Our practice has recently achieved accreditation for the RACGP Standards and for the 3rd successive time with 100% compliance. The process assesses the whole practice to ensure that our patients receive high quality care which is safe and achieves best practice standards. In addition to checking our business systems, they carefully check our clinical performance including risk management, patient safety and satisfaction.
Mornington Skin Cancer Clinic
Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. The Mornington Peninsula has lots of beautiful beaches. Put these things together and it is easy to understand why two out of every three persons will develop a skin cancer by the age of 70 years. Melanoma can be successfully treated when detected and treated early. To respond to this significant health issue, we now have co-located the Mornington Skin Cancer Clinic on our upper level. Appointments 59750022
Vaccinations – preventing ill health
One of the many advances in health care has been immunisations against many serious diseases. We strongly advocate for childhood immunisations to be given in accordance with the Australian Childhood Immunisation Schedule. It is based on excellent evidence and safety. Standard childhood immunisations are bulkbilled.
Influenza vaccine for 2017 is now available . It is recommended that as many people as possible be vaccinated as it reduces the risks for everybody. People at extra risk include people with heart or lung conditions, diabetes, cancer or over the age of 65 years. Pregnant women should be vaccinated against influenza as well. It is safe.
Pertussis vaccination is available free for pregnant women in the third trimester and their partners. It is also recommended for persons who have close contact with a baby such as grandparents.
Zostavax – a new vaccine for reducing Shingles complications is available free for people aged 70 to 79 years. Shingles is a rash resulting from re-activation of the chickenpox virus ( Varicella). Adults over age 55 years and especially over age 70 are at increased risk of severe nerve pain (neuralgia) that is difficult to control. Persons from age 60 to 69 years will get benefit but will need to pay privately for the vaccine.
Many people travel to developing countries where water and sewerage treatment infrastructure and food hygiene does not provide the level of safety we enjoy in Australia. Travel vaccinations are often necessary to avoid increased health risks. Hepatitis A and typhoid are infections due to faecal contamination in the food chain and are commonly recommended vaccinations.
37,000 Australian CANCER cases COULD BE PREVENTED each year simply through lifestyle change according to a 2010 study [Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health]. Numbers are likely to have increased since then.
The research shows that nine in ten preventable cancers are caused by just six risk factors:
- Smoking (e.g. bladder, throat, lung, liver, cervix, vulva, pancreas, stomach cancers)
- UV radiation and especially sunburn (skin cancers including melanoma)
- Poor diet (e.g. bowel, liver cancers)
- Overweight (e.g. breast, bowel, uterine, kidney cancers)
- Alcohol (e.g. breast, bowel cancers)
- Physical inactivity (e.g. bowel cancer)
The most preventable cancers are lung, bowel (colorectal), melanoma and breast cancer. Smoking and sun exposure cause 15,525 and 7,220 cancer cases yearly respectively; 7000 cases a year are attributable to a diet low in fibre and with excess red and processed meat.
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is a real life-saver. Research [Journal of Internal Medicine] shows that people with bowel cancer initially detected through simple home stool blood testing have markedly superior overall survival than other patients diagnosed with bowel cancer (study of 3743 cancer patients).
Because of these positive results, in the future the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program will be government-funded to screen adults over 50 every two years.