Going to the doctor can be scary. But if you just relax and don’t be shy or ashamed about talking to a doctor you will get the best treatment when you are sick.
There are about 100 Aboriginal Medical Services or Health Services around Australia where you can visit a doctor.
If there isn’t an Aboriginal Medical Service, you will probably have to go to a doctor’s surgery.
Visiting a Doctor
Your Doctor will ask you a lot of questions. You might think some questions are not very important. But remember the doctor needs to know all about your health.
Always tell your doctor what’s on your mind, and any bits of information you think might be important.
Make sure you always understand exactly what the doctor tells you. You can always ask your doctor questions.
Ask as many questions as it takes for you to understand what the doctor is saying to you.
If the doctor tells you that you have to take tablets or other drugs to fix your health you should ask the following questions:
• How much will they cost?
• Are there any side effects?
• Are there any alternatives?
• Can I drink alcohol while I’m taking this drug?
Make sure that you know everything about the drugs the doctor might give you. Make sure:
• That the doctor about any other drugs you take, including the pill.
• That the doctor knows all about your health problems, both past and present.
• That you know exactly when and how you should take the drugs the doctor is giving you.
Everything that happens between you and your doctor is private business.
The doctor cannot tell anyone else about your medical treatment or health, unless you say it’s OK.
The doctor cannot tell anybody what’s wrong with you. This includes what drugs you are taking, any sickness you have or any test you may need.
If a doctor needs to check your body, they should tell you exactly what they’re doing and why – and if it’s going to hurt or be uncomfortable.
If you are not happy with your doctor, you can always go to another one. It is very important to have a doctor you are OK with.