We are pleased to announce that Dr. Carlos Robalino is now working at the practice full time. Dr. Robalino has multiple medical disciplines and many years of GP experience. He has a special interest in screening and removing Skin Cancer, utilising the latest high resolution MoleMax Imaging System from Austria. Appointments can be made any day from Monday to Friday by calling the practice or making an online booking from our website.
For patients with complex medical needs, Camden South Family Doctors provides management plans that enable doctors to plan and coordinate the health care of patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions.
A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke.
If you have a chronic condition, with or without complex care needs, a GP Management Plan will enable your GP to provide a structured approach to your care. It is a plan of action in which you agree management goals with your GP. Once you have a GP Management Plan in place, you are able to access up to five allied health services each calendar year.
The five services can be provided by a single allied health provider or shared across different providers. You can request that your GP refer you to an allied health provider, or your GP can recommend one.
We are pleased to have are very own onsite Allied Health services available for Physiotherapy, Dietician & Nutritionist, Exercise Physiology and Podiatry, which we believe adds value benefits, to our patients, doctors and medical support staff. For further advice on how these allied health professionals may provide further health benefits for you, then simply discuss that with your GP.
The Free 2018 Seasonal Flu Vaccine Is Now Available at Our Medical Practice.
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The best time to be vaccinated is as early as possible when the flu vaccine is available to ensure maximum protection. The protection develops two weeks after getting the injection and lasts up to a year. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.
It is estimated that each year, flu contributes to an average of 13,500 hospitalisations and more than 3,000 deaths among Australians aged over 50 years.
Free seasonal influenza vaccine is funded for the following groups at higher risk of complications from influenza:
- All children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age
- All individuals aged 5 years and over with medical risk conditions, namely:
- Cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
- Chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma
- Other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies
- Chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders
- Impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use
- Children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy.all people aged 65 years and over
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
- Pregnant women (influenza vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
- People aged 65 years and over (vaccine that is specifically designed to produce a higher immunise response is available for this group)
How often do I need to be vaccinated?
It is recommended that you be vaccinated against flu every year, as the different strains of flu virus can change from year to year. This protects you against the most recent flu virus strains that maybe around.
Even if the main flu strains do not change, yearly vaccination is still recommended as immunity from flu vaccination is not long lasting.
Is the flu vaccine safe if I’m pregnant?
The flu vaccine is recommended in all stages of pregnancy and has been given safely to millions of pregnant women across the world. Studies looking at the effects of pregnant women receiving the seasonal flu vaccination indicate no negative effects on pregnant women or their babies.
For more information about the NSW flu immunisation program go to:
All children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age are now eligible for the free flu vaccine in NSW, for more information go to:
All referrals are accepted for all blood and ECG tests, you will need to bring a Request Form, which has been signed by your doctor. SydPath St. Vincent’s Pathology at Camden South Family Doctors, utilises BULK BILLING for outpatient services wherever possible. There are some tests, which your doctor may request that are non-rebatable and cannot be claimed through Medicare Australia. These tests are payable by the patient but any other tests ordered on the same request slip, in most cases will be charged at the rebate rate and will be fully covered by Medicare Australia. If you are on a pension or Health Care card, you should bring your Medicare card with you. You will also need to show your Health Care or Veterans’ Affairs card. This will enable us to bill you correctly. The blood collection centre is open Monday to Friday between 8am to 1pm.
Appointments for blood collections during the collection hours are not necessary, simply come to our Waiting Room and grab a number from the door or announce yourself with the Pathology collector once there.
So please share this news around with family members and friends, so that they may benefit by conveniently coming to us for all their blood tests.
How a Pathology test can aid you and others:
Pathology tests can be used as a simple protocol for a general health check up. They can be used for early detection of diseases. Due to early diagnosis, this can be beneficial to you as it would prevent further possible implications and for your current condition to get worse than it is at the time.
Pathology tests can inform you weather you are infected with a possible contagious or noncontagious disease, an example of an infectious disease could be a bacterial infection and a non-infectious disease could be Kidney disease. It can also inform you a final diagnosis such as an assessment of a biopsy to check if a mole or lesion is a skin cancer. It can help control the effectiveness of treatment for a disease or condition such as assessing the average amount of glucose in the blood over a few months to monitor diabetic control. It can help prevent possible infectious diseases spreading to others from you but also preventing others from spreading those unwanted diseases to you also which is why this test can be significant to not just you but the community.
Interpretation of Results
These tests might be mandatory for you because of the following factors due to 1 or more out of the possible reasons for you are:
– Age and gender
– Current condition and physical findings
– History – Medical, family and social
– Other, diagnostic procedures
Pathology tests can assist a medical diagnosis
Pathology tests are associated with more than 70% of all diagnoses and almost all cancer diagnoses. They can:
– Provide information to confirm or exclude the presence of particular diseases, such as a wound swab to confirm or rule out a bacterial infection.
