COVID Vaccination: Questions Answered

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program aims to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19. Everyone in Australia will be offered a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination providers cannot charge to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is free and the consult appointment for patients to receive their vaccinations is also free. Charging a patient any costs associated with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination (including booking fees) is a breach of the requirements under the program. Patients without a Medicare card can be vaccinated for free at Commonwealth-funded GP-led respiratory clinics. Visit Marketplace Medical Centre Gungahlin for your COVID 19 vaccination.

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Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can affect humans and animals. In humans, coronaviruses can cause mild illness, such as the common cold and gastrointestinal infections, as well as more severe illness, such as that caused by SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome).

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Skin Cancer Check

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Anyone can be at risk of developing skin cancer, though the risk increases as you get older.

The majority of skin cancers in Australia are caused by exposure to UV radiation in sunlight. The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death. It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.

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Cervical Screening Test (Pap Test)

Cervical screening has changed in Australia. The Pap test has been replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test every five years. The latest medical and scientific evidence shows that having a Cervical Screening Test every five years is just as safe, and is more effective than having a Pap test every two years. The test is a quick and simple procedure to check the health of your cervix. For you, if you have ever had a Pap test before, the way the test is done will look and feel the same. The procedure might be a bit uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt. If it hurts, tell your healthcare provider straight away. Remember, you can always ask for a female clinician.

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Hay Fever- Allergic Rhinitis

Hay fever is the common term for ‘allergic rhinitis’. It’s caused by an allergic response to outdoor or indoor allergens such as pollen, dust mites, fungal spores, animal fur or occupational sources.

Allergens are most commonly proteins or enzymes that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses (small air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead) to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

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Improving Men’s Health

What is the prostate? A little review for everybody.

We’ve learned more about the anatomy and the physiology of the prostate. The prostate is located at the base of the bladder, and it surrounds the urethra. As it enlarges, it causes a problem right there. It is also the source of the most common cancer in humans. It is the most common solid tumor. In the normal prostate anatomy, it’s important to understand a few concepts.

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Sun Smart

What is UV?

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a type of energy produced by the sun and some artificial sources, such as solariums.

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage also causes sunburn, tanning, premature ageing and eye damage.

UV radiation isn’t like the sun’s light or heat, which we can see and feel. Your senses cannot detect UV radiation, so you won’t notice the damage until it has been done.

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