Volunteering.. it’s free, it’s fun and it’s fulfilling!
One of the proudest moments I’ve had this year was when I was a volunteer doctor for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. It allowed me to meet new people and engage with different cultures as well as provide a beneficial service.
We’re so lucky, in Queensland there are some great initiatives out there that are desperately in need of volunteers. From being a Bunnings BBQ volunteer, to Christmas gift wrapper for the Leukaemia Foundation, to volunteering for the Cerebral Palsy League’s upcoming show, there’s plenty out there!
Whether it’s an hour of your time, or a weekend, by volunteering you get the opportunity to socialise with new people as well as lending a helping hand. All of which feel very satisfactory and leave a positive impact on mental health.
If you have any concerns or would like to find out more please pop by and see me in clinic.
And what a week it’s been for me! From general medicine to contraceptive coil fittings to filming a new promotional video to lots of cosmetic treatments! 💉
My top tip for this week is to take some time looking after you. Very often in clinic I have patients coming in with burnout or work stress, whilst we can’t always control our workflow, it is possible to make effort spending our free time effectively to benefit our health. This could be as easy as meeting with a few friends or a paddle in the local pool or a trip to the beach 🏊♂️ If you are suffering from burnout or stress don’t bottle it up. Help is out there. Please come by and see me in clinic if you have any concerns or would like more information.
Well you’re not alone. 20% of the Australian population suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis also known as hayfever.
A lot of patients will self medicate with over the counter medications but did you know only 85% of people make the right choice?
Symptoms can be managed effectively with either an antihistamine, nasal sprays, nasal rinses or a combination. Be sure to avoid any triggers such as pollen which in Queensland can be all year round but reaches its peak from January to March. For patients who have severe or prolonged symptoms more specialist treatment will be advised.
If you are affected with symptoms and need help with managing come by and see me in clinic.
Did you know that condoms aren’t as effective as the pill or coil?
Recent research has shown that women aged 16-24 years are more likely to only use barrier contraception, which can lead to unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, and can cause emotional turmoil.
Keeping up to date with new evidence and research is a vital part of my job as a General Practitioner. There are plenty of safe and reliable forms of birth control, if you would like more information please do come by and see me in clinic. Remember, although condoms may not be the best in birth control they are the best are reducing the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.