At Gungahlin General Practice our philosophy is to provide high quality complete general practice care, and in doing so helping you to understand more about your health so you can make the most informed choices for yourself and your family.
We can look after all your health needs through every stage of life.
For children we provide:
- Newborn health check-ups
- Childhood immunisations
- Four Year Old Health Checks
- Advice and treatment of infancy and early childhood issues
- Advice and treatment of general childhood illnesses and concerns
- Advice, treatment and support for teenage conditions and concerns
- Referrals to Specialists and Health Providers when required
- Tongue tie and upper lip tie release
Your child’s health includes physical, mental and social well-being. Most parents know the basics of keeping children healthy, like offering them healthy foods, making sure they get enough sleep and exercise and insuring their safety.
It is also important for children to get regular checkups with their health care provider. These visits are a chance to check your child’s development. They are also a good time to catch or prevent problems.
Other than checkups, school-age children should be seen for
- Significant weight gain or loss
- Sleep problems or change in behavior
- Fever higher than 38’ Celcius
- Rashes or skin infections
- Frequent sore throats
- Breathing problems
It is advisable to get your GP to assess your child’s
- Ears nose and throat
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Following review by a Doctor, we provide:
- Suturing of cuts and lacerations
- Biopsy and removal of skin cancers
- Removal of moles, skin tags and growths
- Cryotherapy (freezing) for warts and other skin lesions
- Treatment of ingrown toenails
- Implanon insertion and removal
- IUD insertion and removal
- Tongue tie and upper lip tie release
- GP skin cancer specialist – removal of lesion with expertise in skin flap surgery and skin grafts.
- Management of simple fractures
- Trigger point injections
- Intra-articular joint injections and aspiration.
- Removal of foreign bodies- Eye, Nose , Ear and Skin
GGP has a Psychologist working in our rooms
Our doctors are passionate about optimising not only the physical health of our patients but also their mental health. Conditions such as depression and anxiety are common and can have a negative impact on how you feel, think, sleep and function.
If you are concerned about any mental health issues please talk to one of our doctors. We can offer advice, counselling and referral if appropriate to other health care professionals such as a psychologist or a psychiatrist.
Some patients may be eligible for a Mental Health Care Plans or GP Eating Disorder Plans. These plans will entitle eligible patients to receive Medicare rebates for psychological services.
Useful information can be found from the following organisations:
Accident & Casualty
Gungahlin General Practice has casualty facilities equivalent to a small country hospital.
This facility is only open during our normal 7 days extended opening hours
We would like to emphasize that any emergency illness or injury should go directly to either Calvary or Canberra Hospital Accident and EMERGENCY.
We have a fully qualified Registered Nurse on 6 days to assess accident and casualty patients.
Gungahlin Accident and Casualty – looks after the following:
- Minor fractures
- Foreign bodies (skin, nose, ears, eyes)
- Mild dehydration (gastroenteritis, migraines).
- Nose bleeds
- Acute spine sprains
- Soft tissue injuries/Joint effusions
- Minor burns
- Some dislocations
- Toe/finger nail inj.
- Thrombosed Piles
- Skin abscesses
- Sexually Transmitted disease
If not sure ring our practice!
What should go to hospital?
- acute poisonings,
- snake bites,
- prolonged epileptic fits,
- diabetic emergencies,
- significant head injury,
- cardiac arrest,
- severe breathing difficulty,
- extreme abdominal pain,
- acute strokes,
- significant heamorrage,
- comatose patient.
This list is not complete. Ring our practice if not sure!
With our busy lifestyle it’s easy to forget to look after yourself.
- Pap smear and breast checks
- Menopause assessment, advice and management
- Contraception advice and management
- IUD/Mirena counselling, insertion and removal
- Contraceptive hormonal implant insertion and removal
- Sexual health check-ups
- Fertility advice and pregnancy planning
- Pregnancy Care
- Obstetric Shared Care
- Iron infusions
- Incontinence advice and management
A screening mammogram is recommended for all women aged 50 to 74, provided they have been informed about the risks (see below) as well as the benefits of screening. Mammography screening is freely available to women aged 50 to 74, every two years, under the BreastScreen Australia program. Women aged 40-49 and those aged over 74 can also be screened free of charge, but they will not receive invitation letters.
