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Speech pathology Pascoe Vale

Do you know what a speech pathologist does?

Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders. This includes 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.

Speech pathologists work with people who have communication and swallowing difficulties that:

  • arise from premature birth, or may be present from birth (e.g. cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairments and cleft palate), or
  • occur as a result of physical, intellectual or sensory disability or a mental illness, or
  • emerge during early childhood (e.g. speech and language disorders, stuttering, difficulties learning to read and write), or
  • occur during adult years (e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke, head/neck cancers, neurodegenerative disorders such as motor neurone disease), or
  • develop in the elderly (e.g. dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease).

The video below shows how one woman rediscovered her voice following a stroke.

We have an in-house speech pathologist

Our resident speech pathologist, Naomi DeNicolo, has nearly 20 years’ clinical experience. She enjoys being part of the PVH Medical team, providing support for the members of the Pascoe Vale community.

Speech pathologist Pascoe Vale

Naomi DeNicolo

Speech Pathology Week 2018

This year, Speech Pathology Week is 19-25 August. It seeks to promote speech pathology and the work done by speech pathologists with the more than 1 million Australians who have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts on their daily life.

Communication is a basic human right and Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote this fact.

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).

 

 

Source: Speech Pathology 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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Anxiety help in Pascoe Vale

Understanding anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are common mental health problems that affect many people.

Approximately 25% of the population have an anxiety disorder that warrants treatment at some time in their life. Up to another 25% have less severe anxieties such as fear of spiders.

Having an anxiety disorder isn’t the end of the world. It’s the first step towards a solution, as anxiety disorders are among the most treatable and manageable of all mental health problems.

With the right support, you can learn to manage your anxiety and stop it taking over your life.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is extreme worry that interferes with our daily lives. Symptoms include panic attacks, physical fear reactions and attempts to avoid the situation. Anxiety disorders can lead to social isolation and depression. The good news is help is available.

What types of anxiety are there?

There are several types of anxiety disorders, and some of these are listed below.

Your PVH Medical healthcare professional can help you to identify your symptoms.

  • Depression
  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Phobias
  • Social anxiety disorder.

You can read more information about the types of anxiety disorders here.

What is generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)?

GAD is excessive anxiety and worry, occurring more days than not for at least six months, about events and activities such as those related to work or study performance, health, finances or family issues. The worries are often about a variety of minor issues and events that are unlikely to occur.

GAD affects about 5% of the population. The onset of GAD can be at a relatively early age, with one-third of people with GAD experiencing onset in childhood or adolescence.

GAD is often chronic, but may have only a moderate impact on a person’s ability to function in daily life. Therefore it often remains undetected.

Some symptoms of GAD include:

  • Restlessness or feeling on edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Difficulty in concentrating or mind going blank
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Shallow, uneven breathing
  • Sleep disturbance.

This checklist can help you determine if you are experiencing symptoms of GAD.

Raising awareness

This week is OCD & Anxiety Disorders Week. It’s a week of community events, workshops and activities supporting people with anxiety disorders, their carers, family, friends and health professionals.

Help is at hand

Our team of GPs and psychologists at PVH Medical can help with anxiety disorders. If you need help, please make a booking today.

 

 

Source: Anxiety Recovery Centre Melbourne and Better Health

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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Solar panels on roof of medical clinic in Pascoe Vale

Doing our bit for the environment

Check out our roof!

We recently installed solar panels on our roof. This means we can generate our own electricity to help run the clinic in a more sustainable way.

We’re proud to be doing our bit for the environment.

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See your doctor at PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale for help with alcohol

Alcohol. Is it time to give it up?

Alcohol is a depressant drug, which means it slows down the messages travelling between the brain and the body.

There is no safe level of drug use – it always carries some risk.

How can alcohol affect you?

Alcohol affects everyone differently, based on:

  • Size, weight and health
  • Whether the person is used to taking it
  • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
  • The amount drunk
  • The strength of the drink.

What are some of the long-term effects of alcohol?

