Meet Our Friendly Doctors

Dr Jason Wu  MBBS(QLD), FRACGP

After graduating from the University of Queensland, Dr Wu was based mainly at the Royal Brisbane and Prince Charles Hospitals, and even acted as Medical Superintendent at the Augathella General Hospital, prior to training in General Practice.  After being granted fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Dr Wu is thorough in his approach in all areas of General Practice, with particular interest in Men's Health, Children's Health, chronic conditions, surgical procedures, and skin cancer surgery (including flaps).

Workdays: Mondays to Saturdays

Dr Ada Tam  MBBS (QLD), FRACGP

After Graduating from the University of Queensland, Dr Tam completed her internship at Redcliffe Hospital, and then went on to work at the Royal Brisbane and Prince Charles Hospitals.  She then trained and acquired fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.  Dr Tam is knowledgeable in all areas of General Practice.  Her interests lie in Nutritional Medicine, Weight management, Diabetes, Women's Health and Preventive Health.

Workdays: Mondays to Fridays, and some Saturdays

Dr Deborah McAlister                MBBS, FRACGP, DRCOG,DFFP

After graduation in UK, Dr McAlister trained for Fellowship of General Practice both in UK and in QLD. Dr McAlister is experienced in all areas of general practice, and has acquired special skills in birth control procedures like insertion of coils and hormone implants, and has particular interest in family planning, and women's health.

Workdays: Mondays to Fridays, some Saturdays 

Dr Julia Lim  

MBChB, FRACGP ,MRCGP, DRCOG, DCH, DFFP

Graduated in England and now holding Fellowship of Royal Australia College of General Practitioners in QLD, Dr Lim can assist you in all areas of general practice.  She particularly has interest in Women’s Health, including insertion and removal of birth control coils and implants.

Workdays: Wednesdays & Fridays

Dr Amelia Stephens   

BSc, MBBS (Qld),FRACGP

Dr Amelia Stephens graduated from University of Queensland and is currently completing her Fellowship for RACGP.  She will be working part-time at Clayfield Medical Centre in 2015 as well as another part-time position at the University of QLD as Associate Lecturer/Academic Registrar furthering her interests in medical education and research. Amelia has a deep interest in Women’s health, and also equally enjoys exploring Men’s and Children’s health. Additional skills - insertion and removal of contraceptive implants.

Workdays: Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, some Saturdays

Dr Julia Sze Wai Ooi      

MBBS (QLD), FRACGP

Dr Julia Sze Wai Ooi is a medical graduate from the University of Queensland.   After working in various hospitals around the state, she opted for a career in General Practice through the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.  With extensive experience especially in women's and children's health, preventative medicine and chronic disease management, she believes in providing the highest quality care for her patients.  She has also lived in Africa where she volunteered accumulating knowledge in tropical diseases and travel medicine.

Workdays: Thursdays

WE ALSO HAVE A DIETITIAN HERE!

Meet Louisa Stephens, our lovely and knowledgable dietitian who comes here every second thursday afternoon. Louisa can help people from all ages reach optimal health through her diet advice.  Please book on Louisa's website www.nutritionwisdom.com.au if you wish to

lose weight 

improve cardiovascular fitness

optimize your chances of falling pregnant, or are already pregnant, or breastfeeding

suffer from diabetes, cancer, eating disorder, or irritable bowel

improve your child's eating habits, etc

 

Our Services

Manage your health and wellbeing with a visit to one of our GPs at Clayfield Medical Centre for services including:

* Accident & Emergency

* Family Planning (includes contraceptive coils & implants)

* Pregnancy Care, Post-birth check-ups, Baby checks

* Pap smears

* Women's & Men's Health & Child Health

* Vaccinations (adults & children)

* Weight Management, Nutrition Advice, Integrative Medicine

* ECGs

* Asthma checks and Asthma management plans

* Home medication reviews

* Chronic Health Care Plans (to access medicare rebate when seeing allied health        providers eg. dentist, dietitian, physiotherapist, podiatrist, diabetic educator, osteopath,    chiropractor, etc)

