Empowering Women: Effective Pain Management for Period Pain and Endometriosis

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Women’s Health Week is a perfect time to address some common yet often debilitating health issues that affect women, such as period pain and endometriosis. These conditions can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life, but with the right knowledge and strategies, pain management becomes not just possible but empowering. In this blog post, we’ll explore effective pain management techniques for period pain and endometriosis, focusing on ways to find relief and enhance overall well-being.

Understanding Period Pain and Endometriosis

Period Pain (Dysmenorrhea)

Period pain, also known as dysmenorrhea, is a common discomfort experienced by many women during their menstrual cycles. It typically involves cramping in the lower abdomen, often accompanied by back pain, headache, and fatigue. While mild discomfort is normal, severe period pain can be indicative of an underlying issue.


Endometriosis is a chronic condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside the uterus. This condition can lead to severe pelvic pain, painful periods, and fertility problems. Managing endometriosis pain requires a multi-faceted approach.

Effective Pain Management Strategies

Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

Non-prescription pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen can provide relief from menstrual cramps. Follow the recommended dosages, and consult with a healthcare provider if you have any concerns or if these medications are not effective.

Heat Therapy

Applying a heating pad or hot water bottle to the lower abdomen can help relax the muscles and alleviate cramps. Warm baths or showers can also provide relief.

Exercise and Relaxation

Regular exercise can help reduce menstrual pain by promoting blood flow and releasing endorphins, which act as natural painkillers. Techniques like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can also ease discomfort.

Dietary Adjustments

Some dietary changes may help manage period pain. Consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon or flaxseeds, and reducing caffeine and sugar intake might be beneficial.

Prescription Medications

For severe cases, a healthcare provider may prescribe stronger pain relievers or hormonal medications to regulate the menstrual cycle, reducing pain.

Endometriosis Management

If you suspect you have endometriosis, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment options. Treatment may include hormonal therapy, surgery, or a combination of both.

Support and Education

Joining support groups or seeking guidance from healthcare professionals who specialize in women’s health can provide valuable insights and emotional support.

Empowering Women Through Knowledge

Understanding your body and its unique needs is the first step towards effective pain management. It’s essential to track your menstrual cycle, note any changes in symptoms, and communicate openly with your healthcare provider about your concerns and goals.

At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we’re dedicated to women’s health and well-being. Our knowledgeable pharmacists are here to provide guidance, answer your questions, and offer over-the-counter solutions to help manage period pain and discomfort associated with endometriosis.

You can book a private consultation with one of our expert pharmacists to discuss women’s health or any health matter


Women’s Health Week is a reminder of the importance of self-care and empowerment. By implementing these pain management strategies and seeking professional advice when needed, women can regain control of their lives and minimize the impact of conditions like period pain and endometriosis. Remember, your health is your greatest asset, and together, we can support women in their journey to a pain-free and fulfilling life.

We will not stop

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Today, Pharmacist Ben and many other pharmacists, pharmacy assistants, family and friends are heading to Canberra to take part in a protest against the current form of the Government’s 60 day dispensing policy. 

We do this despite the Government finally agreeing to consult with the sector to develop a new agreement 15 months earlier than ever before. Whilst we are hopefully that a new agreement can be reached, we do not trust them to stay true to their word. 

The “open door” policy of community pharmacy provides all of Australia with the quickest and least costly access to qualified health professionals. Every day there are thousands of instances where pharmacists are triaging, advising and treating people. There are people who would either have to wait for a GP appointment, present to hospital emergency or go without treatment. 

These are services we are proud to provide. But we can’t do it for free. The Government through the 60 day policy is saying they don’t value what we provide to healthcare. So we are forced to charge our patients for these services or stop providing them. 

Getting this Government to recognise the importance of effective and accessible healthcare is our mission. We won’t stop until they recognise and support universal and accessible healthcare for everyone. 

A sad day for free & accessible healthcare

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Despite the efforts of around 150,000 people, major disruption to Community Pharmacies will come into effect from next month. Many have warned that this attack from the Government against free & accessible healthcare will have wide ranging negative effect. The policy will cut BILLIONS of dollars out of health care. Unfortunately, Labor and the Greens have refused to listen. Estimates for Twin Waters Pharmacy are that up to $200,000 per year in funds will be cut. Until now these funds have allowed us to provide many free or subsidised services and products. Services such as expert health advice, deliveries, medication packing and so much more. All we can do is move forward. We are committed to providing the best possible healthcare to our patients and customers.

Changes to access

As part of the new reality we have decided to make a small change to our opening hours. Until now we have been open from 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 12noon on Saturday.

