December 2017 – January 2018

Children at the Beach

The summer holiday is the perfect opportunity to get children away from electronic devices and into the outdoors. While we want children to play safely and avoid injury, we need to recognise that a grazed knee is not a major drama.

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Connecting with your Teenager

The teenage stereotype of a monosyllabic adolescent behind a slammed-shut bedroom door has some validity but it is far from the whole story. Adolescence is a time of change, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. The transition from child to adult is not always easy. In this era of social media and smart phones, there are additional pressures.

 

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Tips for Travellers

Travel vaccinations are important considerations before travelling, but most of the health issues people face on their travels can't be vaccinated against. Insurance claim statistics suggest that people experience similar health issues travelling as they do at home - chest or sinus infections, gastro, cuts and bruises and more serious ones like heart attack and broken bones from trauma.

 

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Jellyfish

While shark attacks make headlines, there are other creatures in the water than can cause us problems when swimming. These are many and varied and influenced by season and where on the coastline you are.

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Getting on top of Impetigo

Impetigo is a skin infection caused by common bacteria (staphylococcus and streptococcus).

It is more common in children, as the name school sores suggests, but it can also affect adults. The bacteria can live quietly on the skin but minor grazes or other disruptions of the skin's surface can allow infection to set in. It is not a reflection of poor hygiene.

 

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Chlamydia the hidden STI

The commonest sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Australia is Chlamydia with the number of cases rising over the past 20 years, particularly in the 15 - 25 age group. Both sexes are equally affected and it is very treatable .

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