Together Medical Newsletter October 2017

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Together Newsletter October 2017

Together Medical Family Practice & Knoxfield Pharmacy How we started

Together Medical family practice encapsulates the spirit of solidarity. It was formed by two brothers. Born in Australia with a strong and unwavering passion for health. Both rigorously educated and committed to their own health they forged interests in Pharmaceutical and Clinical Medicine.

It wasn’t long before the brothers Dr Wajib (Waj) FRACGP, MBBS and Mr Amer Dib BPharm came together to formulate their vision and commence fulfilling their unified goal in creating a medical practice in combination with a pharmacy to better provide the community it serves with its health needs. Knoxfield Pharmacy has stood as a reliable pillar in the community for several years before it was transformed and renovated to reflect the modern and progressive owner and the staff which Amer manages. Growing from this solid legacy the medical clinic was built above the pharmacy, and from this position Dr Waj has established a light-filled, friendly and warm environment in which to treat and care for his patients.

Together, we believe we can deliver a more wholistic service. Together we as a Medical Centre will grow to attract more dedicated service providers to our flock. In step with our patients, we can educate, treat, and protect our community as we journey forward….Together

Dr. W. Dib

MBBS FRACGP BSc. (Biomedical) HONS
Rear, Level I, 1571 Ferntree Gully Road, Knoxfield 3180
Clinic Hours
  • Monday 10am to 6pm
  • Tuesday 10am to 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday 9am to 7pm
  • Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 9am to 12.30pm
  • *closed 1 Saturday each month & Public Holidays

Appointments: If you are unable to attend your appointment, please call us and let us know as someone else may be in need of the appointment.

Fees: We Bulk Bill concession card holders, children under 16 and all new patients first appointment. Patients without concession cards will be charged a fee. Please see the sign at reception for further details. EFTPOS is available. Your Medicare rebate will be processed at time of payment.

Practice Update

Our continued aim is to provide the most up-to-date medical service possible and to focus on preventative health to help you avoid disease before it starts.

Our Doctor is committed to ongoing education and skill development by attending conferences, seminars and lectures.

Computerised information sources further enhanced access to the most up to date information.Parking facilities are provided on Otway Street.

Privacy This practice is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of your personal health information. Your medical record is a confidential document. It is the policy of this practice to maintain security of personal health information at all times and to ensure that this information is only available to authorized members of staff.


Our Doctor does not take phone calls during consultation hours. If you need to speak with the doctor, you must make an appointment. Results are not given over the telephone, they are given in consultation. You may receive a telephone call from the Doctor if the matter is urgent, otherwise our receptionist will call you to make a follow up appointment.

Urgent matters will be triaged and it is likely that you will be given an urgent appointment on the same day.

Our practice is committed to preventative care. We may issue you with a reminder notice from time to time offering you preventative health services appropriate to your care. If you do not wish to be part of this system please let us know at reception.

Health Promotion: October is the month for promoting awareness for Cardiac Arrest Survival, Polio Awareness, Lupus Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness. Please speak to your Doctor if you have any concerns regarding these issues.

Breast Cancer Awareness: October, Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding nonmelanoma skin cancer). Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.

Take the time this month to find out what you need to know about breast awareness and share this important information with your family, friends and colleagues.

colic, unsettled infants

Pharmacy News - Colic, Unsettled Infants

by: Amir Dib, Pharmacist

Bringing home a new baby can be one of life’s greatest joys, however it can also be a period of stress and concern whereby parents will often seek the advice of their local pharmacist or GP. One of the more common concerns is a baby who cries and will not settle. Often such a case can be placed as what is generally termed as a colicky child.

So, what is Colic? Technically it is defined as uncontrollable crying in a healthy baby for more than three hours in a row, on three or more days a week. The baby will typically clench their fists, arch their back or draw their knees up.

What causes Colic? Many theories circulate on the cause but most include and agree that it is either gut sensitives, trapped wind, indigestion, and allergies to proteins in milk and sugars. They can also include reflux and other medical conditions such as ear infections and hernias.

How to Treat Colic? One of the first and easiest attempts to settle wind or gas induced colic is to recommend Simethicone drops to help the baby pass excessive wind. These work by breaking up the gas bubbles allowing the G.I tract an easier pathway to eliminate the gas. You may be wondering why your child has excess gas in the first place? Generally, there is some form of food allergy. The typical culprits can be dairy and soy. For example, many babies will eat large amounts of yoghurt and often the type of protein found in the yoghurt is a common trigger for Colic. It can sometimes be a stressful period of investigation as the parent will need to try different formulas and eliminate different foods to find the trigger.

The key message: Knoxfield Pharmacy would like to advise parents that Colicky babies are not in pain and whilst distressing for parents, there is no evidence Colic has any long-term effects on a baby’s health.