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CONTENTS Taking a different approach to healing ................4 iHear .......................................................................5 Toowoomba Vascular ...........................................7 Yukana Private.......................................................9 Be healthy when ageing......................................10 Alzheimer’s Queensland......................................11 Hooper Centre Pharmacy...................................12 Hello Hearing & Grange Country Villas ..............13 Get ready for flu season......................................14 Fit and healthy kids..............................................16 St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital ....................18 Keep fit with a busy lifestyle ...............................20 Cooking with different oils...................................21 Chilli con carne recipe ........................................22 Balance your health............................................23 Rewards of massage..........................................24 Learn the truth about diabetes ..........................28 Healthy food equals brain power.......................30 Diets explained: paleo.........................................31 The goods behind cold-pressed juices.............32 Pregnancy and healthy eating ...........................33

HEALTH SERVICES GUIDE 2018 is published by The Chronicle, 109 Neil Street, Toowoomba. Phone 4690 9300. Printed by APN Printing Services, Health Services Guide 2018 is a free publication and is not to be sold. All material published in Health Services Guide 2018 is subject to copyright provisions. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior written permission from the publisher. DISCLAIMER: The information contained within Health Services Guide 2018 is given in good faith and obtained from sources believed to be accurate. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the publisher; The Chronicle will not be liable for any opinion or advice contained herein.

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TAKING A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO HEALING Bowen therapy aims to provide relief from pain YOU might have heard of it before but do you know what bowen therapy is? Bowen therapy is a simple, gentle, effective and non-evasive dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy and can be done through light clothing. Bowen therapy offers an array of health benefits where it produces rapid and lasting relief from pain and discomfort and there are no restrictions on age or gender in all degrees of health. The work consists of a series of gentle precise moves on specific areas. It stimulates energy flow which activates the body’s own resources for healing. It can provide relief for many types of injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic and it does so holistically, via the

body’s innate healing mechanisms. The technique addresses not only the musculoskeletal framework but also fascia, nerves and internal organs. The body integrated response improves circulation and lymphatic drainage and aids assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins. The health benefits speak for themselves and one does not have to be unwell to benefit from a bowen treatment. It is an ideal way to help the body function at optimal level of health and efficiency. Bowen therapy can be further used to treat such health conditions as sciatica, knee and ankle problems, frozen shoulder, headache and migraine symptoms, stress and tension discomfort, menstrual irregularities, bronchial symptoms, neck restrictions, back pain, RSI and tennis elbow problems.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT HEARING SERVICES ihear Toowoomba is a team of fully qualified, dedicated hearing specialists who aim to provide the best professional hearing services in Australia. In their industry, it is common to pay commissions to audiologists for the sale of hearing aids. This does not happen at ihear, so you can be sure your clinician focuses on providing you with the best personalised care. ihear recently viewed a study of our industry and were alarmed that one in six Australians* are affected by hearing loss but only a small percentage actually seek help. ihear aims to change that. In order to achieve their goal of helping more people, ihear are making the following promise to all of their valued customers. 1. Excellent, personalised service. They listen to you, so you can hear. 2. Increased technology and product ranges to best suit your lifestyle and budget. This means better value for money.

3. Extensive warranty and aftercare program to ensure there are no hidden expenses. 4. Flexible payment terms to deliver the best value for money. 5. Ensure all eligible people are informed of government rebates. 6. Work with those with private health cover to access all available rebates. This can create little or no out of pocket expenses for some devices.


ihear tailors hearing solutions to suit your needs and budget, and offers free hearing services to pensioners and DVA card holders**. ihear believes life is worth hearing, so seek the hearing help you and your family deserve. Contact ihear Toowoomba and surrounds on 4638 1277. *Australian Network on Disability ** On behalf of the Government Office of Hearing Services.

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Are you concerned about varicose veins? Do your legs feel painful, heavy or swollen? Varicose veins can cause discomfort and embarrassment. While mostly a cosmetic issue, in a small proportion of patients they can also cause health issues such as swelling, itchy and inflamed skin, bleeding, ulceration or blood clots. Advanced Vascular offers a full spectrum of services avoiding the need for multiple appointments at different locations. We offer the latest highly advanced, safe and effective techniques for the assessment and treatment of varicose veins including: • VenaSeal • Radiofrequency Ablation • Injection sclerotherapy • LASER treatment • Clarivein. The benefits of these non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment options are:

This enables Dr Aziz to personally diagnose and treat the vascular condition. As a result, patients receive timely and efficient treatment and a highly attentive and professional service in one location. Please visit our website or contact Advanced Vascular for an initial consultation on 1300 4VASCULAR or 1300 482 728.

