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Doctors in Canberra?

By 21 April 2013 14

Hi there,

I am searching for a good doctor in Canberra preferably Northside.

I recently got some test results back and am not happy with how my current doctor handled the situation (she searched the condition on google, telling me just to leave it and see if it causes problems in the future). She didn’t make me feel very comfortable and I’m not very confident in her ability. Thus I would like to get a second opinion.

I would prefer a female doctor with bulk billing.

Thank you

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14 Responses to Doctors in Canberra?
#1
Blues14:20 pm, 21 Apr 13

Dr Sylvia West Belconnen Coop.
http://www.westbelconnenhealth.coop/

#2
remains4:29 pm, 21 Apr 13

it might help if you tell what the test results/condition are as some doctors may know what it is and some may not

#3
Pork Hunt8:06 pm, 21 Apr 13

remains said :

it might help if you tell what the test results/condition are as some doctors may know what it is and some may not

Some doctors may indeed know but the rest of us don’t need to…

#4
Ecklim9:16 pm, 21 Apr 13

Thanks for the input. Im really just after a more professional doctor who may be able to provide some insight or referral if they are unable to help.

#5
gentoopenguin9:27 pm, 21 Apr 13

Dr Philip Toua at Watson Medical Centre is really lovely. I know he’s not a female doctor but he helped me with post-natal stuff and couldn’t have been more caring or attentive.

There’s also a female doctor there, Dr Kelly I think. Haven’t been to her though so can’t say either way. They bulk bill.

#6
shirty_bear4:15 pm, 22 Apr 13

My experience of bulk-billing GPs is that all they’re really good at is writing out doctor’s certificates; if you go to one and you don’t already know what’s wrong with you, you’re in trouble.

Ranji Pereira in Gungahlin is terrific. She’s invariably booked out a week in advance, will be running any number of hours late by the end of the day, and will lighten your pocket by $35-odd. Worth every cent.

#7
Ecklim5:47 pm, 22 Apr 13

shirty_bear said :

My experience of bulk-billing GPs is that all they’re really good at is writing out doctor’s certificates; if you go to one and you don’t already know what’s wrong with you, you’re in trouble.

Ranji Pereira in Gungahlin is terrific. She’s invariably booked out a week in advance, will be running any number of hours late by the end of the day, and will lighten your pocket by $35-odd. Worth every cent.

Thanks, I didn’t realise that a doctors appointment could only be $35 :) I would be happy to pay that for a good doctor.

#8
Genie7:24 pm, 22 Apr 13

Dr Thew at Ginninderra Medical Centre is awesome… She’s next to impossible to get in to see. Actually not even sure she’s still there.

Also the West Belconnen coop have amazing doctors, they usually come over from England for 12 months so don’t expect to be able to constantly see the same one. Pretty sure the yearly fee is only about $30. Doesn’t matter how many times you go or what tests you need. That’s all you pay for the whole year.

#9
Jazmina10:32 pm, 22 Apr 13

Dr Nambiar in the Australian Swimming building across from the Belconnen Mall is outstanding. A standard consultation with her will also cost about $35 after the Medicare rebate which they can process at the time of consultation.
I have been seeing Dr Nambiar for about 6 years now and she has always been extraordinarily thorough and very well informed on just about any topic! I couldn’t recommend her highly enough!

#10
Paul007511:26 pm, 22 Apr 13

I just moved to Canberra in the past month (finally), and because of a few existing issues, I decided to go hunting for a new doctor. I had a lot of hit and miss with bulk billing doctors, who all seem to be keen on giving you pills and sending you on your way.

I decided to go back to a normal pay as you go doctor, and chose Gungahlin General Practice – http://www.gungahlingp.com/ as it’s close to work. They booked me with Dr Thien La. He’s really easy going and friendly and ready to listen and provides easy to understand information on your problems, and able to provide several suggestions for treatment.

He is the first male doctor I have seen where I felt able to talk to him without any apprehension as those I have seen in the past seem to have a bit of a “she’ll be right” attitude.

The consult was $75, but you get about half back from Medicare, and for me, NIB will pay the rest.

He wants me to come back to monitor my condition in a month, and I will be honest, I am looking forward to the consult. I feel as though I have some control again after living with crap doctors in the previous city I lived in for almost 2 years. He also wants to work on a plan to get me off some of the meds I take, which is something I keen to not have to rely on, long term.

#11
gungsuperstar1:00 am, 23 Apr 13

If you’re happy with 35 bucks, I recommend Palmerston Medical Centre. The receptionists are friendly, which is a bonus. Dr Southi is a dude, but he’s done a lot of work in pediatrics, and is apparently phenomenal with kids. I’m a regular patient of Prad cos of an ongoing issue – he’s patient, he’s attentive, and he’s not at all afraid to admit that his previous suspicions were wrong, and that we need to try something else. Dr Gan is also a guy, and he has a lot of certificates on his wall. Don’t quote me on it – but I was told by someone who should know that he’s a migrant who was a surgeon in his own country, but “settled” for general practice upon moving here. Dr Sandy (Vitikos, I think) – I haven’t seen her before, but I’ve spoken to her and she’s super friendly. If the other 2 doctors are anything to go by, I wouldn’t have a problem recommending her.

You’ll need 70 bucks in your bank account to go for the full fee – but they’ll process the Medicare rebate in-house, saving the trip (and the friggen line) at Medicare. So you end up paying about 36 bucks.

#12
Jurls9:34 am, 23 Apr 13

gentoopenguin said :

Dr Philip Toua at Watson Medical Centre is really lovely. I know he’s not a female doctor but he helped me with post-natal stuff and couldn’t have been more caring or attentive.

There’s also a female doctor there, Dr Kelly I think. Haven’t been to her though so can’t say either way. They bulk bill.

That would be Dr Janine Kelly. Dr Toua and Dr Kelly are both at Giralang Medical Centre also, so I assume they work part time between Watson and Giralang. They are both very good. It appears to be slightly cheaper to see them at Giralang if you look at the Billing policies on both Centre websites ;)

#13
JazzyJess11:35 am, 23 Apr 13

Dr Felicity Donaghy at Garema Place Surgery is tops. Actually all of the GPs there are terrific. Highly recommended: http://garemaplacesurgery.com.au/

#14
Ecklim8:18 pm, 24 Apr 13

Has any one else had any experience with Dr Janine Kelly at either Giralang or Watson medical centres or Dr Felicity Donaghy at Garema?

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