Patient Brochures

 

Bulletin or Guide

Summary

Date

Allergies and their diagnosis
  • Allergy questions answered:
  • What are allergies?
  • What are common allergens in our area?
  • What symptoms might you experience?
  • What tests are available?
  • How much does testing cost?
2018-09-01
Blood pressure - keeping it in check
  • The importance of blood pressure.
  • Diagnosis and monitoring 
  • BP testing over a 24-hour period (Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring - ABPM).
  • How to make an appointment & how the monitor works.
2019-06-01
 Coeliac Disease - New directions in testing 
  • Diagnosing coeliac disease.
  • The role of genes HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8.
  • New directions in testing.
  • History of coeliac disease.
2017-01-01
CST: Changes to cervical screening
  • On December 1, 2017, cervical cancer screening in Australia changed.
  • Why has screening changed?
  • How does the screening work?
  • What's involved?
  • FAQs answered.
2019-03-22
Diabetes: Testing for type 2 diabetes
  • Information on testing to screen for, diagnose and manage type 2 diabetes
2019-03-11
Expanded carrier screening
  • Reproductive carrier screening provides information about your risk of having a child with a serious genetic condition.
  • This brochure covers the questions you might have from what the testing is, how genes are detected all the way to arranging the testing and points to consider.
2018-08-01
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
2018-08-01
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
2017-11-15
Haemochromatosis - testing and treatment
  • Information about haemochromatosis.
  • How the body controls iron levels.
  • Inheriting the gene and genetic testing.
  • Treatments and what to expect.
2016-07-01
Helicobacter Pylori: Testing for Helicobacter Pylori
  • 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.
2015-12-16
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.
2018-03-14
Inflammatory Bowel disease
  • Crohn’s disease (CD) & ulcerative colitis (UC)
  • Genetics
  • Colonoscopy & tissue investigation
  • Faecal calprotectin 
2018-09-01
Lactose intolerance and genetic testing
  • What are the signs of lactose intolerance?
  • What causes lactose intolerance?
  • Information on genetic testing.
  • How to arrange a test.
2019-06-01
Non-invasive prenatal testing
  • Detailed information about non-invasive prenatal testing including:
  • What it is?
  • What the testing involves?
  • What to expect?
  • and, common questions answered.
2018-04-01
Nut allergies including peanut
  • Easy-to-understand overview of nut allergies  
  • The tests used to diagnose nut allergies
  • Medicare rebates and costs of testing
2018-09-01
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
2018-10-01
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)
2013-10-30
Private health funds with 'no gap' agreements with SNP
  • A list of health funds that have an agreement where a 'no gap' agreement is in place with SNP.
2017-06
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
2019-04-01
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
2017-07-31
Reproductive Carrier Screening
  • What does reproductive carrier screening test for?
  • What if CF, SMA or FXS runs in your family?
  • Testing procedure.
  • Arranging a test.
  • And, common questions answered.
2018-10-01
Ross River Virus (RRV) - Patient information sheet
  • What is Ross River Virus?
  • Symptoms explained.
  • How is RRV diagnosed?
  • Treatment options.
  • And, many other topics discussed.
2017-05-01
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 
2018-01-01
STI: 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
2017-08-15
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)
2016-03-23
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® 
2017-09-01
Warfarin Care Billing information -  Issue 9
  • Warfarin Care account information
  • Warfarin Care access times 
  • INR testing fees
  • Medicare rebates
2018-03-09