Primary Healthcare Services

There is also a range of posters, leaflets, and brochures about health issues relevant to the community available for all of our patients in the clinic waiting rooms and consultation rooms 

  • Clinical Treatment and Monitoring  Practice Nurses provide dedicated treatment room services: wound dressings, immunisations, spirometry, doppler, ECG's and an INR clinic.
  • Chronic Disease Management provided by GPs, mental health nurse and Practice Nurses: collaborative care planning and review, diabetes annual cycle, provision of self-management strategies and behaviour change counselling provided. Case conferencing conducted with other providers and out of area families as needed.
  • Home Visits provided by GPs, mental health nurses and Practice Nurses. For incapacitated clients, services are provided at the home and nursing home, routine medical management, health assessment, immunisation, diabetes annual cycle and wound management.
  • Early Childhood Health Checks and Immunisation Services provided by early childhood nurse-led clinics. Adolescent health services are provided by GPs, early childhood nurse and mental health nurse.
  • Indigenous Health registration for Closing The Gap program, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) health assessments, immunisations, advice on risky lifestyle behaviour, diabetes self-management and risk screening.
  • Maternity Services Shared care arrangements provided in collaboration with the clients’ obstetrician and/or hospital maternity services.
  • Diabetes Educator Services diabetes education and care planning support therapeutic intervention and lifestyle modification strategies to enhance quality of life.
  • Podiatry Services  our on site podiatrist provides comprehensive podiatry services to those clients with chronic conditions, both bulk billing and private services.
  • Telehealth Services  all centres are equipped to allow for telehealth specialist consultation services.
  • Pain Management provided with both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions by GPs and mental health nurses in conjunction with pain specialist consultations. Palliative care services including counselling are provided at the surgery or in the home.
 
  • Assessment, diagnosis and management of specific health concerns done by clinicians working as a health care team
  • Sexual and reproductive health GPs who specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology. Registered nurses provide preventative care, Well Women’s Healthscreening (including Pap smears), incontinence advice and shared antenatal care.
  • Pharmacological treatments regular review of medication compliance and effects by GPs, referral to community pharmacists for Home Medicines Review where necessary.
  • Procedural Treatments GPs attend to minor excisions, biopsies, removal of foreign bodies, insertion of Implanon and other hormonal treatments, Intravenousfluid replacement for dehydrated patients, catheter insertion, application of plaster of Paris for fractures, Intravenous antibiotic therapy, allergy desensitisation, wedge resection, removal of toenails, suturing of lacerations, resuscitation and stabilisation of patients in cardiac arrest.
  • Pathology Investigation suspicious skin lesion removal for diagnosis, diabetes and cardiovascular risk screening, monitoring parameters in clients with a chronic disease. Majority of specimens collected onsite by pathology provider (all service providers complement the pathology recall system to ensure a robust follow-up process).
  • Referrals  electronic and / or paper-based referrals to allied health professionals, medical specialists and hospitals, within the local area, out of area where the service is not provided locally. These care providers are often integral to team care planning, collaborative arrangements.
  • Mental Health Services non-pharmacological treatments by mental health nurses include desensitisation therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy. GPs andPractice Nurses provide domestic violence screening and referral. Clients seeking psychological support include the aged, retired war veterans, widows and widowers and Defence family members. Pharmacological treatments titrated and adjusted to attain optimal mental state. Case conferencing with collaborative partners provided.