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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Edmonton Family Medical Centre continues to follow the advice of Federal and State authorities regarding measures aimed at restricting the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The two key priorities for daily operation are the safety of our staff and our patients.

We are practicing social distancing and have strict hygiene rules in the clinic. Everyone has a responsibility to stop the spread of coronavirus and ‘flatten the curve’.

If you are over 70, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or pregnant, we can organise a telephone consultation.

If you develop symptoms, you must call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

For severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath at rest or difficulty breathing, dial 000.

As updates are available, they will be listed on the following websites.

Cairns Regional Council: www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/covid19

Queensland Government Click here: www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status

March is Epilepsy Month

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Epilepsy is a disorder of brain function that takes the form of recurring convulsive or non-convulsive seizures. Epilepsy is not just one condition; rather it is a diverse family of disorders comprising many seizure types.

Epilepsy is a common condition in our community and can develop at any age, regardless of gender or ethnic group. Research suggests that 3-4% of the Australian population will develop epilepsy at some stage in their lives. Epilepsy was once considered a disorder of the young as it was believed that most people experienced their first seizure before the age of 20. However, the over 55 years age group is now being recognised as being the most vulnerable group. This rapidly growing demographic group is subject to the kinds of cerebrovascular, respiratory and cardiac events that can lead to epileptic seizures.

Epilepsy Australia National Helpline
1300 852 853

To find out more about Epilepsy click here: www.epilepsyaustralia.net

Lymphoedema Awareness Month – March

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What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is the accumulation of excessive amounts of protein-rich fluid resulting in swelling of one or more regions of the body.

This is due to a mechanical failure of the lymphatic system and occurs when the demand for lymphatic drainage exceeds the capacity of the lymphatic circulation. The condition usually affects the limb(s) although it may also involve the trunk, breast, head and neck or genital area.

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes throughout the body that transports fluid (lymph) from the body tissues back to the bloodstream. The functions of the lymphatic system are to maintain the volume and protein concentration of the extracellular fluid in the body and to assist the immune system in destroying pathogens and removing waste products from the tissues.

To learn more about Lymphoedema click here:

www.lymphoedema.org.au/about-lymphoedema/what-is-lymphoedema/

 

 

March – Melanoma Month

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Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that begins in cells known as melanocytes. While it is less common than basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), melanoma is far more dangerous because of its ability to spread to other organs more rapidly if it not treated at an early stage.

Learn more about melanoma typesrisk factors, causes, warning signs and treatment:

www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma/

Call the Edmonton Family Medical Centre and book your skin check now.

 

February is Heart Research Month

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Heart Research Month raises awareness about the devastating impact heart disease has on families, friends and communities, and the importance of supporting life-saving heart research to find new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating heart disease.

Heart Research Australia supports a centre of excellence that attracts world class and emerging researchers to conduct ground-breaking research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

Heart Research Day is celebrated on the 14 February – the “Day of Hearts” – encouraging everyone to love and take care of their heart.

To learn more or to donate click here:

https://www.heartresearch.com.au/

01 Feb to 29 Feb 2020 is International CHD Awareness Month

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Childhood Heart Disease (CHD)

Some remember the term “Blue Baby” and “Hole in the Heart Baby” – these are conditions that describe CHD which, in reality, covers a wide range of conditions.

HeartKids is the compass to help navigate the lifetime journey of the 64,000 Australian children, teens and adults affected by congenital heart disease.  Our aim is to help them and their families  to lead the most fulfilling life possible and to reach their personal goals.

We are the voice for all people impacted by congenital heart disease – the largest cause of infant death in Australia.

Our work is focused on our four pillars of AdvocacyInformationResearch and Support.

To find out more click on the link below:

https://www.heartkids.org.au/who-we-are/our-purpose

 

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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February – Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

This provides an opportunity for us all to focus on ovarian cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease.

Ovarian cancer is the 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women (excluding basal and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin), and the second most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer.

It is important that women are aware of the facts about ovarian cancer, the symptoms to look out for and what to do.

To find our more information and watch a video, click on this link:

https://ovarian-cancer.canceraustralia.gov.au/awareness

Failure to Attend Policy

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The Edmonton Family Medical Centre has had an increase in patients not attending their booked appointments.

For us to cover our practice costs including reception, nurses and operating costs it is important that all appointments are attended.

For our practice to continue to offer Bulk Billing to our patients it has been necessary to implement the following policy.

Failure to attend an appointment on 3 occasions will incur a non-refundable fee of $55.00 per patient.

Failure to give 2 hours notice when either cancelling or postponing an appointment with any of our Doctors will also incur this non-refundable fee of $55.00 per patient.

An account for this will be sent to you directly. This fee will be payable prior to booking any further appointments.

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Be Sun Smart and Skin Cancer Aware

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Anyone can be at risk of developing skin cancer, though the risk increases as you get older. Sunburn has been associated with melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Our doctors at the Edmonton Family Medical Center can do a full body skin check or spot check if you have any concerns.

It’s important to get to know your skin, so that you can detect any changes early. The sooner a spot is identified it can be treated, improving your chances of avoiding surgery, potential disfigurement or even death.

Develop a regular habit of checking your skin for new spots and keep an eye on changes to existing freckles or moles.

If you click on the link below, it will take you to the Cancer Council site where you can learn how to check your own body, learn about the different types of spots, and much more.

Click here: www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer

Download Cancer Council’s skin cancer identification poster to help identify potential skin cancers.

Contact Cancer Council on: 13 11 20