Melbourne Stage 3 restrictions and Your HEALTH

Your HEALTH and stage 3 restrictions in Melbourne
Your HEALTH and stage 3 restrictions in Melbourne
How your health can be affected by the new restrictions

Welcome to Week 1 of the reimplementation of Stage 3 restrictions for those that live in the Melbourne Metropolitan area.

Era Health Doctor Melbourne CBD is open and operating as normal and providing both face-to-face and Telehealth consultations during this new Melbourne Stage 3 restrictions.

Telehealth is a great option for those not wanting to attend the clinic especially for those living outside the Stage 3 zones. With Telehealth, we can provide:-

• Consultations for many (but not all) medical conditions;
• Prescriptions for your medication(s);
Chronic care plans;
• Mental health consultations and care plans; and
• Medical and WorkCover certificates.

It is important not to let minor health conditions become worse during this period just because you may feel reluctant to visit a health professional. We are here to help.

How to book Bulk Billed Tele-Health Consultation at Era Health?

You can book a Telehealth appointment on our website using the “Book Telehealth Online” button, or you can call the clinic to arrange it.

For Telehealth appointment, you will receive a call around your appointment time.

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Clinic hours: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM Monday-Friday (excluding public holidays)

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¿Cuáles son las condiciones de salud que no pueden esperar hasta que COVID 19 termine?



¿Cuáles son las condiciones de salud que no pueden esperar hasta que COVID 19 termine?

La atención médica ha cambiado dramáticamente en el mundo desde COVID 19 y Australia no es una excepción. Visitar tu centro médico cercano solía ser una práctica común, pero debido al Coronavirus y la cantidad de infecciones, la mayoría de los pacientes son reacios a visitar a su médico. Además, algunos médicos trabajan desde su casa y solo ofrecen visitas de telesalud y esta situacion pospone la atención médica de rutina.

Sin embargo, desafortunadamente, los problemas de salud no se detienen en esta pandemia.
Es por eso que, dependiendo de tu condición, las consultas cara a cara son más cruciales que nunca.
Entonces, ¿qué constituye la necesidad de atención? Estas son las condiciones de salud que no pueden esperar hasta que termine COVID 19. Estos son los problemas de salud más apremiantes que requieren que usted visite a un médico de inmediato.

1- Tiene síntomas graves de coronavirus
2- dolor en el pecho
3- sangrado rectal
4- Hinchazón de piernas en una pierna, con o sin dolor en la pantorrilla
5- Una infección de la piel que empeora
6- Pérdida de conciencia
7- un corte profundo
8- hueso roto
9- Síntomas de accidente cerebrovascular
10- Falta de aliento repentina
11- dolor severo
12- Una emergencia dental
13- Dolor abdominal severo
14- Síntomas de ataque al corazón
15- Infecciones del tracto urinario
16- ETS (enfermedad de transmicion sexual)
17- El herpes zóster
18- Alergias
19- Una reacción alérgica severa
20- Meningitis

En Era Health, ofrecemos tanto consultas personales como servicios de telesalud.
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What are the Health conditions that can’t wait until COVID 19 is over?

Face to Face Appointment with a General Practitioner in Melbourne
Health conditions that can't wait until COVID 19 is over
Health conditions that can’t wait until COVID 19 is over

Health conditions that can’t wait until COVID 19 is over

Health care has changed dramatically in the world since COVID 19. and Australia is not an exception. Visiting your Medical centre nearby used to be a common practise, but because of the Coronavirus and the number of infections, most patients are reluctant to visit their doctor. Also, some doctors are working from home, only offering telehealth visits, and routine medical care is being postponed.

However, unfortunately, health problems don’t stop in this pandemic.
That is why, depending on your condition, face to face consultations are more crucial than ever.
So what constitutes the need for care? Here are the health conditions that can’t wait until COVID 19 is over. These are the most pressing health problems that require you to visit a doctor immediately.

