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Ageing - Quality with Quantity

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Ageing - Quality with Quantity

Australians are living longer and the country has an ageing population. In 2014, 15% of the population (3.5 million people) were aged 65 and over, and by 2054 this is projected to increase to 21% (or 8.4 million people). So what is ‘old age’? Interestingly, younger and older Australians have been found to define ‘old age’ differently. While younger Australians feel that age is based on a number, older Australians feel that age is not just a number, but influenced by social, emotional and relational elements. Many people over the age of 65 years do not feel that the term...

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Medicines & Driving

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Medicines & Driving

During the silly season most people will consider their alcohol consumption and how it affects their driving. However, many people don’t realise that medicines can also affect driving. We all know alcohol can slow our reflexes, but many medicines can do this too. If your driving skills are compromised by medicine side effects, you may cause an accident and risk death or injury to yourself or others. Other risks include fines, property damage, and loss of licence, or even time in jail. Traffic accidents are a major cause of death and disability in Australia, particularly at this time of year....

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New Website!

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New Website!

We are pleased to introduce our new website. It allows us to modernise and future proof our internet presence, but we lose our old blog posts. We will continue to post informative and educative health information in this new blog. Please be patient with us while we build it back into the wealth of knowledge we provided in the old version.

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Stay Smart Online

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Stay Smart Online

Staying safe online is crucial to protecting your medical, personal and business information. The ATO has a simple guide here.    

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Hypertension

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Hypertension

Everyone has blood pressure. It is the pressure of blood against the walls of your blood vessels (or arteries) as the heart pumps blood around your body. Your blood pressure will increase and decrease depending on what you are doing. When you are exercising, nervous or stressed your blood pressure will increase and it will decrease when you are sitting or sleeping. High blood pressure is when your blood pressure is persistently higher than normal even at resting state (also known as hypertension). According to Australian Health Survey, in 2011-12, almost one-third of all adult Australians had hypertension. Of these,...

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