At the heart of the service provided at Warwick Road Medical is a focus on patient-centred care which is individually tailored to your particular needs, goals and objectives.
Education is the key to the ongoing improvement of both our service and your health outcomes.
With this in mind we want to provide our community with a central point to access the various resources we reference during consultations.
If you notice we've missed your service, please let us know.
Ipswich is a beautiful city with lots of open spaces to get out and enjoy. We are spoilt for choice!
The Active Parks Program supported by Ipswich City Council provides opportunities for the kids, our grandparents and every age in-between to access exercise programs inside and outside your home.
If we get enough interest, perhaps we should consider putting in a #TeamWRM for the Park2Park in 2022? Let us know what you think!
One of the most commonly recommended regimes for balanced and nutritious eating, the Mediterranean Diet facilitates a positive relationship with food not only as an essential function to fuel our bodies but also a vehicle for social engagement.
Some helpful links follow here:
If you're looking for online resources within the digital networking sphere, look no further than The Nutrition Guru and The Chef. Tara presents a no-nonsense, educated and insightful commentary on all things food and nutrition. The delicious recipes will change your life!
One of the familiar faces at Warwick Road Medical is Molly Goode from Healthy Lifestyles. Molly is a UQ graduate with a major in Major in Nutrition and a Masters of Dietetics. You can learn more about Molly here.
The Queensland Government have generated a comprehensive list of Community Support Services for the South West Queensland area, including Ipswich, Somerset and Lockyer Valley Regions. This document contains everything from legal and financial support through to housing, employment and interpreter support. This resource can be accessed here.
West Moreton Health provide a range of Mental Health Support services across 5 areas, ranging from Community and Acute Care to Alcohol and Other Drugs Support and Prison Health Services. Additional information about these services is accessible here.
Local entrepreneur, Camilla Thompson has recently launched, My Local Health. Her organisation is dedicated to health-related education and community support. Camilla is creating a hub of connectivity and resources for our local community and providers alike. You can find her new venture here.
My Community Directory is proudly supported by Ipswich City Council and the Darling Downs West Moreton PHN. Incorporating Health Services, Advocacy Services, Crisis and Emergency Services, Employment Services, Welfare and Youth Services, you're likely to find helpful support services contained therein.
Youth Service support is incorporated into many community centres across Ipswich. There are particular programs specifically tailored to support for Young Carers. You can find more information to support you here.
Kids Helpline is accessible here.
The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne The Kids Health Info Fact Sheets on is an excellent resource for parents and teens and can help you understand your condition and potential treatment options.
Need help understanding your particular condition? Healthdirect provide an alphabetised list of health topics to help you break down the basics and develop an understanding of your condition.
The Leichhardt One Mile Community Centre provide various services and support to the Ipswich community. Find and follow them on FB @LOMCC2
The Riverview Community Centre follows a framework of community-based activities to support their community. Find and follow them on FB @RiverviewCommunityCentre
The Camira Springfield Community Centre hosts a number of activities for all ages. Find and follow them on FB @camiraspringfieldcommunitycentre
The YMCA Springfield Lakes Community Centre is a collaborative partnership that services the greater Springfield Community. Find and follow them on FB @YMCASpringfieldLakesCommunityCentre
Kambu is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health servicing the Ipswich and West Moreton regions. Founded by a group of locals who were dedicated to facilitating a culturally appropriate healthcare service.
Kambu provide a range of health and social services to the community.
WRM is proud to work collaboratively with Attune Hearing to offer Medical Audiology.
OtoGP is a calibrated 2x channel audiometer which tests pure tone with air conduction results recorded in real time and emailed to you directly.
In the event you 'fail' the test, OtoGP provides direct referral for comprehensive diagnostic audiological assessment.
Some of the parameters for Medical Audiology to test your hearing include:
- cognitive decline/dementia
- safety and balance
- cardiovascular disease/heart health
- medications that may cause hearing loss (oxotoxicity)
- work-related noise
- ineffective hearing devices
This service enhances our comprehensive approach to patient care.
An electrocardiogram is a painless and non-invasive way to help diagnose many common heart problems in people of all age groups.
We tend to think an ECG is exclusively reserved for those who are experiencing chest pain or heart palpitations. While this is the primary purpose, there are other reasons to have an ECG.
Some other reasons may include:
- ongoing use of particular medications such as those used to manage behavioural conditions
- establishing a baseline if you have indicated conditions such as:
- cardiovascular/heart disease
- people at risk of heart disease due to family history, smoking and obesity
- renal disease
Read more here.
