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    Tharawal AMS Reception area - Making an appointment

    Appointments for the Doctors and Specialist clinics are available at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation Medical Clinic. Walk-in's are also available in the afternoon but you may not be able to see your regular or preferred doctor. A Doctor can be contacted during working hours. Your phone call will be screened by the receptionist by asking basic questions, this helps prioritise your call. If the Doctor is with a patient your call will be transferred to the Aboriginal Health Worker or Clinical Nurse

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    Tharawal GPs

    Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation and it's Medical Service maintains strict confidentiality, this extends to patient information, business and other information. Our confidentiality policy can be accessed by askng reception.

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    HEALS - Hearing, EAr health, Language & Speech Project

    HEALS is a project that unites the medical and allied health services at Tharawal in an effort to improve hearing, ear health, language and speech in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Studies show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are more likely to suffer from ear disease and its complications. Ear disease can result in poor hearing, poor speech, behavioural problems at school and home, and can lead to permanent hearing loss.

  • Cardiology

    Cardiology involves the assessment, investigation and treatment of cardiovascular disease and other diseases of the heart. To put it simply, it is about the ‘plumbing’ (blood vessels and heart valves) and ‘electricals’ (nerves) of the heart. The cardiology clinic occurs monthly and is run by Dr Aiden O’Loughlin, who is available by referral from your GP.

  • Endocrinology

    Endocrinology deals with patients with diabetes and hormonal problems. Common hormonal conditions include thyroid, pituitary and adrenal disorders as well as bone mineral conditions like osteoporosis. The endocrinology clinic is run by Dr Carmen Wong once a month and is available for patients 16 years and over by referral from your GP.

  • Renal Medicine

    Renal medicine involves the treatment of kidney diseases and high blood pressure. The renal clinic at Tharawal has a focus on those at risk of high blood pressure in pregnancy (pre-eclampsia) as well as the management of cardiovascular risk in those with diabetes and diabetic kidney disease (nephropathy). You can be referred to the renal clinic by your GP if necessary.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday 08:30 - 5:00
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 5:00
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 5:00
  • Thursday 08:30 - 7:00
  • Friday 09:00 - 4:30
  • Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

    Orthopaedic surgery is concerned with assessing and treating conditions affecting your muscles and bones. Dr Chandra Dave focuses on lower limb problems such as feet, ankles, knees and hips. If you do have recurrent joint pain or problems please speak to your GP about the possibility of a referral to the Orthopaedic Surgeon.

  • Paediatrics

    Paediatrics involves the medical assessment and treatment of children, from babies through to teenagers up to 16 years of age.

  • Immunology

    Clinical immunology deals with patients with allergies, immune deficiencies and autoimmune disease. - Allergies include things such as hayfever, asthma, eczema and food allergies.
    - Immune deficiencies are uncommon, but your GP will refer you to an Immunologist if they have concerns about frequent or recurrent infections.
    - Autoimmune diseases are also uncommon, but can cause rashes and arthritis amongst other things.
    The Immunology Clinic is run by Prof. Brad Frankum once a month and is available for adults and children by referral from your GP.

From the Allied Health Team

  • Speech Pathology

    Speech Pathologists support children and their families in all areas of communication.
    Speech Pathology can help with the following difficulties:
    - Pronunciation – children learn new sounds as they grow and develop. Sometimes, children have difficulty pronouncing these sounds and their speech can be difficult to understand
    - Voice – this may include a husky/hoarse voice or loss of voice.
    - Stuttering – repetitions of sounds and words, block or silences or lengthening of sounds when talking
    - Understanding – Children may have difficulties understanding what we say and ask them to do e.g. following instructions and answering questions (receptive language)
    - Talking – Children may have difficulties expressing their ideas. They may rely on using actions to tell us what they want or need, have difficulty speaking in sentences or telling stories (Expressive Language)

  • Occupational Therapy

    Occupational Therapy looks at developing and maintaining skills children need to be successful in their lives. OT helps children in the following areas: - Fine motor skills: holding a pencil properly, using scissors, writing their name, using cutlery, dressing (buttons and zippers), colouring and drawing - Gross motor skills: assisting children who look clumsy or uncoordinated to be able to participate in whole body activities e.g. hopping, skipping, ball games - Sensory processing: assisting children who may be sensitive or crave certain sounds/light/touch from their environment. Assists with trying to calm busy children and allow them to be able to sit and focus on activities like sitting at a table or reading a book.Please contact Tharawal to speak to an OccupationalTtherapist if you have any concerns with your child’s fine/gross motor skills or sensory processing.

