We’re all in this together: breastfeeding support for families

By Kathryn Barwick, Australian Breastfeeding Association Central Coast My boy, only minutes old, lay skin-to-skin across my chest, his head resting on my breast. I looked at him and I knew one thing for sure. Everything had changed – and things would never go back to how they were before. New parents are faced with …

Moving through Lymphoedema with exercise and health education

LYMPHATIC SOLUTIONS Exercise has many benefits for lymphoedema prevention, detection and recovery. Our Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist and Occupational Therapist, Kate Perkins, recently spoke with lymphoedema physiotherapist, honorary lecturer at Macquarie University, mentor, and founder of online HELP program, Andrea Mangion, about how personalised exercise programs can help you safely and confidently move through cancer rehabilitation …

Top tips to help manage children’s anxiety about COVID-19

LAURA’S PLACE By Laura Kiln PgDip (CBT) (Child & Adolescence), BSc (Hons) CMHN As I sit here it’s Sunday evening across the Coast, I guess many parents are preparing their children for back to school, back to “a new normal”, whatever that might be! As the international impact of the COVID-19 virus continues to increase, …

Eight reasons to visit your dentist

CENTRAL COAST DENTAL EMERGENCY SERVICE There is nothing more important than your health, which is why staying on track with your dental appointments and treatment whilst maintaining good oral hygiene is more crucial now than ever. With the recent easement of restrictions during COVID-19, local dentists are now able to provide all dental treatment for …

Rehabilitation is for everyone – the young and not so young!

BRISBANE WATERS PRIVATE HOSPITAL Alex’s personal journey Six weeks ago Alex was on his way home from work when he was involved in a horrific motorcycle accident. Alex was hit head on by a moving 4WD, causing significant injuries to his arm and both legs. Rushed to emergency, Alex underwent surgery on his fractured wrist, …

Providing best practice care for mothers and newborns on the Coast

GOSFORD PRIVATE HOSPITAL by Robyn Gasparotto, Manager – Gosford Private Maternity Services Gosford Private Maternity Services has introduced an internationally recognised, evidence-based training program named PROMPT (Practical Obstetric Multiprofessional Team training). The training involves doctors, midwifery and nursing staff in emergency simulation training within the hospital’s Birth Unit, Maternity Ward, Special Care Nursery and Operating …

What is education for? A fresh look at why we provide school education

GREEN POINT CHRISTIAN COLLEGE 2020 has witnessed huge impacts on education with schools having to radically change their mode of learning. As a result, it has caused educators, and others, around the world to go back to asking the question, “What exactly is education for?” Cultural critic and educational commentator, Neil Postman in his book, ‘The …

Pregnant during COVID-19?

Dr Farag answers your questions Congratulations on having a baby on the way! This is the most exciting time for you but unfortunately with the situation right now you are probably feeling very anxious and concerned. Having a baby is stressful enough without a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and all the associated misinformation. This is why …

Debunking the Myths about your Genes & Breast Cancer

With Dr Mary Ling, Central Coast Breast and General Surgeon Around 1 in 10 cases of female breast cancer is due to a faulty gene passed through families from one generation to the next. Here are 5 common myths about hereditary breast cancer:  Myth   1Breast cancer gene mutationsonly cause breast cancer.  BRCA1 and BRCA2, …