30 August 2019
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is prostate cancer awareness month. Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate. These abnormal cells can continue to multiply in an uncontrolled way and sometimes spread outside the prostate into nearby or distant parts of the body. Prostate cancer is generally a slow growing disease and the majority of men with low grade prostate cancer live for many years without symptoms and without it spreading and becoming life-threatening. However, high grade disease spreads quickly and can be lethal. Appropriate management is key. WHAT IS THE PROSTATE? Only men have a prostate. It is a small gland that...

10 July 2019

National Diabetes Week 14-20 July

  What is diabetes? Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it. Three things you need to know about diabetes: It is not one condition- there are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes All types of diabetes are complex and require daily care and management Diabetes does...

05 June 2019

Have you had your Heart Health Check ?

Why do i need one? Every 12 minutes an Australian dies from heart, stroke or blood vessel disease. Most heart attacks and strokes are preventable. If you are 45 years or older (35 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) and have not had a heart attack or stroke, then you are eligible for a Heart Health Check under Medicare. A Heart Health Check is a regular check-up performed by your doctor. A Heart Health Check helps you to understand your risk factors for heart disease and estimate how likely you are to have a heart attack...

29 May 2019


Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia and is more common in people over the age of 50. Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, develops from the inner lining of the bowel and is usually preceded by growths called polyps, which may become invasive cancer if undetected. Depending on where the cancer begins, bowel cancer may be called colon or rectal cancer. The risk of being diagnosed by age 85 is 1 in 11 for men and 1 in 16 for women. The five year survival rate for bowel cancer is 69%. Bowel...

16 May 2019

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Castle Medical Centre is hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday the 23rd of May for our staff to raise funds that will make a big difference to those impacted by cancer. EVERY DOLLAR RAISED THROUGH AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST MORNING TEA HELPS FUND CANCER COUNCIL’S LIFE-SAVING RESEARCH, PREVENTION, SUPPORT PROGRAMS, AND INFORMATION. Sadly, 1 in 2 Australians are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. Cancer is a disease of the body’s cells. Normally cells grow and multiply in a controlled way, however, if something causes a mistake to occur in the cells’ genetic blueprints, this control can be lost. Cancer...

26 April 2019


Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. There are three main types of influenza virus that cause infection in humans – types A, B and C – and many sub-types or strains. Influenza can occur throughout the year, but influenza activity usually peaks in winter. Influenza is a vaccine-preventable illness, but a new vaccine needs to be given each year because influenza viruses change (mutate) constantly. A new influenza vaccine is prepared each year to best match the strains predicted for the coming influenza season. What are the symptoms of flu? People with influenza...

28 March 2019

Speech Screening 4th May 2019

Are you unsure if your child needs speech therapy or  do you as a parent need guidance and advice? Castle Medical Centre is here to help. WHY SPEECH SCREENING? Early identification of speech and language difficulties could help in providing support to the child in their communication and social development. WHAT IS DONE IN SPEECH SCREENING? The Speech Pathologist uses the screening process to: Identify children with difficulties in following instructions. Identify children unable to express language appropriate for their age. Identify children unable to understand language appropriate for their age. Identify children who have speech sound difficulties. Identify children with...

22 March 2019


WHAT IS MEASLES? Measles is a viral disease that may have serious complications. In the past, measles infection was very common in childhood. Most people born before 1966 will have been infected with measles as a child and are likely to be immune. Thanks to immunisation measles is now rare in Australia. Measles remains common in many parts of the world, and large outbreaks continue to occur in a number of countries. This is why it is important to make sure you are fully protected against measles prior to overseas travel. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? The first symptoms are fever, tiredness,...

28 February 2019


Do you or someone you know find it hard being understood by other people or find it hard to understand what people are saying? It can be frustrating to not be able to say what you want to say or can’t be understood by others. Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, such as difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. They work with individuals who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that...

22 October 2018

Dr Prartharna Packiam returns

Dr Packiam will be returning to our practice from Tuesday 23rd November. She speaks English, Tamil and Hindi and is accepting new patients now. Dr Packiam is known for her exceptional care of children and elderly patients. She is a friendly and gentle GP who has completed her Diploma in Child Health at Westmead. She will be available for appointments Fidays 9am - 6pm by calling us on 02 8865 0650 or by making an online booking by clicking the button below.   Book Appointment