General medical services include
Worried about a mole or spot?
Your doctor recommends you have a skin check every year to check for changes in skin lesions. Any suspicious skin spot can firstly be investigated without surgery using our advanced MoleMate camera or biopsied for further examination.
Childhood Immunisation and Catch-ups
Childhood immunisation is the best way to protect your child from certain diseases that until a generation ago could cause severe illness, disability and sometimes death. It is safe, simple and effective with modern vaccines undergoing thorough testing and ongoing monitoring. The very real risks with contracting these diseases are significantly greater than the very small risks of immunisation. Through the implementation of vaccination programs worldwide, it is estimated over three million lives are saved each year. Smallpox has been eradicated and polio is rapidly disappearing as threat to children and adults alike.
The side effects from immunisation are generally very minor and can include redness around the vaccination site and mild fever. It is very rare that children experience more pronounced reactions, however, if this does occur, immediately consult your doctor.
Keeping your child’s immunisation schedule up to date is essential to ensure that she or he is protected. For more information about the childhood immunisation schedule, consult your doctor or go to http://vaccinate.initiatives.qld.gov.au/be-on-time.
Australia’s childhood immunisation schedule which available at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre includes protect from:
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB)
- Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal C
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
- Polio (Poliomyelitis)
- Rubella (German Measles)
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
In April 2015, the government announced its ‘No Jab, No Pay’ policy. Under this policy, parents who do not vaccination their children will no longer have access to Centrelink benefits and taxation supplements. If you have fallen behind on your children’s vaccinations or your records are not correct, the team at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre can assist in getting them up-to-date.
For more information, go to http://www.immunise.health.gov.au.
Diet and nutrition
Diet and nutrition play a central role to health, wellness and longevity – even more so than the amount of exercise that you are doing. People are now sitting longer hours for their work and are becoming increasingly confused about the types and amounts of foods to eat, so it is little wonder that the Australian population is getting heavier and heavier. The result is more weight-related illnesses which can be easily avoided with the right advice. Also, many people in community have food-related conditions and allergies which can cause significant discomfort and prolonged illness if left untreated or are poorly managed.
At Gordonvale Family Medical Centre, we provide a range of dietary and nutrition options including:
- Dietary advice based on your age, mobility, general health and weight goals
- Medications for those with chronic illnesses or in need of additional dietary support
- Referral for exercise physiotherapy to help get you moving in the right way to lose weight and combat pain
- Regular monitoring to assist you to meet your goals
- Referral for surgical options if necessary
As we age, our health care needs change. Our bodies are slowing down and changing and this means that the type and level of health care we require is different to that provided when we were younger. The GPs and Nurses at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre understand and take the time to provide you with a great range of strategies to keep yourself moving and to protect your health. Whether it be easy exercises you can do at home, advice on eye or bone health, or medications to resolve cholesterol or blood pressure issues, the team at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre will make sure you are fully informed about your health and the things that you can do to stay healthy and live safely.
As a part of our dedication to assisting our elderly patients stay healthy, Aged Pensioners, Gold Vets and patients over 75 are bulk-billed, except for visits afterhours.
Keeping up with the challenges of our time-poor modern lifestyle, very often means that maintaining a beneficial regime of healthy eating, exercise and sound sleep is a struggle. Unfortunately, this is seeing an increase in our community’s weight and incidents of chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, loss of socialisation and emotional struggles due to isolation and burnout.
The team at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre are here to assist. As we are family practice and get to know our patients very well over time, we are the best people to talk to about issues effecting your capacity to lead a healthy, bountiful life.
We are here to help, not judge.
We focus on whole person medicine so we want to help with any issues or concerns that you are experiencing and will do so in a friendly, supportive manner to ensure that you receive the assistance and guidance you need to reach your goals and live a healthier life. As a highly experienced medical team, we have worked with patients to fix sorts of issues including:
- Lack of exercise
- Mobility concerns
- Sleep deprivation
- Weight loss and gain
- Stress management
- Drug and alcohol dependency
- Achieving work-life harmony
Taking the first step to achieving a healthier life is often the hardest, however, with the backing of the team at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre, you can be confident that you get the ongoing support and advice you need to keep you on the right track.