* Counselling & Mental Health Plans (to access medicare rebate when seeing private psychologist)

* Industrial medical consultations, Pre-employment/VISA medicals,       45-49 year old & Seniors’ Health Assessments

* Sports medicine

* Laser Acupuncture for soft tissue injuries

* Travel advice

* Minor surgery (eg. suturing wounds, removal of skin lesions, ingrown toenail operations, foreign body removal, etc), skin check and skin cancer treatment, liquid nitrogen for sunspots and warts, ear-syringing

* Allergy desensitizations & Allergy Action Plans

* Nutritional & Weight Management advice

* SOME OF OUR DOCTORS ARE BILINGUAL - can speak mandarin +/- cantonese chinese to cater for chinese-speaking patients

 

NOTES TO PATIENTS

 

Reminders & Recalls

 

Our practice is committed to preventive care.   Your doctor will seek your permission to be included on our reminder system.  We may issue you with a reminder notice or a phone call from time to time offering you preventive health services appropriate to your care.   You may also be recalled by phone or letter, or SMS, if there are significant test results available that require your return for a consultation with the doctor about further management of your health condition.  

Results

To maintain a proper duty of care, we are unable to give results, scripts, referrals, or medical advice over the phone.  The only time you may call for results is when the doctor has specifically made arrangements with you at the time the tests were ordered.  It is not only unsafe for the patient, but may have medicolegal implications for a doctor to give any significant results or medical advice without having a face-to-face consultation. This also applies to partners and parents of 16 years old or over requesting medication or advice in the patient's absence. 

Repeat Prescriptions

 

It is essential that your condition is reviewed and the suitability of your medications reassessed, before any repeat prescriptions are issued.  If you have not been to Clayfield Medical Centre for the previous 2 months or more, you would not be issued any repeat prescriptions, without coming in for an assessment. On occasions, due to exceptional circumstances, a limited supply (max. 1 month) of a regular prescription can be issued, at the discretion of the prescribing regular doctor, at a fee from $10 (patient pick-up) or $25 (if faxed to the requested pharmacy).  Under such exceptional circumstances, the patient must still be reviewed within the month before further prescriptions are issued.  

Medical Certificates

Medical certificates will not be issued for non-medical reasons, except for bereavement or family support.  The patient must be seen at the time of the illness for a medical certificate to be issued. Medical certificates are legal documents, hence backdating is illegal. 

Repeat Referrals

Medicare requires the GP to see and assess a patient before any specialist referral is made. This allows for appropriate choice of specialist for the condition concerned, and ensures timely access to the appropriate specialist services.  GP referrals are valid for 12 months.  It is intended that patients attend their GP at least annually for reassessment to ascertain if a specialist visit is still indicated, and to ensure that the content of the referral is up- to date, and appropriate.  

If you see any specialist without a GP referral, you need to bear the cost of the specialist consultation, as no Medicare rebate will be payable.  The specialists' receptionists have a duty to inform patients PRIOR to the specialist consultation, that a new referral is required.  

The fee for providing a referral for a pre-existing condition known to the GP and previously referred by the GP, without a consultation, is $35 (including fax cost), and this provision may only be made under exceptional circumstances, and is subject to the discretion of the GP.  No referrals would ever be issued for any new condition or any pre-existing condition for which the GP has not referred for previously.  

Like medical certificates, referrals can never be backdated, as it is illegal to do so.  

Medication Lists

It is advisable that you show your doctor at your first consultation a list of your current medications and their correct dosages, to assist in proper management of your conditions.

No Shows

Repeated non-attenance at appointments without prior cancellation will incur a penalty fee.  Other patients may require medical attention but are unable to book in, so your co-operation in cancelling an unwanted appointment with at least 2 hours' notice is important, so that other patients can take the appointment time you no longer require.

Contagious Conditions

if you suspect that the problem you present with may be contagious, please advise the receptionist over the phone at the time of booking, or as soon as you arrive, so that our staff may escort you to a room away from other patients or provide you with a face mask to wear, to prevent transmitting your condition to other patients in the waiting room.  

