What do heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, some cancers and musculoskeletal problems all have in common?
Unhealthy weight can cause all of them. Many of these are often preventable through a healthy and active lifestyle.
Book an appointment with your GP today to discuss a healthier you!
Two cases of dengue fever have been reported in locals living in Cairns North.
Dr Richard Gair from Tropical Public Health Services told Omega Health Medical Centre that the two people caught the disease here in Cairns.
So, while staff from the department of health are spraying the area where the dengue was caught, they also want us to make you aware to be aware of mosquitoes.
You’d think that living up here in the tropics we’d all be the picture of good health.
But a new health snapshot released by our local Primary Health Network shows that’s not quite the case.
The study used information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and the Department of Health, as well as specific data from Queensland Health. They also included summaries from a number of workshops and consultations.
Firstly, good news for Cairns women who have a higher life expectancy than Cairns men – 83.1 years compared to 78.1 years.
While this might seem good overall, it’s actually slightly lower than the Queensland average. At a state level, women live to an average of 84 years and men live to an average of 79.1 years.
Smoking and alcohol
While women here are more likely to be daily smokers, men in Cairns are the risky drinkers.
An average one-in-six of us (17.5 per cent) smoke, including 16.6 per cent of men, and 18.5 per cent of women. Again, this is higher than the Queensland average where the report shows that 13.8 per cent smoke.
One of the worst statistics shown in this report involved pregnant women smoking. Nearly one-quarter (24 per cent) of Cairns women smoke while pregnant. Research shows that smoking increases the risk of certain birth defects so, if you are a pregnant woman and you would like help to quit smoking, make an appointment with one of our Cairns GPs today by calling (07) 4053 7900.
Meanwhile, when it comes to the booze, one third of men (33.1 per cet) have what is classified as “risky alcohol consumption”. Compare that to just one-in-seven (13.9 per cent) women. This is also higher than the state’s average.
Weight and healthy eating
A love of good food and lack of physical activity is obviously contributing to the two-thirds of us (60 per cent) who are overweight or obese – those of us with a body mass index above 25.
Men are more likely to be overweight than women (64.2 per cent compared to 55.8 per cent) but we’re still slightly worse than the state average in this area, too (57.8 per cent).
The report also looked at our healthy eating habits – the amount of us who eat two or more serves of fruit and five or more serves of vegetables every day. And while more than half of us are definitely eating enough fruit, only one-in-ten of us are eating the right amount of veggies.
Take a look at the full infographic here.
If the current number of cases in Cairns is any indication, it looks like the flu season has started early this year.
Here at Omega Health Medical Centre we’ve already immunised around 1500 people so far. While that’s an impressive figure, it also indicates that there are a lot more Cairns locals who still need to get the annual vaccination.
Already this year across Queensland there have been just over 5000 cases of the flu. There’s also been an increasing trend in notifications over the past two weeks, but at this stage there’s not enough data to suggest whether or not that number will grow.
That being said, the experts at Queensland Health say the current pattern indicates an earlier-than-normal flu season.
Since the beginning of the year, here in the Cairns region there have been 385 cases of the flu. Of those cases, 55 people have had the virus so severely that they’ve needed to be hospitalised.
When you compare that to this time last year, it’s definitely higher — by 17 July 2015, Cairns had only seen 257 cases.
Let’s fight the flu together
Omega Health Medical Centre is calling on the Cairns community to help us fight the flu so that we can avoid a bad flu season in 2018.
If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, make an appointment today at Omega Health Medical Centre by calling 4032 6752.
We’re offering the 2016 trivalent (three strain) influenza vaccination for just $15 per person, or free if you have a health-care card and are eligible for the Australian Government-funded flu vaccination.
Alternatively, you can get the quadrivalent (four strain) vaccination which is available for just $20 per person.
The associated doctor’s consultation will be bulk-billed.
Omega Medical Centre in Cairns is the most trusted family general practice and provides the very best of health care available at affordable fees – for local Cairns residents or visitors to our city who are on holiday from interstate and overseas. Bulk billing is available to children under 16, concession card and DVA card holders, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Our clinic is open until late every day of the year including Christmas day, Easter and public holidays. These hours are to make it as convenient as possible for people who live locally but who work during the day, as you’re able to make an evening appointments to see a doctor.
Family Friendly Medical In Cairns
The Omega Cairns Clinic has an excellent reputation as a friendly, family-focused general practice that provides the very best of health care to the local community in the city of Cairns, Qld.
We all know how important it is to have a good relationship with your GP in Cairns.
Let’s face it, we only visit our Cairns doctor when we are not feeling our best. Often we need to share very personal and intimate information about ourselves with our doctor and we must feel comfortable and safe placing our trust in them.
At Omega Health Medical Centre we understand that GP services in Cairns are about building a relationship between you and your Doctor, and getting personal treatment based on your own specific needs.
Am I risk of Type 2 Diabetes?
It’s a scary statistic, but around 93,000 Queenslands have undiagnosed Type 2 Diabetes – including more than 6,000 of us in Cairns. And while we don’t know what causes it, we do know that it’s associated with certain lifestyle factors.
As we recognise National Diabetes Week, Omega Health Medical Centre in Cairns asks you if you’re at risk. And, if you are, we want to help you understand it and manage it.
Do this quick 10-question test from Diabetes Australia to find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/risk-calculator
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When was your last skin check? Cairns has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, so local doctors recommend you get checked annually. Visit Cairns Skin Centre behind (Omega Health Medical Centre) to make an appointment.