Tag: Mackay Experts September 2020

Real Estate

Why Should I Use a Real Estate Agent?

Mackay Regional Real Estate

Dear Robyn, I have seen people selling their homes privately For Sale By Owner. Why should I use a real estate agent?

There are many sites that encourage sellers to sell privately, and these have been around for many years. However, you need to ask yourself why they haven’t succeeded and taken over the market place?

Some testimonials of these websites provide successful experiences where the sale has gone smoothly, which is great. However, they avoid telling of the disasters or legal ramifications the sellers may have experienced.

Most of the sellers that I meet after they’ve tried to sell privately tell me that the process drove them insane.

They found it hard to listen to negative feedback or negotiate on their own property that they loved sentimentally. Buyers also manipulated the sale knowing the seller was selling without the commission costs charged by an agency and tried to bargain them down to ridiculously low prices. Many also felt that they had to entertain ‘tyre kickers’ who were just sticky-beaking. They were afraid that in the long term, something could come back to bite them because they didn’t have the knowledge around legislation, loop holes or the fine print.

Private sellers are not in the market place every weekend conducting Open Homes, getting to know buyers and what they want. But mostly, private sellers have not got any experience negotiating deals and taking the role of the middle-man.

Other than your health and that of your loved ones, your home is probably your next largest asset. A ‘cheap’ process, such as privately selling, may be appealing when looking at the upfront costs, but this can end up being very expensive when it literally costs you tens of thousands of dollars. Would you select the cheapest surgeon? Would you select the cheapest mechanic? Probably not. It’s best to talk to a Real Estate Agent who is an experienced expert in the industry.

P 0419 623 263





Why Is It So Important to Be Honest With Your Lawyer?

Statewide Family Law

Dear Katrina, Why is it so important to be honest with your lawyer?

When facing legal problems, your lawyer is your ally. Ken Taylor, a previous President of the Queensland Law Society, described lawyers accurately – “They are your defender and protector who fights for your rights when required”.

So, being truthful with your lawyer is essential because otherwise we cannot do our job properly and the outcomes can sometimes be dire.

One such example is that I was acting for a husband in a property settlement matter in the Federal Circuit Court. The matter went to trial and the husband was ordered to pay an amount of money to the wife from his superannuation fund.

At the end of the trial, my client was not happy with the outcome. Outside of the Courthouse, he told me that he was going to take all of the money out of superannuation fund so the wife would not get any of it. I advised him in very strong terms not to do that as there would be serious consequences for breaching an order of the Court. He appeared to understand that advice.

Not much later, I received notice from the husband’s superannuation fund that the wife had tried to obtain her entitlement.

There was no money left in the fund. When the client was asked about it, he tried to cover his tracks and lie about the whereabouts of the money.

After that, because of his actions, I could no longer continue to act for him and he was ultimately hauled back before the Judge to provide an explanation of his actions. The Judge ordered that the money be paid to the wife immediately and he was also ordered to pay all of the wife’s costs. A very costly lie indeed.

a 34 Wood St, Mackay






Should I Buy the iPhone 12 When It Is Released?

Harvey Norman Computers Mackay

Dear Adam, Should I buy the iPhone 12 when it is released, or should I stick with my older generation iPhone?

Throughout the years iPhones have gotten faster, better cameras, more features, and more useful for everyday life in general. So much information is stored on our phones in this technology-filled age that we need to access constantly. Plus the technology all around us keeps advancing. It’s no wonder that every new iPhone released is better than the last! This will be the same for the iPhone 12 without a doubt, although not much information has been released on it just yet.

The iPhone 12 will be one of the fastest phones available when it comes to processing data and multitasking. This will allow you to work as quickly as you need to without any hassle.

The camera will make sure all your family photos look amazing. There should be more storage space available and smaller improvements that we won’t know about until it’s released. If you plan on buying a new phone sometime this year, we would recommend buying the iPhone 12 as it will be one of, if not the fastest and best phones in the world when it hits the streets. iPhones don’t just look good; they make everyday life easier.

Apple did have to push the release date due to COVID-19, however it looks set for October (at the earliest). When it arrives in stores, make sure to visit us at Harvey Norman so we can discuss all the brilliant features of the phone with you. There are also likely to be multiple models of the iPhone 12 that have slightly different features and are different sizes. So, we can help you figure out which one would perfectly meet all of your needs and wants.

A Cnr Heaths Rd and Bruce Highway, Mackay





How Often Do I Need to Get a Skin Cancer Screening?

Mackay Skin Clinic

Dear Dr Graeme Cummings, How often do I need to get a skin cancer screening?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia. There are three main types of skin cancer. They are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and Melanoma.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

BCCs start in the basal cells of the epidermis and makes up about 70% of non-melanoma skin cancer. BCCs grow slowly over months and years. It rarely spread to other parts of the body. If it does, it’s usually on head, face, neck, shoulders, lower arms and legs where it is more exposed to the sun. They may appear as a pearly-coloured lump or slightly scaly area that is shiny or bright pink in colour, but some appear dark. They may also bleed and become inflamed. Lastly, they may appear to heal then become inflamed again. In general, any lesion that bleeds without trauma or fails to heal within 6 weeks, should be assumed to be a skin cancer, likely a BCC until proven otherwise. A doctor should always check it. 

