Our Medical Services

Our medical centre is focused on providing full circle general practice  healthcare need for your whole family.  The range of medical services we provide are:

Family Health

  • We deal with all acute presentations – chest pain, shortness of breath, cold and flu, vomiting and diarrhoea, headaches, injuries, joint pains, eye problems, rashes, etc.
  • Baby checks e.g. the 1 week and 6 week check
  • Immunisations – for all ages, flu vaccine, whooping cough vaccine
  • Child Health Assessments – including behavioural and learning problems
  • Men’s and Women’s health advice
  • Adolescent health advice
  • Aged care Assessments e.g. 75+ health check, falls risk assessment
  • Contraception and Fertility Advice
  • Wound Management – repair and review
  • Skin Checks and Management of Skin Lesions – e.g. removal, cryotherapy
  • Allergy advice and testing e.g. skin and food allergy
  • Basic counselling and advice e.g. stress management
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Problem Drinking
  • Problem Gambling
  • Injections and Infusions e.g. for iron and vitamin B12
  • ECG – a test for the heart to diagnose abnormal rhythms and heart attacks
  • Spirometry – a test for lung function to diagnose conditions like asthma and Emphysema
  • Ear syringing

Chronic Care

  • GP Management Plans and Reviews
  • 45-69 Health Check
  • 75+ Health Check
  • Health checks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Diabetes care
  • Asthma care
  • Chronic Lung Disease e.g. Emphysema
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Weight Loss Management Plans

Women’s Health

  • Pap smears
  • Breast Screening
  • Family Planning
  • Fertility Advice
  • Preconception planning – advice and checks before you get pregnant
  • Antenatal care – advice and checks during pregnancy
  • Post-natal care – advice and checks after delivery
  • Contraception
  • Implanon insertion and removal
  • Menopause Management
  • Osteoporosis

Men’s Health

  • Prostate Cancer screening
  • Continence
  • Urination problems
  • Hormone abnormalities
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Diabetes Care / Diabetes Management
  • Sexual Health and STD screening
  • ECG and heart monitoring

Children’s Immunisation

  • Immunisations, Anaphylaxis and Allergy management, Asthma Care, Development and Behavioural problems, Baby Checks
  • Diphtheria
  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal C
  • Mumps
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio (Poliomyelitis)
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Tetanus
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)

Medical Certificates

  • If you are unable to attend work, exams or school you may be required to provide a medical certificate.  This can be obtained by visiting the doctor and by proving that you are sick or unfit for work, school or exams.

Other Services

  • Minor surgery /Minor Procedures
  • Wound Management and Dressings
  • WorkCover Injury management
  • Pre employment and Insurance medicals
  • Skin Cancer Checks (eg. Cyst removals, Mole excisions, Cryotherapy, Skin Biopsies)

Travel Vaccinations and advice, Yellow Fever Vaccinations and Q Fever Immunisations

If you are planning a trip overseas we suggest you arrange for a basic health check with us at least 6-8 weeks before you leave.This gives us time to make sure you have the correct travel vaccinations for your chosen destination.  Vaccinations before travel are very important because they can help prevent you from contracting certain diseases overseas. You can also check the latest travel advice for your destination which will give you information about the main risks you could face and the best health precautions to take. Also check out vaccinehub.com.au – a great source of information. We encourage you to ensure your travel insurance is up to date before you leave.

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever
  • Rabies
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Japanese encephalitis

Type 2 Diabetes

As part of our commitment to the health of our local community, we can provide Type 2 Diabetes Assessments to patients who feel they may be at risk.

Type 2 Diabetes is one of the largest contributors to the ill health in Australia, and type 2 diabetes accounts for 92% of diabetes cases. Diabetes is associated with a number of complications, including an increased risk of developing cardiovascular, eye and kidney disease. The incidence of Type 2 Diabetes has more than doubled in the last 15 years.

The onset of Type 2 Diabetes is largely associated with lifestyle risk factors, particularly overweight and obesity, physical inactivity and poor diet. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented through lifestyle modification. International evidence has shown that early lifestyle interventions in high risk patients can reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes by up to 58%.

If you would like to ascertain your risk of Type 2 Diabetes we recommend you have a diabetes evaluation at our practice. The evaluations, known as an Annual Diabetic Cycle of Care Plan and a Six Monthly Review of Care Plan, will take place with the assistance of our chronic disease nurse and will be finalised with a standard doctor’s consultation. The evaluations will involve:

  • Body Mass Index measurement, blood pressure and general physical exam
  • Family history and dietary review
  • Assessment of lifestyle risk factors

If you feel you may be at risk of diabetes, please call us to arrange a thorough evaluation.