Regular use of alcohol may eventually cause:

  • Regular colds or flu
  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Depression
  • Poor memory and brain damage
  • Difficulty having children
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure and heart disease
  • Needing to drink more to get the same effect
  • Dependence on alcohol
  • Financial, work and social problems.

Drinking alcohol with other drugs

The effects of drinking and taking other drugs − including over-the-counter or prescribed medications − can be unpredictable and dangerous. Always consult your healthcare professional.

About Dry July

In July, over 11,000 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. To raise funds for people affected by cancer, Aussies are being asked to ‘go dry’ in July.

Funds raised through Dry July go towards cancer support organisations to help improve patient comfort, care and wellbeing.

Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits, such as sleeping better, having more energy and of course, no hangovers! So you’re not only helping others, you’re helping yourself. It’s a win-win!

Getting help

If your use of alcohol is affecting your health, family, relationships, work, school, financial or other life situations, you can find help and support. You can also make an appointment to see us for a confidential chat and check-up.

 

 

Source: Alcohol and Drug 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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PVH Medical doctors in Pascoe Vale can help with chronic pain management

What is chronic pain and how do you manage it?

Understanding chronic pain

Most of us think of pain as a result of an injury or disease. We expect it will go away once we have medical treatment or the injury heals.

For many people, this is the case. However for others, the pain doesn’t go away. In some cases, you can have pain even without an injury or obvious body damage.

This ongoing type of pain is called chronic pain. It is estimated that one in three Australians live with chronic pain.

Acute pain and chronic pain – what’s the difference?

  • Acute pain is usually short term. It tends to be more associated with damage to the body, and will usually go away after healing. Acute pain is a very important alarm system – it alerts us that some action is needed.
  • Chronic pain lasts longer, beyond the time you would expect an injury to heal. Chronic pain often does not indicate ongoing damage in our body – it’s like the alarm has been left on and someone’s turned the volume up. The pain is less to do with an injury to body tissue and more to do with what’s happening in our nervous system.

How long does chronic pain last?

Chronic pain can last for more than three months, or in many cases, beyond normal healing time. It doesn’t obey the same rules as acute pain.

The longer pain persists, the more complex it becomes. Even if it is caused by a disease, it now involves multiple body systems beyond the nervous system.

People can have different pain experiences

Everyone’s experience of pain is different. Two people with the same injury, such as a sprained ankle, can have a very different pain experience.

This is because pain is complex – how we perceive pain involves an interaction between our mind and our body.

How do you manage chronic pain?

Because chronic pain is complex, there is no ‘one size fits all’ way of treating it. To be successful pain managers, we may have to use a combination of things such as medications, exercise, diet, relaxation, thinking strategies and more. Over time, you can turn down the volume of your pain.

At PVH Medical, our doctors work alongside our on-site allied health professionals as a multidisciplinary team. This means you may also get help from a physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, podiatrist, psychologist, speech therapist or dietitian, in addition to your GP. This can help produce the best results.

National Pain Week

Each year Chronic Pain Australia, the national voice of people living with chronic pain, organises National Pain Week to champion the needs of the many Australians living with some form of chronic pain.

This year, it runs from 23-29 July. You can share your experience of chronic pain by using #PAINWEEK2018 on social media.

One thing to remember

Chronic pain can be overwhelming and affect all aspects of your life. However, with time, perseverance, and support from others including your GP, you can turn down the volume of your pain and get back to a full and enjoyable life.

 

 

Source: National Pain Week

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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Diabetes Pascoe Vale Melbourne

Diabetes – are you at risk?

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious and complex condition which can affect the entire body. When someone has diabetes, their body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood.

There are three main types of diabetes:

Diabetes is increasing

All types of diabetes are increasing in prevalence; type 2 diabetes is increasing at the fastest rate.

The combination of big changes to diet and the food supply, combined with big changes to physical activity with more sedentary work and less activity, means most populations are seeing more type 2 diabetes.