1- You Have Severe Coronavirus Symptoms
2- Chest Pain
3- Rectal Bleeding
4- Leg Swelling In One Leg, With Or Without Calf Pain
5- A Worsening Skin Infection
6- Loss Of Consciousness
7- A Deep Cut
8- Broken Bone
9- Stroke Symptoms
10- Sudden Shortness Of Breath
11- Severe Pain
12- A Dental Emergency
13- Severe Abdominal Pain
14- Heart Attack Symptoms
15- Urinary Tract Infections
16- STDs
17- Shingles (Zoster)
18- Allergies Or Hay Fever
19- A Severe Allergic Reaction
20- Meningitis

At Era Health, we offer both face-to-face consultations as well as Telehealth services.
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How to choose the perfect Medical Centre near me?

Find the Best Medical Centre near me
Medical Centre near me
How to choose the perfect Medical Centre near me?


How to choose the perfect Medical Centre near me?

Are you living in Melbourne and looking for a new Medical Centre? There are a few things you need to look for to find the right medical Centre in Melbourne CBD, so here is what you need to know.

In Australia, over 400,000 people visit their general practitioner.

Now, from all of 400,000 people, only very few are happy with the Medical Clinic they choose.

The question here is why it is so hard to find the right Medical Centre near me?

The simple answer is because before going to visit a new GP, you need to be prepared to perform proper due diligence.

Do you know that there are approximately 28,000 registered practitioners in Victoria alone? That means they we have a lot to choose from but asking the right question we can be much closer to landing in the optimal Medical Clinic.


Here are the Top Tips to Find the best Medical Centre near me.


1- Mapping out your local area

If there is not a Medical Centre close to your home or work, try to find the nearest one.

Your GP must be close to your home or work in the case that you need to rush to see him. The last thing that we want is feeling seek and must travel far to your clinic. Preferent a walking distance is the ideal.

2- Ask your family and friends 

Most likely, you know what you want. However, it can still be beneficial to ask people that you trust like your friends and family if they can recommend a General Practitioner.

People experience over time can be very useful, especially about a Doctor or a Medical Centre.

As we all are different, you must understand the needs and values of the adviser before we ask for a recommendation. If they closely align with your own, then add them to your shortlist to check out.

Sometimes we do not have the people to ask for advice, and that is ok. These days we can rely on Online reviews. In my opinion, Google reviews are the most effective way to get real opinions.

Let’s say that you search for Medical Centre near me, the first three results (called 3 pack Google My business) will show the number of starts and amount of reviews. The more reviews the medical Centre has, the more confident I am that the reviews are real.

As a rule, more than 50 reviews are a good indicator that what you are reading is most likely correct. Also, if the clinic or Doctor shows only five stars reviews, I would not trust very much, as it is hard to believe that every single patient received an outstanding experience.

3- Quality Control

There are several ways that you can check if your Medical Centre has the quality of care that you need. Firstly, those reviews I mentioned earlier are the right place to start.

Secondly, check that your General practitioner is registered with the Medical Board of Australia; this means the Doctor must be up to date on the latest practices and information.

Also, and perhaps the most critical aspect of quality control is that the medical Centre is an accredited clinic. But what is general practice accreditation?

According to RACGP, Accreditation is an integral part of safe and quality general practice in Australia. General practice accreditation is an independent recognition that practices meet the requirements of the governing national industry Standards. The standards are set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

By undergoing independent assessment, the award of accreditation reassures practice owners, staff,  and patients that the practice is meeting the safety and quality standards,  by the RACGP.

A clinic to be accredited takes a lot of time and work. The preparation usually takes up to 3 years. If your Medical Centre is an accredited clinic, you can be sure that the clinic reaches the necessary standards to practise.

4- Cold Call Research

Now, you should have an excellent shortlist of clinics by far, and the next step is to call each of the practices. Phone etiquette of the practice tells a lot in the way of how they treat a patient.

There are some questions that you can ask about the following:

  • How they fulfil repeat prescriptions?
  • How do they let you know about test results?
  • What are the different ways you can book an appointment? Online, email, telephone, etc.

5- Trust Your Gut Feelings

Take everything we have discussed today into consideration when making your final choice. However, you also must go with what feels right for you.

Make an appointment in the clinic near you and see how you feel about the Doctor in person. At the end of the day, your feeling about the Doctor is critical.

