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Survey Results

Survey results to date are as follows:

3-Jun-2009 Are you aware of the importance of screening for bowel cancer if there is a history of it in your family?
Yes 88 %
No 12 %
21-May-2009 Would you know what to do if you saw someone having a seizure?
Yes, I would 43 %
Yes, I think so 26 %
No, but I would like to learn 28 %
No, I’m not interested 3 %
6-May-2009 Do you practice safe sex consistently?
Yes always 65 %
Most of the time 16 %
No I need to improve my habits 19 %
23-Apr-2009 Are you aware of what you can do to detect breast cancer early?
Yes, breast cancer in my family has made me fully aware 27 %
Yes, the educational campaigns make it clear 54 %
Unsure 13 %
No, I wait to be reminded by my GP 6 %
6-Apr-2009 What sort of pregnancy related information would you like to see more of from VMC?
Fertility treatment research 25 %
Guides for expectant parents 13 %
Postnatal issues, such as depression for men and women 33 %
Advice on early childhood issues 29 %
24-Mar-2009 Are you a smoker? If so, do you want to quit?
No, Ive never smoked 41 %
No, I gave up 34 %
Yes, I dont want to quit 5 %
Yes, I want to quit 13 %
Yes, I am currently trying to quit 7 %
11-Mar-2009 Do you feel there is enough (helpful) information on food labels?
Yes, it is useful 11 %
Yes, but it needs to be more clear 30 %
Unsure, as I rarely read food labels 5 %
No, there needs to be more information 54 %
23-Feb-2009 Have you or a family member been directly affected by major trauma (e.g. a natural disaster)? What sort of help or support did you/they receive?

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Yes – counselling by a GP or psychologist 10 %
Yes – support groups 1 %
Yes – family or community support 9 %
Yes – a mixture of the above 10 %
Yes – but didnt receive any support 30 %
No – Ive never been affected by major trauma 40 %
9-Feb-2009 Most people with schizophrenia live and many work and study in their local community. How good do you think your understanding is of schizophrenia and what its like to live with it?
Very good 17 %
Good 16 %
Satisfactory 17 %
Poor 34 %
Very poor 16 %
29-Jan-2009 Do you feel there is adequate support for children (and families) dealing with ADHD?
Yes 20 %
No 65 %
Unsure 15 %
13-Jan-2009 Have you attempted to lose weight over the last 12 months?
Yes, and I achieved my goal 7 %
Yes, but I am yet to reach my goal 55 %
No, but it is one of my resolutions for 2009 12 %
No, I probably should but havent bothered yet 11 %
No, I dont need to lose weight 14 %
Other 1 %
23-Dec-2008 What is your New Year resolution?
To lose weight 35 %
To quit smoking 7 %
To stress less 9 %
To exercise more 19 %
A combination of the above 27 %
Other 3 %
16-Dec-2008 Do you make New Years resolutions about your health?
No, there is no point as I wont succeed 25 %
I should, but need help to stick to my goals 16 %
Yes, I try but usually fail 31 %
Yes, the majority of the time I succeed 15 %
Other 13 %
2-Dec-2008 Do you try to get a tan in summer?
No, the skin damage just isnt worth it! 48 %
Not on purpose 35 %
Only if I have a special event coming up 3 %
Yes 12 %
Other 2 %
18-Nov-2008 Health organisations and agencies have increased peoples awareness of the risk factors of metabolic syndrome and changes you can make to your lifestyle. Where are you more likely to go for education and assistance?
Your GP 47 %
Other health practitioner eg nutritionist 8 %
Gym instructor 1 %
Internet 37 %
Health magazines 5 %
Im not interested in learning more about my health 2 %
4-Nov-2008 Prostate cancer has a high survival rate if diagnosed early, but many men are reluctant to get tested or discuss it. Which of the following would most deter you from discussing prostate cancer with your doctor?
Embarrassment 34 %
Lack of knowledge/not thinking to ask 17 %
Fear of tests 18 %
Dislike visiting doctor 10 %
None of the above 17 %
Other 4 %
21-Oct-2008 Which of the following measures do you use the most for maintaining healthy bones?
Eat a calcium rich diet including low fat dairy 23 %
Weight-bearing exercises 9 %
Take vitamin supplements 11 %
Maintain a healthy weight 10 %
All of the above 35 %
None of the above 12 %
8-Oct-2008 Which of the following causes you the most stress or depression?
Loneliness or a lack of supportive network 24 %
Working too much/ no time to relax 18 %
Weight or appearance 23 %
Health issues or unhealthy lifestyle 10 %
Lack of purpose in life 19 %
None of the above 6 %
24-Sep-2008 Which measures do you use to protect yourself against dementia?