Genes also play a part with higher risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese, South Asian, Indian, Pacific Islander and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

In type 1 diabetes, symptoms are often sudden and can be life-threatening. Therefore, it is usually diagnosed quite quickly.

In type 2 diabetes, many people have no symptoms at all, while other signs can go unnoticed being seen as part of ‘getting older’. Therefore, by the time symptoms are noticed, complications of diabetes may already be present.

Common symptoms include:

  • Being more thirsty than usual
  • Passing more urine
  • Feeling tired and lethargic
  • Always feeling hungry
  • Having cuts that heal slowly
  • Itching, skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Unexplained weight loss (type 1)
  • Gradually putting on weight (type 2)
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Leg cramps.

Do the self-assessment now

To find out your risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next five years, answer the quick questions on the Diabetes Australia calculator.

If you have any queries, or you need further support regarding diabetes, please chat with one of our friendly doctors.

 

 

Source: Diabetes 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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Know how to read food labels

Reading food labels – a quick guide

When it comes to healthy eating, it’s best to include as many unpackaged, wholefood options as possible.

However, if you know what to look for, you can find equally nutritious and convenient options in the supermarket. The trick is learning how to read food labels!

Here are a few quick tips to help you make smarter choices, and avoid unnecessary saturated fat, salt, sugars and kilojoules (or calories).

Understanding the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP)

One of the first things people turn to when assessing the quality of a food product is the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP).

Various institutions, such as Baker IDI, the Heart Foundation and the Dietitians Association of Australia have developed healthy criteria for NIPs, and these are:

  • Saturated fat: <2g/100g as best choice, or less than 30% of the total fat content per 100g (i.e. in a product with 10g/100g total fat, aim for <3g/100g saturated fat)
  • Sugars: <15g/100g as best choice, or <20g/100g if the food product contains fruit as a primary ingredient (i.e. an untoasted muesli, raw food bars).
  • Sodium: <120mg/100g best choice, and <400mg/100g as acceptable choice (i.e. for breads, crackers, tinned soups)
  • Fibre: >5g/100g, only applicable to grain products such as bread, cereal, crackers, pasta, grains.
  • Kilojoules/Calories: Aim for <600kJ or <150cal per serve for snacks (i.e. yogurts, muesli bars), and <2,000kj or <450 calories serve for ready meals (i.e. frozen meals).

Once you have compared a food product to the above criteria, you can also use the NIP to compare this product to similar products.

Opt for the product containing less saturated fat, sodium (salt), sugars and kilojoules, and more fibre.

Use the per serve column to compare items in single-serve packaging (i.e. single yoghurts or muesli bars), and the per 100g column to compare items without single serve packaging (i.e. cereals, table spreads).

Often products will meet some, but not all, health criteria. Either continue looking for other options or choose the closest match.

For more food label tips, head over to The Nutrition Code.

Make a booking with our in-house dietitian

Make a booking today to see our resident dietitian, Samantha Stuk. You can do this online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

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. © The Nutrition Code.

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Bowel cancer awareness

What are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer or colon cancer, is cancer in any part of the colon or rectum.

Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.

Symptoms of bowel cancer

Common symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • A recent, persistent change in bowel habit
  • A change in shape or appearance of bowel movements
  • Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
  • Frequent gas pain, cramps
  • A feeling that the bowel has not emptied completely after a bowel movement
  • Unexplained anaemia or low iron levels
  • Rectal/anal pain or a lump in the rectum/anus
  • Abdominal pain or swelling.

Not everyone experiences symptoms, particularly in the early stages of bowel cancer. The above symptoms may be suggestive of bowel cancer, but they can also be due to other medical conditions, some foods or medicines.

Don’t delay in talking to your local Pascoe Vale doctor at PVH Medical if you’re experiencing any of the described symptoms for two weeks or more. When diagnosed early 90% of cases can be successfully treated.

In particular, blood in the stool or rectal bleeding should never be ignored.

Supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June. It aims to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week.

