Consider these facts:

  • 65% of people in developed countries are overweight.
  • The ability to retain fat makes us the evolutionary winners… if a famine were to occur we would be the grinners crossing the finish line of staying alive.
  • Just this morning in the supermarket we observed eight jam-packed aisles of packaged food and one lone section of “fresh” food items.

What is available to us in Australia is unprecedented – the choice is enormous. And choice is what this article is all about.

Recently, we have both started to exercise more with the help of a personal trainer. Gyms haven’t worked for us - they do, however, seem to work well for gyms, which in the past have taken our hard earned cash and then only had to deliver a handful of classes, long before a habit can begin. As does low-carbs-high-protein or paleo or just raw food or whatever eating plan is the recommended one of the day.

Northern Rivers GPs interested in becoming a a Community s100 Prescriber in HBV or HCV can undertake further training through the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine courses in May and June. 

The courses are free to NSW general practitioners and run over one or two days in Sydney on a week-end. Accommodation and meals are supplied as part of the package. 

This month I announced the great news that North Coast Medicare Local has been appointed to run the Primary Health Network on the North Coast.

There had been concern that our Primary Health Network may be run by an organisation from outside the area. When our local health professionals spoke to me about this I lobbied the Minister to make sure our PHN was run locally. I would like to thank those who took the time to raise the issue with me. Primary Health Networks – or PHNs - are part of the Government’s plans to improve the health of the nation and will replace Medicare Locals from July 1.

The PHNs will work directly with GPs, other primary health care providers, secondary care providers, hospitals and the broader community to ensure improved outcomes for patients.


The Lismore Base Hospital Haematology Department is seeking patients from Northern Rivers general practitioners for a new trial to help determine the optimal length of time for anti-coagulation after deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).

The "Einstein Extension" trial will be comparing Rivaroxaban 20 mgs versus Rivaroxaban 10 mgs versus Aspirin for 12 months for the secondary prevention of patients with a venous thromboembolic event who have received 6 months of anticoagulation therapy

Dying is a part of everyday life but many people struggle to talk about it. Facing death is even more daunting for people who are estranged from family or have no-one to care for them. In 2014 Footprints undertook a project looking at improving end of life care for marginalized clients who are socially or financially vulnerable and may be at risk of homelessness. Driven by Footprints staff who identified that the experience at end of life was less than optimal for clients, a project was undertaken in 2014 to explore ways to improve end of life care for clients.

Phase one of the project had already prepared the way by raising awareness, identifying local Palliative Care Services and improving linkages. Phase two involved case management and support of clients in the palliative phase of life, the provision of education to help staff to recognize clients who may be needing palliative care, and promotion and assistance with the completion of Advance Health Directives and Care Planning.