Comprehensive Approach to COVID Protection

Celllife rapid antigen testsSource: Twin Waters Pharmacy

As the world continues to grapple with the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the emergence of new strains like JN.1, safeguarding our health remains a top priority. At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we understand the importance of proactive measures to protect yourself and your community. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the recent developments, the essential resources we offer, and our commitment to providing comprehensive COVID protection.

The Current Landscape

With the rise in COVID cases and the presence of new variants like JN.1, it is imperative that we remain vigilant and take proactive steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Staying informed about the latest developments and accessing reliable resources are crucial aspects of navigating these challenging times.

Twin Waters Pharmacy’s Response

Twin Waters Pharmacy is committed to being a reliable partner in the fight against COVID-19. To assist our community in staying safe, we have a substantial supply of COVID nasal rapid antigen tests available. These tests offer a quick and effective means of detecting the virus, allowing for timely intervention and appropriate measures to be taken.

Free COVID Boosters with XBB 1.5 Vaccinations

Recognizing the importance of boosting immunity, Twin Waters Pharmacy is pleased to continue offering free COVID boosters. Administered using the latest XBB 1.5 vaccinations, these boosters play a critical role in enhancing protection against the virus and its variants.

Vaccination in blue kidney dishSource: Twin Waters Pharmacy

Convenient Vaccination Booking

To facilitate the vaccination process, Twin Waters Pharmacy has partnered with MedAdvisor to offer a user-friendly online booking platform. Schedule your COVID vaccination conveniently by visiting our booking page and take a proactive step towards safeguarding your health.

Contactless Delivery of Antiviral Medications

Twin Waters Pharmacy extends its support by providing contactless delivery of antiviral medications and other supportive treatments. We prioritize your well-being, ensuring that necessary medications reach you safely and promptly without the need for physical contact.

Organise Delivery with Ease

To arrange contactless delivery of antiviral medications and other supportive treatments, please visit our contacts page. We’ve streamlined the process to make it as convenient as possible. You to access the medications you need while prioritizing safety.


In these challenging times, proactive measures are essential for maintaining our health and well-being. Twin Waters Pharmacy stands committed to providing a comprehensive approach to COVID protection. From rapid testing and vaccinations to contactless delivery of essential medications we provide a complete solution. Together, let’s prioritize our health, support one another, and emerge stronger on the other side of this global challenge.

Boost your XBB1.5 COVID protection

In line with current guidelines, Twin Waters Pharmacy will provide COVID vaccinations using the latest XBB 1.5 vaccines from Friday 8th of December.

If it has been more than 6 months since your last COVID vaccination or infection check out the table below to see if it is time for you to get boosted.

COVID sheduleSource: Commonwealth of Australia

The fastest way to book in through our online booking portal.

As always, if you have any questions please get in contact with us.

Unmasking Sleep Apnoea: Health Risks, Risk Factors, and Prevalence in Australia

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At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we recognise the importance of quality sleep in maintaining overall health and well-being. In this blog post, we aim to shed light on sleep apnoea, a prevalent yet often undiagnosed sleep disorder affecting many Australians. Understanding the health risks, risk factors, and prevalence of sleep apnoea is crucial for early detection and effective management.

The Health Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnoea in Australia:

Cardiovascular Complication

Australia has seen a rise in cardiovascular diseases, and untreated sleep apnoea contributes significantly to this trend. The disorder is associated with an increased risk of hypertension, stroke, and heart disease.

Daytime Impairment and Accidents

Individuals with sleep apnoea often experience daytime fatigue and impaired cognitive function. This can lead to an elevated risk of accidents, both on the road and in the workplace.

Metabolic Consequences

Australia, like many developed nations, is grappling with rising rates of type 2 diabetes. Sleep apnoea has been linked to insulin resistance and metabolic disturbances, adding to the burden of metabolic health concerns.

Impact on Mental Health

The chronic sleep deprivation caused by sleep apnoea can contribute to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, affecting the mental well-being of affected individuals.

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnoea in the Australian Context


Australia faces a growing issue of obesity, and excess weight is a significant risk factor for sleep apnoea. The accumulation of fat around the neck can contribute to airway obstruction during sleep.

Age and Gender

As the population ages, the prevalence of sleep apnoea tends to increase. Men are generally more prone to the condition, but the risk for women rises with factors such as weight gain and hormonal changes.

Indigenous Health Disparities

Health disparities, including those related to sleep disorders, exist among Indigenous Australians. Cultural and socio-economic factors may contribute to the prevalence of sleep apnoea in specific populations.