A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day (Wednesday, 19 June 2019), where Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon (incorporating the apple pin) and apple-themed fundraising activities.

You can also help fight this disease by spreading the word or making a donation.

There is also a free bowel cancer app that you can download. It provides easy access to accurate information about bowel cancer, its prevention, diagnosis and management.

Got questions or concerns? We can help

If you have any questions about bowel cancer, or any symptoms, we can help. The sooner you see us the better.

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

 

Source: Bowel 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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Physio Pascoe Vale

Welcome to our new physiotherapist

We’re pleased to welcome our new physiotherapist, Naveena Seethapathy.

She starts at our practice on 18 June.

A bit about Naveena

For Naveena, physiotherapy has been a career where she has found her calling to help those injured or in pain all over the world.

Naveena’s hands-on approach to acute care enables expert assessment and treatment to commence straight away. Her strong multidisciplinary focus for holistic care engages patients and other team members to achieve their health goals.

Naveena Seethapathy is a physiotherapist in Pascoe Vale

Naveena Seethapathy

Naveena has a Master’s degree in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia. She has experience practising in Australia, USA and India – always carried out with a friendly smile!

When not providing high-quality care, Naveena enjoys family time with her two boys and getting to know her new community in Pascoe Vale.

How physiotherapy can help you

Physiotherapy can improve your function and well-being, regardless of your age. Acute back and neck pain, sports injuries and muscular problems can all be addressed.

At PVH Medical, you will experience a comprehensive holistic assessment and an individually tailored treatment program for your specific needs.

Make a booking with Naveena

Secure your spot and make a booking with Naveena today. Simply call our Reception team on 9304 0500.

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Men's health in Pascoe Vale

Celebrating Men’s Health Week

We’re celebrating Men’s Health Week, which runs from 10 June to 16 June this year.

In Australia, Men’s Health Week provides a platform for challenging and debating key issues in men’s health and to raise the profile of men, their health outcomes and health needs every June.

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

Why is Australian male health in need of attention?

Good question! The health status of males in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than that of females.

More males:

  • die at every life stage
  • have accidents
  • take their own lives, and
  • suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females at the same age.

Men don’t see their GP as much as women do

There is a perception that men don’t care about health or that health services are not well-prepared to interact with men effectively. We want to change that perception.

Some ways to improve men’s health outcomes

  • Be active in getting medical help if you don’t feel well, have a problem that won’t go away or notice unusual symptoms.
  • It’s ok to seek help – don’t try to do everything on your own or bury problems. Talk to your partner, friends and workmates.
  • Push hard to get the help you need to manage your life, work, family and financial needs.
  • Ladies, be proactive in helping your men and boys get the help they and you need. Speak with professionals (like PVH Medical) to get the best course of action.
  • Don’t leave it too late to seek help. Fear is not a killer.

Allied health can help too

We offer a number of allied health services in Pascoe Vale to complement our medical services, including:

  • Podiatry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercise physiology
  • Psychology
  • Speech pathology
  • Dietetics.

Our allied health professionals work closely with our GPs to ensure patients are provided the most effective treatment.

More information about Men’s Health Week

Check out the Men’s Health Week website for more information and to register for an event in your community.

If you’re a bloke, make an appointment to see us!

Please make an appointment to come and see us. We’re now open 7 days a week (including until 9 pm every weeknight) so there’s really no excuse!

 

Source: Men’s Health Week

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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Strong to the Bone program at PVH Medical

Introducing ‘Strong to the Bone’

Strong to the Bone is an evidence-based group exercise intervention delivered by our experienced exercise physiologist, Mike Fitzsimon.

The program focuses on four key areas to improve your bone density and quality of life:

Balance

Reduce the risk of fall related fractures by improving your balance and coordination.

Strength

Perform safe and effective weight-bearing and resistance exercises to increase bone density and muscle strength.

Stability

Learn how to protect your body from compression and overuse injuries.

Mobility

Increase your movement capacity by exercises that reduce tension and pain.

Exercise physiology in Pascoe Vale, Melbourne.

