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Get your blood taken in Pascoe Vale.

Pathology now available in Pascoe Vale

We’re pleased to announce that pathology is now available at PVH Medical Pascoe Vale.

We can take your blood on weekdays from 8am to 12pm.

If you have any questions, please call our friendly practice on 9304 0500 today.

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September is Dementia Awareness Month, an initiative of Alzheimer’s Australia. PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale is helping raise awareness.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, behaviour and ability to perform everyday tasks. It comes in many forms, greatly impacting individuals and their families and carers.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, and accounts for about two-thirds of dementia cases. It causes a gradual decline in cognitive abilities, usually beginning with memory loss.

According to Dementia Australia, there are currently over 436,000 Australians living with dementia. An estimated 1.2 million people are caring for a person with dementia including partners, carers, family members and friends.

The number of people living with dementia is expected to rise to over 1 million people by 2056 without a cure.

Dementia is not restricted to older people – people in their 30s, 40s and 50s can get dementia too. In 2018, there were 25,000 Australians under 65 with dementia. This is expected to rise to over 42,000 by 2056 without a cure.

It affects more people than you think.

Dementia Awareness Month

September is Dementia Awareness Month, an initiative of Dementia Australia.

The theme for this year’s campaign is Dementia Friends. It encourages people to become aware of issues surrounding dementia, have a better understanding of what it’s like for a person to live with dementia and create more supportive communities for people with dementia.

World Alzheimer’s Day

Every year on 21 September, Alzheimer associations around the world unite to acknowledge World Alzheimer’s Day. The aim of the day is to make a difference for people with dementia, their families and carers worldwide.

Early warning signs of dementia

The early signs of dementia are very subtle and may not be immediately obvious. Early symptoms also vary across individual patients.

The early signs of dementia include:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Repetitive behaviour
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Social isolation
  • Confusion about time and place
  • Problems with abstract thinking
  • Loss of initiative
  • Poor or decreased judgement
  • Language problems
  • Other behavioural changes.

Worried about dementia?

If you’re concerned that you or a loved one may be experiencing dementia, please make a booking with us. We’re committed to helping patients of all ages in Pascoe Vale and the surrounding area.

Call us on 9304 0500 or make a booking on the Appointuit app.

More information

  • Find out how you can get involved in Dementia Awareness Month by visiting the Dementia Australia website.
  • Download the Dementia Guide, an important resource for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia or has been impacted by the disease.
  • Visit the Your Brain Matters website to learn how to keep your brain healthy and reduce your risk of dementia.
  • Download the BrainyApp developed to raise awareness of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
  • Call Dementia Australia for information, support and advice on 1800 100 500 or the multi-lingual line on 131 450.


Source: Dementia 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 help from PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale, Vic.

Are you struggling with the day to day?

You can’t put your finger on it but you’re not in top form. You feel tired more often, you’re emotional and the things you used to enjoy doing now don’t hold the same appeal.

It’s hard to generalise how struggling to cope can make you feel or act, but if any of these symptoms sound familiar please consider having a chat with one of our doctors.

  • Lacking energy or feeling tired
  • Feeling restless or agitated
  • Feeling tearful
  • Not wanting to talk to or be with people
  • Not wanting to do things you usually enjoy
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings
  • Finding it hard to cope with everyday things

While our doctors have loads of experience helping patients with all sorts of issues, you may be referred to one of our in-house psychologists for specialised care.

You could be entitled to Medicare-subsidised counselling under the GP Mental Health Care Plan Scheme. Simply ask your doctor for details and a referral.

No referral is required for private consultations with a psychologist.

R U OK? Day – 14 September 2017

R U OK is a suicide prevention charity in Australia, reminding people that having meaningful conversations with friends and loved ones could save lives.

On 14 September we’re getting behind this charity’s special awareness day called R U OK? Day.

R U OK? Day is about staying connected and having meaningful conversations. That’s something we can all do. You don’t need to be an expert, just a great mate and a good listener. So if you notice someone who might be struggling – start a conversation.

Some conversations are too big for friends and family to take on alone. That’s why we encourage you to speak to a doctor at PVH Medical Pascoe Vale.

If you need urgent support outside of hours, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.


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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Speech pathology in Pascoe Vale

Speech Pathology Week 2017

This year, Speech Pathology Week runs from 20 August to 26 August.

