June – Bowel Cancer Month

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June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – a Bowel Cancer Australia initiative raising awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer and funds for the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer claims the lives of 103 Australians every week (5,375 people a year) – but it’s one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

While the risk of bowel cancer increases significantly with age, the disease doesn’t discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old.

300 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this week (15,604 people a year).
To find out more about bowel cancer, click here:  https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/what-is-bowel-cancer
To donate click here:  https://donate.everydayhero.com
Call Bowel Cancer Australia’s Helpline on 1800 555 494.

Celebrating 35 years – May 2020 Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month

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Crohn’s and colitis awareness month aims to raise awareness about this condition. This is also a major fundraising event for Crohn’s & Colitis Australia, a supporting organization which helps people with Crohn’s and colitis. 100% of money raised goes towards supporting people with this condition and for further research for a cure. 

Often referred as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s and colitis are conditions which affect the intestines. These conditions cause the intestines to become red and inflamed. Crohn’s disease can affect any area of the intestines whilst colitis (formerly known as ulcerative colitis) affects the large intestine (colon).

As with many other conditions, symptoms of IBD can vary between individuals. Symptoms of Crohn’s and colitis can include:

  • fatigue and tiredness
  • frequent diarrhea & bowel movement
  • abdominal cramps and pain
  • anemia
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss

Whilst the cause of IBD is not known, environmental, genetic and immunological factors may be involved. It’s also thought that the symptoms of IBD may be ience long periods of remission with flare ups from time to time.

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month promotes greater understanding of IBD. The major supporting organization, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia, have in recent years used the ‘Can’t Wait’ theme to carry their message.triggered by environmental factors such as bacteria and viruses. There is no cure for IBD although it can be managed with medication. People with IBD often exper

If You Can’t Wait, Don’t wait… See Your Doctor With Any Bowel Related Symptoms“.

The theme ‘Can’t Wait’ was chosen as it works on many levels. On a basic level, ‘Can’t Wait’ reflects the urgency IBD sufferers experience when they need to go to the toilet at short notice.

On a deeper level, the theme reflects we can no longer wait for:

  • improved access to specialized care and treatment.
  • employers and schools to recognize IBD as a condition in its own right, and to help those with this condition manage it.
  • the long time between initial and final consultation.
  • an accurate diagnosis of IBD.
  • the government to prioritize IBD in their health programs.
  • the public to more become more aware about IBD.
  • the stigma and feeling of embarrassment towards this condition to be reduced.

There is also a ‘Can’t Wait’ program with a dedicated website. Business owners are encouraged to participate in a special access toilet sharing program for IBD sufferers. They display a ‘Can’t Wait’ sticker in a prominent place (such as a shop window). People with IBD apply for a Can’t Wait Card and can use this to gain access to these toilets.

Donations help support people with this condition and provides funding for research into a cure. For more information visit:


Mon 25th – Sun 31st May 2020 – Spinal Health Week

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Spinal Health Week Logo

Spinal Health Week, formerly known as National Chiropractic Care Week, is sponsored by the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA).

This event raise awareness about spinal health & how poor posture can affect a persons life. This week is a chance to promote good posture which can prevent future health problems.

Spinal Health & The Nervous System

The spine covers and protects the spinal cord of the nervous system. The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in the body. Poor posture can cause the spine to go out of its natural alignment, affecting the ability of the nervous system to control body functions.

If the spine is out of alignment, even just slightly, pressure may be put on the spinal nerve disrupting the nervous system. A study by Dr. Suh at the University of Colorado showed that a small pressure on the spinal nerve, as little as the weight of a dime, can reduce nerve function by 60 percent.

Effects Of Poor Posture Include:

  • Back Pain
  • Joint & Muscles Disorders
  • Spine Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Rounded Shoulders

Around 90% of people have poor posture; this could be caused by the way a person sits at work, does things at home, or carries things the wrong way.

Improving Posture

Good posture is crucial for optimal body function. Posture can directly health; improved posture can lead to better well being.

A healthy spine means a healthier life.

Today’s technologies, in the form of home entertainment, mobile phones, computers and games consoles mean that more people than ever are adopting poor posture in favor of being active. Sitting for extended periods of time whilst slouched in a chair can affect our spinal health. Spinal Health Week encourages people to become more aware of their posture and to take regular exercise to prevent health problems later in life.

By maintaining good posture we can help prevent visits to a doctor or chiropractor. In many cases, good posture and regular exercise can also prevent the symptoms of preexisting spinal health conditions becoming worse.

For more information click here:


May – Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is characterised by sclerosis a Greek word meaning scars. These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms.

MS affects over 25,600 in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too. Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.

There is currently no known cure for MS however there are a number of treatment options available to help manage symptoms and slow progression of the disease.

To find out more about MS click on this link:


To go to downloadable resources click here:


May – 25th Anniversary of Thyroid Awareness Month

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Thyroid Disorders affect all Australians and 1 in 10 Australians will be affected by some form of thyroid disorder, 7 of the 10 are women.

The thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck, below the voice box. As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid plays a critical role in the healthy function of the body, influencing and regulating the activity of all cells and tissues. A healthy thyroid gland uses ingested iodine from iodine enriched foods to produce thyroid hormones which regulate body and brain growth and development, body temperature, energy levels and metabolic functions.

Early detection is important, a simple blood test and if necessary a thyroid ultrasound examination will either determine or eliminate the possibility.

Do not hesitate to visit your GP and discuss your concerns.

For more information check out the Australian Thyroid Foundation Site on:


Video to watch about the thyroid:



May 2020 – Eczema Month

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Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a recurring, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition affecting one in three Australasians at some stage throughout their lives. The condition is most common in people with a family history of an atopic disorder, including asthma or hay fever.

Atopic eczema is the most common form of the disease among Australasians. The skin becomes red, dry, itchy and scaly, and in severe cases, may weep, bleed and crust over, causing the sufferer much discomfort. Sometimes the skin may become infected. The condition can also flare and subside for no apparent reason.

Although eczema affects all ages, it usually appears in early childhood (in babies between two-to-six months of age) and disappears around six years of age. In fact, more than half of all eczema sufferers show signs within their first 12 months of life and 20 per cent of people develop eczema before the age of five.

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Doctors at our practice now use BetterConsult, a pre-consultation questionnaire completed by patients that gives your doctor an understanding of the reason for your visit.

How does BetterConsult benefit you?

Spend more time talking about treatment –  Focus on discussing treatment options instead of going over symptoms.
Never forget what you want to cover with your GP – Take your time documenting each health concern before your appointment.
Answer questions about your health, in private – Consider your symptoms and medications, in privacy.
Rely on security of your medical data – Document your information securely so that it is only seen by your Doctor.

Happy Easter from the Edmonton Family Medical Team

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Easter is normally a fun time with family and friends, involving travelling, large group gatherings and outdoor adventures. However this year is different for all of us. It’s important we stick to some strict guidelines for the protection of our family and friends. We all need to adjust to the conditions of the times and this Easter needs to be spent in your home to slow the spread of COVID-19.

So, stay home, have some fun, treasure your time with family and stay safe.

Click on this link to find some great tips for some fun ideas for the Easter weekend:



Easter fun at the Edmonton Family Medical Reception staff: Sharon, Cathy and Yve.