Smoking and Alcohol Use

Lifestyle factors, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, are prevalent in Australia and can contribute to the relaxation of airway muscles, increasing the risk of sleep apnoea.

Prevalence of Sleep Apnoea in Australia

While the exact prevalence of sleep apnoea in Australia may vary, studies suggest that a significant portion of the population is affected:

  • It is estimated that around 9% of Australian women and 25% of Australian men have obstructive sleep apnoea.
  • Many cases remain undiagnosed, highlighting the need for increased awareness and proactive screening.

Taking Action at Twin Waters Pharmacy

If you suspect sleep apnoea or exhibit risk factors, seeking professional help is crucial. At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we offer comprehensive sleep apnoea testing, CPAP machines, and consumables to support your journey to better sleep and improved health. By understanding the health risks, risk factors, and prevalence of sleep apnoea, you can take proactive steps toward a healthier, more restful life.

Visit Twin Waters Pharmacy to explore our sleep apnoea services and discover how we can assist you in prioritising your sleep health.

COVID is back in the News

COVIDSource: Maya Peters | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International

You may have heard recently that cases of COVID have been increasing rapidly over the last few weeks. The Health department statistics are showing increases in hospitalisations, prescriptions for antivirals and cases in monitored settings such as nursing homes. At Twin Waters Pharmacy we are seeing evidence of all of these changes too.

What can I do to protect myself?

The WHO has a great page that goes through in detail the best actions to avoid a COVID infection and minimise spreading infection if you do catch COVID.

The summary of the advice is:

  • Get vaccinated as soon as it’s your turn and follow local guidance on vaccination.
  • Keep physical distance of at least 1 metre from others, even if they don’t appear to be sick. Avoid crowds and close contact.
  • Wear a properly fitted mask when physical distancing is not possible and in poorly ventilated settings.
  • Clean your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of used tissues immediately and clean hands regularly. 
  • If you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, self-isolate until you recover.

To read more on any of these points, please visit the WHO COVID Advice for the Public web page.

Please stay home if you are sick.

If you test positive for COVID, Influenza or other respiratory infections please stay at home. We provide same day delivery services that reduces the risk of spreading infection. Please give us a call and we will assist you to get the treatment you need quickly and safely.

There are new COVID vaccines. What should I do?

If you are due for or have booked a COVID vaccination, DON’T WAIT. There are many reasons that you should get vaccinated as soon as possible.

  • The current vaccines still provide very good protection against severe disease
  • A vaccination takes approximately two weeks to provide full protection and we are entering a very social time of year.
  • The availability of vaccinators is limited and waiting times to get an appointment are growing, meaning you could be waiting weeks before you can get vaccinated.
  • With the government closing vaccine distribution over Christmas there is no guarantee that the new vaccines will be available the time of your appointment.

Current vaccination recommendations

Source: Commonwealth of Australia

The current recommendations for getting a COVID vaccination are:

  • 18-64 – Consider a booster if you haven’t had one this year
  • 65-74 – Recommended to have at least one vaccination this year and consider a second.
  • 75+ – Recommended to have TWO boosters this year.

Boosters should be given 6 months after your last vaccination or COVID infection.

You can view the chart of the full recommendations.

Make an appointment today!

To make an appointment at Twin Waters Pharmacy to get a COVID vaccination please visit our bookings page. We have limited abilities to book appointments over the phone and will likely need to call you back to get details.

Celebrate the Festive Season with Twin Waters Pharmacy Customer Christmas Party!

Christmas Party FlyerSource: Twin Waters Pharmacy

The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner, and what better way to kick off the holiday season than by joining us for the Twin Waters Pharmacy Customer Christmas Party? We’re excited to invite you to this special event, taking place right here at Twin Waters Pharmacy on Thursday, November 23rd, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. It’s a celebration you won’t want to miss!

What to Expect:

  •                Lucky Door Prizes: Our Christmas Party is all about spreading joy, and we’ve got some fantastic prizes up for grabs. Simply walk through our doors, and you might find yourself walking out with a little extra holiday cheer.
  •                Afternoon Tea and Refreshments: We understand the importance of good company and delicious treats during the festive season. We’ll be serving a delectable afternoon tea along with a selection of drinks to keep you refreshed.
  •                Exclusive Discounts and Rewards: ‘Tis the season of giving, and we’re getting into the spirit. During the party, enjoy a 20% discount on selected Christmas gifts! Plus, for every purchase made, you’ll earn double rewards points, allowing you to stock up on even more holiday goodies.

