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General Medicine


The Department of General Internal Medicine provides comprehensive, integrated health care, with cost-effective investigations and management options for patients with complex medical problems. Physicians have expertise in the provision of acute undifferentiated General Medicine services including designation of goals of care for patients with multisystem disease and multi-disciplinary expertise in chronic disease management. Multiple system diseases, diagnosis, assessment and management should ideally be referred to the Dept. of General Medicine.

Evidenced based medicine is the mainstay of general medicine and we strive to incorporate research into everyday practice by applying and undertaking research and audit activities.

Services provided

There is a dedicated Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) which receives general medical and undifferentiated patients for assessment, care and treatment for up to 72 hours prior to transfer to medical in-patient wards or home.
Three internal medicine teams provide care to patients whose expected length of stay is more than 48 to 72 hours. Sub-specialty back up is available 24 hours a day.

Contact details

Senior staff

Dr. John Dick

Clinical Director General Medicine

+61 7 4433 1111
Dr. Dharampal Anand Staff Specialist, Internal medicine +61 7 4433 3118

Dr. Tara Cowtan

Staff Specialist, Internal Medicine +61 7 4433 1385 or Mob:0418715773

Dr. Syeda Nabila Zinat

Staff Specialist, Internal Medicine +61 7 4433 1111 or  Mob:0477 300 266
Dr Suji Prabhaharan Staff Specialist, Internal medicine +61 7 4433 3118
Administration Administration Office Internal Medicine Ph:  +61 7 4433 1385
Fax: +61 7 4433 1261 (Do not use for referral purposes)

Advanced trainees 2017

Dr. Abhiranjan Shukla Registrar +61 7 44331111
Dr. Sandya Jalapu Chief Medical Registrar +61 7 44333121 or Mob:0407078210
Dr. Amy Hsieh Registrar +61 7 44334331

Teaching activities

A well rounded teaching and education program is in place for basic physician trainees to guide them through FRACP written and clinical exam.

Monday - Medical Service Group Grand Round roster

Thursday - Lunch time clinical reasoning meeting and journal club.

Thursday afternoon general medical teaching - Rostered teaching afternoons for Medical Interns, PHOs and Registrars roster to acute medicine shifts. This teaching program is directed towards practical skills and case based learning. Practical skills include; SIM centre training for management of the deteriorating patient, review of non- invasive ventilation management, communication skills training, radiology review and common investigations amongst others. Attendance at this session is mandatory for rostered staff, but open to other medical staff who are free to attend.

Last updated: 14 September 2017