Sep 26, 2019

It’s an irrational fear of being without your phone! It might sound extraordinary but it’s a real problem.
See if these ‘ring’ true.. (see what I did there?)
* Do you go into a panic if you forget or phone or can’t be near it?
* Does using your phone take up a lot of your time on a regular basis?
* Do you have ‘ringxiety’? Are you constantly checking the phone for messages, or hearing phantom rings or alerts?
* Do you strongly feel the need to be constantly available? Is the phone the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing at night?
* Do you find your prefer digital communication rather than face-to-face communication?
* Has the use of your phone ever caused you any financial problems?
Apart from often reported cancer risk, mobile phones influence our nervous system. They may cause headaches, decreased attention, shortness of temper, sleep disorders and depression, mostly among teenagers.
Smartphone addiction has been compared to internet, gambling and shopping addiction. It is a compulsive behaviour that works similarly to substance addiction in the brain.
While Smartphone addiction is a fairly new concept, there are a few treatment suggestions for those suffering from this condition:
* Make rules for yourself concerning your phone usage.
* Set time periods in which you shouldn’t use your phone (eg 9pm. to 7am).
* Designate activities in which your phone is forbidden (eg driving, dinner time)
* Schedule break times to access your phone or social media.
* Download an application to help cut down on cell phone use.
BreakFree and Menthal allow you to track the amount of time you’re spending on your phone and which applications.
ColdTurkey and SelfControl allow you to block the sites you wish to avoid.
* Relaxation techniques such as mindfulness can help you to cope with your cravings to use your cell phone or access social media.
If these changes in habit don’t allow you to cut down on your phone use, then you could be suffering from a severe smartphone addiction and counselling may be recommended.


Aug 19, 2019

In Australia, medical guidelines recommend over 50-year-olds get screened for bowel cancer every two years.
The faecal immunochemical test (FIT) is a screening test for colon cancer. It tests for hidden blood in the stool, which can be an early sign of cancer. FIT only detects human blood from the lower intestines
It is free through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
A negative faecal occult blood test means no blood was detected in the stool at the time of the test. For the FIT, a positive result indicates abnormal bleeding in the lower digestive tract. While this bleeding could be caused by colon cancer, other possible causes include ulcers, polyps or haemorrhoids
For anyone with a relative who has been diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 55 or older, you should be screened every two years from the age of 45.


Aug 02, 2019

Jeans for Genes Day! The Surgery at Jerra donned the denim to raise money for research into children’s genetic diseases.

Did you know there are more than 6000 different genetic diseases?

While often inherited, many genetic diseases happen ‘out of the blue’ due to chance occurrences, so they can affect anyone. Most are poorly understood and have no specific treatments or cures.

Often called disorders, syndromes and other terms, genetic diseases can be confusing, but put simply—they are conditions caused, at least in part, by changes in our DNA. Random errors that occur naturally, or exposure to radiation and harmful environmental substances like asbestos, can cause changes in our DNA.

While not all genetic diseases are life-threatening, they can still have a profoundly negative impact on the lives of affected children and families.

Visiting Orthopaedic Surgeon

Jul 23, 2019

Renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Paul Miniter has joined The Surgery at Jerra as a visiting specialist. Associate Professor Miniter will be doing consultations once a fortnight.

He specialises in lower limb issues, generally matters that affect bones, joints and muscles and the way in which injury or other causes can lead to personal discomfort or loss of function.

Bookings can be made through Avalon Orthopaedics on 1300 901 805.

For more information about Dr Miniter, go to our Allied Health section.


Jul 05, 2019


Almost half of the softdrinks we drink contain more sugar in one can than an adult should consume in one day.

Research published in the British Medical Journal shows ginger beer is the worst offender with more than six teaspoons of the white stuff.


Jul 05, 2019

Facial flushing is a symptom of high alcohol sensitivity, which means that the body is less tolerant of alcohol.
All alcoholic drinks contain a substance called ethanol.
After having a drink, the body begins to break down the ethanol to make it easier to flush out of the body. However, if a person is sensitive to alcohol or has a lot to drink, their body may not be able to manage all of those toxins.
The flush happens because the blood vessels in the face dilate in response to these toxins. In some people, this can happen after very little alcohol.
While the red flush itself is not acutely dangerous, people who get it are at higher risk of high blood pressure and other health problems.
Taking antihistamines can help reduce the redness but it does not fix the underlying cause.
Source: Medical News Today


Mar 09, 2019

The Surgery at Jerra is proud to announce Jason Lee as our new practice manager as we enter into a new era at our family-friendly practice.

Jason started out in the banking sector before clocking up five years in management at a very busy general practice in the Bega Valley.

You will find Jason very knowledgeable, personable and professional.. with a big focus on patient care.

TSAJ owners, David and Kylie Yates, are committed to continually improving the quality and service at the practice.

Jason Lee is a big part of making that happen. So welcome to the TSAJ family, Jason.


Feb 01, 2019


After two weeks of phones dropping in and out, and no internet or faxes, we seem to be back on track. Knock on wood!

While the technical fault is still there, we have called in the IT big wigs to give us a stable back up until the real problem is fixed.

It’s been a very crazy and frustrating couple of weeks on reception! We thank you for your understanding.


Jan 23, 2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are experiencing problems with our phone lines and internet.

Calls are being diverted but we only have one incoming line at the moment.

If you need to make an appointment, you can go online at and type in The Surgery at Jerra.

We apologise for any inconvenience. Hopefully, the technicians will fix it all up soon.


Sep 12, 2018

Dr David Yates and his wife Kylie set up the surgery as a family-friendly practice in 2008. Dr Yates was a solo GP for some time as we slowly built up the practice’s reputation.

Now, we have nine GPs and four practice nurses. We’d like to thank our patients for their ongoing confidence in our medical services. We pride ourselves on the quality of care patients receive, not only from medical staff but from our friendly and efficient administrative staff.

In 2005, we underwent a major expansion, taking over the adjoining suite. We now have seven consultation rooms and two treatment rooms. We also offer a selection of allied health services and Laverty Pathology is available on site.

David and Kylie are proud to say The Surgery at Jerra is locally owned and operated.

Thank you for helping make us what we are today.