• 29 Jun 2016 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Blackbutt becomes CPR aware


    Monday 20th June 2016 was an eye opener in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for over 30 people from the Blackbutt community. As a community centered health project David Hollis, a 3rd year medical student, completing an 8-week rotation at Blackbutt Medical Centre liaised with the Queensland Ambulance Service to organize a CPR awareness event held at the Blackbutt Golf Club. Use of the club house was free of charge and provided the club members and other community members an opportunity to engage in the CPR awareness program and become more familiar with the newly installed Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). The CPR awareness event was also free to attend and was a highly profitable learning experience for all involved.


    The morning began with a delicious morning tea provided by the club catering staff. During the presentation those in attendance were engaged and asked many ‘what if’ type questions which were answered during the workshop leaving everyone feeling more confident in their ability to respond to an emergency situation. One attendee said “Before today I wouldn’t have tried CPR on my husband but now I feel comfortable to give it a go!”. Several training manikins provided a safe and friendly opportunity to practice basic CPR technique. Finally, the morning wrapped up with a demonstration of the club’s defibrillator (AED). This put everyone at ease about using the device in an emergency.


    Organizers encouraged all local groups and organisations to take advantage of these free CPR awareness courses. If you would like to organize your own free CPR session, please contact the Yarraman Ambulance Station on 07 4163 8210 or your local ambulance station to enquire about the CPR awareness program.


    This event was a huge success and yours will be too.



  • 29 Jun 2016 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    Mentioning Menopause:

    Exploring Post-Menopausal Women’s Health in a Rural Community

     

     

    Hello!  My name is Hannah and I am currently third-year medical student at the University of Queensland.  For the past 6 weeks, I have joined Dr. Daphene Connor and the team at Blackbutt Medical Centre for my rural medicine rotation.  During this time, I have conducted a health project on post-menopausal women’s health in the Blackbutt community.

     

     

    First, some basics about menopause! A woman is in menopause after she has not had a menstrual period for 12 months.  Menopause typically occurs between 45 - 55 years of age.  It is a natural ageing process, but it can also occur due to premature ovarian failure or surgical removal of ovaries.  Body changes and symptoms associated with menopause occur because the ovaries stop producing the female hormones, oestrogen and progesterone.  This drop in oestrogen is also linked with increased abdominal fat deposition, which in turn increases risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.  In the long term, the oestrogen deficiency also increases loss of bone mineral density and risk of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.  However, a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and regular screening checks can help to reduce these post-menopausal health risks and also relieve some menopause symptoms.

     

     

    The transition into menopause can be a turbulent time for any woman.  However, for women living in regional, rural, and remote Australia, menopause and life afterwards is further complicated by isolation and distance from health services.   Breaking down these barriers is a challenge for rural doctors.  Rather than struggling alone, we should find ways to involve rural communities in supporting the physical and mental health of their women. 

     

     

    My project used a voluntary survey to explore the health of post-menopausal women attending Blackbutt Medical Centre.  This survey assessed age, menopause symptoms, medical conditions, medications, smoking status, diet, exercise, whether the women had had screening tests, and their preferred source for information about menopause and local women’s health services.  Over a period of 2.5 weeks, 50 women completed the survey (and a big thank you to those women!).

     

     

    What I found from my survey was:

    • ·         Menopause symptoms were very common; the 5 most frequently reported symptoms were joint aches/pain/stiffness, dry skin, weight gain, hot flushes, and vaginal dryness
    • ·         The majority of participants had an adequate daily intake of lean meat/protein and fruit, but only 8% consumed the recommended 5 serves of vegetables, only 6% consumed the recommended 3-4 serves of grains, and only 4% consumed the recommended 3-4 serves of dairy.
    • ·         Regular exercise was very low among the women surveyed. Walking (excluding daily activities) had the highest participation rates, but participation in jogging, running, resistance training, and weight bearing was much lower.
    • ·         16% of participants were current smokers, which is greater than the national smoking rate of 12.1%.  This finding is concerning because post-menopausal women who smoke tend to have lower bone density and are at a higher risk of osteoporosis.
    • ·         Mammogram screening was high with 88% of the women having received a mammogram within the past 2 years (as recommended).  In contrast, only 52% had received a pap smear in the past 2 years.

     

     

    After discussing these survey findings with the team at Blackbutt Medical Centre, I decided to develop the following educational material to raise awareness about healthy lifestyle choices for post-menopausal women:

     

    • ·         A poster about menopause management for display in the medical centre waiting room
    • ·         An information brochure about menopause that medical centre staff can distribute to clients and;
    • ·         A webpage about menopause for the Blackbutt Medical Centre website, which can be accessed via this link:  https://blackbuttmedicalcentre.wildapricot.org/Menopause-and-Post-menopause

     

    If you have any questions or concerns about menopause, please talk to your GP.  The Blackbutt Medical Centre has female doctors, nurses, dieticians, podiatrists, and psychologists.  The clinic can provide advice and management for women in the following areas:

    • Menopause Symptoms
    • Hormone Replacement Therapy
    • Breast Checks
    • Pap Smears
    • Nutrition and Exercise
    • Counselling
    • Psychotherapy

    Further Information – Hannah Wilson  hannah.wilson619@gmail.com

     

     

  • 26 May 2015 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    Community awareness campaign

    As Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation representing urban, regional, rural and remote GPs, the RACGP continues to play an important role setting the professional standards for general practice in Australia.