It is also important for women of all ages to get to know the normal look and feel of their breasts. If you notice any changes or feel something unusual, talk to your doctor. These symptoms may not mean that you have breast cancer but your doctor may refer you for a mammogram. If the lump that you or your doctor could feel does not show up on the mammogram, other tests, like an ultrasound, MRI or biopsy, may be done.
Cervical Screening Program
Cervical cancer is largely preventable. Early detection and appropriate treatment can significantly improve cervical cancer survival.
Cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates have halved in Australia since the introduction in 1991 of the National Cervical Screening Program, which the Australian Government has renewed and updated.
Changes to the screening program have made it more effective for all women. In fact, the renewed program is expected to reduce cervical cancer rates and deaths by at least another 20%.
The changes also recognised the introduction in 20076 of a vaccine against specific strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. The new screening program is also designed to work together with the HPV vaccination program, to help reduce the incidence of cervical cancer.
The changes are an improvement for all women, and are even more important for unvaccinated women. Whether you have been vaccinated or not, it’s important to have regular cervical screening tests from the ages of 25 to 74.
- The cervical screening test has replaced the Pap test.
- The new cervical screening test now looks for HPV (which causes almost all cervical cancers), not just abnormal cells (like the Pap test did).
- The new cervical screening test was introduced on 1 December 2017, so if you haven’t had a test since then, you’re now overdue.
- If you have previously had a Pap test, you should have your first HPV cervical screening test two years after your last Pap test.
- A better test means you will only need to screen every five years after your first HPV cervical screening test.1
Bone Mineral Density Scans
Bone Mineral Density scan also known as Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) a BMD scan is a non invasive imaging test which uses differing levels of X-ray energies to determine the density of bones. BMD is used in the diagnosis and monitoring of osteopenia and osteoporosis
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On Site Flu Occupational Vaccinations
We are affiliated with CALMS (1300 422 567)
Skin Cancer Checks
Workers Compensation & Third Party
Travel medical advice & immunisations
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First aid kit advice including prophylactic medications
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Children and Pregnancy travel issues
Travel Health Information
Overseas travel exposes you to wonderful new experiences, but it can also expose you to potentially serious health risks. Remember – your health is your responsibility – with a bit of preparation, you can prevent an illness that could ruin your holiday, or worse.
Page last updated: 04 October 2017
Travel Health Information
Before you leave, it is important to research every country you will visit, and to get advice that is tailored to your health needs. The risk of acquiring an infection and the appropriate preventative measures can be different for older travellers, children, pregnant women or those with underlying chronic diseases.
While you are away, there are some things you need to keep in mind to prevent illness, like preventing insect bites and being careful of what you eat.
When you return, keep an eye on your health. Some diseases may not become apparent until you have returned home and could spread to your loved ones.
What should you do to protect yourself from infectious diseases while overseas?
Before you leave
1. Research your destination and planned activities
The risk of infectious disease differs greatly depending on where you intend to travel and what activities you plan to undertake while overseas. In particular consider:
- Will you be travelling to countries in which food or water quality might be of a lower standard?
- Contaminated food and water can increase the risk of acquiring infections such as gastroenteritis, hepatitis A and some parasites.
- Will you be travelling to wilderness or rural areas where you are likely to be exposed to farm animals or wildlife?
- Animals in many parts of the world may carry rabies. Diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes are a risk in wilderness areas of many parts of the world unless preventative measures are taken.
- Will you be spending a lot of time outdoors where you might be exposed to mosquitoes?
- Mosquitoes can carry serious diseases including malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever.
Information on the health risks associated with many destinations can be found online at:
- World Health Organization
We also suggest you get in touch with the foreign missions of all of the countries you intend to visit or transit through. They can give you specific information about particular health requirements in their countries (e.g. vaccines you may need or medicines you should bring with you). They can also provide you with other information about their country that you could find useful or important.