Stimulate the mind with social interaction, puzzles, reading, hobbies and learning new things 20 %
Eat a healthy balanced diet, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep 6 %
Visit the doctor for regular health checks 6 %
Avoid bad habits like smoking and drinking 8 %
Some or all of the above 55 %
None of the above 5 %
11-Sep-2008 Which of the following conditions most increases your chance of having a stroke?
High blood pressure 47 %
Smoking 20 %
Being overweight or obese 15 %
Stress 10 %
Diabetes 7 %
High cholesterol 1 %
28-Aug-2008 What do you do to protect your family against cancer?
Discourage use of toxic substances 11 %
Encourage a healthy diet and exercise 23 %
Planning cancer screening visits 3 %
All of the above 57 %
None of the above 6 %
14-Aug-2008 What is the main challenge stopping your family from participating in sporting activities?
Time restrictions 35 %
Financial restrictions 22 %
Esteem issues 12 %
Other factors 15 %
Not applicable. My family all participate 16 %
31-Jul-2008 Which of the following helps build healthy bones the most?
Diet and nutrition 64 %
Vitamin Supplements 4 %
Genetic factors 2 %
Weight bearing exercises 28 %
Other 2 %
15-Jul-2008 Which of the following do you think most contributes to your chance of developing type 2 diabetes?
Lifestyle choices – alcohol/smoking. 23 %
Age. 3 %
Genetic factors. 15 %
Obesity. 57 %
Other. 2 %
1-Jul-2008 How would you support somebody who is the carer for a loved one with dementia?
Learn more about the disease 35 %
Encourage the carer to look after themselves 17 %
Tell the carer to get help from support groups etc 45 %
Other 3 %
17-Jun-2008 Weight is often a sensitive issue and it can be very difficult to bring up the issue with a friend or loved one. How would you approach the subject of obesity with a loved one?
Encourage them to make healthier lifestyle choices 24 %
Ask them to join you in making healthier choices 52 %
Discuss the importance of regular health checks 7 %
Inform them of the health risks linked to obesity 12 %
Other 5 %
4-Jun-2008 If you have blood pressure, diabetes or are over 50 years of age, has your GP tested your kidney function in the last 12 months?
Yes 33 %
No 67 %
Unsure 0 %
4-Jun-2008 If you have blood pressure, diabetes or are over 50 years of age, has your GP tested your kidney function in the last 12 months?
Yes 40 %
No 53 %
Unsure 7 %
29-May-2008 Maintaining a healthy weight is important in adequate kidney function. How many times a week do you regularly exercise? (Session = greater than 30min)
Less than once a week 34 %
1 – 2 times a week. 18 %
3 – 4 times a week. . 31 %
More than 5 times a week. 17 %
20-May-2008 Which area do you think more money should be put into when it comes to schizophrenia?
Research into the role that genes may play 23 %
Mental health support for patient and families 55 %
Development of new therapeutic approaches 14 %
Developing an online education and support program 8 %
5-May-2008 Do you think all infants should be immunised?
Yes, I believe immunisation is essential 78 %
Yes, the essential vaccines are free, so why not? 9 %
No, I believe they do more harm than good 5 %
No I do not believe they are scientifically proven 4 %
I am unsure 4 %
23-Apr-2008 Which area do you think more money should be put into when it comes to Parkinson’s disease?
Developing an online education and support program 9 %
More training for health professionals 11 %
Research into the role that genes may play 47 %
Development of new therapeutic approaches 30 %
Other 3 %
7-Apr-2008 High blood pressure is linked with several health problems, including heart attack and stroke. How much attention do you pay to your blood pressure?
I take medication for it 39 %
Its high, but I haven’t done anything about it yet 6 %
It’s in the normal range 41 %
I have no idea what my blood pressure is 14 %
26-Mar-2008 Have you ever been a target of bullying or sexual harassment at your workplace?
Yes. I quit work and/or sought help due to it 21 %
Yes. It was distressing, but had to put up with it 26 %
Yes, but it wasn’t anything too bad. 14 %
No, never 34 %
I was the one targeting other people. 5 %
25-Feb-2008 Organs are in short supply in Australia and the waiting list is growing. Are you a registered organ donor?
Yes, we don’t need our organs once we die 61 %
I want to, but have not registered yet 17 %
No, I’m undecided 11 %
No it’s not compatible with my religion or beliefs 5 %
No, I don’t want to think about it 6 %
11-Feb-2008 Research shows that people who eat two or more servings of meat per day have an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome compared with those who eat meat just twice a week. One serving is the size of a burger patty. How much meat do you eat?
Less than 2 servings each week 22 %
3 – 4 servings each week 34 %
5 – 6 servings each week 27 %
7 or more servings each week 13 %
More than 2 servings each day 4 %
29-Jan-2008 Studies have shown that parents are a strong influence on their children’s drinking habits. Parents who do not allow their children to consume alcohol at home may reduce their use of alcohol during their early teenage years. Which of the following reflects your approach to the issue?