• No hospital admission • Performed under local anaesthesia • Minimal time off work – simply walk in, walk out. In addition, private health insurance is not essential and interest-free payment plans are available. This allows you to begin the procedure immediately, then pay over a period of time that suits you. Our founder Dr Maged Aziz is a local, fully qualified Vascular Surgeon, who, as well as offering non-surgical treatments, is highly skilled at performing surgical removal of varicose veins.


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Managing director of Yukana Private Brett Mullen discusses the strong community aspects of this trusted village


A: The heart of Yukana Private was founded on the basis of putting ‘people first’. It is important to provide great service and a facility that feels like home for those who are looking for a community as well as a safe environment as their needs change in life. Yukana’s first priority is to offer our residents exceptional community, exceptional care and exceptional value. Aged care and retirement living is about trust, and that’s what we’re all about. Our core values are based on that we always want people to feel respected, honored and that their dignity is maintained at all times, whether they’re a guest, resident, staff or community member.


A: Our services are tailored around each individual person, making aging in place truly possible at Yukana Private. First and foremost, we’re a community. This means we don’t just provide physical care, but emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing as well (thus an integrated wellness community). We look after all the elements of care at Yukana. You don’t retire from life, you just move into a different stage where your needs change. Growing older can be wonderful with the right community and services around you.


A: People’s homes are not normally set up to provide the requirements that you are going to need as you enter this new stage of life. At Yukana, at every level our units or apartments are designed to meet these life stage requirements, including additional items like security and care around the clock. Community is another big part of a village, being able to have people around that you can enjoy life with, and that look out for you as well, people first being our focus.



A: At Yukana Private, community is everything, there is always someone around and plenty to do, however you can also choose to just relax and enjoy your own company at times (it is up to the resident). It is important for us to make sure you are enjoying your home; our staff are focused on making sure that is the reality. At Yukana we go the extra mile to look after our staff, as I believe that if we have happy staff (a smile with the service or care) we will have happy residents, it is about the small things that add to an exceptional community.


A: They love the friendships they develop within the village and being able to participate in age-appropriate activities, organised by our Lifestyle Coordinator and her fantastic team. They love that they have a Customer Service Facilitator to ensure they get the most out of Yukana Private services and other community services or just some help with what is available to a resident. The Care Manager and her brilliant team, along with more than 50 wonderful Yukana employees, are fully focused on delivering the services and support that residents require with the upmost care that each resident requires.


A: I think the question is, what don’t we offer? It’s not about limiting our services, it’s about how we can make them happen for our residents.


A: That is always depends on our resident’s enjoyment, and that future is looking great: people first.


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BE HEALTHY WHEN AGEING A PERSON’S mental wellbeing is as important as their physical health. If there’s one thing to take very good care of in life, it’s a person’s health. The key to healthy ageing, whether you’re male or female, is not only adopting behaviours that keep us physically well, but also to nurture our mental and social well-being. In later life, people often start to face a wide range of medical conditions from mild complaints to devastating illnesses. Thankfully, there are new medications and surgical techniques developed each year that allow the community to better care for conditions and lead an enjoyable life. Understanding the impact that a balanced diet and physical activity can have to your health is also very important. A nutritious diet and at least 30 minutes of exercise a day can contribute to a higher quality of life through improved bone and muscle strength, increased mental alertness and improved immunity. While some conditions such as Alzheimer’s are more likely to occur to the elderly, mental illness is not an inevitable part of aging. If you are living with a mental illness, no matter what challenges you face, there are many steps you can take to overcome the symptoms. Maintaining a healthy mind is also just as important as a maintaining a healthy body. Many older Australians each year are affected by depression, anxiety or related disorders due to the loss of a loved one, a change in living arrangements or social isolation.

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HEALTH SERVICES GUIDE 2018 SUPPORT NETWORK: Alzheimer's Queensland Toowoomba Multi Service Centre. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

PERSONALISED HOME SUPPORT ALZHEIMER’S Queensland is well known for its specialist ongoing support to individuals newly diagnosed or living with dementia at various stages and their families. Its aim is to assist older Australians, including those with dementia, to live life in line with their choices. In 2016, AQ began offering home care packages in Toowoomba through its Toowoomba Multi Service Centre, adding to its already extensive 24-hour community care services. These home care packages are operated in the framework of consumer directed care (CDC). This means the consumer is the driver of their own service goals and the selection of support they feel will work best towards achieving their goals.

The array of services on offer include such things as cleaning and laundry, social and leisure activities, respite in the home, transport assistance for shopping and appointments, continence aids, gardening and basic home maintenance, and more. AQ staff are provided with training to allow them to fully comprehend the true meaning of CDC support – “to do with, not do for”, or adjust to meet the requirements of the person on the day. Support for carers is also available through AQ’s support groups and 24-hour advice line 1800 639 331. To find out more, contact the Toowoomba Multi Service Centre on 4635 2966 or visit the centre at 6–8 Buckland St, Toowoomba.

