Managing Reported Chronic Occupational Lung Disorders

September 16, 2019

Assoc. Prof. John Schneider
Occupational Physician, James Cook University, Mackay Clinical Campus

Increasing awareness of workplace dust exposure due to media reporting of pneumoconioses such as “black lung” and silicosis, has resulted in increased health surveillance, radiological investigation and notification of possible work-related lung disorders. The most common chronic lung condition associated with significant occupational dust exposure, however, is not the pneumoconiosis.

Subsequent decisions associated with the workers continuing employment can pose problems in both human resource and occupational health supervision and management. The reporting of changes in pulmonary imaging does not necessarily need to result in a departure from the industry. With comprehensive medical management including Pulmonary Rehabilitation if necessary, and coordinated Pulmonary Protection programs involving both the workplace and treating medical practitioner many workers can continue to work productively within the industry until retirement.

The presentation will consider managing the health and workplace risks associated with the continued employment of workers reported with positive health surveillance findings, including:-


  • Work-Related Lung Disorders

  • Current dilemmas in employment management

  • Interpretation and significance of medical reports

  • Assessment and importance of lung function

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Fitness for Work

  • Occupational Rehabilitation

  • Pulmonary Protection Programs

    • Risk management

    • Control of hazardous work exposures

    • Medical involvement in health management

Why PRP threatment?

July 24, 2017

PRP therapy is a way to treating joints, tendon and muscle injuries – without drugs or other foreign substances

Arthritis is a very common but not well understood condition.

July 05, 2017

Declared a national health priority in 2002, arthritis affects nearly 1 in every 5 Australians.  The total cost of arthritis to the Australian economy was estimated to be $23.9 billion. There are over a 100 different types of arthritis with the most common ones including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus erythematosus and gout.


Other common forms of arthritis include but not limited to:

  • Juvenile arthritis

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

  • Spondyloarthritis

  • Psoriatic arthritis

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Polymyalgia rheumatic

Arthritis is a very common but not well understood condition. The generic definition of the condition is a disease causing painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go; they can be mild, moderate or severe. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs.

Cartilage is nature’s “shock absorber,” and it provides a smooth gliding surface for the joint. When the cartilage becomes worn or is damaged or lost due to disease or trauma, the joint can no longer move painlessly. The body attempts to make up for the lost cartilage by producing a fluid in the joint lining (synovium), to act like a cushion, but this fluid also causes swelling in the joint which restricts motion, and stretches the joint covering (capsule) which causes pain. 

There are many modalities out there for treating arthritis and its symptoms. Some treatment methods include exercise, medications and advancements in medicine such as orthokine therapy. These treatments don’t cure arthritis but they can significantly reduce the pain, improve the ability to complete daily tasks and improve recovery times from injuries.

If you have any further questions about the information provided and or treatment methods provided by BCERTA Australia in regards to arthritis, please call 07 4848 1133 to schedule a booking.

ORTHOKINE - Your body’s own help for Osteoarthritis

June 13, 2017

Your body’s own help for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a symptom of age, they said. You should accept it, they said.

At an age beyond 60 every second person complains of painful joints. Even young persons may suffer from Osteoarthritis. Mostly hips and knees are affected. Osteoarthritis has many causes. Factors such as genetic predisposition, overweight and intensive load at work or sports play a significant role. Pain and reduced joint mobility are the most common symptoms.


Today, the biological causes of Osteoarthritis are much better understood. It is not just the mechanical cartilage wear but a complex disease that may affect anybody. The aggressive messenger protein Interleukin-1 (IL-1) plays a pivotal role in the development of Osteoarthritis. It stimulates joint inflammations. Although sometimes imperceptible, chronic joint inflammation results in joint pain and cartilage destruction.


Protective messengers (protective proteins) protect the cartilage.


The biological antagonist of IL-1 is ideal for a gentle and natural Osteoarthritis injection therapy. The protective protein is called Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist (IL-1Ra). It displaces the aggressive IL-1 and has a pain reducing, anti-inflammatory and cartilage protecting effect.


The Orthokine-therapy takes advantage of this. The protective protein, IL-1Ra, is a natural component of your blood. It is increased concomitantly with several other protective messengers during incubation. The emerging conditioned blood serum is prepared and will be injected in the affected joint.


Since 1997 patients have been treated successfully with the Orthokine-therapy. In studies, Orthokine conditioned serum impoves joint pain and function. The continuing process of cartilage destruction in the join is slowed. This also applies for the joints of the spine.


Orthokine conditioned serum also treats back pain

Back pain is the most common reason for consultation. Often slipped disc or disc protusion are the cause. Pressure on the nerve causes inflammation. Pain is the result (eg scatia). The Orthokine-therapy can successfully fight inflammation locally. It can relieve pain as well as improve the nerve damage. The treatment is absolutely natural, 100% autologous and is clinically proven.


How does the Orthokind-therapy work?

  1. Blood is aspirated from your vein with the special EOT-syringe.

  2. Incubation of the blood filled EOT-syringes at body temperature (37’c). Protective proteins are being synthesized.

  3. ‘Autologous Conditioned Serum’: Blood serum with the newly formed protective proteins is separated from the blood clot.

  4. 1-2 times per week you receive an injection into the joint or to the inflamed nerve.

Back pain treatment consists of up to four local injections, while joint treatment may require up to eight injections.

Exercise Physiologist

April 09, 2017

What is an Exercise Physiologist?

Exercise physiologists (EPs) are university qualified allied health professionals who are able to implement appropriate and specific exercise programs for people with chronic diseases, complex medical conditions and musculoskeletal injuries.


Accredited Exercise Physiologists have met the stringent accreditation criteria set by the Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA).


What do Exercise Physiologists do?

Exercise physiologists (EPs) specialise in the delivery of exercise and lifestyle modification programs for people with chronic conditions

 Exercises for health and well being

Chronic and complex medical conditions (cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological and metabolic)

Specialists in exercise for rehabilitation

Musculoskeletal rehabilitation


Exercise Physiologists are trained to use their extensive knowledge, skills and experience to deliver clinical exercises and health-behaviour modification counselling for people who will benefit from these services.

Hydration in Sport

November 23, 2016

Hydration in sport is essential as we all know, but many people are unsure of the correct way of managing it.

Firstly, quantifying fluid loss is important and this is easy to do.  The second part is managing the sodium loss, but this is unique for everyone.  In fact, there is a fifteen-fold variation in the concentration of sodium in a person’s sweat. The sodium concentration for each individual is largely genetically determined; therefore, fixed within a slight variation due to acclimatisation.

Studies from the Porsche institute of human performance in the UK have shown that correct sodium replacement decreases muscle cramps, improves, power output, improves performance, improves coordination and decreases the risk of injury. Standard over the counter electrolyte drinks are frequently not sufficient to address the sodium loss experienced by athletes in the beautiful tropical climate in which we live.

To find out what hydration is best for you and exactly what you require contact BCERTA for more information on your precision hydration.

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