The importance of Immunisations Immunisations are provided at all primary care practices and are one of the most important services they provide. Immunisation has led to the decline of many lethal diseases including meningococcal B meningitis. The National Immunisation Schedule offers a series of vaccines free to babies, children, adolescents and adults. See the Ministry…


No time to get that mole looked at? Try Firstcheck.

It seems every year our lives get busier and busier, demands rise, and the complexities of life continue to add further burden. Unfortunately, this often means we neglect ourselves. This is seen daily with regards to one’s health. Without going into all the flow-on effects to one’s health from our ‘push through’ attitude (as this…


Irritable Bowel Symptoms post-gut insult

There has been an increasing amount of Irritable Bowel Symptoms (IBS) being reported, which I think has a bit to do with it being a hot topic at the moment, but also due to people being more aware and proactive around their symptoms and gut health. On a particular note I read an interesting article…


The truth about the flu

The current influenza vaccine has been available for nearly two months now, but we are still noticing there are large numbers of patients and staff who have not yet been immunised. Do we choose not to have it or are we too busy? A harsh reminder that we are not isolated from the world here…


Exercise as medicine: Parkinson’s disease

The health benefits of exercise have long been extolled. Heart disease treatment and prevention, cancer, and mental health are amongst the most commonly known areas to benefit. Exercise can be cheap, relatively safe and free of side effects. It is increasingly being used to help manage other health conditions like Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is…


Fever in Children

With flu season in full swing, we are seeing lots of unwell and feverish children. Here are some questions about child fevers to help parents through. What causes a fever? A fever occurs when the brain resets the body’s thermostat higher than the usual 37 degrees, causing the temperature to rise. This is usually in…


What’s P.R.I.C.E. got to do with injury care?

In fact a lot! P.R.I.C.E. is the acronym for: Protect, Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate for the treatment of soft tissue injuries. How does it work? Protect from further injury. Rest the affected body part. Ice the affected site for 10-20 minutes every 2-4 hours for the first 48 hours. Compress the affected site with…


Health tips for vacationing in an Asian paradise

There is a constant stream of Kiwis vacationing in South East Asia. Many manage to get through it safely with no health issues. Good vacation planning facilitates this! Start planning at least three months out. The key is to be prepared. Check and go to “Travelers’ Health” for up-to-date reports on most parts of the world….