Frequently asked questions

COVID-19: is your practice still open?

I am attempting to continue to provide service in these rapidly changing times. My rooms will communicate with you in the days leading up to an appointment to convey the most recent advise. Should things change, we will update the information here.

Do I need a referral to see you?

Please ensure that you have a current referral from your doctor before you see me. otherwise your Medicare rebate will be reduced.

Will I have to wait to get an appointment with you?

New patients can usually be seen within a month.

How much does it cost to visit you?

What I offer you is the most valuable of commodities, time. I cannot afford to do that if I charge the Medicare schedule fee. I believe that my fees are reasonable and most of your hospital treatment will be covered by your health insurance.

I do not bulk bill but for selected cases, such as aged pensioners, I will reduce the fee to the rebate amount.

Please settle your account for surgery visits at the time of the visit. I offer multiple payment options including credit card facilities and EFTPOS.

Please note that private health funds will limit cover for some situations e.g. you will usually need to be a member of a health fund for 12 months before any pregnancy care will be covered.

If you have a problem with payment, please feel free to discuss it with me.

How do I cancel an appointment?

Please phone Margaret on 08 9332 5276 or send her an email at reception@sogi.com.au.

Can I visit you for a pap smear?

You should see your GP for routine pap smears. If you need a colposcopy, please contact my rooms and we can advise you on your options.

What contraception options do you provide?

I can advise you regarding appropriate contraception for your stage of life. I insert Mirenas in the rooms under local anaesthetic.

What contraception options do you provide?

I can advise you regarding appropriate contraception for your stage of life. I insert Mirenas in the rooms under local anaesthetic.

For obstetric patients

I am planning to get pregnant, is there anything I should do?

Take folic acid and iodine (e.g. I-Folic) for at least a month before you get pregnant and then for the first three months of your pregnancy. You do not need to take an expensive mixture of multivitamins, folic acid and iodine. You get all the vitamins you need from a good diet.

Why should I see an obstetrician?

I believe your pregnancy is best managed by someone who is not only aware of the risk of adverse outcomes but is also trained to deal with them when they occur.

I liken myself to the fire fighters at the airport. They are always on standby, taking steps to avoid problems in the first place, dealing with them quickly and expertly if they do occur and are very happy to do nothing but watch the aircraft land.

Why should I have treatment in the private sector?

In my view the primary reason to be treated in the private sector is that you are cared for by someone that you know and trust, who will give you advice that they believe to be the best advice and the best tailored to your individual circumstances.

Should I bring my partner to my appointments?

Partners are always welcome, but it is your choice. Children are welcome too and enjoy having their tummies palpated, just like mummy!

Should I have a caesarean section?

I often hear questions about SJOG Murdoch Hospital’s high caesarean rate. As all patients are private, this is not down to the hospital but relates to individual practitioners. Women are having their babies at an older age and the consequent loss of elasticity is an important and under-rated determinant of obstetric outcome. The private obstetric population is generally an older group. What is less discussed are the excellent outcomes in private obstetrics. For example, there is an unusually low postpartum haemorrhage rate compared to the national average. Another positive indicator is the low neonatal nursery admission rate at our hospital.

Some patients choose caesarean as their preferred mode of delivery. With appropriate counselling, I support that decision in the same way I support the woman whose preference is to avoid a caesarean if possible.

Who will look after me when you are away?

Life balance is important for everyone, so I do take regular weekends off and vacations. My practice is covered by two obstetricians (Dr Anna Holmes and Dr Chris Gunnell). They have a similar approach to pregnancy care and I trust them with the care of my patients.

What’s with all the frogs?

When I specialised, I became a member of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRACOG). To mark the event my wife bought me my first frog (pictured above). The rest is history. When I moved rooms in 2016, many of my frogs were relocated and now reside in my attic!