12 January 2018

Dr Tjondro now at Castle Medical Centre

  We wish to welcome our new Doctor to Castle Medical Centre, Dr Johanes Tjondro. Dr Tjondro will be temporarily taking over from Dr Mohamed El-Masry, who unexpectedly ceased his practice at Castle Medical Centre at the end of last year for health reasons.   Dr Tjondro has been providing high level medical care for over 30 years. He has extensive experience as a GP, as well as providing Emergency medicine at various hospitals, across many departments including ICU, Anaesthetics, Paediatrics and general medicine and surgery.   Dr Tjondro is available for appointments and walk ins and will continue to...

18 December 2017


  Unfortunately for health reasons, Dr Mohamed El Masry has ceased his practice at CMC with immediate effect and will not be returning to Castle Medical Centre in the New Year. We wish to thank him for the excellent patient care he has provided during his time at Castle Medical Centre and for setting such a high standard of service.  We aim to continue to offer this level of service to our patients moving forward.     Christmas and New Year’s Opening Hours:   Castle Medical Centre will be CLOSED for GP services from today and for the duration of...

15 November 2017
dietitian nutritions

What is a Dietitian and why do we need them?

  What is a Dietitian? Dietitians are expert in human nutrition. They are licensed to diagnose and treat nutritional disorders. There are registered dietitians (RD) who have fulfilled the academic and professional requirements of dietetics and have undergone internship at a healthcare centre, just as training to be a medical doctor. In Australia, Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APD) gain their qualifications by taking university courses which are accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). At Castle Medical Centre, brilliant dietitians work in collaboration with other members of a medical team to diagnose and treat nutritional disorders in patients suffering from...

13 October 2017
immunisation for children castle medical

Immunisation for Children

  Immunisations are health initiatives which involve developing the body’s immunity to prevent certain diseases.  Immunisation for children are considered a vital part of well-baby healthcare visits in Australia as it serves to prevent serious, sometimes, fatal illnesses such as meningitis, polio, tetanus, measles, influenza, and diphtheria which resulted in a high rate of child death in the past.       How do Immunisations work?   Immunisations are simply vaccines made from the inactivated or killed version of the virus or bacteria causing a specific disease to be prevented. In providing immunisation for children, these vaccines are introduced into...

28 July 2017
stir fry

Healthy Recipe Ideas!

Dietitians Choice Chilli, soy and sesame beef stir fry   Ingredients   500g lean beef, sliced in thin strips 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 zucchini 1 red capsicum 1 cup mushrooms, sliced 1 bunch pak choy 1 large brown onion, sliced thinly Marinade 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes 1/4 cup salt reduced soy sauce 1 teaspoon sesame oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed       Method   Prepare marinade in a bowl. Add beef strips to marinade, toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Add 1 Tablespoon of oil to wok, heat over medium-high heat. Stir fry beef...

19 July 2017
skin checks ugly skin lesions

What does a cancerous mole look like?

    Cancerous Mole: What do you think looks more serious?     Sometimes the moles and freckles that alarm you are not as serious as the ones that don’t look bad but actually are. That’s why if you notice a change in colour or shape, or the mole becomes itchy, painful or starts to bleed, see a doctor immediately and then leave it up to the professionals to diagnose  if it’s something to worry about like skin cancer or not.   Can you tell what is a cancerous mole from the pictures below?   Option A)     Or Option B)...

07 July 2017
sweet potato and pumpkin soup

This Recipe Will Warm You Up!

  Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Soup   There is nothing like a nice big bowl of soup to warm you from the inside out!   Ingredients 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 brown onion 2 teaspoons ground cumin 600g butternut pumpkin 600g sweet potato 1L vegetable stock Spoon of natural yoghurt (optional) Sprinkle of cracked pepper   Method Roughly chop onion Peel, seed and chop pumpkin and sweet potato into small cubes Heat olive oil in a large saucepan on medium heat Cook onion until golden Add cumin, stirring until aromatic Add pumpkin and sweet potato to saucepan, mix with onion Add...

04 July 2017
skin checks ugly skin lesions

Do You Have Any of These Ugly Skin Lesions?

    Ugly Skin Lesions Basal skin cancer (BCC) Squamous cell cancer (SCC) Melanoma Melanoma can have different shapes Melanoma does not need to be brown (can be non-pigmented) Yes, You can have melanoma in your nail.      Skin checks are a very important part of detecting skin cancer early and can have considerable impact on the outcome of the treatment. Self examination is very important but not enough! We use dermoscopes to check your skin which magnify the lesions.       If you have a similar lesion seen above or are worried about a mole or freckle or are...

16 June 2017
egg muffins

Healthy Meal Prep Ideas From Our Dietitian

  Egg and Veggie Muffins   Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 30 minutes Makes: 6 These tasty muffins can be made in advance and frozen for a convenient little snack or as part of a meal.     Ingredients: Cooking oil spray 1 medium zucchini 8 eggs, at room temperature 2 Tablespoons skim milk 1 medium carrot, coarsely grated 1/2 brown onion, chopped finely 1/3 cup frozen peas 1 cup reduced fat grated tasty cheese Salt and pepper to taste     Method:   •             Preheat oven to 160°C fan-forced.   •             Spray a 12 hole x 1/3-cup capacity muffin tray with oil...

02 June 2017
Lemon and Almond Energy Balls

Lacking Energy? This Will Boost Your Levels

  Once refridgerated these can keep for a couple of weeks. Makes around 25-30 balls.     Ingredients:   6 dried dates 2 cups almond meal 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 lemon- zest and juice 2 Tbsp honey     Method: •             Place dates in a small heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water and leave to soften for 5-10 minutes. •             Drain and pit dates. •             In a food processor, combine the pitted dates with the remaining ingredients for a few minutes until the mixture combines together to form a soft ball. •             Take 2 tsp of mixture at a...