For general information the following links may be helpful. Please consult your Medical Professional for health and medical advice.
The Heart Foundation
For more than fifty years, the Heart Foundation has been dedicated to saving lives by making a difference to the heart health of all Australians. Donations from the community help to fund vital research, develop guidelines for health professionals, support patient care and help Australians to live healthier lifestyles.
Signs of Stroke FAST
Recognise the signs of stroke call 000. A stroke is always a medical emergency.
Using the FAST test involves asking three simple questions:
|Face||Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?|
|Arm||Can they lift both arms?|
|Speech||Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?|
|Time||Is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away.|
Facial weakness, arm weakness and difficulty with speech are the most common signs of stroke, but they are not the only signs. Other signs of stroke may include one, or a combination of:
- Weakness or numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg on either or both sides of the body
- Difficulty speaking or understanding
- Dizziness, loss of balance or an unexplained fall
- Loss of vision, sudden blurring or decreased vision in one or both eyes
- Headache, usually severe and abrupt onset or unexplained change in the pattern of headaches
- Difficulty swallowing
The signs of stroke may occur alone or in combination and they can last a few seconds or up to 24 hours and then disappear.
Diabetes Australia was established in 1984 as the national peak body for diabetes in Australia providing a single, powerful, collective voice for people living with diabetes, their families and carers. A non-profit organisation, Diabetes Australia works in partnership with diabetes consumer organisations, health professionals, educators and researchers to minimise the impact of diabetes in the Australian community. Diabetes Australia is committed to turning diabetes around through awareness, prevention, detection, management and the search for a cure.
Some of their key focus areas include:
- Developing policy and advocating in the interests of all people affected by diabetes,
- Raising community awareness of diabetes,
- Supporting research into improved understanding and treatment of diabetes, and
- Administering the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS)
The Asthma Foundation
Despite controlling you asthma, following your asthma action plan, and taking your medications regularly, you may still experience an asthma flare up and suffer an asthma attack.
How do I know if I’m having an attack?
You are having an asthma attack if your asthma symptoms get worse but do not go away when you use your blue reliever. An asthma attack may develop very rapidly over a few minutes, or it may take a few hours or even days to happen. An asthma attack may be mild, moderate or severe.
Symptoms of a MILD asthma attack:
- Cough, wheeze.
- Some shortness of breath.
- Still able to speak in full sentences between breaths.
Symptoms of a MODERATE asthma attack:
- Continual cough, moderate to loud wheeze
- Obvious difficulty breathing
- Only able to speak in short phrases between breaths
Symptoms of a SEVERE asthma attack:
- Severe difficulties breathing
- Speak no more than a few words at a time
- Wheeze is often quiet
- Sucking in of the throat and rib muscles
- Pale and sweaty
- May have blue lips
- Very distressed and anxious
If you or someone else is having a severe attack, you should call an ambulance (DIAL 000) immediately.
As well as experiencing some of the above symptoms, young children may appear restless, unable to settle and may have problems eating or drinking. They may also have severe coughing or vomiting.
Planning a trip overseas, please consider the current recommendations for vaccinations. Here at South Barwon Medical Centre we can cater for all of your travel vaccine needs domestic and exotic.
The Better Health Channel
The Better Health Channel provides health and medical information that is quality assured, reliable, up to date, easy to understand, regularly reviewed and locally relevant. The Better Health Channel does not have any advertising or sponsorship and is fully funded by the State Government of Victoria (Australia).
The Better Health Channel provide4s health and medical information to help individuals and their communities improve their health and wellbeing. The information we provide is:
- Quality assured and reliable
- Up to date
- Easy to understand
Information on the Better Health Channel is provided to help people stay healthy or understand and manage their health and medical conditions. It does not replace care provided by medical practitioners and other qualified health professionals.