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

SCC starts in the squamous cells of the epidermis and makes up about 30% of non-melanoma skin cancers. SCC tends to grow quickly over several weeks or months. If left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body and become an invasive SCC. And, SCC on the lips and ears are more likely to spread. Usually appear on parts of the body most often exposed to the sun but can start anywhere on the body. SCC may bleed and become inflamed and are often tender to touch and often appears as a thickened, scaly or crusted spot or rapidly growing lump. They are also more common as you get older.


Melanoma occurs on parts of the body that have been overexposed to the sun. Although it is one of the less common types of skin cancer, it is considered the most serious. This is because it is more likely to spread in other parts of the body, especially if not detected early.

Our clinic recommends getting a full body mole photography every 3 months to 3 yearly, depending on your personal risk profile. If you have a history of skin cancer, you are likely to need a skin check more regularly. However, someone with minimal risk factors will have a longer period between skin checks.

Sun protection by clothing and sunscreen and early detection is your best defence against skin cancer.

Phone Mackay Skin Clinic on 4953 3122


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My Child Suffers With Allergies. What Can I Do to Help Her?

Gasworks Guardian Pharmacy

Dear Jolon, My child suffers with allergies. Is there something I can do to help her?

Allergies occur when a person reacts to substances in the environment that most people don’t react to. These substances are called allergens and can be found in dust mites, pollens, pets, insects, moulds, foods and some medications. Symptoms of allergy can include itchy nose and eyes, excess mucous production, sneezing, swelling, itchy skin, asthma. In the most serious cases, a symptom can be anaphylaxis (swelling of the upper airways).

Addressing and Treating the Allergies

One of the first steps in addressing an allergy is to try and identify the allergen (the substance which the person is reacting to). In general, avoiding contact where possible will reduce the incidence of allergic symptoms. However, it can be difficult sometimes to identify the allergen/s, so you should speak to your doctor regarding allergy testing.

Overall there are many different treatments for allergies, depending upon the symptoms that the patient experiences. The first option is antihistamines (eg. Loratadine, Fexofenadine, Cetirizine). These block histamine – which is what causes the swelling and itch associated with allergies. Mostly antihistamines are useful in treating immediate symptoms of mild/moderate allergic reactions.

The next option are corticosteroids (eg. Mometasone, budesonide, fluticasone) which reduce the immune response to allergens. These medications can be useful to prevent allergies in patients that suffer on a daily/weekly/seasonal basis. In addition, if used regularly, they can prevent the onset of symptoms.

Anaphylaxis Action Plan

In the most serious allergies that cause anaphylaxis, it is extremely important that the patient is aware of the allergen that leads to their allergic reaction. This is because the primary treatment should be to avoid the allergen. The patient should also have a detailed Anaphylaxis Action Plan developed with their doctor and pharmacist that will involve steps to treating an anaphylactic reaction. This will involve the possible administration of a dose of adrenaline (epinephrine) through a device called an Epi-pen. In addition, it is always important that family members and caregivers are aware of this plan and know what to do in the event of an emergency.

If you or your family need assistance in managing your allergy symptoms, please contact the friendly pharmacists at Gasworks Pharmacy.

P 4957 5522
A Shop 7/137 Shakespeare St, Mackay


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What to Look for When It Comes to Men’s Health

Pioneer Medical Centre

Dear Dr Qureshi, What are some common men’s health issues that I should look out for?

With Father’s Day here we should all take a moment for the men in our lives whether they are our fathers, brothers, sons or friends. Men’s health is a serious issue, yet many men don’t see their doctor regularly. So, here are some pointers on what to look out for.

Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease happens when your coronary arteries get narrower and reduce the blood flow to the heart. Usually, it’s the underlying cause of a heart attack. Coronary Heart Disease is actually the leading cause of death in Men in Australia, according to www.aihw.gov.au, making it worth getting checked. Warning signs to look out for are a feeling of squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest. If you have experienced any of these symptoms then get checked by your doctor ASAP.

Prostate Cancer

Movember isn’t far away, so be aware and get checked. In fact, did you know that you can now have a blood test to check your prostate? You don’t have to grow a moustache to be involved in Movember. Instead, book in with your GP and check in with your friends and family to make sure they are up to date with prostate checks as well. Overall, one in six men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer by their 85th Birthday.

Remember, prevention is always better than a cure.

Mental Health

According to Beyond Blue, the suicide rate is three times higher in males than females. In addition, 1 in 8 males will experience depression in their lifetimes. Despite this, many men don’t seek help and the stigma of mental health is still a problem. Don’t be afraid to check in with those around you and if you’re having a tough time then reach out. Remember, ‘it ain’t weak to speak’.

Have a chat with your GP or call the Lifeline 24hour crisis line on 13 11 14.

A 19 Palmer St, North Mackay


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