23 January 2020

Novel Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are very common viruses found worldwide in humans and animals. They cause respiratory disease, including common colds. Coronaviruses, however, are also responsible for MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Current status As of 21 January 2020, more than 200 confirmed cases of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been detected in the Wuhan region of China, and deaths. Other cases have been detected in Shenzen and Beijing (China), Japan, Thailand and South Korea. Most of these individuals have reported travel to Wuhan. Like other communicable diseases, people with symptoms should practice simple hygiene by covering...

16 January 2020

Farewell message from Prarthana Packiam

I am writing to say “Thank You” for being part of my practice for the last 2 years and to let you know that I am winding down as I transition to taking up a position at a practice which is closer to my home. I will continue to practice at Castle Medical Centre for the few next weeks –  with my last day being Thursday 30th January 2020 . Following my departure from CMC, I am very happy to recommend that you see Dr Naqvi, Dr Ryan and Dr Zhou - all excellent GPs who will continue to provide...

23 October 2019

HEALTH EXERCISE AND LIFESTYLE PROGRAM

Castle Medical Centre is excited to offer patients a structured lifestyle program to promote optimal health and wellbeing and reducing risk factors associated with being overweight. Obesity is a leading cause of morbidity in the first world countries. It has doubled since 2007. Close to 60% of the Australian adult population and 50% among 16 to 18 year olds. Obesity leads to a lot of chronic diseases like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypertension, varicose veins and chronic lymphoedema. Type 2 diabetes can lead to other diseases like coronary artery disease, kidney failure and renal dialysis if the kidney disease...

19 September 2019

Breast cancer awareness

Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease. Early detection It’s important for women of all ages to know what they can do to help find breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early means there are more treatment options and the chances of survival are greatest. This page provides information about breast awareness, breast changes, risk factors and mammography screening. For information on breast cancer in men, visit Cancer Australia’s dedicated website, Breast Cancer in Men. Breast awareness Breast awareness is important for women of all ages, even if you’re having regular mammograms. You don’t need to be...

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 AWARENESS MONTH

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

FLU SEASON HAS ARRIVED

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...