An ABI is a test that compares blood pressure in the upper and lower limbs. An ABI aides in the detection of vascular changes, particularly peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and can help identify people who have a high risk of coronary artery disease.
If you are at risk of PAD or coronary artery disease your doctor may recommend an ABI.
Some lifestyle factors which contribute to increased risk of PAD include:
- over 70 years of age
- known history of arterial plaque
- under 50 years of age with diabetes and other risk factors such as smoking or high BP
Read more here.
Spirometry* is a pulmonary function test that assesses lung function by measuring airflow in and out of your lungs.
Spirometry is a common and useful test used by doctors to diagnose:
- interstitial pulmonary fibrosis
- other diseases that affect lung function
Read more here.
*The covid-19 pandemic has prevented the use of spirometry for some time. We continue to work within the parameters of Government guidelines.
Blocked ears is a common reason to present to the GP. While we usually associate the issue with wax, there are a variety of reasons your ears may be blocked. This could be anything from a little water trapped after swimming to a sinus or middle ear infection.
Your GP will first review the condition and cause of the blockage and determine and appropriate treatment plan.
If ear syringing is an appropriate option for you, this is usually completed by one of our practice nurses after consulting with your GP.
It's a relatively quick procedure and though it feels a little odd it's usually painless and efficient.
That said, ear wax is actually really important and we shouldn't make a habit of removing it on a regular basis. You can read about some lesser known facts about ear wax here.
A variety of reasons may indicate the use of ear toilet with microscope. Discuss this option with your GP when you next attend the rooms.
Co-located at 70 Warwick Road is Mix Compounding Pharmacy who are experts in pharmaceutical compounding.
But, how does it work?
Julie, one of the central compounding pharmacists at Mix has provided us with this helpful overview.
Pharmaceutical compounding is the science responsible for the creation of customised medication. Compounded medications are created by combining individual ingredients in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient and their own unique needs.
What are the benefits of compounding?
The main benefit associated with compounding is that the focus is on providing patients with
pharmaceutical products that have been customised to fit their own unique needs when standard marketed drugs fail to do so.
Compounding is often required for medical reasons; some patients require a particular non-essential ingredient to be removed from their medication to prevent an allergic reaction. Others require compounded medication to acquire an exact dosage amount that is unique to their own personal needs and which may not be available in the available marketed drugs.
Compounding pharmacies are also used for more optional reasons. Occasionally, patients will need their medications in a different form to the manufactured product. For example, if an elderly or paediatric patient has difficulty taking their medication in solid dosage form; a compounding pharmacist can provide the same medication in a cream base form to allow the patient to apply the medication topically, or in a syrup or solution form for easier administration.
Who prepares compounded medications?
Compounded medications are ordered by a medical practitioner, veterinarian or other prescriber, and must be mixed in a safe and carefully controlled environment by/under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist.
Learn more about MIX Compounding Pharmacy here.
We are all incredibly overwhelmed by the endless barrage of information about the pandemic and it can be incredibly difficult to filter the nuances and get to the heart of the conversation.
Some would argue this is nigh-on-impossible as each, localised experience brings a unique set of circumstances and experiences that aren't easily translated to different settings.
Below you will find some links to some useful information. As with every experience we've had with this pandemic to date, the challenge with a novel virus is maintaining currency of information and extrapolating that into practice...sometimes the wheels turn slowly.
Please review the links below in the spirit they're provided; a point in time commentary and effort to provide a platform for sound and reputable information.
We will continue to monitor and add additional resources over time.
In Australia we are governed by ATAGI, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. ATAGI offer comment, advice and recommendations on immunisations for Australians. As a general practice we are guided by the advice of ATAGI.
You can review their statements here.
The official Covid-19 Patient Resources can be found here.
There are some consistent questions coming through from the Australian community. In response the Department of Health have put together this series of videos called "Top 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Questions". Covering everything from boosters to vaccines for the under-12 cohort, managing needle phobia and personal preference of vaccines, you may find some of your own questions have already been asked and a little insight offered.
Take a look here.
The resources referenced on this page are for educational purposes only and do not replace consultation with your regular physician. Please consult your doctor before you make any changes to your current regime.
The views and opinions expressed on outside sites and by external organisations do not necessarily represent the policies and procedures of Warwick Road Medical and its affiliates.