RSVP by November 20th:

To ensure we have enough holiday cheer to go around, please RSVP by Monday, November 20th. You can contact us to let us know you’ll be attending.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss It:

Our Customer Christmas Party is not just about shopping; it’s about coming together as a community, celebrating the spirit of the season, and sharing the joy with those who matter most – our customers. It’s our way of saying thank you for your continued support and loyalty throughout the year.

So mark your calendars, put on your festive attire, and join us at Twin Waters Pharmacy on November 23rd from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM for a Christmas celebration like no other.

We look forward to sharing the holiday season with you and making memories that will last a lifetime. See you at the party!

Bone Health Matters: Celebrating World Osteoporosis Day with Twin Waters Pharmacy

OsteoporosisSource: German Tenorio | CC BY-SA 2.0 DE

World Osteoporosis Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of bone health. It’s a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and the team at Twin Waters Pharmacy wants to take this opportunity to share essential information about osteoporosis, its prevention, and how we can help you maintain strong and healthy bones.

Understanding Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a silent but common bone disease that weakens the bones and makes them more susceptible to fractures. Often referred to as the “silent disease,” osteoporosis rarely shows symptoms until a fracture occurs. These fractures most commonly happen in the hip, spine, and wrist. These fractures can lead to severe pain, disability, and a reduced quality of life.

Preventing Osteoporosis

The good news is that osteoporosis is largely preventable through lifestyle choices and medical interventions. At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we believe in the importance of promoting bone health and helping you reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

  1. Diet: A balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is essential for bone health. Calcium is a key building block for bones, and vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. If you have concerns about your diet, our pharmacists can recommend suitable supplements to ensure you’re getting the nutrients your bones need.
  2. Regular Exercise: Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, and resistance training, can help maintain and strengthen bone density. Our team can offer guidance on exercise routines suitable for your individual needs.
  3. Medications: In some cases, especially when osteoporosis is diagnosed, medications may be necessary. Our pharmacy staff can provide information about these medications and help you understand their benefits and potential side effects.
  4. Lifestyle Choices: Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can help maintain bone health. Smoking and excessive alcohol intake can weaken bones and increase the risk of fractures.
  5. Bone Density Screening: Regular bone density screenings are crucial, especially if you’re at an increased risk of osteoporosis due to factors such as family history, age, or medical conditions. Our pharmacy can provide information about where to get screened and what to expect.

How Twin Waters Pharmacy Can Help

At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we are committed to promoting good health in our community. Our pharmacists are trained to provide expert advice on bone health, including recommendations for supplements, medication management, and lifestyle changes that can help prevent osteoporosis. We can help you make informed decisions to protect your bone health.


This World Osteoporosis Day, let’s prioritize bone health and work together to prevent osteoporosis. At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we’re here to support you on your journey to stronger and healthier bones. By making the right lifestyle choices, seeking professional advice, and staying informed, you can reduce your risk of osteoporosis and enjoy a more active and fulfilling life.

Remember, bone health matters, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Visit Twin Waters Pharmacy to learn more about how we can assist you in maintaining strong and healthy bones.

Prepare for Your Dream Holiday with Twin Waters Pharmacy’s Travel Health Consultation

Travel Health

$20 or Free for Health Saver Members

Holidays are an essential part of our lives. They offer a much-needed escape from the stresses and demands of our modern world. Whether you’re planning a domestic retreat or an international adventure, one aspect that should never be overlooked is your health and well-being. At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we recognize the importance of ensuring that your holiday is not only enjoyable but safe and healthy too. That’s where our Travel Health Consultation comes into play.

Tailoring Your Travel Health Experience

When it comes to traveling, a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work. Your health, your destination, and your holiday activities are all unique to you. That’s why our Travel Health Consultation is designed to be a personalized experience. During your consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to sit down with one of our experienced pharmacists and discuss various aspects of your trip.

We’ll begin by reviewing your current vaccination history and assessing your travel itinerary. Based on this information, we’ll provide you with tailored recommendations to ensure you’re adequately protected from potential health risks at your destination. If necessary, we can administer many required vaccinations right on the spot, saving you time and hassle.

Managing Your Health While Away

For those with existing medical conditions, managing your health while on holiday can be a concern. Our pharmacists are here to provide advice on how to handle your current conditions and medications while you’re away. We can help you with practical tips and guidance to ensure that your health remains a top priority, even when you’re far from home.

Preparing for the Unexpected

Sometimes, the unexpected can happen while traveling, and it’s essential to be prepared. Our Travel Health Consultation includes discussions on how to handle unforeseen medical situations or emergencies while abroad. Having a plan in place can provide peace of mind and make all the difference in times of crisis.

