Update on heart health

We’ve been receiving many enquiries about both men’s and women’s heart health in the last weeks. The good news is there’s lots of things we can all do to look after our hearts. ❤️

 

Don’t wait – make a change today!

 

✅ See your GP for a check up. People aged 45 years and over (or 30 and over for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples) are eligible for a rebate for a Heart Health Check. You’ll find out your risk of a heart attack or stroke, and most importantly, what you can do to manage your risk. Anyone of any age who is concerned about their risk factors for heart disease should speak to their GP as soon as possible 👉 https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/heart-health-education/heart-health-checks

✅ If you’ve got five minutes… check out our Heart Age Calculator to work out your heart age compared to your actual age. Your risk of heart attack or stroke might be higher if your heart age is greater than your actual age 👉 https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/heart-age-calculator

✅ If you’ve got two minutes… learn the warning signs of a heart attack and feel confident you can act by calling Triple Zero (000). Learn more 👉 https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/conditions/heart-attack

Preventing memory impairment and Dementia

Our practice is currently participating in a research project that is looking at ways to reduce potential risk factors for dementia in middle-aged adults (aged 45-65years). This research project is being conducted in collaboration with Monash University and other partners.
WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH INVOLVE?

In 2020, there was an estimated 459,000 Australians living with dementia and this number is expected to increase to more than one million Australians by 2058. While there is currently no cure for dementia, there is evidence that some health conditions and lifestyles may increase the risk of developing dementia. Some of these risk factors for dementia can exist in mid-life, well before a person may start to show signs or symptoms of dementia. The aim of this research project is to evaluate a new approach for assessing dementia risk and reducing dementia risk factors in middle-aged adults in the primary care (e.g. general practice) setting.

Covid vaccinations at Eleanor Clinic for children aged 5-11 years

Our vaccination clinics for children aged 5-11 years have been extremely well received. Thank you every one for booking in your children. If you need an appointment you can book in here.
If you have questions about the vaccine please book a regular appointment with your GP. This gives us the time to answer all your questions.
Our goal is making the kids vaccination clinics as smooth and mostly as fun as possible to the little ones. Our team is working extra shifts to get these vaccinations done. We know how important it is that the children have a good experience receiving their doses. Encourage your child to bring their favourite teddy or cuddle toy. We have lollipops and stickers and some really silly jokes. Even better if you can tell us your favourite joke!
There’s some more helpful information on the Raising Children’s Website
Children might have varying feelings about COVID-19 vaccination. Many children will be OK with it. But some might be worried about getting an injection. Some might also have heard misinformation from friends or other sources and feel worried about the vaccine.
This means it can help to talk with your child about vaccination before the appointment. When you talk and what you say depends on your child’s age, development and feelings.
For example, some children might prefer to be told on the morning of their appointment. This will stop them overthinking things and feeling more anxious. You could say something like ‘We’re going to the doctor for some arm medicine, then we’ll go to the park’.
Other children might prefer to be told a few days before the appointment, so they have time to prepare and ask questions. For example, they might want to know what will happen at the appointment, why they need vaccination and whether it will hurt.
It’s always best to give your child clear, accurate, age-appropriate information that they can understand. For example:
  • For a child who’s worried about the injection, you could say ‘The needle might pinch a bit, but it’s over very quickly’.
  • For a child who wants to know how vaccination works, you could say ‘The medicine helps your body make blood soldiers. If you get the virus, the soldiers can fight it for you’.
If you don’t know the answer to a question, tell your child you’ll find out. Make sure you get back to them. And if your child feels nervous or worried, it’s important to acknowledge and name these feelings. This can help your child understand and manage their emotions.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccination: handling children’s injection anxiety or needle phobia
If your child is nervous about injections or has a needle phobia, these tips can help them have a positive experience when they get their COVID-19 vaccination:
  • Get vaccinated at a GP clinic or with your child’s usual GP. This is more private and might be more comfortable for your child.
  • If you have questions for the immunisation provider, call ahead to discuss these. Long conversations just before a vaccination can make children more anxious.
  • Give your child some choice so they feel more in control of the situation. You could ask which day they want to be vaccinated, what they want to do during the vaccination or what they want to do afterwards.
  • Ask the immunisation provider whether they have anaesthetic creams or gels to numb the injection area. If they don’t, you can get creams or gels at a pharmacy and take them to the clinic yourself. Some immunisation providers have a small vibrating device (a ‘buzzy’) that can reduce pain at the injection area.
  • Make sure your child is wearing short sleeves. If your child is wearing a jumper, get them to take it off before going in for the appointment.
  • Distract your child during the vaccination. For example, get your child to play with noisy toys, watch a video on a tablet or phone, or answer a question like ‘Where’s your favourite place to go on holidays?’
  • If your child is older, encourage them to do breathing exercises or relaxation exercises. Your child can practise these exercises beforehand and do them during the vaccination.
If you need extra support, contact your immunisation provider. They can talk with you about the best way to get your child vaccinated.
Some children with severe needle phobia might need to see a psychologist or hypnotherapist to work through their phobia.

Steps to Safety – Everybody deserves to feel safe at home

Everybody deserves to feel safe at home.

Did you know research has shown that at least 1 in every 10 women attending their GP have experienced family or domestic violence?

Abuse can affect your health – and this is why Eleanor Clinic is participating in the Pathways to Safety Program, which aims to further improve the support available for individuals or families whose lives may be affected by family or domestic violence.

This includes people from backgrounds which are culturally and linguistically diverse, those living with a disability, Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people and those from the LGBTQIA+ community, who may be disproportionately affected.

COVID19 lockdown measures mean that most of us have been spending lots more time at home. Sadly, for some of us, home is not the safest place to be. Remember, even during lockdown you can leave home at any time to escape family violence. We are working with Women’s Health West, a local women’s health service in Footscray which provides services such as crisis housing, court support and children’s counselling.

Family or domestic violence may involve controlling behaviours, intimidation, sexual coercion, verbal abuse or physical violence. If you have any concerns and would like to speak to one of our GPs, call our excellent reception team on 9318 4666 to book an appointment or book an appointment online.. When you speak to us you can be sure of your safety and our support and confidentiality, and we can help direct you to services for additional support. You are the expert in your safety. The person perpetrating family violence is responsible for their behaviour. You or your children are never responsible.

 

Resources for individuals experiencing family or domestic violence.

Remember, if you are in immediate danger, call the police on 000.

  • Women’s Health West (9689 958), whwest.org.au
  • 1800 Respect (1800 737 732): 24 hour service providing confidential information, counselling and support services
  • Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre (1800 015 188): 24 hour support service for women and children
  • WithRespect (1800 542 847): family violence service supporting the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Djirra (1800 105 303): Aboriginal community-controlled family violence organisation
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line (1800 806 292): confidential, after hours counselling for people who have experienced sexual assault (weekends, public holidays, 5pm – 9am weekday)
  • Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491): confidential support for men at risk of using family violence
  • https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/family-violence-crisis-response-and-support-during-coronavirus
  • https://woah.org.au/ – ‘What’s Okay At Home’, for children