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Do I need a specialist sexual health doctor?

Many GPs in our network have additional training and experience in sexual health medicine. You may not require a specialist sexual health doctor, for many sexual health problems.

There are several different areas covered under the term sexual health, including:

  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Family planning and contraception
  • Men’s sexual health conditions including issues with sexual function and prostate health
  • Women’s sexual health conditions including sexual function, period problems and the menopause

Most Smart Clinics Family Medical Centres have GPs with further training and specialist interest in sexual health. This includes a thorough understanding of investigating and managing these conditions as well as being able to make the appropriate referral to specialists if necessary.

If you would like to consult a GP regarding a sexual health condition, please make an appointment at one of our clinics for assessment.

Our Sexual Health GPs can help assist with the following conditions:

  • sexually transmitted diseases (including chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea, herpes and other STDs)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • HIV and AIDs
  • Problems conceiving and infertility
  • Contraception including IUD’s and Implanon
  • Preconception advice
  • Pregnancy and maternity care
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Thrush
  • Endometriosis
  • Cervical conditions and cervical screening (pap smears)
  • Premature ejaculation and impotence
  • Sexual function concerns for women
  • Testicular checks
  • Prostate checks and screening
  • Pain on intercourse
  • Menopause
  • Vulval conditions
  • Heavy and irregular periods
  • Breast examination and concerns with lumps or discharge etc

What to expect at a sexual health appointment

Our GPs understand that sexual health is a very personal health matter, and some patients may find it hard to talk openly about their concerns. They know that sexual health concerns can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, and sexual orientation so our GPs treat these matters with sensitivity. To ensure they are giving you the best advice and treatment, your doctor may ask you relevant questions about your risk factors, partners, and symptoms. You may require an examination.

Chaperones

It is usual for our GPs to offer chaperones if an intimate examination is required. Should this be the case your GP will discuss this with you at the time

Your Privacy

Your GP will not discuss your health issues or results with anyone else without your permission. Your sexual health appointment with us will remain confidential.

If you are aged between 14-17 years and have a sexual health concern, you can visit our clinics without a parent or guardian.

Booking a Sexual Health Appointment

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our GPs, please click here to find your nearest SmartClinics.

What does skin cancer look like?

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. In Australia, most skin cancers are caused by exposure to UV radiation in sunlight. Skin cancers can affect anyone, but the risk increases significantly as you get older.

While SmartClinics Doctors encourage everyone to have an annual skin check, it’s also important to check your own skin once a month so you’ll notice quickly if any changes occur. We can all take control of monitoring our own skin regularly to avoid skin cancers from going undiagnosed.

But what does skin cancer look like?

If you have moles, lumps or freckles on your skin, it’s important to know what to look for when checking your own skin for any changes. A simple guide is to follow the ABCDE of melanoma detection – the most serious form of skin cancer. Find out what to look for using this easy guide here

If you can’t see a mole or spot on your back, ask a friend to inspect it for you. Early detection can make all the difference in the world, with about 95% of skin cancers being treatable if found early.

Why the heavy focus on skin cancer in Australia?

Skin cancer accounts for about 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australia.

So, let’s look at the 2021 statistics (source Cancer Australia):

  • 16,687 new cases of melanoma of the skin were diagnosed in Australia
  • That’s 11.2% of all new cancer cases in Australia for that year
  • 1,315 died from melanoma of the skin or 2.7% of all deaths from cancer

If you haven’t had your skin checked in the last year CLICK HERE for a list of SmartClinics Doctors who are highly experienced in performing skin checks, then use the drop-down field to select your location.

Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a disease that can be really serious, causing hospitalisation and sometimes death. With so much information in the media on COVID-19 and its related vaccines, we need to remember that getting your influenza vaccine annually is still incredibly important.

Every year the World Health Organization estimates the number of flu cases globally sits at a billion People, 3-5 million of those are serious, and there are 290000 – 650000 influenza-related respiratory deaths.

