Frequently Asked Questions
Can you be my regular GP?
As the focus of my practice is perinatal care, I no longer do regular GP work or have long-term patients. Families come to see me for perinatal support while trying to conceive, already pregnant, or having just had their baby. There's a huge need in the community for this area of medicine. My care doesn't replace the need for a regular GP for yourself and your family. If you have a concern outside of the scope of my routine practice, I can point you in the direction of where to get help.
Why don't you bulk bill?
Unfortunately, the rebate available to you from Medicare isn't enough to cover my professional fee and the rising costs of running a high quality private group practice. Therefore, like many other GPs/non-GP Specialists and allied health practitioners, I need to charge a gap fee. If I were to bulk bill my services - primarily antenatal care and complex mother/baby care requiring much longer than usual appointments - the work that I do would be unsustainable. Without a gap, I couldn't do what I do.
Are you also a Lactation Consultant?
Yes, I'm a fully qualified IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).
Do you do routine childhood vaccinations?
No, these are best done with your regular GP. Most families who I look after through their pregnancy will come back to see me for a 1-4 week newborn wellness check and/or a 90 minute Breastfeeding & Baby Care visit. I recommend seeing your regular GP with your baby for ongoing care and immunisations so that you can start to build a long-term relationship with that GP.
Do you teach sleep training?
No. My gentle approach to infant sleep guidance is based on Neuroprotective Developmental Care (the Possums approach), the Circle of Security Parenting attachment theory, sleep anthropology and other evidence-based learnings. Traditional sleep training (also referred to as "the cry-it-out method", "gradual extinction", "controlled crying/comforting", "camping out" etc.) isn't part of my practice and not something I align myself with, but I'm happy to have an open discussion with you about the reasons why this is my stance.
Do you release tongue ties?
No, not yet. Tongue Tie Clinic is in the pipeline for 2024 at KFMP. In the meantime, if we agree that your baby needs a tongue tie release, I can certainly refer you to a practitioner who does this procedure as part of their routine practice.
Do you insert/remove Mirena or Kyleena IUDs?
I can remove your IUD. I'm not currently trained to insert them. However, I can arrange prompt referral to a practitioner who does.
What about Implanon rods?
Yes; I can insert, remove and replace these.