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1109, 2019

Scheduled Roadwork

Please note we have been advised that there will be roadworks at the intersection of 13th Street and Ontario Avenue starting from Tuesday 17th September going through to February 2020.  There will be delays in traffic and/or road closures during this time so you may need to access Ontario Avenue via 11th Street.  Please leave enough time to travel to your appointments to allow for these delays. 

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RED NOSE DAY – Friday 28th June, 2019

Red Nose Day is held annually on the last Friday in June. This fundraiser is SIDS and Kids major form of raising awareness and much needed funds for the organisation. SIDS is the most common cause of death in children between one month and one year old. 

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained death of a newborn child during sleep.

The exact cause of SIDS is unknown but theories include environmental stressors such as sleeping on the stomach or side, overheating and accidental suffocation from soft objects or during bed sharing.

Proposed methods of reducing the risks include putting the child on their back to sleep, providing a firm mattress with no loose bedding and in a relatively cool sleeping environment.

Ontario Medical Clinic will have a product box at our front desk for you to purchase Red Noses, Pens, Plush Toys and more. Please show your support by purchasing a product. Your help will be appreciated.  

For more information go the website www.rednose.org.au

1303, 2019

Check your smoke alarms

Working smoke alarms provide vital early warning in the event of a fire. Smoke alarms are essential to wake people if a fire breaks out as when people are asleep they can’t smell smoke. They give occupants early warning and time to evacuate safely.

A good time to remember to change your smoke alarm batteries is when you change your clocks twice a year, being when daylight saving time begins and ends. Daylight savings ends on Sunday the 7th April 2017 this year so get up on those step ladders and change the battery in your smoke alarm.

 

503, 2019

Keeping our children safe- burns and scalds

Scalds are burns from hot liquids or steam. Everyday items used in and around the house cause the most scald injuries. Such things as hot drinks, fat and hot cooking oil, steam and vapour, water from saucepans or kettles and running hot water from taps, showers and baths. A burn is an injury to the body’s tissue resulting from heat, chemicals, electricity or sunlight. The severity of a burn depends on the amount of tissue affected and the depth of the injury.

Burns and scalds are a major cause of serious injury in children from newborn to 14 years old but especially those aged between one and two years old due to their increased mobility and natural curiosity to explore their surroundings. A child’s sensitive skin burns far more easily than adult skin.

Immediate first aid will reduce the severity of a burn. If someone has received a burn, you should apply cool running water (not ice or iced water) for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Carefully remove constrictive clothing only if the skin is not blistered or stuck to the clothing. If possible remove all jewellery and watches as burns cause swelling and it may hinder circulation. Cover the burn using a clean dressing (a clean sheet, non-fluffy towel/tea towel or glad wrap). Do not use adhesive dressings, apply fat, ointment or lotions, break a blister or touch the burn. If possible elevate the burnt limb to minimise swelling. Keep the child covered where possible so they don’t get cold and try to keep them as calm as possible.

If the burn is larger than a 20 cent coin, see your doctor or go to the emergency department of your local hospital.

Ways to help reduce the risk of children burning themselves

  • Keep hot drinks out of reach and never drink a hot drink with a baby or child in your lap.
  • Turn pan handles towards the back away from where a child may reach and grab. Try to use the back hot plates where possible.
  • Reduce the temperature of the hot tap water at the basin, bath and shower.
  • Never leave children alone in the bathroom or kitchen.
  • Put cold water in the bath first and then bring up the temperature with hot water.

If a child is burned, apply immediate first aid. Dial triple zero (000) for an ambulance if the injury is severe.

2702, 2019

Melanoma March

Melanoma March is the perfect opportunity to help raise awareness and enable much needed research to be undertaken to move closer to a cure.

Melanoma March is in its eighth year and is now Melanoma Institute Australia’s major annual fundraising campaign to support Melanoma research. Research is making a huge difference with breakthroughs, tripling the life expectancy for advanced Melanoma patients however more needs to be done.

In Australia 1 in 14 men and 1 in 24 women will be diagnosed with melanoma sometime in their life. Melanoma is often referred to as Australia’s national cancer. Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians aged between 15 and 39 years old and kills more young Australians between the ages of 20 and 39 years old than any other single cancer.

With statistics like these it is so important to get on board this fund raiser and ‘March to find a cure’.

https://melanomamarch.org.au/

412, 2018

Christmas/New Year opening hours

Monday 24th – closing at 2.00pm

Thursday 27th – closing at 3.00pm

Friday 28th – closing at 3.00pm

Monday 31st- closing at 3.00pm

We will be open Thursday 27th and Friday 28th between the hours of 8:00am-3:00pm however these will be for emergency appointments only. We will have multiple doctors away on those dates so we will not be making routine bookings unless requested by your doctor. If you know you will be needing scripts during this time please make an appointment prior to the Christmas period to make sure that you are not without medication over the break.

