June – July Newsletter 2024

Parkinson’s Disease

A progressive degenerative condition that affects body movements, Parkinson's Disease affects over 40,000 Australian's. It is more common in men, the incidence rises with age. It is caused by a loss of dopamine production in the brain, but why this happens is unknown. Genetic factors, some toxins and head trauma may be involved.

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Tips to Reduce Winter Viruses

Typical winter cold and flu viruses have not disappeared. There are various theories about why they are usually more prevalent in winter, but nobody really knows.

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Whooping Cough

Whilst relatively rare these days due to vaccination, there are still over 1000 cases of the infectious condition Whooping Cough in Australia each year caused by the bacteria Bordetella Pertussis. The bacteria are spread from person to person and cause irritation of the lining of the airways and increased mucous.

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Managing Stress

Stress is claimed to be the scourge of the 21st Century. It doesn't seem to matter who you talk to; everyone feels stress at some stage.

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Connecting with Your Teenager

The stereotype of the teenager is either a monosyllabic boy or girl behind a slam-closed 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.

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Quick and Easy Egg Fried Rice

This quick and easy fried rice is a great use for leftover rice or just a hearty meal to fill up children at dinner time.

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June Is Men’s Health Month

International Men’s Health Month is recognised every year June. It is an opportunity to highlight the importance of men’s health, and to promote and support the health and well-being of men in our community.

Heart Disease, Prostate cancer, Depression, Colon Cancer and Testicular Cancer are some of the known medical issues men face and this month we will be discussing these medical conditions.

Heart Disease:

On Average men develop heart disease 10 years earlier than women do, and twice as many men compared to women have heart attacks.

This is attributed to smoking, blood pressure, family history, cholesterol and weight.

Prostate Cancer:

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, and it is estimated that one in six males will be diagnosed by the time they are 85.

Early prostate cancer usually does not cause symptoms.

Advanced prostate cancer symptoms can include:

frequent urination, pain while urinating, Weak legs or feet, blood in the urine or semen, a weak stream and pain in the back or pelvis

Your Doctor can offer you a PSA blood test to check your prostate.


1 in 8 men will experience depression in their life. The signs of depression affect different people in different ways. It can involve changes in the way you think, feel or behave.

Mental health has long been viewed as a topic not to be discussed, especially in men – for some men this is not talking about their feelings, or not showing that they’re upset. This can sometimes make it hard for men to acknowledge that depression is what they may be experiencing.

Your Doctor can help with an issues you may be having and refer you onto our psychologist if required.

Colon Cancer:

1 in 13 men will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime. During the early stages of bowel cancer, people may have no symptoms, which is why screening is so important.

From the age of 45 years, a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) should be done every 2 years.

If you experience any change in bowel habits book an appointment to see one of our Doctors who can then refer you to Dr Clifton Washaya or Dr Sanjay Verma for further investigation if required.

Testicular Cancer:

Testicular cancer is not a common cancer but it is the second most common cancer in young men (aged 20 to 39) excluding non-melanoma skin cancer.

While self examination is important, please book to see your Doctor if any changes are noticed.



All of the above medical issues and more can be discussed with any Doctor at Brook Medical Centre.

Any male from 18 years of age can book to have a Men’s Health Check done. Call 65431222 or book via HotDocs









Supporting Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House is a home for families with ill or injured children. If you are lucky, you’ll never need to stay there, but for those who do, it provides a safe, warm and friendly environment when families most need it.

At the beginning of every month Ronald McDonald House puts out their wish list – a list of things that they are running short of in the house.

This June and July, we will be putting together some baskets for Ronald McDonald House Newcastle and your donations would be appreciated.

Donations of NEW items can be dropped in to Brook Medical Centre.

Items on their WISH LIST include:

White Coffee Cups
Body wash
New Terry Towelling and waterproof mattress protectors – Double in size
AAA batteries
Grab and go snacks; multipack chips, muesli bars, Le Snacks, popcorn, grain waves, rice cakes and lcm bars.



International Nurses Day 2024

The most kind, thoughtful and truly amazing people in the world do not know the impact that they have on the lives of others.


On this International Nurses Day we give thanks to our wonderful Nurses; Robbie, Karina, Megan, Kelsey and Courtney


Thank you for all you do and thank you for being you


How to stay healthy this Flu season

Cold and flu season has started and it’s essential to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from these common illnesses.

