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Do you occasionally experience any of the following?

• Having to wait for 24 hours for a doctor to answer questions about your personal or family health.

• Sitting in the waiting from long after your set appointment time and then, wasting more time waiting in the exam room

• Hurried office questions that leave you with multiple questions• Being forced into an office examination when you know a phone call would have been sufficient.

If so, do not worry. You are not alone.

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Welcome to Dial a Home Doctor – Australian leading bulk-billed home visiting doctor service. As a patient of Dial a Home Doctor, your will always have a doctor who invest his or her time to know you and your family. In particular, you will enjoy the following benefits associated with hiring our home doctor?Immediate careNo dealing with personal assistance – your personal doctor will be readily available 24/7.
Communication: Reach your after hours doctor via secure mails, personal cell phone or arranged visits. Our doctors make all the effort to see you on the shortest time possible. When routine care or acute problems can be managed through a call, we will do so, thus, saving you more time.

Time: If you decide to work with our after hours doctor, your typical office visit will be a maximum of 30 minutes in most cases. We understand your time is precious and therefore, we offer a “no wait” waiting room for your enhanced convenience.

Personal Care: The current healthcare system in Australia can cause the head to spin! Our after hours doctor will do everything possible to ensure your walk through the maze of pre-approvals, referrals, and visits to other doctors will be as simple and stress-free as possible. We will provide you with all the required information, e-mail, and call specialists when necessary to make your experience good. Our doctors will be the quarterback of your health care team.

Problem Solving: At a dial a home doctor, our doctors are problem solvers. When new health complications related to health arise, they will set aside the necessary time to establish coordinated diagnosis and treatment. This time also allows them to manage a couple of complicated chronic health problems safely. Our doctors keep up-to-date with all the changing and new treatment options and guidelines.

Wellness Care :In order for you to age gracefully, you need to take proper care of your health – your most valuable asset. Our after-hours doctors are your health coaches and advisers; even when it would be hard for you to get the required medical care. Our package includes;

• A full health risk evaluation and physical exam

• Counseling on nutritional needs

• Fitness assessment and exercise prescription

• Detailed preventive cardiology assessment

• Proper diseases screenings and prevention

• 24/7 access to our website, blog and in-depth answers to your emails.

“Whole-istic” Treatment Options:Science is the backbone of medicine, and whenever possible, you healthcare should be based on quality and unbiased research. But medicine is also an art and doctors need to use their common sense and intuition in some cases. Our services are wholistic. Our after hours doctors appreciate that the wholeness that make us human is a combination of our psychology, biology and spirit.

They do not consider themselves to be alternative medicine doctors, but have become adept in filtering the thousands of alternative medical care options available. Some options have low risk, ideally high benefits and seem to be safe. Our doctors recommend them whenever appropriate.

Others are potentially harmful, snake oil, are often scientifically proven to offer no benefit.If you are searching for science-based home doctor who utilizes experience and acquired medical common sense to care for your overall well-being and filter what you hear from the media, our doctors are right for you.
National Care Network: Our after hours doctor are connected with a national care network of private physicians. If they feel your condition cannot be managed over the phone and a visit is not possible (maybe you are on travel), they can arrange for you to be seen by another doctor in their office. Most major cities are represented.

Visit flexibility: We fully understand that you have busy schedules that sometimes do not allow for weekday visits. We have weekend visits available as well. What more, since we do not depend on physical visits alone, phone calls are a great option too. Even for some complex illnesses.
If you have any question or you would like to book a free first time consultation, feel free to contact us. We are always happy to help and to answer any question you might have.

 

If you are looking for a house cleaning company, the best place to get started would be by asking your friends, colleagues and neighbors whether they can recommend some cleaning service that they might have used in the past. However, it is possible that no one in your circle has used a professional cleaning service before. In this case, it can be challenging to hire a cleaning company which can do a high quality job at a competitive price.

The following 6 tips will help you evaluate house cleaning companies and hire the company that is best suited for your purpose:

1. Speak With Multiple House Cleaning Companies

Make sure that you request detailed quotations from more than one cleaning company. This will allow you to compare all the services and determine which company will give you the best value for your money. If you have any special cleaning requirements, make sure that all the companies provide an estimate for that too.

Speaking with these companies will also help you evaluate their professionalism to a certain extent. Now, a professional appearance during a sales call doesn’t guarantee that you will experience the same professionalism in their service. However, an unprofessional treatment during the sales phase should help you rule out a number of house cleaning companies that are likely to be a waste of your time.

