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October is Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month">

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) with 1 in 8 Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer in the lifetime. Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.

On average, 481 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every day. In 2018 alone, there were 3128 breast cancer-related deaths.

Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease. Remember you don’t need to be an expert or use a special technique to check your breasts. Most changes aren’t due to breast cancer but it’s important to see your doctor without delay if you do notice any changes.

Changes to look for include:

  • a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
  • a change in the size or shape of your breast
  • a change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
  • a nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
  • a change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
  • an unusual pain that doesn’t go away

Breast cancer is the most common cancer experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. Research shows that the survival rate is lower in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women diagnosed with breast cancer than in the general population.

Cancer Australia is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to provide women with important information about breast cancer awareness, early detection as well as breast cancer treatment and care.

For more information visit: Cancer Council Australia, Breast Cancer Network Australia or National Breast Cancer Foundation websites.

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VIDEO: Washing hands properly in times of COVID-19

Washing your hands effectively is essential in the times of COVID-19 to minimise your risk and reduce its spread amongst the community.

This instructional video below shows what effective handwashing involves – look what is required to cover the entire hands.

Regular hand hygiene is very simple and effective.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum (or sing out loud!) the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. It’s that simple!

And for a video showing how quickly a virus could spread without proper handwashing, see this Public Health advertisement from Israel that was released recently:

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the first case of COVID-19 confirmed in Launceston, please be vigilant. If you are symptomatic and suspect Coronavirus, PLEASE CALL PUBLIC HEALTH on 1800 671 738.

If deemed to be high risk you will be allocated a patient identification number then asked to call Launceston Pathology who will book you in for swab testing between 2-4 weekdays, or alternatively you will be asked to present to the LGH for testing if out of hours.

Please do not present to a GP practice unless Public Health have deemed you as low risk, as only the main site for Pathology and the LGH are set up for and able to test for the virus.

In view of Coronavirus we ask that if  you need a support person when attending a regular appointment please bring only one other person with you to the surgery.


Simple things you can do to protect yourself and others from novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

  1. Wash and Dry your hands often, with soap and water. Germs can spread through hand contact. Wash your hands before touching your face (especially lips, mouth, nose, eyes), food and drinks, and after coughing, sneezing and going to the toilet.
  2.  Wash and dry your hands well. Make sure the soap and water come into contact with your whole hand – Palms, backs of hands, thumbs, fingetips, wrists and the webbing between your fingers. Rub your hands for 15-20 seconds, or for as long as it takes to sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song slowly.
  3. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, use the inside of your elbow. Put used tissues in the rubbish straight after using them (don’t keep germs in your pocket!) and then wash your hands.
  4. Keep your distance. Try to keep a metre ( a large step) from people who are coughing or sneezing.
  5. Call for advice. If you are symptomatic and think you might have COVID-19, phone Public Health on 1800 671 738  for advice. Protect others by washing your hands and keeping your distance.
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Retirement Announcement: Dr Malcolm Tilsley

The time has finally come for me to retire from General Practice. I have been consulting at Summerdale Medical since 1987.

I will be retiring from general medical consultations at the end of February 2020 with mixed emotions.

Due to unforeseen complications Dr Tilsley has had to bring his retirement from general medical consultations forward to January 2020.

I would like to thank all of you for giving me the opportunity to have had such a great working life at Summerdale Medical, and to have shared so many of your lives, in both good and difficult times. I will miss many aspects of day to day clinical practice. I will continue to work at the Practice in the SKIN CLINICS but will be undertaking no routine appointments from January 2020.

I leave my general practice in excellent hands. There is no specified doctor taking over my patients, however all of our doctors are more than happy to take over your care. Some of these you will already know and I have been able to discuss this with many of you.

With many thanks to all of you who have been my patients, and my best wishes for the future,

Dr Malcolm Tilsley

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Summerdale Medical Practice have now changed over to HotDoc for all online appointment bookings!

Hopefully this will make bookings just that little bit easier for all our patients.


If there are any queries, please contact us on 63447177.

Please go to the booking page on our website or download the app.

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