Toowoomba Multi-Service Centre “Your home away from home” Located at: 8 Buckland Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350, open 24hours/7days, encourages wellbeing of both the client and the carer, with expertise in dementia care. Our wellness and reablement philosophy is applied through every day familiar activities to give meaning and enjoyment to those we support.

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HOOPER CENTRE PHARMACY TEAM DELIVERING THE GOODS OFFERING friendly service with a smile, the Hooper Centre Pharmacy showcases many services and professional, knowledgeable staff. With a range of services including blood pressure monitoring, blood glucose monitoring, diabetes management and home delivery services on Tuesday and Thursday, the Hooper Centre Pharmacy caters to the busy Toowoomba community. The centre also offers medication review, a Napoleon Perdis make-up service, NDSS agent, personal medication packs, and vaccinations for whooping cough, tetanus and influenza. Focussing a lot on professional services — particularly diabetes services, the Hooper Centre Pharmacy will also be running many professional clinics throughout the years including a skin clinic, bone density clinic and flu clinics. The pharmacy will also be running several Napoleon Perdis VIP events throughout the year. Co-owner Catherine Chiu says the business prides themselves on putting their customers first. “Our dispensary is designed so it’s more open to the public, which allows the customer to access our pharmacist easily,” she says. “Our pharmacists are able to consult in Mandarin for those in need of interpretation. “(They) are readily available for consultation and resolve any medication inquiries.”

GREAT TEAM: The Hooper Centre Pharmacy team prides themselves on their diligent customer service. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED With reasonable pricing and wide range of selection on products, the small, family-owned business treats all of their customers like part of the family. “We regularly update our store activities and events on our Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the public,” Ms Chiu said. Contact the Hooper Centre Pharmacy on 4638 2210, on Facebook at Hooper Centre Pharmacy or Instagram at @HooperCentrePharmacy. Visit the team at The Hooper Centre, Shop 2C, 187 Hume St.

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HAVE YOU BEEN GIVEN ALL THE OPTIONS? Hello Hearing’s passion is to offer the most effective hearing solution. They offer a full range of hearing aids and the latest in implantable hearing technology. Recently, a device called the Vibrant Soundbridge was approved for use in Australia. This is a semi-implantable option for people who are unable to successfully use hearing aids. A small external processor converts sounds into mechanical vibrations, directly stimulating structures in the middle ear. It allows the ear canal to be completely left open, therefore being ideal for candidates who find hearing aids uncomfortable. Fortunately, most hospital insurance policies will now reimburse the majority of fees associated with this implant. Now could be an ideal time to review your hearing. Call 4638 1515 or visit


• Large 2 bedroom air conditioned units • Choice of plans • 24 hour emergency call buttons • Community centre for the residents’ use • Beautiful landscaped gardens • Friendly secure lifestyle • Shops, doctors and large variety of recreational clubs within minutes of the village • Taxi service available • Bus to Toowoomba – leaves from right outside the village

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GET READY FOR FLU SEASON THERE seems no way to avoid it— there on the horizon lies the dreaded flu season, and you can be sure that a work colleague or a student at your child’s school will do you the honour of passing on the germ to someone in your household. However there are things you can do to prevent the aching head, streaming nose and congestion that known all too well around this time of year. Remember that when it comes to the flu, prevention is better than cure. While the common cold usually lasts a week, the influenza virus lasts two weeks or more and exhibits more severe symptoms. If your health continues to deteriorate contact your doctor for a professional opinion. Tip one: keep things clean Keep surfaces in your home wiped downs regularly. When flu season rolls around check with your child’s daycare or school that frequently touched items such as toys, surfaces and handrails are wiped down regularly. Tip two: educate your children on hygiene and make sure you and your family know to cover their mouth (preferably with a tissue) when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands regularly and especially before touching food. Packing the kids off to school with a pocket sized hand sanitiser is an easy way to curb germ sharing.

