Prof. Kerryn Phelps AM is one of Australia’s best-known doctors, health communicators, and public health and civil rights advocates.
A true pioneer in the fields of health communication and integrative medicine. She has been a GP for over 30 years and in 1985 started working in health communication, bringing messages about healthy lifestyle to the attention of the general public. She has regularly appeared on national TV current affairs and morning programs to provide expert advice on health issues and has been the subject matter of stories on 60 Minutes, Australian Story and This Is Your Life.
Deborah has interviewed Prof Phelps twice on Balance, the first time for our Pursuit of Balance series in 2012 and the second time after she published her book, “Ultimate Guide to Wellness” in 2015.
Her advice and wisdom from both interviews is timeless and as relevant today as it was when we first sat down to chat.
According to Prof Kerryn Phelps maintaining good health is about;
- Having regular check-ups and scheduling ahead
- Regular exercise
So when was the last time you had a check up and do you have regular health checks planned?
We asked our education and women’s health partner Jean Hailes for a list of health checks we should consider, they include;
- 45-49 year old health check
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar levels (BSL)
- Bone density
- Bowel screenings
- Breast checks (tips on self-checking)
- Cholesterol test
- HPV vaccine
- Pap smear
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening
- Skin checks
- Vitamin D levels
For more information about health checks visit http://www.jeanhailes.org.au/
In this next video, Prof Phelps discusses how her own health scare changed her perspective on health.
Finally, Prof Phelps reminds us why we should never stop learning.
Read the Jean Hailes article on “Going to the GP”