It seeks to promote the speech pathology profession and the work done by speech pathologists with the more than one million Australians who have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts on their daily life.

The theme for Speech Pathology Week 2017 is ‘Communication access: Everyone gets the message!’. This theme reinforces the important role that speech pathologists play in the lives of Australians with speech and swallowing difficulties.

What is communication access?

It’s when everyone can get their message across.

Communication access is about creating a world where people with communication difficulties can communicate successfully with everyone – a world where everyone gets the message.

Communication by definition involves at least two people. People with communication difficulties often experience communication barriers to their full participation in community life.

People with communication difficulties may communicate with others using a variety of means, including electronic speech devices, word-based or picture-based communication boards or books, sign and gesture, and spelling.

Like mobility access, communication access involves the provision of community supports and strategies for people with a communication disability to participate fully in social, educational, economic, sporting, and community life. This involves greater awareness and understanding of communication disability within our community, and for all of us to learn how to interact with people with communication disability.

Speech Pathology Australia estimates that over 1.1 million Australians – around five per cent of the Australian population – have a communication disorder.

Our communities need to be accessible for everyone, including people with communication difficulties, physical disabilities, reading difficulties, vision impairment, hearing impairment and intellectual disability. Building communication accessibility will ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. When we create communication-accessible communities, everyone gets the message.

Tips for successful communication*

  • Always treat the person with the communication disability with dignity and respect
  • Be welcoming and friendly
  • Understand there are many ways to communicate
  • Ask the person with the disability what will help with communication
  • Avoid loud locations, find a quiet place
  • Listen carefully
  • When you don’t understand, let them know you are having difficulty understanding
  • If you think the person has not understood, repeat what you have said or say it a different way
  • Try asking the person yes or no questions if you are having difficulty understanding them
  • Ask the person to repeat or try another approach if you don’t understand
  • To make sure you are understood, check with the person that you have understood them correctly
  • If you ask a question, wait for the person to reply
  • Allow the person time to respond, so always be patient
  • Speak directly to the person and make eye contact (though be mindful that there are some people who may not want you to look at them, e.g. some people with autism spectrum disorder)
  • Speak normally – there is no need for you to raise your voice or slow your speech.

What is a speech pathologist?

Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, reading and writing, stuttering and voice. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drinking safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.

Do you need to make an appointment for you or a family member?

Our on-site speech pathologist at PVH Medical Pascoe Vale is Naomi DeNicolo. She’s a member of Speech Pathology Australia and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with over 18 years’ experience.

To make an appointment with Naomi, call 9304 0500 or download the Appointuit App on your smartphone.


*Source: Adapted from SCOPE, Communication for all booklet,

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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Take care with your medications - ask a doctor at PVH Medical Pascoe Vale

Take care with your medicines – follow your doctor’s advice

If you’re taking any medicines, it’s important to understand what it is you’re taking, when to take it and in what doses.

If you’re not taking your medicines as directed then you may be misusing them.

To help promote the safe and wise use of medicines by all Australians, the seventh annual ‘Be Medicinewise Week’ kicks off on 21 August and runs to 27 August.

This year Australians are being reminded that medicine misuse can happen to anyone. To help minimise potential harm you should:

  1. Ask the right questions
  • Take an active role in your health by asking relevant questions about the medicines you use. Have valuable conversations with healthcare professionals.
  • Carefully read medicine labels and packaging.
  1. Ask the right people
  • Remember there’s a huge difference between asking a doctor or pharmacist for advice and asking a Facebook group.
  • The internet is great for general information, but make sure you double-check any health information with a qualified health professional.
  1. Follow the right advice
  • Follow dosing instructions from your doctor or pharmacist, and ask for clarity if it doesn’t make sense.
  • Speak to a health professional before you stop taking a medicine as there may be side-effects.

The more medicines you take, the more difficult it can be to remember important information about them. To help you take charge of your medicines, the MedicineWise app may help. It allows you to set dose reminders so you can take the right medicine, at the right dose, at the right time, exactly as directed by your health professional.

Remember, simple actions can prevent medicine misuse. Follow advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist and always read the labels and packaging of your medicines carefully.


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 think you're at risk of getting diabetes, speak to your doctor at PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale.

Are you at risk of getting diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood are too high. If untreated, high blood glucose levels can result in serious complications.

