Early detection is the key to preventing or overcoming many illnesses. Regular health checks help detect conditions that may have an impact on your life, to minimise negative effects and ensure long term optimal health.
Health Assessment for people aged 45 to 49
This health assessment focuses on the needs of people around 45 to 49 years of age who are at risk of developing a chronic disease. The aim of this health assessment is to assist with the detection and prevention of any chronic diseases you may be at risk of developing, to enable early intervention strategies to be put in place to ensure you maintain the best possible long term health.
Diabetic Risk Assessment for people aged 40 to 49
The Diabetic Risk Assessment is aimed at people aged between 40 and 49 years of age who are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and utilises the Australian type 2 diabetes assessment tool (AUSDRISK) to assess your risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next 5 years. If you have a high result (>12), you are eligible to attend a diabetes risk evaluation with your doctor for further testing and management, and to assess your eligibility for a subsidised Lifestyle Modification Program.
Health Assessments for people aged 75 years and over
If you are aged over 75 (or 55 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in the community) you are eligible for this yearly free health assessment. The assessment is conducted by one of our Registered Nurses on behalf of your Doctor and then seen by the doctor, and takes approximately 45 minutes of your time.
The assessment considers all areas of your physical health & wellbeing including diet, exercise, mobility, mental health and relationships. Part of the assessment also involves discussing your living arrangements to ascertain the services available to you for additional help within the home should you need it.It Provides a structured way of identifying health issues and conditions that are potentially preventable or amenable to interventions in order to improve health and or/quality of life.
Chronic Disease Management (GP Management Plans)
If you are living with a chronic disease, we will work with you to manage and treat your individual case to help maintain or improve your functionality and quality of life. Some of the chronic diseases that your doctor may help you with include Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, Asthma, Cardiac disease, Osteoporosis,Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease, cancer, Kidney Disease and many more.
If you have a chronic medical condition your doctor may suggest a GP Management Plan, a plan of action agreed between you and your GP to identify your health care needs, the services to be provided by your GP and the actions that you need to take to maintain your optimal health.
If you need treatment from two or more health professionals, your doctor may also put a Team Care Arrangement plan in place for you. This lets your doctor refer you to at least two other health professionals who will provide treatment or services to you in conjunction with your GP.
You may be eligible for Medicare benefits for specific allied health services if your doctor prepares both types of plans for you
Osteoporosis Health Check
Osteoporosis affects 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over the age of sixty, and is linked to chronic liver or kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, early menopause in women, or low testosterone levels in men, coeliac disease etc. Developing osteoporosis can be exacerbated by poor lifestyle choices such as smoking, excessive alcohol intake, a diet lacking in calcium and a sedentary lifestyle.
It is important to be aware of your bone health, as osteoporosis can often have no symptoms until a fracture occurs. If you would like to find out if you are at risk, speak to your doctor or the practice nurse.
We all get down or anxious to some degree, however it becomes an illness when it has a significant effect on your quality of life for a prolonged period of time. Depression and anxiety disorders are common and can be debilitating, but there are safe and effective treatments for the management of these disorders. Our doctors have a keen interest in depression and anxiety disorders and can help guide and support you through this process.
Your doctor may consider initiating a Mental Health Treatment Plan if you suffer from a mental health disorder. Medicare rebates are available for up to ten individual and ten group allied mental health services per calendar year to patients with an assessed mental disorder who are referred by a doctor under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan.
Allied mental health services under this initiative include psychological assessment and therapy services provided by a clinical psychologist.
SKIN CANCER CHECKS
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, and untreated skin cancers can become life threatening. A regular skin screen of skin spots and moles can prevent the onset of skin cancer and melanoma, with early detection and regular screening and good preventive measures in place.
Melanoma is the most common cancer in people aged 15-44 years, accounting for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. Not all skin cancers are obvious or noticeable, and an annual comprehensive skin screen is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from malignancies.
Dr Ravi Morisetty has a special interest in dermatology and skin cancer, specialising in the detection, diagnosis, treatment and management of skin cancers, including precancerous skin growths, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Dr Morisetty is fully qualified to perform skin checks, biopsies, removal of lesions and follow up treatment, he works from Bertram Family Medical Centre on Saturdays.
Workplace Health: Pre-Employment Health Checks and Injury Management
Our pre-employment medical examination provides a baseline health assessment for a worker before they enter a role with an employer. The examination assists with risk management and identifies whether a worker is medically suitable for the role they are applying for.
Our doctors are experts in treating and returning injured workers back to the workplace as soon as it is safe to do so. Injured workers will have immediate access to a range of medical personnel including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, to ensure an integrated and prompt recovery with optimal outcomes.
Emergency Help Line Numbers
If you are suffering with an acute mental health episode and need to speak to someone immediately, please call one of the following numbers or online:
Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800
13 11 14
Poisons Information Centre
13 11 26