2. See a doctor well in advance before you leave – even if you are well
Your doctor can advise you on measures which can be taken to avoid infectious diseases to which you might be exposed while overseas. This might include measures to avoid consuming potentially contaminated water or food, medication to reduce the risk of acquiring infections or vaccination against serious disease.
Many diseases which are a risk to travellers can be prevented by immunisation. You should talk to your doctor about any vaccines or boosters you may need. Some diseases that should be considered are:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Meningococcal disease
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- Yellow fever
Some countries still suffer high rates of infection from diseases that are rare in Australia due to our routine childhood vaccination. If you were born overseas, and you are returning to visit friends and family, you should still check with your doctor if you need any immunisations. Your immunity to some diseases may have changed or diminished with time.
Immunisations which are now routine in childhood in Australia should also be considered if travelling to areas where these diseases remain common. Depending on your age and previous medical history, you may not be protected against diseases such measles or polio. It is important to schedule a visit to your doctor at least 6-8 weeks before you travel to allow time to complete any vaccination schedule you undertake.
It is important to note that people who are one year of age or older will be asked to provide an international vaccination certificate for yellow fever if, within six days before arriving in Australia, they have stayed overnight or longer in a yellow fever risk country. Further information for travellers about yellow fever vaccination requirements can be found at Department of Health | Yellow fever – general fact sheet
While you are away
You can reduce the risk of developing an infectious disease when travelling by taking some simple preventative measures. Advice on the main health risks of travelling to particular countries can be found online at Smartraveller or by consulting a doctor experienced in travel medicine.
Some common measures which will help reduce the risk of infectious disease in many parts of the world to which Australians travel are:
1. Protect yourself from insects
The bite of infected mosquitoes is a major way by which infectious diseases can be spread in many parts of the world. Potentially serious diseases which are spread by mosquitoes include:
- Yellow Fever, which occurs in South America, Central America and Africa. Further information for travellers about yellow fever can be found at Department of Health | Yellow fever – general fact sheet
- Malaria, which occurs in Africa, Asia and South America and can be particularly severe in people without previous exposure to the disease.
- Dengue Fever, which occurs in most urban centres in the tropics. Serious outbreaks have occurred in Queensland when ill travellers have returned and infected local mosquitoes.
The most reliable way to make sure you don’t catch a mosquito-borne disease is to wear a mosquito repellent containing DEET or picaridin which will help avoid being bitten by a mosquito. There are other measures you can take to avoid being bitten, including:
- Wearing light coloured, long-sleeved clothes when you’re outdoors
- Avoiding wearing perfume or cologne (some of these can attract mosquitoes)
- Preventing mosquitoes entering your accommodation
- Using a mosquito net at night-time (if mosquitoes are likely to be present)
Mosquito-borne diseases don’t occur in all countries, but it is advisable to talk to your doctor about what vaccinations or medications you might need to take.
2. Be aware of the risk of rabies
Rabies is a virus which can potentially infect any warm-blooded animal and is found in most countries outside of Australia and New Zealand. It is spread through bites or scratches from infected animals. The greatest risk is posed by the types of animals people interact with commonly, such as dogs, but also includes monkeys, bats and rodents. Domestic or zoo animals in many parts of the world are vaccinated against rabies.
Travellers should be very careful around wild or feral animals, especially dogs, in all nations outside Australia and New Zealand. Avoid handling or feeding wild or unvaccinated animals as they might bite or scratch. Animals carrying rabies often do not behave differently or look unwell.
Infections with rabies are very rare but the disease is almost always fatal. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while overseas it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If a bite or scratch is considered sufficiently high-risk it is usual to provide vaccination and immunoglobulin to provide immunity against infection.
Further information for travellers about rabies can be found at Rabies, Australian bat lyssavirus and other lyssaviruses.
3. Think about what you eat and drink
Food-borne illness is a major cause of disease overseas and includes ‘traveller’s diarrhoea’ as well as more serious diseases such as hepatitis A or cholera.
The sources of food-borne illness are not always obvious. A glass of soft drink might be safe but the ice in the glass could be made with contaminated water.
