Typical presentations include:
• Cardio-respiratory illness such as coughs and colds, sinus disease, asthma attacks, chest pain or any difficulty breathing
• Gastrointestinal problems such as nausea & vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, unexpected weight loss, or any unusual change in habit
• Neurological symptoms such as headache, visual disturbance, dizziness, weakness or muscle cramps
• Mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol problems
• Kidney problems such as pain with passing urine or a change in bladder habit
• Sexual problems such as loss of libido or erectile dysfunction or worry about a possible infection
• Injuries from falls or accidents
• Skin rashes, itch or trauma
• Joint pains or swelling
• Pregnancy care
We have the staff and equipment necessary to manage urgent and semi-urgent presentations as well as the facility to arrange ambulance transfer to the nearest hospital for emergencies requiring more intense management.
We have medical and nursing staff skilled in the management of chronic illness. Any condition which is not curable will benefit from implementation of a good management plan that is individualised to suit your personal history and lifestyle.
To this end we will devise a GP Management Plan that provides you with a summary document of all the health issues that are being monitored, include your agreed goals, and the strategies that we’ll use to achieve them. If necessary we will develop a Team Care Arrangement that includes all the health professionals that contribute to the management process.
Typical conditions include:
• Cardiovascular disease such as ischaemic heart disease, atrial fibrillation and heart failure
• Respiratory disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
• Kidney disease such as renal failure due to a variety of causes, or recurrent stone formation
• Mental health conditions such as mood disorders or schizophrenia
• Immune problems such as allergy, coeliac or thyroid disease
• Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
• Joint disease such as osteo- or rheumatoid arthritis or gout
• Neurological conditions such as migraine or dementia
• Childhood challenges with behaviour or developmental problems
We assess and manage acute and chronic mental health conditions including stress, anxiety, depression, psychosis, and drug and alcohol problems. Many of our doctors are trained to deliver psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy. We also work closely with a number of allied health professionals such as psychologists, mental health nurses and counsellors as well as psychiatrists.
We offer a comprehensive mental health treatment plan which involves a thorough assessment of your mental health, identification of needs and goals and the services needed to achieve your goals. We are able to refer to mental health workers under Better Access through Medicare and to MHNIPs and PMHC through WentWest our Primary Health Network.
We are in the process of establishing this services.
• Pre-employment medicals for all types of employment situations
• Management of injuries in the workplace
• Documentation and liaison with WorkCover insurers
• Vaccination programs
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has formalised recommendations for screening well men, women and children in order to prevent disease and maintain wellbeing. We follow these guidelines for all our patients and therefore offer regular health assessments.
Children: Health checks with vaccinations at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months, again at 2 and 3 years of age with a full health review at 4 years. We recommend yearly checks thereafter in order to monitor growth, development and well being. We are keen to develop a relationship with the child as they approach adolescence so that we may be better able to recognise issues that could herald a problem with their physical or mental health.
Young People: It is recommended that we be opportunistic and take advantage of visits to the doctor to explore the typical issues that face young people at school and home. An individual Medicare card is able to be issued to children from 15 years of age so that they may feel free to visit the doctor if there are any concerns that might not be so easy to discuss with parents. We support all families and encourage open communication but will honour the confidentiality of the consultation room unless there is a safety concern.
Middle Life: We assess risk factors in lifestyle, family or personal history. A comprehensive health assessment is recommended between 45 and 49 years of age if there is a risk factor for chronic disease as well as thorough checks from 40 to 49 years if there is a high risk of diabetes. We also follow recommendations for checks of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar level and calculate your cardiovascular risk. We make recommendations for the screening tests that have evidence to support their benefit. And we spend time answering questions and educating our patients in all health matters.
Women: In addition to routine health matters, we offer expertise in discussions about fertility, contraception, Implanon insertion, pregnancy planning, antenatal care, post-natal checks, breast concerns and bladder problems.
Men: In recognition of the fact that men are less likely to think about their health unless they get sick, we offer reminders and recalls to attend for the recommended check ups with a practical, individual approach to management. We offer expertise in discussion about sexual health, sexuality, prostate, testicles, relationships, coping with life stressors, alcohol and work.
Older People: With people generally living longer, the label of “old” does often not apply until much later in life. From 75 years of age we conduct a yearly comprehensive health assessment that looks at physical, social and mental wellbeing with the goal of maintaining good health for as long as possible.