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Kia ora koutou (hello everyone),

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in New Zealand, and the risk of being diagnosed increases with age.

Thankfully, early detection and treatment can save lives.

This October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), get to know what your breasts look and feel like normally, so you can notice any unusual changes. For example:

  • a new lump or thickening
  • puckering or dimpling
  • an inverted nipple
  • differences in shape or size
  • a rash on the nipple or reddened skin on your breast
  • discharge from the nipple

While breast cancer in males only accounts for about 1% of all diagnoses, men can also play a vital part by encouraging the wahine (women) in their lives to notice any changes and get in touch with our team if they do.

Women aged 45 to 69 can also get a free mammogram every two years (if eligible). To sign up for the programme, phone BreastScreen Aotearoa on 0800 270 200 or visit

Ngā mihi (thanks),
The Ruatahi Medical Centre Team

Prepare Yourself for the Long Weekend
Our practice is closed on Monday, 24 October, for Labour Day. Please ensure you have enough medications for the long weekend and get in touch with our team as soon as possible if you require a repeat.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, 25 October. Dial 111 in emergencies. 
Resilience Action Plan

It's no secret it's tough out there. COVID's significantly impacted how we live since 2020, and external pressures (such as the war in Ukraine) are piling up on New Zealanders.

Thankfully, understanding resilience and how it can help you cope with life's pressures will make challenging moments a little easier. 

EAP's 'Resilience Action Plan' is a great place to start, and it involves ten simple steps:

  1. Practice positive thinking
  2. Understand yourself
  3. Build a social network
  4. Take charge
  5. Keep a sense of perspective
  6. Be flexible and adaptable
  7. Seek new challenges
  8. Be kind to yourself
  9. Manage your health
  10. Develop your resilience

Remember, resilience is not a trait. It is a skill you can learn and develop over time. And if you are struggling with your mental health, please don't hesitate to talk to our team. Together, we can formulate a plan that empowers you to be your best self.

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Ruatahi Medical Centre
Weekdays — 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Weekends & Public Holidays — closed

1271 Hinemoa Street,
Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty 3010
(07) 348 3002

Please dial 111 in emergencies.
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