2. Check The Company Background

There are many ways in which you can check the cleaning company’s background and service history. The best way would be to speak with the company’s past and existing clients to know what their experience with the company has been like.

Companies who do a good job and take pride in their work won’t mind putting you in touch with some of their customers. However companies who have a low customer satisfaction rate might not want to do this. This helps you eliminate some more cleaning companies that may not be right for you.

You can also do a quick check on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to check for any complaints or feedback for a house cleaning company you are considering. Not all cleaning companies are members of the BBB but it doesn’t take long to perform this check.

3. Check For Insurance

Beware of hiring a cleaning company which doesn’t have insurance covering its clients’ houses. And don’t just take the salesperson’s word that the company has an adequate insurance cover. You can request the cleaning company to have their insurance company send a copy of the certificate of insurance to you by fax or mail.

4. Get A List Of Services That Will Be Performed

Be aware of all the services that will be included in the package. The last thing you want is to realize that something that you wanted isn’t included in the cleaning package and you have to pay extra for that. It’s best if the list of services, frequency of servicing and other details are included in the contract to avoid any future misunderstanding.

5. Cleaning Equipment & Supplies Requirement

Establish an understanding with the house cleaning company about who will be responsible for the cleaning equipment and supplies. Some companies insist on using their own equipment and supplies while other companies don’t mind using the equipment and supplies of the client.

6. Consider All The Fees While Making A Decision

Apart from the advertised cleaning service fees, a house cleaning company may charge additional fees for things like schedule change, contract cancellation, etc. Discuss these fees and read the contract to avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road.

These tips can help you create some sort of a checklist which you can use to narrow down on the house cleaning company that best suits your purpose and budget. Spending a little time upfront in researching the cleaning companies can save you a lot of time, money and headache down the road.

For house cleaning Brisbane and bond cleaning Brisbane, make sure you talk to Family Clean.

 

Companies which offer promotional products to clients and staff are employing a clever technique to promote their business and increase sales. Branded gifts are effective tools for marketing a company, plus they can serve to gain the loyalty of clients and employees. Enhancing the trust of staff in the company can be an efficient way to develop togetherness in the team and consequently increase productivity. And the potential doesn’t stop there, as it will develop brand familiarity in clients, causing repeat custom and enhanced profitability.

Workers who are appreciated by superiors are motivated to work hard to help the company succeeds. By offering promotional products, companies display that they indeed value their staff and clients, and with a vast range of items to choose from, they can be specially tailored to highlight individual preferences. However, companies should not only strive to please their clients and staff, but also to promote the business. Therefore, it is important that branded gifts are offered that advertise the company’s products or services.

The range of branded products is enormous, including items such as:

Office Supplies and Desk Accessories

Desk calendars, address books, address indexes, and even decorative photo frames are commonly ordered, while supplies such as customised computer accessories, pen sets, and wristbands are also popular. These durable promotional products will promote the company for a long time, and ensuring the company logo or a catchy message is included will bring new customers to the businesses.

Branded Corporate Gifts

Gift sets like T-shirts, hats, hats or notepads offer good results too. People can use these products to attract potential clients at events like trade shows or conferences. In addition, they are good incentive gifts for new employees who will feel welcomed and will more easily integrate into the team. Branded gift sets are great marketing products because people use them in their everyday activities.

Rewards and Privileges

Apart from functional gifts, a company may invest in gift coupons, nogotiating with other local businesses to offer discounted rates to their clients and staff. This enhances the company’s profile in the community and attracts further clientele, as well as increasing employee or customer loyalty.

You can view various promotional products from local shops and online sources.

Enjoy the marketing power that promotional products offer.

 