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FIT AND HEALTHY KIDS Encourage children to stay active and eat well WITH school back in full swing, children are busy keeping their minds active. However, due to the long periods of sitting at desks, they’re also likely to have reduced levels of exercise, which can impact their overall wellbeing. To help keep your kids healthy, it’s always best to get involved and encourage your children to increase their activity. What to put in the kids’ lunch boxes is another dilemma that plagues parents, as they face more than 200 school lunches throughout the year. The Heart Foundation has some easy tips for keeping your child’s lunch box nutritious and getting young people outside and active. Top 10 ideas for keeping school children active and healthy 1. Pick a day you can walk to/from school together— even consider parking the car a little further from the school and walking for 10 minutes. 2. Cut up food so it is easy for little fingers to eat. 3. Select comfortable school shoes that are great for walking, running and riding bicycles. 4. Dairy food is a great snack – choose reduced fat cheese or a tub of yoghurt. 5. Find some time to do some ‘free range’ activities like exploring your neighbourhood. 6. Include a frozen water bottle – it will help keep lunch cool and provides an icy cold drink. 7. Plan a quick play at the local park on free afternoons. 8. Plan ahead to avoid grabbing pre-packaged foods and involve the kids too. 9. Join your children in an after-school swim, ball game, hopscotch or skip. 10. Use a good lunch box that is well insulated and use ice bricks.

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ST ANDREW’S MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION ST ANDREW’S Toowoomba Hospital continues to provide high quality medical and surgical services by significantly increasing the number of specialists establishing private practice on-site and the completion of a $5-million, three-year operating theatre expansion project. The next phase of redevelopment is also nearing completion, which will result in a new lift for emergency patients from Queensland Ambulance Service requiring direct access to the theatre suite, including a dedicated Cardiac Catheter Laboratory on the Downs. This project will be completed by March 2018.

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The following projects have recently been completed: ■ Addition of two new surgical theatres, ■ New purpose-built Surgical Admissions Centre, ■ Addition of a third procedure room for endoscopes, colonoscopies and dental procedures, ■ New purpose-built Recovery Department, doubling the capacity of the previous department. In total, the hospital now has capacity for 11 operating procedures to be undertaken at the same time.



A new specialist has joined the surgical ranks of the St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital team, having undertaken training in the United Kingdom and Belgium OBESITY has become a major health problem worldwide. The World Health Organisation estimates 35 per cent of the world’s adults are overweight and 11% are obese. The latest national statistics place the Darling Downs and West Moreton area as the third highest regional area in Australia for overweight and obese residents and the highest in Queensland. New surgeon Dr Neil Wylie explained the negative health effects obesity has on the body. “Unfortunately, being overweight or obese has serious health consequences,” Dr Wylie said. “These people have an increased risk of high blood pressure, type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as arthritis, obstructive sleep apnoea and liver disease. In addition, obesity can reduce a person’s life expectancy by five to 20 years. “Simply ‘Eat less and Moving more’ is an over simplified approach of what is becoming a complex condition to manage. Many people find it impossible to consistently control their calorie intake. For those with severe obesity or who are obese and have related diseases, bariatric surgery can offer a solution,” Dr Wylie explained. Bariatric surgery works in three broad ways. Firstly, it restricts the amount of food a patient can eat at a single sitting. Secondly, by

ADVANCED CARDIOLOGY SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE The introduction of new advanced cardiology procedures is an exciting addition to the current cardiology services offered at St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital THE ability for St Andrew’s to offer this latest range of cardiology services has been made possible by the recent commencement of a new on-site specialist, electrophysiologist and cardiologist, Dr Shameer Ahmed. Dr Ahmed’s speciality is in abnormal rhythms of the heart called arrhythmias. Dr Ahmed explained what arrhythmias are. “Arrhythmias can be experienced in different ways for different people,” he said. “It can feel like your heart is racing, thumping or skipping beats. “At times, these arrhythmias can be noticed during exercise, during a stressful moment or after having caffeine or nicotine. “There are various types of arrhythmias and these can now be determined by the new $200,000 cardiac equipment the hospital has purchased.” Positioned in the theatre suite of the Hospital, the new equipment enables Dr Ahmed to create small electric pulses through cardiac catheters to make the heart beat at different speeds. “Electrical signals produced by the heart will be picked up by the

Dr Neil Wylie offers treatment for obesity at St Andrew’s Hospital.


bypassing a part of the gastrointestinal tract it works in a mal-absorptive way to reduce calories absorbed. Thirdly, a combination of both restrictive and mal-absorptive effects. Presently a very common type of bariatric procedure performed in Australia is the sleeve gastrectomy. By removing a substantial portion of the stomach it works in a restrictive way to control the volume of food a person can eat. The surgery is usually undertaken as a keyhole procedure, which allows a faster recovery to maximise the patient’s weight loss success. Gastric bypass surgery is less frequently done but is gaining popularity. It is also done via keyhole surgery and works in a combined restrictive and mal-absorptive way. Dr Wylie has developed a team of allied health professionals, including dieticians and psychologists, who will support patients both before and after their surgery. Long-term studies show bariatric procedures coupled with input from allied health professionals, can result in significant long-term weight loss, recovery from diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors and a mortality reduction. ■ Dr Neil Wylie is now located on-site at St Andrew’s Hospital and can be telephoned at his private practice, Darling Downs General Surgery on 4646 3295.

