A Medical Centre Or GP Can Make Life Easy For You

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A General Practitioner or GP in Australia is an important person who helps to keep you healthy. GPs play a stellar role in the Australian public health system in rural Australia particularly, they are highly respected and accorded a warm welcome.

In rural Australia, GPs may also provide specialised services like obstetrics care, minor surgeries, anaesthesia and trauma management due to the shortage of medical practitioners in the rural regions.
GPs enjoy a high degree of job satisfaction from their varied responsibilities and roles.

The following are among the major advantages of having a GP in your neighbourhood medical health centre.

Ongoing mental and physical wellbeing

All of us need the support of a GP to ensure our current mental and physical wellbeing. GPs not only work with patients when they are ill but also ensure that they stay healthy. Unlike other speciality medical practitioners, GPs provide healthcare for the whole person. In other words, a GP is an expert who takes into account all factors that influence your health now as well as in the future.

A primary role of a GP is preventive care. If we go by the statistics, intervention by GPs can prevent some 80% type2 diabetes, strokes, and premature coronary diseases and 40% cancers. GPs can advise lifestyle changes including diet, regular exercises, and abstinence from tobacco and tobacco products.

Most of these preventive health services can be activated at a neighbourhood medical centre of a GP’s facility which is significantly more affordable and accessible so that Australians can commit themselves to optimal health. Often, our busy schedules or the absence of any obvious symptoms are primary reasons why we do not seek an appointment with our GP. However, with regular meetings, it is a lot easier to prevent serious illnesses or benefit from early diagnosis.

Identifying a good GP

Look for the letters FRACGP after the name of the GP. It represents a fellowship of the ‘Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ and assures that the individual has gone through specialist GP training and had the qualification to practice without supervision across Australia. GPs are also required to pursue ongoing education so that you are reassured by the GP’s knowledge of the latest advancements in medicine and medical treatments. Friends and family also constitute a great source for recommending a GP who is right to address your personal circumstances.

What should I expect from my GP?

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When it comes to ‘whole person care’, you can rely on GPs and more specifically:-

Diagnosis – Your GP works with you in helping to define if your problem is urgent, only needs monitoring or is of a serious nature. They have the knowledge and wherewithal to help you get to the core of your concern regarding health.

Treatment – Your GP will play a central role in treatment plans that may be needed, manage appropriate use of medicine and monitor your progress. Your GP also enjoys an extensive network of local experts in different branches of medicine who can be referred to when your situation warrants.

Getting the best out of your GP

By seeing the same GP at regular intervals, you build a relationship which helps in your GP getting a close-up understanding your health risks. This way, he/she will have access to all medical records related to you in one place, and that makes it lot easier in getting a ‘big picture’ view of the state of your health.

Remember though that in instances where you are going through a complicated problem, and you may need one or more extended appointments. In such situations, it is a good idea to keep the receptionist posted on this when you are making a booking with the GP. Similarly, when you need to discuss several things and perhaps also need a series of tests to be, it is desirable to book a longer appointment so that your GP has adequate time in his hands to comprehend your problem thoroughly.

If you can also prepare a list, it can work well. However, it is essential that your GP has a clear understanding of all issues that you need to be addressed, right at the start of the consultation. This way, your GP can prioritise his time actually with you. As has often been repeated, prevention is always better than cure. Therefore, a monthly visit to your GP can do loads of good for your health and well-being.

Distinguishing between Medical Centres and GP

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Medical centres, as opposed to a GP, constitute larger medical establishments with multiple departments for different medical specialities. Given various lifestyle issues today, a GP may need to refer you for specialised treatment at one of these medical centres. Typically medical facilities are equipped with advanced medical types of equipment and facilities to undertake such specialised treatments. Such services can include exhaustive laboratories to carry out different tests required to determine the extent and nature of health problems, scanning machines, X-ray machines, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Equipment, Electro Cardiogram types of equipment, Treadmill and more.
Medical centres cater to situations requiring critical care, surgeries, medical emergencies, medical needs during pregnancy and childbirth, and other situations where a GP’s office will have limitations regarding equipment and facilities. Apart from this, in some instances, the same patient may need the services of medical professionals specialising in different disciplines. Instead of moving the patient from one place to the other, medical centres have the ability to provide multi-disciplinary treatment under one roof.

Ten Daily Activities You Should Avoid to Getting Rid of Anxiety

When anxiety is getting the better of you, there are 10 things you can do to fight back and reclaim your happiness! These are ten things you can do each day for just a few minutes. By integrating all ten of these things into your daily routine, you can fight back against anxiety.


1) Avoid an aversion to singing.

