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Dr Bernadette Wise graduated from Monash University in 1990 and enjoys all aspects of General Medicine.

Dr Wise has an interest in Paediatrics, Breast Cancer and preventative health.

As well as General Practice medicine, Dr Bernadette Wise enjoys spending time with family, cycling, gardening and chasing the odd chicken.

Consulting Sessions: Monday & Tuesday mornings

Cervical Screening Tests

What is the Cervical Screening Test?

The Cervical Screening Test is a simple procedure to check the health of your cervix. If you have ever had a Pap test, the way the test is done will feel the same.

The five-yearly Cervical Screening Test replaced the two-yearly Pap test. If you’re aged 25 to 74 you should have your first Cervical Screening Test two years after your last Pap test.

The Cervical Screening Test is more effective than the Pap test at preventing cervical cancers, because it detects human papillomavirus (known as HPV). The Pap test used to look for cell changes in the cervix, whereas the new Cervical Screening Test looks for HPV which can lead to cell changes in the cervix (see diagram of the cervix below).

HPV is a common virus that can cause changes to cells in your cervix, which in rare cases can develop into cervical cancer.

Once you have had your first Cervical Screening Test, you will only need to have one every five years instead of every two, if your results are normal.

Why has screening changed from two to five years?

The Cervical Screening Test is more effective than the Pap test. The Pap test used to look for cell changes in the cervix, whereas the new Cervical Screening Test looks for the HPV which can lead to cell changes in the cervix.

Because of this, it is safe for you if your test does not indicate (show) you have a HPV infection to wait five years between tests. Even if your test shows you have HPV it usually takes 10 or more years for HPV to develop into cervical cancer and cervical cancer is a rare outcome of a HPV infection.

How is the Cervical Screening Test more accurate?

The Cervical Screening Test is more accurate than the Pap test as it detects human papillomavirus (known as HPV).

HPV is a common virus that can cause changes to cells in your cervix, which in rare cases can develop into cervical cancer. By detecting a HPV infection early, it allows your Doctor to monitor the infection and intervene if there are any changes to cells in your cervix.

Please call the clinic to book your next cervical smear test or if your not sure when your last one was, please call to speak with one of the practice nurses.

Immunisations

At New Street Medical Centre we are committed to reduce and eradicate vaccine preventable diseases in our community. Our team can provide advise on and administer a range of vaccinations for all ages and reasons including childhood vaccinations, influenza prevention, travel, work and vaccinations around pregnancy.

With first days of kinder and pre school coming up it is important to ensure your child is up to date with their immunisations.

All parents/guardians planning to enrol their child at childcare or kindergarten in Victoria must provide the service with:

* a current Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR); AND
* the statement must show that the child is up to date with all vaccinations that are due for their age, or that they are able to receive.

An Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register is the only type of immunisation record accepted by early childhood and care services for the purposes of confirming enrolment and must be provided within the two months prior to the child starting at the service.

Our GP’s and nurses will refer to national clinical <http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part2~handbook10-2-1> guidelines to determine what vaccines are recommended at what age, what needs to be on a catch-up program and what is considered a valid medical reason not to be fully immunised.

If you think your child is not up to date or you require some more information, please call reception on 9595 9777 to discuss this further.

New Street Medical Centre stock all childhood vaccinations required for Immunisation Department, as well as additional private vaccinations.

New Street Medical Centre now has an updated automated system to remind patients of their upcoming appointments. We can now send customised SMS’ to patients reminding them about upcoming appointments. Patients can instantly confirm, cancel or reschedule their appointments and all changes are transferred to our appointment book in real time. This means that we are able to ensure appointments are better managed by reduce no-shows and same day cancellations by up to 50%. This means that patients will have greater access to all our doctors when required. It also means improved security: Push notifications add an additional level of security compared to SMS because reminders are sent to a logged-in user rather than just a phone number.

 

 
Graduating from Melbourne University in 1957, Dr Ann Warr has provided a wealth of experience and knowledge to her profession. After 11 dedicated years to her patients and colleagues, Dr Ann Warr is leaving New Street Medical Centre.