Dr Shameer Ahmed has commenced advanced cardiac procedures at St Andrew’s Hospital.

special catheters and recorded. “This allows me to locate where arrhythmias are coming from. “These types of procedures are called cardiac mapping,” Dr Ahmed explained. The results from a cardiac mapping study then determines whether the patient’s treatment will be medication, an implantable device such as a pacemaker, a cardiac ablation study or surgery. The new equipment also performs cardiac ablation procedures. The equipment produces radiofrequency energy to modify small areas of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular heartbeats. St Andrew’s has been supporting the local community with the only comprehensive cardiology service since 2002. The rapid expansion of the cardiology team and its capabilities over the past two decades has enabled the hospital to now provide a responsive emergency service to the local community with a 24-hour, seven day a week emergency cardiology service. ■ For more information regarding the new cardiology services, contact Dr Shameer Ahmed’s practice, Care Cardiology on 4646 3275.

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KEEP FIT WITH A BUSY LIFESTYLE EVERYONE thinks about how much they need to exercise, how they would look if they were to actually begin exercising, and how much they really want to have the body of Miranda Kerr or John Cena. However, many people still seem to remain tucked up under a blanket watching Netflix. Let’s be real — not everyone loves exercise. However, staying fit and well is vital. Here are some tips to keep healthy with a busy lifestyle. Don’t underestimate the power of intensity Slugging through hours of gym isn’t necessary. Have a look into exercise activities that are intense but effective such as a quick ten-minute cardio workout such as CrossFit or circuit workout. Get an exercise buddy and make it a priority If it has been a very long and tiring day, it can be easy to put off that workout for another day. However, if someone else is in a similar situation, there is an opportunity to motivate each other. This could be as easy as going for a 30 minute walk together with your children in prams. When leading a busy and stressful life, exercise is fantastic for your mental health and spending time with your loved ones while exercising is a perfect combination. Embrace the opportunity to meal prep When everyone is going a million miles an hour all day every day, it can be easy to get a greasy take-out meal. Allocate an hour to cook every single week, where you make one massive meal and put it into set portions in takeaway containers, and freeze.

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Genesis SleepCare provides access to the most experienced team of sleep specialists in Queensland. Genesis SleepCare QLD St Andrew’s Hospital North Street, Toowoomba St Vincent’s Private Hospital Scott Street, Toowoomba Genesis SleepCare QLD at St Andrew’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Tooowoomba provides premier accredited diagnostic testing, overnight sleep studies, specialist consulting, CPAP machines and mask rental and sales.


COOKING WITH DIFFERENT OILS WHEN you step inside a grocery store, the amount of different cooking oils to choose from can be confronting and a little confusing. Coconut oil is renowned as one of the most variable oils on the market. Over 90 per cent of fatty acids within coconut oil are saturated, which makes it very resistant to heat. Because the oil is semi-solid, it can last a very long time as opposed to other oils. It can improve cholesterol, help kill bacteria and other pathogens and boost metabolism. It’s also been known to help skin conditions. Olive oil is one of the most common cooking oils and is well known for the benefits it holds in maintaining a healthy heart. It can raise good cholesterols such as HDL, and lower oxidised LDL cholesterol. Fish oil is known as a super oil and is full of Omega-3 fatty acids

that everyone needs, although many are deficient in. Of all the fish oils, cod liver oil is the best because it is very rich in Vitamin D3. However, fish oil should never be used for cooking as it carries a very high concentration of polyunsaturated fats. It’s best used as a supplement – one tablespoon per day. Flaxseed oil is rich in in the plant form of Omega-3, Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), and has been used as a laxative for constipation, weight loss and to prevent breast and prostate cancers. Alongside this, people use flaxseed oil to help with conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, anxiety, benign prostatic hyperplasia, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and ADHD. However, it also carries a high amount of polyunsaturated fats and should not be used for cooking.

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Pour a small amount of olive oil into a hot large pot and brown the mince. Add chopped onion and garlic (as much or little as you like). Allow pot to cool to moderate heat and pour in red kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and tomato soup. Add about half a can of water and add chilli paste and Tabasco sauce, again to your taste — mild or wild, it’s up to you. Place a lid on the pot and allow the mix to simmer, similar to a stew, on low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Some add a spoon of sour cream to take some of the heat out of the dish — again up to you, but the sauce makes a great dip for bread as well.

