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Enews July 2016

All the latest from PVH Medical. In this issue of eNews:-

  • National Diabetes Week
  • Physiotherapy @ PVH Medical
  • Book online
  • 1 in 200 Aussies seek treatment for alcohol & other drugs
  • St Vincent’s Pathology
  • PVH Rewards Partner – Jack & Daisy
  • Doctor Profile – Dr Raymond Gornall
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National Diabetes Week: 10 – 16 July, 2016

Facts about diabetes

  • 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes
  • Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated)
  • More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year
  • For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day
  • Total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia estimated at $14.6 billion


Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it.

There are different types of diabetes; all types are complex and serious. The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 andgestational diabetes.

When someone has diabetes, their body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a form of sugar which is the main source of energy for our bodies. Unhealthy levels of glucose in the blood can lead to long term and short term health complications.

For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body. When people with diabetes eat glucose, which is in foods such as breads, cereals, fruit and starchy vegetables, legumes, milk, yoghurt and sweets, it can’t be converted into energy.

Instead of being turned into energy the glucose stays in the blood resulting in high blood glucose levels. After eating, the glucose is carried around your body in your blood. Your blood glucose level is called glycaemia. Blood glucose levels can be monitored and managed through self care and treatment.

Three things you need to know about diabetes:

  • It is not one condition- there are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes
  • All types of diabetes are complex and require daily care and management
  • Diabetes does not discriminate, anyone can develop diabetes

Are you at risk? A quick and simple questionnaire can assess your risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next five years – AUSDRISK QUESTIONNAIRE

Make an appointment with your GP if your risk is Intermediate or High.

10th – 16th July is National Diabetes Week.

For more information – Diabetes Australia


*Source: Diabetes Australia

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Red Nose Day 2016

Red Nose Day – Friday 24th June 2016

Red Nose Day is the major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids. Funds raised through Red Nose Day activities help to provide vital services and programs to the Australian community.

About SIDS and Kids

SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and to supporting bereaved families.

For more information – Red Nose Day

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Off to the Olympics in Brazil?

Are you off to the Olympic Games in Brazil this year? Well seeing our Travel Health Specialist GPs can ensure you have all your travel health advice & vaccinations in order. There have been a number of travel health warnings by the World Health Organsation (WHO). Australia’s Government Smart Traveller website states:-

Brazil has recently experienced an outbreak of the Zika virus, a daytime mosquito-borne disease. Pregnant women should exercise particular vigilance as infection may cause cognitive impairment in new born babies. There is no vaccine available to prevent the Zika virus.

We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition.

At PVH Medical we have Travel Health specialist GPs that can assist with all your travel vaccinations and advice for your destination.

We are offering:-

  • Consultation Fee: $64.45 out of pocket
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination: $100 ( normally $120)
  • Hep A vaccination: $60

* Valid until 6th August

Appointments are recommended 8 weeks prior to your departure. To make an appointment book online or call 9304 0500 during practice hours.

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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: June

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June, to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 77 Australians every week.

Bowel cancer is the third most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia affecting both men and women almost equally and is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer after lung cancer.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive message – saving lives through early detection – as bowel cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

The major bowel cancer risk factors, for both men and women include:

  • Age – risk rises sharply and progressively from the age of 50
  • A family history of bowel cancer
  • A personal history of cancer of the colon, rectum, ovary, endometrium, or breast
  • A history of polyps in the colon
  • A history of ulcerative colitis (ulcers in the lining of the large intestine) or Crohn’s disease
  • Hereditary conditions, such as Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colon Cancer (HNPCC; Lynch Syndrome).

If you have any concerns see your GP.

For more information visit Bowel Cancer Australia’s – Bowel Cancer Awareness Website

*Source: Bowel Cancer Australia

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ENews June 2016

All the latest from PVH Medical

In this issue:-

  • Rewards Program
  • Flu Vaccination – Last Chance
  • We Are Listening – Feedback
  • Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
  • St Vincents Pathology
  • Rewards Program Partner – Venita Café (10% OFF)
  • Doctor Profile – Dr William Harvey

eNews June 2016

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System Upgrade – no online bookings 21st & 22nd May, 2016

We will be undergoing a system upgrade over the weekend of the 21st/22nd May 2016 and as a result our online booking system will be down.