Are you building your dream home? Renovating? Good planning ensures value for money and avoids costly rebuilds through change of mind, or missing out on energy-saving devices and designs.
Write a wish list of everything you’d like your house to have, and include qualities such as ‘light and airy’ as well as specifics. It’s more important how your home functions and makes you feel rather than how many square metres it is.
Light, neutral colours are recommended for permanent finishes like tiles and bench-tops, and using bolder accent colours for feature items like walls or decorative objects. By doing this, when you feel like a change you can update the look cost effectively.
Living area
The best living space flows from inside to outside, so have the outdoor living area as an extension of the lounge and kitchen -this doubles your living area and makes family life easier as children are much happier playing outside when they are close to where you are.
Considering energy-savings, make sure there are openings on more than one side of your living area to allow breezes flow throught in summer and minimise use of air-conditioners. In general, place glass facing north to bring light into the house for most of the day, and consider high windows to release hot air as it rises. Ensure windows are double-glazed with good seals to keep in winter warmth.
Kitchen
A good kitchen offers room to move but is of a size that allow easy reach between various activities.
– Make sure it isn’t a thoroughfare.
– Allow for generous bench space between the sink and the cooktop, because this is the most convenient area to prepare food.
– Include drawers of differing depth under bench-tops rather than cupboards -they give easier access to items.
– Locate dishwashers close to sinks to allow easy loading. This also means plumbing is in one space and therefore saves money.
– Multi-bin sorters under sinks are a great idea – you are able to separate rubbish for recycling straight away.
– For safety, avoid sharp bench-top corners and factor in a minimum of one cupboard that can be locked for harmful substances.
– The fridge uses more electricity than any other appliance, so choose one with a high energy star rating. Allow an air gap around the fridge of at least 50mm for good ventilation.

5-Star Green Designing
Having rainwater tanks allows your family to use pure water free from the many contaminants and additives which may be present in the public supply. Consider the optimum location for tanks and wastewater systems, and integrate them with the design rather than having them look like an ‘add-on’ later on.
Incorporate space for an outdoor washing line and also think about the best place for recycling bins, rubbish bins, worm farms or compost bins.
Plan a mix of planting and paving, as too much concreting or paving can mean pooling of water and drainage problems. Consider ‘permeable’ paving that allows rain to seep down to the soil underneath.
When planting trees, take care to place them so in the future, the roots won’t damage walls or footings.

If you want to see some great home designs, visit Bush and Beach.

 

The lower back is critical to our function as a human being. It provides structural support as well as enabling movement in all directions. The lower back is primarily responsible for forward and backward movements and also allows sideways bending and rotation. Another critical function of the lower back is to protect the tissues of the nervous system, spinal column as well as the organs of the pelvis and stomach. As such an essential aspect of our lives it is also susceptible to a number of injuries that cause us pain. The top 8 most common causes are outlined below.

8. Bone Injuries
Fractures of the lumbar spine usually occur after a traumatic event such as a fall or motor vehicle accident. If the fracture is unstable, risk of damage to the spinal cord and permanent paralysis is extremely high. Patients are stabilised and immobilised for long periods. If the fracture is stable patients are treated with rest and pain relief. In some cases people with osteoporosis, or those taking medication such as cortisone long term, can be susceptible to fractures even with minimal stress on the spine. This may cause a crush fracture where the vertebrae loses some of its height. Pain can be severe and is often aggravated by movement.

7. Congenital Inherited Conditions
Some of the common inherited conditions that cause lower back pain include scoliosis which is a sideways curve of the spine, sometimes caused when one leg is shorter than the other (functional scoliosis). You can also get structural scoliosis which is a fixed sideways curve often due to unknown factors, more common in women. Another common congenital cause of lower back pain is a forward slip of the lower lumbar vertebrae on top of the sacrum. This is referred to as spondylolisthesis, which in some cases can be associated with fractures of the joining bones in the vertebrae and is known as a pars defect.

6. Bone Encroachment
Sometimes when the bony canal of the spinal cord and the spaces that the nerves exit can be narrowed by bone spurs or other soft tissues. This can cause sciatic pain which radiates down the leg. Often pain from narrowing of the spinal canal gets worse with walking and improves with rest.

5. Arthritis
Arthritic changes and inflammation can affect the lumbar vertebrae as well as sciatic joints and can commonly cause lower back pain and stiffness, which is often worse in the morning. Degeneration can also affect the disc and is known as sponydolosis. This shows up on x-rays as narrowing of the lumbar disc joint space.

4. Lumbar Radiculopathy – Damage to a Disc
When the disc is injured or weakens over time the outer rim can bulge or rupture (herniate), putting pressure on the spinal cord and/or the nerves exiting the bones. This can produce both local low back pain as well as sciatica characterised by pain down the leg. It can also be associated with pins and needles, numbness and weakness. In more serious cases, patients may experience problems with bladder and bowel function. They should seek medical attention immediately.

3. Nerve Irritation
The nerves exiting the bones of the lower back can be irritated by pressure from bone, soft tissue, as well as inflammation. Pain can be both local, as well as radiating down the leg.

2. Tendon and Ligament Strains
The soft tissues supporting and connecting the bones of the lower back can be stretched or injured in a number of ways. Commonly there is some sort of microscopic tear of varying degree which is often caused by an acute injury or overuse.

