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Five questions for Steve Royle

This month we spoke to Steve Royle, Exercise Physiologist at the UQ Health Care Ipswich Bremer Medical Centre.

What have been your highlights whilst working at the Bremer Medical Centre?
Meeting and assisting so many great members of the Ipswich and Somerset Regional communities in the past three years suffering from one or more chronic health conditions to better self-manage their health with exercise and physical activity.

Assisting UQ Health Care to co-ordinate and facilitate seven falls prevention programs across the Ipswich and Somerset region in 2015 which saw 105 people attend these programs over the eight week period.

Building my type 2 diabetes group services from one class offered weekly to five in the past year and educating many Ipswich GP’s and nurses on the benefits of group services for type 2 diabetes.

What does a typical day look like for you?
I provide a number of group exercise classes weekly for different medical conditions injuries and individual consults for Medicare and DVA referrals as well as private paying customers.

What aspects of your role in providing healthcare for older people do you enjoy the most?
Showing them how to fit exercise and physical activity into their daily life around their other commitments which makes it more manageable and achievable for them.

Being able to work with a person to empower them to improve self-management and their quality of life.

Breaking down the stereotype that they are “too old” to be active or exercise!

Why is exercise physiology important for healthy ageing?
Exercise is medicine! We are the best allied health professional to provide guidance in this area as we utilise exercise as our primary method of treatment to manage and prevent chronic injuries and health issues.

Exercise is one of the cheapest forms of treatment/ management available. A recent report found that for every $1 spent on exercise physiology interventions the average person saved $10.50 over the course of the year (or a net benefit of $5,938 yearly).

Exercise and physical activity can be used to manage a wide variety of health issues. Nine out of nine recent health priority areas identified by the Australian government have large amounts of quality evidence to suggest supervised and professionally prescribed exercise is effective in their management.

What results have you seen with your older clients?
Goals and results vary so much depending on the person and why they are being referred however some of the more common ones include – improved self-confidence, improved quality of life, improved self-management of health conditions and reduced symptoms related to health conditions.

Plan to travel safe overseas

Travelling overseas over your uni break? Have you booked in for your immunisations? Registered nurse Jo-Ann Hoban based at the UQ Health Care Gatton Clinic shares what you need to know about travel vaccines.

If you travel outside Australia, you may get sick from a number of diseases that are preventable by vaccination. Different vaccines are needed for certain countries. There is no standard immunisation schedule that will suit all travellers. The recommended vaccines for travelling depend on a number of factors. These include your age, pregnancy or planning pregnancy, underlying medical conditions, vaccination history, location and season of travel.

You should book an appointment at a UQ Health Care Clinic six to 12 weeks before you leave Australia. It is important that you don’t wait until the last minute to visit your doctor to discuss what vaccines you need for your trip. You might need a number of doses of a particular vaccine and you might need time after immunisation for your body to develop full immunity.

Even if you have been vaccinated for certain diseases in the past, you should still check with your doctor or travel health clinic. Your immunity to some diseases may have changed or reduced with time and you may need a booster. Also, depending on your age and where you were born, you may not be protected against some diseases.

Travel is an important time to check whether you are up to date with your vaccinations. These can be routine childhood vaccinations and boosters. Some of these include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-whooping cough (pertussis), polio, chickenpox (varicella) and influenza. The chance of getting these diseases may be greater while travelling overseas. These diseases can be brought into Australia by travellers and lead to disease outbreaks.

Travel vaccines that may be required include hepatitis, typhoid, meningococcal, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever* and cholera.

Find out more or book an appointment at a UQ Health Care Clinic.  Remember to bring in a copy of all your previous vaccines if possible, both childhood and travel related and an itinerary, so the correct vaccines can be determined.

*Please note the yellow fever vaccine is only available at the St Lucia and Annerley clinics.

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