Most women are aware of the need for regular preventive health appointments. We are happy to discuss your history and develop a preventive plan that matches your circumstances. For example, depending on your age and history your plan could involve :

  • STI checks
  • Contraceptive insertion and removal – Mirena and Implanon
  • Pap smears
  • Breast screening versus diagnostic investigations
  • Osteoporosis screening
  • Diabetes screening
  • Heart health risk assessment
  • Weight management
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Cholesterol review
  • Kidney and liver health
  • Adult vaccinations

Your risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease (such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis) and even some cancers, can be significantly improved by managing things like smoking, nutrition, physical activity and alcohol consumption.

Your doctor can discuss these risk factors with you and help develop a plan for action. In the not-too-distant-future, we plan to introduce our own medical weight management program.

In the event that you have already been diagnosed with a chronic condition, your doctor can arrange an annual GP management plan to help you access Medicare rebateable services such as physio, dietician review etc. Please note that to be eligible for a plan, certain criteria must be met under Medicare guidelines – not all conditions will necessarily be covered.

It’s not uncommon for men to be “sent in by their wife” when something goes wrong.

We like our patients to feel comfortable having routine health checks to flag potential problems before they become a significant issue.

Depending on patient age and history, these checks might include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart health risk assessment
  • Diabetes screening
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Cholesterol review
  • Kidney and liver check
  • Circumcision
  • Weight management
  • Prostate check
  • Adult vaccinations

Our doctors provide mental health support services and Mental Health Treatment Plans which enable patients to access Medicare subsidised psychology appointments.

We think it’s essential that all kids have equal access to quality healthcare – so we offer bulk billing to children aged 14 and under. As well as routine health problem-solving, we offer:

  • Newborn health check
  • Routine infant health assessments including growth measurements
  • Vaccinations as per the Australian schedule – including a reminder system
  • Asthma management & plans

An Iron Infusion is a procedure to deliver iron to your body intravenously, meaning into a vein through a needle.

Increasing the amount of iron a person has in their blood can treat anemia or increase a low red blood cell count. The body uses iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an important part of red blood cells and helps carry oxygen around the body.

If a person does not have enough hemoglobin, they can feel tired, have a rapid heartbeat, and may even have difficulty breathing. An iron infusion may be used for someone with an iron deficiency when supplements do not work.

Some people have lower supplies of iron in their blood than others. These groups include:

  • Those who have experienced significant blood loss from cancers, ulcers, and heavy periods, for example.
  • Those who eat a diet that is very low in iron.
  • Those who take medicines that affect the body’s ability to use iron to make hemoglobin.
  • Those who have a condition that uses up more iron, such as kidney failure or pregnancy.

How often you should have a skin check depends on your risk factors for developing skin cancer. People at higher risk who should consider at least an annual skin check include:

  • People over 40 years of age
  • Family history or personal history of melanoma
  • Personal history of previous non-melanoma skin cancer (for example, basal or squamous cell carcinoma)
  • Previous history of dysplastic (changing) moles
  • Fair complexion (skin that burns rather than tans, light or red hair, freckly complexion, light coloured eyes)
  • High levels of past exposure to UV or multiple sunburns
  • Immunosuppressed people (eg transplant patients)

Anyone who develops a new lesion, or notices changes in an existing lesion, is encouraged to have their doctor review it.

We are not dermatologists (although a number of our doctors have done additional study in skin cancer medicine), and feel that complex cases should be referred for specialist review.

Planning a holiday should be an enjoyable experience – but many people forget about the less enjoyable aspects, such as vaccinations, until it’s too late.

If you’re planning an overseas trip it’s important to speak with your doctor early. Most vaccinations take at least a few weeks to become effective – others require a course of multiple vaccinations over months. To ensure you’re adequately covered, ideally start planning at least 2 months before you travel.

When you book your  appointment, please advise our receptionist that it is for travel medicine. Our receptionist can then arrange to get you the appropriate paperwork to ensure your appointment runs smoothly.

We keep most commonly used travel vaccines in stock – which means you don’t have to pick up a script before your appointment. Please also be aware that travel medicine consultations are longer – usually 45minutes per person – to allow for advice as well as vaccinations and updates to vaccination log books.

Don’t worry if you didn’t specifically book a travel medicine appointment – we are happy to discuss your plans – but you may need to return for your actual vaccinations – depending on staff availability.

Planning a family is an exciting time for most couples.

In Australia, the health system allows for 3 models of care:

  • Midwifery care
  • GP shared care
  • Private obstetrician care

We are happy to discuss each type of care with you so that you can decide which option is right for you & your child.

Our GPs enjoy antenatal care and are experienced in providing “shared care” for women with uncomplicated pregnancies in the public system.

If you’re planning to deliver in a private hospital, you’ll need to be referred to a private obstetrician.

What to expect:

Most couples become aware of their pregnancy after about 6 weeks gestation.

This first appointment should be a long appointment – especially if this is your first baby. We’ll arrange your initial bloodwork, a dating ultrasound if required and discuss with you a lot of information regarding your pregnancy.   If possible, we suggest your partner attends this first appointment as well.

We’ll also give you information to take away with you – much more information than can be given in one consultation!

The antenatal visit schedule is then roughly every four weeks, until late in the third trimester, when appointments become more regular.  You will also need to attend a few appointments at the hospital where you’ll deliver.

  • Dietitian
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Endocrinologist