About Your Family Practice
WHO ARE 'YOUR FAMILY PRACTICE'?
Your Family Practice opened at 97 Bold Street, Laurieton in 2015. In July, 2020, after developing a specifically designed Medical complex at Lakewood, we
continued to run two medical centres. In February, 2022, the decision was made to consolidate our practice to 106 Sirius Drive, Lakewood. Your Family Practice is committed to assisting in your wellbeing, health promotion and disease prevention by providing the most up-to-date medical advice and treatment possible. We are honoured to have a professional team of doctors, nurses and administration and Allied Health, who are dedicated to offering the best possible patient experience, putting the patient-doctor relationship and continuity of care above all else.
Our Mission Statement
Your Family Practice was created by local families to provide the community with a new excellence in the provision of medical services in the Camden Haven Region.
Our Commitments are to improve the health and wellbeing of patients and staff through health awareness and disease prevention. We will provide the most up to date medical advice and treatments available. We are committed to providing excellent customer service through being professional, honest, loyal and interested in the patient’s health care.
We believe in a team approach for helping you take control of your health and to make improvements in your lifestyle which are achievable and maintainable.
Your Family Practice wants to treat our patients as part of our family to assist you with attaining the best health outcomes possible.
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Family Health Is Our Concern
Your Family Practice is a family-owned medical centre founded to provide much-needed quality healthcare for residents and visitors in the Camden Haven region.
It is our mission to provide the best medical care possible and we are constantly adapting our services to provide better care for the community around us.
Responding to the needs for increased capacity and better provision of services, our plans include the construction of a brand new medical centre.
The new practice will be in Laurieton and will be big enough to provide exceptional general medical care for the entire Camden Haven region.
Along with our 3 dedicated owners, we also have 15 committed staff with a combined total of more than 180 years’ clinical experience.
Your Family Practice is a recognised AGPAL Accredited Medical Practice.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I get my vaccinations prior to travelling?
Consult with your doctor 6 to 12 weeks before you are due to leave for your travels. Some vaccines need more than a single dose, so you need to have time between shots. Time is also needed for your body to develop full immunity after being vaccinated.
What vaccines do I need for travelling?
Your doctor will have access to the most recent information on vaccines relevant to your chosen destinations. Vaccinations are available for many infectious diseases—details follow for some of them (and this is just scratching the surface):
Hepatitis A – a liver disease, common in developing countries with poor sanitation and limited access to clean water, and one of the more common vaccine-preventable diseases in travellers. Prevalent in parts of India, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America. Vaccination against Hepatitis A is recommended if you intend to travel to any of the countries listed.
Japanese Encephalitis – a serious mosquito-borne disease prevalent in Asia and the Torres Strait region of Australia. If you are travelling to Asia or Papua New Guinea, especially rural areas, vaccination is recommended.
Meningococcal – more common in sub-Saharan Africa, and spread by close contact with an infected person.
Rabies – spread via an infected cat, dog, monkey, rat, bat, fox, chipmunk, etc. An animal can have rabies despite not seeming ill. Rabies is present in many countries, including Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Central and South America. Rabies is fatal without appropriate treatment.
Tuberculosis (TB) – is common in developing countries and spread by close contact with an infected person.
Typhoid – is spread through contaminated food or water and is common in developing countries with poor sanitation and limited access to clean water. It is common in parts of Asia, India, Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America.
Yellow Fever – is a severe disease, causing jaundice and failure in the liver and kidneys. Spread by mosquitoes, Yellow Fever is present in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
How effective are flu vaccines?
Influenza is the most common vaccine-preventable disease in Australia. Annual vaccination against the flu is recommended. The virus has a habit of mutating, which means new vaccines every season for new strains of the flu. Healthy people can be hit hard by the flu. But those most vulnerable include those whose health is already compromised, the elderly, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people.
The efficacy of the vaccine depends on the age and the immunocompetence (the body’s ability to produce antibodies in response to an antigen) of the recipient. But, to illustrate, the flu vaccine is 65% effective in children aged between 6 months and 6 years.
How can I tell if I have a skin cancer?
Skin cancer can start out as a simple spot on the skin, usually painless. It’s not easy to say if a growth on the skin is a mole, a benign growth, or skin cancer. Your doctor is in a far better position to make a determination and recommend a course of action.
Pale patches of skin or waxy bumps on the head or neck could be Basal Cell Carcinomas. So too, brownish scars or flesh-coloured lesions on the chest. Suspicions are raised if the spot changes colour, becomes irregular in shape, bleeds, oozes or become crusty in areas.
Squamous Cell Carcinomas can develop as a lump on the skin, often with a rough surface, sometimes forming a reddish, scaly patch.
Fast-growing Merkel Cell Carcinomas can appear as dome-shaped lumps on the skin, sometimes red or purple, and again usually painless.
Melanoma can appear as a dark spot on the skin. Its shape and colour may change as it develops. It might also bleed. Melanoma is responsible for most skin deaths. Your doctor is the best person to ascertain if a spot is melanoma.
What do I bring to a Pre-Employment Medical?
Bring your photo ID with you—driver’s licence or other. The medical will not proceed without proper ID. If you wear glasses, contact lenses, or a hearing aid, you should also bring them.
Work is a real struggle for me. What can I do to feel less anxious?
Many stresses can affect you in the workplace. Troublesome relationships with fellow workers can often be resolved. Your workplace may have policies in place for resolving such difficulties. If your stress stems from factors that cannot be relieved by intervention in the workplace, you might want to speak to a psychologist. You’ll be able to speak in confidence and be heard without judgement. You’ll learn coping mechanisms, including ways to adopt a more neutral position than one which would have you reacting negatively. You might also learn ways to defuse stressful situations through more effective communication.