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Kenmore Clinics is pleased to announce that it will be offering Aviation Medical Renewals from Tuesday the 01/11/2022.

Dr Ralph Joyce previously worked in General Practice at Kenmore Clinics from 2000-2010, and since then he has been practicing both Family Medicine and Aviation Medicine in Dubai.  Dubai is a multi-national Aviation Hub where Dr Joyce gained extensive Aviation Medicine experience renewing Medical Certificates for the local GCAA, as well as the UK CAA, European EASA, US FAA, and Australian CASA Authorities.

He has now returned to Kenmore Clinics to continue to work part-time in General Practice, and will also be offering Aviation Medicals for Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, Cabin Crew, and Aviation Students needing to have Initial Certification or Renewal of their Medical Certificates.

He has maintained his Aviation Medical Examiner Designation with CASA, and will be renewing Class 1, 2, and 3 Medical Certificates at Kenmore Clinics. For appointments or queries please speak with reception on (07) 3363 1600



In 1991, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) launched World Diabetes Day (WDD) which is celebrated on the 11th of November each year.  This year the theme is ‘education to protect the future’ and focuses on the need for better access to quality diabetes education for health professionals and for people living with diabetes.

Why is diabetes education important?  The three most common types of diabetes are type 2, gestational and type 1 diabetes.  Over 500 million people worldwide live with diabetes, with half of them unaware that they have the condition. In Australia, 1 in 20 people are diagnosed with diabetes and it is believed this is not a true reflection of the actual number of people with the condition.

When not managed, diabetes can lead to life-threatening complications.  More than 95% of the time, people with diabetes are looking after themselves, so they need to understand their condition and how to manage it. Diabetes education can help people with diabetes as well as their health care professionals to stay up to date with their diabetes knowledge. There is strong evidence that up to 60% of type 2 diabetes cases are able to be prevented.  Diabetes education can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and increase public and health professional awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors for diabetes.  

What is my risk? You can have type 2 diabetes and not know it because there may be no obvious symptoms. People are at higher risk of type 2 diabetes if they:

  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Are over 40yrs of age and overweight, inactive or have high blood pressure.
  • Had gestational diabetes or have given birth to a baby over 4.5kg
  • Have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or Pacific ISland, Asian (including the Indian subcontinent), Southern European, Middle Eastern or North African cultral background
  • Take steroid or anti-psychotic medications 
  • Have had an elevated blood glucose levels on a blood test
  • Have had a heart attack or stroke

While you cannot change some of these risk factors, making healthy lifestyle choices can prevent or even delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. This November, why not talk with your GP or take this simple test ( to find out your diabetes risk.


Nicole McClure – BN RN Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE)




Ever have bananas going brown in the fruit bowl?

Well this one is for you


  • 130g butter, melted
  • 160g brown sugar
  • 280g ripe bananas (approx. 3)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bi-carb soda
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 75g maple syrup



Can you guess the phrases or expressions??


Last month’s riddle answer – A Calendar






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