You should feel comfortable discussing any aspect of your health with your General Practitioner. Working through the steps that we have presented to find your right clinic and then go with your instincts.

At Era Health Doctor Melbourne CBD, we manage all your Medical needs in one clinic.

Era Health Doctor Melbourne CBD provides medical services through our highly experienced General Practitioners. Here are some of our services

Skin Checks, HIV Rapid Test, Travel Doctor, Mental Health Services, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Family Planning, Vaccination, Aviation Medicals, Diving Medicals, Weight Management, Executive Health Assessments, and More.

In times of Covid 19 we are offering the following services as well.

Telehealth or face-to-face consultations

Did you know you can book and attend your appointments at Era Health Doctor Melbourne CBD via Telehealth or face-to-face consultations?

Until 30 of September 2020 patients are eligible to use telehealth via phone or video for all regular appointments, GP management plans and mental health plans, so there is no need to wait for your health needs even if you are isolating at home.

For GP telehealth consultations will be bulk-billed for patients experiencing financial difficulties due to the current crisis.

Flu Vaccination

With the 2020 flu season arriving in Melbourne, the Flu Vaccination is even more critical than ever in 2020. Era Health Doctor Melbourne CBD is offering Flu shots for new and current patients.

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Telehealth and face-to-face Doctor consultations Melbourne CBD

Tele Health appointments - Melbourne
Telehealth Appointments Melbourne CBD
Now, more than ever your health needs to be your priority. Telehealth Appointments


Telehealth Appointments

Now, more than ever your health needs to be your priority. Telehealth or face-to-face consultations are here to help


Did you know you can book and attend your appointments at Era Health Doctor Melbourne CBD via Telehealth or face-to-face consultations?


Until 30 of September 2020 patients are eligible to use telehealth via phone or video for all regular appointments, GP management plans and mental health plans, so there is no need to wait for your health needs even if you are isolating at home.

For GP consultations, telehealth consultations will be bulk-billed if you have a health care card, are over 70, ATSIC or have a chronic health condition. Any patients experiencing financial difficulties due to the current crisis will also be bulk-billed for telehealth.


For Psychologist consultations- teleheatlh consultations are available, but you need to ensure that you have a current mental health care plan to be eligible for medicare re-imbursement.


How to book Telehealth Appointments:


You can book a telehealth appointment on our website using the “Book Now” button or via the Appointuit Online Booking App – the same way you would book any normal appointment, or you can call the clinic to arrange this.

For phone appointments, you will receive a call around your appointment time


Flu Vaccination

At Era Health Doctor Melbourne CBD, you can have your Flu Vaccination, WE STILL HAVE STOCK.

The vaccines are quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs) and are available for everyone aged 6 months or over.

The flu vaccine is free for those aged 6 months – 5 years and those aged 65 years or over. There is a small fee for all others.  Please note that consultations for the flu vaccination only are bulk billed.

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Coronavirus: Symptoms and What to Do

Coronavirus Update 16 March 2020

Coronavirus: what are the symptoms and how to act when you think you could be infected. 

Coronavirus: Symptoms and What to Do – Update 15 March 2020

The coronavirus or better known as COVID-19, whose first cases were detected in early December 2019 in China, remained at the center of the world scene after its expansion around the world. Most infected people experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more serious in some cases. The risk groups are those over 65 years old and patients with pre-existing diseases. 


What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Some of them are high fever, chills, shortness of breath, sore throat, cough, muscle pain, and runny nose. The most complex cases are registered in the risk groups.


How to prevent coronavirus?

The World Health Organization lists several tips that are generally applied to reduce the risk of respiratory infections.

• Wash your hands frequently with an antiseptic gel, or with soap and water. The virus can be transmitted by touching contaminated or diseased surfaces, so this hygiene action reduces risks.

• Regularly clean certain surfaces such as desks in workplaces.

Self assessment for risk of coronavirus COVID-19

Ensure that information on COVID-19 comes from reliable sources such as national public health agencies, medical professionals, or the World Health Organization itself. It is important to understand that the COVID-19 usually begins with fever or dry cough, not with nasal discomfort.