Living well with chronic disease
The identification and onset of a chronic disease is a highly stressful time for patients, their carers and their families. However, the GPs at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre are skilled and extensively experienced in the creation of Health Care Plans for Chronic Disease that are specifically tailored to suit the circumstances of each patient. Through the provision of positive, caring and ongoing support, our GPs work with patients, their carers and their families to provide a structured approach to care, empowering patients to live well and successfully integrate any changes to lifestyle.
Sometimes, it is carers and family members who require support, information and advice. As Gordonvale Family Medical Centre is committed to a whole person approach, we also provide assistance to loved ones so that they are able to fully understand the changes and challenges ahead as the illness progresses over time.
Recent studies show that one in five people experience some form of mental illness within their lifetime. This can be caused from a whole range of factors from struggling with work pressures, meeting social expectations to dealing with family issues and even coping with the long term illness of yourself or a loved one. As a part of being human, we all go through peaks and troughs in our emotions as we deal with life’s stressors, however, when these highs and lows persist, it is important to consult your doctor. By taking a whole person approach, the GPs at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre look not only at your symptoms but also more broadly at risk factors such as continued, high levels of stress, substance reliance, family history and recent life changes to ensure that the right, individualised approach is taken to your care. As no two people are alike in how mental illness develops and presents; no two management plans are alike.
By taking the time to listen and get to know you, our GPs are able to make the best decisions about future pathways whether that be referral to a psychologist, conducting physical tests or implementing a medication plan.
If you are concerned about your mental health or that of a loved one, we encourage you to come into Gordonvale Family Medical Centre for a consultation.
Minor surgery and wound management
Gordonvale Family Medical Centre has a well-equipped, sterile procedure room specifically dedicated to the conduct of minor surgeries and wound management. Minor surgeries are procedures which can be completed through the use of local anaesthetic and with the assistance of one of our Practice nurses such as the removal of skin lesions, some skin cancers, cysts and ingrown toenails. Ensuring wounds are continuously cleaned and appropriately dressed is essential to the healing process of some post-surgical and symptomatic wounds. The dedicated team at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre are very happy to assist.
Sexual and reproductive health
For many patients, discussing sex- and sexually-related matters can be confronting and very difficult. The GPs at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre understand that and will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable to openly share your concerns. At Gordonvale Family Medical Centre, patient confidentiality is paramount, so you can feel completely confident that your concerns will remain private.
Sexual and reproductive health covers many areas including contraception, infertility, difficulty conceiving, impotence, premature ejaculation, sexual identity and sexually transmitted diseases. Our GPs will assist you to be able to speak freely about any of these issues so that they can make the right recommendations in terms of treatments or specialist referrals.
Queenslanders face the highest risk of developing skin cancer with people in regional areas even more at risk. It is sobering thought that 60% of cancer cases in regional Queensland are due to melanoma. The best way to beat this statistic is to have regular skin checks each year, especially if you:
- are aged over 30 years
- work or have worked regularly in the sun
- experienced high levels of UV exposure as a child
- have a fair complexion and a tendency to burn easily
- have a family history of melanoma
- have a past history of skin cancer
Also, self-checking your skin regularly is a great way to quickly notice changes to moles or sun spots, or the development of ulcers. Early detection is vital, and the majority of skin cancers, if detected early, can be successfully treated and cured.
Gordonvale Family Medical Centre has a Molemate camera which assists doctors to conduct detailed investigations of suspect lesions and assist them in deciding if the lesions need to be surgically removed, a simple biopsy conducted or if constant monitoring is the best step.
In the event of a minor soft tissue injury, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) is considered the most appropriate first aid response.
Rest – reduces stress and continual strain on the injury enabling it to start healing
Ice – reduces swelling and pain (try icing the area for 20 minutes each hour)
Compression – aims to reduce the swelling which can lead to excessive pain (an elastic bandage is preferable)
Elevation – helps reduce swelling and the associated pain
If, however, your injury persists or is the cause of severe pain, then a visit to Gordonvale Family Medical Centre is a must.
