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What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a holy month that is observed by many people around the world. It primarily involves fasting from dawn until sunset, that means no water or food during that time. It’s for this reason that not everyone can fast. Groups such as the pregnant or breast feeding, menstruating women, certain medical conditions and the frail and elderly are advised not to fast. Whilst they may not be able to fast they observe the month in other ways such as going to the mosque. …


Dr Nora explains what she uses in her clinical practice to improve her workflow.

Aside from the obvious that generally those who have undergone a cosmetic treatment want to see their photographs, there are also a number of other reasons and complexities involved in getting that great before and after picture.

Before and after of treatment of a gummy smile using muscle relaxing injections

Firstly, before and after pictures help as a defence mechanism, so if a patient returns with a claim that you have or haven’t done something, there is photographic evidence. Not only is it a useful defence mechanism but it can also be used as an offence weapon.

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As Australia prepares for winter, I share with you my musts for making it healthy.

It’s all in the food

Certain foods are packed with various vitamins and minerals, which, aside from being essential building blocks of life, are also vital for maintaining a healthy immune system. Take for example Vitamin C, when you have the sniffles, you reach out for an orange to help alleviate your symptoms. But how does Vitamin C actually work and which foods have the most content?

Vitamin C content in an Orange

Vitamin C encourages white blood cell production (a vital part of the immune system) and it helps them function more effectively. So by…


Littmann 3200

The stethoscope is a vital tool of the doctors bag and healthcare professionals alike. First invented in France in 1816, it consisted of a wooden tube and was monaural. Fast forward over two hundred years, the stethoscope has held on to its foundations but has taken itself into the 21st century where now sounds can be recorded, played back to patients and even the heartbeat per minute can be displayed without the arduous task of counting. …


As a family planning doctor, I am in the privileged position to educate others about the different forms of birth control that are available.

In today’s story I discuss the sub-dermal implant which is known as a form of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC).

Sub-Dermal Implants

In Australia, there is currently one sub-dermal implant that is licensed for contraceptive use, known as Implanon NXT manufactured by the pharmaceutical company MSD.

It is comprised of a thin, flexible piece of plastic that is inserted under the skin’s surface by a specially trained health practitioner. …


Demonstration of Mirena within the womb

As a family planning doctor, I am in the privileged position to educate others about the different forms of birth control that are available.

In today’s story I discuss two different types of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives that are available in Australia, these are Intra-Uterine Devices (IUD) which can either be hormonal or non-hormonal. To understand this better, we need to understand a few principles in biology.

What are Hormones?

Hormones are chemical substances that are found in our body that regulate physiology and behaviour, of which we have many. …


With almost 33% of adult Australians suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension) it’s time to spread some knowledge about this silent killer.

When the heart pumps blood around the body to deliver oxygen and nutrients, the blood pushes against the sides of our vessels. This pressure is known as blood pressure. If this pressure is too high it means there is extra strain on your arteries and heart leading to a number of life threatening medical illnesses such as stroke or heart attacks.

But who is typically affected? When we look at the risk factors for high blood pressure…


Since the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Program in 1991, incidence and mortality of cervical cancer has halved. The number of cases, however, still remains unchanged, with 10 new diagnoses each year and 2 deaths in every 100,000 women.

In 2015, Australia saw 3.8 million women participate in cervical screening, this represented 55% of the total population of 20–69 year olds. Sadly, participation is on a downward trend.

2017 saw a new cervical screening program released in Australia to help improve the efficiency of testing. …

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Welcome to my clinic, featuring posts on General Practice, Minor Surgery, Cosmetic Procedures (incl. Anti-Wrinkle & Dermal Fillers), and Family Planning.

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