I do not allow my child to drink alcohol at home. 54 %
I allow my child to occasionally have some alcohol 36 %
I allow my child to drink alcohol at parties 5 %
I have no idea if my child is drinking alcohol. 5 %
14-Jan-2008 It is now known that obesity is linked to a number of conditions, including diabetes. Do you view your body size as an important health issue or lifestyle choice?
Yes, I try to maintain a healthy body size 70 %
Yes, but I don’t think about it very much 25 %
Not sure 2 %
No, you can’t help what size you are 3 %
28-Dec-2007 Do you ask your doctor for more information about the conditions that affect you?
Yes 20 %
Yes, and I also look for information elsewhere 51 %
No, I’d rather just look elsewhere 20 %
No, my doctor already tells me what I need to know 9 %
18-Dec-2007 Research tells us that taking time for family meals has many rewards, yet in this fast-paced world, it can be a challenge for families to find time to share a meal. How often does your family eat together?
Less than once per week 12 %
Once or twice per week 8 %
Three to five meals per week 27 %
More than six meals per week 53 %
3-Dec-2007 There are medications which can be taken daily to treat migraine prophylactically – i.e. to prevent ever experiencing migraines. Would you consider prophylactic treatment?
Yes definitely 29 %
Possibly depending on side-effects 38 %
Possibly depending on cost 8 %
Unsure 10 %
No 15 %
22-Nov-2007 According to new research at least 60 per cent of people who are approached because of an identified family risk for cancer decline offers for genetic counselling and surveillance through a familial cancer centre. Yet, around 5000 Australians are diagnosed each year with potentially fatal cancers that could be prevented or detected early through genetic testing or surveillance. Would you regularly screen for cancer if you have a known familial risk?
Yes 78 %
Not sure 5 %
Not unless my doctor suggests it 8 %
No, I don’t believe it’s necessary 9 %
9-Nov-2007 1 in 6 children, 1 in 7 adolescents and 1 in 9 adults in Australia have asthma. With such a high prevalence, do you know how to act in an emergency situation?
Yes, I take regular first aid refresher courses 29 %
Yes, because I have asthma myself 20 %
No, but I should 40 %
No, it’s unlikely I’ll be the one who has to help 11 %
22-Oct-2007 Do you go see your doctor if you experience heartburn or regurtitation more than twice a week?
Yes I tell my GP anything out of the ordinary 9 %
Yes if I have a visit booked anyway 19 %
No it’s a normal condition, I don’t have time 66 %
No just use an over-the-counter medication myself 6 %
10-Oct-2007 Do you discuss your mental well-being with your doctor?
Yes always 38 %
Yes, if the doctor asks me directly about it 22 %
No I feel embarrassed 19 %
No I can deal with any issues on my own 21 %
25-Sep-2007 It has been suggested that driving smoking rates down to one or two per cent is achievable within 10 years, if governments commit to a fully funded, comprehensive strategy. Do you think that the government should be doing more to reduce smoking rates in Australia?
Strongly agree 61 %
Agree 14 %
Unsure 7 %
Disagree 7 %
Strongly disagree 11 %
10-Sep-2007 A recent survey has found that a significant proportion of secondary school students are not meeting the current recommended national dietary and physical activity levels for teenagers. What do you think would have the greatest impact on reversing the current rising trend of child and adolescent overweight and obesity in Australia?
Restrictions on junk food advertising 18 %
Removing junk food from all schools 22 %
Educating children on healthy eating 24 %
Educating parents on healthy eating 36 %
27-Aug-2007 A recent study has suggested that postmenopausal oestrogen deficiency may trigger the development of high blood pressure and obesity, major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. What methods would you consider using to reduce your risk factors for disease post-menopause?
Diet and Exercise 44 %
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) 6 %
Medications 4 %
Regular check-ups 10 %
All of the above 36 %
14-Aug-2007 High triglyceride levels have been associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease. Which treatment would you use to manage high triglyceride levels?
Diet and exercise 37 %
Medication 5 %
A combination of the above 58 %
31-Jul-2007 There are common reasons for patients to avoid colon cancer screening. If you have been screened but avoided or dreaded it, what was your main concern?
It’s embarrassing 46 %
Lack of time 15 %
I was afraid it’ll hurt 0 %
Too expensive 8 %
Other reasons 31 %
17-Jul-2007 If you consider your current chronic pain relief drug treatment to be ineffective, would you..
Return to your doctor to discuss other treatments 73 %
Talk to your pharmacist 9 %
Consider non-drug treatments 14 %
Not return to doctor/ Continue to live with pain 5 %
Other -1 %
5-Jul-2007 How would you rate your own knowledge about the various ways to manage menopause hormone change?
