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MediTalk is an Australian Podcast Finalist in 2019. MeditalkPodcast is a medical podcast ''talking all things medical, in a way you can understand''. A medical podcast that empowers people by providing credible medical information so we feel more confident and comfortable to make medical decisions that best suit ourselves and our own personal situation. Being a podcast it is a free and accessible. It is an independent podcast that is presented by an everyday person presenting on real health- ...
 
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With summer fast approaching, the thought of having to take off our winter coats to wear bathers can make us feel a little self-conscious about our varicose veins. There are not only cosmetic reasons why some people may reach out for a specialist opinion from a Vascular / Endovascular Surgeon to discuss options to remove them but, also varicose vei…
 
This year during the flu season while we are still battling with COVID have you found yourself asking questions such as; - How would you know if you are suffering from the flu or from COVID-19? - How are these two viruses the same and different? - Is it safe to have both the flu and COVID vaccination? - Should women who are pregnant have both vacci…
 
Having a baby can be a time of profound joy & great upheaval for parents involving significant physical and mental challenges that require mums and dads to adjust to dramatic changes in routines, sleep patterns and roles.So today we speak with St John of God Hospital Subiaco consultant Psychiatrist Dr Beate Harrison who specialises in Perinatal and…
 
Did you know - that men are at greatest risk of suicide but, are less likely to ask for help. According to the Black Dog Institute, an estimated 72% of men will not seek help for a mental health disorder.So why are our brothers, dads, sons, uncles, nephews, mates suffering in silence from mental health conditions and not feeling able to seek help f…
 
According to the Cancer Council, Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men. And it is the third most common cause of cancer death. In fact, 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 85.Today on Meditalk we speak with a Reconstructive Urological Surgeon Dr David Sofield to provide us with an u…
 
Attending a traumatic event are often life or death situations & many of us we do our best to avoid. However, when you are a first responder you have made life and death events your livelihood or past time. Post-traumatic stress disorder is commonly referred to as PTSD and is a type of anxiety disorder. Approximately, 10% of emergency workers suffe…
 
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common hormonal condition that approximately 12–21% of women of reproductive age are diagnosed with however; what is most concerning is that up to 70% of women remain undiagnosed. For this reason it is important as women to increase our awareness and knowledge on PCOS.So, today on Meditalk I speak with Gyn…
 
According to ABS statistics, it is estimated that approximately 4 million Australians suffer back problems and between 70-90% of people will experience lower back pain at some point in their life. Unfortuately back and neck pain can cause significant physical disability as well as, cost individuals and families their livelihood. Today on Meditalk w…
 
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that come together as tendons which help us to lift and rotate our arms. So, let’s take a minute to think about all the things we couldn’t do in our day if we were to injure or tear our rotator cuff such as; drive a car, put on a seatbelt, get dressed, lift and pick up our children & hang out washing. Rot…
 
It is great to see many children are back at school! 2021 is a year we all are very hopeful will be better than 2020. For any parent or caregiver it is only normal to worry & want as much as possible for their child to enjoy their years at school and for them to do well both academically, socially and emotionally. This is particularly the case for …
 
It is estimated 2 out of 3 Australian adults are classified as being overweight or obese and sadly this statistic is predicted to increase in the future.More and more people with BMI’s of over 40 are turning to weight loss surgery to help them fight their battle with their weight.Making an informed decision about undertaking any surgical procedure …
 
Are you over 40? And perhaps like many Australians don’t mind a drink, enjoy a good meal & have put a little weight on over the years. Have you ever wondered how your liver is being affected by how much alcohol you drink, how much fat you eat and how much the extra weight we carry around is taking its toll on our liver?In fact, throughout the world…
 
There are some very upsetting men’s mental health statistics that should encourage us all to advocate for much needed change & much greater dialogue to improve men's mental health.Globally, on average 1 man is dying, every minute, of every day from suicide (movember.com).What we need to remember when we often read or hear a health statistic - is th…
 