1. Muscle Strain
The most common form of lower back pain is of muscular origin. Muscle pain can be brought on by poor posture, overuse, improper use, sustained positions and even trauma. It is so common because not only is it the primary cause of most lower back pain, it is a significant component of all the other causes of lower back pain. This is because with arthritic changes, structural changes, such as curvature of the lower back, disc disease or even ruptures will all sensitise the muscles. This is why it is essential to understand muscle pain specifically, to learn strategies for prevention as well as self-management long term.

If you, your friend or family member suffer from back pain please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Camp Hill physiotherapists on 07 3847 8040. Our Camp Hill physios can also provide treatment from our Camp Hill Physiotherapy practice in Brisbane.

 

When you think of a typical Queenslander, apart from the massive stilts and open-plan design, one of the most recognisable qualities is the corrugated iron roof.

Since the 1840s when Australia was first developing, corrugated iron has been considered one of the best materials to use for roofing. Because of it’s lightweight, sturdy properties, it is the ideal material to use in terms of easy transportation and construction as well as protection.

Although it is a relatively strong, fire proof and weather-resistant material, if exposed to water (particularly salt) rusting is inevitable. This is why it is extremely important to coat the steel in a layer of paint in order for it to remain protected.

Even today this roofing remains to be one of the most popular choices in materials for a range of reasons. Its flexibility, strength and thin sizing allows for quick repairs, relatively cheap installation and durability with little maintenance.

Apart from the practical side of things, there is also the aesthetics. The typically 3 inch curves rolling into one another create a very symmetrical feel, breaking up the angles of the rest of the house and creating a harmonious contrast.

Since iron is quite a durable material itself, compared to wood it is very easy to prepare for installation. Instead of needing to purchase an expensive sealant, a few layers of paint will generally be enough to prevent any damage.

One aspect of corrugated iron that can pose a genuine issue is the fact that the wavelengths of most sounds are echoed loudly into the tube of the corrugated iron. This means that any noise close to or coming into contact with the roof is going to release a high pitched “ping”. This can be a genuine issue for Queenslanders as falling tree branches and wildlife are a part of our every day lives.

On the other hand, the echo can be the perfect culprit to amplify raindrops into a soothing lullaby and because of the shape of the typically 3 inch tubing and smoothness of the iron, the water runs straight down and off the roof, making cleaning very manageable. Also because it is a very thin material it allows the house to stay cool in the warm summers, making it the ideal choice for a house in Queensland. For roof restoration Brisbane, contact Retro Roof Restoration.

The iron sheets themselves are relatively cheap and can be purchased with a coat of Colorbond or made galvanised to order. They range from around 5 to 45 dollars per sheet depending on the size of the sheet and what coating you have selected.

Compared with other common roofing materials such as clay, slate, concrete, wood, Spanish and asphalt, corrugated iron is often said to be one of the most durable and certainly one of the most cost-effective.

So whether it’s the classic sound of rain on the tin roof, or the practical desires of someone looking for a sturdy home, or anyone who doesn’t want to waste their precious pennies, it is no surprise that corrugated iron is one of the most popular choices in Queensland.

 

If you are looking for a place to get only the best quality manufactured stone in Melbourne, look no further than Craftstone Oz.

Pure natural stone may have been commonplace eons ago, but it is rare in this day and age as the availability of fine, beautifully crafted natural stone dwindles, making it and is usually extremely expensive. Craftstone Oz now offers you a cost-effective solution, creating a wall and cladding material with the unique beauty and strength of natural-looking stone.

You don’t need to worry about the style appearing repetitious either. Almost a thousand molding casts are used, essentially removing {all possibility of repetition. Another thing to note is that all of the stones are coloured individually, therefore there can never be any two stones exactly the same. No matter how you look at Craftstone Oz stone, they look and feel like real stone. All of the moulds are designed to be almost identical to natural stones and the process in making them ensures that each one is appropriate for the construction it is intended for.

The solution is in the materials used. Instead of scouring the world for rare and pure natural stone, Craftstone Oz molds replicas from a combination of pumice, cement and other materials. And if you’re concerned about your feature having a ‘cookie-cutter’ appearance, don’t be, because there is no difference between Craftstone Oz products and real, natural stones. The colour blends all the way through the product rather than only on the surface, which makes each piece appear authentic.

Craftstone Oz products are lightweight and are compatible with many other kinds of materials. They will give your home or establishment a fresh new look that brings the natural beauty of stone to indoor or outdoor designs, being an excellent option for feature walls, barbecues, and other side structures. However, since they are lightweight and can be cut by construction equipment they are not suited for paths, fountains, patios or structures to be walked on.