Poor 24 %
Fair 29 %
Good 24 %
Very Good 24 %
Excellent -1 %
22-Jun-2007 In Australia, men are twice more likely to die from cancer in comparison to women. What step/s would you recommend to a male partner, friend or family member to decrease their chances of developing cancer?
Regular visits to GP 8 %
Participating in screening programs 8 %
Avoid smoking or alcohol 16 %
None of the above 4 %
All of the above 64 %
7-Jun-2007 Every day 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over the age of 60 years will suffer from a fracture due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis arises when bones weaken and become less dense due to the inadequate replacement of bone minerals (e.g. calcium). What actions would you or are you considering taking to lessen your chances of developing Osteoporosis?
eating calcium rich products like cheese/yoghurt 6 %
exercising 16 %
drinking calcium rich products such as milk 10 %
none of the above 6 %
all of the above 62 %
25-May-2007 Leukaemia survival rates have increased as much as 40% in Australian adults. Research is a major contributor to this increasing survival rate. Clinical trials enable researchers and doctors to establish more effective treatments or test existing treatments for conditions such as cancer. Would you ever considered taking part in a clinical trial?
Yes 57 %
No 36 %
Unsure 7 %
8-May-2007 In Australia, food manufactures must list the ingredients of potential allergic ingredients such as milk, eggs or peanuts on product labels. Do you believe that restaurants and fast food outlets should also be required to list potential allergic ingredients on menus or food packaging?
Yes 86 %
No 8 %
Unsure 6 %
24-Apr-2007 In 2000 approximately 14% of Australian youths were diagnosed with a mental health problem. Mental health problems can include depression, autism and anxiety. Do you believe there is adequate support for individuals with mental health problems in Australia?
Yes 0 %
Maybe 10 %
No 90 %
11-Apr-2007 The term persistent pain can be used to describe chronic or long lasting pain. If you have experienced or are currently experiencing persistent pain what types of treatments did you find the most helpful?
Drug Treatment 43 %
Therapeutic education 43 %
Referral to a specialist or pain relief centre 7 %
No treatment 7 %
26-Mar-2007 Research presented at the TSANZ conference suggests that asthma is one of the most mis-diagnosed respiratory conditions. Do you research medications, tests and treatments your doctor mentioned in the consult before using them?
Yes, I research them on Virtual Medical Centre 6 %
Yes, I research them on the internet 50 %
Yes, I research them in other ways 0 %
Sometimes, I research them 28 %
No, I follow the doctor’s advice 16 %
15-Mar-2007 Were you previously aware that dairy could not be replaced with vitamin supplements?
Yes, I was 36 %
Unsure 7 %
No, I wasn’t 57 %
No and I believe dairy can be substituted 0 %
1-Mar-2007 Do you believe pelvic exams should be carried out routinely in the over 55’s to help detect ovarian cancer before it becomes advanced?
Yes 91 %
No 0 %
Maybe 9 %
15-Feb-2007 Are you overweight, obese or just right? Calculate your body mass index by deviding your weight (eg.60kg) by twice your hight in meters (eg.2 x 1.74m). Formula= (2 x 1.74) / 60
I’m Underweight = <18.5 0 %
I’m Normal weight = 18.5 – 24.9 63 %
I’m Overweight = 25-29.9 23 %
I’m Obese = BMI of 30 or greater 10 %
I still don’t know 4 %
1-Feb-2007 Do you suffer from Arthritis?
Yes 75 %
Unsure 11 %
No 14 %
18-Jan-2007 On average, how often do you consume milk or other dairy products?
Multiple times a day 51 %
Once a day 32 %
A few times per week 11 %
Hardly ever 6 %
Never 0 %
4-Jan-2007 If you suffered from chronic pain, would you consider undergoing surgery to receive a pain reducing device like Eon?
Yes 71 %
Maybe 16 %
Unsure 11 %
No 2 %
21-Dec-2006 Do you know someone who is feeling depressed particularly around the Christmas time?
Yes, I am 34 %
Yes, I know someone 41 %
Unsure 14 %
No 11 %
7-Dec-2006 Are you skeptical about the new vaccine for cervical cancer?
Yes 19 %
No 68 %
Unsure 13 %
22-Nov-2006 Have you or anyone in your family ever suffered a severe allergic attack or anaphylaxis? If yes, do you or does this person have an EpiPen (adrenaline autoinjector)
Yes, I know someone & this person has an EpiPen 44 %
Yes, I know someone but they don’t have an EpiPen 12 %
Unsure 4 %
No, I don’t know anyone that suffers 40 %
9-Nov-2006 Would you consider using Marijuana to minimize the development of Alzheimer?
Yes 40 %
Maybe 28 %
No 32 %
8-Nov-2006 Do you suffer from a food allergy or know someone who does?
Yes, I suffer 0 %
Yes, Friend suffers 0 %
I am unsure 0 %
No 0 %
25-Oct-2006 Do you suffer from heartburn?