I cannot imagine how frightening and shocking it must feel to be diagnosed with cancer. Not only are you needing to process your diagnosis but, then you are told by your specialist that the cancer treatment options available have the potential to often harm healthy tissue while treating a cancerous tumour. What I learnt recently from spending time …
 
Her friends and family know her as Crystal but, to the charity she founded - Blue Dot Army she is known as Madam Butterfly. After surviving her own cancer journey Crystal was determined to advocate for positive service improvements for people undergoing cancer treatment. Blue Dot Army aims to support people through their cancer journey.Andy’s story…
 
As we age we are more likely to be at risk of losing our sight. In fact, was predicted by 2020 that over 800,000 Australians will suffer blindness or some degree of vision impairment. However, on a more positive note 90 per cent of vision loss is highly preventable or treatable.So today on MediTalk we speak with Dr Charlotte McKnight who is an Opth…
 
In preparing for this interview I was shocked to learn Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death in children under 5 years of age.Today on MediTalk we are speaking with Dr Michael Gannon about preterm births & current research being conducted in Perth that has the potential to save babies lives around the world. Dr Gannon is a gene…
 
Did you know - Approximately 1 in 5 babies born in Australia will require specialised neonatal intensive care. Particularly, if a baby is born before 37 weeks or unwell they will most likely spend time in an intensive neonatal care unit to be provided every opportunity of surviving and becoming well enough to leave hospital and go home. Today on Me…
 
Breast milk can provide all the nutrition a growing baby needs during the first six months of life. And research continues to show us how breast feeding greatly benefits the health of a baby & mother. But did you know, breast feeding is actually a learnt skill. AND despite us thinking breast feeding is simply a natural process of becoming a mum – w…
 
Menorrhagia is the medical term for when menstrual periods are abnormally heavy or prolonged. As you can imagine suffering heavy periods can significantly impact one's quality of life and sadly many women will often tolerate them thinking that it is normal to suffer and be in pain when you are menstruating. Or women or young girls just do not feel …
 
Did you know this week is 'World Continence Week'?It's time for us all to ask ourselves the following questions:Do you have to rush to use the toilet?Are you frequently nervous at the thought that you might lose control of your bladder or bowel?Do you wake up twice or more during the night to go to the toilet?Do you sometimes leak when you lift som…
 
Breast cancer treatments often involve a combination of radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or targeted therapy. Radiation therapy for breast cancer can entail a number of visits, over a number of weeks. But what if I was to say, for suitable cases one targeted dose of radiotherapy can now be delivered directly into the breast, at the…
 
Increasingly studies are highlighting that ‘what we eat, matters’.So what are the foods that support our reproductive system for both men and women? Today on Meditalk we speak with Dr Joo Teoh a Perth based specialist in fertility, obstetrics and gynaecology to talk about what we should be eating to increase our chances of conceiving and support us…
 
Did you know that a hysterectomy is one of the most common types of elective surgeries for women in Australia. That being said, how much do you know of what is involved in having a hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is an operation that involves the removal of the uterus and therefore will end a women’s ability to menstruate and have children. Today on M…
 
If you would have told me in January this year that by March people all around the world would be affected by a virus from a bat. Whereby, hundreds of thousands of lives would be lost and people’s livelihoods taken away from them and life as we know it would be significantly changed - I just wouldn’t have believed you! Some days it just feels so su…
 
Expecting your first child can be an emotional and overwhelming time in your life, particularly when you’re considering all the varying birthing options that are now available. Everyone seems to have an opinion or experience they wish to share with you. However, listening to medical specialist advice can also be very helpful when devising your birt…
 
Endometriosis is a chronic condition that many women are diagnosed with globally. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 10 women of reproductive age suffer from this condition. So what is endometriosis?Why do we get it? What are the signs and symptoms of endometriosis?Can young girls suffer endometriosis? And what can you do about it if you are diagno…
 
Osteoarthritis is a chronic and progressive condition that mostly affects the hands, spine and joints such as; hips, knees and ankles. It is the most common form of arthritis in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics , 1 in 11 people have osteoarthritis, making it the leading reason for knee and hip replacement surgeries. Joint…
 
