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Below are the Health and Wellness Clinic articles that have appeared in various Mater publications.

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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus – a New Era in Diagnosis and the Impact for Diabetes Education Services

This article was written by Alison Barry, the credentialed Diabetes Educator who works at Mater Health and Wellness. It has been published in the Australian Diabetes Educator journal.

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Help! I’ve got gestational diabetes and my blood glucose readings are high

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. It is diagnosed following a 2 hour Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) at around 26 to 28 weeks of pregnancy. This is a blood test ordered by your GP, obstetrician or antenatal clinic. This is considered a ‘universal test’, which means all pregnant women should have this test.

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Occupational Therapy Services Relating to Mental Health

During the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion, in all forms of media, raising awareness of mental health issues. 

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“Help! My child won’t eat”. Eating disorders in children and teenagers.

Eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorders are serious and complex issues relating to negative body image, weight concerns and disordered eating. Eating disorders are estimated to affect approximately 9% of the Australian population and represent the third most common chronic illness for young females. They can affect children as young as 5 and are equally serious in both girls and boys.

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Making sense of probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms (most commonly bacteria or yeasts) that provide positive health benefits when taken at an adequate dose. These microorganisms include particular strains of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii.  Probiotics come in a variety of formulations including tablets, yoghurts and drinks.  

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