November News
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Welcome to Kon-Tiki News, the only newsletter for the Kon-Tiki Medical Centre on the Sunshine Coast. November is a crucial month for bringing health awareness to the community and today we’re going to give you a little insight into why. Read on and help us support and raise awareness for crucial causes such as epilepsy, perinatal anxiety and depression, and a trifecta of cancer — cervical, skin, and pancreatic.
We’re so excited to have you with us! Enjoy!

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Welcome to Specialist Paediatrician

To the newest member of the Kon-Tiki team
Dr Sona Kalyanpur Rao

This month we’re welcoming to the team Dr Sona Kalyanpur Rao, MBBS (Delhi) DCH (London) FRACP. As a specialist in Child Health, Dr Rao is a paediatrician bringing a new set of eyes and experiences to the Kon-Tiki family.
Her expertise covers a wide variety of issues, as detailed below.

  • Perinatal reviews and neonatal developmental reviews
  • Infections (Urinary tract, Skin, Respiratory)
  • Chronic Abdominal Pain /Feeding problems
  • Neurodevelopment delays (Cerebral palsy and other birth defects)
  • Growth/ Adolescent Developmental Issues
  • Behavioural Issues (ADHD, ASD)
  • Sleep problems/ eating disorder
  • Learning difficulties/ Speech delays
  • Constipation/Soiling (Encopresis)
  • Bedwetting (Enuresis)
  • Eczema/Skin Lesions/ Atopic conditions/Urticaria/ Wound care
  • Respiratory problems/ Asthma/ Cystic fibrosis
  • Obesity in childhood
  • Recurrent otitis/ Recurrent tonsillitis
  • Assessment and monitoring with cardiovascular birth defects

Contact us on (07) 5349 0390 for more information, or to book an appointment with Dr Rao.


Epilepsy Awareness Month

A condition more common than you think!

As one of the oldest known conditions man can suffer from — with records dating back within ancient literature to the Bible itself — epilepsy, now, currently sits as the most common serious neurological condition in Australia. (Some 3.5% of the population will be affected in their lifetime.) It is a condition characterized by seizures which are symptoms of an abnormality of the electrical connections in the brain.
Epilepsy QLD is an organisation dedicated to assisting those affected by epilepsy. Their website — found over here — is an excellent resource of information on epilepsy, support groups, and what you can do to help not just them, but those you know (or don’t) living with this condition. You’ll find details on their helpline — open Mon to Fri and available at 1300 852 853 or (07) 3435 5000 — and crucial information on how to administer first aid to someone having a seizure.
Check them out and lend a hand where and if you can. For something so common within our community, it’s vital we all work together to help those affected.


Thank U NICU Day & Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week (PANDA)

13th November & 11-17 November

Now that we’ve successfully captured your attention with an adorable baby, let’s get down to business! Every year in Australia, it’s estimated that 48,000 babies require the help of a Neonatal Care Unit (NICU) and 27,000 of those are babies that have been born prematurely. For over 10 years, the Miracle Babies Foundation has been vital in developing and providing crucial programs and resources to support families that find themselves in the NICU. Check out their website for more information on how you can help — whether it’s through volunteering or fundraising — and the excellent work they do for families and their newborns.
And as two sides of the same coin, it’s so important that both newborns and their parents are both looked after in the wake of a birth. PANDA is an organisation seeking to look after mothers, fathers, and families across Australia who are experiencing anxiety and depression during pregnancy and the first year of parenthood. Perinatal anxiety and depression is a serious illness affecting up to one in five mothers and one in ten fathers.
If you or one you love is suffering, or you would like to host an event to help the foundation, you can find information at PANDA’s website. They also have a helpline open Monday to Friday, and the number can be found below.


Cervical, Skin, and Pancreatic Cancer

12-18th November & 18-24th November & entire month

Across the world, every year, 270,000 women die from cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix (the narrow lower portion — or “neck” — of the uterus) and in the worst case scenario can spread throughout the body.
The ACCF works throughout Australia and developing countries to help eliminate cervical cancer through vaccinations and screening and promoting awareness. They work tirelessly to help women where they can, and if you’d like to donate and support, or just check out their site for more information, you can find them here.
With more than 2,000 Australians dying from skin cancer each year, the Cancer Council estimates that we are spending more than $1 billion a year on treating it. And the thing is, most skin cancers can be prevented by the simple use of good sun protection!
That’s why, this action week from the 18-24th Nov, the Cancer Council is encouraging everyone to #OwnYourTone to protect yourself from UV radiation and abstain from tanning. To find out more about skin cancer, and how you can support the Cancer Council, check out their website.
In 2017, pancreatic cancer made up 2.4% of all new cancer cases diagnosed. And with 7.7% of patients reaching the 5 year survival mark (and two thirds of all patients dying within the first year of diagnosis) pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers.
Check out Pancare (an organisation working tirelessly to support those affected) for information on the support services they provide, how you can help them, and further details on pancreatic cancer.