How to get the flu?

To many of you, this article might have come too late. Many of you may already had the flu this winter in the "worst flu epidemic in 15 years" (no, it isn't but then it depends on how you define "worst"). In order for me to learn how to avoid catching the flu, I thought I would do a little study, a study of one, to see how to catch the flu. The lessons I [...]

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Getting old doesn’t mean getting weak

Most people often assume that we will get weak when we get old. It doesn't have to be the case. In fact, as many of you would have heard me say "it's not old and weak, it's [...]

Closed for Easter/ANZAC Day

Been a very long 13 weeks since January. Time for a break. Will be closed till after ANZAC day. Reopening Wednesday 26th [...]

Christmas & New Year

Healthfocus Family Practice is now closed for Christmas and New Year Holidays. We will be back, refreshed, from Monday 9th January Have a merry and safe Christmas and New [...]

A gift that keeps giving…

When I first came to Australia more than 35 years ago, I couldn't understand why Aussies were so pre-occupied with sports. There were football, rugby, AFL, cricket, tennis, [...]

Election 2016 and Health

Will you hop into a car with a tired or an irritable driver? Will you be happy if your airline pilot didn’t sleep well last night? So, would you like your doctor (GP or [...]

Back from holidays

Healthfocus has re-open again. The fluvaccine for 2016 not here yet. This year quadrivalent (4 strain) vaccine will contain: An A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like [...]

“This year’s flu will be bad….”

Don't you like those headlines. We haven't seen them yet as the weather is still too warm to worry yet. It happens every year. Just in case you are anxiously wondering when [...]

Gout is not about beer and kidneys…

One often associate gout with "Norm" - a drinker with a beer gut, don't you? Doctors often associate gout with some one with medical conditions related to poor lifestyle [...]

The Golden Years of Diabetes

It saddens me to see far too many patients with diabetes not receiving optimal care. Diabetes is not just about sugars. By not eating food with sugars or not putting sugars in [...]

Physical health in major mental illness – can we do better?

You will not be surprised if I tell you that patients with major mental illness have a high mortality rate. Sadly, you will probably guess that many die from suicides. But you [...]