Preventative Health

Keeping you happy and healthy so you can enjoy the most out of life.

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At Mullumbimby Comprehensive Health Centre, we are dedicated to supporting our community in the prevention of illness and disease by offering a comprehensive support network of practitioners that specialise in education and modalities to keep you well! Preventative health care consists of measures taken for disease prevention, increasing knowledge, natural vitality, wellbeing, optimal health & balance of the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspect to be able to live the life you were born to live. 

Disease and disability are affected by environmental factors, genetic predisposition, disease agents, and lifestyle choices and are dynamic processes which begin often before individuals realise they are affected. Take a look at our Resources page to view our blogs, newsletters and recipes to learn how you can support your journey to your optimal health & wellbeing with preventative health at our centre.

Preventative health care consists of measures taken for disease prevention, increasing knowledge, natural vitality, wellbeing, optimal health & balance of the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspect to be able to live the life you were born to live. 

How to have a healthy lifestyle

Lots! Aside from the level of training, exercise physiologists aim to achieve lifestyle and behavioral change.

Exercise physiologists (EP’s) are, by far, the most qualified health professionals to provide exercise for people with conditions such as diabetes and pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, depression, COPD, arthritis and those with a history of poor exercise maintenance.

Weight management

Supporting the regulation of your weight to your optimal range supports your ability to prevent and manage chronic illnesses and diseases. Maintaining your optimal weight and monitoring where your body fat is stored can help you reduce the risk of chronic disease. Where your body fat is stored may indicate an increased risk for chronic

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Healthy food guidelines and serving sizes

To ensure you are getting a balanced diet with the adequate amount of nutrition daily means taking a look at the food diversity and serving size on your plate. Use the following guidelines as a checklist to review your current eating habits; Choose a medium size plate or bowl to begin with (rather than a

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Healthy eating and drinking tips

These tips are a good way to check in with your daily habits and review what you are already doing and help you find easy solutions to make positive changes that can support your healthy living goals. Drinks Stay hydrated = how do you know if you are dehydrated? What does it feel like? How

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Exercise and activity essentials

Being physically active and exercising regularly is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Research shows that 20mins of moderate levels of exercise or activity 5 days per week has many health benefits and can reduce your likelihood of illness and disease. Take a look at some simple and effective solutions to help get

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skin cancer check

Preventing skin cancer

The Australian sun radiates strong UV rays, exposure to which can lead to skin cancer and skin damage. These UV rays generate the production of free radicals which create unstable oxygen molecules that cause inflammation and damage the cells function and your skin’s DNA.  “DNA damage can cause changes in your genes called mutations that lead

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General Practitioner Preventative Health Screening

Regular health screening helps you to live a  longer and healthier life.

Early detection of diseases and condition, such as cancer, can increase life expectancy and reduce serious complications.

There are three national screening programs in Australia: Cervical Screening; Bowel Screening and Breast Screening.

At any time, if you have any symptoms or notice any changes indoor body – don’t wait – go to your doctor/GP

Newborns

  • Doctor’s health check

Babies from 2 months old

  • Immunisation program
  • Subsequent check up with each immunisation

4 year olds

  • Doctors  health check prior to starting school

Teenagers/Young people

  • Mental health screening
  • Sexual and physical health information and checkups

Women age 21-70

  • Cervical screening (previously called pap smear) for HPV virus and cervical cancer 
  • Performed by female GPs and a practice nurse
  • Testing is able to pick up issues early allowing for early intervention & treatment before serous pathology develops, such as cancer

45-49 years of age

  • Health check-ups available
  • Blood Pressure check-up yearly
  • Fasting glucose and cholesterol levels
  • Frequency of ongoing monitoring depends on results
  • AUSDRISK check-up for risk of diabetes with associated health information and advice for diabetes mellitus prevention.

Over 50 years of age

  • Women: if no increased risk of breast cancer (due to family history) to begin mammogram for breast cancer screening
  • Men: prostate cancer screening will be offered every 2 years with appropriate counselling
  • Everyone: bowel cancer screening (if no increased risk due to family history) FOBT +/- colonoscopy if indicated
  •  Exercise classes for COPD/CCF and OA knees/hips

Over 75 years of age

  • Exercise classes for falls prevention
  • Frailty screening
  • ACAT Assessment
  • Driving medical

Emergencies

If you need a doctor urgently outside of our opening hours please call Byron District Hospital on 6639 9400.

For emergencies call 000 for an ambulance.

Urgent Care Clinic

On the day appointments are available by calling the surgery from 8am onwards until slots are filled. We recommend calling early to secure an appointment.

Opening Hours

Medical Centre
Monday – Friday: 8.30 – 17.00
Saturday: 8.30 – 11.30

Allied Health
Monday – Friday: 8.30 – 17.00
Saturday: 8.30 – 11.30