Category: CAIRNS

Does it Hurt to Get Braces? Dr Bobby Answers.

Dr Bobby Griffin – Sunbird Orthodontics

Dear Dr Bobby, Does having braces hurt?

It’s true that it can take some time to get used to braces and that they can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable. However, I have never had a kid ask me to take the braces off because they can’t handle it. Three out of four children will experience mild discomfort for around a week after braces go on.

But, only one kid in ten will need a Panadol tablet to alleviate their discomfort. Any discomfort felt by a child when the braces go on is quickly forgotten when they see their teeth become beautiful and straight. This boost in self-confidence makes it all worthwhile.

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How Can My Pharmacy Support Me During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Mario Calanna – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Mario, How can my pharmacy support me during the Coronavirus pandemic?

If you’re feeling fluey, or simply don’t want to risk entering a public place, call your local Calanna and you can arrange someone to pick up your shop, or we’ll bring it out to your car. For medication, download the MedAdvisor App, choose Calanna, and then place your order and collect when convenient. It’s a good time to boost your immune system, Vitamin C, Immune Booster Tonic, and Zinc are great things to be taking. Come see us for your personalised plan. If there’s anything else we can do for your family at this time, please let us know.

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What Things Should I Look for in a Pharmacy?

Matthew Calanna – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, What should I look for in a pharmacy?

You should look for one that has pharmacist who’s experienced and understands your family’s needs. Face to face dispensing is important. This means the pharmacist is easily accessible at the front of the dispensary so you can speak with them and access their knowledge. Additionally it should be open seven days a week, early-late. This is because they understand that when you’re crook, or need advice, it generally happens off the clock. A loyalty club with customer benefits is always a plus. Laslty, look for one who genuinely cares about your family, has an experienced team and offers unique products and services to assist your health.


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Help, My cat keeps marking its territory around the house!

Dr Richard Thomas – Cairns Vet Clinic

Dear Dr Richard Thomas, my cat keeps marking its territory around the house. What can I do?

Cats tend to mark areas/their territory in response to stressful stimuli, luckily there are a few things you can do to stop this. Try different types of litter and make sure to keep it fresh. Have more trays than cats, placed in a quiet and accessible area. Restrict access to areas they’re marking or use a cleaner containing ‘urease’. Spray relaxing pheromones, or install a diffuser (“Feliway”) near the marking areas, and make sure to keep cats separated if they don’t get along. If this doesn’t work then you should speak to your vet.

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Finding Our Place – Wuchopperen Children and Family Centre

At our Children and Family Centre at Wuchopperen, we are always looking at how we implement our team’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge into our programming. It helps us to foster a child’s personal and cultural development. Some of these lessons are unique to each country (did you know there are over 500 different countries in Australia!). But, we can apply some of these lessons to all children. For example, how we find our place and develop our identity. 

In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures one of the most significant parts of a child’s upbringing is their connection with their mob, family and kin. While family connection is important for all children, in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, it is not just our immediate nucleus family that play an important and lasting role in our lives. We have a wider circle of complex family ties; often with many brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunties, uncles and cousins. They all play significant and differing roles in teaching and guiding us as we grow. Often our siblings are see as an extension of ourselves. Children will often refer to them as “Mum” or “Dad” too as we move into becoming parents. 

Our identity and family influence so many aspects of life. This includes not just how we interact with our immediate family, but within our extended families and wider communities.

Understanding the importance of our roles within our families and communities is crucial to our identities. We encourage our children to explore their roles. It’a crucial to develop self-esteem and an understanding of their worthiness. In fact, modern psychotherapy tells us that children who have knowledge of identity and high levels of self-esteem will go on to perform better in all areas of their adult lives. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been implementing practices supporting these ideals for thousands of years.

From early childhood, we know who our mob is and where we are from. This knowledge is then embedded in our family identity, our language and our connection to our country.

If your family aren’t Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, have a think about how your child develops their identity. This includes their cultural or community identity as well as their personal identity. If you want to explore more on this theme, our playgroups at the Wuchopperen Children and Family Centre are open to all families with children under 5 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. In these Playgroups you and your child can learn all about our different cultures, and maybe share a thing or two with us too!

Article written by Wuchopperen Health Service. 

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Can Calanna Pharmacy Help Me With My Chronic Condition?

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, how can a pharmacy help me manage my chronic disease?

Here at Calanna, we are registered NDSS providers and can offer those with diabetes support services and specialist products. Additionally, our free MedsCheck allows us to review your medicines and provide advice to you and your GP. Our Medication Packing service also optimises your medication by ensuring you take the right medicine and the right dose, at the right time. Overall we strive to work with your health care team to support your health and manage a chronic condition. 

Make Calanna your pharmacy today so we can learn your medical history and help you manage your chronic condition.


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