2018 Flu Vaccines

2018 Private & Government funded Influenza Vaccines are now available – With winter just around the corner, it is time to consider taking steps to protect you and your family from ‘the flu’. Influenza, or ‘the flu’ is a viral infection of the airways and the lungs. In most cases, it causes an illness associated with fevers, muscles aches, tiredness, with coughing, runny noses and sore throats. Most people will recover after one week. However, severe complications such as pneumonia may occur, especially for young children, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

You can help reduce the spread of the illness by taking some simple hygiene precautions. Washing your hands regular, staying at home when you are unwell, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing will all help reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting the illness.

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the flu.

The vaccine is now available at Banyo Clinic. (A fee for the vaccine may apply, though it is available free through the government funded program for people older than 65 years of age, and those with eligible chronic health conditions. You can find out from your doctor whether you might be eligible for a free influenza vaccine.)

Bookings & inquiries regarding our Flu Clinic can be made by phoning reception on 07 3267 5088

New Cervical Screening Test Replaces PAP Smear


From December 1, 2017, a new Cervical Screening Test is available via Medicare to replace the existing PAP smear screening program. Cervical Screening can help prevent women from developing cervical cancer. The newest test is based on latest medical and scientific evidence with better detection rates, and is expected to protect up to 30% more women from cervical cancer. As the test is also more accurate in detecting early changes that may lead to cervical cancer, screening intervals between normal tests will also be extended to 5 years, compared to the 2 yearly screening recommended previously.

What is the new Cervical Screen Test?

The Cervical Screening Test looks for the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection within the cells of your cervix. Most HPV infections are naturally cleared by the body’s immune system without causing problems, but occasionally certain types of HPV infection may persist and cause changes to cervical cells which may lead to cancer. Detecting and monitoring for HPV infections and cell changes allows these early changes to be detected and with investigations and treatment if required to prevent development to cervical cancer.

Who should get the test?

The Cervical Screening Test is generally recommended for all women aged 25 to 74. However, if at any age you have symptoms, such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, pain or discharge, you should discuss these with your doctor immediately.

You should still have a cervical screening test even if you have previously had the cervical cancer vaccine (Gardasil).

When should I have the test?

If you are aged 25 to 74 years you should have your first Cervical Screening Test two years after your last Pap test.

If you are turning 25 or are older than 25 and have never had a Pap test before, you should make an appointment with your doctor to have a Cervical Screening Test.

Women aged 18-25 who has had previous PAP smears that have all been normal can restart Cervical Screening testing at age 25.

Women with previously abnormal PAP smears or any symptoms should consult their doctor for further advice.

 

Cervical Screening is an important and effective means of protecting you from Cervical Cancer and is highly recommended by leading health authorities – to book your test or to discuss it with your doctor, please ring reception on 07 3267 5088 or book online here.

More information about the National Cervical Screening Program can be found here.

National Diabetes Week

This week is national diabetes week.  “Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self-care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it. There are different types of diabetes; all types are complex and serious. The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.” – Diabetes Australia

More useful information including some delicious and healthy recipes, can be found at www.diabetesaustralia.com.au.

 

You can also check your current risk of developing Type 2 diabetes via this link: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/risk-calculator

 

Did you know that our helpful Diabetic Educator from Teal Health Solutions, Marie Sansotta-Allen, currently consults from our Banyo Clinic Professional suites?  We also have fantastic clinic nurses to help you with diabetes plans and any questions regarding your health and wellbeing. If you feel you might be in need of a check-up, or if you’re worried about any aspects of a diagnosis or are at potential risk of diabetes, contact us on 3267 5088 to book an appointment with our friendly staff.

 

Shingles Vaccine Now Available

As at 1st November 2016, Zostavax will be funded for adults 70-79yrs of age (subject to available supplies). The Zostervax vaccine is not offered for people 50 – 69 or 80 years and above.

This will be a single dose vaccine  to provide protection against Shingles.

Shingles is most common in over 70’s . Zostavax Vaccine is not offered for people aged 80 & over as it is not as effective.

Please note if you have had the Shingles Virus in the past Zostavax can only be administered 12 months after an acute episode.

What is Shingles?

Shingles is also known as Herpes Zoster. It causes a painful, blistering skin rash that can last 2 to 4 weeks. For some people, the pain can last for months or even years after the rash goes away. This is called Post Herpetic Neuralgia or PHN. It is the most common complication of Shingles. The risk of Shingles and PHN increases as a person gets older.

What causes Shingles?

 

Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), the same virus that causes Chickenpox. After a person recovers from Chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later and cause Shingles.

For further information talk to your GP

2016 Influenza | Flu Vaccine now available

2016 Government Funded Influenza Vaccines for eligible patients 65 years or older or those with eligible chronic health conditions are available from the 27.4.2016. Bulk billed Influenza Vaccination Clinics are available – please call reception on 07 3267 5088 to  make your appointment for our Flu Clinic. 