From Monday September 4th we will be closing 30 minutes earlier on weekdays. Our new opening hours will be:

Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

Saturday 9:00am to 12 noon

Sunday and Public holidays Closed

Outside of these times there are a multitude of ways to place an order. We will then process when we are next open.

You can:

  • Place your order through Medadvisor if you are signed up
  • Email us at [email protected]
  • SMS us an order or eScript to 0439523245
  • Order through our website
  • Use our new Prescription Drop Box near our front door that we check each morning when we open
  • Drop your orders into the dedicated Twin Waters Pharmacy letter boxes if you are a resident of:
    • Living Choice – Twin Waters
    • Living Gems – Pacific Paradise
    • Halcyon – Lakeside

Moving forward from here

To continue to provide the services our community values we have been forced to introduce charges for previously free and discounted services.

The fee schedule for these services is available on our website. This is an action that we have been reluctant to introduce. Where we find ourselves now we believe we have no choice. As always, if you find yourself struggling please reach out to us and we will do everything we can to help.

If you would like to find out more information about these changes please check out

Optimising Asthma Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Better Breathing

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Living with asthma can be challenging, but with proper management, you can significantly improve your quality of life and reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. Effective asthma management involves a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and preventive measures. In this blog post, we’ll explore essential tips and strategies to optimise asthma management and help you breathe easier.

Understand Your Asthma Triggers

The first step in managing asthma is identifying and understanding your triggers. Common triggers include allergens (e.g., pollen, pet dander, dust mites), respiratory infections, tobacco smoke, air pollution, strong odours, and cold air. Keep a journal to track when and where your symptoms worsen, as this can provide valuable insights into your triggers.

Develop an Asthma Action Plan

Work with your healthcare provider to create a personalised asthma action plan. This plan should include instructions on how to manage asthma in different situations, including what medications to take, when to seek medical help, and how to adjust treatment during worsening symptoms or asthma attacks.

Use Asthma Medications as Prescribed

There are two main types of asthma medications: preventers and relievers. Preventers, such as inhaled corticosteroids, leukotriene modifiers, and long-acting beta-agonists, help manage chronic inflammation and prevent asthma attacks. Relievers, like short-acting beta-agonists, provide quick relief during acute symptoms.

Always take your medications as prescribed by your healthcare provider, and never skip doses, even if you feel fine. Consistent medication adherence is crucial for keeping asthma under control.

You can reach out to the expert team at Twin waters Pharmacy can help you to understand your medications better. We can also provide tips and advice to get the best benefit from your treatments.

Create an Asthma-Friendly Environment

Maintaining a clean and asthma-friendly environment can greatly reduce exposure to triggers. Regularly clean your home, use dust-proof covers for mattresses and pillows, vacuum with a HEPA filter, and keep pets out of the bedroom if you’re allergic to pet dander. Install an air purifier to help remove allergens and pollutants from the air.

Stay Active with Care

Regular physical activity is essential for overall health, but for people with asthma, it’s crucial to exercise with care. Warm up before workouts, avoid exercising in cold weather, and choose activities that are less likely to trigger asthma symptoms, such as swimming or walking. Always have your reliever inhaler on hand during physical activity.

Practice Breathing Techniques

Learning breathing techniques can help improve lung function and reduce the impact of asthma attacks. Techniques like pursed lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing can aid in controlling breathing patterns and easing symptoms during asthma exacerbations.

In Summary

Asthma management is a multifaceted approach that involves understanding triggers, following an asthma action plan, using medications as prescribed, monitoring peak flow, creating an asthma-friendly environment, exercising with care, and practicing breathing techniques. By integrating these strategies into your daily life, you can optimise your asthma management and enjoy better respiratory health, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling and active lifestyle. Remember to regularly consult your healthcare provider for personalised advice and adjustments to your asthma management plan. Together, you can take control of your asthma and breathe easier.

Your Ultimate Guide to Managing Hay Fever and Seasonal Allergies

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Are you one of the many individuals who dread the arrival of spring due to hay fever and seasonal allergies? The sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose can make life miserable during these times. But fear not! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore effective strategies to manage hay fever and seasonal allergies, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of nature without suffering from its unwelcome side effects.

Understand Your Hay Fever Triggers

The first step in managing hay fever and seasonal allergies is to identify the specific triggers that set off your symptoms. Common triggers include pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds, as well as mould spores. Keeping a journal to track your symptoms and potential triggers can help you pinpoint the culprits. Once identified, you can take targeted measures to minimise your exposure.

