We offer comprehensive services for babies, children, and adolescents.
We recognise the stress of having a sick child, so whenever we are open for business we offer immediate nurse assessments service for sick children, enabling appropriate triage and doctor’s review.
Healthy Child Checks:
Routine health assessments are provided, assessing normal growth and development.
4 year old healthy child checks are recommended.
Chronic disease care plans are offered for conditions such as asthma, allergies and autism.
Immunisations can be booked with our nurses between 8:30am and 5:00pm
Our nurses have considerable experience with the WA infant vaccination schedule and liaise with the Rheola Street immunisation clinic when there are complicating factors such as immunisations commenced overseas or previous vaccination reactions or delayed commencement.
A doctor’s appointment is not necessary as the nurse will call the doctor on duty to check and approve the immunisation.
Appointments for routine childhood immunisations are bulk billed. Fees may apply for complex appointments and to cover the cost of travel vaccines.
Routine immunisations are registered with the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.
Chronic Disease Care
Chronic Disease Care
We offer individualised care plans for all chronic diseases. Chronic Disease Care plans are a feature of quality general practice, where your doctor prepares a careful review of your health needs, and together you set goals and action plans to optimise your health and quality of life. Care plans may assist you in accessing medicare benefits to reduce the cost of allied health visits.
Your doctor may arrange specialised team care arrangements, and liaise with your other health providers, where indicated. Medication reviews with your pharmacist may be recommended.
You will be invited to participate in regular care plan reviews.
There are special programs for patients with Asthma and Diabetes.
Routine health care assessments are arranged for particular age groups:
- 4 years
- 45-49 years
- Over 75 years of age
Special medicare rebates are available for these initiatives.
- Our goal is to help you to manage your asthma to achieve your best possible lung function and to keep symptoms and exacerbations to a minimum.
- Specialised lung function tests (spirometry) are performed on site to assist with diagnosis and monitoring of asthma.
- To prevent the complications of diabetes it is important to monitor and control cholesterol, blood pressure and kidney health as well as glucose levels and body weight.
- We work together with our nurse practitioner, dieticians, specialists and exercise physiologists to help you manage your diabetes.
Aged Health Assessments
- If you are 75 years or over, one of our Nurses will contact you to arrange an annual health assessment.
- Our Nurse will discuss issues affecting your safety and independence as well as checking your medications.
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Ellen Health, in collaboration with Your Midwife WA, is proud to offer midwifery (pregnancy and postnatal) services based on the principles of “continuity of care”. It is well recognised that continuity of the same care-provider is highly valued by families, especially through pregnancy.
Through continuity of midwife and GP care providers you build a trusting relationship to prepare for your birth and parenthood.
Ellen Health has a dedicated, experienced team of GP’s who have completed additional training in Obstetrics. Our GPs work in collaboration with our midwife colleague, Sylvia Jenkin, to provide the special attention that you need at this time. It excites us to be involved in this very special time in your life.
Ellen Health offers comprehensive general practice services for all of your family’s medical needs. Our relationship with you grows as your family grows. The length of our standard practice appointments enables us to focus on high quality comprehensive care. We are pleased to be a family oriented practice, caring for your complete family, grandparents to babies.
Doctors offering maternity care at Ellen Health
Whilst all our general practitioners offer shared care, we have five doctors with additional Diploma of Obstetrics training and special interest in caring for pregnant women. Our GP obstetricians have all worked in procedural obstetrics in the past, and currently offer shared antenatal care at Ellen Health.
Our GP Obstetricians:
Dr Keren Witcombe
Dr Catherine Douglass
Dr Linda Muntz
Dr Cathy Brooker
Dr Pamela Thompson
Our Eligible Midwife in Private Practice:
Sylvia Jenkin is an experienced midwife, having practised in Germany, New Zealand and Australia since 1999. Sylvia has obtained notation as eligible midwife in June 2011 (the 3rd eligible midwife in WA), and has achieved a Medicare Provider Number. Sylvia offers high quality midwifery services based on the principles of continuity of care by a known midwife. Continuity of midwifery care means a midwife of the mother’s choice supports and cares for the mother and her family from the beginning of the pregnancy through the birth and until the baby is 6 weeks old.
Sylvia Jenkin offers antenatal care, antenatal classes, births, and postnatal care, working collaboratively with your GP from the beginning of your pregnancy until your baby is 6 weeks old.
If you are planning a family, extending your family or you are currently pregnant, please call Ellen Health to arrange a consultation with your choice of GP or our midwife, Sylvia Jenkin for an initial assessment. If you have risk factors, you may be referred to a specialist obstetrician.
Where to Birth?
