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Services 2018-04-04T14:59:20+00:00

Summary of Services

Bracken Ridge Family Practice prides itself in offering the best services at no extra cost to patients. We offer Excellence in Women’s, Men’s and Children’s health with both male and female practitioners, and general practice services including:

  • Pap smears, implanon insertion and removal and mirena removals.
  • Immunisations
  • Geriatrics
  • Palliative Care
  • Mental Health Conselling
  • Antenatal Care
  • ECG and Spirometry
  • Travel Advice
  • Diabetes, Asthma and chronic disease management
  • Minor surgery
  • Injury Care and Treatements
  • Skin Checks
  • Work Cover Follow up [Not Bulk Billed]
  • Employment Medicals [Not Bulk Billed – Please check with our staff when required]

Women’s and Children’s Health

Antenatal and Shared Care

The program ensures that women are seen regularly and by the doctors of their choice and one who is familiar with their case and medical history. Shared antenatal care minimizes the waiting time in hospital outpatient clinics and the hospital visits.
Your GP and hospital will complete a shared antenatal record that you will bring to each of your visits. When booking an appointment it is imperative to inform the reception staff that a shared antenatal consultation is required.
Prior to the doctor, our practice nurses see the antenatal patients. However, certain medical conditions such as diabetes may mean that women are not suitable for shared antenatal care.

Pre Pregnancy and Early Pregnancy Care

It is advisable to make a double appointment for pre-pregnancy advice. During this consultation, pathology for antenatal screens is taken, immunizations are updated. Your family history is also taken for genetic counseling. You are given advice on pregnancy vitamins and the lifestyle changes that you require to make.

When confirming pregnancy a double appointment is imperative. Referrals are given for first trimester’s maternal serum screening, hospital and specialist referrals at this consultation. At Bracken Ridge Family Practice, we have an excellent referral base for radiology services expert in antenatal diagnostic screening. Until week 30, women are seen monthly, from week 30 to 36 every two weeks and weekly thereafter. The hospital visits usually occur for an initial assessment and then at week 28, 36 and 41.

The initial GP appointment is 30 minutes and then may be 15 to 30 thereafter with the practice nurse seeing women first.

Post Natal Review

There is a postnatal review at 6 weeks; the woman gets a 30-minute appointment while the baby gets 15 minutes. If a new Medicare card is available, the baby’s appointment can be bulk billed. It is very vital to bring along the baby’s Health and Development Book (green book) to all appointments so that data such as height, weight and vaccinations are added to our records.

Men’s Health

Prevention is better than a cure

Heart Disease

Looking after your heart can be as simple as watching your weight, exercising regularly and not smoking. You can also monitor your heart by taking a blood test every two years up until you are 40 to check blood pressure.. Once you are 40, you will want to check this more regularly along with adding a check on your cholesterol levels every 5 years.

Remember that if you are in a high risk group, such as having a family history or high indicators, you will want to have this checked more regularly!

If you have further questions in regards to your health, book an appointment with one of our friendly and professional doctors today to make a plan for your ongoing health.

Anxiety & Depression

Depression affects 1 in 6 Australian Men however, they tend to put off getting any kind of support, because it’s not considered ‘manly’. Depression is a serious and common condition that needs more recognition to encourage sufferers to speak up. While women are more likely to experience anxiety and depression, men are less likely to talk about it. This increases the risk of their anxiety or depression going unrecognised and untreated.

One of the things they encourage is to see your doctor. Your GP offers a confidential and medically accurate assessment and can offer advice on management and treatment.

If you are feel you may be suffering from depression, call your doctor today or contact Beyond Blue on  1300 22 4636 or visit their website http://www.beyondblue.org.au/

Erectile Dysfunction

An Australian survey showed that at least 1 in five men over the age of 40 years has erectile problems and about one in ten men are completely unable to have erections.

Erectile dysfunction (or impotence) is a man’s inability to get or keep an erection. It was previously thought that this issue was psychological, however recent studies show that it is primarily a physical problem.

Better Health describes some of the causes of Erectile Dysfunction

  • physical illness – erectile dysfunction is frequently associated with conditions affecting the blood flow in the penis. Diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), cigarette smoking and obesity are often involved, and there is a strong association between erectile dysfunction and cardiac (heart) disease. Men who have multiple sclerosis may also experience erectile dysfunction
  • psychological factors – a man’s sexual drive or performance can be affected by stress such as problems at work, relationship difficulties or financial worries. Psychiatric conditions, and feeling depressed or anxious about poor sexual performance can also result in a failed erection
  • a combination of physical illness and psychological factors – physical problems with maintaining an erection may cause the man to feel anxious about sexual performance, which makes the problem worse
  • unknown – in a few cases, neither physical nor psychological causes are obvious. Vascular disease is likely to be the underlying cause in these cases.

It’s normal to experience Erectile Dysfunction occasionally however if you are experiencing this more often please contact our team to book an appointment with one of our Men’s Health GP’s.

Cancer

Prostate and Bowel Cancer is one of the looming health concerns for men as they reach middle age. It is generally recommended that once you turn 50, you should have regular checks for both. If you have a family history, it is recommended once you reach 40.

You should be regularly checking your testes for Testicular Cancer. If you are unsure of what to look for, please book an appointment with one of our Men’s Health professionals.

Asthma

In Australia, almost 2 million people suffer from asthma. In every 4 primary school children 1 suffers from it, 1 in 7 teenagers and 1 in 10 adults are affected by asthma.

There has been a rise of Asthma and other topic allergic disorders in the world. Australia has the third highest prevalence of current wheeze in 13-14 year olds.

Our very experienced GPs know the importance of diagnosing and managing asthma. They use peak flow meters and refer patients for spirometry. Our GPs perform regular reviews and provide asthma management plans, preventive and reliever medications as suitable. For those who have severe disease they refer them to respiratory and allergy specialists.

GP Management Plans and Team Care

At Bracken Ridge Family Practice, Doctors provide GP Management Plans and Team Care Arrangement for patients with chronic medical conditions. These conditions include cancer, asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and musculoskeletal conditions. A framework for agreeing on management goals with individual patients and identifying actions to be taken by patients is formed. The goals are reviewed every 3 to 6 months with the patient.

When the arrangement is in place, the chronic patients can be referred to Allied Health Providers. Under this Team Care Arrangement, the patient will be eligible for up to five subsided health services each calendar year. They facilitate communication between GPs, specialists and Allied Health professionals that enhance patient care.  The plans are intended for patients who require structured approach to their care and enable their doctors to plan and coordinate their care requiring ongoing support from a multidisciplinary team.