I was recently asked the question: “What is an obstetrician’s role during pregnancy and childbirth?” This article is about what is an obstetrician, the role of the obstetrician and how this role differs for private and public patients. Before answering that question, I should mention what an obstetrician is. An obstetrician is a specialist medical…

On average children will catch 6 to 8 colds per year, with adults catching 2 to 4 colds per year. These symptoms can last for a week or two, and can include fatigue, a runny nose, fever, headache and sore throat. When there are around 200 different kinds of viruses that cause the ‘common cold’,…

Knowing about STIs is an important part of being responsible for your sexual health, the old saying what you don’t know can’t hurt you simply doesn’t apply here so let’s set aside the STI stigma and continue the conversation starting with Herpes.  Genital Herpes, more commonly known simply as Herpes is a viral infection. Most…

Cold and flu season is well and truly upon us. As the temperature continues to drop the chances of contracting a cold or the flu increase. For most this means curling up with a lemon tea, some tissues and an endless supply of TV shows to get us through. However, for the more vulnerable populations like the…

Migraine can affect 1 in 5 Australians during their lifetime, and is more common in women than men. While some may only get migraines every now and then, others can suffer from them quite frequently- this can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life. Migraine headaches are often located on one side…

The reality is our eating habits play a major role in tooth decay, which is a diet related disease. Sugars in the food and drinks we eat are taken up by bacteria, producing acids that attack the outer layer of tooth enamel to cause decay. Our saliva helps our teeth recover from these attacks through…

Pain is something we all experience at one time or another. When we’ve stubbed our toes as kids to when we’ve fallen down stairs as adults, breaking many bones. Acute pain from a serious injury or back pain, stomach pain, nerve pain, arthritic pain; all are common in our communities. Recently, we asked pain professionals…

STIs are still that taboo topic that people don’t want to talk about, but the fact of the matter is STIs can and do happen to people from all walks of life and we need to talk about them more often because the lack of conversation helps support the stigma, the stigma that prevents a…

Dentistry has evolved significantly over time, from pulling a tooth because of cavity to metal and gold fillings to tooth colouring filling materials. Then, porcelain material was introduced as a reliable alternative to fillings in certain cases. As technology has improved, so has the pain control, teeth replacement and teeth straightening options. Melbourne based general…

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