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Allies in longevity: Ita Buttrose visits UQ Healthy Living

UQ Healthy Living welcomed Five Good Friends ambassador and positive ageing advocate Ita Buttrose AO OBE to its Toowong premises this week, to share how its integrated health and lifestyle programs are transforming Brisbane’s over 50s.

As a legendary media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, community and welfare contributor and 2013 Australian of the Year, Ms Buttrose’ name has become synonymous with successful ageing.

Before touring UQHL facilities, Ms Buttrose spoke on behalf of home care provider Five Good Friends at the ‘CHAT Speaker Series’ about the importance of maintaining fitness and sociability.

“Not enough (health professionals) recommend the need to improve balance through exercise to prevent falls,” Ms Buttrose said.

“I believe improving balance is a really neglected area of improving seniors’ health.”

Clinical Director and physiotherapist Simon Whitehart introduced Ms Buttrose to seniors engaging in exercise programs designed to improve specific vulnerabilities, like poor balance and strength, while on the UQHL tour.

“We’re excited to share with Five Good Friends how our programs work and introduce Ita to some of the people who have had their lives transformed since joining our community,” Mr Whitehart said.

The clinic, developed by The University of Queensland and UQ Health Care, promotes healthy ageing and wellbeing in older adults by providing assessments and interventions in exercise, diet and lifestyle.

“We want to help our clients remain as healthy, active and independent as they can be.”

Clinical educators such as Mr Whitehart are leaders in their field and closely guide UQ students as they contribute to the patient journey.

Treatment is informed by the latest research as students bring new teachings and innovation to the front line of healthcare.

Bringing together services in dietetics, exercise and sports science, clinical exercise physiology, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy and psychology, patients can access individual consults and small group activities as part of their tailored plan.

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Five questions for Dr Nga Phan

This month we spoke to Dr Nga Phan, General Practitioner at the UQ Health Care Cornwall Street Medical Centre.

 What inspired you to pursue a career as a general practitioner?
As a general practitioner, what I enjoy most about my work is the variety of health problems that I get to see and treat.  I am the first point of contact for medical issues for my patients and most of my patients will continue to see me in the long term for advice and treatment.

General practice also offers excellent work prospects.  Everyone will need to see a doctor at some point in their lives and with a growing population, the demand for services is great.

What does a typical day look like for you?
On a typical day, I usually spend around eight hours consulting and half an hour on administrative work.  I see patients and their families from all ages and provide a range of services from treating acute and chronic illnesses to providing preventative health and health education.

What aspects of your role do you enjoy the most?
I am a general practitioner with a special interest in ear, nose and throat disorders.  In particular, I have an interest in chronic sinus disease. I have completed a Master’s degree in this area.  My workplace is also well equipped to allow me to perform ear examinations and cleaning using microscope suction.

What are your interests outside of work?
Maintaining a good work-life balance is important to me and general practice allows me to fulfill this.  I play tennis three times a week and jog/cycle most other days.  I am also a keen traveller and enjoy visiting other parts of Australia and overseas with my family and friends.

What do you love about living in Brisbane?
I love living and working in a metropolitan area.  Living in Brisbane, I enjoy the warmer climate.  I also think that our city has beautiful architecture, parks and riverfronts.



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