Monitor Pollen Counts

Stay informed about local pollen counts, especially during peak allergy seasons. Websites, apps, and weather channels often provide daily pollen forecasts. On high pollen days, limit your time outdoors, particularly during early morning and late afternoon when pollen levels are typically at their highest.

Keep Your Indoor Environment Allergy-Friendly

Creating an allergy-friendly environment indoors can significantly reduce your exposure to allergens. Here are some tips:

  • Use a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter in your HVAC system to trap airborne allergens.
  • Regularly clean and vacuum your home, paying attention to carpets, rugs, and upholstery where allergens can accumulate.
  • Keep windows closed during peak pollen seasons and use air conditioning instead.
  • Wash bedding in hot water once a week to remove allergens.

Nasal Rinsing

Nasal rinsing with saline solution can be a game-changer for managing hay fever symptoms. This simple practice helps flush out irritants from your nasal passages, providing relief from congestion and reducing sneezing.

Over-the-Counter Medications For Hay Fever

Antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroids are readily available over-the-counter and can provide relief from hay fever symptoms. Consult with our expert team at Twin Waters Pharmacy to find the most suitable option for your needs. You can always get in contact with us for help and advice,

Natural Remedies To Manage Allergies

Several natural remedies may help alleviate hay fever symptoms. These include using saline solutions for nasal rinsing, consuming local honey to build tolerance to local pollen, and incorporating anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric and omega-3 fatty acids into your diet.

Allergen Immunotherapy

For those with severe allergies, allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) can be a long-term solution. These shots work by gradually desensitising your immune system to specific allergens, reducing the severity of your allergic reactions over time.

Wear Protective Gear

When venturing outdoors during high pollen periods, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat can shield your eyes and face from pollen. Additionally, opt for a pollen mask if you must perform outdoor activities like gardening.

Wrapping Up

Hay fever and seasonal allergies don’t have to put a damper on your favourite seasons. By understanding your triggers, taking preventive measures, and using appropriate medications or remedies, you can manage and alleviate your allergy symptoms effectively. Remember, consulting with a healthcare professional is essential for personalised advice and to explore more advanced treatment options. With these strategies in hand, you can look forward to embracing the beauty of nature without the burden of bothersome allergies. Enjoy the great outdoors!

Beat the carpark issues

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We always love to see you in the pharmacy where we can provide you with our best possible service. But sometimes the issues of finding a carpark is just too hard. With the growth of the of the area and the busy nature of the businesses The Twin Waters Shopping Village is no exception. Fortunately we have a solution for you!

The Twin Waters Pharmacy Free Delivery Service.

Just let us know what you need need by 11am and we can get things delivered to your door on the same day.

If you have the Medadvisor app you can send us an order 24/7/365. You can also send us an email to [email protected] or an SMS to 0439523245.

During opening hours you can also call us on 07 5457 0009 to place your order.

Find out more on our free delivery page.

Protect Your Child: Influenza Vaccinations for Kids & Teenagers

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** Update 17/07/2023. Queensland Health has announced a free flu vaccination program to run from 24/07/2023 until 31/08/2023. During this time there will be no cost for influenza vaccinations. Simply book as normal using the link below **

Book vaccines here

As a caring parent, your child’s health is a top priority. With the flu season here, it’s essential to take preventive measures to protect your little ones from influenza. The 2023 Flu season is particularly affecting kids and teenagers. Twin Waters Pharmacy understands the importance of safeguarding children and teenagers against the flu, which is why we offer influenza vaccinations designed specifically for their needs. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of our vaccination services and why they are crucial for the well-being of your child.

You can book in for any of our vaccination services right here.

Why Choose Twin Waters Pharmacy for Influenza Vaccinations?

Expertise and Safety

Twin Waters Pharmacy takes pride in having a team of experienced pharmacists who specialise in administering influenza vaccinations to children and teenagers. Our knowledgeable staff ensures that every vaccination happens with the utmost care and safety.

Tailored Vaccinations

We understand that children and teenagers have unique requirements when it comes to vaccinations. That’s why our pharmacy provides influenza vaccines specially formulated to cater to their age group. These vaccines provide optimal protection against the strains of flu prevalent in their demographic.

Convenient and Accessible

At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we strive to make the vaccination process as convenient as possible for parents and their children. You can simply schedule an appointment, and our friendly staff will guide you through the entire process. With our central location, easy access, and flexible hours, vaccinating your child against the flu has never been easier.

Proactive Approach to Health

By vaccinating your child against influenza, you are taking a proactive step towards their overall health and well-being. The flu can lead to severe complications in children. Vaccination significantly reduces the risk of hospitalisation, severe illness, and even death. Twin Waters Pharmacy empowers parents to protect their children from such potential health risks.