Protection for Long-Distance Travel

If your holiday plans involve long-distance travel or exploration of unique environments, our consultation will cover these aspects as well. We’ll provide insights into staying healthy during extended journeys and offer guidance on safeguarding yourself from the specific environmental challenges you might encounter.

Affordable and Accessible

We believe that health should be accessible to all, which is why our Travel Health Consultation is available for just $20. Any additional costs for vaccinations or products provided will be discussed with you during the consultation. Plus, if you’re a Healthy Saver member, the consultation is available at no cost, making it even easier to prioritize your health before your trip.

Book Your Travel Health Consultation Today

Ready to embark on your next adventure with confidence? Booking a Travel Health Consultation with Twin Waters Pharmacy is easy and convenient. You can schedule your consultation online through MedAdvisor. For more information about our Travel Health Consultation service, please visit our website. If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Don’t let health concerns hold you back from enjoying the holiday of your dreams. With Twin Waters Pharmacy’s Travel Health Consultation, you can travel smart, stay healthy, and create lasting memories wherever your adventures take you.

Understanding Sudden Hearing Loss: Causes, Symptoms, and What to Do

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Hearing is one of our most precious senses, allowing us to connect with the world around us. However, there are instances when this vital sense can be compromised, and one such condition is sudden hearing loss. Sudden hearing loss, also known as sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL), can be a frightening experience. In this blog post, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and what to do if you or a loved one encounters sudden hearing loss.

What is Sudden Hearing Loss?

Sudden hearing loss is defined as a rapid decline in hearing ability that occurs within a span of 72 hours or less. This condition typically affects one ear, but it can occur in both ears simultaneously in rare cases. SSNHL can be either partial or complete, ranging from mild to profound hearing impairment. It is crucial to seek immediate medical attention if you suspect sudden hearing loss, as early intervention can significantly impact recovery.

Common Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss

The exact cause of SSNHL is often challenging to determine, and in many cases, it remains idiopathic (unknown). However, several potential causes and contributing factors have been identified:

  1. Viral Infections: Viral infections, such as the herpes simplex virus, can lead to sudden hearing loss by affecting the inner ear.
  2. Vascular Issues: Problems with blood circulation to the inner ear can cause SSNHL. This may include issues like blood clots or compromised blood vessels.
  3. Autoimmune Diseases: Some autoimmune disorders, like autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED), can trigger sudden hearing loss.
  4. Trauma: Head injuries, loud noise exposure, or barotrauma (pressure changes, like during scuba diving or air travel) can damage the inner ear and result in SSNHL.
  5. Medications: Certain medications, such as some antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs, have been linked to sudden hearing loss as a potential side effect.

Recognising the Symptoms

The symptoms of sudden hearing loss can vary from person to person, but common signs include:

  • Rapid Hearing Decline: A noticeable and sudden decrease in hearing ability, often in one ear.
  • Fullness or Pressure: A sensation of fullness or pressure in the affected ear.
  • Tinnitus: Ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds in the affected ear.
  • Dizziness or Vertigo: Some individuals may experience dizziness or a spinning sensation.

Seeking Immediate Help

If you or someone you know experiences sudden hearing loss, it is crucial to act swiftly:

  1. Contact a Healthcare Provider: Seek immediate medical attention from an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist, hospital emergency department or audiologist. Early intervention with treatments like corticosteroids can improve the chances of recovery.
  2. Avoid Delay: Do not delay treatment, as the window of opportunity for effective intervention is typically limited to the first few days.
  3. Stay Calm: Managing the emotional impact of sudden hearing loss is essential. Support from friends, family, and mental health professionals can help cope with the emotional challenges.


Sudden hearing loss can be a frightening and disorienting experience. With prompt medical attention and the right treatment, recovery is possible. If you or someone you know experiences sudden hearing loss, do not hesitate to seek immediate help. At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we understand the importance of your hearing health and can assist you in finding the right medical professionals and resources to address your condition. Remember, early intervention is the key to a successful recovery.

Navigating the Journey to Accessing Medicinal Cannabis and Unregistered Medicines at Twin Waters Pharmacy

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In today’s fast-paced world, instant gratification is the name of the game. You can order a cheeseburger and track its delivery right to your doorstep. Purchase a new pair of shoes, and they’ll be ready for pickup in just an hour. When it comes to most medications, your local pharmacy works tirelessly to ensure they’re in stock or can be supplied overnight. However, the story is a bit different when it comes to medicinal cannabis and other unregistered medicines. These products come with a few extra steps and restrictions that can cause delays in accessing the relief you need.

