Accredited Dietitian in Cairns

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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates

We all want to make better food choices and take care of our health, but sometimes knowing how to do this can be challenging. Having a formal health assessment by an Accredited Practising Dietitian can help to overcome this challenge, guiding you towards understanding the science behind nutrition, turning it into practical advice allowing you to make positive changes to your eating habits.

What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian?
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD’s) are university-qualified nutrition professionals that undertake ongoing training and education to make sure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information. APD’s are the most qualified healthcare professionals to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice, and they are the only nutrition professionals recognised by the Australian Government and Medicare.
Why should I see an APD?

An APD can help you to:

  • Manage weight – lose, gain or maintain weight levels
  • Control Diabetes
  • Lower blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Plan a balanced diet
  • Ensure you are meeting the nutritional guidelines.
  • Learn how to read food labels when shopping
  • Manage your food allergy or intolerance
  • Manage your child’s fussy eating habits

 

Please call our friendly receptionists to arrange an appointment with your GP or our in-house Dietitian – Dorothy Richmond

http://dorothydietitian.com.au/

http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/smart-eating-for-you/recipes/browse/

Dr Erin is on Maternity Leave

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As the ‘extended family’ here at McLeod Street, we are proud to announce on behalf of Dr Erin, the safe arrival of Baby Kit.

Erin and her husband Luke welcomed a healthy baby boy into their family this morning shortly after 11am, weighing 7lb 1oz.

Both mother and baby are doing well.

We are very excited for them and can’t wait to meet Kit.

We hope Erin and Luke enjoy every precious moment with Kit, and we look forward to welcoming her back to work when the time is right.

 

Female GP’s in Cairns

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Are you looking for a Female Doctor?

Here at McLeod Street Medical, we are very fortunate to have six wonderful Female Doctors on staff to assist with all of your well-woman, family and general health requirements including:

  • Contraception advice including Mirena and Implanon insertion/removal
  • Sexual health
  • Women’s health checks
  • Travel advice and vaccines
  • Mental Health
  • Childhood health and vaccines
  • Skin checks and minor surgical procedures.

Please contact our friendly receptionists on 40521583 to arrange an appointment. New patients are welcome.

 

Do you have Sleep Apnoea?

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Does your snoring keep your bed partner awake at night?
Do you wake up in the morning feeling unrefreshed?
Do you constantly feel tired throughout the day?

You may be at risk of Sleep Apnoea.

What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted momentarily during sleep (this occurs when there are pauses in breathing lasting from seconds to minutes, or short shallow breaths.)  Normal breathing resumes quickly and is often done so with loud gasping or snoring. People with untreated sleep apnoea can stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times throughout the duration of their sleep.  This means the brain, and the rest of the body may not be getting enough oxygen.

Signs and Symptoms
Some of the signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnoea may include:

  • Snoring
  • Episodes of snorting, choking and gasping for air during sleep
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Lethargy, daytime sleepiness, excessive tiredness, constant fatigue

Risk Factors
Some risk factors may include:

  • Large neck circumference
  • Obesity
  • Age – Over 65 years.

If you feel that you may have Sleep Apnoea, please call the surgery to arrange an appointment for A Sleep GP Assessment.
We have both CPAP and APAP machines for overnight rental. 

 

 

 

Dive Medicals In Cairns

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Heading to Cairns for a holiday?

Are you thinking of visiting the reef?

Perhaps planning a SCUBA Diving tour?

Let our qualified dive Doctors help you with your dive medical requirements – from the beginner/recreational diver through to professional and commercial dive medicals (AS2299). We also have an IMCA approved dive Doctor to accommodate for offshore dive medicals.

How do I know if I need a dive medical?

  •   Prior to diving, you will be given a medical questionnaire given to you by the company you are diving with. If you answer YES to any question,
    you will be referred to a qualified physician for a dive medical assessment. (please note – a positive response does not automatically disqualify you from diving)
  •  If you are aged over 45, a ‘fitness to dive certificate’ will be required in order to go diving.

Aridol Challenge/ Provocation Test
Some patients who suffer from asthma or who use/have used a puffer in the past, may also need to undertake the Aridol Challenge otherwise known as a provocation test to determine if they are fit to dive.
This is usually in addition to the standard dive medical questionnaire (AS4005-1)
Please note: It is recommended that anyone with a chronic medical condition or anyone who takes medication frequently should have regular checks to ensure that they are meeting the fitness to dive standards

 

Flu Vaccines Available in Cairns

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Coughing, sneezing, sore throat, fevers, tiredness…..Don’t struggle through another Flu Season! Flu vaccines are now in stock. Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment to get your yearly flu vaccine.

If you have flu like symptoms, the following steps are advised:

  • stay at home- if possible, avoid going to school/work until symptoms have subsided to minimize the spread of germs.
  • practice good hygiene – wash your hands with soap and water regularly or use hand sanitizing gel, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough, dispose of tissues quickly
  • avoid contact with high risk patients such as the elderly/ infants, hospitals and aged care facilities
  • rest as much as possible and drink plenty of fluids
  • wipe over surfaces such as phones and keyboards with disinfectant

It is advisable that people who are in high risk groups be vaccinated against Influenza. These groups include:

  • Over 65 years of age, or over 50 years if Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander
  • People who suffer from chronic disease such as heart conditions, diabetes, kidney or lung disease
  • Children with congenital heart defects
  • People whose immune system is compromised (those who are on therapy which lowers immunity eg chemotherapy)
  • Residents of nursing homes or aged care facilities
  • Women who will be in second or third trimester of pregnancy during the flu season (April-September)

Keep healthy this Flu season, get vaccinated now! Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment to get your vaccine. 

 

McLeod Street Medical Turns 21!!

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To have reached such a milestone is really special to us and we will be celebrating our 21st with all of our staff from over the years. It will be great to have the team all back together again.

“When we first started, it was just myself and Caroline, who was receptionist and practice nurse,” smiles Dr Cameron McLeod. “Now we have 10 Doctors and 4 Nurses, but still maintain our family feel and commitment to our patients”

We are so proud that we have been able to provide such wonderful service to our patients and be an integral part of the community for so long.

Hopefully we will be still here in another 21 years and we look forward to all of the milestones that the future has to bring.