Good Morning World!

I am an Australian trained GP in Canberra. I have 31 years General practice experience and have been in Canberra for the past 16 years. My qualifications are MBBS (UNSW); DRANZCOG (Diploma of Obstetrics & Gynaecology); FACRRM (Fellowship of Rural Medicine); I am a VRGP ( fully unrestricted vocationally registered GP). 

 I have a broad interest in General Practice – I can assist with a broad range of  general health issues, family medicine (including men’s health, women’s health & shared antenatal care),  diabetes checks and annual reviews, chronic disease care planning, paediatrics, excisions of small lumps & skin lesions,  cryotherapy, vaccinations  – both childhood immunisations (bulk billed) and adult or travel vaccinations (most in stock in clinic). The standard private consultation fee for a booked 15 minute appointment is just $85. I am happy to do new work injuries as well as work health including pre-employment medicals (need to book longer appointment depending on medical requirements) and walk in injuries requiring suturing or urgent care & management.  

New ACWY vaccination program – FREE MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE FOR 16-19 YEAR OLDS – book now

E-Health is now working and I can upload your health summary to each patients “my health record”. I can also access the Australian Immunisation Register for you if required.

Whooping cough vaccine (Brand – Boosterix/Adacel; content = killed inactive vaccine against whooping cough/pertussis, tetanus & diptheria) in pregnancy (> 28 weeks/third trimester now available)  free.  Others $45 (Grandparents/carers/husbands/partners – immediate service) Open normal business hours on usual days over holiday breaks .

Those aged  70 are eligible for the new free Shingles vaccine (catch-up program free for those 70 to 79 yrs for the next yr)

The Practice here http://www.ochrehealth.com.au/practices/bruce/   is staffed by a friendly and the most amazingly professional team of skilled Nurses and receptionists working together with a great team of GP’s. GP consultations require an appointment and fees apply for services however bulk-billing may be available for concession card holders or particular hardship – please ask reception for a fee for your specific requirement. Walk-in appointments & triage of urgent care can be accommodated. ONLINE APPOINTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE. https://healthengine.com.au/ search postcode 2617 ochre health bruce

There are a number of specialised doctors onsite eg Sports Physicians Dr Steve Freeman, Dr Stephan Praet & Dr Wilson Lo; as well as Dr Sue Guirguis (skin cancer surgery / cosmetic surgery)

I can provide an extensive number of services on-site in conjunction with our very experienced health team. These include basic check-up services easily available such as blood pressure checks, blood sugar check and INR testing as well as more complex check-ups such as ECG (heart tracing), Pap smears, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), screening audiology (hearing tests), instant urine drug screens, alcohol breath testing, plastering, spirometry (lung testing) and asthma plans.

Appointments easily available in Bruce Ph 02 6180 8500 OR ONLINE through healthengine 7 am – 7.30 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am-5 pm Saturday !

After Hours:
If unavailable, you may contact CALMS (Canberra After Hours Locum Medical Service) on 1300 422 567 for an alternative arrangement. CALMS in an accredited deputising medical service run by Canberra GPs (including your doctor) to provide quality AH cover all over Canberra.

INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE APRIL 2019 Private cost $20. FREE  available under government program….

FAQ ……Am I eligible for the free flu vaccine?

Under the Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program Influenza Vaccine will be free for people aged 65 and over – the demographic identified as most in need of greater protection. Additionally, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to five years and aged 15 years and over, will be eligible for free vaccines.

Can I catch influenza from the flu vaccine? No The vaccine is an ‘inactivated’ or ‘killed’ vaccine so you cannot catch anything from the shot.

What are the possible side effects from the flu shot?

While the flu vaccine is not guaranteed to stop a person from catching the flu, those that are vaccinated are much more likely to experience less severe flu symptoms. Known effects of the influenza vaccine – including temporary soreness at the injection site, low-grade short-lived fever (lasting one to two days) and muscle aches – relate to it stimulating the immune system. The main reason for this is that a person’s immune system responds much more rapidly to the flu virus once they’ve been vaccinated – it recognises the virus and fights it. For people with a weaker immune system at higher risk of catching the flu, such as the elderly, receiving the more potent vaccines may well be the difference between being at home with mild effects of the flu and being in hospital with known complications of influenza infection, such as developing bacterial pneumonia.

Is the flu vaccine safe if I’m pregnant?

For pregnant woman, an equally important question to ask is how late into your pregnancy can you receive the flu vaccination. According to Dr Harrison, it is safe at any stage of pregnancy for both mother and her unborn baby to have the vaccine and, when it becomes available this month, he strongly recommends pregnant women are vaccinated. “It is highly important pregnant women are aware of how serious influenza infection is during pregnancy – its effects are not to be underestimated,” says Dr Harrison. “Not only does influenza have the potential to cause an overwhelming infection in pregnant women but, the very state of being pregnant can make women at very high risk.”

Can children have a flu vaccine?

In addition to the free flu vaccines available through the National Immunisation Program, most State and Territory governments are providing free flu jabs for children aged six months to less than five years old, including NSW, Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT. This move comes after a survey conducted by the National Centre for Immunisation, Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) last year revealed parents were unaware that children under five years can receive the influenza vaccine, raising concerns about safety.[2] As young children, especially those under three years of age, are more likely to get severe flu infections that require hospitalisation than older children, Dr Harrison says it is vital all children over six months to under 5 years are vaccinated this season.

“For children, the new government-funded vaccines are both safe and effective. By protecting them, we can also help stop the spread of infection to other vulnerable groups, including babies too young to receive the vaccine,” says Dr Harrison.

“As the influenza vaccine provides the most protection in the first three to four months after it is received – and with our peak flu season typically occurring between June and September – May is the ideal time to be vaccinated.

“Vaccinations before the expected winter peak is advisable.”

Whether you fit the category of a high-risk age group or not, if you’re worried about being affected by influenza this year, visit www.ochrehealth.com.au to book online and organise a flu shot in April 2019.

CORPORATE VACCINATIONS ALSO CAN EASILY BE ARRANGED.

I am an accredited GP  Supervisor willing to take GP Registrars GPT2 and above. We have a great team of experienced GP Supervisors and staff for educational support and mentoring.

ALSO  NEW PROGRAM GOVT FUNDED BASIC CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS UT 19 YEARS AGE ..IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAS MISSED ANY OR NOT HAD ANY BOOK NOW ..BOOK A LONG APPT TO CHECK YOUR CHILD’S STATUS OR YOUR OWN STATUS.

Co-located with CIG imaging (XR, USS, CT SCAN & MRI), Laverty pathology, private physiotherapy, diabetes educator, dietician, exercise physiology, psychologist, podiatrist, specialist hand-physiotherapist, audiology (Brindabella Hearing) and UC physio clinics upstairs on Level C. Extended Hours, Pharmacy (Capital Chemist UC – Ben & Andrew resident pharmacists)

 

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