Oakleigh General Practice Services
Oakleigh General Practice is committed to providing friendly, quality, and reliable healthcare to members of the community in Oakleigh etc.
At Oakleigh General Practice we offer a range of different services to meet your specific health needs and requirements. If you wish to learn more about what services we offer to help you on your health journey please read below for more information.
Many men are known to avoid the doctor, with many men believing they will eventually get better on their own or simply not wanting to a bother a doctor with your troubles. However getting adequate medical treatment is critical to ensuring your long term health, and can often be a first step in detecting serious illnesses early.
Statistically, men die in greater numbers than women for almost every non-gender specific problem, are more likely to see a doctor less often, have shorter visits, and only attend a GP when their illness is in its later stages.
That’s why Oakleigh General Practice is committed to providing quality, understanding health care to men to help them stay happy and healthy for as long as possible. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, men are most likely to die of:
- Ischaemic heart disease
- Trachea and lung cancer
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Cerebrovascular diseases
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases
- Prostate cancer
- Colon and rectum cancer
- Blood and lymph cancer, including leukaemia
That’s why we encourage all men to speak to their GP about any concerns so that we can act early to prevent any serious illness. Additionally, we also specialise in advice for the following conditions:
- Cardiovascular health
- Diet and weight management
- Fertility issues
- Mental health difficulties
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Quitting smoking
- Sexual health and erectile dysfunction
- Substance abuse
- Blood pressure
- Bone density
- Diabetes risk assessment
At Oakleigh General Practice we have several doctor’s with a keen interest in women’s health and have undertaken further study to ensure they can provide sound medical advice to any woman regarding her health.
We understand that a woman’s health needs will change over time, and that’s why we are fully equipped to provide you with any advice or treatment for any stage of your life to ensure your continued happiness and health.
Any patient wishing to discuss their women’s health needs are encouraged to speak to their GP, as we offer a range of consultations including:
- Breast health and checks
- Cervical screen tests
- Contraception advice
- Family planning
- Gynaecological treatments
- Iron deficiency
- Menopause and perimenopause
- Mental health
- Pre-pregnancy planning
- Weight management
- Sleep issues
- Nutrition advice
- Other preventative health measures such as blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes checks.
Unfortunately, kids sometimes get sick, and ensuring they have the best medical care possible so that they can get back to living a happy, healthy life is not only important for their wellbeing but also your own.
Mild illnesses are a part of growing up, and not much can be done to avoid it, but when you see one of our compassionate and friendly staff at Oakleigh General Practice, we promise to provide you with the best possible medical treatment to return your child to health.
At Oakleigh General Practice we believe in teaching you and your family about the importance of health, through education about healthy lifestyle habits, undertaking physical activity, and developing emotional skills. Some of the common illnesses children complain of when visiting Oakleigh General Practice include:
- Ensuring your child is able to hold their attention is an important part of their development, as it may affect their learning, social functioning and behaviour. If your child is struggling to remain focused, a range of strategies can be implemented to improve their attention span, such as building a better diet, lifestyle changes, sleep improvement, medication and other behavioural supports.
- Children with behavioural problems beyond the norm can impact on family harmony, school learning, social functioning and mental health. That’s why early intervention is important to ensure your child’s success.
- Food intolerances are becoming more prevalent in the community. As the foods’ we chose to eat are more processed, grown in poorer soils and of lesser quality, these choices can impact on our gut biome. Elimination diets are the gold standard for diagnosing food intolerances and with our experience some simple changes can make a world of difference. From young babies to toddlers, and even as they are growing, food intolerances can cause issues such as skin rashes, headaches, fatigue, behavioural issues, poor feeding, tummy troubles, asthma and eczema, and are important to identify early to avoid any unnecessary problems.
- Children can get colds as often as once a month, the best treatment for which is usually fluids, comfort and rest. Whilst antibiotics won’t help for a simple cold, seeing a doctor if symptoms continue to persist or worsen will be critical to alleviating your child’s discomfort.
- Conjunctivitis is an infection of the lining of the eyeball and eyelids, with symptoms including red, puffy, sticky and sore eyes. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are very contagious, and it’s important to see your GP as quickly as possible to get the appropriate treatment.
- Gastroenteritis is a common illness faced by children and adults alike, with symptoms including diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting and nausea, stomach cramps and fever. The best treatment is to ensure lots of fluid intake; however, treatment may be required in severe cases.
Our doctors at Oakleigh General Practice are passionate about providing the best possible healthcare for all of our elderly patients. We believe that our patients should still play an active role in their health and wellbeing wherever possible, and strive to provide a respectful and understanding environment for you to make informed decisions.