– Provide a final diagnosis such as an assessment of a biopsy to check if a mole or lesion is a skin cancer.
– Pathology tests are associated with more than 70% of all diagnoses and almost all cancer diagnoses.
– Approximately 20% of pathology tests are requested to monitor and manage the progress of a disease or condition and proved information about how it is likely to progress (prognosis).
Just to let you know that we now have our very own daily “Onsite” blood collector, from 8am to 1pm – Monday to Friday, so you are most welcome to come to us for all your Pathology tests. We are also dedicated to extend these hours for blood collection, once we just get a few more patients start using this service.
Note: “All pathology referrals are accepted”. Even if you have a Pathology referral from either Douglass or Laverty, you can instead just as easily come to us, using SYDPATH Pathology to have “all” of your blood tests done, as the choice always remains with the patient as to where and with whom they would like to go with.
Appointments for blood collections during the collection hours are not necessary, simply come to our Waiting Room and announce yourself with the Pathology collector once there.
So please share this news around with family members and friends, so that they may benefit by conveniently coming to us for all their blood tests, instead of having to go to other Pathology centers where waiting times are long and parking is limited.
Could it be asthma?
If you have:
• A tight feeling in the chest, and/or
• Continuing cough, then you may have asthma.
You may have all of these symptoms or only a few, and they may come and go.
When does it start?
Asthma can start at any age, and can be more of a problem when it starts in older adults, so don’t assume if you never had it as a child that it’s not possible now.
Maybe I’m just getting older…
No! Being breathless is not a normal part of getting older – it should always be checked out by a doctor.
A diagnosis of asthma is more likely if you have eczema or hayfever, or have close relatives with allergies and/or asthma, and if your symptoms:
• keep coming back, or happen at the same time each year
• are worse at night or in the early morning
• are clearly triggered by exercise, allergies or infections
• improve quickly with reliever medication
What should I do if I think I have asthma?
If you suspect you might have asthma, you should see your doctor for a professional diagnosis. Don’t ignore it – if you do have asthma, the sooner you get it under control, the faster you can get back to living a full and active life!
Things to tell your doctor
1) How can I tell when my asthma is under good control?
2) How can I tell when I am getting a flare-up of asthma symptoms?
3) What medications do I need to take every day for my asthma?
4) Can I work out which triggers make my asthma worse and can I do anything about them?
5) If exercise sets off my asthma, what can I do to control that, so I can keep active?
6) What do I do if my asthma gradually gets worse over a few weeks?
7) What do I do if I have a sudden or severe asthma flare-up (an asthma attack)?
8) Can you please check that I am using my asthma devices correctly?
9) Can I have a written asthma action plan? (or can you check that my written asthma action plan is up to date?)
10) When should I see you again for an asthma review?
Before you leave your doctor, make sure:
— your medications have been reviewed, you know which ones to take and when and you have enough prescriptions until your next visit
— you can use your asthma medication devices correctly
— you have an up-to-date written asthma action plan
— you have booked another appointment for review
— If you have had any night-time asthma symptoms, such as cough, wheeze or breathlessness, since your last check-up
— How many days a week you have had day-time asthma symptoms in the last month
— If your asthma has made it hard to keep up with normal activity
— If you have had any asthma flare-ups or attacks since your last visit
— Anything that seems to trigger/make your asthma worse
— What you do about your triggers and whether this helps
— How much exercise you do and any asthma symptoms during or after exercise
Medication & devices
— How often you have taken your reliever medication in the last month
— How often you take your preventer medication
— Show your doctor how you use your inhaler
— If you are using any other medications or complementary therapies
— Any other changes in your health, e.g. quitting smoking, increasing exercise, weight changes, allergies, other health issues.
— For women, if you are planning a pregnancy or may be pregnant.
If you have a written asthma action plan, bring it to your appointment, so that your doctor can check it is correct and up to date.
Please Welcome Our NEW Doctor – Dr. San.
Who is joining the Team from the 7th August 2017.
We welcome Dr. Aung Htet San, who is a Specialist General Practitioner, and will be joining us as a permanent full time doctor. He obtained his fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners this year in January 2017. He has worked in Myanmar (Asia), Seychelles Islands (Africa) and the UK, before he moved with his family to Australia in 2010.
He graduated with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2000, at Yangon, Myanmar in Burma and has a Diploma in Skin Cancer.
Dr. San is a passionate and considerate family doctor with a keen interest in diagnostic medicine.
Don’t forget that your moles are still there under your winter clothing! Get a skin check today, as this is an ideal time in the year to have that done. The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.
It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.
It’s important to get to know your skin and what is normal for you, so that you notice any changes. Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently seen than felt.
Develop a regular habit of checking your skin for new spots and changes to existing freckles or moles.