It's a cliché to say that prevention is better than cure, however it's also true! All of us as we get older experience various medical conditions and there are lots of things that your GP can do to detect these problems early and help delay them or prevent them entirely. For example, cancer prevention activities, such as skin checks, Pap smears, bowel checks, and a range of blood tests can be very helpful to head off trouble early. Doctors also are very focused on trying to reduce what they call cardiovascular riskby helping people to stop smoking, reduce their diabetes risk, manage blood pressure, undertake regular exercise, eat healthily, and undertake a range of other preventive activities.
Our wonderful bodies are amazing, but of course things can and do sometimes go wrong! People go to their family doctor with all sorts of common physical illnesses, for example, coughs and colds, gastroenteritis, skin rashes and reproductive problems just to name a few. In this section, Dr Grant Blashki discusses many common physical conditions, their causes and their treatments, and highlight some red flags to watch out for.
Mental health problems are very common in the community, for example depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol problems too. Sometimes mental illness runs in families, and sometimes they are caused or made worse by the stresses of life such as work pressures or relationship problems. People coping with serious physical illness also often experience mental health issues too. In this section, Dr Grant Blashki talks openly about common mental disorders, their causes and the treatments which are known to be helpful based on research evidence.
Mental Health – the Forgotten NCD By Janie Maxwell and Grant Blashki Most of you will know someone with mental illness. How long did it take for them to receive help? How does it affect their lives and those around them? How do you personally feel about mental health? This chapter endeavours to paint a picture of mental health around the globe...
In this section, Dr Grant Blashki provides some simple health tips based on his experience and the evidence from research studies. He explores some broader issues about maintenance of health such as some general principles for recovery, what to do when your doctor hasn't been able to diagnose your problem, how to select investigations carefully and sensibly, being cautious with Dr Google, and simple things that you can do to improve your well-being.
This index lists the many family doctor expert videos in alphabetical order. Some of the listings are to do with specific conditions whilst others are titled according to specific themes and topics discussed by Dr Grant Blashki.
Dr Grant Blashki has been a GP in Australia for over 25 years and is also an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He has a real passion for providing the public with evidence-based, useful, high quality health information that helps them to make well informed decisions about their own health. He has published five books and over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. His full bio can be read on his professional webpage www.blashki.com