While there’s no cure, people with diabetes can still live an enjoyable life by managing it effectively. Symptoms can be controlled with things like diet, exercise and medication.

Around 5% of Australians aged 18 years or older have diabetes. The risk increases as you get older, with 15% of those aged 65 to 74 affected by it.¹

According to Diabetes Australia, there are three things you need to know about diabetes:

  1. It’s not one condition – there are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes
  2. All types of diabetes are complex and require daily care and management
  3. Diabetes does not discriminate; anyone can develop it.

To help raise awareness of this chronic condition, National Diabetes Week kicks off this Sunday, 9 July and runs until Saturday, 15 July.

You can find out if you’re at risk of developing diabetes. Simply book an appointment with one of our helpful doctors. We’re open from 8am to 9pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 6pm on Friday and 8am to 5pm on Saturday.

Call us on 9304 0500 or download the Appointuit App on your smartphone.


¹Source: on 05/07/17

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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Kids Health

It is that time of the year where you are getting your kids ready for school especially the first timers.

This is a great time to think about your child’s health. PVH Medical offers a range of services specifically for children:-

  • Paediatrics
  • Kids Health Checks
  • Kids Immunisations
  • Child Psychology
  • Podiatry
  • Dietetics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Speech Pathology

If you’d like to make an appointment with any of our specialist disciplines book online or call the Practice.

For more information – Children’s Health Brochure

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Physical inactivity and the risks to your health

Physical inactivity has consistently been shown to be one of the most powerful, modifiable risk factors for all causes of death and disease, alongside smoking and obesity.

This interactive body map brings together scientific evidence on the links between lack of physical activity and disease – Interactive Body Map

PVH Medical offer onsite Exercise Physiology services including:-

  • Group Exercise Classes
  • One on One Consultations
  • Exercise Prescription
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Love Your Bones!

World Osteoporosis Day – 20 Oct

World Osteoporosis Day is the time to think about your bone health and your family’s bone health.

This year we are telling all Australians to: Love your bones. Protect your future.

That includes a bone-healthy diet, regular exercise and consulting your doctor about osteoporosis risk. Please help us spread this important message for World Osteoporosis Day: Protect your bones.

Osteoporosis affects over 1 million Australians with over 155,000 broken bones are expected this year from poor bone health.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

October, Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community.

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.

Take the time this month to find out what you need to know about breast awareness and share this important information with your family, friends and colleagues.

For more information – National Breast Cancer Foundation

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R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide.
Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
Their goals are to:
  1. Boost our confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life’s ups and down
  2. Nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others
  3. Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us
  4. Be relevant, strong and dynamic

At PVH Medical, our team was right behind the initiative as we promoted R U OK Day Practice wide.

For more information – RUOK

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Dental Health Week 2016

Dental Health Week, which takes place in the first full week of August, is the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health promotion event. Its aim is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health in every aspect of their lives.

It has three main objectives:
– Promote oral health education and awareness in the general community
– Motivate and educate dental professionals to promote oral health
– Encourage ongoing collaboration within the dental profession

This year Dental Health Week, which runs from 1 to 7 August, is focusing on the significant way that hormones can play havoc with a woman’s oral health, an especially important topic in light of a recent study that revealed that many women are unaware of the significant impact that various life stages have on the health of their teeth and gums. The reality is that major life events like pregnancy, puberty, menstruation and menopause, dramatically affect the state of a your dental health if you are a woman.Throughout the course of Dental Health Week, you will be encouraged to take a more preventive, hands-on approach to your dental health as you learn more about the ways your teeth, gums and mouth are affected during each of the pivotal phases of your life.

Our partners at PASCOE VALE DENTAL GROUP are offering PVH Medical patients:-

when a scale and clean appointment is made with their Dental Therapist

Code to quote: Shugii

Offer expires end of August 2016

For more information on our rewards program – PVH Rewards

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Daffodil Day


Daffodil Day is one of Australia’s best known and most popular fundraising events.

You can help beat cancer by wearing a daffodil pin this Daffodil Day, and joining the fundraising efforts.

Daffodil Day merchandise is on sale throughout July and August, but you can donate to Daffodil Day at any time.

The vibrant yellow daffodil represents hope and a continuing fight against cancer. You too, can help in the fight against cancer by wearing a Cancer Council pin this Daffodil Day.

For more information: Daffodil Day 2016

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