Yes, often 28 %
Yes, occasionally 26 %
Hardly ever 21 %
No 25 %
12-Oct-2006 Do you think that fast food chains are to blame for the increasing obesity rates?
No 13 %
Partially 55 %
Maybe 3 %
Yes 29 %
28-Sep-2006 If you are an older person, do you always report your physical pain symptoms to your doctor?
Yes always 19 %
Occasionally 69 %
Never 12 %
15-Sep-2006 As a medical practitioner, how many medically related conferences do you attend, on average, each year?
None 0 %
One 25 %
Between two and three 25 %
Four or more 50 %
13-Sep-2006 If you have asthma, do your asthma symptoms affect your day time activities more frequently during the spring months?
Yes 29 %
No 29 %
Sometimes 42 %
29-Aug-2006 How much do you know about Parkinson’s Disease?
Knowledgeable (Experienced with condition) 8 %
A fair amount 15 %
A little 46 %
Not much 31 %
16-Aug-2006 Gum disease can increase heart risks. How good is your oral hygiene?
Excellent 19 %
Good 33 %
Average 40 %
Bad 5 %
Terrible 3 %
1-Aug-2006 Is your blood pressure:
High 18 %
Normal 66 %
Low 14 %
Unsure 2 %
4-Jul-2006 Would you undergo a vaccine for prevention against cervical cancer if it cost more than $300?
Yes 55 %
No 45 %
4-Jul-2006 How often do you eat take away food?
0-2 times a week 91 %
3-5 times a week 9 %
6 or more times a week 0 %
20-Jun-2006 Do you suffer back pain?
Yes 53 %
No 7 %
Sometimes 40 %
7-Jun-2006 Do you suffer from any allergies?
Yes 64 %
No 32 %
Unsure 4 %
22-May-2006 Do you smoke when you are near your children?
Yes 0 %
No 100 %
Sometimes 0 %
8-May-2006 Do you have good posture?
Yes 23 %
No 31 %
Sometimes 46 %
26-Apr-2006 How many glasses of water do you drink a day?
0-2 23 %
3-4 29 %
4-6 34 %
6+ 14 %
12-Apr-2006 Should couples be made to attend counselling before marriage and/or during divorce to decrease divorce rates?
Yes 76 %
No 24 %
27-Mar-2006 How well do you protect your skin in summer when you are outside?
I wear sunscreen and a hat everyday 21 %
I occasionally wear sunscreen and a hat 36 %
I protect my skin when I am out for long periods 36 %
I never protect my skin 7 %
14-Mar-2006 Do you smoke?
Yes 9 %
Occasionally 3 %
I used to 29 %
No, I have respiratory problems 0 %
No 59 %
28-Feb-2006 What would you do to help someone close to you cope with depression?
Try counsel them myself 27 %
Refer them to a GP 68 %
Ignore the problem 0 %
I do not know how to deal with it 5 %
13-Feb-2006 If you were diagnosed with a condition such as Ulcerative Colitis would you?
Search for information on the internet 28 %
Search through books for information 0 %
Rely on your doctor to keep you informed 0 %
Speak to family and friends 0 %
All of the above 72 %
2-Feb-2006 Would you consult your GP if you noticed a change in your bowel habits?
Yes 65 %
No 35 %
18-Jan-2006 Do you believe the population is well informed about sun damage?
Yes 50 %
No 50 %
16-Jan-2006 Did you know that you need to apply approximately 6 teaspoons of sunscreen every time you put sunscreen on your whole body?
Yes 25 %
No 75 %
3-Jan-2006 Do you advocate the use of alternative therapies in the treatment of Cancer?
Yes 71 %
No 29 %
3-Jan-2006 Are you aware of the dangers associated with using alternative therapies in the treatment of Cancer?
Yes 68 %
No 32 %
20-Dec-2005 Should a woman over 40 years of age be allowed IVF if there is a high chance of complications?
Yes 26 %
No 74 %
20-Dec-2005 Will you be watching your weight more carefully this holiday season?
Yes 80 %
No 20 %
7-Dec-2005 Should marketing standards be enforced to support children’s healthy diets?
Yes 91 %
No 9 %
7-Dec-2005 Are you concerned about food labels and packaging not indicating their correct ingredients?
Yes 97 %
No 3 %
23-Nov-2005 Over the last 12 months have you received any CME points for your learning?
Yes 67 %
No 33 %
23-Nov-2005 Do current skin cancer prevention campaigns affect the amount of time you spend in the sun?
Yes 68 %
No 32 %
11-Nov-2005 Should more stringent rules be put into place before one can use a solarium?
Yes 57 %
No 43 %
10-Nov-2005 Did you know that exercise helps to prevent falls and fractures and speed rehabilitation?
Yes 83 %
No 17 %
21-Oct-2005 Are you concerned about Bird Flu?
