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. 

We welcome Dr Catherine Khanim to the Edmonton Family Medical Centre

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Edmonton Family Medical Centre would like to introduce Dr Catherine Khanim.

Dr Khanim started with us in January and is our Registrar GP for 2020.

Her interests  include Women’s health and family medicine as well as all manner of general practice.

Originally form Papua New Guinea, Catherine has called Queensland home for the last 17 years. She describes herself as a family orientated person and loves reading.

We welcome Dr Catherine Khanim to Edmonton Family Medical Centre.


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:

Queensland Government Click here:

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

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