    During a time of much change in general practice and primary healthcare, our membership community has continuously urged the RACGP to build upon its advocacy efforts and leadership of the general practice profession.

    Earlier this year the RACGP commenced work on a community awareness campaign designed to improve the understanding of general practice and to enhance the profile of RACGP members within the community.

    The campaign will emphasise the message of the value of general practice and the importance of education and learning gained through membership and association with the RACGP.

    The campaign will involve mainstream TV and digital media advertising and the distribution of materials for practices to reinforce the message to patients.

    The RACGP has an important responsibility in representing our member interests and providing a strong voice for grassroots GPs by ensuring general practice maintains its position as the central pillar of an effective primary healthcare system.

    Our objective is to increase awareness of our leadership and advocacy role for general practice. It will also build our mainstream media presence, and increase the recognition of the RACGP and its members.

    Over the next few weeks, members can expect to hear and see more about this exciting initiative.

    Dr Frank R Jones
    RACGP President

  • 25 May 2015 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    In welcoming the Government’s announcement of successful applicants for Primary Health Networks (PHNs), Australia’s general practice leaders have set out 12 principles to ensure they are effective organisations that improve front line delivery, engage general practitioners and integrate the primary, community, and secondary healthcare sectors for the benefit of patients.

    Members of United General Practice Australia (UGPA), including the AMA, developed the principles to facilitate genuine general practitioner involvement in the governance of PHNs and genuine PHN engagement with general practice, to support quality patient care.

    UGPA members firmly believe that for PHNs to be effective organisations, they must support GP-led, coordinated primary healthcare. Each PHN board and broader organisation must have a comprehensive understanding of community based general practice and its interaction with other parts of the health and social welfare systems and this comprehensive understanding can only be achieved with the direct involvement of GPs.


    12 principles for Primary Health Networks

  • 25 May 2015 4:05 PM | Anonymous

    Medical student education is an important part of the training program at the clinic. We accept students from the University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University. They have an opportunity to participate in formally assessing patients with chronic and complex diseases including diabetes, medical assessments etc. They also have an opportunity to experience various procedural skills including skin excisions, venepuncture, immunisations and wound care. They have the opportunity to enhance the preventative care literature and resources that the medical centre can make available to patients.

     

    We also have medical students visiting periodically for work experience during term breaks. They all enjoy obtaining practical knowledge of General Practice.

     

    We are grateful to those patients who allow the student doctors to be involved in their care. It is a tremendously valuable learning opportunity and we know that the students and the University hold the training in high regard. 


    A regular feature of all medical student visits is to learn more about and to produce literature and links for our website and Facebook page that address events, happenings and resources of personal health information. Look to the News and Event Calendar for these postings.
  • 19 Jan 2015 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Medical student education is an important part of the training program at the clinic. We accept students from the University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University. They have an opportunity to participate in formally assessing patients with chronic and complex diseases including diabetes, medical assessments etc. They also have an opportunity to experience various procedural skills including skin excisions, venepuncture, immunisations and wound care. They have the opportunity to enhance the preventative care literature and resources that the medical centre can make available to patients.

     

    We also have medical students visiting periodically for work experience during term breaks. They all enjoy obtaining practical knowledge of General Practice.

     

    We are grateful to those patients who allow the student doctors to be involved in their care. It is a tremendously valuable learning opportunity and we know that the students and the University hold the training in high regard. 


    A regular feature of all medical student visits is to learn more about and to produce literature and links for our website and Facebook page that address events, happenings and resources of personal health information. Look to the News and Event Calendar for these postings.
  • 15 Oct 2014 3:42 PM | Anonymous


    Visit  http://southburnett.com.au/news2/2014/10/big-crowd-for-short-show/ for all the Colours of Yarraman Art Show and Business Awards.

    2014 Yarraman Business Awards Results

    Best Customer Service Award
    Bendigo Community Bank, Yarraman

    Best Shop Front Presentation
    Red Cross Opportunity Shop, Yarraman

    Best Customer Service To Yarraman
    Blackbutt Medical Centre

  • 11 Oct 2014 2:24 PM | Blackbutt Medical Centre (Administrator)

    Blackbutt Medical Centre has received an award in the category of best Small Business (not based in Yarraman) that provides customer service to Yarraman residents in the Yarraman Small Business Awards.
     

Clinic Info

91 Coulson St,

Blackbutt QLD 4306

 

Tel: 4163 0023

(All Hours)

Fax: 4163 0024

 

Email: tmc.2006

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Sat by appointment 

Sun closed

  

 

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Address: 91 Coulson Street, Blackbutt, QLD, 4306

Phone: 4163 0023

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