Getting your flu vaccine every year reduces your risk of contracting influenza illnesses.

Why should I get the influenza vaccine?

While some people who are vaccinated may still contract the flu, studies have shown that the flu vaccine reduces the effects of the disease. Vaccination is your protection against flu illnesses, hospitalisation and sadly, in some cases, even death.

What sort of illnesses can the flu cause?

Contracting influenza looks different for different people. It could mean a few days of not feeling well and maybe missing some work, or it can look much more serious. Flu complications can include ear infections, sinus infections and bacterial pneumonia. The flu can also be very serious for those with chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes, causing them to worsen.

How do flu vaccines work?

Influenza vaccines cause antibodies to develop in your body, usually around two weeks after the vaccine has been given. Antibodies are your immune system’s way of protecting you against infection when influenza viruses are circulating.

What sort of flu vaccine is used by SmartClinics?

SmartClinics uses flu vaccines that protect against four different flu viruses: an influenza A(H1N1) virus, an influenza A(H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses. The vaccine is normally given in the upper arm in patients 6 months and older to protect against influenza. None of the ingredients in the vaccine can cause flu.

If I get the flu vaccine can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The influenza vaccine can be given on the same day as COVID-19 vaccines.

Studies show that getting both vaccines on the same day produces a good immune response and is safe.

Where can I get my influenza vaccine?

You can get the flu vaccine at a SmartClinics near you. For more information go here.

SmartClinics Windsor to re-open soon!

Hi Windsor patients,

It is our greatest pleasure to inform you all that we will be commencing rebuild and are hoping to have our doors re-open late October!

With the struggles of COVID affecting stock and deliveries we are expecting delays and understand this may be an inconvenience for our patients.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate through our re-build.

Our GPs and staff are very excited to see all your familiar faces very soon,

We appreciate your patience as we navigate through our re-build.

Our GPs and staff are very excited to see all your familiar faces very soon.

Until then, you’ll find our doctors at:

SmartClinics Chermside
Dr Sean Pham, Dietitian – Courtney Jarrett
Address: Westfield Chermside, Shop 212, Cnr Hamilton & Gympie Rds, Chermside Q. 4032
Bookings: Click here to make a booking
Phone: 3177 9500
Website: smartclinics.com.au/location/chermside
Clinic hours are Monday to Sunday from 7:00am to 9:30pm.
Closed only Xmas day.

SmartClinics Clayfield
Dr Sandy Nandam, Dr Mara Christa & Dr Sally Trenorden
Address: 695 Sandgate Rd, Clayfield 4011
Bookings: Click here to make a booking
Phone: 3268 1937
Website: smartclinics.com.au/location/clayfield
Clinic hours are Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 5:00pm.
Closed on Weekends & Public Holidays.

SmartClinics Toowong
Dr Gurpreet Sodhi & Dr Gagandeep Sodhi
Address: Lvl 10, 39 Sherwood Road, Toowong. Q. 4007
Bookings: Click here to make a booking
Phone: 3371 5666
Website: smartclinics.com.au/location/toowong
Clinic hours are Monday and Friday from 7:30am to 5:00pm, Tuesday to Thursday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 8:30am to 12:00pm.
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays.

Doctors at Newmarket
Dr Rhys Birmingham & Dr Sean Pham
Address: 76 Enoggera Road, Newmarket
Bookings: Click here to make a booking
Phone: 3177 9555
Website: doctorsatnewmarket.com.au
Clinic hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Closed on Weekends & Public Holidays.

SmartClinics Mango Hill
Podiatrist – Anshu Sarikwal, Diabetic Educator – Sandra Christiansen
Address: Ground Floor, 15 Halpine Dr, Mango Hill
Bookings: Click here to make a booking
Phone: 3177 9520
Website: smartclinics.com.au/location/mango-hill
Clinic hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30am to 9:00pm, Saturday 8:00am to 1:00pm and Sunday 8:00am to 2:00pm.

Thank you.