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Child Immunisation Clinics

Our immunisation clinics are Tuesday to Thursday between 11am and 12pm.

It is imperative to keep the Child Immunisation Schedule even during this pandemic.

By getting your child immunised, you’re not only protecting them, you’re also protecting other children too.
























February – March 2021

Positive Attitude

We all see the world through our own eyes, which is why the adage about the half-glass full is apt. The difference is not the amount of water in the glass but the way we see it.

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Schoolyard Bullying

Bullying in the school yard is not new, but awareness has grown, and it is (rightly) no longer acceptable or hushed up.

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This is condition where endometrial cells (which normally line the uterus) grow outside the uterus. The most typical sites are on the ovaries, bowel, fallopian tubes and pelvis lining.

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What is “normal” puberty

A normal part of life, puberty is the time when children start turning into adults. Technically it is the development of the capacity to reproduce (sexual maturation). 95% will start between the ages of eight and 14 (girls) or 9 and 14 (boys). The process  generally goes on for three to four years. 

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This is the leading cause of blindness and vision loss worldwide. cataracts occur when the lens of the eye goes cloudy or opaque. Around 10% of Australians have cataracts increasing from 4% of 50-59 year old's to over 60% of 90 year old's.

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December 2020 – January 2021

Gestational Diabetes

This is a rise in blood sugar during pregnancy, which generally returns a to normal after giving birth. It affects 3%-8% of pregnant women and typically starts between week 24 and 28, hence there is routine blood testing for glucose at this stage of pregnancy. The test is a glucose tolerance test where blood is taken before and after consuming a glucose drink.


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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’S)

The term Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI'S) applies to a group of infections that are predominately spread by sexual contact. The group is diverse in both symptoms and severity. it includes Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C (some people do not classify this as an STI), Syphyllis, HIV (AIDS) and Herpes Simplex.

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Shin Splints

Shin splints are a common condition seen in runners and those who play sports involving running and rapid acceleration.

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Over 65 and Exercising

Work on strength, balance and coordination.

We often think of exercising as running, swimming or other cardiovascular type pursuits. This is important for fitness, but other exercises can be just as important. As we get older resistance (or weights) based exercise maintains bone strength and also muscle mass. This reduces the chances of getting osteoporosis (brittle bones) and sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass). you are never too old.

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A migraine headache is a particular form of headache characterized by being one-sided and accompanied by nausea or vomiting and sensitivity to light. It can be preceded by a sensory warning (aura) such as flashes of light or tingling.

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Christmas Cake Recipe

xmas photo 2019

Merry Christmas

It’s that time again. This year has flown by! Christmas is here!

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2020

Christmas and the summer holidays are a great time of fun with family and to enjoy the spirit of Christmas ,lots of delicious food and partaking in festive drinks, but we would like to remind you that moderation is great for us and helps us to enjoy a happy and healthy festive period.

Although restrictions have eased, we still need to be Covid 19 aware and follow social distancing rules.

xmas tree

 While you are in Brook Medical Centre this year, your children are encouraged to find our Elf on the Shelf.

Mr Elf is back this year and he has brought his wife Mrs Elf along to join in the fun.

Every night our Elves go on adventures around the surgery. If your children can spot our Elves while they are in the surgery, they will get a little surprise bag. Please help them join in the fun with our cheeky Elves.

elf on the shelf


August -September Newsletter

Cardiovascular Risk

Heart disease remains a major killer of Australians with 17533 deaths in 2018. On the plus side, fatalities have decreased over 20% in a decade.


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Myasthenia Gravis

This condition causes muscle weakness and fatigue. It is thought to be due to antibodies attacking"the nerve receptors on the muscles. The Thymus gland, which sits in the chest, produces antibodies but what triggers this is not known. There is also a form of Myasthenia without antibodies involved.


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Spring Tîme

Spring is when allergy symptoms are most prevalent. The classis "hay fever" is a runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes.


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Preventing Falls in the Elderly

About one third of people over the age of 65 fall every year. Most are not injured and get up and go on with life. However, a fall runs the risk of hip fracture. This is a medical emergency requiring major surgery and can start a decline in independence.