Craftstone Oz offers nineteen different textures and over eighty colours that will guarantee you the best choice of designer products available in Melbourne. For stacked stone Melbourne, contact Craftstoneoz.com.au today.

 

A two storey residence on the mid north coast of NSW has combined Austech’s Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding with CraftStone to completely rejuvenate the exterior finish of the home. K & N Spicer Constructions based in Nambucca Heads, completed the install and fit out of the vinyl cladding and stone products. Around 200m2 of Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding in the colour Linen was fitted as the external cladding while Quarry Stone Matador (CSI-086) was used as a feature for the columns with the two products complementing one another.

The superior finish and appealing appearance of the home demonstrates the quality of the Austech product range. The attention to detail in the assembly process is highlighted by K & N Spicer Constructions who service the mid north coast of NSW and are recommended by Austech.’ You can contact K & N Spicer Constructions on 0408 654 915.

Duratuff Select and Craft Stone will add value to your home and are both built to last, that is why we can offer 50 and 25 year warranties respectively. CraftStone can be used both internally and externally. The CraftStone range has many different profiles and colours to suit any. You can learn more about the product and how you can apply it to your next project at craftstoneoz.com.au.

With offices in every state, Austech supply Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding and CraftStone throughout Australia. To speak to an experienced member of the Austech team in your area, send us an email or see our office locations and details. Austech – Supporting you with Smart Solutions.

 

Exterior House cladding in Toowoomba has never provided so many colours to choose from. Today, there are many rich colour options that will stand up to the harmful effects of the sun and provide a great look for your home’s exterior. In fact, there has never been a larger spectrum of vinyl wall cladding colours in Toowoomba, including darker options featuring bold, rich earth tones, sunflower yellow, mountain blues, cypress greens, and more.

Previously, lighter colours like whites, beiges, and linens were the most popular choices for wall cladding in Toowoomba. Not only did they resist fading like darker colours, but they also provided a bright, clean, and warm home exterior.

While lighter colours still remain a popular choice, darker shades are starting to appear in newer, more contemporary homes. Darker cladding is being mixed with other materials, like brick or stone, to create a unique look. Blue and brown coloured vinyl cladding in particular is becoming an increasingly popular choice for vinyl cladding colours.

Listed below are the basic colour choices that are now available. Each of these colours is equally resistant to the effects of the sun and environment.

Cypress – White – Linen – Beige – Heather – Sand – Sterling – Wicker – Soft Maple – Sahara Sand – Sage – Pebble Clay – Mountain Blue – Sunflower

Looking for House Cladding Toowoomba? How about Exterior wall cladding Toowoomba? For Cladding Toowoomba, contact Prestige Exteriors today.

 

For most of us, the idea of a ‘fashion stylist’ creates a sense of Hollywood, and creates the image of a glamorous celebrity dressed in high-fashion clothing, posing for a TV commercial.

Gaining an Edge, with Fashion Stylists Brisbane

But what about you? You might be wondering, “What would I do with a fashion stylist?”

Brisbane Fashion Stylists are exciting and positive people, trained to enhance the positive features of their clients. With a natural flair for choosing just the right type of colours, fabrics, clothing and accessories that suit their client and any particular event, stylists can offer advice regarding hair and make-up, as well as body awareness and even the way you speak.

However, stylists are skilled beyond just making people look good. They are skilled in improving self-image, and one of the greatest things about a relationship with a stylist is the boost to confidence that many people report afterwards.

People in Brisbane can now hire fashion stylists to help prepare problems for numerous occasions, such as for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, parties, corporate events, etc.

Although we are aware that each celebrity hires their own fashion stylist, if you live in south-east Queensland you can now make yourself feel and look fabulous by sharing your desires with a personal stylist. Brisbane fashion stylists are making themselves increasingly popular for everyday people, as well as offering their skills in various work such as image and branding for corporate customers, for TV commercials, fashion shows..you name it! While focussing mainly on the personal touches that improve a person’s look, a stylist is also able to take in the bigger picture, for example discussing themes with publishers, managers, PR people, etc and seeing which styles are needed for an event or photo shoot etc, that not only shows their client to their best advantage, but projects and maintains a great image.

Stylists work is beyond just making people look good. It is about beautifying a person overall. Looking for a fashion stylist Brisbane, contact La La Styling, Brisbane’s best fashion stylist.

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