“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”
— Richard James Molloy
How We Can HelpThis disease is caused by a highly contagious bacterial respiratory infection (Bordetella pertussis) spread by respiratory droplets. The cough may persist for up to 3 months and is especially dangerous for infants. The disease kills about 250 000 children worldwide every year, with some dying of pneumonia and encephalopathy (brain damage).
The disease could be prevented by administering a special vaccine, which is funded in Australia for use in infants (2, 4 and 6 months of age), then at 4 and 15 years of age. The vaccine is also recommended before planning for pregnancy (for both parents and significant carers), for child-care and health-care workers and at 50 years of age. Immunity could wane with time, which is why adult outbreaks of the disease are recorded every few years in Australia. New cases of whooping cough should be excluded from child-care facilities and school, until they have taken 5 days of antibiotics. Any contacts should be treated as well.
Appointments are essential. Usually 15-minute appointments are allocated. If you require a longer appointment, please inform the receptionist when making your booking. In the exception of an emergency, if we are not informed that you require a longer appointment it may be necessary to make another appointment to deal with all your problems.
We try to run on time but this is not always possible and we apologise for any delay. We also encourage patients to ring ahead of their appointment to check the doctor’s progress, we understand your time is important. We do keep a few appointments available for urgent problems each morning and afternoon.
Please advise the receptionist if more than one person in your family needs to be seen, as more than one appointment time is usually required.
Complete medical checkups, insurance, aviation medicals, driving, pre- employment medicals and surgical procedures will always require a longer appointment. Please advise what type of medical you need performed when booking.
07 3880 1444