• Avoid travelling when symptoms of fever or cough occur: if there is discomfort during a flight, immediately inform the crew, and once at home, contact health professionals, informing where you have been.

• When you need to cough or sneeze, always do it on the arm sleeve (not on the hand) or use a handkerchief that should be thrown away immediately, and then wash your hands.

• People over 65 years of age or patients with health problems such as cardiovascular, respiratory or diabetes disease are at greater risk of complications from potential infection, so extra precautions should be taken, avoiding crowded areas or places where they could be in contact with potentially infected people. These people at high risk should perform voluntary isolation in their homes.

• If you feel unwell, stay home and call a doctor or health professional, Era Health Doctor Melbourne CBD offers Telehealth Appointment for all new or current patients. 


Tele Health appointments - Melbourne

• Avoid showing up spontaneously to an emergency department if you are uncertain about your conditions. 

To be tested, it is important that patients fall into one of the three categories of the suspected case below:

A. Patients that have clinical and epidemiological criteria, which means: fever or acute respiratory infection AND international travel in the 14 days before the onset of illness, or close contact in the 14 days before illness onset with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Please note that casual contact is no longer a trigger for testing.

B. Patients that have severe community-acquired pneumonia (who are critically ill) and no other cause is identified, with or without recent international travel.

C. The patient is a healthcare worker with direct patient contact who has a fever (≥ 37.5) AND an acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat).

 For more information visit Era Health Doctor Melbourne CBD www.era or Call us at 9944 6200


What it is a Fitness for Duty, and what are the benefits?

Fitness for Duty Melbourne


What it is a Fitness for Duty, and what are the benefits?


Fitness for Duty assessments is designed to ensure an employee is physically fit and capable of carrying out the tasks associated with their particular job description. The fit to work assessment is a vital aspect of the injury management process for your staff as well as being essential to the operation of risk management for the company.




  • Helps you manage and assess the health issues of your staff.
  • Assists in the risk management process of your company.
  • Assists in the worker’s compensation and injury management process of your workforce.
  • Assists with injury rehabilitation
  • Contributes to health and safety in the workplace
  • Complies with Workers’ Compensation legislation.
  • This service is available through Era Health Work Solutions in Melbourne and Australia wide.





At Era Health, we pride ourselves on the attention to detail contained in our fitness for duty examinations and assessments. With an extensive consultation with the employee and managers, we aim to acquire a thorough understanding of their job description and the requirements of their position. A complete medical examination will ascertain the fitness and readiness of the employee to return to work.


A full written report is prepared, which contains the findings of our team, gives concise medical information and outlines specific recommendations if applicable.


Employees who are not physically or mentally fit for work constitute a danger to themselves as well as to others in the workforce. The purpose of an Era Health Fitness for Duty assessment is to conduct a full evaluation of an employee’s capability to remain at, or return to, their position. The comprehensive report applies to workers’ compensation and permanent disability claims.


If you need more information you can visit our website  or you can call on 03 9944 6200

Keto diet for beginners

Keto diet for beginners

What is Keto or Ketosis?
If you are Keto diet  beginner,  Keto means fat burning
When you burn fat, the fat breaks down into what’s called Ketones where the body can use it as an alternative fuel, a much better fuel-source than sugar fuel. It lowers blood sugar and insulin levels and shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones.

Type of Keto diets
What are the Best Type of Keto Diets

Different Types of Ketogenic Diets

There are many types of ketogenic diet, including:

Standard ketogenic diet (SKD): This is a very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs (1Trusted Source).
Cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD): This diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds, such as five ketogenic days followed by two high-carb days.

Targeted ketogenic diet (TKD): This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts.

High-protein ketogenic diet: This is similar to a standard ketogenic diet but includes more protein. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein and 5% carbs.

Reduce weight on a Keto diet
Reduce weight on a Keto diet

Can I reduce weight on a Keto diet?

The answer is yes. A ketogenic diet is a great way to lose weight and reduce many risk factors for disease such as Cancer.

