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Varicose veins are common among Australian women, especially affecting the elderly and pregnant populations. However, the condition is also often seen in men, with up to 30 per cent of Australian men suffering from varicose veins in their lifetime. Continue reading “[5 min read] Treating varicose veins in primary care with sclerotherapy”
Due to the popularity and expanding growth of cosmetic procedures in Australia, many medical practices are venturing into aesthetics to meet the rising patient demand in cosmetic injectables and other skin repair and rejuvenation services. For many, this is the beginning of a positive experience which produces growth in non-Medicare revenue. However, there are some marketing problems that GPs can encounter when starting out.
We talked to Jonathan Carroll from Aesthetic Business Results about three problems GPs face when adding or expanding aesthetic treatments in their practice.
Patients who have a ‘gummy smile’ – a smile that shows a large portion of their gums whenever they talk, smile or laugh – often report that they hold back from expressing themselves because they feel self-conscious about showing too much of their gums.
There is, however, a quick and effective procedure that can correct a gummy smile without requiring surgery. Continue reading “[3 min read] Non-surgical treatment for gummy smile”
Does physician attire affect patient experience? Studies have proven that improving the patient experience leads to higher patient satisfaction, increased adherence to treatment and clinical outcomes. Whether a physician’s attire can affect the patient experience is unknown, so a study examined patient perceptions, expectations and preferences regarding physicians’ dress.
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 statistics because they are derived from national surveys of mental health in which eating disorders are neither included nor accounted for. In fact, eating disorders have been excluded from the standard processes and responses regarding mental illness for some time. Continue reading “[8 min read] Eating disorders: Changes to the MBS and GP care”
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, resulting in wrinkles, lines, unwanted pigmentation, sun spots, and loss of skin elasticity. Continue reading “[6 min read] How time spent applying sunscreen affects your patients’ skin”
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 exception. Many skin changes during pregnancy are considered to be normal or physiological, including striae gravidarum or melasma. Continue reading “[4 min read] Do you know the symptoms of pregnancy dermatoses?”
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. Continue reading “[5 min read] Doctors untrained in managing obesity and patient nutrition”
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. Here are six widespread beliefs about the diet-skin link. Continue reading “[5 min read] 6 myths your patients may believe about the diet-skin link”
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 solar keratosis, there is a risk that these lesions will develop into squamous cell carcinomas or melanomas, but the exact risk is unknown and it can’t be predicted which ones will progress. Therefore, early treatment is the best option.