  • Nursing

    Flu shots, wound dressings, health assessments, nebulisers, blood pressures and friendly smiles are just a few things you can receive from the Tharawal nursing team. In addition to clinical nursing duties, we also co-ordinate the comings and goings of all our specialists. If you have a specialist appointment at Tharawal you can be assured that you will certainly receive a reminder call the day prior, so please ensure your contact details are up to date!

  • Psychology

    “In my experience working with people I have found that grief is one of the most difficult emotions to deal with and can be a complex issue. It is important to realise that grief is a very normal response to losing a loved one from you life. It can present as teariness, reduced motivation and reduced enjoyment of recreational activities and, if unrecognized and unaddressed, can develop into violence, drug and alcohol abuse, social withdrawal and depression. Despite this, I believe that grief, when managed properly, has the power to strengthen communities and relationships by drawing people together to support each other.If you are having any troubles with grief or any other emotional or psychological difficulties, please speak to your GP to arrange a referral to see Lynette Toms, our psychologist at Tharawal.

  • Optometry

    Optometry is about more than making sure you have the right glasses. The optometrist at Tharawal provides comprehensive optometric examination that includes a full eye health check. This service is important for your general eye health and should be performed annually for diabetics. Eye examinations are bulk-billed to Medicare, so there is no cost to you. An added benefit of seeing the optometrist at Tharawal is that most spectacles can be provided free-of-charge if required.

  • Acupuncture

    Acupuncture is one of the oldest health care systems in the world. It involves inserting fine sterile needles into specific sites on the body, and has been proven to provide some benefit in treating headaches, migraines, blood pressure, sore throats, constipation and muscle/joint aches and pains

Hearing Clinic

Hearing Clinic runs a variety of programs with the aim of identifying, assessing and treating patients with hearing difficulties.
These programs include:

School Screening Program -
We visit 30-40 schools per year in the local area to assess children for hearing difficulties. Full report provided and referral made if necessary.

Hearing Clinic @ Tharawal –
Our Aboriginal Health Worker at Hearing Clinic, is available to test your hearing and refer you for treatment if necessary. Available for anyone over 3 years of age. Please book appointment with reception.

Hearing Aid Clinic – Clinic run by Hearing Australia for patients who require hearing aid assessments, fittings or repairs. Please make appointments at reception and enquire about your eligibility.

If you have any concerns about your hearing or the hearing of your children or family members, please arrange an appointment at Tharawal’s Hearing Clinic.

  • Diabetic Nurse Educator

    The diabetic educator provides education and advice for those with newly diagnosed and long-standing diabetes alike. This includes a review of the effectiveness of current treatment as well as advice regarding lifestyle changes. She provides a holistic approach to treatment and suggests whole families undergo lifestyle changes if required

  • Podiatry

    Podiatry manages foot conditions of diabetic and non-diabetic people. Patients with diabetes can access the podiatrist at Tharawal for annual diabetic foot screening and education about the various foot problems that can be caused by diabetes. These include: poor blood flow, numbness, ulcers and joint issues. You can receive advice about the importance of skin integrity and correct footwear. Non-diabetic foot complaints include heel pain (plantar fasciitis), ingrown toenails and general foot pain. Podiatry clinic is run once per month and is available by referral from your GP.

  • Dietetics

    Dietitians work with the doctors to advise patients on the specific nutritional management of chronic health conditions i.e. how you can better prevent or manage your health conditions with the foods you eat. They give dietary advice, help promote healthy eating habits and develop specific diets for people with different nutritional needs such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, food allergies and intolerances. During your initial consultation, the dietitian will assess your nutritional needs by reviewing your past medical history, current symptoms, daily activities and daily dietary intake. The dietitian will then translate the science of nutrition into everyday information you can use to improve your diet and your health. They can help you set diet and exercise goals and provide techniques to achieve them. They may also book follow up visits to help you to assess goals, maintain dietary changes, and stay motivated and on track