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Skin Cancer Clinic
In our clinic, we provide skin cancer checks. This will usually take around 20-30 minutes. Our doctor will discuss the finding(s) with you and possible treatment(s).

Like all good dermatologists and skin specialists in Australia, we use dermatoscope to evaluate pigmented lesions in order to distinguish malignant skin lesions, such as melanoma and pigmented basal cell carcinoma, from benign melanocytic naevi and seborrhoeic keratoses. We do not have fanciful computer scans or programs. Rather we rely on thorough examination with a dermatoscope and years of experience to diagnose our findings.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia. While most skin cancers are found on the face, head, back and upper limbs, they can appear on any part of the body. The primary cause of skin cancer is UV radiation from the sun, but also from the tanning booths. Anyone can get skin cancer, especially if you have:
• Fair skin and freckles easily
• Light-coloured red hair and eyes
• A large number of moles
• Family history of skin cancer
• Previous history of blistering sunburn
• Spent a lot of time outdoors.

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Flu Vaccines
Influenza (flu) is caused by two types of viruses in humans (Influenza A and B). Influenza is spread between people through infected droplets in the air. Symptoms take between 1 and 3 days after infection to appear and may include:

tiredness; fever; chills; headache; cough; sneezing and runny nose; poor appetite; and muscle aches.

Further health problems can develop in some people after infection with influenza including pneumonia, heart, blood system and liver complications, which can lead to death, especially in children and older people.

Influenza is a vaccine preventable disease, but vaccines need to be given each year, because the viruses are always changing.

Under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) the following people are eligible to receive free flu vaccine:
• all Australians aged 65 and older;
• all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 years and over;
• pregnant women; and
• those 6 months of age or over with medical conditions predisposing them to severe influenza, namely: .
1) Cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
2) Chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma
3) Other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies
4) Chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders
5) Impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use 
6) Children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy. 

If you are keen to protect yourself this year against flu, please call us and arrange an appointment on (02) 6552-5533.

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Health Assessments
The following categories of health assessments may be undertaken by our doctors and are bulk-billed:

  • a Healthy Kids Check for children who are aged at least 3½ years and less than 5 years of age, who have received or who are receiving their 4 year old immunisation
  • a health assessment for people aged 45-49 years
  • a type 2 diabetes risk evaluation for people aged 40-49 years with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes as determined by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool
  • a health assessment for people aged 75 years and older
  • a comprehensive medical assessment for permanent residents of residential aged care facilities
  • a health assessment for people with an intellectual disability
  • a health assessment for refugees and other humanitarian entrants
  • a health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People for the following age groups:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are less than 15 years old
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults who are aged 15 years and over but under the age of 55 years
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older people who are aged 55 years and over

 

Mental Health
In case of crisis, please contact:

Lifeline
13 11 14 (24 hour crisis hotline)
Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800 
Online counselling available
Mensline
1300 78 99 78
Suicide Call Back Service
Free nationwide counselling 1300 659 467

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Diabetes
Diabetes is a complex condition, which can affect the entire body. Understanding diabetes is important even if you don’t have it. You most likely know someone who has diabetes; maybe a family member or a friend. This is because diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Australia and globally.

Community awareness of the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is still surprisingly limited. As a community we need to foster a culture of shared understanding of what diabetes is and be part of the solution that turns the diabetes epidemic around.

What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic condition.  This means that it lasts for a long time, often for someone’s whole life.

For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy.

In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body.

So when people with diabetes eat glucose, which is in foods such as breads, cereals, fruit and starchy vegetables, legumes, milk, yoghurt and sweets, it can’t be converted into energy.  Instead of being turned into energy the glucose stays in the blood. This is why blood glucose levels are higher in people with diabetes.

Glucose is carried around your body in your blood. Your blood glucose level is called glycaemia.

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Domestic Violence

Counselling Line 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732): 24 hours

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Preventative Health
Our practice is committed to working in a partnership with you to focus on preventative health care.
Annual check-ups after 40 years of age are recommended to assist in the early detection and prevention of common medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart and vascular disease, diabetes and cancers.
Under 40 years of age, less frequent assessments are recommended but may be indicated in certain situations. Family History is especially relevant; a strong family history of cancer, heart disease or type 2 diabetes would increase the need for earlier assessment.
The Doctors at our Practice can conduct a thorough history and examination. This may include breast checks and pap smears for women and rectal prostate examination for men. The skin is also checked in addition to internal organ systems.
A fasting blood test is often included. Cholesterol and blood glucose regularly checked. In some cases faeces is tested for hidden (occult) bleeding as a screen for bowel cancer.
Sometimes X-rays & other tests such as a stress heart test may be required.
Other Preventative health services include;

• ECG Heart assessment
• Cholesterol check
• Sexual health screening
• Blood pressure check
• Referral for Home sleep Study
• Vaccination i.e. flu, travel, work
• Smoking cessation
• Weight loss management
Awareness is the key to prevent illness let us help educate you.

 

Women’s Health
• Antenatal and post-natal care
• Pap smear
• Family planning and contraception
• Implanon insertion and removal

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Asthma
Asthma, and other atopic allergic disorders, such as rhinitis, is increasing worldwide and Australia has the third highest prevalence of current wheeze in 13-14 year olds.
Our experienced GPs recognise the importance of diagnosing and managing asthma. Our GPs use peak flow meters and refer patients for spirometry. They perform regular reviews and provide asthma management plans and preventive and reliever medications as appropriate. They also refer those with severe disease to Respiratory or Allergy Specialists.

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Men’s Health
Men’s Health checks involve the prevention and early detection of common medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart and vascular disease, diabetes and cancers.
Special emphasis is also placed on prostate problems, erectile dysfunction and mental health issues including depression.
Our doctors understand that men have specific health issues which can vary with different stages of life. Doctors are sensitive to the difficulty some men have in discussing these issues and are experienced in managing them.
Please ensure adequate time is booked to enable appropriate management of such problems. First visit will be a standard consult with the doctor.  The doctor will examine and consult you accordingly and advise you of further examination and tests required.
Our doctors conduct preventative health checks and provide education to suit each patient’s individual needs. In the event that you have several medical concerns that require a more in-depth appointment, please discuss with the receptionist as you may require a long consultation.

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