If you wish to make an appointment please call the practice.

We apologies for the inconvenience and we will have our online booking system back up on the 26th May, 2016.

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Rate Us!

We have just launched our patient satisfaction ipad stand. We want you to rate us! This is a great opportunity for you to have your say on your Practice experience each visit and for us to continuously improve. It literally takes seconds, so on your next visit take the time to let us know how we did on the day.

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Exercise Right Week: 23-29 May 2016

When it comes to exercise, there is no such thing as one size fits all. It is important to exercise right for your uniqueness – right professional, right place, right time.

At PVH Medical, our Exercise Physiologist can help.

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) holds a four-year equivalent university degree and specialises in the exercise and movement for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. AEPs provide support for people with:

    • obesity
    • cardiovascular disease
    • diabetes
    • osteoporosis and arthritis
    • mental health conditions
    • cancer and cancer treatment recovery
    • chronic pain and fatigue
    • post-surgical rehabilitation (ACL reconstruction, hip/knee replacement)
    • neuromuscular exercise therapy (multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease)
    • pulmonary disease and more

To make an appointment call the Practice on 9304 0500.

For more information – Exercise Right Week


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Heart Health Week (1 – 7 May, 2016)

This week is Heart Health Week. Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australians, but it can mostly be prevented.

Did you know…

  1. As you get older your risk of heart disease increases
  2. Men are at greater risk. Women’s risk increases to that or men after menopause
  3. Your family history plays a role in your risk of heart disease

Aspects that you can control / treat  and reduce the risk of heart diseases include:-

  1. smoking status
  2. diet
  3. exercise
  4. weight
  5. mental & social health
  6. blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar

For more information – Heart Foundation

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World Asthma Day: 3rd May 2016

One in ten people in Australia has asthma. It affects people of all ages.

Asthma is a long-term lung condition. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers, causing a ‘flare-up’. In a flare-up, the muscles around the airway squeeze tight, the airways swell and become narrow and there is more mucus. These things make it harder to breathe.

World Asthma Day is an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

For more information: Asthma Australia

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Anzac Day 2016

Just a reminder we will be closed on Anzac Day – 25th April.

If you need to see our GPs after the public holiday, don’t wait until Tuesday morning to call the Practice. Book online anytime over the long weekend.

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Melbourne Fitness & Health Expo

If you are bored with your training schedule, want to start a new fitness kick or need valuable training or diet advice come and see our experts here at PVH Medical.

  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Dietitians

Make an appointment by calling 9304 0500.

Dont Forget – the Melbourne Fitness & Health Expo is on Friday 29th April 2016 to Sunday 1st May 2016

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World Immunisation Week 2016

World Immunisation Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunisation saves millions of lives and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

This will be the second year of the Close the Immunisation Gap campaign, which celebrates the enormous successes to date in reaching children all over the world with life-saving vaccines while also stressing the challenges we still face.

The 2016 campaign additionally stresses the need for immunisation among adolescents and adults – throughout life and seeks to draw the world’s attention to the critical importance of reaching vulnerable people living in conflict situations or in the wake of emergencies.

For more information – Close the Immunisation Gap 2016

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Flu Vaccinations Now Available – Book Now

The 2016 Flu Vaccinations are now available.

Secure your booking online or call the Practice on 9304 0500.

There are two flu vaccine options: Trivalent (3 strains) & Quadrivalent (4 strains)

You may be eligible for a government sponsored free flu vaccination if you are:-

  • 6 months of age and over with conditions predisposing to severe illness following influenza infection
  • 6 months to 4 years of age inclusive and 15 years of age and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • All pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy
  • 65 years of age and older


Trivalent = $8.99

Quadrivalent = $14.99

You may be charged a consultation fee at the GPs discretion


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