19th November, 2020

As of the 19th November, 2020 our Doctors will now be using “BetterConsult”, a pre-consultation questionnaire that is completed by you to give your Doctor a better understanding of the reason for your visit.

This is for patients aged 18 – 70 years. If you have consented to receive SMS from us, you will be sent an SMS from WHMC 24 hours prior to your appointment with a link to complete the questionnaire. If you have not consented to SMS and would like to receive this for future appointments, please give us a call and let us know.

This is completely voluntary but recommended to help get the most out of your consultation with your Doctor.

How does BetterConsult benefit you?

Spend more time talking about treatment –  Focus on discussing treatment options instead of going over symptoms.

Never forget what you want to cover with your GP – Take your time documenting each health concern before your appointment.

Answer questions about your health, in private – Consider your symptoms and medications, in privacy.

Rely on security of your medical data – Document your information securely so that it is only seen by your Doctor.

19th November, 2020

Have you met our specialist GP in skin cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment? Dr Chris Thelander has a special interest in skin checks and skin cancer removal surgeries.

He is able to perform more complex and involved surgeries including facial surgeries involving local flaps and skin grafting.

National Skin Cancer Action Week is a good reminder to keep up to date with regular skin checks and to become more familiar with your own skin, to be able to monitor for any changes in shape, colour or appearance of any moles or spots.

Dr Chris Thelander is available Monday – Friday and is able to see you for your regular skin checks or with any other skin concerns.

15th November, 2020

This week marks National Skin Cancer Action Week and runs from 15th – 21st November! 😎

Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.

This is an important reminder to use sun protection and of the importance of early skin cancer detection.

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, including melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Every year in Australia skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. Around 2000 people die from this disease every year.

However, more than 95% of skin cancer cases are caused by unprotected exposure to UV radiation from the sun, meaning it is a nearly entirely preventable cancer.

There are five simple things you can do to protect yourself and greatly reduce your risk of skin cancer.

☀️Slip on sun-protective clothing

☀️Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outdoors and reapply every two hours afterwards

☀️Slap on a broad-brim hat to protect your face, head, neck, and ears.

☀️Seek shade

☀️Slide on sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian standards

A combination of the five measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are key.

2nd October, 2020

Meningococcal disease is rare, but if contracted, it can progress suddenly. The disease can cause devastating lifelong impairments and can be fatal.

Currently, there are two available vaccines for Meningococcal disease. One vaccine protects against the A, C, W and Y strains and the other vaccine protects against the B strains of the disease. AusTrials is conducting a research study to test a new investigational vaccine that combines the 5 main strains of the disease into the one vaccine (ABCWY).

The study will involve 6 clinic visits over an 18-month period. Participants will be asked to give blood to assess how the body reacts to the vaccine, answer questions about participant health and complete an electronic diary to collect health information after vaccination. In total, participants will receive 4 injections (vaccines).

You may be eligible to take part if:

  • You are healthy and between 10 and 25 years old
  • You have never had a vaccine against any of the 5 Meningococcal strains (A, B, C, W or Y). However, you can still join the study if you received a Meningococcal C strain vaccine at or before 24 months of age.

Qualified participants will receive:

  • Vaccinations and visits at no cost
  • Compensation for time and travel involved in the study

Please contact AusTrials on 07 3278 5255 for further information, or visit their website https://www.austrials.com.au/events/meningococcal-disease-vaccine/

 

1st October, 2020

Telehealth consultations have been extended until 31 March 2021. While telehealth consultations are still available, Medicare have implemented changes to the billing structure. Regular billing arrangements will re-commence at Wellers Hill Medical Centre from 1 October 2020. This means children aged under 13 years and pension card holders will be bulk billed, and a Medicare rebateable fee will apply to patients who do not fit this criteria.

Please note, Medicare still states you must have been seen in our practice by one of our Doctors face to face in the past 12 months to be eligible for a Medicare rebate.

8th September, 2020

Do you suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)?

AusTrials Wellers Hill – collocated here at Brisbane Health Connect – are studying a new antibiotic for the treatment of uncomplicated UTIs.

Participants will receive the study medication or another commonly used antibiotic called nitrofurantoin.

Compensation for the time and travel involved in the study is available.

You may be eligible to take part in this study if you are:

  • Female
  • Aged 12 years and over
  • Experiencing symptoms of UTI in the last three days

Please contact AusTrials on 07 3278 5255 for further information, or go to their website www.austrials.com.au

8th September, 2020

In line with our commitment to excellence in healthcare, education, and research, for over 20 years we have worked in collaboration with “AusTrials” who are involved in clinical research.

We have participated in numerous trials – Respiratory, Immunology, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular, across all age groups. Wellers Hill Medical Centre does not receive any financial incentive from these trials.

Usually clinical trials are conducted within Tertiary institutions.  We, as your Primary Care provider, are privileged to be included in the small number of general practices across Australia, steering trials within the community.

These trials enable our patients to gain early access to new medicines prior to their release on the market.

With the consent of our GP’s, patients who may benefit from certain clinical trials, will be contacted via telephone or post to establish their interest in current research opportunities.  Contact will be made by one of our staff members from the Wellers Hill Medical Centre.

Your participation is completely voluntary, and you can refuse or withdraw at any time.

AusTrials now have their own office on the 3rd floor of the Brisbane Health Connect Building.

1st September, 2020 

We are now asking all our patients as well as visitors to please sign in to register their contact details for potential contact tracing purposes when entering our medical centre.

To help stream line this, we have set up a QR code that you can scan and complete while being triaged at our front entrance, if you do not have access to a smart phone there will be a book set up for you to enter your details instead.

We have decided to take this approach in the event we have a positive COVID-19 case enter our centre, we want to be able to easily assist the Government in providing contact information for contact tracing purposes. Your contact details on this list will be used only for this purpose and will be kept for 2 months. Your details will then be deleted after this time.

As always, we thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

1st September, 2020
Please see the link below for the latest information about the current hotspots in Queensland.
If you have been to any of the locations at the listed times and have any of the following symptoms, regardless of how mild they are, it’s important that you come forward to be tested:
▪️cough
▪️sore throat
▪️shortness of breath
▪️runny nose
▪️fever (or history of fever) or
▪️fatigue
▪️loss of taste or smell
Our first preference is Telehealth consultations, unless you physically need to be assessed by the Doctor.
Telehealth consultations can now be made online through our website or by calling us on 3848 2111.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

21st April, 2020

A current clinical trial is being conducted to learn more about the safety and/or possible side effects that the study vaccines (known as Afluria Quad/ Afluria Quad Junior) have on children aged from 6 months to less than 9 years.

All study related visits, exams, care and study vaccine(s) will be provided at no cost.

If you are interested please speak with your Doctor, ask for a brochure and/or contact Donna at AUSTRIALS Wellers Hill on 0410 212 115 or 3278 5255.

www.austrials.com.au