High risk foods include:
- Unpasteurised dairy products
- Raw or minimally cooked meat or seafood
- Reheated food
- Food which has been left exposed to flies
- Food prepared in premises with poor hygiene
Your doctor can provide advice on antibiotics which can be carried if you are at high risk of developing food or water borne infections.
4. Sexually Transmissible Infections
Travellers should be aware of the ongoing risks of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, human papillomavirus, herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS. Condoms are not just for stopping pregnancy. They are also the best way to avoid STIs. Make sure you know how to use a condom properly and always have some with you. The rate of HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis infection in some countries can be very high. Travellers should take precautions if engaging in activities that expose them to risk of infection such as use of contaminated needles and syringes, the use of non-sterile tattooing equipment, or unsafe sex.
Further information can be found at STI Sexually Transmissible Infections website.
5. Medical Tourism
Medical tourism refers to travelling to another country for the purpose of obtaining medical care. Many people who undertake medical tourism do so because treatment is much cheaper in another country. The most common procedures that people undergo on medical tourism trips include cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and heart surgery.
If you plan to travel overseas to receive medical care, including a cosmetic procedure, keep in mind that the quality of care you will receive may be different from that of medical care in Australia. It would be in your best interests to discuss your plans with your healthcare professional before you leave Australia. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has developed a checklist for you to consider before you plan for surgery in another country, which can be found in their.
Further information on Medical Tourism can be found on the Australian Government’sSmartraveller website.
Remember that you are financially responsible for costs incurred during and after treatment. Standard travel insurance is unlikely to cover any extra costs as a result of planned medical treatment abroad. Be honest with your insurance company about your plans and declare any pre-existing medical conditions.
When you return
If you become unwell in the two weeks after your return to Australia see your doctor.
It takes time after you are exposed to an infectious disease for you to become unwell (the incubation period).
For this reason, for the two weeks after you get back from overseas, you should pay close attention to your health.
If you get any of the following symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible.
- Unexplained skin rashes or lesions
- Persistent vomiting
- Persistent diarrhoea
- Unusual bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth or anus
- Swollen glands in your armpits or neck
Prolonged loss of consciousness (not caused by consumption of alcohol, drugs or medications)
- Persistent coughing or difficulty breathing
This list is not exhaustive and if you are feeling unwell after being overseas you should see your doctor. It is important to tell your doctor that you’ve been overseas, where you went and what activities you undertook.
Most diseases acquired by travellers are not serious, but it is important to detect a serious infectious disease early. This allows infectious diseases to be treated as soon as possible and you to take immediate steps to avoid transmitting this disease to others.
If you are concerned about a disease after you have returned to Australia you can also contact the public health unit in your state or territory (see contact details listed below).
Contact details of Public Health Units in each state and territory
Australian Capital Territory
Communicable Disease Control
Department of Health
Phone: (02) 6205 2155
New South Wales
Public Health Units
NSW Department of Health
Phone: 1300 066 055Northern Territory
Centre for Disease Control
Department of Health and Families
Phone: (08) 8922 8044
Communicable Diseases Unit
Phone: (07) 3328 9724
Communicable Disease Control Branch
Department of Health
Phone: 1300 232 272
Communicable Disease Prevention Unit
Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: 1300 135 513
Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Unit
Department of Health
Phone: 1300 651 160
Communicable Disease Control Directorate
Department of Health
Phone: (08) 9388 4852 (office hours) or (08) 9328 0553 (after hours)
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Gungahlin General Practice has been very fortunate to have Dr Shane Collins working at the practice since 2006.
Shane is very experienced, well respected and has a number of post graduate qualifications in addition to his Chiropractic Degree from Macquarie University.
Occupational overuse, Fibromyalgia, chronic spine conditions plus advice on core strength and stretching programs are his particular interests. Shane will provide advice and treatments for pronation (flat feet), knee conditions and tendonitis (Achilles, Hamstring, Tennis elbow and Golfers elbow).
His treatment modalities include:
• Full assessment and diagnosis.
• Dry Needling
• Stretching and strength programs
If you would like to make an appointment with Shane please phone the practice on 6241088 or book online.