Exercise physiologist Mike Fitzsimon runs the Strong to the Bone program.

Strong to the Bone can help you fight osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that reduces the density and quality of bone. This causes a weakness of the skeleton and an increased risk of fracture.

In Australia:

  • 1 in 3 women are affected by the disease
  • 1 in 2 women over age 60 who suffer from osteoporosis will fracture a bone
  • Osteoporosis is one of the most common causes for women over 45 years being admitted to hospital.

Strong to the Bone can help fight osteoporosis

Strong to the Bone can help fight osteoporosis.

Like our muscles, bones are living and growing tissue. Strong to the Bone uses resistance and weight-bearing exercises to nourish your bones, enabling you to be stronger and more active.

Get the help you need

Contact our friendly Reception team today on 9304 0500 to start your journey towards stronger, healthier bones.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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PVH Medical can help you navigate your way through macular disease

Are you at risk of macular disease?

Macular degeneration is the name given to a group of chronic, degenerative retinal eye diseases that cause progressive loss of central vision, leaving the peripheral or side vision intact.

It affects the ability to read, drive, recognise faces and perform activities that require detailed vision. Also known as age-related macular degeneration, it’s the leading cause of legal blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. It’s responsible for 50% of all cases of blindness.

Macular degeneration is usually related to ageing and most frequently affects people over 50.

Are you at risk?

Macular degeneration is caused by both genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors include age, family history and smoking.

Age

People over the age of 50 are at risk of macular degeneration. In fact, one in seven Australians over 50 – or 1.29 million people – has some evidence of this disease.

Family history

People with a direct family history of macular degeneration have a 50% chance of developing the disease. Because at least 70% of cases of macular degeneration have a genetic link, it is critical that people with macular degeneration inform their siblings and children that they have been diagnosed with the disease.

Direct family members should have their eyes tested, their macula checked and follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations of Macular Disease Foundation Australia.

Smoking

Studies have shown that people who smoke are three to four times more likely to develop macular degeneration. Smokers may also develop the disease five to ten years earlier than non-smokers.

Steps to reduce your risk of macular disease

Knowledge is power in the defence against macular disease, so it’s imperative that you know what you can do to minimise your risk.

There are some steps that can reduce the risk of macular disease. These include:

  • Regularly have a comprehensive eye test and ask about your macula
  • If you smoke, quit
  • Maintain an eye-healthy diet and lifestyle.

The team at PVH Medical can help you navigate your way through this disease, including quitting smoking. Simply make a booking online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: Macular Disease Foundation 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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See a doctor in Pascoe Vale if you think you have IBD

Understanding Crohn’s and colitis

Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis are lifelong gastrointestinal disorders that commonly present themselves in children, adolescents and adults.

Collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the conditions are an emerging global disease, with Australia having one of the highest prevalence in the world. More than 80,000 Australians live with these conditions, with numbers expected to increase to more than 100,000 by 2022.

What are the symptoms?

Typical symptoms include the frequent and urgent need to use the toilet, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, fatigue and weight loss. This can often result in depression, anxiety and isolation in sufferers.

The conditions are becoming more prevalent, more severe and more complex and are being diagnosed in more and more young patients.

What causes it?

No one knows for certain yet what causes IBD but it is believed to be a combination of genetic, environmental and immunological factors.

Exposure to environmental triggers – possibly viruses, bacteria and/or proteins – prompts the immune system to switch on its normal defence mechanism (inflammation) against a foreign substance.

Prolonged inflammation eventually damages the walls of the gastrointestinal tract and causes the symptoms of IBD.

What treatment is available?

IBD cannot be cured as yet but it can be managed effectively, especially with the use of medications and specialist care to control the abnormal inflammatory response, aiming to help reduce the frequency of flare-ups and maintain remission.

Raising awareness for Crohn’s and colitis

May is Crohn’s and colitis awareness month. It’s an annual campaign held in Australia to raise awareness about the impact of living with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.