The Prescription and Approval Process

To get your hands on medicinal cannabis and unregistered medicines, you’ll need more than just a trip to the pharmacy. First and foremost, you’ll require a prescription from a qualified healthcare provider. But that’s not all; you’ll also need an approval, which your doctor will provide. Unfortunately, this approval process can take several days to complete. It’s important to be patient during this stage, as it’s a crucial step in ensuring the safe and appropriate use of these medications.

Pharmacy Orders and Patient Specificity

Once you’ve obtained your prescription and approval, your pharmacist can proceed with ordering the necessary medications. However, here’s where things differ from your typical pharmacy experience. Pharmacies can only place orders for these products when they have a copy of the approval form in hand. Moreover, any medication ordered using these forms is exclusively for the specific patient linked to the approval. In other words, these medicines cannot be kept on the shelf for anyone who walks in the door.

The Waiting Game

Once the order has been placed, it can take up to a week for the medication to arrive at the pharmacy. This waiting period is essential to ensure the safe and legal supply of these specialized products. While it may feel like an eternity when you’re in need, understanding these steps can help you avoid complications or confusion regarding supply.

How We Can Assist You

At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we are committed to helping you access the medicinal cannabis and unregistered medicines you require. However, please keep in mind that it may take some time. Unless you’ve pre-arranged for us to hold these medications for you, we will need to order them specifically for your needs.

Get in Touch

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your current or new medication, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dedicated team is here to assist you, ensuring you have the information and support you need throughout your healthcare journey. Your health and well-being are our top priorities.

In conclusion, while instant gratification may be the norm in many aspects of modern life, accessing medicinal cannabis and unregistered medicines requires a bit more time and patience. By understanding the process and working closely with your healthcare provider and pharmacist, you can navigate these steps with confidence, ultimately achieving the relief and care you deserve.

Celebrate World Pharmacists Day with Twin Waters Pharmacy: Strengthening Health Systems One Cupcake at a Time

Celebrate World Pharmacists DaySource: Pharmacy Guild Australia

World Pharmacists Day is just around the corner, and at Twin Waters Pharmacy, we are gearing up for a special celebration. This year’s theme, “Pharmacy strengthening health systems,” underscores the vital role pharmacists play in bolstering healthcare. On Monday, September 25th, we invite you to join us in honouring our dedicated pharmacists and understanding the crucial importance they hold in your health. To make the day even sweeter, we’ll be offering cupcakes and our famous salted caramel fudge. Mark your calendars for a delightful and informative celebration!

Why Pharmacists Are Healthcare Heroes

Pharmacists are often unsung heroes in the healthcare system, but their contributions are invaluable. Here’s why they deserve recognition:

Medication Management

Pharmacists are experts in medications. They ensure that you receive the right drugs, in the right doses, and with proper instructions, minimizing the risk of medication errors.

Health Advisors

Beyond dispensing medicines, pharmacists offer valuable health advice. They explain medication effects, side effects, and help you manage chronic conditions effectively.

Accessible Healthcare

Pharmacies are easily accessible, providing a convenient option for healthcare consultations and advice.

Health System Strengthening

This year’s theme highlights how pharmacists play a crucial role in reinforcing health systems, promoting safe and effective medication use.

Join Our Celebrations

To commemorate World Pharmacists Day, Twin Waters Pharmacy is hosting a special celebration. Here’s what awaits you:


Indulge your taste buds in our freshly baked vanilla cupcakes. They are a perfect blend of sweetness and simplicity, just like the care our pharmacists provide.

Salted Caramel Fudge

Don’t miss the chance to savour our famous salted caramel fudge. It’s a delectable treat that will leave you craving for more.

Meet Our Expert Team

Our friendly pharmacists and staff will be available to engage with you, answer your healthcare questions, and provide insights into how we strengthen health systems through pharmacy services.


At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we’re more than just a pharmacy; we are your trusted healthcare partners. Join us on Monday, September 25th, as we celebrate World Pharmacists Day. It’s an opportunity to recognize the indispensable role pharmacists play in your health and the broader healthcare system.

Whether you’re a regular customer or new to our pharmacy, we invite you to be part of this special celebration. Enjoy delightful treats, learn about our services, and discover how we contribute to strengthening health systems in your community.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary celebration at Twin Waters Pharmacy. We’re excited to welcome you on September 25th, as we celebrate our healthcare heroes and the sweet role they play in our lives. See you there!