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Why you need to break up with Dr Google and see your GP

The internet is undoubtedly a fantastic resource, and most of us rely on it every day. But there are certain things you should not trust it with – namely, your health. It is tempting to see Google as an infallible resource when it comes to almost everything, and many people will turn to it to solve life’s problems. In many situations this is fair enough (how did anyone get anywhere before Google Maps??). But it is important to realise that Google cannot diagnose your illness based on your search results. Today we are going to look at why you should end your relationship with Dr Google.

Why is Dr Google so Popular? Dr Google Will See You Now

Unbelievably, one in three people with a minor illness will not only self diagnose using Google search, but most of them will also often self treat too!

The top ten searches of 2018 show that health conditions and self-diagnosis now takes up 34% of all searches on Google.

While some people think this will take the pressure off the health services and doctors around the world, there is evidence to suggest that it actually adds to the amount of pressure they have to face. Doctors are now being presented with patients that have either been self-medicating or demand unnecessary tests based on search results.

Why Dr Google Is Dangerous

As we have briefly mentioned, Dr Google can throw up any number of results and a lot of the time; this can result in patients self-diagnosing and self-medicating. There is a very good reason that a lot of drugs aren’t available over the counter; they are dangerous. Unfortunately, a lot of people are taking their digital diagnosis and taking to online marketplaces to locate drugs to treat imaginary illnesses. Where people aren’t self-medicating, they are proceeding to book emergency medical appointments for what generally turns out to be nothing at all. Unfortunately Dr Google and the magic diagnosis system is quite often incorrect in its diagnosis. Dr Google is even responsible for the rise of a brand new health condition called “cyberchondria”. Cyberchondria is a person’s rise in concern about symptoms they feel they have based on the search results they see from Google.

It’s Time To See A GP

Undoubtedly the internet is an amazing resource, but you should always remember that it can also be full of misleading information. Some observers have labelled it “the world’s biggest game of Chinese whispers.” This is why if you have concerns about your health it is always best to visit your GP. While Google may play host to a world of information, your GP is the Google of the medical world. Your doctor will be able to help you quickly, efficiently and safely when you need them most. GP’s have received many years of training and specialise in general medicine. This experience will never be replaceable by a computer, and you should always be safe when thinking about your health.

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Bulk Billing Notice 2019

Please be aware that the first consult per financial year is privately billed for patients 16 and over without a Healthcare or Concession Card, a standard (10 minute) consult will be $94.00 with a rebate of $38.20, for an extended or double consult (20+ minutes) the cost will be $129.00 with a rebate of $73.95. These payments can be processed on the day with a current Medicare Card and an Eftpos card with either a cheque or savings account. Please contact our friendly receptionist for further details.

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Receptionist Position Available

We are a Family Practice located in Yandina currently seeking an outgoing receptionist to join our friendly team. Must be available to work late nights and weekends when necessary.

The role:

  • Meet and greet patients
  • Answering phone calls
  • Managing the appointment book
  • General office duties e.g. faxing, scanning etc.
  • Opening and closing following set protocols

Education, qualifications and experience:

  • Previous experience advantageous but not necessary
  • Pleasant phone manner
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal
  • To be successful you will be highly organised and thrive in a fast paced environment

Please forward your resume and cover letter to

practicemanagerfsfp@gmail.com to apply for this position

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Scan Your Skin

ARE YOU AT RISK OF SKIN CANCER?

This simple guide has been developed by doctors and researchers so you can quickly calculate your
skin cancer risk and recognise the early signs of skin cancer. You don’t need any special skills – simply answer
ten easy questions and take a few minutes to SCAN your skin.

View the PDF version here Scan your skin

 

 

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NOTICE – ATTENTION

As from the 1st July 2018 Farrell Street Family Practice will be charging a:

$55.00 FACILITY FEE – ONCE PER FINANCIAL YEAR

This Facility Fee applies to:
ALL NON-CONCESSION CARD HOLDERS

Patients who will be exempt from this fee include:
CURRENT CONCESSION CARD HOLDERS and CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE

AGAIN PLEASE NOTE THIS IS ONCE PER FINANCIAL YEAR PER PATIENT.
This fee enables us to address the rising costs we are facing whilst we continue to Bulk Bill our Patients

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Book your Flu Shot Now

Make a booking for a flu shot now.

Please advice the receptionists this is the reason so they can book you two appointments separately- firstly you will be consulted by the doctor then will send you to the practice nurse for flu shot afterwards.

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