Throughout May, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) will help raise awareness of IBD, encouraging Australians diagnosed with IBD to join a conversation about the challenges of this invisible disease.

Go purple on World IBD Day

May 19 is World IBD Day, a day dedicated for raising awareness for inflammatory bowel disease across the world.

You can show your support for those living with IBD on this special day. All you have to do is wear something purple – it could be a wig or simply a purple ribbon. It’s all about starting the conversation about Crohn’s and colitis, and having fun while you do it.

Are you suffering from IBD?

If you have any concerns, our team of doctors in Pascoe Vale can help you.

Don’t suffer in silence – make an appointment today. You can book online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: CCA

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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Flu shot Pascoe Vale

Winter is coming. Get your flu shot.

Influenza, known as the flu, is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness.

Each year the flu affects thousands of people and puts an enormous amount of pressure on our hospitals and health system.

Over 3,500 avoidable deaths occur in Australia every year from complications of seasonal flu, including pneumonia.

The flu vaccine is your best shot at stopping the flu.

Special flu shot clinics running for the next month

Attend one of our dedicated flu shot clinics and protect yourself from the flu. Sessions are only 5 minutes!

Your consultation will be bulk billed, while the cost of the vaccine is $15 (unless you’re eligible for a free vaccine – see eligibility below).

The only way to make a booking for these special clinics is by calling 9304 0500.

What are the symptoms of flu?

Flu symptoms can start suddenly like fever, headache, tiredness and muscle aches. Elderly people might also experience confusion while children might get an upset stomach and muscle aches.

Symptoms can last for a week or more. When severe, complications such as pneumonia and worsening of existing medical conditions can lead to hospitalisation and sometimes death.

Why should I get the flu shot?

The flu can hit quickly and last for a few weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends. You never forget the flu!

The flu doesn’t discriminate, and anyone can be affected – that’s why it’s so important that everyone in the community protects themselves against the flu this season by getting their flu shot.

When should I get the flu shot?

Everyone should get an annual flu vaccine anytime from mid-April onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally June to September.

Am I eligible for the free flu vaccine?

In Victoria, the following people are eligible to receive a free seasonal influenza vaccine:

  • children aged six months to less than five years (Victorian state funded program)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from six months
  • adults aged 65 and over
  • people aged six months and over with medical conditions predisposing them to severe influenza (e.g. severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes)
  • pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy).

For everyone else, the cost of the flu vaccine is $15.

Victorian state funded free vaccination for under 5s

All children aged six months to less than five years old are eligible to receive free influenza vaccination.

All children under nine receiving their flu vaccination for the first time require two doses of vaccine, spaced by a minimum of one month.

Is the flu vaccine safe?

Common side effects may happen within one to two days after the vaccination. These include soreness, redness, discomfort and swelling at the injection site, tiredness, muscle aches and low fever. These side effects are usually mild and go away within a few days, normally without any treatment.

Can the flu vaccine actually give you the flu?

The flu vaccine does not contain any live virus, so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine.

Different vaccines for different age groups

Our team of doctors in Pascoe Vale can advise you and your family which flu vaccine is appropriate for you.

The type of vaccine used depends on the person’s age:

  • People aged 6 months to <65 years should receive Quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV).
  • People aged ≥65 years should receive one of the enhanced Trivalent influenza vaccines (TIVs).

Make an appointment today

To attend a bulk-billed flu shot clinic, please call 9304 0500. This is the only way to make a booking for these special clinics.

To make a regular appointment (during which you can get the flu shot), simply book how you normally do – on our website, on the Appointuit app, via Facebook or by calling 9304 0500.

Remember to get your flu shot early for your best chance of beating the flu!

 

Source: BetterHealth Channel and Victoria State Government

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 is closed on Anzac Day

We’re closed on Anzac Day

We will be closed this Wednesday for Anzac Day.

We will re-open on Thursday.

A reminder that our usual operating hours are:

  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Closed Sunday and public holidays.

We pay tribute to and remember all those who have served.

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