Yes 69 %
No 31 %
21-Oct-2005 Do you believe Australia could cope with a bird flu outbreak?
Yes 21 %
No 79 %
5-Oct-2005 Do you know how to help yourself or loved ones overcome depression?
Yes 58 %
No 42 %
5-Oct-2005 Do you think depression is over diagnosed?
Yes 35 %
No 65 %
22-Sep-2005 Do you know what the signs and prevention measures of stroke are?
Yes 54 %
No 46 %
22-Sep-2005 Do you think more information needs to be available to the public to prevent stroke occuring?
Yes 75 %
No 25 %
5-Sep-2005 Do you think enough information is available on how to manage asthma and allergies effectively?
Yes 53 %
No 47 %
31-Aug-2005 Do you know what the symptoms of Diabetes are and when to get it checked?
Yes 57 %
No 43 %
29-Aug-2005 Do you think pre-diabetes is a marker of increased risk of future cardiovascular events and diabetes?
Yes 100 %
No 0 %
17-Aug-2005 Do you believe intensive changes in diet and lifestyle may stop or perhaps even reverse the progression of early stage prostate cancer?
Yes 64 %
No 36 %
5-Aug-2005 Do you believe that aggressive HIV prevention campaigns would persuade authorities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to help curb their HIV/AIDS epidemic?
Yes 36 %
No 64 %
12-Jul-2005 Do you think Bioterrorism is a concern for Australians?
Yes 86 %
No 14 %
30-Jun-2005 Do you regularly get a prostate check?
Yes 25 %
No 75 %
23-Jun-2005 Is legislation or education the answer to help protect the rights of people with mental disorders?
Legislation 46 %
Education 54 %
8-Jun-2005 Is there sufficient information available regarding male breast cancer?
Yes 36 %
No 64 %
25-May-2005 Do you know how to perform a self breast check?
Yes 72 %
No 28 %
11-May-2005 Is there cause for concern of an obesity epidemic occurring in Australia?
Yes 88 %
No 12 %
28-Apr-2005 Will curing the sick cause the world to eventually become overpopulated as natural selection (survival of the fittest) does not take its course?
Yes 67 %
No 33 %
Unsure 0 %
28-Apr-2005 Will curing the sick cause the world to eventually become overpopulated as natural selection (survival of the fittest) does not take its course?
Yes 19 %
No 62 %
Unsure 19 %
13-Apr-2005 Will curing the sick cause the world to eventually become overpopulated as natural selection (survival of the fittest) does not take its course?
Yes 33 %
No 44 %
Unsure 23 %
30-Mar-2005 Could the future prevention of cancer be as easy as consuming the foods and drinks that contain anti-cancer compounds?
Yes 100 %
No 0 %
Unsure 0 %
30-Mar-2005 Will informing teenagers of the link between cannabis and mental health risks prevent them from using the drug?
Yes 29 %
No 68 %
Unsure 3 %
18-Mar-2005 In light of the finding that baking soda helps kids during severe asthma attacks, do you think that there is too much funding for complex research into finding new drugs and not enough interest in seeking simple medical solutions.
Yes 55 %
No 45 %
Unsure 0 %
18-Mar-2005 In light of the finding that baking soda helps kids during severe asthma attacks, do you think that there is too much funding for complex research into finding new drugs and not enough interest in seeking simple medical solutions.
Yes 0 %
No 0 %
Unsure 0 %
4-Mar-2005 Would you be interested in reading the top 5 articles from other centres?
Yes 50 %
No 50 %
4-Mar-2005 Given the benefits associated with it, should exercise and/or meditation programs be introduced into workplaces to increase employee’s efficiency?
Yes 63 %
No 26 %
Unsure 11 %
17-Feb-2005 In light of recent findings regarding the harmful effects of statin drug, would you consider turning away from traditional medicines?
Yes 35 %
No 47 %
Unsure 18 %
31-Jan-2005 With the drug industry agreeing to disclose trial data will you feel more reassured about the drugs you may be taking?
Yes 78 %
No 11 %
Unsure 11 %
31-Jan-2005 With all the information available about cancer how can people still be unaware of the disease and how to reduce the risks associated with it? Is it because people are:
Scared to be informed incase they have symptoms 33 %
Overwhelmed by the amount of information 33 %
Complacent and believe it will never happen to the 34 %
13-Jan-2005 Do you believe that Australia would have the infrastructure to deal with a tsunami, should we be affected by one?
Yes 42 %
No 44 %
Unsure 14 %
6-Jan-2005 Is too much aid going toward the tsunami disaster?
Yes 29 %
No 57 %
Unsure 14 %
22-Dec-2004 Do you believe that increasing the tax on cigarettes would significantly reduce the number of smokers?
Yes 67 %
No 33 %
Unsure 0 %
22-Dec-2004 How would you like to contributed to the new e-newsletter in 2005?
