Find a Clinic
Latest News

Keep up to date.

Latest news, health news and press releases from UQ Health Care.

Everything you can possibly do to avoid the dreaded flu

We are already over half way through Winter, however the peak flu season hasn’t hit yet. Data from Flutracking, a survey backed by various Australian and New Zealand government health bodies shows that in Australia on average, between 2012 and 2016, the peak flu season didn’t hit until August. So as more people around you contract the flu how do you protect yourself?

General Practitioner Dr Toby Smith from UQ Health Care’s St Lucia clinic said the first and most important way is to get your flu shot.

“The flu shot not only helps to reduce your risk of getting the flu but it also helps to prevent people around you from getting the flu including those at most risk such as older people, those with weakened immune systems and children,” Dr Smith said.

“Flu viruses are spread by tiny droplets when people with the flu cough or sneeze.

“You can become infected with a flu after touching a contaminated surface then rubbing your eyes, nose or mouth.

“Even though it is so easily spread there are ways we can try and prevent these nasty viruses and help each other if you do come down with a flu.”

Dr Smith recommends six tips to avoid the flu as we approach the peak flu season.

Get the flu shot
The best and most simple way to reduce your risk of contracting the flu is to get immunised each year.

Wash your hands
Clean your hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitiser, as this will help reduce the risk of infection with the virus.

Keep hydrated
Adequate water intake is essential to ensure your immune system is working effectively and also aids in eliminating toxins from your body. Aim for at least eight glasses or two litres of water a day.

Eat healthy
A varied diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables is an important factor in any healthy lifestyle. Foods high in vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc will all help to keep you healthy during the flu season.

Exercise regularly
Regular exercise helps to boost circulation allowing your immune cells to better patrol your body and fight off infections before they can take hold. As an added bonus, exercise also causes the release of endorphins which make you feel happier too.

Quit smoking
Cigarette smoke irritates the lining of the nose and throat making it easier for viruses to cause an infection. Smokers also tend to have a more severe reaction to viral infections, including the flu, than non-smokers.

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch break high intensity work out

When you have minimal time and you want the best fitness results, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has proven to be the most beneficial. HIIT involves shorts bursts of high intensity exercise, separated by periods of low intensity exercise or rest.

University of Queensland School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences PhD student and Accredited Exercise Physiologist Emily Cox said the key benefits of HIIT workouts include:

  • Boosts your metabolism
  • Improves your fitness
  • Requires little to no equipment
  • Can be adjusted to suit anyone

Emily suggests a HIIT workout routine that could be done at home between study or at work during a lunch break.

Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT ON… Julie-Anne Whittaker

Each month we will shine the spotlight on a staff member at UQ Health Care.

This month we spoke to Julie-Anne Whittaker, UQ Health Care Nurse Practitioner at Aveo Durack and Newstead.

How long have you been working with UQ Health Care at the St Lucia Clinic?
Since July 2012

What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day can include visiting residents with acute health concerns and prescribing a treatment plan, reviewing residents who have been unwell to ensure they are responding to treatment, reviewing healthy residents monthly as part of a general check-up and arranging geriatrician reviews via telehealth.Providing end of life care to residents is an important part of my role to ensure residents remain comfortable and family are supported during this difficult time.

Continue reading

Nurse practitioner model of care embraced

Since the UQ Health Care nurse practitioner model of care was introduced at Aveo Durack the number of aged care residents admitted to hospital has significantly decreased.

UQ Health Care Chief Executive Officer Darryl Grundy said a nurse practitioner available full time on site has enabled residents’ medical requirements to be attended to more rapidly and in many instances treated on-site.

Continue reading

Prescribing exercise as medicine

A weekly exercise program prescribed by UQ Health Care Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Steve Royle has improved 79 year old Janice’s health, fitness, strength and mobility.

Janice is one of Steve’s many clients who use an exercise plan to manage and prevent chronic injuries and health issues.

“Since starting with Steve at the Healthy Living Centre I have noticed improvements in my aerobic fitness, muscle strength and muscle mass,” Janice said.

Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT ON… Dr Rosy Dobrijevic

Q&A with Dr Rosy Dobrijevic
General Practitioner and Medical Director UQ Health Care St Lucia and Gatton Clinics

How long have you been working with UQHC at the St Lucia Clinic?
Just over 10 years

What do you enjoy about your role as a GP providing healthcare to students?
The diversity of presentations, further enhanced by our multicultural cohort of students. Satisfaction even from the easiest scenarios of providing education and support to the more complicated cases where referral or other resources are needed to provide the best outcome for the students. Continue reading

Tips on how to maintain optimal health during exams

UQ Health Care’s Clinical Director, Dr Rosy has provided five health tips to avoid bad habits, minimise stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle to achieve your best results during exams.

  1. Sleep hygiene
    Less sleep is expected this time of year with increasing demands but try to approach seven hours a night if possible. Some nights may be less which is understandable. Avoid energy drinks, excessive coffee and other stimulants which have a negative effect on your ability to initiate sleep and sleep quality.
    Continue reading

UQ Health Care St Lucia medical clinic maintains national accreditation

The UQ Health Care St Lucia health service achieved a national award of accreditation demonstrating its commitment to quality and safety within the practice.

The accreditation was received from the Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL), following an assessment of performance against the governing industry standards set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

Continue reading

Older Australians shape how new technologies are developed

Retirement village residents have been given first access to test and provide feedback on technology in development stages.

As part of the Florence research project , students and researchers from The University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, participated in a technology showcase at AVEO Durack that displayed a range of innovative technologies, including some specifically developed for older people.

Continue reading

Find a Clinic
Connect with us