Healthy Ketosis is a version of regular Ketosis based on a principle where you must “Get healthy first, then lose the weight.” And “get healthy” means related to eating healthy, high-quality foods that are providing all of your nutrients.

The number of carbs that you can eat in a ketogenic diet is between 20–50 grams per day. probably its sound challenging, but lots of foods will fit into this diet. That is why we have created this blog for Keto diet for beginners so you can have a better understanding of what is involved.

We have selected 9 most healthy foods to eat on a ketogenic diet.

Seafood on a Keto diet Melbourne CBD
Seafood on a Keto diet


1. Seafood
Fish is very keto-friendly food. Probably Salmon is the number one superfood. It is very rich in B vitamins, potassium and selenium, and cero carb.
Sardines, mackerel and other fatty fish as well are very high in omega-3 fats.
Low-Carb Vegetables Melbourne CBD
Low-Carb Vegetables
2. Low-Carb Vegetables

Starchy vegetables such as Potato, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin you should avoid them in a Keto Diet. Contrary Non-starchy vegetables are low in calories and carbs and provide lost of nutrients, like vitamin C and several minerals.

Here is a list of 20 best veggies for a Ketogenic Diet

Bell Peppers








Green Beans





Brussels Sprouts







3. Cheese

Cheese is great to eat on the keto diet. But not all cheeses are created equal. Learn which cheeses are healthy, which cheeses to avoid, and where cheese fits into your ketogenic diet.

4. Avocados

Here we have another superfood. Avocados are high in several vitamins and minerals, including potassium, an important mineral many people may not get enough of.  Also, Avocados offer a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They also contain lots of fibre to help digestive health.

Meat and Poultry On A Keto Diet Melbourne City
Meat and Poultry On A Keto Diet

5. Meat and Poultry

Meat and poultry are considered an important part of a ketogenic diet.

Fresh meat and poultry contain no carbs and are rich in B vitamins and several minerals, including potassium, selenium and zinc. Dieters often give up fatty steaks and pork for leaner cuts of meat like chicken breast. But people on the ketogenic diet understand the important role of fatty steaks and pork for Keto lifestyle diet.

6. Eggs

Eggs are one of the healthiest and most versatile foods on the planet. Eggs are perfect for breakfast on a low-carb diet such as Keto and extremely popular. Just one egg has about 6 grams of protein and only 71 calories.

7. Olive Oil

Olive Oil has an incredibly healthy amount of monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, extra virgin olive oil is a cold-pressed, unrefined oil that maintan the flavour and nutrients of the olives.

8. Nuts and Seeds

One of the healthy, high-fat and low-carb foods, Nuts and seeds have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, certain cancers, depression and other chronic diseases.

Summary, a ketogenic diet can help you lose much more weight than any other diet.

But also, it has other great health benefits for different health conditions such as Heart disease, Cancer, Alzheimer, Epilepsy, Acne, Brain injuries, Parkinson and more.
Do you want to know more about the Keto diet for beginners please consult with one of our doctors

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Why I Can’t Sleep and What to Do About It?

I can't sleep in Melbourne CBD

Waking up well-rested can make a huge difference in our mood and mental state. However, a good night’s rest can be an elusive goal for some. The habits we set for ourselves and how we maintain our sleeping environment play a significant role when it comes to sleep quality. If getting consistently good rest is a struggle, refer to this guide for effective tips on how to get the best sleep of your life.


  • Do: Put Yourself on a Sleep Schedule

Although it can be hard to maintain the same bedtime every night, studies have shown that going to sleep at the same time consistently helps to put the body in a rhythm. Even on weekends and when travelling, we can benefit from honouring a schedule. Try to maintain the same bedtime within 30 minutes from night to a night for the best results. Even one late night a week can make it harder to get to sleep.


  • Don’t: Drink Caffeine or Alcohol Close to Bedtime

Caffeine is a stimulant which is great when we want to stay awake, but not so good before bed so it’s best to switch to decaf at least 5-6 hours before bedtime. Also, it’s common for people to drink alcohol in the evening and it can seem to induce a drowsy feeling. However, though alcohol can make us sleepy, it can also prevent normal circadian rhythms. It’s not usually a problem to have one drink in the evening but avoid overindulging close to bedtime.