Community Health

Vaccinating your child against the flu not only safeguards their health but also contributes to the overall well-being of the community. By reducing the spread of influenza, we create a healthier environment for everyone. Twin Waters Pharmacy commitment to promoting community health is reflected through comprehensive vaccination services.

When it comes to protecting your child from influenza, Twin Waters Pharmacy is your trusted partner. Our team is dedicated to, tailored vaccinations, convenient services, and proactive approach to health. This makes us the ideal choice for parents seeking influenza vaccinations for their children and teenagers. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Schedule an appointment with Twin Waters Pharmacy today and give your child the best defence against seasonal flu. Prioritise their health and peace of mind with our expert influenza vaccination services.

Twin Waters Pharmacy: Your Trusted Partner in Diabetes Management

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Living with diabetes can be challenging, but with the right support, it becomes easier to navigate the complexities of this chronic condition. Twin Waters Pharmacy is here to be your trusted partner in diabetes management. Our dedicated team of pharmacists and staff is committed to providing personalized care, reliable resources, and comprehensive services to help you live a healthier life. This blog is the last in our series for Diabetes Week 2023. Let’s explore how Twin Waters Pharmacy can assist you on your diabetes journey.

Expert Medication Guidance

At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we understand that diabetes medications play a crucial role in managing your condition. Our knowledgeable pharmacists are well-versed in the various types of diabetes medications, including oral medications and injectables like insulin. We ensure accurate dispensing of your prescriptions, provide clear instructions on dosage and timing, and address any concerns or questions you may have about your medications. Our goal is to empower you to take your medications effectively and optimize their benefits.

Blood Glucose Monitoring Made Easy

Regular blood glucose monitoring is essential for effective diabetes management. Twin Waters Pharmacy offers a wide selection of blood glucose monitoring supplies, including state-of-the-art glucose meters, test strips, lancets, and control solutions. Our friendly staff will guide you in choosing the right equipment for your needs and provide step-by-step instructions on how to use them correctly. We want to make blood glucose monitoring as simple and convenient as possible, ensuring you have the tools you need for accurate self-monitoring.

Personalized Diabetes Education

Education is key to successfully managing diabetes, and Twin Waters Pharmacy is dedicated to providing personalized education and resources. We offer diabetes education programs led by certified diabetes educators who are passionate about empowering you with knowledge and skills. From understanding the basics of diabetes to learning about healthy eating, physical activity, medication management, and self-care, our programs are designed to meet your specific needs. We’re here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and support you every step of the way.

Medication Adherence Support

Sticking to your prescribed medication regimen is vital for maintaining optimal blood sugar control. Twin Waters Pharmacy offers medication adherence support to help you stay on track. Our pharmacists can synchronize your refill dates, ensuring you have a sufficient supply of medications when you need them. We also provide reminders, counselling, and tools to enhance medication adherence. Our aim is to make managing your medications easier, so you can focus on living your life to the fullest.

Lifestyle Modification Guidance

Lifestyle modifications, including healthy eating and regular exercise, play a significant role in diabetes management. At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we provide guidance and resources to help you make sustainable lifestyle changes. Our team can assist you in developing a balanced and nutritious eating plan tailored to your dietary preferences and needs. We can also provide recommendations for physical activity that align with your fitness level and lifestyle. Our goal is to empower you to make positive lifestyle choices that promote better diabetes control and overall well-being.

Continuous Support and Community

At Twin Waters Pharmacy, we’re more than just a place to pick up medications. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive community for individuals with diabetes. Our staff is always available to answer your questions, offer encouragement, and provide ongoing support. We understand the challenges you may face, and we’re here to listen and provide guidance. Through support groups, educational events, and community initiatives, we aim to foster connections and empower you on your diabetes journey.

We can also provide referral to external programs and support such as those offered by Diabetes Australia.


Managing diabetes is a collaborative effort, and Twin Waters Pharmacy is committed to being your trusted partner in this endeavour. From expert medication guidance and blood glucose monitoring supplies to personalized education, medication adherence support, lifestyle modification guidance, and continuous support, our team is here to help you thrive with diabetes. Visit Twin Waters Pharmacy and experience the care, knowledge, and resources that make a difference in your diabetes management. Together, we can navigate the challenges of diabetes and empower you to live a healthier and happier life.

We can also provide referral to external programs such as those offered by Diabetes Australia.

Managing Diabetes – Diabetes Week 2023

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Following from our last post for Diabetes Week 2023 we have provided below an number of tips and tricks to help you with managing diabetes.