Brook Medical Centre cares about your health and well-being, and we want to share some tips on how to stay healthy this Flu season.

Get Vaccinated:

Annual flu vaccines are crucial in preventing the flu. Our clinics are now open for bookings. Vaccination not only protects you but also helps reduce the spread of the virus in the community.

Practice Good Hand Hygiene:

One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses is by practicing proper hand hygiene. Make sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitiser.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle:

Maintain a balanced diet, get regular exercise, and ensure you’re getting enough sleep. A well-nourished body and a strong immune system can better defend against illness from colds and flu’s

Practice Respiratory Etiquette:

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissues properly and avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth. These practices can reduce the risk of virus transmission. if you are unwell you can also wear a mask to protect others.

Keep Your Environment Clean:

Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. This helps to eliminate any potential sources of infection in your home and workplace.

What to Do When You Get Sick:

Stay Home:

If you start experiencing symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, or body aches, it’s important to stay home to prevent spreading the illness to others. Rest and isolate yourself from family members as much as possible.

Seek Medical Advice:

Initially book a phone consultation if you’re unsure about your symptoms. The Doctor can advise you on whether you should come in for a face to face consultation to evaluate your condition or continue managing your illness at home.

Rest and hydrate:

Drink plenty of fluids, rest, and consider over-the-counter medications to reduce symptoms.


Our Doctors at Brook Medical Centre are here to support your health and well-being during this season and throughout the year.


2024 Flu Clinic

Flu clinics will commence on the 16th of April and bookings are now open.


We will have both government supplied and private vaccines for those aged 5-64 who are not eligible for the funded vaccine.


Private Vaccines are $20.


Free seasonal influenza vaccine is funded under the National Immunisation Program for the following groups at higher risk of complications from influenza:

  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age
  • all individuals aged 5 years and over with medical risk conditions, namely:
    • cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
    • chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), severe asthma (for which frequent medical consultations or the use of multiple medications is required), cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and chronic emphysema
    • chronic neurological conditions, including hereditary and degenerative central nervous system (CNS) diseases (including multiple sclerosis), neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord injuries and seizure disorders
    • immunocompromising conditions, including immunocompromised due to disease or treatment (e.g. malignancy, transplantation and/or chronic steroid use), asplenia or splenic dysfunction and HIV infection
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders, including Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and chronic metabolic disorders
    • chronic renal failure
    • haemoglobinopathies
    • children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy
  • pregnant women
  • people aged 65 years and over (a vaccine that is specifically designed to produce a higher immune response is available for this group).



Please call 65431222 to book an appointment or book via Hotdocs


Newsletter – April – May Edition


This is a burning pain in the chest or upper abdomen caused by acid "leaking" from the stomach into the oesophagus. It is also known as reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).


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It is estimated that at the turn of the 20th century, the average person slept for nine hours each night. By the turn of the 21st century. this has shrunk to seven and a half hours.


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Diabetes – differences between Type 1 and Type 2

There are two types of diabetes, broadly divided into insulin-requiring (type 1) and non-insulin requiring (type 2). This is not absolute, as some people who do not need insulin at the start may go on to do so.


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Managing Sun Damaged Skin

After summer is a good time to have a skin check. Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.


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Checking for Headlice – signs and symptoms

Lice are annoying but not serious. Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that are common in school-age children but can potentially affect anyone.


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Recipe for this edition

Caramelised Onion Tart


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Easter Break

The Partners and Staff at Brook Medical Centre wish you all an egg-cellent Easter!!

We will re open Tuesday at 8:30am for appointments and enquiries.





We Welcome Dr Dmitry Samokhin

Dr Dmitry Samokhin is final year ACRRM GP registrar.

He works as a GP anaesthetist at The Maitland Hospital and is joining us at Brook Medical Centre.

Dr Samokhin obtained a Graduate Diploma in Child Health by The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and also has National Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health by Family Planning Alliance Australia.

Dr Samokhin  has special interest in non-opioid pain management and men’s health.

Outside of the medical practice Dr Samokhin enjoys spending time with family, motorcycle riding and target shooting.

Dr Samokhin will be working at Brook Medical Centre 3 days a week.

For an appointment with Dr Samokhin call 65431222 or book online via Hotdocs.