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Relevance of Exercise in Childhood

Once upon a time children didn't need to "exercise" because they were active. They walked to and from school and played outdoors rather than on screens.


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Covid 19, when and where to get tested

Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCOV):

Come forward and get tested even if you only have mild symptoms like a cough. You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Muswellbrook Hospital COVID testing Clinic

Monday – Friday, 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Appointment not necessary as this is a walk-in clinic. So not necessary to call the hospital prior.

Follow the signs from the main hospital car park.


Ways to prevent the spread of the virus:

  • avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
  • frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment
  • people with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (keep away from other people, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds).


Click the link at the top of this page for current information on the virus

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Flu Vaccinations

Have you had your Flu Vaccination yet?

We still have vaccines available at $20.

Government Funded Vaccines are also available for eligible patients.

We also have a limited supply of vaccines donated by BHP, Mt Arthur Coal for those who cannot afford it.

These vaccines are available Tuesday to Friday at 12pm after the Childhood Immunisation Clinic.


Information about your Flu Injection.

Free Vaccine for children from 6 months of age to 4 years of age

  •  5 different age- specific influenza vaccines. 


This  vaccine  will cost $20 if you are not eligible under the National Influenza Vaccination program. This  can be paid upon arrival for your appointment, as we stock this and almost all  travel vaccines here at Brook Medical Centre.

Free influenza vaccine 

Under the National Influenza Vaccination Program, free seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine is available for the following people:

  • all people aged 65 years and over
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to 4 years
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
  • pregnant women
  • Children aged between 6 months and four years old.
  • people aged 5 years and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza,(and you may wish to discuss with your regular GP if your medical condition is covered)


Chronic conditions include :

  • Cardiac disease,  cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
  • Chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma
  • Other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies
  • Chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders
  • Impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use
  • Children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy .


Please contact us to book an appointment in one of our Doctors


Influenza Information



June – July Newsletter


The term telehealth has generally not been used outside medical circles. It applies to use of technology (video or phone) to deliver medical services.


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Connecting with your Teenager

Social distancing has meant parents and teens are being forced to spend more time together. The stereotype of the teenager is either a monosyllabic boy or a girl behind a slammed shut bedroom door. Whilst there is some validity to this, it is far from the whole story. Adolescence is a time of change, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. The transition from being a child to adult is not always easy. In this era of social media and smart phones, there are additional pressures.


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Dry Eye

The eyes need constant lubrication which is provided by the tear glands. Eyes Become dry for two main reasons.


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Prevent the spread of Colds & Flu

Despite Covid 19, "normal" winter cold and flu viruses have not disappeared. There are various theories around why they are usually more prevalent in winter, but nobody really knows. There is much we can do to reduce the spread. Viruses are spread by airborne droplets.


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Oral Thrush

Caused by fungus Candida albicans, thrush can affect different parts of the body, most commonly the genitals and the mouth and throat.

Oral thrush will typically cause white plaques in the mouth and throat.


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How to manage stress

Stress is claimed to be the scourge of the 21st century. Covid 19 has added to this as has the economic impacts we are seeing. Even in normal circumstances it doesn't seem to matter who you talk to; everyone feels stressed at some stage.


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Coronavirus – Useful links for Families

There is so much new information being made available to us. We are best to listen to advice from the Australian Government and NSW Health at this time rather than some social media sites. We have compiled some websites that are helpful for families during these trying times with Covid 19.

When to get tested?

What you can and can’t do under the new rules

Do I have Coronavirus

Coronavirus Family Guide

Stay Resilient during Covid19

Mental Health Support

NSW Government News

Staying Safe from Coronavirus





Easter 2020

#stayhome this Easter. This is the message from the Australian Government.

Easter will be very different for people all over the world this year. While it is frustrating that we cannot see our love ones or go on our Easter holidays, this time will pass. Act now to slow the spread, if we don’t, we will have to continue social distancing and the rules associated with it for much longer.

We are safe in our homes, we can make a phone call or video call our families. We can take time to catch up on those jobs around the home that have been waiting for us.

Stay Safe everyone and Happy Easter from the team at Brook Medical Centre