Summer Newsletter 2019-2020

Flu Vaccine (Quadrivalent only)

Flu vaccine is still available for patients who wish to travel in the next couple of months.  For those patients who have a susceptibility to infection or simply wish protection against influenza,  if you received a flu vaccine earlier in the year, the protection would now be waning. 

Unfortunately the Government supplied FluAd for the 65+ age group has now expired. Patients of any age can elect to have a quadrivalent flu vaccine now before travelling. Our supply will expire at the end of February 2020.

General Summer Hols advice

Heading off for that Summer break soon?…before you go, check on your current supply of prescription medications and  ensure you have script repeats made up before you leave.

Throughout this hot, dry time of the year be vigilant to check on any bushfire alerts in the area where you may be travelling.  No matter where or when keep a plentiful supply of water in your car. Do you have a first aid kit? Do you have enough (in date) sunscreen and insect repellent? Is your tetanus vaccination up to date?

Summer Heat

Transporting food in your car on hot summer days can provide its challenges – perhaps keep an esky in the car and add a cold brick before setting out in the morning.  For those of you who have this inbuilt, don’t forget to use it!

Summer heat can affect the oldest and youngest age groups the most.  Be very aware of maintaining good hydration and keep your passengers (including pets) cool and with a ready supply of water. Cars heat up at a very rapid rate on a hot day, temperatures within vehicles can rise up to the high 50’s in no time.

Measles & Chickenpox

Both are reported in the community with disappointing frequency of late.

Next time you are in a consultation, ask your doctor to check if you are vaccinated against these two very infectious diseases.   A phone call to the practice nurse can also assist with your vaccination status.

Your Medicare Card…

is a very handy identification item for all medical appointments and on-line claiming opportunities and confirmations.  Remember to always have it  available in your bag or wallet.  Most medical offices and hospitals will require this upon registering your details, any new card issued must also be notified to your regular GP, facility or hospital.

Better Health Channel   A Victorian State Government Initiative

This is an excellent source of well researched, reliable  general health information; links are available on their website for information on conditions and treatments, services and support, healthy eating and living ideas, blogs and podcasts; go to

How to create a quick launch icon for the Better Health Channel mobile website

For iOS users o   Open safari web browser

o   Navigate to

o   in the task bar visible at the bottom of the screen, select the share icon (square with up arrow)

o   Select the ‘Add to home screen’ icon (square with plus sign)

o   All done! An icon should appear on your mobile phone home screen

For Android users

Google Chrome browser ·       Navigate to

·       Click the overflow icon (ie three stacked dots) in the top right of your screen

·       Select the ‘Add to Homescreen’ option

·       All done! An icon should appear on your mobile phone home screen

Firefox browser ·       Navigate to

·       Click the overflow icon (ie three stacked dots) in the top right of your screen

·       Select the ‘Page’ option

·       Select the ‘Add to home screen’ option

·       All done! An icon should appear on your mobile phone home screen

Women’s Sexual & Reproductive Health

Good sexual and reproductive health is important for women’s general health and wellbeing. It is central to their ability to make choices and decisions about their lives, including when, or whether, to consider having children.

Sexual and reproductive health is not only about physical wellbeing – it includes the right to healthy and respectful relationships, health services that are inclusive, safe and appropriate, access to accurate information, effective and affordable methods of contraception and access to timely support and services in relation to unplanned pregnancy.

Different life stages are associated with specific women’s sexual and reproductive health issues, including menstruation, fertility, cervical screening, contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmissible infections, chronic health problems (such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome) and menopause.

Safe sex practices are important for the sexual and reproductive health of sexually active women of all ages. Access to accurate, impartial and up-to-date sexual and reproductive health information, and services such as human papilloma virus vaccination, cervical screening tests and screening for sexually transmissible infections, is also essential.

Having access to sexual and reproductive health services, quality information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and physical and mental health services can all help women achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

Making an appointment with your GP to discuss any sexual & reproductive issues is always our best advice.  The below services may be useful in some circumstances.

Helplines and services – Victorian


Contact details:1800 696784 Victorian helpline for information about contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health

Contact details: 1800 JEAN HAILES (532 642) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health provides women with information, knowledge and clinical care to assist them to actively manage their own health and wellbeing throughout their life.


Contact details:1300 60 60 24 NURSE-ON-CALL is a phone service that provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Family Planning Victoria

Contact details: (03) 9257 0100, 1800 013 952 Family Planning Victoria has a focus on reproductive and sexual health care, education and advocacy. The Box Hill clinic and the Action Centre in the CBD offer appointments and an afternoon drop in service where clinical staff can assist people of all ages with a wide range of reproductive and sexual health services in a confidential setting.

Reduced Hours for this clinic will take effect from Monday 23/12/2019 until Friday 10/1/2020 incl.

During this time the clinic will close at 5pm on each weekday (with the exception of Public Holidays, when we will be closed all day)

Weekend sessions will be unchanged; Saturday 8am to 11.30am, Sunday 10am to 11.30am.

Please remember this clinic is not set up to manage serious emergencies. Always consider if an ambulance should be called or present to a hospital emergency department.

After Hours Emergencies or Urgent cases

Reminder that Cabrini Hospital (Malvern) & Epworth Hospital (Richmond) have  private emergency departments open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

The closest 24 hour public emergency department is at The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Rd Prahran.

Your Skin is the largest organ of your body…

What is UV radiation?

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is part of the electromagnetic spectrum emitted by the sun. Whereas UVC rays (wavelengths of 100-280 nm) are absorbed by the atmospheric ozone, most radiation in the UVA range (315-400 nm) and about 10 % of the UVB rays (280-315 nm) reach the Earth’s surface. Both UVA and UVB are of major importance to human health. Small amounts of UV are essential for the production of vitamin D in people, yet overexposure may result in acute and chronic health effects on the skin, eye and immune system.

Essential interventions for UV protection

The rise in the incidence of skin cancers over the past decades is strongly related to increasingly popular outdoor activities and recreational exposure. Overexposure to sunlight is widely accepted as the underlying cause for harmful effects on the skin, eye and immune system. Experts believe that four out of five cases of skin cancer could be prevented, as UV damage is mostly avoidable.

Creamy Mango Sorbet

This luscious mango sorbet is rich, creamy, and bursting with the juicy-sweetness of mango and the creaminess of coconut milk!

 Course: Dessert

 Prep Time: 10 minutes

 Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings 4 -6


·     4 cups diced ripe mango frozen (about 4 large mangoes)

·     1/2 cup coconut milk

·     1-2 tbsp. agave or maple syrup or to taste

·     2 tsp. lime juice could sub lemon juice

·     1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

·     pinch salt


1.   Allow frozen mango to sit out for about 20 minutes, or microwave for a few seconds, until mango is very firm, but chunks can be separated with a knife.

2.   Place all ingredients into food processor bowl and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Taste test and adjust as needed.

3.   Serve immediately, or place back in freezer for several hours for a firmer sorbet. Remove from freezer 10 minutes prior to serving.