Doctors' Blog

Don Gunning - Friday, March 9, 2018

This is a technique that can help you cope with unhelpful or intrusive thoughts and feelings that may have an excessive influence over your life.  These intrusive thoughts and feelings might prevent you from enjoying your leisure time, affect your performance at work or interfere with relationships....

Dr. Jonathan Ramachenderan - Friday, April 8, 2016
Acne is a common inflammatory skin condition, which can trouble teenagers and adults throughout their lives. 

Acne can affect young people at a time when they are most sensitive about their appearance and self-image, leaving unpleasant memories about their high school years.

It can also sometime persist into adulthood, gi...
Kerri Lockhart - Friday, March 18, 2016
Diabetes is a condition that is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society. Only people living with the condition and their families can fully understand the impact it has on day to day living. The high blood glucos...
Dr. Jonathan Ramachenderan - Saturday, January 16, 2016
Entering the new year brings excitement and promise for the 12 months ahead and most people enjoy reflection on the year that was and cannot wait to embark on attaining new habits and leaving old o...
Dr. Jonathan Ramachenderan - Monday, June 22, 2015
Winter provides us with an excellent opportunity to have our annual skin check preformed before we aim to hit the beach and great outdoors over summer.

The combination of the Australian UV index and fair skin can be dangerous especially if we have a family history of melanoma or a personal history of skin cancers, or simply love spending t...
Dr. Jonathan Ramachenderan - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Over the course of the last few years, it has been increasingly common for men of all ages to seek a health check for various reasons, the most common being the duration between health encounters and a change in life course.   On one occasion a 45year old managing director of a small mining company who loved his red wine and lived life at a frenetic pace came to see me and wanted to know “how much damage have I done doc?” in the last few years of hard living. Reassuringly he was able to use his report card as a motivator to lose some weight, quit smoking and start taking regular holidays with his family.  I’ve often seen this an opportunity to engage men on a whole range of topics but also provide them with a positive view of health care which preventative rather than prescriptive and authoritative and provides them with an avenue to return to discuss other issues.  As a man ages and enters different phases of life, his health needs change ...

Dr Russell Young - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Relay for Life. Activity to honour others. Exercise to remember, to mark, to say I am doing something for others who cannot, who have not, who will not in the future be able to.  This is our focus at Pioneer Health this month. In addition to getting together a team of at least 18 doctors, nurses and office staff to run or walk around Centennial Oval we are fundraising for the Cancer Council culminating in a Concert the weekend before the Relay for Life on 22nd March. Apart from the organisation involved in getting people registered, motivated and physically ready, it reminds us of how lucky we are to be able to participate in physical activity and enjoy all the health benefits that flow from it: positive mental health, strong bones, good cardiovascular health.  Just this last weekend, Pioneer Health entered three teams in the Albany Classic Triathlon, taking out 2nd in both male and female events. A fabulous event, blessed by beautiful weather, it was a great advert for ge ...

Dr David Tadj - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

This is a question I am asked regularly by patients. The answer to the question, unfortunately, is often not straightforward. This is because tiredness, or “fatigue” as doctors prefer to refer to it, is a symptom rather than a diagnosis. Unusually severe and prolonged fatigue is usually caused by an underlying medical or psychological problem. For this reason, I tell my patients, that regrettably I do not have an “energy pill” to treat their fatigue. The best way to address the patient’s fatigue is to find the underlying cause for their fatigue and treat that underlying cause. The fatigue should improve or resolve with treatment of the underlying cause.   Patients presenting with fatigue can be challenge for doctors. This is because fatigue is the single most nonspecific symptom in medicine. Pretty much any psychological or medical condition can cause fatigue. This can make fatigue a “diagnostic challenge” for doctors. For some pat ...

Dr David Tadj - Sunday, November 23, 2014

Who wants to think about their poo?  No-one. But then who wants to find out they have bowel cancer? Definitely no-one. The bad news is t​hat 75 Australians die each week from bowel cancer. That’s the 2nd most common cancer killing Australians, after lung cancer. The good news is that bowel cancer is usually slow growing. It begins as a benign polyp, will takes 5-10 years to turn cancerous. So if we detect the polyps early, we have excellent chances of cure (more than 90%). That’s why we want YOU to take 5 minutes to be interested in your poo.  We have an excellent screening test, called a faecal occult blood test (FOBT), which should be done every 2 years after you hit the age of 50. What’s involved? In the privacy of your own home, you take samples from 2 or 3 bowel motions using a test kit. You then post it back to the lab in the envelope provided. Easy. You can see a picture of the kit here, http://www.bowelcancer.org.au/  The lab th ...

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