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BALANCE YOUR HEALTH HEALTHY eating and drinking is an important part of looking after your health, so it’s vital to follow a healthy diet. Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, wholegrains, lean meats, oily fish, fruit, low, reduced or no fat dairy, and vegetable and seed oils. Make plant-based foods the main part of each meal and include vegetables, wholegrains, fruit, nuts and seeds every day. Choose wholegrain breads and breakfast cereals, and include pasta, noodles and rice. Try to include legumes and beans in at least two meals a week such as canned beans, dried peas, dried beans or lentils. Fats are an important part of a healthy balanced diet. However, the type of fats you include in your diet is important. Choosing the healthier unsaturated fats instead of saturated and trans fats will reduce your risk of heart disease. Use spreads and margarines made from canola, sunflower or olive oil and dairy blends

that are salt-reduced where possible. Try to limit sugary, fatty and salty snack foods to once a week, and choose mainly water to drink. A small glass of fruit or vegetable juice can be consumed occasionally. Limit sugary drinks, and drink coffee and tea in moderation. Finally, if you drink alcohol, have no more than two standard drinks a day. Consume reduced, low or no fat milk, yoghurt, and custard. Include small portions of cheese up to four times a week. Lower fat cheeses, such as light tasty cheddar, ricotta, cottage and light mozzarella, are healthier choices. It’s better not to add salt to food, instead, if you want to add flavour, use herbs and spices. Instead of butter you can use other foods, such as avocado or hommus, as an alternative to spreads two to three times a week.

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REWARDS OF MASSAGE MASSAGE has many benefits. Physically, it can facilitate the circulation of blood and lymph and increases the rate of removal of waste products, detoxing the body. It can also improve joint movement by mobilising and warming up soft tissues. Massage can alleviate pain and discomfort from arthritis, oedema and other musculoskeletal problems. Another great benefit of massage is the psychological effect it can produce, providing a feeling of relaxation and a greater sense of wellbeing. Massage assists in stress management, creating a calming effect and aiding sleep. Massage modalities include:


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AH DiAbetes Diabetes - want to know more? AH Diabetes offer a service that is tailored to the individual; to meeting their goals in a compassionate and empathetic environment, so they have a better understanding of their condition and self-manage their diabetes. We are committed to providing a high quality, holistic and patient centered service to those living with diabetes, their families, and the community.

Our Aim At AH Diabetes we are committed to providing a high quality, holistic and patient centered service to those living with diabetes, their families, and the community. With a focus on enhancing quality of life.

Our Team AH Diabetes team consists of 4 registered nurses and 2 dietitian - 5 of whom are registered Credentialled Diabetes Educators with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). Kate Mundy RN CDE, Ann Kennedy RN CDE, Jaleesa Whitford RN CDE, Lynne McCleary RN CDE, Rikki Fung Dietitian CDE, Leah Stjernqvist Dietitian and our receptionist Kim Ennor.

Why see a Credentialled Diabetes Educator? All Credentialled Diabetes Educators have a post graduate certificate in diabetes education and management and are registered with Australian Diabetes Educators Association. They have the knowledge and experience to provide diabetes education, using the most up to date information. People with diabetes can then make an informed decision on how to better manage their condition. Credentialled Diabetes Educators work closely with your diabetes team that could include your GP, Endocrinologist, Dietitian, Podiatrist, Optometrist, Exercise Physiologist etc. It is a team approach with the person with diabetes being the main focus.


Involves the collection of the client’s clinical history, performing physical assessment and analysis, and identifying a specific areas of dysfunction requiring appropriate treatment.


Is a gentle technique directly affecting the flow of lymph, which flows just a mere 0.3mm below the skin’s surface. Myofascial cupping With the use of specialised cups they create a negative pressure above the tissue, this allows the tissue to be lifted and causes changes beneath the skin, the muscle and encasing fascia.


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Afterhours telephone/telehealth diabetes service to rural and remote areas within the DDWMPHN district. This service runs Monday to Friday, 6am to 8am and 6pm to 11pm.

Dietitian AH Diabetes also offers dietetics services for those living with health conditions that would benefit from nutrition therapy, such as: • Diabetes • High cholesterol • Malnutrition • High blood pressure • Weight loss • Gout • Food allergies and sensitivities • Gastrointestinal conditions • Cardiovascular disease (constipation, diverticular • Metabolic syndrome disease etc)


• More than eight people a day develop diabetes in the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network. • 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes. • More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year. • There is no such thing as “mild” diabetes. All types of diabetes are serious and can lead to complications if not well managed.

For more information on how to access this service, please contact AH Diabetes on (07) 4646 2530 or visit 6760430ah

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LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT DIABETES There are many myths about diabetes that may make it hard to understand. MYTH: Diabetes is not serious. Fact: There is no such thing as “mild” diabetes. All types of diabetes are serious and can lead to complications if not well-managed. Diabetes can affect quality of life and reduce life expectancy. MYTH: All types of diabetes are the same. Fact: There are many different types of diabetes. The main types are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. There are also other forms of diabetes but they are less common. Each type has different causes and may be managed in different ways but once someone has diabetes, it will need to be managed every day, except gestational diabetes which goes away once a baby is born. All types of diabetes are complex and serious. MYTH: Diabetes can be prevented. Fact: Not all types of diabetes can be prevented. Type 1 is an autoimmune condition there is no cure and no prevention. We do not know what causes type 1 diabetes. For type 2 diabetes, it is estimated that up to 58% can be prevented or delayed by exercise and healthy eating.

