What’s Happening at Wellness Medicine – July 2019

Welcome to Dr Martin Huyhn


Martin is a Clifton Hill ‘native’ who lived with his parents and five brothers (no sisters!) near the shot tower in Gold Street until he left to attend medical school at the University of Queensland.
He did residency training at the Goulburn Valley Base Hospital in Shepparton then various registrar placements around Victoria, building skills in Emergency Medi-cine, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, and Broad-based general family medicine. He also completed a certificate of Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) while com-pleting his fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
He’s returned now to settle permanently in Abbotsford with his partner (currently completing her own training as a Paediatrician).
Martin hopes to stay with Well-ness Medicine for the long term and build a strong practice in this community.
He has a particular focus on men’s health, remarking that “… men’s health, and especially men’s mental health, is seriously under-treated. This is partly a male thing. Men don’t pay enough attention. It is also the case however that our profession has allowed men’s own behaviour to create a ‘self-fulfilling’ proph-ecy: if men won’t talk about their health, and especially their men-tal health, we won’t talk about it either!” “Fortunately, this is slowly changing” he says.
He is keen to play a role in en-couraging that change. His pas-sion for holistic and preventative health offers a pathway to this. He will do all in his pow-er to encourage his patients to be active partners in maintain-ing their own health and opti-mising the quality of their lives.
WM will try to make sure he succeeds.

Dr Colleen Toner is going on maternity leave

Dr Colleen Toner will on maternity leave from the 26th of July.
To ensure patients continue receiving good quality care with minimal disruption Colleen will do a complete handover to our Dr’s Joanna Hickey, Martin, Huynh, Vin Menezes and Lydia Senycia, alerting them to anything to monitor while she is on leave. They will be in touch with Colleen any-way if her input will help and any of them will be available to you until she returns early next year.
From all of at Wellness Medicine we wish the Toner family all the best and look forward to meeting the new-est addition.

Chronic Disease Management

At Wellness Medicine we are committed to improving the heath of our patients with chronic medical conditions. This calls for continuous medical care and a high standard of management. An important part of this is Care Plans Patients with chronic medical conditions are encouraged to attend the clinic for a Care Plan. These appointments provide a comprehensive review of your care needs as well as referral to allied health care providers to assist in managing chronic conditions (and help limit ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses).
Allied health care providers include – but are not limited to – podiatry, physiotherapy, osteopathy, dietitian services, and exercise physiology.
As part of your Care plan you will be invited to attend for regular reviews. These appointments are bulk-billed to Medicare, meaning there is no out-of pocket expense to you. (All other appointments will be billed as per clinic policy).
Please call the clinic and ask to speak with Joanne O’Neill, our Practice Nurse, who can answer questions and make appropriate appointments with your regular GP.

When was you last Skin Check?

Anyone at any age can have skin problems but as we get older the problems multiply. Some are just irritating or sore; some are seriously disfiguring; and some, like melanomas and other forms of skin cancer, can be a significant health threat. It is important to have your skin checked regularly. Wellness Medicine offers Skin Checks and also provides treatment for a range of conditions up to excisions of minor cancers. We refer to specialists of course for serious or complex surgical requirements. Dr Vinith Menezes is particularly skilled in skin treatment and management.

Flu Vaccines Still Available

There have been 42,000 reported flu cases in Australia this year.
With Flu cases still on the rise it is not too late to get your 2019 Flu vaccine.


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