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Cystic fibrosis Pascoe Vale

Cystic fibrosis in summary

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-limiting genetic disorder.

It affects the whole body, but mainly the respiratory system (lungs), the digestive system (the pancreas and sometimes the liver) and the reproductive system.

How it affects people

When a person has CF, their mucus is very thick and sticky. It’s difficult for people with CF to clear this mucus from their lungs. It clogs the tiny air passages and traps bacteria. This causes recurring infections and blockages, which can cause irreversible lung damage over time.

Thick mucus in the digestive system can also affect the transfer of digestive enzymes from the pancreas to the small intestine. This leads to difficulty with digesting fats and absorbing some nutrients.

This means that people with CF can have problems with nutrition and need to consume a diet high in kilojoules, fats and salts.

CF is the most common life-limiting genetic disorder affecting Australians today for which there is no cure.

Symptoms of cystic fibrosis

People with CF may experience:

  • a persistent cough that sometimes produces thick mucus
  • difficulty breathing
  • wheezing
  • frequent lung infections
  • salty sweat – salt loss in hot weather may produce muscle cramps or weakness
  • tiredness, lethargy or reduced ability to exercise
  • poor growth or weight gain
  • frequent visits to the toilet
  • bulky, greasy poo
  • diarrhoea or constipation
  • poor appetite
  • CF-related diabetes
  • infertility in males.

Diagnosis of cystic fibrosis

In Australia, most babies are screened at birth for CF through the newborn screening test. This involves collection of a blood sample through a heel prick test immediately after birth.

One in every 2,500 births produces a child who has CF. Approximately 3,500 people in Australia have CF. Most people who have CF are diagnosed within the first two months of life.

If you’re planning a pregnancy, you can be tested to see if you’re carrying the CF gene. Chat with your Pascoe Vale doctor for more information.

Help support cystic fibrosis

May is 65 Roses month, an annual national fundraising and awareness initiative. It raises awareness and essential funds to extend and improve the quality of life for people with CF.

You can get involved in the 65 Roses Challenge by creating your own fundraising event, selling merchandise or making a tax deductible donation. It’s a great cause.


Source: BetterHealth Channel

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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Family planning Melbourne

Planning on starting a family?

Are you planning on starting a family soon, or have infant children?

We have dedicated services specifically designed to cater for every stage of a family, including:

  • From the time you decide you’d like to start a family
  • During pregnancy
  • After pregnancy
  • Child healthcare.

Family planning

From contraception to fertility and pregnancy advice, our GPs have got your family planning needs covered. See a female or male GP – it’s your choice.

Pre-conception health check

This health screening is designed for women to determine their readiness to conceive and identify any potential health risk issues.

Antenatal shared care

This is a popular choice for healthy women with a normal pregnancy. It will allow most of your pregnancy care to be managed by one of our accredited antenatal care GPs.

We’re associated with the following hospitals:

  • The Womens (Royal Womens Hospital)
  • Mercy Hospital for Women
  • Northern Hospital
  • Sunshine Hospital.

For more information speak to your GP or contact the shared care coordinator at the above hospitals.

Postnatal care

We offer mother-centric postnatal care services to both the mother and newborn during the first six weeks after delivery of the child. This may include:

  • Routine clinical examination and observation of the mother and baby
  • Routine baby screening to detect potential disorders
  • Support for infant feeding
  • Ongoing provision of information and support.

Baby and child health checks

These checks allow for babies and young children to be routinely evaluated by our GPs to monitor their health, growth and development.


Did you know we have in-house consulting paediatricians?

A paediatrician is a medical doctor with special training and skills in the diseases and illnesses that affect babies and children, and also in how babies, children and teenagers grow and develop.

Your child might see a paediatrician if your GP wants a specialist opinion about your child’s health and development, or thinks your child needs specialised care and treatment.

We’re here for you and your family

We’re here to take care of the health needs of you and your family. So if you have any questions at all, please chat to one of our friendly GPs.


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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