Eating for eye health is simple: the food that is good for your eyes is good for the whole of you, as your eyes are part of you! This is common sense, but something we sometimes forget.  The common eye conditions, cataract and macular degeneration, are at least partly due to oxidative damage, also known…

Private health insurance can help you cover the costs of a range of medical procedures, but how you can go about claiming these benefits really depends on the type of treatment you are receiving. Treatments can be broken up into two basic areas: hospital and extras. Extras How you make a claim for an extras…

It’s school holidays and many children will be on their smart devices with unlimited screen time – more often than not, listening to sound using headphones.  Hearing loss has become a major concern as children spend long periods of time listening to their favourite tunes, playing games or streaming the latest movies online. Ears are…

Incontinence- Effective Management and Prevention Incontinence is a common problem which affects both men and women, young and old. As physiotherapists we often see patients who suffer from incontinence as a result of pregnancy, after childbirth or during menopause. Chronic conditions, such as diabetes, asthma and some others, can also contribute to incontinence. Even if…

Choosing what is good to eat can be confusing enough when you’re able-bodied, let alone when you’re injured. With all the complicated food messages in the media and online about diets it can be hard to sort the fab from the fad. Should we go paleo, vegan, low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic…? Add all this the pain,…

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…