Testimonials 44 %
Personal Stories 33 %
Add coments to a topical discussion 23 %
6-Dec-2004 Do you believe the reports regarding amnesia with statins are…?
True 21 %
Socially irresponsible 43 %
Genuinely informative 36 %
24-Nov-2004 Can weight loss drugs replace a good workout and healthy eating?
Yes 9 %
There can be a balance 19 %
In some circumstances 16 %
No 56 %
24-Nov-2004 Do you believe that what you eat can increase or decrease the risk of cancer?
Yes 62 %
No 25 %
Unsure 13 %
10-Nov-2004 Do strategies need to be implemented in the workplace for doctors and managers who make mistakes due to lack of sleep?
Yes 0 %
No 0 %
Maybe 0 %
10-Nov-2004 Do strategies need to be implemented in the workplace for doctors and managers who make mistakes due to lack of sleep?
Yes 86 %
No 5 %
Maybe 9 %
25-Oct-2004 Do you believe that mobile phones are a contributing factor to cancer?
Yes 33 %
No 17 %
Unsure 50 %
25-Oct-2004 Do you believe that creating designer babies is morally acceptable?
Yes 27 %
No 64 %
Unsure 9 %
13-Oct-2004 Do you believe that obesity in children is now an epidemic?
Yes 85 %
No 5 %
Maybe 10 %
29-Sep-2004 Do you read the articles with technical terminology?
Yes I enjoy them 40 %
No 20 %
No I am intimidated by them 20 %
No I don’t understand the language 20 %
29-Sep-2004 If you knew that heart disease and stroke causes a third of deaths worldwide, would you be healthier and exercise more?
Yes 59 %
No 10 %
Maybe 31 %
13-Sep-2004 Do you believe that doctors, through mistake or deliberate, prescribe incorrect dosages of medication?
Always 38 %
Sometimes 36 %
Rarely 19 %
Never 7 %
1-Sep-2004 Do you believe that there is a stigma attached to lung cancer?
Yes 50 %
No 20 %
Maybe 30 %
1-Sep-2004 Are you interested in reading the profiles of VMC’s medical director’s as the main article for the e-newsletters?
Yes 42 %
No 57 %
Maybe 1 %
18-Aug-2004 Would you feel more comfortable going under the knife of a surgeon, assisted by the precision of a robot?
Yes 27 %
No 50 %
Maybe 23 %
3-Aug-2004 Would you take a pill which contains a red wine compound if it meant you could live a longer and healthier life?
Yes 55 %
No 21 %
Maybe 24 %
8-Jul-2004 Do you believe that teenagers are receiving enough education on the seriousness of eating disorders?
Yes 9 %
No 82 %
Maybe 9 %
22-Jun-2004 Do you know about MyQuest.com.au, our online patient information cancer trials?
Yes 20 %
No 69 %
Maybe 11 %
2-Jun-2004 Would you be more interested in the newsletter if there were more Australian related articles?
Yes 50 %
No 10 %
Maybe 40 %
24-May-2004 Will you be participating in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on 27th May 2004
Yes 38 %
No 44 %
Maybe 18 %
24-May-2004 On the Gastrointestinal site would you like to continue seeing articles about obesity?
Yes 60 %
No 20 %
Maybe 20 %
3-May-2004 Have you looked at any of the new centres yet? (Cardiac and Gastro)
Yes 44 %
No 11 %
Still planning to 28 %
They don’t apply to me 17 %
21-Apr-2004 Which centre most interests you?
virtualcardiaccentre.com 36 %
virtualcancercentre.com 48 %
virtualgastrocentre.com
virtualgastrocentre.com
9 %
virtualpsychcentre.com 3 %
virtualrespiratorycentre.com 4 %
21-Apr-2004 Do you believe that it is possible to manage pain in the treatment of a terminal cancer patient?
Yes 33 %
No 17 %
Sometimes 33 %
Unsure 17 %
7-Apr-2004 Did you know that new research has found that people who had occasional sun exposure, had significantly lower risks of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
Yes 35 %
No 65 %
22-Mar-2004 Would you like to see an educational column (including updates on health education) added in this eNewsletter?
Yes 70 %
No 15 %
Maybe 15 %
10-Mar-2004 Sentinel Node Biopsy should be mandatory in assessment of malignant melanoma?
Yes 91 %
No 9 %
27-Feb-2004 In your own medical experience, do you believe the statement “Recovery is much quicker in patients with a positive mindset towards their treatment” to be true?
Yes 65 %
No 12 %
Sometimes 23 %
27-Feb-2004 Do you believe that mixing doxorubicin with tamoxifen (novaldex) in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer produces a better result?
Yes 30 %
No 40 %
Sometimes 30 %
10-Feb-2004 How did you first find out about VMC?
