General Medical Services
Medicare requires the patient to attend in person to obtain a repeat prescription or referral.
It is illegal to backdate documents, hence it is imperative that you check the expiry dates and request for a renewal prior to that. If you have a Webster-pak arrangement, please advise your doctor to liaise with your pharmacy.
Whether travelling for business or for pleasure Doctors on Fifth can provide you and your family with a full range of travel medicine services including:
- All childhood immunisations
- Catch up immunisations
- Full Travel Vaccination
- Tetanus and many more
- Medical advice
Please note that not all of these services are Bulk Billed, please contact us Ph: 3803 6655 for information about the services we provide.
Our team of doctors can advise you and your family of the medical requirements for your intended destination and ensure that you are aware of any potential medical risks in that location.
We can also advise you on the regulations regarding travelling with medications and ensure that everyone has the required medical and vaccination documentation that may be required by customs officials at their destination.
If you are aged 75 years or over and you live at home, you are eligible for an annual health assessment. An annual health assessment will identify ways that you can improve your health and well being. It will help you by advising you on how you can maintain your independence at home and in your community.
Our friendly and professional nurse will undertake a comprehensive and confidential health check. This yearly health check will cover:
- A thorough assessment of your health and well being
- A measurement of your blood pressure, pulse rate and heart rhythm
- A review of your medications
- A discussion about your social supports
- Any healthcare concerns or other needs that you may have.
Our nurse will work closely with you and your General Practitioner to co-ordinate any necessary follow up consultations or supports to help you manage your health in the future. As health assessments are government funded, the service will be bulk billed and provided to you at no cost (current valid medicare card required).
Speak to our practice nurse or your doctor today to see if a health assessment is right for you and to make a booking Ph: 3803 6655.
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. Our nurse will perform a risk assessment with you, it will be finalised with a standard doctor’s consultation. The assessment 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 Doctors on Fifth Ph: 3803 6655 to arrange a Diabetes Risk Assessment.
Each year we run a national flu program with the aim to protect people against the flu virus. Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing and close contact.
Unlike a cold, symptoms such as fever, sore throat and muscle aches develop suddenly with flu and last about a week. In some cases, severe illness and complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis can develop, which can result in hospitalisation and even death. The flu can also make some existing medical conditions worse.
The flu virus can be especially dangerous for elderly people, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and very young children, as well as for people with underlying medical conditions.
Because two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, it is important to ensure you have your skin checked regularly.
It is recommended that everyone should have their skin, including skin not normally exposed to the sun checked every 12 months. Our doctors are trained in the diagnosis and management of skin problems, including cancers.
Many industries require Specialised Medicals tailored to suit the specific needs of unique environment. Our doctors and medical staff undergo special training allowing them to administer the following medicals including:
- Emergency Response Medical Assessments
- Rail Medicals
- Diving Medicals (Commercial and Recreational)
- Commercial Drivers Medicals
- Taxi and Uber Medicals
- Coalboard Medicals (QLD)
- Pre Employment Medicals including Truck Driving
Drug and Alcohol Testing or Drug and Alcohol Screening is becoming increasingly important in the workplace as the impact of alcohol and other recreational drug use can present a serious risk to health and safety.
To ensure an efficient and accurate Drug and Alcohol Test, we offer two forms of testing: Saliva and Urine.
We bulk bill patients with a current Medicare card, concession card or DVA card for consultations during our normal business hours.
All procedures including suturing or lacerations, repeat plastering, fracture splinting, excision of lesions, Implanon insertion/removal could incur an additional fee. Certain consultations, such as Pre-employment Medicals, Commercial License Medicals, and Insurance form/reports are not covered by Medicare. Please request the price at the time of consultation with the GP. Payment in full is required at time of consultation. EFTPOS/credit card facilities are available. We do not accept cheque or hold accounts. If you do not have a current Medicare card you will be required to pay the full consultation fee.
All consultations are booked as a standard consultation.
If your visit requires more time ie medicals, forms to be completed, complexed concerns, multiple family members you must advise reception staff so as we can book the appropriate time for your visit. For continuity of care we do recommended you to book with your usual doctor. However, if making your appointment at short notice or for urgent cases we may not be able to book your appointment with your usual doctor. If you are unable to attend your appointment we would appreciate it if you could call and let us know – this will allow us to offer your appointment to someone else in need.
Test results cannot be discussed over the phone and cannot be given to a third party.
As per The Privacy Act we are prohibited to provide any details of pathology or other tests results over the phone or to third party. You must book an appointment with your doctor to obtain your tests results.
An appointment is required to obtain a script or referral.
Repeated scripts and referrals will also require an appointment. We do not provide over the phone scripts or referrals.
If you or a family member requires an interpreter for your consultation, we can organise this for you using TIS National.
Please let us know if you do required an interpreter at the time of booking your consultation.
A personally controlled eHealth record is a secure online summary of your health information. It is a national digital health record system.
Heaving an Ehealth Record means your important information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, test reports can be digitally available in one place. Health care providers may be able to see it online from anywhere at any time when needed to – like in an emergency ie accident.
We encourage all children to complete their immunisations. Please discuss your child’s immunisation requirements with your doctor.
Our Nurses are well trained in administration of immunisations and are available to answer any questions. If you do require catch up immunisations we recommend you contact your local council and ask for the Catch Up Immunisation Clinics.
The shingles vaccine (Zostavax), has been approved to be placed on the National Immunisation Program, to be provided free of charge from 1 November 2016 to people aged 70 years, subject to vaccine supply.
There will also be a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years. However it is recommended that people 60 years of age or older should get shingles vaccine. Whether or not you recall having had chickenpox, which is caused by the same virus as shingles it is still recommended that you get the vaccine. There is no maximum age for getting shingles vaccine. Even if you have had shingles, you can still receive shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease. There is no specific length of time you must wait after having shingles before receiving shingles vaccine, but generally you should make sure the shingles rash has disappeared before getting vaccinated