Patient Brochures

 

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Summary

Date

Blood pressure - keeping it in check
  • How high blood pressure (hypertension) affects health
  • Diagnosis and monitoring 
  • BP testing over a 24-hour period (Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring - ABPM).
  • How to make an appointment & how the monitor works
07-07-2017
Fertility: Understanding your fertility, the eggtimer test
  • The anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) test helps assess a woman’s fertility and  egg reserve
  • AMH is secreted by early stage follicles (egg sacs) following ovulation
  • The measure of ovarian reserve is useful in IVF to work out if a woman is going to be a good candidate for the process
01-08-2018
Genetic testing for the breast cancer gene
  • The two main breast cancer genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2
  • Risks & links to ovarian cancer 
  • How the genetic variants are tested
  • Medicare & billing
15-11-2017
Holter Monitor: information for patients
  • How the heartbeat occurs
  • Abnormal heart beats or rhythms & symptoms (palpitations, racing heart, shortness of breath, missed or skipped beats, to fainting, blackouts)
  • Holter Monitor – a continuous monitoring of the heart rhythm through an ECG
14-03-2018
How do you know if you have an STI - you don't
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections 
  • (Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Genital Herpes, Trichomoniasis, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Syphilis, Hepatitis B, HIV)
  • How & when to get tested
  • Collecting the sample yourself
15-08-2017
Inflammatory Bowel disease
  • Crohn’s disease (CD) & ulcerative colitis (UC)
  • Genetics
  • Colonoscopy & tissue investigation
  • Faecal calprotectin 
01-09-2018
New test for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - Crohn’s  disease & ulcerative colitis & the inflammation process
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Investigation, diagnosis & monitoring
  • Colonoscopy, tissue investigation & faecal calprotectin 
12-06-2014
Nut allergies including peanut
  • Easy-to-understand overview of nut allergies  
  • The tests used to diagnose nut allergies
  • Medicare rebates and costs of testing
01-09-2018
Pathology and pregnancy
  • Comprehensive overview of tests used to monitor your pregnancy
  • Routine antenatal tests – first, second and third trimester
  • Infectious diseases 
  • Blood group tests
  • Genetic and chromosomal tests and screening
15-01-2018
Pathology testing and neuroendocrine tumours (NETs)
  • Neuroendocrine Tumours (NETs)
  • Pathology tests used to diagnose NETs, including Chromogranin A (CgA), Platelet serotonin, 5-Hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA), Hormones, 
  • Microscopic investigation (histopathology)
30-10-2013
Prostate Cancer: testing     
  • Overview of prostate cancer & its diagnosis 
  • Prostate specific antigen (PSA), free/total PSA ratio & the Prostate Health Index
  • Guidelines for testing & Medicare rebate information
01-11-2016
Receive your Warfarin Care results by SMS
  • How to access Warfarin care dose instructions & INR test results immediately by SMS/text
  • How to register & enrol
  • What will happen when you start receiving results
  • What will happen if results are outside your target range
31-07-2017
Skin Cancer - information for patients
  • Overview of skin cancer  & its diagnosis
  • Images of different types of skin cancer 
  • Cross sections of different types of skin cancer 
01-01-2018
Testing for Helicobacter Pylori  - what to expect
  • Helicobacter pylori infection, a common bacterial infection that can damage the lining of the stomach and small bowel 
  • Diagnosis and monitoring, including blood test for antibodies, Urea Breath Test (UBT), and faecal antigen test.
  • Tests following a gastroscopy/ endoscopy and biopsy, including rapid urease test, microbiology culture and microscopic investigation
16-12-2015
Thinking about a baby 
  • Pathology tests that can help you get ready for pregnancy
  • FBC, Iron studies, B12, Vitamin D, glucose, electrolytes, liver function, lipids (cholesterol & triglycerides), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • Infections – STIs, hepatitis B & C, group B streptococcus, cervical screening - HPV & Pap smear
  • Genetic screening for inherited disorders (reproductive carrier screening) inc. cystic fibrosis (CF), Fragile X & spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
23-03-2016
Warfarin Care Patient Guide 
  • Comprehensive guide to the Warfarin Care program
  • Contact details of Warfarin Care support and dose information centre
  • INR results & managing your levels
  • Patient questionnaire 
  • Coumadin® and Marevan® 
2017
Warfarin Care Billing information -  Issue 8
  • Warfarin Care account information
  • Warfarin Care access times 
  • INR testing fees
  • Medicare rebates
09-03-2018