Are Medically Prescribed Opioids Killing Australians?

In 1996 Oxycontin a drug more powerful than Heroin hit the medical marketplace. It was touted as the cure for any pain, without addiction and without risk. Drug Companies have made many millions from this drug, at the cost of many deaths.
In 2018 we face an evolving crisis following America down a slippery slope, that will cost us our relatives, parents, sons, and daughters if we don’t change.
Partridge Street General Practice is proud to be a low prescriber of opioids, narcotics, and other medications that have NOT been shown to be effective and safe. We will be happy to discuss better options with youΒ right here.

 

Our team – here for You!

Dr Nick Tellis

 

Your Specialist In Life

Dr Nick Mouktaroudis

 

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Dr Gareth Boucher

 

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Dr Penny Massy-Westropp

 

 

Dr Penny Massy-Westropp

Dr Monika Moy

 

 

Dr Monika Moy

 

Dr Abby Mudford

 

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Dr Chrissy Psevdos

 

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Dr Katherine Astill

(on Maternity Leave from August 2018)

 

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join the team

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Plastic Pain…and a bit of stimulation!

2018 is here and what have You done? What are You going to do?

 

 

Partridge Street General Practice is moving forward with Our Ethos of Professional, Empowering, Comprehensive care from Great GPs!

 

 

Dr Gareth Boucher

 

 

 

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Dr Katherine Astill

 

 

Dr Monika Moy
Dr Monika Moy

 

 

Dr Penny Massy-Westropp
Dr Penny Massy-Westropp

 

 

when the drugs don’t work

 

 

We are known for not prescribing lots of narcotics. (Not a lot of benzodiazepines either, but that’s another post!). Why is that?

 

 

 

Have a look here…

 

 

 

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Firstly, narcotics work differently for acute and chronic pain. Evidence shows that narcotics are effective for short term relief of acute pain after surgery or in an emergency situation, like a broken leg. As time goes on and the acute injury (the break or the surgical procedure) heals or finishes, the side effects of the narcotics increase. Itching and constipation occur, and tolerance leads to a decrease in pain relief. This is chronic pain where opioids areΒ ineffective. Your body produces its own pain relieving chemicals in response to pain or adversity. When you take narcotics or other painkillers, the body STOPS doing this. If you then stop the tablets, the body has to catch up again. This is painful and uncomfortable – We Can Help With That! (without more narcotics…)

 

 

 

There are better alternative Β options. We empower our patients in regard to managing their chronic pain. That’s the Partridge Street General Practice way!

 

 

 

 

Acute pain alerts us to injury or disease by sending a signal to the brain, saying “This is where you are hurt – attend to it”. Chronic pain is the afterlife of this acute pain, when the initial pain has affected the bodily tissues and the neurons in our pain system with false alarms, making us believe the problem is in our body when it is mostly in our brain.Β 


 

 



This evocative description comes from Dr Norman Doidge‘s book ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’. He describes a scientific theory of neuroplasticity, whereby the brain’s structure and function can be changed without medication, achieving long lasting positive changes.

 

 

 

A book for the mind and the body.

 

 

 

 

Long Lasting Positive Changes are what we’re about at Partridge Street General Practice!

 

 

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We’re Here to Help You.

 

 

 

 

 

You can see any of our Great GPs right here:

 

 

Dr Gareth Boucher

 

 

Dr Penny Massy-Westropp

 

 

Dr Monika Moy

 

 

Dr Katherine Astill

 

 

Dr Nick Mouktaroudis

 

 

Dr Nick Tellis