Managing diabetes effectively involves a combination of lifestyle changes, medication (if prescribed), and regular monitoring. Here are some key strategies for managing diabetes:

Healthy Eating:

Follow a balanced diet: Choose foods that are low in refined sugars and carbohydrates, and focus on consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

Portion control: Be mindful of your portion sizes to help regulate blood sugar levels and maintain a healthy weight.

Carbohydrate counting: Learn to count carbohydrates, as they significantly impact blood sugar levels. This can help you adjust your insulin or medication doses accordingly.

Regular Physical Activity:

Engage in regular exercise: Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (such as running) per week. Consult your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program.

Incorporate strength training: Include activities that strengthen your muscles at least twice weekly.

Stay active throughout the day:

Avoid prolonged sitting or sedentary behaviours by taking short walks, stretching, or doing light exercises every hour.

Medication and Insulin:

Take prescribed medications as directed: If you have type 2 diabetes, your healthcare provider may prescribe oral medications or injectable medications like insulin to help manage your blood sugar levels.

Insulin management: If you have type 1 diabetes or require insulin, work closely with your healthcare provider to determine the appropriate type of insulin, dosage, and timing of injections or use of insulin pumps.

Regular Monitoring:

Check blood sugar levels: Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly using a glucose meter. This helps you understand how your body responds to different foods, activities, and medications.

A1C tests: Get your A1C levels checked as your healthcare provider recommends. This test provides an average of your blood sugar levels over the past two to three months.

Stress Management:

Stress can affect blood sugar levels, so finding healthy ways to manage stress is important. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or engaging in activities you enjoy.

Regular Medical Check-ups:

Schedule regular visits with your healthcare provider to monitor your diabetes management, review your medication plan, and address any concerns or questions you may have.

Diabetes Education and Support:

Consider attending diabetes education programs or support groups to learn more about managing diabetes and connect with others with similar experiences. Diabetes Australia provides a great variety of supports and services.

Managing diabetes is a lifelong commitment, and individual approaches may vary. It’s crucial to work closely with your healthcare team to develop a personalised diabetes management plan that meets your specific needs and goals.

As always you can reach out to the wonderful team at Twin Waters Pharmacy for help and advice.

Diabetes Week 2023 – What is Diabetes?

Diabetes Week 2023 is here and we thought it would be a great time to start the Twin Waters Pharmacy. We will bring you regular posts about health topics and interesting topics to help you live happier and healthier lives. If there are topics that you want us to cover, let us know.

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body processes blood sugar (glucose). There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.

Type 1

In this type, your immune system mistakenly attacks the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels. As a result, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, leading to high blood sugar levels. The main effects of type 1 diabetes include:

  • High blood sugar: Elevated levels of blood sugar can lead to various symptoms like increased thirst, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and blurred vision.
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis: If left untreated, type 1 diabetes can result in a life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA characterized by the buildup of ketones in the blood, leading to nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fruity-scented breath, and confusion.
  • Long-term complications: Poorly controlled type 1 diabetes can contribute to long-term complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, nerve damage (neuropathy), eye problems, and foot ulcers.

Type 2

In this type, your body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is influenced by factors such as genetics, obesity, physical inactivity, and poor diet. The effects of type 2 diabetes include:

  • High blood sugar: Similar to type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes also leads to high blood sugar levels, causing symptoms like increased thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, and blurred vision.
  • Cardiovascular complications: Type 2 diabetes significantly increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, and peripheral artery disease.
  • Kidney disease: Diabetes can damage the kidneys over time, leading to diabetic nephropathy and potentially requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation.
  • Nerve damage: High blood sugar levels can damage the nerves in your body, resulting in neuropathy, which commonly affects the feet and legs. Symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness, and a loss of sensation.
  • Eye problems: Diabetes can cause various eye conditions like diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma, which, if left untreated, can lead to vision loss or blindness.
  • Slow wound healing: High blood sugar levels can impair the body’s ability to heal wounds, making infections more likely and increasing the risk of complications, such as diabetic foot ulcers.

It’s important to manage diabetes effectively through lifestyle modifications, medication (if necessary), regular monitoring of blood sugar levels, and close medical supervision. By doing so, you can reduce the risk of complications and maintain a healthier life. Consulting with a healthcare professional will provide you with personalized guidance and support for managing your diabetes effectively.

Where Can I find out more about diabetes?

Everyone at Twin Waters Pharmacy is dedicated to your health. We can help you or your loved ones. Please get in contact with us or drop into the store.

You can also reach out to Diabetes Australia for a wonderful range of advice, education and support.