Evolve Women’s Health Obstetrics and Gynaecology Practice will open its doors in March 2018.The specialist practice will be located at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Toowoomba. Introducing our Specialist Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Dr. David Chettle. At Evolve Women’s Health, we aim to provide continuity of care for women in all aspects of their health and through every stage of their life journey. In obstetrics, our foremost goal is ensuring the health and safety of both mother and baby.We understand how important the birthing journey can be, and work with our patients to aim for a good birth experience, as close to their wishes as safely medically possible. Evolve Women’s Health specialises in menstrual disorders, pap smear abnormalities, contraception, early pregnancy concerns, PCOS, sexual and intimacy concerns, incontinence issues, prolapse and menopause.We offer evidence-based solutions which may include conservative, medical, and surgical management, and frequently a combination of the three.


Compassionate and caring, Dr Chettle strives to support his patients on both an emotional and medical level.

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The Australian Dietary Guidelines are advised for people There is no single cause of type 2 diabetes, but there are with all types of diabetes, as well as the rest of the well-established risk factors. population. Your risk of developing diabetes is also affected by For your individual dietary needs, it is things you cannot change, such as family history, recommended you see an accredited where you were born and your ethnicity. GET THE APP practising dietitian and talk to your diabetes MYTH: You have to be overweight or obese The Diabetes Australia app is a healthcare team about the right approach to develop diabetes. great resource for meal planning, latest to help you live well with diabetes. Fact: Being overweight or obese is one news and health articles. MYTH: People with type 1 diabetes risk factor for type 2 diabetes but it is It’s freely available for Apple and Android phones. can’t participate in sports or exercise. not a direct cause. You can search for events using the location or map Fact: Many Australian sport Some overweight people will not feature, add it to your calendar, invite friends and set a champions have type 1 diabetes. develop type 2 diabetes, while some reminder. You can also use the app to keep track of MYTH: No one in my family has people of a healthy weight will. appointments. Click the Health and Wellbeing section diabetes, so I don’t have to worry. MYTH: You only get type 1 diabetes for information on when you need to see specialists Fact: Family history is only one of when you’re young. and set a reminder. the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Fact: Type 1 diabetes can occur at The services section on the home page gives you easy MYTH: People with diabetes are any age but it often occurs in access to contact details for healthcare professionals. unsafe drivers. children and young adults. You can also check out the great recipes, Fact: The vast majority of drivers who MYTH: You only get type 2 diabetes try the 30-minute yoga class use insulin can safely drive. when you’re old. and take the Fast Facts Quiz. MYTH: Only people with type 1 diabetes Fact: Type 2 diabetes usually develops Download from Google Play or iTunes. need insulin. in adults more than 45 years old. Source Fact: Type 2 diabetes is a progressive However it is increasingly occurring in condition and 50% of people with type 2 younger age groups, including adolescents, diabetes will need insulin after six to 10 years of children and young adults. being diagnosed with diabetes because the MYTH: People with diabetes can’t eat dessert. pancreas produces less insulin as time passes. Fact: Because diabetes is a condition where your blood Taking medication when required can result in fewer glucose level is too high, many people think they need to avoid complications in the long term and is part of managing type 2 diabetes. sugars and food containing sugar. People with type 1 diabetes depend on insulin replacements every However, if eaten as part of a healthy meal plan or combined with day of their lives. exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by people with diabetes. They must test their blood glucose levels several times a day. The key is to eat everything in moderation.

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HEALTHY FOOD EQUALS BOOST IN BRAINPOWER WITH the growing trend of parents posting their children’s super lunch boxes of organic bento boxes and edible artworks on Instagram, the idea of creating an interesting and nutritious school lunch can seem almost impossible for those who are time poor. However, it doesn’t have to be so complicated. There are some simple tips mums and dads can use to create interesting and nutritious lunches for their kids without spending hours in the kitchen. It’s no secret that healthy food equals brainpower for active children so it’s important to include fresh fruit and vegetables in children’s lunches every day. These days there are pre-sliced and packaged carrots, apples and berries in the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket that can be picked up and popped straight into lunch boxes without fuss. Alternatively, fruits with a protective skin such as oranges, mandarins and kiwifruit can be put straight into a lunch box for children to open at their convenience and, as an added advantage, they can handle getting tossed around in schoolbags. These provide the energy kids need and require little to no preparation beforehand. Protein and dairy are also a must for active kids who are always on the go. Easy-to-eat options such as small wraps or sandwiches can provide nearly all of your child’s nutritional needs in one snack. A

sandwich with wholemeal bread, cheese, meat and salad ticks all the boxes and can often be prepared the night before and eaten on the run. Another easy option is an individual yoghurt pot, which provides both much-needed protein and dairy for active youngsters. When it comes to convincing fussy eaters to try new things, it helps to get them involved with making their own school lunches. Get the children in the kitchen and take them through making their lunchtime sandwich and adding their favourite healthy snacks.

