As people grow older, more assistance is needed with one's health and day-to-day tasks.
Busby Medical Practice provides annual health assessments for patients over the age of 75 years and assists people with safe living and medication management.
Busby GPs work with the Aged Care Team for people needing a higher level of care and provide regular visits to aged care facilities in Bathurst.
Busby's GP obstetricians Dr John Schibeci and Dr Sarah Koffmann provide shared antenatal care with midwife practitioner Susannah Robinson and the Bathurst Base Hospital's antenatal unit. The practice also has a midwife in the nursing team.
Each pregnancy is unique. The antenatal team will work in collaboration with you to develop an antenatal and postnatal care plan that meets your care needs.
Busby's midwifery clinic will support and work with you to make informed choices and be actively involved in your care. Your care will be referred to or shared with a doctor if complications develop during your pregnancy.
Midwifery consultations include:
• routine antenatal care
• general wellbeing, emotional health, diet and nutrition advice
• education and support for all your pregnancy care and concerns
• labour and birth preparation
• newborn and postnatal care education
The midwife will also connect you with the hospital maternity unit and other health professionals that you may need during your pregnancy, such as lactation input, psychology, and physiotherapy.
The midwife clinic is held on Fridays 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Asthma is a long-term chronic disease. Over 2.5 million Australians have asthma, and this equates to approximately 1 in 10 people living with the disease.
General Practitioners play an important role in asthma management. Our doctors assess, diagnose, educate and medicate asthmatics. They also refer those with severe asthma to respiratory or allergy specialists.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and burden in Australia. It is a disease that involves the heart and blood vessels; commonly known as coronary heart disease, heart failure, and stroke.
Our GPs provide a fundamental role in cardiovascular disease prevention. They take detailed histories which include a family history of heart disease, and support patients to cease smoking and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Chronic disease management
Busby Medical Practice manages patients with chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, stroke and renal impairment.
We provide systematic care through the use of chronic disease management plans and referral to specialist allied health professionals.
Our team focuses on early detection and prevention. We encourage regular checks on cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure.
Dermatology and skin cancer checks
Dermatology is the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders.
Our GPs are experienced in the management of skin conditions and use of dermoscopic equipment. Any minor lesion that is suspicious will be removed and more complex lesions referred to specialists.
Dermatology services include:
Skin cancer checks
- Lesion biopsy and histopathology
- Minor skin procedures
- Mole monitoring
- Rash diagnosis
- Treatment of acne, eczema, dermatitis, and other skin conditions
Liquid Nitrogen is used for warts and solar keratoses and diathermy is available for skin treatments.
Our practice nurses are skilled and continually update on best practice of wound care and ulcer management.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that can affect the entire body. For our bodies to work properly, we need insulin to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. People with diabetes no longer produce insulin or make insufficient amounts.
The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
The clinical team at Busby are highly experienced in diabetes and recognise the importance of consistent diabetes management. Key areas of diabetes management are optimum glucose, a blood pressure within a healthy range, low cholesterol and good lifestyle factors such as exercise and healthy diet.
The Busby team is experienced in family planning advice. The doctors have up to date information on contraceptive options, and we have experienced midwives to assist with pregnancy and postnatal care.
Health Assessments, GP Management Plans, Team Care Arrangements
Health assessments, GP Management Plans and Team Care Arrangements provide a framework for the assessment of patients overall well-being and management of chronic disease.
A chronic disease plan assists the patient and GP manage and identify goals for disease management. This could include referral to specialist and allied health providers. Every 3 to 6 months plans are reviewed.
Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Referrals entitle patients to 5 Medicare subsidised sessions per the calendar year. You must have a chronic disease to be eligible for an EPC.
Busby Medical Practice assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders access Medicare services that prevent and manage chronic disease.
In addition to the practice providing general medical care, chronic disease management and annual health assessments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The practice provides closing the gap initiatives and provides referrals to the Indigenous Chronic Disease Clinic at Kelso and other health professionals
Men's Health is the management of health conditions and the risks that are most common or specific to men.
