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Apr 10, 2019

Emelia

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The National Assessment Program- Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are held in Queensland schools each May. The purpose of these tests is to assess the literacy and numeracy skills of Australian students in grades 3,5,7, and 9. In 2018 Naplan began the transition to online testing, which when fully implemented, will allow students to answer […]

Apr 08, 2019

Emelia

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Influenza (the flu) has made news in recent years after a particularly deadly season in 2017 claimed the lives of over 1,000 Australians. Here’s why you should be getting vaccinated again this year, as well as how to tell the difference between the flu and a common cold. Get your flu shot As the cooler […]

Mar 13, 2019

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Its that time of year again! Are your employees flu-ready? As the flu season is fast approaching it’s important to get prepared and prepare your workplace to reduce sick days caused by this highly contagious illness. Up to one in ten adults and three in ten children In Australia are infected with influenza each year and in […]

Jan 22, 2019

Emelia

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When a new year rolls around it’s customary for us to think about what we might change in order to live better over the next 12 months. Should be simple, right? But how many of us optimistically make promises to ourselves in January that are all but a distant memory by June? Try these quick […]

Jan 16, 2019

Emelia

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2018 was another good year for Family Doctors Plus. The biggest news was the birth of Dr Fiona’s gorgeous baby! Thank you for all your kind wishes for Dr Fiona and her expanding family. Dr Fiona is back at work now and will also be available on some weekends. Read on for our latest updates […]

Nov 28, 2018

Emelia

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As Australians we are all aware of the dangers of storm season. But have you ever heard of thunderstorm asthma? Thunderstorm asthma can affect you even if you don’t usually suffer from asthma or hay fever. Read this quick guide to find out more and speak to your doctor if you have concerns. Who can […]

Nov 07, 2018

Emelia

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The detection of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (or black lung disease) in some Australian miners in 2016 prompted a review of the health monitoring requirements for New South Wales coal workers. As a result, new regulations took effect in July 2018.   Here at Family Doctors Plus, Dr Maria Boulton and Dr Fiona Raciti are both […]

Nov 05, 2018

Emelia

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Osteoporosis will be responsible for 165,000 broken bones in Australia this year. That’s a lot of fractures – and many of them could be prevented. What is osteoporosis, exactly? Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, making them weak and more likely to break. It develops when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more […]

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