  • Do: Follow A Sleep Friendly Diet

The foods that we eat can play a large role in sleep quality. Chances are, our diet may not be promoting good sleep patterns. The good news is that changing our diet is pretty simple. It’s best to avoid spicy foods just before going to bed. However, foods that are sources of calcium, magnesium, and tryptophan are all going to promote sleep. Dairy and nuts are good sources of the first two nutrients while tryptophan is found in most meats as well as chickpeas. One other thing to avoid late at night is ice cream before bed. Though undeniably delicious, ice cream is notorious for giving heartburn in the middle of the night, so it’s best to have it earlier than later in the evening.

Mobile Phones & Sleep in Melbourne CBD
Avoid mobile devices in bed
  • Don’t: Watch Electronics an Hour before Bed

Although we often enjoy watching some television or playing on our phones before heading to bed, this habit disrupts our sleeping patterns. The blue light that comes from electronic devices actually tricks our brains into thinking that it’s daytime. Though not impossible, it is harder to turn off our brains if we’ve been using electronics thus it’s best practice to avoid any electronics as well as bright lights about 60 minutes before going to bed.


  • Do: Avoid Spending Time in Bed During the Day

Most people find their bed to be one of the most comfortable spots in the home. Although it’s often fun to lounge in bed, we might actually be preventing our body from getting into the habit of recognizing the bed as a place for relaxation. If we relegate the bed for only sleep and intimacy, it’s more likely that our brains will associate the practice of getting into bed as a time to unwind. Also, when we wake up in the morning, get out of bed quickly rather than lounge around. Again, it’s all about training the brain to understand the role of our bed.


  • Don’t: Be Afraid to Get Help

Although it can be hard to recognize and admit that we may need to use a sleep aid, it’s better to take a natural supplement to help fall asleep than to suffer from insomnia. Consider trying magnesium, melatonin or valerian to promote sleep.

Relaxing Sleep Environment for your sleep in Melbourne CBD
Create a Relaxing Sleep Environment
  • Do: Create a Relaxing Sleep Environment

We all have different needs when it comes to sleep. Some sleep better in a cold room that’s completely dark while others find they like having a sound machine that plays white noise or maybe need a certain type of pillow. Regardless of what it is, learn what you need in your environment to encourage healthy sleep patterns.

In Melbourne is hard to sleep
In Melbourne is hard to sleep
  • Don’t: Lie in Bed Awake

When we can’t fall to sleep within 15-30 minutes, don’t stay in bed trying to force it. Instead, get out of bed and go read a book (the paper kind not electronic). When we start to feel tired, head back to bed and try again. This will help exhaust the mind.


  • Do: Keep a Notebook by the Bed

Many people find that they are plagued with anxiety that keeps them awake at night. Journaling our thoughts and feelings is a way to get them off our hearts and minds. By writing them down, we are telling ourselves to forget that problem or task and that it can wait until the morning. Many people find that they become anxious in the evening to have said that this method works well for them.


  • Don’t: Exercise Close to Bedtime

The evening is often a good time for exercise since it tends to be less busy. However, any activity that gets the heart racing also releases adrenaline and cortisol, stress hormones, that keep us alert and awake. Try to avoid any strenuous physical activity 2-3 hours before bedtime. A smart evening activity is meditation or yoga as they help the body get grounded and settle down for the night.



This guide of the essential do’s and don’ts for getting the best sleep of your life helps create effective sleep habits. Thus, when stress, travel or injury disrupts our sleep, we know what to do to reset our sleep pattern and prevent insomnia from lingering. Employing these tips can support us in having restful sleep so we wake up rejuvenated and ready for our day.


For more information, please consult with your doctor


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How to Get the Most Out of a Visit to a Medical Center in Melbourne CBD

Ever arrived at the doctor’s office, waited patiently for your turn, only to leave frustrated because you didn’t get the most out of your appointment?

Unfortunately, this is all-too-common if you fail to prepare properly for your doctor’s visit. It may sound like overkill to ”prepare” for an appointment, but when your health is in question, no amount of preparation is too much.