Health Checks

  • Health checks for newborns and Healthy Kids Check (3-4 yrs inclusive)
  • 40 – 49 yr Health Check – Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation
  • 45 – 49 yr Health Check – Patients at Risk of Developing a Chronic Disease
  • 75 yrs & over Health Check
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Check

Healthy Kids Check

Health checks are recommended as follows:

  • With the GP within 5- 10 days of baby being discharged from hospital.
  • An initial assessment with a GP between 0 – 4 weeks.
  • Subsequent checks at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months as recommended by your Doctor or GP.

The health check is conducted by the GP, to ensure that every 4 year old in Australia has a basic health check to ensure if they are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.  This also looks at early detection of lifestyle risk factors, delayed development and illness and then any early intervention strategies that are identified can be instigated. There is a basic questionnaire to be completed by you, the parent, when you bring your child in for their 4-year vaccines. The nurse or GP will then follow a systematic check which includes vision, speech, dental health, and hearing. We ask your child to hop, skip, jump and draw a picture to assess their gross and fine motor (movement) skills.

40 to 49 year Health Check – Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation

This health check is aimed at people aged between 40 and 49 years of age with a high risk of developing “Type 2 Diabetes”. All we ask you to do is obtain a Risk Assessment Form from your GP practice or on-line at www.diabetesaustralia.com.au

The Australian type 2 diabetes risk assessment tool (AUSDRISK) is a short list of questions to help both health professionals and consumers to assess the risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next five years.

People with a high score result, > 12, are eligible to attend a Diabetes Risk Evaluation with their GP. If you meet the criteria of being at immediate or high risk, this is followed up with blood tests and a discussion about life style changes.

It is possible you may be eligible for a referral to Subsidised Life Style Modification Program.

45 to 49 year Health Check – Patients at Risk of Developing a Chronic Disease

Do you have any of the follow “risk factors” that may increase your chances of developing a chronic disease?

  • High Blood Pressure,
  • High Cholesterol,
  • Family History of disease such as Diabetes, Cancer or Heart Disease,
  • Lack of Physical Activity,
  • Poor Diet
  • Smoker
  • Are you overweight?

If so, you might want to consider seeing your GP about a health check.

The purpose of this health check is to focus on the health needs of people around 45 to 49 years of age who are at risk of developing a chronic disease. The aim of the health check is to assist with the detection and prevention of chronic diseases and enable early intervention strategies to be put in place where appropriate.

 

75 + Year Health Check – Patients aged 75 and over

This is a Health Check that should generally be undertaken by the patient’s usual doctor; that is the GP (or a GP working in the same practice) who has provided the majority of services to you in the past 12 months and/or who is likely to provide the majority of services for the following 12 months.

The assessment looks at the a person’s health and physical, psychological and social function and whether preventative health care may be offered to that person, to improve their quality of life and independence in their home and in their community.

Sometimes a little help with home duties, going shopping or gardening is all that is needed; or maybe you need more assistance such as help with showering, medications, or wound care. These are tasks that you can access through community care groups that you might not be aware that are available.

It is through these health checks, that you and your GP can identify any needs or concerns you have regarding maintaining your independence at home.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Check

The health check is available each year, to all persons who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, regardless of age.

Indigenous people have a higher incidence of illness and higher mortality rate than other Australians, therefore regular health checks should help to reduce or prevent serious illness by early detection and treatment.

  • The purpose of this health check is to ensure all indigenous people receive optimum level of health care
  • To encourage early detection and diagnosis of common and treatable diseases
  • To reduce the incidence of common and treatable diseases that cause considerable morbidity and early mortality

Skin Cancer Clinic

Aspire Medical Centre offer skin cancer clinic which include skin cancer risk assessments, testing and treatments. Utilising the latest equipment, we ensure that your skin conditions are professionally assessed and treated by our specialist skin cancer doctors.  Our purpose built facilities enable our staff and doctors to provide you with quality care in modern and comfortable surroundings.

When should you see a Doctor about your Skin?

  • When you notice any changes on the skin
  • When you have a sore, cut or scratch that does not heal
  • When a new mole, lump or spot appears
  • When an existing mole changes colour, size, shape or has started to itch or bleed
  • When a spot or lump bleeds easily when rubbed.

 

Skin Cancer Prevention

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians will develop skin cancer in their life. The good news is it can be prevented. Most skin cancers can be treated if they are detected early.

It is recommended that you have a professional skin check every 12 months.

Steps you can take to prevent skin cancer are:

  • Slip on clothes with sleeves and a collar
  • Slop on broad-spectrum, water resistant 30+ sunscreen 20 minutes before going into the sun
  • Slap on a broad brimmed hat
  • Seek shade when you are outdoors
  • Slide on sunglasses that meet the Australian standard

Contact our Staff to HAVE A PROFESSIONAL CHECK YOUR SKIN.