Conditions and Diseases

Conditions and Diseases

Managing chronic pain

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Most, if not all, of us will experience periods of physical pain throughout our lives. Nerves carry signals from our body to our brain communicating there is a problem, and we experience these signals as pain. Pain serves an important purpose, as it is often a symptom of illness or injury. This means it usually…

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Parkinson’s: Causes, symptoms and management

What is Parkinson’s? Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that recent research suggests affects over 100,000 Australians. Parkinson’s presents through a variety of symptoms making it difficult to diagnose. Primarily affecting older people, 65 is the average age of a Parkinson’s diagnosis, however Young Onset Parkinson’s is diagnosed in approximately 20% of cases. What causes…

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Dysphagia and mealtime safety: How a Speech Pathologist can help

Did you know Speech Pathologists are experts on swallowing? Swallowing is a common part of our everyday function. Like breathing, swallowing is something most of us don’t pay much attention to – unless there is a problem. However, for those who experience difficulty swallowing, everyday activities like eating and drinking can often be stressful, uncomfortable,…

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Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day – Occupational Therapy What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic disease associated with abnormally high levels of sugar glucose in the blood.  This occurs when the pancreas does not provide adequate insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar), or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. There are 3…

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Depression

Taking time for mental health during Mental Health Week Depression and looking after our health Queensland Mental Health Week (5-13th October 2019) shines the spotlight on how we can look after our own mental health.  It is linked to National Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day which is held on the 10th October.…

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Amputation

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Amputation Awareness and Treatment Did you know: Someone will undergo an amputation every 30 minutes in Australia.  Losing a limb is a life changing event and many Australian’s are dealing with the associated challenges every day. National Amputee Awareness Week is recognised during 4-11th of October.  This week is about raising awareness, making sure people…

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Fragile X Syndrome

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Inherited Conditions with Fragile X Gene Fragile X-associated Disorders are a term given to a range of inherited conditions that occur as a result of alterations in the FMR1 gene (Fragile X gene). It is estimated in Australia, 1 child per week is born fully affected by Fragile X syndrome and 20 are born carriers…

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Stroke Rehab

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Upper Limb Rehab After Strokes How can the upper limb be affected by a stroke? Everyone’s experience of stroke is unique, however there are some common effects of stroke to the upper limb (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand) that can impact on a person’s ability to complete daily living tasks. Read more about what a stroke…

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Strokes

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Stroke Effects and Recovery What is a stroke caused by? A stroke is a medical condition caused by the disruption of blood supply to the brain; either via: a broken or burst blood vessel …this is called a haemorrhagic stroke; or by a blood vessel being blocked by a clot …this is called an ischaemic…

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Autism

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What is Autism? Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a diagnosis that refers to a broad range of symptoms that can impact an individual across any range of daily life activities including communication, social interactions, thinking and behaviour. This diversity is why we refer to Autism in terms of a spectrum. Every person with…

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