It is important for men to have regular check-ups for optimal physical, emotional and social health. Busby GPs support good men's health by having opportunistic discussions on heart disease, lung, skin, prostrate and bowel cancers, and assisting men with erectile dysfunction and depression.
Mental health and psychology services
Mental illness is very common. 1 in 5 Australians experience mental illness; the most common being depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders. It is predicted that depression will become the largest health problem by 2020.
Busby GPs are experienced in the diagnosis and effective treatment of mental illness. Treatment can include referral to a Psychologist or Psychiatrist and prescribed medications.
Dr Suzanne Alder is a health psychologist that works in the practice four days per week. Suzanne provides one on one consultations and group therapy. GPs refer to both Suzanne and other mental health providers.
Musculoskeletal conditions and Sports Medicine
Musculoskeletal conditions are injuries or disorders that affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and joints.
These health conditions can occur from general wear and tear on the body and sport.
Most conditions settle with rest and short term anti-inflammatory treatment but if required GPs refer patients for medical imagery and specialist advice.
Paediatrics - including childhood immunisations
Paediatrics is the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. The age range is usually up to 18 years.
The Busby team is a family friendly practice and provides care from birth onwards. Our practice nurses are skilled in childhood immunisation and we have experienced midwives for postnatal care. Other childhood health care includes baby checks, general medical illnesses, skin conditions, respiratory issues, allergies, learning, speech and behavioural difficulties.
In addition to Specialist referral our GPs refer to allied health professionals and include our in-house Psychologist and Speech Therapist.
Barrett and Smith Pathology provide an onsite blood collection service Monday to Friday 8.00am to 1.00pm.
Preventative health for all ages
Preventative health focuses on keeping people healthy. It encourages individuals to engage in health behaviour and make changes to their lifestyle so the risk of developing chronic disease and other illnesses.
The practice team encourages annual health assessments, immunisation and other optimum target levels for optimum health. Modifiable risk behaviours include smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity.
If you are an existing patient, you may qualify to use our Repeat Medications ordering service. Please speak to your Busby General Practitioner for more information.
Speech therapy is assisting people with speech and language problems to speak and understand more clearly.
Aimee Capple works at Busby and diagnoses and treats communication disorders. Aimee works with people who developmental delay, stroke, brain injury, a learning disability, hearing loss, and have difficulties swallowing food or drink.
Please speak with Reception if you would like a consultation with Aimee and if appropriate to your health needs a GP can provide you a referral so that your consultation is eligible for a Medicare rebate.
Busby's goal is to protect the health of travellers, by providing exemplary clinical care along with specific advice and information for each traveller.
Dr Sarah Koffmann and Dr Sean Howlett will:
- provide you with expert pre and post travel advice that is tailored specifically to your trip and travel requirements
- vaccinations, medications and travel health kits which are stocked and dispensed on site
- a free copy of our Traveller's Pocket Medical Guide. This 52 page passport sized booklet contains vital health information and includes the International Certificate of Vaccination.
Please speak with our Travel Receptionists about your travel plans.
Vaccination protects a person from serious illness and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases. It is the most effective way to stop the spread of infectious diseases and safeguard the health of current and future generations.
Busby Medical Practice has experienced GPs and Accredited Immunisation Nurses for adult, travel and childhood immunisations.
Women's health focuses on treatment and diagnosis of conditions that affect a women's physical and emotional wellbeing.
Busby GPs, Midwives and Women's Health Nurses provide a range of women's health care, including birth control, gynaecology, sexual health breast and ovarian cancer, Menopause, Osteoporosis, pregnancy and childbirth.
A nurse led Women's Health Clinic is available for cervical screening performed by a female nurse, enquire with reception for available dates.
Workcover, Pre-employment and Insurance Medicals
Busby GPs have experience with WorkCover. The patient or employer is responsible for the initial consultation, and the Practice will invoice the insurer directly once a valid insurance claim is confirmed.
Pre-employment medical examinations determine the employees potential to fulfil a job role and to provide the employer an understanding of the employee's health status at commencement of employment.
An employment medical includes a physical examination and detailed medical history. Spirometry, hearing assessment, drug and alcohol assessment are available should the employer need.
Please contact Reception to book an pre-employment medical.