At The Quay Family Healthcare, your health is our priority. In addition to the work we do with our patients inside our clinic, we also aim to provide you with the correct information to help you live a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis.
Here are some useful links which may prove worthwhile for those with chronic illnesses or conditions.
The Heart Foundation
With over 1.4 million Australians living with heart disease and more than 55,000 Australians suffering from heart attacks every year, the Heart Foundation is dedicated to making a real difference to the heart health of Australians.
Every day, their work includes:
- funding world-class cardiovascular research
- guiding health professionals on preventing and treating heart disease
- educating Australians about making healthy choices
- supporting people living with heart conditions
- advocating to government and industry to improve heart health in Australia.
Check out the Heart Foundation website for more information.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation
Breast cancer occurs predominantly in females, although in rare instances men can also develop the disease. Breast cancer is a tumour that originates in the cells of the breast. Cancer develops when cells grow abnormally and multiply. These abnormal cells develop into cancerous growths that can, in some cases, spread (metastasise) to other areas of the body. These days breast cancer that is contained within the breast is largely treatable and the survival rate is at an all time high. However, if the tumour spreads to another part of the body, treatments are not generally effective and the survival rate is not good.
Research is the only way to stop women and men dying from the disease. Better understanding of how tumours originate, grow and spread results in better ways to prevent and treat breast cancer.
Check out the National Breast Cancer Foundation website for more information.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
With relevant and useful information for families, carers, services and hospitals, the AIHW is the key national agency set up by the Australian government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia’s health and welfare.
Check out the AIHW website for more information.
Kidney Health Australia
There are different types of Kidney Disease. More information about the causes and symptoms of kidney disease are available on the Kidney Health Australia website.
Kidney disease is broadly classified into acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease.
Acute kidney injury
Acute kidney injury is sudden damage to the kidneys. In many cases it will be short term but in some people it may lead to long-term chronic kidney disease. People who have chronic kidney disease are also at increased risk of acute kidney injury.
Chronic kidney disease
More often, kidney function worsens over a number of years. This is known as chronic kidney disease. Sometimes it can progress to end stage kidney disease, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to keep you alive.
There are many causes of kidney disease, and sometimes the cause is not known. Regardless of the cause of the disease, some parts of the treatment are common to all. However, your doctor will always attempt to find the cause of your kidney disease as it may have important implications.
Check out the Kidney Health Australia website for more information.
Asthma is a long-term lung condition. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers, causing a ‘flare-up’. In a flare-up, the muscles around the airway squeeze tight, the airways swell and become narrow and there is more mucus. These things make it harder to breathe.
A person’s asthma symptoms can vary over time – sometimes they will have no symptoms, especially when their asthma is well-controlled. Symptoms often vary from person to person, but they are most commonly:
tight feeling in the chest
Symptoms often occur at night, early in the morning or during/just after activity. They are caused by the narrowing of the airways.
If your asthma is well controlled, you should only have occasional asthma symptoms.
Check out the Asthma Australia website for more information.
Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it.
There are different types of diabetes; all types are complex and serious. The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
Check out the Diabetes Australia website for more information.