suffer from foot pain.

Podiatry is about more than just the foot, however, it’s about uncovering the root cause for pain anywhere from your lower back down.

Podiatrists are the experts in foot and lower limb health. They assess, diagnose and prescribe treatment plans so you can continue living an active, pain-free lifestyle.

Podiatrists are fundamental to getting people moving and active, preventing injuries and prolonging healthy lives.

Growing demand for podiatry

In recent years, the demand for podiatric care in Australia has increased significantly. Contributing factors include our aging population and the increase in the number of Australians diagnosed with diabetes.

An astounding 4,400 diabetic amputations occur in Australia every year. Most of these can be prevented through proper podiatric care.

October is Foot Health Month

Foot Health Month is a national campaign that aims to raise awareness for foot health, highlighting the benefits and importance of visiting a podiatrist as part of your annual health check.

From children and athletes right through to seniors and those suffering from chronic illness, a visit to the podiatrist can have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Make an appointment with a podiatrist in Pascoe Vale

If you have ongoing pain in your foot, ankle or knee or have noticed a change in the way your walk, make a booking with one of our on-site podiatrists at Pride Podiatry.

You may have podiatry cover under your Extras health insurance policy to help cover some of the cost. No referral is needed. Appointments can be made online too or on the Appointuit app.

See a podiatrist today as part of your regular health check.

Pride Podiatry Pascoe Vale.

 

Source: Australian Podiatry Association

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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If you find a suspicious breast change, make a booking to see a doctor at PVH Medical Pascoe Vale.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October is an opportunity for Australians to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women. According to the Department of Human Services, over 17,000 women are likely to be diagnosed with this cancer in 2017.

Detecting breast cancer

Early detection of breast cancer can saves lives.

Detecting any abnormalities early on ensures that women have all treatment options available to them. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chance of surviving it.

In Australia, free routine mammographic screening is available through BreastScreen Australia services in each state for women aged 50 to 74.

Women aged 40 to 49 can also have mammography, but breast screening is less effective because the density (thickness) of breast tissue makes it more difficult to see a cancer in the x-ray and fewer women are diagnosed in this age group.

This free service is not offered to women under the age of 40. This is because research suggests that younger women do not benefit from routine mammographic screening because they have denser breast tissue than older women. It is also not offered to men due to their lack of breast tissue.

All women are encouraged to be ‘breast aware’ – that is, familiar with the normal look and feel of their breasts.

If you find a suspicious breast change, make a booking with us immediately. Our friendly team of GPs can refer you to imaging tests to confirm the presence of the change.

If the imaging results appear suspicious, you will be referred for a biopsy for confirmation and diagnosis.

Breast cancer in Australia: the facts

  • One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • On average, eight women die from breast cancer every day.
  • There are more than 65,000 people currently living with breast cancer in Australia.
  • This year, 17,586 women (an average of 48 every day) are projected to be diagnosed with breast cancer, although mortality is predicted to continuously decline.
  • Women diagnosed with breast cancer have a 90% chance of surviving five years after diagnosis.
  • Increasing age is one of the strongest risk factors for developing breast cancer.
  • More than two in three cases of breast cancer occur in women aged between 40 and 69 years.
  • Breast cancer spreading to other organs (metastasis) is the main cause of death from breast cancer. The survival rate of women that have metastatic breast cancer at first diagnosis is alarmingly low, with only one in four women still alive five years after diagnosis.
  • Improvements in survival are attributed to earlier detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms and improved treatment outcomes for breast cancer.
  • Although rare, breast cancer can also affect men, accounting for about 1% of cases.

Donate now to help save lives

Research is the only way to end breast cancer.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation, which does not receive government funding, is calling on all Australians for a donation.

It’s one way you can help the Foundation take a step closer to achieving its goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.

Remember, we are here to help. If you have any questions about breast cancer, please ask one of our GPs.

 

Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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