Toowoomba Ophthalmic Consultants is a premier specialist eye clinic located at 20 Goggs Street Toowoomba. Dr David Holcombe specialises in advanced cataract surgery and the treatment of macular disorders including macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease.

The friendly and professional team deliver personalised care to patients. We are highly committed to providing the very best service and take the time to listen to your concerns regarding your vision.

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DIETS EXPLAINED: PALEO Also known as the “Caveman Diet”, the Paleo diet takes the attitude that what our predecessors ate led to strong muscles, healthy bones and a great immune system, with lots of protein.


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become popular again in the past few years In short, if it’s natural, you can eat it – think fruits, thanks to several celebrities who swear by it. vegetables, lean meats, seafood, nuts, seeds Of course, when you’re a movie star it’s easy and healthy fats. Breakfast: Two eggs and bacon to get someone to make your meals for you, but That means that dairy, grains, processed Lunch: Chicken strips and with a bit of planning, the Paleo diet can work for foods, sugars, legumes, starches and alcohol asparagus you. are out. Dinner: Grilled tuna with celery Books like The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf The benefits of the diet are that it has stood the Snacks: Fruit salad, nuts, and The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson have test of time, and goes hand in hand with the rise of smoked salmon, caused a surge in the amount of attention paid to HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and CrossFit in beef jerky, salami the Paleo diet and similar eating plans. recent years, as the diet is perfect for building muscle These paleo books are widely regarded as the and giving you energy to burn. reasons for the Paleo diet’s new-found popularity. The Paleo diet has been around since the 1970s but has

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HARD-PRESSED TO GET JUICIER OPTION THAN GOING COLD YOU would have noticed the brightly coloured jars of juice providing a welcome pop of colour in the display cabinets of cafes Australia wide. So just what is all the fuss about with this trend, which is clearly settling in for the long run. It is different from ordinary juice, which is extracted using an electric juicer, in which fast speeding metal blades slice up the fruit, creating heat. This heat oxidises the juice, and some vitamins and nutrients are lost in this process. The benefit of cold pressed juice is the process contains no heat whatsoever. The fruit is simply – you guessed it – pressed. This ensures the maximum amount of vitamins and nutrients are retained in the end product. The other bonus is the amped-up flavour of cold pressed juice as opposed to its less healthy cousin.

Once you try cold pressed you will be hard pressed to go back. And for health hunters or flavour freaks wanting to reap these benefits at home, there are now plenty of cold press juicers on the market. Ranging anywhere from $70–400, these juicers are an investment piece if you are looking to make fresh, cold pressed juice part of your morning routine. For those on a budget a simple, handheld device will also yield the same result, though will be a little more labour intensive.

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PREGNANCY AND HEALTHY EATING Hormonal changes when you are pregnant can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off infection. Foods can sometimes be a source of infection so protecting yourself from food-bourne illness when you are pregnant is extremely important.


If you are pregnant it is advised that you avoid the following high risk foods: ■ soft and semi soft cheeses (eg brie, camembert and ricotta) ■ cold cooked chicken (as used in sandwiches and salads) ■ cold processed meats (eg ham, salami and pre-cut cold meats) ■ prepared cold salads (from supermarkets, buffets and salad bars) ■ raw and smoked seafood (eg oysters, sashimi, salmon and sushi) ■ soft-serve ice cream and thickshakes ■ pate ■ unpasteurised dairy products including goats’ milk ■ raw eggs and food containing raw eggs (including mayonnaise, hollandaise sauce and desserts such as mousses, especially when homemade) ■ raw or undercooked meats ■ raw or lightly cooked sprouts including alfalfa, broccoli sprouts, onion sprouts, sunflower sprouts, clover sprouts, radish sprouts,

snow pea sprouts and soybean sprouts When pregnant it is also recommended to limit or avoid alcohol and caffeine. For more information and advice, call 13 HEALTH (13 432 584) to speak to a registered nurse about you or your child’s health. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the cost of a local call. 13 HEALTH is not an emergency line. For help in emergency situations phone 000. *Information sourced from



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