A note from Dr Ann Warr – “It has been my pleasure to serve our community for the past 11 years as a General Practitioner at New Street Medical Centre. I have had the privilege of meeting a great many people and developing lifelong friendships with many patients. But, now it is time for me to retire and enjoy time with my family, friends and persuing personal interests.

I appreciate your loyalty throughout the years and will take the memories of all that I have experienced with me into my retirement.”.

New Street Medical Centre thanks Dr Ann Warr for her dedicated service and wishes her all the very best. She will be greatly missed.

 

While meningococcal disease is rare, it is potentially life threatening. Up to one in ten of those infected may die, and around one in five may suffer serious long-term disabilities including brain damage, deafness or loss of limbs.

Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacterial infection of the blood and/or membranes that line the spinal cord and brain. It can progress rapidly, beginning with symptoms such as fever and irritability that are easily mistaken for a
common cold. The distinctive meningococcal rash is an advanced symptom of blood infection, which may or may not occur. Most children survive meningococcal disease, but if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly it can lead to serious long-term disability or death within 24 hours.

Babies and children (under five) are most at risk, followed by adolescents, with the highest incidence of meningococcal disease in babies 0-1 year of age.

Vaccination is the only truly effective way to help prevent meningococcal disease.
No single vaccine can protect against all strains of meningococcal disease, but different vaccines are available to protect against the most common ones
(A, B, C, W and Y).

New Street Medical Centre offers government funded and private meningococcal vaccinations. Please call the clinic on 9595 9777 to book in with the clinic nurse today.

We need to drink less. But how much alcohol is okay for healthy men and women?

Official guidelines recommend no more than two standard drinks on any day to reduce the risk of alcohol-related disease or injury. This is equivalent to two pots of regular beer or two small glasses (100ml) of wine a day.

 

Babies and young children can access vaccines at no cost to protect them against serious diseases.

From 1 July 2018, the childhood immunisation schedule will be updated based on the advice of clinical experts. There are changes to the vaccines given at the 12 and 18 month schedule points.

Changes to early childhood vaccinations include:

  • a pneumococcal vaccine will be offered to all children at 12 months of age (moved from 6 months of age). Clinical experts recommended this change to reduce disease in children and improve protection in all age groups through community immunity.
  • a new vaccine protecting against 4 types (ACWY) of meningococcal disease (up from 1) will be offered to all children at 12 months of age.
  • a vaccine protecting against Haemophilus influenzae type b will be offered to all children aged 18 months of age.

Your child’s due date for their next vaccination has not changed – check to make sure your child’s next vaccination appointment is booked.

 

 

 

 

 

At New Street Medical Centre our doctors hear many new parents discuss that one of the greatest challenges they face, is knowing what is ‘normal’ and what is not. Parents are often told by goodhearted family and friends that feelings of exhaustion, worry or sadness are normal…

Winter is on its way out, and as you pack up your coats and gloves, you should be gearing up for exercise and sunshine!

Exercise has many benefits, not only for your physical health but also mental health. Research has shown that exercise stimulates chemicals that improve your mood and the parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning.

Exercise can  reduce the risk of illnesses like heart and lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, cancer, dementia and alzheimer’s disease. Physical activity also helps people recover from other illnesses, health conditions and assists with weight loss.

Exercise circulates blood to the brain and increases the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and also increases the connections between the nerve cells in the brain. This can improve memory and helps to protect the brain against injury and disease. Through exercise, the brain releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve mood and reduce any feelings of loneliness and isolation and other mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.

The Australian Government guidelines recommend adults do at least 30 minutes of moderate to intensive physical activity on most or all days of the week. You can make up 30 minutes over the day by combining shorter 10 – 15 minute sessions.

People may struggle finding motivation, or staying motivated for exercise. Think about ways you can make exercise part of your daily routine and lifestyle. Choose something you enjoy, and ask your friends or family to help motivate you and to keep you on track.

Ensure to combine your exercise routine with a healthy diet to boost your motivation and energy for exercise.