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[8 min read] Eating disorders: Changes to the MBS and GP care

eating disorder

Each year, one in five Australians adults experience a mental health disorder. In 2011, mental illness and substance use disorders accounted for 12.1 per cent of our national total disease burden – the third highest group of diseases behind cancer and cardiovascular disease. It is difficult to quantify the contribution of eating disorders to these […]

[6 min read] How time spent applying sunscreen affects your patients’ skin


Sunscreen is a vital part of everyday skin care for Australians. The nation has the world’s highest rate of skin cancer, with around 800,000 diagnoses every year, and the vast majority of these skin cancers are caused by unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV radiation. UV is also responsible for premature ageing of the skin, […]

[4 min read] Do you know the symptoms of pregnancy dermatoses?

pregnancy dermatoses

Do you know how to recognise symptoms of pregnancy dermatoses? The specific dermatoses of pregnancy are a rare group of skin diseases specifically related to pregnancy. During pregnancy, every organ is adapting in order to accept another human body. The main changes occur in the endocrine, immune, metabolic, and vascular systems. The skin is no […]

[5 min read] Doctors untrained in managing obesity and patient nutrition


A lack of education in medical nutrition management is leaving new doctors unprepared for addressing Australia’s growing obesity crisis. An international study led by a Queensland scientist has found that graduate doctors are entering the workforce under-equipped to tackle Australia’s biggest health issue.

[5 min read] 6 myths your patients may believe about the diet-skin link


Skin-related concerns make up 11.5 per cent of GP consultations. Many patients believe popular myths about skincare, especially in relation to how their diet can affect their skin. These patients often follow home remedies that do little to solve their skin problems, and it is sometimes the GP’s role to intervene and debunk patients’ misconceptions. […]

[4 min read] Tea tree oil for actinic keratosis

actinic keratosis

Actinic keratosis is a scaly, red, and occasionally itchy patch of skin that sometimes resembles a mole. These lesions usually appear on patients over 50 years of age but can also manifest in younger adults, especially those with prolonged sun exposure. Patients often have many lesions at one time. Often referred to as sunspots, or […]

[10 min read] The IUD for endometriosis


Endometriosis is a progressive, chronic disorder that occurs when tissue similar to the uterine lining grows in areas it shouldn’t, such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries. This tissue can cause inflammation, pain and scarring. While there is no cure, an intrauterine device (IUD) can help patients manage symptoms.

[5 min read] Demand for chemical peels predicted to soar

chemical peels

The chemical peels market is set for exponential growth over the next few years, according to a report published this week by Transparency Market Research – and the demand for skilled clinicians will quickly follow.

[11 min read] Managing bariatric surgery patients in primary care


Obesity rates in Australia are high with nearly two thirds of adults being classified as obese. Obesity is associated with several comorbidities including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnoea, and osteoarthritis, and is consequently linked with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, cancer, functional impairment, and premature death.

[6 min read] Managing the nutrition needs of elderly patients in primary care


Can you adequately manage the particular nutrition needs of your elderly patients? Although nutrition is important throughout the life span, it is especially foundational for healthy ageing. The consequences of inadequate nutrition in ageing patients include decreased immune function, poor skin integrity, and loss of independence.