Priority of prevention

Prevention is better than cure. As well as providing treatment for your conditions, we at Clayfield Medical Centre strive to provide you with holistic advice and care that will keep you healthy.
Our doctors will give you the latest and useful information that you need to know about travelling, vaccinations, seasonal flu, cancer prevention, and allergies, so you can avoid being sick or incapacitated and enjoy your life to the full.

  

NEVER TOO EARLY TO WORRY

 

You would be surprised at how many people develop conditions like high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancer before they turn 40.

There is a larger medicare rebate for patients between the age of 45 and 49, as well as anyone at 75 years old and over, for a comprehensive health check at a general practice, in order to screen for conditions, like the above, which may not give you any obvious symptoms.   Please make a long appointment with one of our nurses for a health assessment, followed straight away by a long assessment with one of our doctors, so that you can be thoroughly checked for any problems you may not realize you have. 

Remember, prevention is better than cure.   Better to get on top of a problem when it is early, than let it get on top of  you when it is too late!

 

TRAVEL WISE, TRAVEL SAFE

Having vomiting, abdominal cramps, passing wind, diarrhoea, fever, or respiratory symptoms are not exactly anyone's idea of having a fun holiday.  A lot of travellers are not aware of the need to take some precautionary measures before going overseas.   There may be huge risks to your health in not getting certain vaccinations and preventive medications before going to many countries in Asia, Africa, South America, and even Europe. 

Please make an appointment with one of our doctors at Clayfield Medical Centre, and we can advise you on what you need for your destination.  Please bring along your itinery to your visit with us.

Q & A About Childhood Vaccinations

I don’t object to vaccinations, but is it a big deal if I don’t immunise my child?

Over the recent years, childhood vaccinations have been a topic of intense debate – amongst both the scientific researchers and parents.  Most parents are aware of the benefits of vaccinations and go ahead with vaccinating their child.  However, you may ask, “Is it a big deal if I don’t vaccinate my child, since most of the things we vaccinate for are not common in our society anymore?”

Well, that is precisely the reason we vaccinate.  Simple diseases such as polio or measles are now an uncommon occurrence in our society purely because of vaccinations, not because we are a cleaner and more advanced society.  Research has shown that if the vaccination rate reaches a target of 90%, then the disease can be “stamped out” in the community.  

Australian data shows only about 3% of the population object to vaccinations for whatever reasons, but immunization rates are only around the 90% mark.  This means, while only 3% refuse vaccinations, the others are complacent and not active in getting their child fully vaccinated.  A fall in immunization rates can lead to a recurrence of diseases in the community.  A good example of this is Whooping cough (Pertussis) which is now prevalent in our communities and, to a lesser extent, Measles, which has also made a come back. Therefore, don’t become complacent and get your children fully immunised.    

Should I get my child immunized against meningococcal B? The vaccine costs about $130 each!

Meningitis is transmissible by respiratory droplets and saliva, hence tends to be transmitted via sharing of drinking and food utensils, kissing, etc.  There are a number ofstrains of bacteria that may cause meningitis.  Some cases of meningitis is due to viruses.  The most common cause of the deadly cases meningitis in our community is from the bacteria meningococcal B.  The vaccine against meningococcal B is now available in our country but is not amongst the government-funded vaccines.  Hence it is not included in the free vaccine programme offered in any local general practices of community centres. However, you may purchase this vaccine for approximately $130 from which part may be rebatable through some private health funds.   You should check with your private health insurer about your cover.  

Anyone over 12 months of age require only 2 meningococcal B vaccines  (at least 2 months apart for 12 months to 10 years old, and at least 1 month apart for 11 to 50 years of age; no efficacy data available for >50 years old at the time of writing).  Those under 12 months old would require between 3-4 vaccines depending on their age (the last vaccine is required at 2nd year of life), with vaccines minimum 1-2 months apart.  Because of the proximity of young kids to each other at day care and at kids'parties, and kids who are frequent inpatients at hospitals for medical reasons, it is generally recommended for these kids to start the vaccine programme for meningococcal earlier. 

