Latest News

    • DECEMBER 9, 2019
    Featured Video Play Icon

    Measles is serious – and one of the most contagious diseases 

    Australia has already seen more cases of measles within the first four months of 2019 than it did for the entirety of 2018. It’s one of the most contagious diseases affecting humans, but it’s also preventable, with an effective vaccine that’s widely available.
    Measles is a serious, highly infectious viral illness. It’s spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Sometimes even just breathing may be enough to spread the virus.
    It’s highly contagious: if you’re not immune to the virus and you come into contact with someone infected with measles, you have a 90 per cent chance of getting sick.
    A single infected person can typically make between 14–18 other people sick.
    If someone with measles enters a room and coughs, the virus can stay in the air for some time after that person leaves the room—sometimes for up to two hours.
    An infected person is contagious from the first day of symptoms. These typically don’t appear until about 10 days after exposure.
    It’s not just the unvaccinated who pose a risk to public health: many people in Australia may be under-vaccinated without realising it.

    ABC News 9 December 2019: How a past tragedy saw anti-vaxxers help unleash a measles epidemic on Samoa.

    More than 63 children in Samoa have died from measles. After a mass vaccination campaign, authorities are hopeful the spread of the highly contagious virus has been contained, but remain on edge. How did it come to this?  Full stories:   https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-09/anatomy-of-an-epidemic:-how-measles-took-hold-of-samoa/11773018

    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/complacency-enacts-a-terrible-price-as-measles-grips-samoa/11778606

     

     

    Read more
    • DECEMBER 5, 2019
    Bushfires – staying alert and safe

    Bushfires – staying alert and safe

    We are mindful of the ferocity of bushfires across our region and the devastation it is causing. Your safety and welfare is on our minds and we extend our thoughts and wishes to everyone who is affected. Leaving early when threatened by fire is always your safest option and you should never wait and see what happens when a fire is threatening.  Staying alert to what’s happening in your area is essential – visit this site https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me and download the free fires near me app to receive updates and alerts.  Click Read More for more essential information links and the RFS information line.

    Read more
    • OCTOBER 25, 2019
    Smart new phone system to help enhance service

    Smart new phone system to help enhance service

    It’s been a long, long wait for the NBN to arrive at our doorstep but now our practice is all hooked up we are able to install the latest phone technology – this significant investment is good news as it’s vastly improved functionality is expected to enhance service and efficiency.  We are experiencing a very strong demand for appointments. Our patient services team manage hundreds of calls daily – answering our reception phones can mean we are managing appointment requests or any number of other more demanding scenarios – perhaps a life-threatening emergency or urgent, serious health problem. We sincerely appreciate your polite and respectful requests while our team do their best to provide assistance. The new phone system will be operational from Monday, 4 November 2019.

    Read more
    • AUGUST 29, 2019

    Announcing Better Medicines clinics with our new practice pharmacist

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of our clinical pharmacist Ms Joanne McMahon to provide medication-related advice to patients at no charge. Jo will work closely with our doctors at our practices in Moruya and Broulee conducting our our new ‘Better Medicines’ clinics – aiming to help patients to improve their use of medicines.

    According to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) January 2019 report “Medicine Safety: Take Care” problems with medications can occur at anytime during their use.

    Read more