When stressed or anxious, the anxiety can build and grow until it cuts you off from all other activities which might provide joy. You have to fight actively back against this, and one way you can do that is by singing each day. It is not important to know how well you sing, the act of singing for 15 minutes per day decreases anxiety by increasing endorphins. Endorphins are hormones associated with positive emotions and pleasure, which are released when you sing. Oxytocin is another hormone which helps to alleviate stress and anxiety by increasing trust and bonding, thereby decreasing feelings of loneliness or depression. Singing lowers levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and thus relieves anxiety. The best part is that you do not have to be talented to reap these rewards. Any amount of singing, either with a local church group or community singing association or even in your shower at home, can bring forth these rewards.

2) Avoid an aversion to reading.


Many people are so consumed with stress and anxiety that they let go simple pleasures in life like reading. If you are feeling anxious, then reading a favourite book or any engaging book can work well to relieve high cortisol levels in the body. These are stress hormones which increase when you are feeling anxious, but decrease when you are actively focused on an activity like reading. Reading a book will transport you to another world, another place. It moves you mentally out of the situation causing you anxiety and puts you into one you can control, one you might already know, one whose outcome you can stop by simply closing the book or imaging something else. It can be quite therapeutic.

3) Avoid going a day without laughter.

Pushing yourself to laugh, even fake laughter will increase your happy hormones naturally. Fake laughter, real laughter, they both produce serotonin and reduce cortisol levels. Walk around your room and force yourself to fake laugh over and over for 2 full minutes, even if people are watching awkwardly.

4) Avoid watching something sad or upsetting.

Many people, when stressed or anxious, will seek out films, television shows, or books which mirror the way they feel like a natural way of finding solidarity or social acceptance for the way they feel. But, this only serves to worsen the way you might feel. If you are anxious, and you watch a film about a girl who is also anxious or overwhelmed, it will not make you feel better, like you might have hoped. But if you watch a funny show, movie, television show, or stand up performance, it will help counter the anxiety. You might not laugh so hard that you fall out of your chair, but even slight laughter or a single guffaw can lead to great results.

5) Avoid caffeine at night.

Many people are not cognizant of the hours when they consume caffeinated beverages to stay awake or active during the day. But if you are anxious or stressed, and you drink coffee or caffeine late at night, it will course through your veins right when you want to sleep. It will only serve to exacerbate your sleep schedule and your cortisol levels.

6) Avoid ignoring your daily exercise.

Any form of exercise is good for the body and the mind. It releases endorphins the same as singing or laughter. It is a wonderful way to get your blood pumping, which can help cleanse your body of toxins produced by anxiety. It leaves every system functioning like new. You will feel happier after a new bought off “happy hormones” and can rest assured that in addition to your improved heart rate, so too will your cortisol levels improve. Remember too that yoga, a quick walk around the neighbourhood, some weight lifting, or just jumping rope in your living room counts.

7) Avoid a bad sleeping schedule.

Work to maintain a regular sleep schedule. If your anxiety is making you stay awake all night, then it will only make it worse. Try to keep a notepad next to your bed so that you can write down the things which are fixated in your mind and then sleep. If you are not getting sleep, then read a book until you fall asleep.

8) Avoid dehydration.

While many studies point toward better hydration as a way of alleviating stress, merely consuming water will only go so far. But a cup of tea can give your body the calming jolt it needs to look beyond the cause of your anxiety. Different teas can do different things for your body. There are many calming herbal teas out there with herbal mixtures designed to reduce stress in the body. Some are meant to alleviating stress, while others work to rid the body of the toxins caused by anxiety. Finding a blend and brand suited to your needs can be most helpful. Mindfully sipping the tea and focusing your mind on the taste, the smell, the steam rising from the top, the sight of the bag adrift in the sea of hot water, can encourage a form of meditation. It leads to the next point.

9) Avoid an aversion to meditation.

Meditation is important when something weighs heavily on the mind. With anxiety, one of the most important things you can do is to admit when things are out of your control. If they are out of your control, and there is nothing you can do, then you must meditate on that and seek peace or consult your psychologist for more suggestions. Some people prefer sitting down and using mindful meditation practices while other people view prayer as their form of meditation. In either case, the purpose is to gain acceptance that certain facets are out of your control and that you should not stress over things you cannot control. If you could control them, change them, then you most certainly would. Focusing on the problem, instead of being out of your control or you having done everything you could, only serves to worsen any level of anxiety.

10) Avoid negative people and situations.

If you are anxious, and there are people in your life who exacerbate that stress with their negativity, only cut them out of your life. Keeping people around you who only derive pleasure from making you feel worse, you are hurting yourself.