2016 Influenza and Flu Vaccine – With winter just around the corner, it is time to consider taking steps to protect you and your family from ‘the flu’. Influenza, or ‘the flu’ is a viral infection of the airways and the lungs. In most cases, it causes an illness associated with fevers, muscles aches, tiredness, with coughing, runny noses and sore throats. Most people will recover after one week. However, severe complications such as pneumonia may occur, especially for young children, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

You can help reduce the spread of the illness by taking some simple hygiene precautions. Washing your hands regular, staying at home when you are unwell, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing will all help reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting the illness.

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the flu.

The vaccine is now available at Banyo Clinic. (A fee for the vaccine may apply, though it is available free through the government funded program for people older than 65 years of age, and those with eligible chronic health conditions. You can find out from your doctor whether you might be eligible for a free influenza vaccine.)

Bookings for our Flu Clinic can be made by phoning reception on 07 3267 5088.

Travel Health & Immunisations

Banyo Clinic is a World Health Organisation accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination provider, and our aim is to provide a comprehensive travel health service encompassing all traveller health needs including location specific travel advice, provision of medications and immunisations. It is recommended that travellers with complex itineraries, complex heath needs or requiring Yellow Fever vaccination book their travel health appointment with Dr Kelly Lai ideally a minimum of 3 months prior to the date of travel. All other travellers seeking travel advice are recommended to make appointments a minimum of 6 weeks prior to date of travel. We are also able to proved Q Fever vaccinations and assessments on request.

 

Bulk Billed 45-49yo Health Assessments

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As part of our commitment  to your ongoing healthcare, Banyo Clinic is currently offering bulk billed health checks for all eligible  patients between the ages of 45 – 49 years.

Many chronic illnesses such as diabetes and  heart disease can be prevented by early detection and management of risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, family history and smoking. This health assessment helps to identify and address the risk factors to reduce your risk of developing chronic disease.

During your bulk billed appointment which will take approximately 1hr, our nurse will carry out a comprehensive evaluation including  urinalysis, blood pressure check, glucose & cholesterol levels along with other health and lifestyle factors.

If you would like to take advantage of this bulk billed assessment please contact our friendly reception staff on 3267 5088 and advise that you would like to make an appointment for the 45 – 49 year old Health Assessment and they will arrange  suitable  time. Alternatively an online appointment can be booked  with our RN, Vicky Shaw by visiting our website www.banyoclinic.com.au  .

If you would like to know more about any of this information please don’t hesitate to discuss it with your regular GP at your next appointment.

Chronic Disease Management Plans | Health Assessments

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Banyo Clinic recognises the impact and challenges faced by individuals with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiac disease, and asthma. We aim to provide complete care for individuals with chronic disease through provisions of health assessments, ongoing care plans and team care arrangements with allied health professionals and specialists.

Health assessments are also recommended for those at risk of chronic diseases so that steps can be put into place to reduce that risk – individuals at risk may include persons over the age of 75, persons of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island Descent, and persons 45-49 years of age with underlying risk factors such as family history and/ or poor lifestyle.

To assists in delivering these services to our patients, we would like to welcome back Vicky as our Chronic Disease Management Nurse. Vicky will work alongside our doctors to ensure that our patients with Chronic Diseases are cared for, by regular assessments, coordination of allied health services, and provision of tools and resources to assist in improving our patients’ quality of life and management of their condition. Vicky will also be able to advise you as to whether you may quality for these Medicare funded management plans and health assessments.

Banyo Clinic also recognizes the time and financial costs to individuals coping with chronic conditions. As such, eligible health assessments and chronic disease management plans are BULK BILLED.

Medicare rebates for allied health services (such as for physiotherapy, dieticians and podiatrist) may also be available through GP chronic disease management plans (eligibility criteria may apply) completed through this clinic. Please contact Vicky or reception on 07 3267 5088 or use the online booking tab to arrange an appointment with your doctor.

2016 Influenza | Flu Vaccine now available


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FLU CLINIC TO COMMENCE 27.04.2016 – Government Funded Influenza Vaccines for eligible patients 65 years or older or those with eligible chronic health conditions are available from the 27th of April. Bulk billed Influenza Vaccination Clinics are available – please call reception on 07 3267 5088 to  make your appointment.

2016  Influenza and Flu Vaccine – With winter just around the corner, it is time to consider taking steps to protect you and your family from ‘the flu’. Influenza, or ‘the flu’ is a viral infection of the airways and the lungs. In most cases, it causes an illness associated with fevers, muscles aches, tiredness, with coughing, runny noses and sore throats. Most people will recover after one week. However, severe complications such as pneumonia may occur, especially for young children, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

You can help reduce the spread of the illness by taking some simple hygiene precautions. Washing your hands regular, staying at home when you are unwell, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing will all help reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting the illness.

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the flu.

The vaccine is now available at Banyo Clinic. (A fee for the vaccine may apply, though it is available free through the government funded program for people older than 65 years of age, and those with eligible chronic health conditions. You can find out from your doctor whether you might be eligible for a free influenza vaccine.)

You can make a booking for your vaccine through online booking, or through our reception by calling 07 3267 5088.