By working with patients and their families we aim to improve our patient’s independence and reduce their long-term health needs. Common illnesses faced by the elderly include:
- Chronic health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and Arthritis
- Cognitive health
- Mental health
- Physical injury
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Sensory impairments, such as vision and hearing loss
- Oral health
- Bladder control and constipation
Chronic Disease Management:
Chronic diseases and illness are serious conditions that unfortunately cannot be fixed with one or two visits to your GP and require long term treatment. Many people experience complex health complaints over our lives, with these oftening worsening as we age, some people are also born with chronic health issues.
That’s why our doctors at Oakleigh General Practice are fully versed and experienced in treating patients with a range of chronic diseases, including:
- Alzheimer disease and dementia
- Cardiovascular disease
- Diabetes (Type 1 & 2)
- Iron deficiency
- High blood pressure
Our doctor’s can also provide you with a Chronic Disease Management Plan, which can help to treat chronic and complex medical conditions that have been present for over 6 months.
If you would like to our assistance in managing your chronic disease, or would like a health assessment to reduce your risk of chronic disease, please contact us or book an appointment with of our experienced and knowledgeable GP’s to see how we can help you.
All of our doctor’s at Oakleigh General Practice are highly experienced and knowledgeable in immunisation.
Whether you’re looking to keep in line with the National Immunisation Schedule, or if you believe you may have been exposed to a harmful disease and require an immunisation, simply book an appointment with your GP to discuss your needs and we will be more than happy to assist you. The range of vaccines and immunisations you can receive include:
- Childhood vaccines
- Seasonal vaccines, such as the flu shot
- Employment vaccines, such as hepatitis and tetanus
- Pre-pregnancy and new parent vaccines, such as whooping cough and MMR
Knowledge and promotion of family planning is important as it allows people to make informed decisions about their bodies and support the health and development of communities.
The use of contraception allows people to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancy and Oakleigh General Practice supports the decision of many people to access a range of contraceptive methods to keep themselves safe.
Additionally, the use of contraception is important in preventing pregnancy related health issues, reducing infant mortality by preventing closely spaced or ill-timed pregnancies, reducing adolescent pregnancy and slowing population growth.
Fortunately, there are many available forms of contraception available today to reduce the likeliness of pregnancy or protect you against STI’s. Common contraception available today include:
Condoms (male and female)
- This is the only form of contraception that can protect you both from pregnancy and from contracting an STI.
Combined contraceptive pill
- Typically referred to as ‘The Pill’, this medication contains synthetic versions of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which can be used to prevent pregnancy but can also help with painful periods, heavy periods, premenstrual syndrome, and endometriosis.Progestogen-only contraceptive pill
- The progestogen-only pill doesn’t include any oestrogen and is most suitable for women aged over 35 and those who smoke.
- Diaphragms are barrier methods of contraception that fit inside the vagina and prevent sperm from passing through the entrance of the womb.
Intrauterine device (IUD)
- An IUD is a small, T-shaped contraceptive device made from plastic and copper that fits inside the womb (uterus) and is a long-acting and reversible method of contraception, which can stay in the womb for 5-10 years depending on the type. IUD’s are more than 99% effective.
Intrauterine system (IUS)
- Similar to the IUD, a IUS release progestogen instead of copper, and is a long-lasting, reversible method of contraception that lasts for 5 years.
- Contraceptive implants, commonly known as ‘The Rod’, are long-acting, effective, reversible and are a progestogen-only method of contraception that places a small matchstick size piece of plastic under the skin in your arm to prevent pregnancy.
- Female sterilisation is an effective form of contraception that permanently prevents a woman from being able to get pregnant. The operation usually involves cutting or blocking the fallopian tubes, which carry eggs from the ovaries to the womb (uterus). This prevents the eggs from reaching the sperm and being fertilised. It’s a fairly minor operation and many women can return home the same day. This is a non-reversible procedure and should be carefully considered and discussed with your GP.
- A woman can use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex, or if a method of contraception has failed. There are 2 types of emergency contraception:
The emergency contraceptive pill (sometimes called the morning-after pill), which is best taken in the 24 hours after you have unprotected sex. This can be taken up to 5 days later but will be less effective.
- Copper intrauterine contraceptive device (Cu-IUD), is an intrauterine device can also be an effective form of emergency contraception if fitted by a healthcare professional within 5 days (120 hours) of having unprotected sex and will prevent approximately 99% of pregnancies.