 

Joining us is worth it

patient and doctor patient and doctor

Forming a relationship with Clayfield Medical Centre is an opportunity to be well and stay well. Our practice welcomes everyone wherever you live, and for those living nearby we can be your local healthcare service that knows you and your family's medical history.

DID YOU KNOW...

By Dr Ada Tam

1. Vitamin D deficiency is much more common than one would expect in a sunny country like     Australia.  Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with conditions like osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases,  cardiovascular diseases, aches and pains, depression, some pregnancy complications, many types cancers, and other conditions.   The deficiency may be strongly linked to our lifestyle, and even obesity. 

Please make an appointment with us at Clayfield Medical Centre so that we can check your vitamin D levels and discuss how you can improve on your absorption and intake, and even your entire lifestyle in general.

 

2. Bloating, abdominal pains, bowel changes are very common symptoms, and there are a broad range of causes for such symptoms.  Some causes are more serious than others.  Please come in to Clayfield Medical Centre for a full assessment, so that we can work out why you have such annoying gut symptoms, and form a management plan for you.

 

3. Precancerous changes of the cervix, and even cervical cancer may not give you any symptoms at all.   You may expect some abnormal bleeding or pain, but this is not always the case!  Therefore, it is important for you to have a pap smear every 2 years (more frequent pap smears if you have had abnormalities in your pap smears in the past).   Please make a long appointment with one of our friendly female doctors for a pap smear and a comprehensive woman's check-up if you have not had a check up like this for 2 years.   The best time for a pap smear is 7-10 days after your periods finish (assuming a regular normal menstrual cycle).

 

4. Diabetes may not necessary give you much symptoms.  Hence, you may think that it seems such a pain to miss out on that nice piece of cake or chocolate at parties, such a hassle having to take all your pills,  insulin injections, and having to prick your finger everyday to check your blood sugar levels.  However, if you do not manage your diabtes properly, you may suffer serious complications like heart attacks, strokes, going blind, kidney failure, and even losing sensation in your feet, or worse, needing your lower limbs amputated as a result of damage from poor circulation.  These are only some of the common problems associated witih diabetes.  So if you are diabetic, and next time you are tempted to put that lollie in your mouth, please think again. 

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AUSTRALIAN PRIVACY PRINCIPLES (APP) ARE OBSERVED AT THIS PRACTICE

This practice will only interpret and apply a patient's consent for the primary puirpose for which it is provided. Practice staff must seek additional consent from the patient if the personal information collected may be used for any other purpose.

Personal information will only be used for the purpose or providing medical services and for claims and payments, unless otherwise consented to.  Some disclosure may occur to third parties engaged by or for the Practice for business purposes, such as accreditation or for the provision of information technology.  These third parties are required to comply with this policy.  The practice will inform the patient where there is a statutory requirement to disclose certain personal information (eg. some diseases require mandatory notification).

The practice will not disclose personal information to any third party other than in the course of providing medical services, without full disclosure to the patient or the recipient, the reason for the information transfer and full consent from the patient.  The practice will not disclose personal information to anyone outside Australia without need and without patient consent.

Exceptions to disclose without patient consent are where the information is:

- required by law

- necessary to lessen or prevent a serious threat to a patient's life, health or safety, or public health or safety, or it is impractical to obtain the patient's consent

- to assist in locating a missing person

- to establish, exercise, or defend an equitable claim

- for the purpose of a confidential dispute resolution process

Our practice will not use any personal information in relation to direct marketing to a patient without that patient's express consent.

Our practice evaluates all unsolicited information it receives to decide if it should be kept, acted on, or destroyed.

Our practice acknowledges patients may request access to their medical records. Patients are encouraged to make this request in writing.

Our practice takes reasonable steps to keep up to date personal information held at our practice about our patients, and to correct such personal information where necessary.  Patients may also request the practice corrects or update the information recorded about themselves, and should make such request in writing.