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Reading Food Labels

By Jocelyn Tan • February 17th, 2016

Trying to understand food labels can be pretty daunting. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the information you see on packets, jars and cans in the supermarket. Thankfully, there are a few key pieces of information that can help you to quickly make healthy and informed choices. Nutrition content claims – what’s allowed? The first thing to remember is that food manufacturers want you to buy their products. They invest huge amounts of time and money in marketing their brands. A “fat free” product may have no fat, but be packed with sugar to make it more enticing to […]

When Love Doesn’t Work: Sexual disorders

By Jocelyn Tan • February 10th, 2016
When Love Doesn’t Work: Sexual disorders

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching,  many people are reflecting on their own issues with their relationships. We look back on the initial days of romance with fondness and wonder why things are no longer the same. We ponder if we should bring up all those niggling little annoyances – the lateness, the obsession with their phone, your waning sex life. Like fighting about their family, experiencing problems with your sex life is so widespread as to be practically a hallmark of a long relationship. But while some waning in sexual desire is a normal part of a relationship and sex may disappear all together during difficult or […]

We love feedback

By Jocelyn Tan • February 3rd, 2016

We recently have received our first review on Doctoralia for our Dr Nicole Opie. The reviewer gave her five stars and appreciated that “she was very attentive and very through and all follow ups were excellent. Nothing (was) too much trouble” This is our impression of Dr Opie too and it is fantastic to have it confirmed. As a small not for profit, our best advertising is you. Reviews help other patients find us and enjoy our healthcare. We also need your constructive criticism in order to be able to improve. So if you have been to see us, let us know […]

Motivation for the new year

By Jocelyn Tan • January 27th, 2016

It’s that time of year again, the festive season is over and everyone’s attention is focused on their goals for the year ahead. New Year’s resolutions are a great way to break out of a rut and motivate yourself to make positive changes in your life. You may have written a two-page list of goals but just remember that changing habits takes work and determination. After all, how many times have we decided to give up chocolate or that daily muffin, only to fall at the first hurdle and then find ourselves on a guilt trip? Rather than jump headfirst […]

Clinical trials are safe, but you can make them safer

By Jocelyn Tan • January 20th, 2016

You may have seen the news that a clinical trial participant in France has died and that 4 others were hospitalised.   This is obviously a terrible event, our understanding is it was unexpected and authorities are working to determine if there was any wrongdoing. The question on many of our patient’s minds may be was this an isolated event or are clinical trials inherently unsafe? The answer is a bit of both. Events such as what happened in France are rare. Such an event had never before happened in France and worldwide the last similar incident was 9 years ago. However […]

2015: Our year in review

By Jocelyn Tan • December 22nd, 2015
2015: Our year in review

Our biggest change of the year was our move to C block. We are very happy in our updated new surroundings and hope that you are too.   Clinic News Changes to testosterone treatment affected many men around Australia. Fortunately our set up allowed us to continue to provide top quality care for men receiving testosterone treatment. Our endocrinology clinic and cryobiology (sperm storage) centre was featured in local news. We have had some staff changes over the course of this year. We have welcomed a new women’s health doctor, Sarah Smith to the clinic and endocrinologist Rhonda Maguire has […]

Sperm Donation: A priceless gift

By Jocelyn Tan • December 9th, 2015

When we think of Christmas, we think of giving and of family. It is for this reason that we would like you to think about sperm donation. Sperm donation is one of the most priceless gifts someone can give. It is giving hope and granting someone’s dreams.  It is, as one former recipient put it, ‘bringing joy into a dark place’. Many recipients of sperm donation would never have the chance to have a family without donors. They usually have no other medical or technological solution. Although, adoption is often suggested, improved social and economic conditions mean very few children (less than twenty a year) […]

Common myths about diabetes that can hurt you

By Jocelyn Tan • November 25th, 2015
Common myths about diabetes that can hurt you

Diabetes is a common condition for which myths and misunderstandings are abundant. Unfortunately these myths can increase prejudice and damage the health of many in the population. Diabetes is rare  It is actually quite common. It affects: 1 in 12 people worldwide 1 in 19 people in Australia 1.7 million people in Australia. Unfortunately, these numbers are likely to increase as all forms of diabetes are rising at a rapid rate.   You just need to take tablets for diabetes Proper management of diabetes requires a lot more than just taking prescribed medication. Lifestyle, including diet and exercise, are essential to managing blood […]