Early bird hours - Some of our doctors start appointments at 8.00 am. Check with our reception staff for availability. Also S&N Pathology now open at 8.00 am Monday to Friday. Need an early bird appointment? Call GMC on 02 66250000 or S&N Pathology 02 6624 6401

mobile phone useWe understand that you may need to make or recieve important phone calls. If you are making a call, please make the call outside the building. If you recieve a call, please make sure your mobile is not on speaker as your call is private and this is a public area. Thanks for your consideration and support in making GMC a comfortable place for others.

interpreter serviceIf the need arises for an interpreter within this practice, our administration staff can assist in organising a phone connect or onsite interpreter. The service is a national service provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The service is free for Medicare-rebatable services provided to Australian citizens or permanent residents. The service offers both male and female interpreters on request. It is best to allow at least 48 hours for an on-site interpreter. To contact TIS National directly, call 131 450 or go to the website at www.tisnational.gov.au 

the Talking StickWe value our art at the GMC in terms of its role as a therapy and helping to connect with the broader community. We have a collection from many local artists including some works by Bundjalung people.

Our most recent addition is a print from a well known First Nation Canadian artist, Todd Baker. This work was given to us by our two Canadian medical students, Hasti Gouldooz and Amrita Samra. They have now just completed their one year training with us.

We enjoyed having these students and wish them well for their future. The artwork is called ‘The Talking Stick.’

The stick was held by the speaker, who stood beside the chief at ceremonies and announced the chief’s wishes. The talking stick was the property of the chief and was intricately carved with his crests and family stories much like a miniature totem pole. Today at gatherings it is the turn of whoever is holding the talking stick to speak.

One of Canada’s foremost First Nation artists, Todd is the grandson of the (late) great leader and speaker Chief Khot-la-cha (Chief Simon Baker) of the Squamish Nation a Coast Salish tribe. The Squamish Nation is located in the beautiful city of Vancouver where our students come from.               

 - by Dr Andrew Binns

Dr Andrew Binns is a General Practitioner at Goonellabah Medical Centre and has recently launched a new website called Healthy Aspirations - addressing the determinants of health.

His focused areas are Lifestyle Medicine, Art and Health, Justice Health and Aboriginal Health. Other important contributors to the website are Janet Grist, journalist and writer, and Dr Janis Balodis, director and playwright.

Dr Binns encourages feedback and welcomes ideas for contributions to the site.

Read more: Dr Andrew Binns launches new website →