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We welcome two new doctors to the practice:

Dr Selena “Billie”Saykao 

and

Dr Eleanor “Elle” Woolveridge.

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World AIDS Day: December 1st

World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year. It aims to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.

World AIDS Day aims to further educate Australians about HIV. This helps reduce the spreading of HIV by encourage prevention strategies.

We here at Summerdale Medical Centre can support people to access testing, treatment and care, as we know that commencing treatment at the early stages of HIV results in better health outcomes and reduces the likelihood of onward transmission.

Show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a rred ribboned ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.

 

For more information:
The International AIDS Society (AIS): http://www.iasociety.org/
World AIDS Day website: http://www.worldaidsday.org.au/internet/wad/Publishing.nsf/content/home

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DecemBeard

DecemBeard is a Bowel Cancer Australia foundation that focuses on the awareness of bowel cancer in men, through growing a beard. Bowel cancer does affect both genders; of those affected, 55 percent are males. Bowel cancer affects men of all ages; however with age, the risk of being diagnosed with bowel cancer increases.

Bowel cancer’s death toll is more than double that of the National road toll for men. Over 8,000 Australian men are diagnosed each year, and of those over 2,300 die.

1 in 11 men will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.

You are never too young to have bowel cancer. Medical guidelines recommend screening for bowel cancer be added to your yearly check up from the age of 50 (younger if you have a family history of bowel cancer) – as risks dramatically rise from this age onwards.

decembeard 1 in 11 men

http://www.decembeard.org.au/

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National Skin Cancer Awareness Week: 20-26th November

This week is National Skin Cancer Awareness Week. National Skin Cancer Awareness Week focuses on the importance of staying sun smart . It is a perfect time to be reminded, as we head into the hot summer months, the risks and dangers of skin cancer.

With two in three Australian diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, this week is a time when we are reminded of the importance of sun protection and early skin cancer detection.

More than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year and the Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion each year treating skin cancer. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.

National Skin Cancer Awareness Week is a great time to remind everyone to slip on sun-protective clothing, slop on SPF30+ water-resistant sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses. 

A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regular check-ups by your GP so you can pick up on any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.

For any queries or more information, contact the Cancer Council Australia on 1300 65 65 85, or visit their website: http://www.cancer.org.au/ .

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Antibiotic Awareness Week: 14-20 November 2016

Antibiotic Awareness Week will take place from November 14–20th and is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), acknowledging the global importance of this growing public health issue. World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness ofglobal antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid further growth and spread of antibiotic resistance.

All health services and hospitals are encouraged to take part in Antibiotic Awareness Week, to help raise awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance and ways to address this issue.

Antibiotics are a precious resource that could be lost. Antibiotic resistance is happening now – it is a worldwide problem that affects human and animal health. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria stops an antibiotic from working effectively – meaning some infections may be impossible to treat. Few new antibiotics are being developed to help solve this problem. Misuse of antibiotics contributes to antibiotic resistance. Whenever antibiotics must be used, they must be used with care.

A global action plan to tackle the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines was supported at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015. One of the key objectives of the plan is to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training.

The theme of the campaign, Antibiotics: Handle with Care, reflects the overarching message that antibiotics are a precious resource and should be preserved. They should be used to treat bacterial infections, only when prescribed by a certified human or animal health professional.

Antibiotics should never be shared or saved for the future.


antibiotics awareness week

World Health Organisation Website:

http://www.who.int/antimicrobial-resistance/events/world-antibiotic-awareness-week-2016/en/

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Today is World Diabetes Day: Monday, November 14

World Diabetes Day is an internadiabetestional event to raise awareness about diabetes, celebrated every year on 14 November. 1 in 2 adults with diabetes are undiagnosed. And by 2035, almost 600 million of us may be living with type 2 diabetes.

Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to ensure early diagnosis and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.

 

http://www.diabetestas.org.au/

Phone: 1300 136 588 (local call cost)

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