Overseas travel is the ultimate adventure. With such easy access to countries and cultures all over the globe, more and more people are seeking to enrich their lives and world views by travelling. Besides obtaining the requisite passport and visas, travellers must also be aware of the need to be immunised for diseases not prevalent on Australian shores. This may require a booster to childhood immunisations or a set course of vaccinations over time, so it is best to consult your GP as soon as you start to make travel plans. Depending on your travel plans, your GP may also suggest taking certain medications with you to combat common afflictions such as Bali Belly.
The GPs at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding the latest developments in travel medicine and the legal requirements for entry and travel in certain destinations so a pre-departure visit is a must.
On your return, if you experience any symptoms out of the ordinary or experience ongoing illness, be sure to contact Gordonvale Family Medical Centre immediately for after travel care and advice.
A well family comes from having access to quality, affordable health care provided by GPs who are dedicated to getting to know you and your family. Gordonvale Family Medical Centre operates according the values of the traditional family medical clinic where the doctors know their patients by name and have detailed knowledge of their personal and family medical history. By seeing the same doctor for each visit, patients can confidently and comfortably share their issues and concerns, meaning that they receive the best medical care and advice possible.
Providing responsive, personalised medical care starts by having a whole person approach and this is why Gordonvale Family Medical Centre offers a wide range of services including:
- Childhood Immunisation and Catch-up
- Diet, nutrition and weight management
- Healthy Aging
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Antenatal care
- Asthma education and COPD care
- Diabetes checks, management and education
- Living well with chronic disease
- Mental Health
- Minor surgery and wound management
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Skin checks and removal of skin cancers
- Sports Medicine
- Travel Medicine
- Insurance, WorkCover and Veterans’ medicals
- Child Health
- Men’s Health
- Women’s Health
Allied health services including pathology tests and Podiatrist, Occupational Therapist and Psychologist services
Having an appreciation for quality, whole person health care starts at childhood. When a child sees the same doctor for each visit, she or he learns to trust them and will openly share all of her or his ‘ouches’, ‘ikks’ and ‘ewws’ without embarrassment or concern. This sets the foundation for expecting quality health care provided by long-term practitioners who maintain exceptional knowledge of the latest medical advancements in general practice.
To protect their young patients through every stage from infancy through to adolescence, Gordonvale Family Medical Centre offers a wide range of services especially tailored to meet the needs of young people as they grow and mature including:
- Childhood immunisations
- Baby health checks
- School-based catch-up immunisations
- Growth and development checks
- Childhood travel vaccinations and advice
- Learning difficulty and developmental problems advice
- Speech development information
- Mental health support
- Weight management and dietary advice
- Management of chronic illnesses including asthma and diabetes
- Sexual education
Statistically, men are far less likely to visit their GP for a check-up than women and when they do, are also less likely to raise health questions meaning that they are not getting the information they require to maintain their health through the different stages of their lives. The GPs at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre recognise this and therefore take the time during consultations to discuss each male patient’s health and family background to get to any issues that could be of concern. By providing clear, straight-forward information and advice, our GPs are able to ensure that our male patients are receiving the medical support they need.
Our specialist services and advice for our male patients include:
- Comprehensive annual male health checks
- Prostate disorders and prostate cancer testing
- Testosterone and other hormonal problems
- Heart disease prevention
- Erection problems
- Ejaculation problems
- Skin checks
- Diabetes management
- Sexual health checks
- Depression and anxiety
Protecting your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing is essential, however, for many women this comes after protecting all of those things for everyone else. The dedicated GPs at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre want this to change. We encourage women to make their health and wellbeing a priority and to achieve that, we provide specialist health services especially for women. With a team of dedicated GPs and nurses, Gordonvale Family Medical Centre provides sensitive, caring expert care and advice to ensure that their female clients get the advice and support to make informed decisions about their health care.
We provide a range of services and advice on diverse issues including:
- Comprehensive annual Women’s Health Checks
- Breast examinations
- Pap smears (every two years for screening) UPDATE: Cervical Screening Test every 5 years from 1 Dec 2017
- Pregnancy planning and fertility issues
- Abnormalities of the menstrual cycle
- Menopause advice
- Contraception options
- Implanon insertion and removal
- Sexual Health Checks
- Osteoporosis information
- Anxiety, depression, anorexia and other mental health disorders
- Diabetes prevention
- Heart disease prevention
- Skin Checks