Here’s how to ensure you walk away completely satisfied the next time you have a doctor’s appointment at a medical center in Melbourne.

Preparing For Your Visit to a Medical Center in Melbourne

Perhaps you feel a little sheepish bringing a notepad and a pen to a doctor’s appointment? But if it helps you to remember important questions you want to ask your doctor and their feedback, then why not?

This just goes to show that your health is a top priority and any medical professional should have great respect for that.

Each doctor’s appointment is important, most especially if you are living out your golden years. Whether it’s for a regular check-up, test results, or specialized treatment, there are ways in which you can prepare.

As you may have learned from previous doctor’s visits, time is of the essence. So here’s how to make the most out each appointment:

1. Write Out a List of Your Concerns

It’s quite simple – to ensure you don’t forget about any niggling concerns you have about your health, just write it all down.

Before your appointment, jot down a list of symptoms and questions you’d like to run past your doctor. If you have a few items you’d like to discuss, write them down in order of importance- with the most concerning ones first.

Remember that you shouldn’t put off health concerns just because you’re limited by time at a doctor’s appointment. Bring them up first and ask as many questions as you need to.

2. Take All Important Information With You

If you have a hard time remembering the prescription medication, vitamins or over-the-counter pills you take, write down a list of these. And don’t forget to include the dosage amounts, too.

You should also carry your medical insurance card, emergency contact details, and the names and numbers of any other doctors you see. This is especially relevant if you are visiting a new doctor for the first time.

3. Bring a Neutral Party With You

Generally, you are more than welcome to bring in another member into a doctor’s appointment with you, if you prefer. If you struggle to remember what you wanted to discuss, your friend or relative can bring this up on your behalf.

Likewise, if you are too embarrassed to bring up a certain medical concern, a neutral party can also discuss this for you. Finally, they can also help you by taking down important notes to help you remember all your doctor’s advice and feedback.

4. Don’t Be Shy in Sharing Your Medical History

Upon visiting a new doctor for the first time you will generally be asked to fill out a medical history form. If you struggle to remember it all or interpret the forms, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

And just because you wrote it all down, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t discuss your medical history with your doctor. If you feel there is something important you doctor should know in more detail, don’t shy away from sharing with them.

5. Ensure You Understand Your Doctor Properly

Some doctors have a habit of speaking very quickly and using a bunch of industry jargon that may make little to no sense to you. This can often leave you feeling confused and unsure of the next step in your healthcare journey.

If you don’t understand what your doctor has said, or cannot hear them properly, don’t be afraid to ask them to stop and re-phrase. If you struggle from a hearing impairment, let the doctor’s office know beforehand.

6. Keep Your Doctor Up-to-Speed

This only applies after one or two visits to a new doctor. But each time you head in for an appointment, make sure you update your doctor on your health status.

Let them know if you have recently been treated for something, seen a specialist or visited the emergency room. Don’t forget to mention changes in your sleep pattern, appetite, weight or energy levels, if any.

7. Always Honest About Your Health

It’s important to be as open and honest with your doctor at all times regarding your health and your lifestyle. Because ultimately, this can have a great effect on the treatment you receive and how you respond to it.

Be honest with your doctor about habits that could affect your health. This includes things like dieting, failing to exercise, drinking an excessive amount of alcohol, smoking, etc. This also relates to using illegal drugs, promiscuity, stress levels, and any other unhealthy habits.

8. Remember to Keep an Open Mind

Some of the most troubling patients for doctors to treat are those with a fixed, preconceived idea about the type of treatment they should receive.

Always keep an open mind when it comes to your health and the advice of a qualified and experienced professional.

At the end of the day, a doctor will do their best to hear you out and educate you as much as they can. But if you are not willing to hear or receive their advice this could be detrimental to your health.

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Here at Era Health in the heart of Melbourne CBD, we offer specialized, private treatment for a plethora of ailments. Whether you’re looking for a doctor, dentist, physiotherapist, podiatrist or more, you’ll find it with us.

Visit our medical center in Melbourne by booking an appointment today and keeping your health in top-notch condition!