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Practice Accreditation & Improvement Survey

As part of our three-yearly accreditation process, as well as our commitment to provide our patients with the highest quality medical care, we are currently conducting a Practice Accreditation & Improvement Survey. We aim to use this feedback to better our care and service experience for all our patients. We would be very grateful if … Read more

Dr Pearl Mak speaks about the importance of Pre/Post – Conception care

Preconception and post-conception checks are essential for ensuring a healthy pregnancy and baby. Here’s an overview of what each entails:

Preconception Checks:

  1. Medical History Review: The healthcare provider will review both partners’ medical histories, including any pre-existing conditions, medications, and previous pregnancies.
  2. Genetic Screening: Screening for genetic disorders or hereditary conditions can help identify potential risks for the baby. This may involve blood tests or genetic counseling.
  3. Nutritional Assessment: Ensuring adequate nutrition, including folic acid intake, is crucial for a healthy pregnancy. The healthcare provider may recommend dietary changes or supplements.
  4. Immunizations: Checking immunization status is essential to protect both the mother and baby from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccinations such as rubella and varicella may be recommended if immunity is not confirmed.
  5. Infectious Disease Screening: Screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other infectious diseases can help prevent transmission to the baby during pregnancy.
  6. Lifestyle Assessment: Discussing lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and drug use is essential. Making healthy lifestyle choices before conception can improve pregnancy outcomes.
  7. Medication Review: Reviewing medications, including over-the-counter and herbal supplements, is crucial to ensure they are safe to continue during pregnancy or if any adjustments are needed.
  8. Weight Management: Achieving a healthy weight before conception can reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy. The healthcare provider may provide guidance on healthy weight management strategies.

Post-conception Checks (Prenatal Care):

  1. Confirmation of Pregnancy: Confirming the pregnancy through a urine or blood test and scheduling the first prenatal appointment.
  2. Prenatal Screening Tests: Screening tests, including blood tests and ultrasounds, are performed to assess the health of the mother and baby and identify any potential complications.
  3. Nutritional Counseling: Continuing to focus on adequate nutrition, including prenatal vitamins and a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients.
  4. Monitoring: Regular prenatal visits are scheduled to monitor the progress of the pregnancy, including fetal growth and development, maternal health, and any signs of complications.
  5. Education and Support: Providing education and support on topics such as prenatal care, childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, and newborn care.
  6. Screening for Gestational Diabetes: Screening for gestational diabetes typically occurs between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy to identify and manage this condition if present.
  7. Preparation for Labor and Delivery: Discussing birth preferences, pain management options, and preparing for labor and delivery.

Both preconception and post-conception checks are important components of comprehensive prenatal care and can help optimize the health and well-being of both the mother and baby throughout pregnancy and beyond.

March is Endometriosis Awareness month

Endometriosis is a common disease where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body. Nearly 1 million Australian girls, women, and those assigned female at birth* live with endometriosis at some point in their life, with the disease often starting in teenagers. Symptoms are variable and … Read more

February Is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

February Is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Each year in Australia around 1,815 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In most cases the cancer will be diagnosed at an advanced stage, where it is very difficult to treat. We need progress. Let’s get vocal. Please contact your GP for support or if you experience any symptoms. … Read more

Primary Health Care Nurses Day

Today is Primary Health Care Nurses Day. Primary health care is the cornerstone of our health care system. Primary health care is the first point of contact for individuals and families with the health care system and plays a pivotal role in prevention, early intervention, and ongoing care. It is a day where we show … Read more