Integrative Medicine is the blending of traditional/Western treatments with proven complementary and alternative therapies in such a way that is individualised and personalised. It addresses the whole patient in their world, always respectful of choice and autonomy.
There are a variety of reasons why people seek an integrative doctor. These include:
I am a qualified GP with a full range of GP skills, however the YIH platform is designed to provide a deeper consultative role, and can work alongside your GP to assist with managing your health (see next FAQ)
Acute, short-term health issues are best suited to be managed by your usual doctor, unless they are part of an ongoing, recurrent pattern which then requires deeper assessment and investigation. However, I am happy to consult on these if it is your preference.
Your background form would have already been uploaded and assessed. I will then obtain a comprehensive history so I can understand you in your world, advise on your possible diagnoses, then arrange investigations as appropriate. You will be given the opportunity to collaborate with me, and ask questions at any stage of this process.
A patient background form filled in at your convenience is more likely to be inclusive of all the necessary information, as recall of specifics can be difficult when put on the spot during a consultation. The information provided will enhance and maximise our one-on-one appointment time!
Booking a follow up consultation is appropriate to receive results and discuss management related to your initial consultation. Should you require a booking for another issue at a later date, book a consultation with the appropriate time length (15 or 30 minutes)
You can cancel or reschedule your appointment until 24 hours prior to your appointment. If there are extenuating circumstances, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Medicare rebates are unavailable for telehealth consultations unless you have seen the doctor at least once face to face.
You are able to claim a Medicare rebate for pathology/radiology/other investigations and tests that would normally be rebatable.
You will be able to claim a rebate for services provided by a specialist you have been referred to.
You WILL NOT be able to obtain a rebate for a mental health care plan prepared via a phone consultation.
Medical red-tape assistance tends to be administrative-type assistance, and so a medicare rebate for this service may not be possible, depending on your situation. This is regardless of whether via a face-to-face or phone consultation.
Following a standard initial consult fee, you will be advised on further charges.
Period planning is manipulation of the natural menstrual cycle through temporary use of contraceptive pills, in order to delay or suppress a period. It is appropriate for women who wish to avoid the normally troublesome symptoms associated with their menstrual cycle, and maximise enjoyment and/or performance of an upcoming event.
Jet lag prevention planning is manipulation of a traveller's sleep/wake cycle - using medication and behavioural techniques - prior to arrival in order to settle into destination timezone as seamlessly as possible. It is appropriate for people who wish to avoid troublesome jet lag symptoms experienced with long-haul travel, and ease acclimatisation to their destination time-zone.
While I specialise in the health issues of women, I have also continued to look after men, and welcome them to YIH.