Search Engine 18 %
Colleague/Friend 35 %
Print Material 29 %
Conference 12 %
Another Website 6 %
28-Jan-2004 What is your preferred method of receiving information from Virtual Medical Centre (VMC)?
Email 67 %
Post 22 %
On the VMC website 11 %
Telephone Call 0 %
SMS 0 %
28-Jan-2004 Do you believe the internet allows you to access detailed medical information fast and easily?
Yes 44 %
No 22 %
Maybe 34 %
7-Jan-2004 What would you like to see more of on Virtual Medical Centre and Virtual Cancer Centre?
Press Desk Articles 56 %
New Trials 13 %
Drug Information 6 %
Disease Information 19 %
Conferences & Events 6 %
22-Dec-2003 How often do you visit Virtual Medical Centre and/or Virtual Cancer Centre?
Everyday 28 %
More than twice a week 39 %
Once or twice a week 17 %
Once or twice a month 15 %
Other 1 %
22-Dec-2003 What is your oncology medical specialty?
Radiation Oncology 29 %
Surgery 6 %
Palliative Care 21 %
Haematology 12 %
Other 32 %
4-Dec-2003 How do you keep yourself educated and informed about changes in drugs?
Discussion with colleagues 0 %
Attending conferences 29 %
Through Medical Associations 14 %
Drug company reps 29 %
Other 28 %
24-Nov-2003 How many medical related conferences do you attend each year?
none 0 %
1 25 %
2 50 %
3 12 %
4 or more 13 %
24-Nov-2003 What is your medical specialty?
Cardiology 8 %
Gastroenterology 8 %
Oncology 58 %
Infection 0 %
Other 26 %
30-Oct-2003 If you are a doctor, out of all the patients you diagnose with Skin Cancer, what percentage would you diagnose with Malignant Melanoma of the Skin?
0-25% 60 %
26-50% 20 %
51-75% 20 %
76-100% 0 %
27-Oct-2003 If you work in the pharmaceutical industry, are you a
Pharmacist 62 %
Marketing Manager 25 %
Product Manager 12 %
Product Representative 0 %
Other 1 %
30-Sep-2003 If you work in the medical profession, are you a:
GP 3 %
Specialist 34 %
Nurse 62 %
Practice Manager 0 %
Other 1 %
22-Sep-2003 Have you, or someone you know, been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 12 months?
Yes, I was 14 %
Yes, someone in my family was 19 %
Yes, someone I know who is not family was 42 %
No, I don’t know anyone who was 25 %
4-Sep-2003 Have you found it necessary to use medication to ease your symptoms of the flu over the past 6 weeks?
I have not had the flu in the last 6 weeks 44 %
Yes, I used doctor prescribed medication 7 %
Yes, I used over the counter medication 48 %
No, I took nothing 0 %
I used natural remedies 1 %
18-Aug-2003 Were you personally affected by the MS Blast Worm (Internet Virus) that stuck last week?
Yes 12 %
No 76 %
Maybe / Unsure 12 %
18-Aug-2003 Do you believe these new cancer guidelines will be of benefit to Australian cancer patients?
Yes 75 %
No 17 %
Not Sure 8 %
30-Jul-2003 How do you rate your computer literacy skills?
Advanced 38 %
Average 59 %
Poor 3 %
21-Jul-2003 Which is the most valuable type of information to you?
Events 39 %
Conferences 11 %
Breaking News 28 %
Research Articles 22 %
21-Jul-2003 How many times a week do you use a VMC resource?
Daily 47 %
Twice a week 20 %
Three times a week 13 %
Less than once a week 20 %
8-Jul-2003 During the SARS epidemic, how often did you access the internet for news updates?
Daily 31 %
Weekly 19 %
Fortnightly 38 %
Monthly 12 %
12-Jun-2003 How do you rate the quality of information provided on the VMC group of sites?
Outstanding 27 %
Very Good 36 %
Satisfactory 9 %
Poor 28 %
14-May-2003 Do you think the certification and/or accreditation of medical web sites may reduce the issues facing the Internet?
Yes 71 %
No 10 %
Maybe / not sure 19 %
13-May-2003 Would you recommend online medical information to your GP or associates?
Yes 92 %
No 0 %
Not Sure 8 %
13-May-2003 Do you discuss online medical information with your GP or associates?
Yes 70 %
No 30 %
Not Sure 0 %
13-May-2003 Do you search online for drug/product information?
Yes 60 %
No 33 %
Not Sure 7 %
13-May-2003 Do you find practice managers conversant with the internet?
Yes 41 %
No 24 %
Not Sure 35 %
16-Apr-2003 I would like to see more information on:
Different diseases 20 %
Cancer drugs 23 %
Breaking news 24 %
Clinical trials 23 %
National events 10 %
6-Mar-2003 Do you believe the internet allows you to access detailed medical information fast and easily?
Yes 73 %
No 14 %
Not Sure 13 %