Loving parents take care of his son mother checking a temperature whilst father is phoning a doctor

After-hours GP helpline now available


In Australia a free GP helpline is now operating in most states to provide after-hours telephone advice when your GP is not available. This will be especially helpful for families with young children, for whom problems often seem to arise in the early hours of the morning! Calls are answered by a registered nurse who

Senior woman in consultation with her doctor about a pap smear

Pap smears still needed after HPV vax


Women who have had HPV vaccination (human ­papillomavirus) still need to have regular Pap smears until the age of 70. Almost all abnormal Pap smears and cancer of the cervix (the neck of the womb) are caused by HPV. Vaccination protects women against the 2 main types of HPV which cause about 70% of ­cervical

Taming the tiger in your tummy


If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or suffer from bloating, abdominal pain or a change in bowel habits you may benefit from a low ‘FODMAP’ diet.# FODMAPS are certain sugars such as fructose, lactose, fructans and sorbitol which are found in some foods. These sugars are not digested in the small intestine. Instead, they

Businessman stressed and overworked yelling in office

Overcoming stress. The ABCD of CBT.


Things inevitably go wrong in life. Whether or not we get upset by them and the degree of distress we feel depends largely on the way we think about them. This is good news because while we may not be able to change other people or our life circumstances, we can change the way we

Toddler holding out a strawberry and upset because of allergy

Does my child have a food allergy?


Food allergy is on the increase and now affects about 1 in 10 Australian children. Any food can cause an allergy but the ones that cause more than 90% of cases are: Cow’s milk Eggs Peanuts and tree nuts Fish Shellfish Soy Fortunately, the majority of food allergies are mild. Symptoms usually occur within 30

Concept of a child being injected with immunity antibodies to fight disease

Pneumococcal booster for 1-3 year olds


Infants between 12 and 35 months need to come to the doctor for an ­additional free# dose of the new pneumococcal vaccine. The government-funded vaccine is available from 1 October 2011 for 12 months only*. The previous pneumococcal vaccine gave protection against only 7 strains of the pneumococcal bacterium. The new vaccine covers an additional

Healthy woman lounging in hammock on a tropical holiday

Bon voyage! Staying healthy overseas.


Planning ahead is the key to staying healthy during overseas travel. Many serious health risks can be avoided by careful preparation and visiting your doctor to check if any vaccinations are needed. Travel checklist Make up or buy a small medical kit. Take sufficient quantities of your regular medication with an explanatory letter from your

Delicious steakhouse porterhouse steak and colorful fresh roast vegetables, view from above

How much red meat?


Red meat contains 5 essential nutrients (iron, zinc, vitamin B12, omega 3 fats and protein) and should be eaten regularly. However it can be a source of ‘bad’ saturated fat so choose lean cuts. Eat red meat 2–3 times per week. The recommended serving size is roughly the size of your palm which is about

Steak sandwich with caramelised onions and mustard cream

Steak & caramelised onion sandwiches with mustard cream


A beautiful steak sandwich complimented by caramelised onions and dressed in mustard cream. Perfect as a snack or to serve at lunchtime this recipe has high protein, low kJ and is low in fat. Preparation: 10min, cooking: 15–20min Cost per serve: $3.38. Serves 4. Ingredients Cooking oil spray 2 medium brown onions, sliced 2 teaspoons

Doctor administering a vaccination to a young girl whilst being comforted by her mother

Is your child fully vaccinated?



According to Medicare Australia, 1 in 10 five-year olds is not fully immunised. This is of great concern as immunisation is an effective and safe way to prevent many infections that killed a lot of children in the past. Unvaccinated children are still at risk from these very serious diseases. The huge benefits of immunisation