Frequently Asked Questions
Hyperthermia therapy is a type of treatment in which tissue is exposed to high temperatures in order to stimulate healing and a positive immune system response. This treatment can be applied locally or as a whole body treatment. It is an adjunct medical treatment used in conjunction with conventional treatments and is available only by referral and under the supervision
What is hyperthermia therapy?
While it has primarily been used as an adjunctive cancer treatment, hyperthermia therapies have shown positive benefit to heavy metal detoxification, injury healing, dermatological conditions.
What is hyperthermia used for?
A whole body treatment takes two hours. A localised application takes one hour.
How long does hyperthermia treatment take?
For a whole body treatment, the patient lies comfortably on a bed underneath an insulating tent. Mounted on the roof of the tent is the Heckel HT-3000 Whole Body Hyperthermia System which emits warming Infrared (IR) light. IR light warms the body safely and while under careful monitoring, the patient is kept at the desired temperature for the length of
How does whole body hyperthermia work?
Hyperthermia therapy is non-invasive, yet as with any medical treatment, may have undesirable side effects. The majority of patients simply feel thirsty and flushed after treatment and side effects are minor. The potential side effects depend on the patient’s health, the part of the body that is treated and how high the temperature is raised. Your doctor will discuss all
Are there any side effects?
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an essential water-soluble nutrient involved in controlling infections, repairing tissue, forming collagen, producing certain neurotransmitters and neutralising harmful free radicals.
What is vitamin c?
Adequate supply of Vitamin C is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all tissues, the defence against disease, absorption of iron and even the maintenance of bones and teeth. Studies also show that vitamin C may lower blood pressure.
How does vitamin c help me?
While Vitamin C is a naturally occurring vitamin especially in citrus fruit, your doctor will recommend supplementing with Vitamin C to improve your intake to desired levels, if your specific needs require it.
How often should I take Vitamin C
Studies show that IV supply of nutrients allows for higher absorption than orally taken supplements. Other factors are also considered by your doctor to determine whether it is the most beneficial method.
Is intravenous Vitamin C better than oral?
Intravenous (IV) Nutrient and Vitamin Therapy involves the administration of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, directly into the bloodstream in the form of a drip. The IV method bypasses the digestive system, allowing delivery of greater quantities of nutrients and promoting maximum absorption. IV intravenous therapy is used to support your body immunity and is especially useful if you have
What is intravenous therapy?
A holistic doctor is a fully-qualified doctor who takes a whole-body approach to healthcare, selecting from conventional medication and alternative therapies, when treating a patient. While Holistic doctors treat symptoms, they are also concerned with the cause of those symptoms and aiding lasting wellness.
What is a holistic doctor?
Your holistic doctor will use a combination of traditional medicine in conjunction with a variety of natural options, depending on your condition. They can help you get to the root causes of your issues, build your immune system and even support you with weight loss issues to enable you to have better health.
How can a holistic doctor help me?
Not all GP’s are holistic doctors, but holistic doctors are general practitioners who have completed additional training in nutrition and functional medicine.
Is a holistic doctor a GP?
Whether Medicare will cover your consult depends on your specific situation. Discuss this with your doctor.
Are holistic doctors covered by Medicare?
Yes, there are over 70 types in Australia, mostly found on the east coast.
Are there ticks in australia?
The treatment for tick bites depends on your specific situation, and the kind of tick. See your doctor if you can’t remove a tick properly and part of it is still left in your skin. You should also see a doctor if you develop the following signs: increasing pain, swelling and redness, red streaks leading from the area pus, fever,
How do you treat tick bites?
Lyme disease is transmitted following the bite of certain types of ticks if they have been infected with particular Borrelia bacteria. Only some species of ticks are capable of being infected by the Borrelia bacteria and only these infected ticks can pass the infection on to humans. These ticks are commonly found in parts of Asia, Europe and North America.
Does a tick bite cause lyme disease
Lyme disease does not exist in Australia however, “lyme like” symptoms could be caused by a variety of other issues, if you have any of these symptoms you should discuss this with your doctor.
Are there any lyme disease in australia?
Yes there are. Tick season on the Gold Coast generally lasts from October to March. Ticks are more prevalent in a wetter spring and summer after a mild winter.
Are there ticks on the Gold Coast?
Generally the symptoms are localised redness and circular spreading rash. You may have localised intense pain. If your symptoms persist, please see your doctor.
What are the symptoms of tick bite?
You’ll likely first notice that you have an itch and discover a small red lump. They are easy to identify as they stay attached to the body. Most tick bites are harmless, but if you are concerned, please see your doctor.