We walk on them every day and sadly it is often not until they are in significant pain that we appreciate our feet. If you have ever suffered from bunions or injured your foot or ankle suffering severe pain and aches in your feet that make it extremely difficult to walk, you begin to acknowledge how vital it is to have healthy and functional feet.T…
 
Life has become stressful. There are times in our day, week or year we can feel overwhelmed and stressed. Sometimes we don't even know we have become stressed until we get sick and we are forced to take greatly needed rest. Are you like me and feel some days there is just never as much time as what we need in our day and night to do the many tasks …
 
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition where the heart beats irregularly. AF is important to diagnose and treat as it can increase our risk of other conditions such as; heart failure and stroke.AF is very common in Australia, in fact it is estimated that more than half a million Australians are living with AF. Today we speak to Dr Gattorna about d…
 
Having a baby is an experience of a lifetime.It is a very emotional time for families and a significant life change for parents. But how should women expect to feel in the first few days, weeks and months after leaving hospital. Today we speak with specialist obstetrician Dr Melissa O’Neill from St John of God Hospital in Subiaco to talk about post…
 
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed when a cancerous tumour has developed in one or both of the ovaries. In 2019 approximately 1,600 Australian women are expected to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.Do you know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer?How is ovarian cancer is diagnosed? What are ovarian cysts and why do we get them?Are ovarian cysts relate…
 
Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer of both men and women in Australia.Bowel cancer is also known as colorectal cancer and it is a cancer that develops from the inner lining of the bowel. If undetected, like many cancers it can be very invasive. Depending on where the cancer begins, bowel cancer also relates to colon or rectal cancer. So …
 
According to Quit Australia if you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day, or have a cigarette in the first half hour after waking up, you are considered a person who has an addition to nicotine. Is this you or a loved one? Many quit campaigns over the years have educated us of how smoking can cause significant harm to our health. But quitting smoking…
 
Often most of us take our fertility for granted until sadly we try for a baby and experience difficulties. Infertility affects about 1 in 6 Australian couples of reproductive age and the causes of infertility are many and varied. It can cause couples and families great heart ache and pain however, with medical specialist advice and support this jou…
 
According to the Australian Heart Foundation in the last 10 years more than 92,000 Australians have lost their lives to a Heart Attack.Did you know women and men can experience differing warning signs of a heart attack?What are the warning signs of a heart attack? Do you have a family history of heart disease? Please take some time out of your busy…
 
October in Australia is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women, with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed by the age of 85. Over the years, thanks to Australia's national breast cancer screening program, public health campaigns and more effective treatments being offered there has been significant improvem…
 
Infected ears and tonsils are one of the most common reasons why children visit the doctor and are prescribed antibiotics. Dr Bumbak is a Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon at St John of God Hospital in Subiaco and he explains; why many children have issues with not only infections of the middle ear but, also with their tonsils and how gr…
 
There are just so many books and blogs out there talking pregnancy, it is no wonder many parents feel completely overwhelmed by information.Dr Mulroy helps to simplify the information for us. In our interview Dr Mulroy explains the genetic testing now available for pregnant women to consider as well as, answers pregnancy questions about food cravin…
 
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) can be life threatening. A AAA is when the part of the aorta that resides within the abdomen becomes bigger and bursts. Unfortuately, a AAA can develop slowly and not present with any symptoms. Occassionally people may feel a pulse near their belly button, or a pain in their back or stomach.Thankfully a thorough med…
 
Quite often what first comes to mind when thinking about breast surgery is breast implants or women seeking breast surgery for cosmetic reasons. However, with 1 in 8 women in Australia are being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and in 2018 breast cancer still remained the most common cancer women suffer from worldwide. Many women arou…
 
Many people worldwide are living with chronic pain!It is estimated globally that 1.5 billion people suffer from chronic pain which just seems uncomprehensible. Making pain a global public health concern.According to Pain Australia, ''one in five Australians are living with chronic pain and the prevalence increases to one in three people over the ag…
 
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