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The blogs will be written by the doctors and nurses at Neal Street Medical Clinic. We will also invite other health professionals and individuals involved in health to participate. The authors of each blog will be acknowledged. The views of the authors may not necessarily reflect that of Neal Street Medical Clinic. We encourage different viewpoints in the interest of healthy discussions!

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Some of the health issues discussed may be related to you, but please make sure you speak to your treating health professional before changing any treatment that you may be receiving. These blogs are an overview and are not intended to provide comprehensive medical advise for your specific circumstances. Be informed with these blogs but seek advice!

April 14, 2015

Hayfever is a common complaint that can range from a minor annoyance to a severe illness.  It effects about 1 in 5 people and is caused by allergens in the environment.  Common allergens include dust, pollens, grasses, animal hair and mould.  Sometimes this is obvious, other times it may be tricky to identify these allergens.  Further investigations such as allergy testing and referral to an allergy specialist may be needed. Common symptoms of hayfever (or allergic rhinitis as we call it), include sneezing, a runny, itchy nose and itchy or watering eyes.  Some people rub their nose so vigorously they may develop a horizontal line across the bridge of the nose from the so-called “allergic salute” Other symptoms may result from mucous obstructing the throat and sinuses.  These include nasal congestion and snoring. When hayfever gets really bad, people can have complications.  These include tiredness, poor sleep, poor concentration, head

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January 20, 2015

  Elise is currently the Practice Manager at Neal Street Medical Clinic. She is also a regional asthma educator with the Asthma Foundation and also trains practice nurses with the National Asthma Council.

On average, more than one Australian dies every day from asthma.

Over 2 million Australians have asthma and the onset can occur at any age. It is the most common reason for hospital admissions in children under 12 and is one of the most common reasons for missing work, school and study. Asthma is a common airway disease. During an attack the airway gets narrowed and that means the flow of air is affected which causes issues with breathing. People with an exacerbation of asthma have inflamed, red and swollen airways, which react to certain triggers. Asthma can be well managed and an active life can be easily led but there is no known cure. Exercise is a major trigger for those with asthma.It can occur during and after exercise. It is more likely to occur if unwell or asthma is poorly managed.Common triggers include, exercise, a cold, smoke, pollen, c

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January 20, 2015

Meghan is an Australian legal practitioner in her 9th year of practice. Her practice specialises in doctor, dentist, medical practice and other health professional clients. Her practice assists clients with everything from wills and estates in their personal lives to purchasing, running or establishing a medical practice. Meghan is happy to be contacted on (03) 9583 6533 to discuss any aspect of advance care planning.


Tom is a healthy person in his 40s. He did not prepare any advance care planning documents but he had hinted to his family members that if he was ever in a terrible medical state, that he Shockdid not want to be his family’s burden and would instead want to pass away easily for him and his family. This was treated as a joke amongst his family members as they believed Tom had a long way to go. Tom had a car accident a month later and his doctors advised his family that he would be in a vegetative st

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January 20, 2015

Diabetes is a condition where the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood is too high. A hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, regulates blood glucose levels. You can get diabetes if the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or if your body doesn’t use the insulin that is produced properly. Around 5-7% of the Australian population has Diabetes.   Common Symptoms

  • Some diabetics can have no symptoms at all
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Fatigue and feeling tired all the time

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January 20, 2015

Its been a busy few months for us in setting up the Clinic. The building is now mostly finished and the builders are putting the finishing touches both inside and outside. There has been furious planning on our part and also our colleagues at Macedon Ranges Health to get everything sorted out, to be able to open the facility soon! As the building is almost done, we are now planning a few more exciting things ahead. We envisage the Clinic to be up and running sometime in early March 2015. An Open Day is being planned for the building to showcase all the health facilities available. A date in early March is being talked about but has not been confirmed yet. We will publicise this in due course. There has been a lot of talk around Gisborne and also nationally about Medicare and the changes that the Abbott Government are making to it. We are making plans to be able to provide affordable health care for our region as a priority. Despite the challenges ahead, we are confident that we

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