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Flinders University Hearing Services
provides hearing assessments,
advice and assistance to people who
are experiencing hearing difficulties.
What does a hearing assessment
An audiologist will ask a number
of questions about your ears and
hearing. Both ears will be inspected
using an otoscope and you will
be instructed to listen to a series
Hearing tests available
of tones via headphones and to
indicate whenever a tone is heard.
The results (audiogram) show the
softest sounds that you can hear.
Testing may also examine your
ability to understand speech.
For further information call
FUHS on 8204 5959 or visit the
• Balance and reduce risk of falling
• Mental wellbeing
• Low back pain
Revive Fitness is situated at
550 Marion Road, Plympton Park.
• Body composition (more muscle less fat)
• Self-esteem and self confidence
Revive Fitness runs a "Strength for Life" program that encourages older people to
engage in strength training. It aims at prompting strength training as a suitable and
highly beneficial exercise for over 50's. Benefits of Strength Training:
This is a supervised program with a qualified fitness instructor that oversees every session.
Revive Fitness also has a wet area with pool, spa and steam room.
We also run Aqua Aerobics classes and yoga classes.
Call us on 8297 8433 and we can arrange someone to show you our facilities.
Or go onto our website. www.revivefitness.com
A service promoting Excellence
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Hearing Assessments & Advice • Hearing Aid Fittings & Aftercare
Tinnitus Management • Group Information Sessions
FUHS provides hearing aids privately and NOT under the Commonwealth Government Voucher scheme
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Strong muscles are paramount for
an active and independent life.
After all, our muscles enable us to
climb stairs, dig in the garden, lift
the groceries and dance the tango!
Although strength diminishes with
age, it can be reversed through
regular strength training.
Revive Fitness centre offers
airconditioned comfort, a pool, spa
Never too late to revive
and steam room and caters for both
body and mind with its "Strength for
Life" program, designed especially
for the over fifties.
Call Revive Fitness on 8297 8433
to arrange an inspection of their
facilities, or visit their website
Good news for women
Heard of "prolapse"?
That's when the pelvic organs
(bladder, uterus or bowel) bulge
down and out of the vagina. Women
don't really talk about it much. Men
certainly don't, as they can't get a
'genital' prolapse -- although they
get hernias which are also caused by
Fifty percent of women who have
had a baby are said to have some
degree of prolapse. That's right
-- one in two women! When a
prolapse is mild, it may not even
be noticeable. When the prolapse
worsens and starts bulging further
down into (or even out of) the
vagina, a hysterectomy or a vaginal
repair will often be performed.
Women often just talk of a 'little
repair job" or a "nip and tuck".
The surgery can be quite major
though and does not come with a
lifetime guarantee. So the prolapse
may recur in as many as 30% of
women and further surgery may be
What else can be done to help
women with prolapse apart from
surgery? That question is the centre
of a large study -- the POPPY Trial
-- which is being conducted in 16
centres around the world, including
here at the Queen Elizabeth
POPPY stands for Pelvic Organ
Prolapse Physiotherapy. There is
a lot of good scientific evidence
suggesting that pelvic floor muscle
exercises are very helpful for women
with stress urinary incontinence but
there are very few studies about
pelvic floor exercises and prolapse.
It seems to make sense that the
muscles at the bottom of the pelvis
which support the pelvic organs
need to be strong and tight to help
keep things in.
We do know that women, for whom
surgery doesn't work so well, are
the ones who have weak pelvic floor
muscles and wide vaginas.
It is thought that lifestyle changes
which reduce the pressure in the
vagina may help, such things as
avoiding constipation and straining
on the toilet, treating coughs and
losing weight. But there has simply
been so little research into non-
surgical treatment of prolapse that
it is not known whether training
the pelvic floor muscles or lifestyle
changes will help women with mild
-- moderate prolapse and reduce the
need for surgery.
The POPPY Trial is now recruiting
women with prolapse to take part
in a 12-month program. There is an
assessment by a gynaecologist to
determine if women are suitable for
the trial and to measure the extent
of the prolapse.
Women are randomly assigned to
either a group doing pelvic floor
muscle training or a group making
The muscle training is taught and
supervised by a trained Pelvic Floor
Physiotherapist and involves five
sessions over a 16 week period. All
women will be assessed again at
six and 12 months after starting the
There is no charge for participation
in the study, no risks and potentially
Interested women should see
their general practitioner and ask
to be referred to the Gynaecology
Department, QEH (referrals can
be faxed to: 8222 7986). Women
can sign up to be included in the
study until June 2010.
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