Saturday 29th December- 9am-11.30am *Emergencies on the day only. No pre-booking*

Monday 31st December we will be closing at 3:00pm

Tuesday 1st January-Closed

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for allowing us to provide care to you and your families throughout 2018. We wish you all a safe, happy and healthy festive season and beyond.

412, 2018

Decembeard

Decembeard is the month to raise awareness of bowel cancer in men. All you need to do is grow a beard, that simple!!

Promoting your facial hair will raise much needed awareness and funds for Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. 1 in 11 Australian men will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime and it can affect men of all ages, however risk increases every year from the age of 50.

Choices you make related to diet, lifestyle and screening can influence your bowel cancer risk.

Most men who develop bowel cancer have no family history of the disease, although having a parent, brother, sister or child with bowel cancer can increase your risk of developing it.

Screening is recommended depending on your personal level of risk. For people at average risk of bowel cancer, guidelines recommend screening using a FIT test (Fecal Immunochemical Test) every 2 years from the age of 50. However, if you have one relative diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 55 years or older, screening should be considered every 2 years from age 45.

Early detection could save your life!

No matter your age, you should never be told that you are ‘too young’ to have bowel cancer.

1411, 2018

GIRLS NIGHT IN- Month of November

 

The month of November gives woman the opportunity to support Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In campaign to raise money and awareness for women’s cancers. Some ideas to help raise much needed funds can include a dinner party, high tea or a clothes swap. You could even go all out with perhaps hosting an event for a slightly larger crowd maybe a fancy dress party or trivia night. The ideas are endless not to mention a great opportunity and excuse for a get-together.

Your Girls’ night in event will make a difference to thousands of women across Australia affected by cancer. This year it’s estimated that over 20,000 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer. Thanks to research and early detection and prevention the 5 year survival rate for breast cancer increased by 17% and gynaecological cancers by 7% from 1982-2012. Together we really can make a difference.

1709, 2018

Victorian Seniors Festival – 8th-12th October 2018

Seniors week is about celebrating people 55 and over and the contributions they make to our community. The Mildura region is offering activities throughout the week that are free or inexpensive to help encourage our seniors to GET OUT and GET INVOLVED!! Why not try something new.

Tickets will be available from the following venues from the 10th September til sold out.

Mildura Rural City Council- 76 Deakin Ave, Mildura

Ouyen Service Centre- 79 Oke Street, Ouyen

Tickets can also be purchased over the phone using a credit card. To purchase tickets over the phone please call 50188100.

Sunraysia Bus lines have partnered with Mildura Rural City Council to offer seniors FREE bus travel from the 7th to the 14th of October on all their bus routes. Simply show your Victorian Seniors Card when catching the bus. Some events have special transport arrangements, so please check the program for relevant details.

808, 2018

World Breastfeeding Week- 1st-7th August 2018

This Event was first put together by WHO, UNICEF and WABA to promote the health benefits of breastfeeding in the first 6 months of an infant’s life.

It is important to keep in mind how common it is for mothers to experience ups and downs with breastfeeding. However it is also important to not give up unless you really want to. There’s a lot of help available and most problems can be overcome.

Breastfeeding can be a special time for mother and baby as well as offering tremendous health benefits to both. Breast milk is designed to cater for your child’s nutritional needs in the first six months of life. Benefits start straight from birth when the woman’s breasts secrete colostrum, a yellowish fluid rich in proteins. Colostrum is the most superior and well-designed nutrition for your baby in the first few days of life. These valuable proteins are essential to the development of a healthy immune system. The protein is easily digested and absorbed by the body, especially by the rapidly developing brain.

It contains factors that promote maturation of the gut and good digestion.

Benefits just continue on for breast fed babies. Advantages include increased resistance to infections, decreased risk of allergies and lactose intolerance. Baby experiences fewer stomach upsets and constipation and they benefit emotionally as they are held more.

Not only does breast feeding benefit the baby but it also helps the mother in many ways. The benefits start straight after birth with the baby’s suckling helping Mum’s uterus to contract, reducing the flow of blood after delivery.  It is an amazing bonding experiencing helping mother and child feel close to each other. It helps the mother’s body return to normal quicker in terms of losing weight more easily and breastfeeding is more economical than formula feeding.

Of course there are many different demands on busy mothers, meaning that women who may want to breastfeed their babies haven’t always got the support to continue this. Busy working schedules alongside the many other challenges that modern women face can mean that women don’t always feel that breastfeeding their child is something that is an accessible option to them.

Breastfeeding support and advice can be sought from other mothers and from a range of health professionals including midwives, baby health nurses, Australian Breastfeeding Association counsellors, lactation consultants and doctors.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association offers mother-to-mother support and encouragement to breastfeed. It also provides counselling from trained ABA counsellors, a newsletter, a library and other activities. ABA support is available in all states and territories of Australia.

The website www.breastfeeding.asn.au<http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au>

is an excellent source of useful hints and information. One feature is information for fathers. It provides an email counselling service and links to other breastfeeding sites.

*   Breastfeeding Helpline – Australia 1800 686 2 686.

*   Child and Family Health Services in your state or territory.

*   Parent Helpline in your state or territory.