Family Doctor Week 2017

Your family doctor plays an integral role in reducing the risk factors of many diseases.  Your family doctor: all about you


Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Quitting smoking is different for everyone and some people need medicines to help them along the way. Watch this motion graphic on Nicotine Replacement Therapy for more information.

Online Health Information-Make sure it is reliable

There is some very helpful health information online, but not all of it is reliable. It is  recommended that people look for information based on medical expertise, and avoid information based on opinion.

Find out more about making the right medicine choices at…

Red Apple Day

Bowel Cancer Australia’s apple logo is symbolic of the charity’s bowel cancer message: bowel cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable if detected early.

Real Men Wear Pink aims to encourage the men of Australia to ‘Get Pinked’ and raise funds for life-changing breast cancer research.

This June, we are challenging men and the community to name their price to raise $1.5 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, so Australian researchers can find ways to prevent breast cancer.

It’s fun, easy (and for some daring!), so round up your mates or colleagues and let everyone know how pink you will get for a price!


Changes to Fees

 From 1st July 2017
all fees will increase by $1

standard consult will be $83 – Medicare rebate $37.05

long consult will be $161 – Medicare rebate $71.70

For Pensioner and Health Care Card Holders the Co-Payment will increase to $16.00

Prescriptions written outside of a consultation will incur a fee of $23

Referrals written outside of a consultation will incur a fee $33

Please note – accounts not paid on the day will incur an additional fee of $15

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June (1 – 30 June each year), to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week.

Bowel cancer is the third most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia affecting both men and women almost equally and is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer after lung cancer.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive message – saving lives through early detection – as bowel cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

Say No to TobaccoAbout 6 million people die from tobacco use every year, a figure that is predicted to grow to more than 8 million a year by 2030 without intensified action. Tobacco use is a threat to any person, regardless of gender, age, race, cultural or educational background. It brings suffering, disease, and death, impoverishing families and national economies.

Tobacco growing requires large amounts of pesticides and fertilizers, which can be toxic and pollute water supplies. Each year, tobacco growing uses 4.3 million hectares of land, resulting in global deforestation between 2% and 4%. Tobacco manufacturing also produces over 2 million tonnes of solid waste.

Cure Cancer Australia is dedicated entirely to funding early career researchers.

Gather, share and give in support of Aussies affected by cancer

Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, 25 May 2017

One Australian is diagnosed with cancer approximately every five minutes, the length of an average tea break. Throughout May and June Cancer Council is calling on Aussies to pop on the kettle and prep the menu for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise vital funds for Cancer Council.


National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia. 

The theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week is ‘You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference’.

National Palliative Care Week is a national week supported by the Department of Health to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community.

The theme addresses the need for aged care services to provide palliative care where appropriate.

PCA will highlight how palliative care can help people accessing aged care services to have a high quality of life, right to the end of life.

Quitline have helped thousands of people to stop smoking over the years. Watch this video to find out how!

Each year, between Autumn to early Spring, Influenza virus is prevalent in our population.

Vaccination is your best defence.

Using Your MDI (Puffer) and Spacer for Kids from National Asthma Council on Vimeo.

Using your puffer (inhaler) and spacer properly is important when you have asthma.

This short clip shows you how to use a standard metered dose inhaler (MDI), often called a puffer, with a spacer.


A standard puffer and spacer is used with many different medications.

These include:  Airomir (salbutamol),  Alvesco (ciclesonide),  APO-Salbutamol (salbutamol), Asmol (salbutamol), Atrovent (ipratropium), Flixotide and Flixotide Junior (fluticasone propionate), Flutiform (fluticasone propionate), Intal and Intal Forte (sodium cromoglycate), Qvar (beclomethasone), Seretide (fluticasone propionate plus salmeterol), Tilade (nedocromil sodium), Ventolin (salbutamol)


Thanks to Ms Judi Wicking, asthma and respiratory educator, and the patient who participated in this film clip.

Development of this How-to video was supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The National Asthma Council Australia retained editorial control