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[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.

[8 min read] Rosacea: Pathophysiology and presentation


Rosacea affects around 415 million people worldwide, and is particularly common in women over 30. As a primary care physician, how much do you know about the pathophysiology and presentation of this skin condition?

[7 min read] ‘Botched’ dermal fillers cause 200 cases of blindness

dermal fillers

If you are considering offering cosmetic injectables in your practice, it is crucial that you have adequate training and experience before delivering these services to your patients. This was highlighted by a recent review which reported 200 cases of blindness after ‘botched’ dermal fillers – a 94 per cent increase globally.

[6 min read] Are smartphones bad for your patients’ skin?


Are smartphones bad for your patients’ skin? There has been past discussion on the negative effect of mobile phones’ blue light on the epidermis, but now there may be further evidence that mobile phones contribute to common skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, wrinkles and pigmentation. So what can you do to help your patients […]

[WEBINAR] Need a refresher on Medicare?


Need a refresher on Medicare? In this webinar, National Skin Cancer Centres’ Chief Operating Officer Matt Woollard provides an update for GPs on Medicare basics and skin cancer medicine. Matt speaks about item numbers for consultations and procedures, as well as how to bill results, abnormal aftercare, lesion removals and biopsies, including the difference between […]

[3 min read] Sunscreen use optimised by two consecutive applications


Australians are often inadequately protected from the sun. People can become sunburned from just 10 minutes of sun exposure which heightens their risk of skin cancer and can cause irreversible damage to skin cells, resulting in skin pigmentation issues, moles and freckles, loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles and fine lines.