How do I know if I have a tick?
Glutathione is a substance made from the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. It is produced by the liver and involved in many body processes. It is also an antioxidant and helps to reduce inflammation.
What is glutathione?
Yes it is made in the liver, however illnesses can hamper your natural production of glutathione and when you’re unwell with a virus, your body can use more glutathione to build immunity.
Can your body make glutathione?
Glutathione can be taken orally or via intravenous fluids — the amount depends on your specific requirements.
How do I get glutathione supplements
Some of the symptoms may include headache, dizzy, problems sleeping, colds, dermatitis, frequent disease.
What are the symptoms of low glutathione?
Glutathione infusions, delivered by intravenous infusion delivers the powerful antioxidant directly into your bloodstream, allowing for adequate absorption. This high dose is TGA approved and provides significant immune system support.
What is IV glutathione?
It is a constant feeling of lack of energy, tiredness or motivation.
What is fatigue?
Holistic and integrative doctors at IMH GC can help you discover the causes of fatigue and formulate specific treatment plans to help you regain and improve your energy levels.
Can IMH doctors help me with fatigue?
As the causes of fatigue are complex, there is no one specific blood test to diagnose fatigue. See your doctor to discover the cause of your fatigue.
Do I need a blood test for fatigue?
This will be determined by first understanding the root cause of your fatigue. Consult your doctor to determine this.
How do I get rid of fatigue?
While good diet, exercise and better sleep can all improve fatigue, you should see your doctor to discuss the most suitable plan for you.
What do I do if I have fatigue?
Before you take any supplements, it is important you see a doctor to ensure that a supplement protocol is specifically tailored to your needs.
What do I need to take if I have fatigue?
Is the equipment used to deliver hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). This therapy involves you staying in a highly pressurised oxygen rich environment.
What is a hyperbaric chamber?
There are conditions contraindicated for hyperbaric chamber treatment, you should discuss this with your practitioner.
Can anyone use a hyperbaric chamber?
Studies have shown that hyperbaric chamber therapy provides promising support as an adjunctive treatment to traditional cancer therapies such as chemo and radiation therapy.
Does hyperbaric chamber therapy help with cancer?
No you don’t, however you should make an appointment with the hyperbaric specialist to determine if it is suitable for you. If not, you may need to see a medical practitioner for certain conditions.
Do I need a doctors referral to use hyperbaric chamber?
The IMH GC hyperbaric chamber is maintained and run by qualified hyperbaric technicians.
Are our hyper baric chambers safe?
Before use, please consult your doctor to determine whether hyperbaric therapy is appropriate for you.
Can you use a hyperbaric chamber if you have diabetes
Clinic and New Patient Questions
To make an initial appointment to see one of our doctors please use our New Patient Form. One of our receptionists will call you within three working days to discuss an appointment booking. For existing patients, please click the book appointment button below.
How do I make an appointment at IMH Gold Coast?
Please call reception on 07 5562 5333 for information on pricing. You can also find information below on our Medicare rebates and cancellation policy.
How much do the appointments and treatments cost?
We do not offer bulk billing due to the extensive and comprehensive nature of the consultations however Medicare rebates are available (refer to price list).
Does your practice offer bulk billing consultations?
Yes both Dr. Dominique Wells and Dr. Shirley McIlvenny offer appointments via Skype or phone call. Dr. Taufiq Binjemain does not offer Skype consultations however are available for appointments over the phone. Please note that Medicare do not offer rebates for Skype or phone consultations.
Is it possible for me to have an appointment via videocall or over the phone
Our Integrative GPs work full time in consultations with patients. If you need to request a script, referral or letter, or to obtain a result or replacement pathology form, please make a short appointment with your doctor. This can be a phone appointment or face-to-face in clinic. If you need a prescription or pathology form please use the script request form.
Can I email or call the Doctors after my consultation if there is something I have forgotten?
We will take your Medicare card details and the rebate will be automatically refunded back into whichever account you have registered with Medicare during payment. Please make sure you bring your Medicare card with you to your appointment and record the correct details in your patient registration form. It may also be helpful to check with Medicare to make sure they have your address and bank account details.
How can I claim my Medicare rebate?
Unfortunately you cannot claim private health rebates for doctor’s appointments. Medicare rebates however are available for doctor’s appointments including laser acupuncture.
Can I claim private health rebates to see the Integrative GPs?
Please bring any recent test results, scans or x-rays along with you to your appointment. We will also need your current Medicare card or card details to process your rebate.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Free parking is available in the carpark and across the road at Robina Town Centre.
Is there parking available at the clinic?
Yes, you can access the clinic via a ramp.