Most of our local patients give birth to their babies at Kaleeya Hospital (public), Attadale and St John of God Murdoch Private Hospitals. We have collaborative arrangements with our local hospitals and specialist obstetricians. Your Ellen Health doctor and midwife will work with the hospital team, to create an individualised plan for you. Frequently our ladies are seen for many of their antenatal checks at Ellen Health (around 6-8 visits throughout the pregnancy), along with a ‘booking in’ visit to their choice of hospital around 20 weeks gestation, and then attending the hospital again from 36 weeks until the birth of their baby.
Our Ellen Health midwife, Sylvia Jenkin, works closely with the doctors at Ellen Health, particularly to assist with any medical concerns. In addition, Sylvia now offers full birthing service in Armadale hospital, in conjunction with consultant Obstetrician, Dr Nafeesa Moola. She is applying for birthing rights at Kaleeya and other local hospitals.
If you have private health insurance, you may choose to see a private obstetrician for care throughout your pregnancy, and arrange delivery at a private maternity hospital. We are supportive of whatever choice you make. You have the option to share care with a GP and/or midwife at Ellen Health if you would like to, or we look forward to seeing you and new baby after discharge from hospital.
An excellent feature of the new Medicare schedule for eligible midwives includes a Medicare rebate for a comprehensive birth plan after 20 weeks gestational age, which enables a full 90 minutes with your midwife, so you are well prepared for your birth. We recommend all pregnant patients avail themselves of this excellent new service initiative, which will be bulk billed.
Ellen Health provides family planning advice and gynaecological assessments including screening and treatment of sexual transmitted diseases.
We offer the convenience of insertion and removal of Implanon and Mirena contraceptive implants on site.
Several of our doctors have particular experience and expertise in the management of menopausal symptoms.
The time of menopause commonly coincides with other life challenges – children leaving the nest, elderly parents and physical ailments, along with the psychological challenges of mid life. Our doctors and nurse practitioner can help advise on how to stay well and remain positive through this time. The importance of nutrition, and the pros and cons of HRT can be discussed in detail.
Men are often shy about asking for help with their health. We understand the importance of keeping fit, reducing lifestyle risk factors, and helping men achieve their peak fitness, whilst balancing work commitments.
Screening for prostate cancer is a controversial area which our doctors can discuss with you, and consider your individual risk factors.
Our doctors can assist with diagnosis and management of sexual concerns.
Medicals & Workers
Medicals & Workers
Ellen Health offers services for injury management, workers compensation consultations, work related and insurance medicals. Please advise the receptionist if you require a work related medical examination, for example:
- Pre employment medical
- Mines medical
- Insurance medical
- Dive medical
It is well recognised that rapid responses to injury, along with early attention to rehabilitation results in fewer lost time injuries and better client recovery. Our GPs are pleased to work with employers and offer telephone liaison and planning for return to work, along with the employee’s participation and consent.
Ellen Health cares for patients living with a wide range of mental health problems. Many of our Ellen Health GPs have additional training and experience in the management of mental health conditions, and additional counselling expertise.
Ellen Health has engaged the services of an experienced mental health nurse, who provides additional community support.
If you are suffering from stress or are concerned that you may have a mental health condition, please book a long appointment with one of our caring doctors.
A general practice nurse is a registered nurse who specialises in primary care, working within the general practice setting. Our nurses offer a range of services including wound dressings, lifestyle education, full health checks, infection control, immunisations, chronic disease management, especially cardiovascular disease, asthma, heart disease and diabetes. Our doctors and nurses work as a close team. We often recommend a nursing appointment is booked prior to seeing your GP, to optimise what you gain from your booking.
URL Link: Australian Practice Nurses Association
Nutrition & Wellness
Nutrition & Wellness
We are delighted to be one of the first practices in WA with an independent Nurse Practitioner, with full Medicare rebates available. Our nurse practitioner has extensive experience in nutritional medicine.
Book to see your GP or nurse practitioner to consider personal risk factors for illness. A careful review of lifestyle factors, and your family history of illness and cancer is important for everyone.
Important cardiovascular risk factors include smoking, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol , diabetes, obesity, family history, obesity and inactivity.
Important cancer risk factors include family history, alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and occupational exposures to radiation and chemicals.
Book a long appointment to enable a thorough discussion of your risk factors. The Ellen Health team will work with you to maintain your peak wellness and longevity.
95% of skin cancers can be cured if detected early.
Ellen health offers comprehensive skin checks, and removal of lesions.
To enable a thorough skin check, please book a 15 minute appointment with your GP to allow consideration of your family history of skin cancer, your personal sun exposure history, your skin type, and a full top to toe body check.
URL Link: Cancer Council of WA information
Ellen health offers the full WA Health Immunisation schedule for children and adults. Many of these are provided free of charge from the Government.
In addition, an extensive range of travel vaccinations are available, along with important information from our doctors and nurses.
URL links to:
WA Health Immunisation information
Information for families about immunisation
Fact Sheets on Immunisation