Dr Baxter – Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

September 3, 2019 Services

Gastric Sleeve surgery involves removing the lateral two-thirds of the stomach with a stapling device. The procedure is done using keyhole or laparoscopic surgery. The remaining stomach is more like a tube or ‘sleeve’ than a sac. It is estimated that the remaining stomach has about a 100 to 200ml capacity. It works by making you feel “full” sooner, therefore you will eat less.


Is it effective?

Most people who have gastric sleeve surgery have been found to achieve long term weight loss, but it is contingent on keeping to a new lifestyle inclusive of movement and diet changes. Studies have shown that after a gastric sleeve resection procedure, patients show improvement in obesity related health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnoea.

What are the risks?

As with all major surgical procedures, gastric sleeve surgery comes with the risk of post-operative complications such as infections, pneumonia and bleeding. As the procedure involves stapling part of the stomach, leakage is always possible. If leakage occurs, it may cause infection and other health problems. The more obese you are prior to surgery, the higher the risk of complications. However, medical statistics indicate low mortality (risk of dying).

How long will recovery take?

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes one to two hours.
We anticipate your stay in the hospital for two or three days, then recovery at home for two weeks. Your recovery should be fast and smooth, provided that you follow the dietitian’s instructions. You should avoid any heavy lifting for four weeks to allow the wound to heal. You should be able to return to work after 2-4 weeks, depending on your type of work (standardly two weeks).

You will be on a fluid diet for one week post operatively, then you will slowly progress to pureed foods, soft foods, before returning to solid food at approximately 6 weeks.

Movement and regular exercise will assist in helping you return to work as soon as possible.

To book an appointment with Dr Ian Baxter, please call 5444 8594

For more information on Dr Ian Baxter

August 4, 2019 Services
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Stretching promotes normal metabolic activity of the inter-vertebral discs, muscles and ligaments. It should be done in a smooth, controlled manner and should never be painful. If you do experience any pain, please consult your health care professional.

These stretches should be done at least twice each day (first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening before bed). You will also benefit from stretching throughout the day whenever you feel your muscles stiffen. Ten repetitions to each side are suggested for each stretch.


1. Spinal Rotations: Sitting upright, slowly twist your spine as far as it will go (look over your shoulder) to both sides.

2. Spinal Extension/Flex: Sitting upright, place hands on knees. Slowly pull head back as pelvis is tilted forward, then bend your head forward as your pelvis tips backwards.

3. Spinal Lateral Bending: Sitting upright, bend fully to one side and then to the other (bring your ear towards your shoulder as far as you can).

Spinal Molding

This exercise enhances spinal curves and prepares you and your spine for a restful sleep, following your evening stretches. Lay on a neck and back roll for 10 minutes before sleeping. Place neck roll under your neck, pressed against your shoulders. Place lower back roll below your rib cage and above your pelvis. You can add a bolster under your knees for added comfort (skip this exercise if you are using the ThoracicPillow®).




To book an appointment with Dr David Shahar, please call 5322 4900

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Our specialist Oncologist Dr Sharon Heng talks about travelling with cancer.

Travel for patients with cancer has become more achievable because of gains in quality of life and overall survival. The risk assessment of these patients is complex, and there is a paucity of data to which clinicians can refer. We present the challenges of traveling with cancer and a review of the literature.

A review using Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines was performed. A search using the terms ”cancer,” “advanced cancer,” ”metastases,” “brain edema,” “lymphoedema,” “pneumothorax,” ”pleural effusion,” “pericardial effusion,” pneumonitis,” “hypoxia,” “end-of-life,” and “shunt,” combined with “flying” and “air travel,” was conducted. The PubMed and Cochrane databases were searched for English-language studies up to December 2018. Studies, case reports, or guidelines referring to travel in the context of adult patients with malignancies were included. A total of 745 published articles were identified; 16 studies were included. An inclusive approach to data extraction was used.

There were no specific criteria to deem a patient with cancer fit to travel. Neurologic, respiratory, and cardiac implications, and time from recent surgery or procedure need to be considered There was a lack of high-quality studies to inform decisions, but the British Thoracic Society and Aerospace Medical Association Medical Guidelines included recommendations for fitness to fly for patients with cancer.

In the absence of large prospective studies, individual fitness to travel should be assessed on a case-by-case basis, bearing in mind that maximizing a patient’s ability to safely travel is an important goal for many individuals with cancer.

To read the article in full, please visit https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JGO.19.00029

To book an appointment with Dr Sharon Heng, please call (07) 3859 0690

July 15, 2019 Services

We sat down with Dr Baxter to learn a little more about him!


Q:   How did you get to become a surgeon on the Sunshine Coast?

A:   I was educated in Brisbane and commenced medicine at the University of Queensland in 1980. After graduating I worked at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and always had a passion to become a surgeon as I enjoyed the principles of operating, the black and white nature of surgery and the ability to significantly improve peoples' lives through operating. I then travelled for a couple of years and then returned to the Royal Brisbane Hospital as a training Registrar and embarked upon my surgical training.  I finished my surgical training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and obtained my college certification which is to be a Fellow of the Royal College of Australian Surgeons in 1995.  I then went and studied abroad for 2 years at Bath and then Edinburgh where I was a Senior Registrar and got involved with upper gastro-intestinal surgery and that became my area of interest and passion.  During that time, I saw the evolution of laparoscopic or keyhole surgery and saw that was a way for the future. I returned to Australia as Director at the QE2 Hospital in Brisbane and spent a year as Director  and then ventured to the Sunshine Coast where I wanted to reside in 1998 and have lived there since with my wife and four children.   My interest in bariatric surgery began seeing gastric bands with one of my mentors and I started doing these in 1999, since that time bariatric surgery has become a considerable interest and part of my practice and has evolved over the last 20 year where we now do laparoscopic bands, laparoscopic sleeves and laparoscopic bypass and it certainly is a significant area of practice.  I enjoy general surgery and will continue to practice with my main focus in bariatric surgery and upper gastro-intestinal.

Q:  What do you do in your spare time?

A:  I live rurally on acreage so most of my spare time is outdoors mowing on a tractor or gardening which I have got an avid interest in. I also have a local band that I play guitar and do vocals and I enjoy all things about the ocean in particular surfing. I also have a real interest in snow-skiing and take most years on the snow fields in winter.

Q:  What is at the top of your bucket list?

A:  At the moment it would be looking at the walking tour along the Amalfi Coast and through Tuscany.

Q:  What is your favourite food?

A:  My favourite food would probably be Morton Bay Bugs and the Mooloolaba Prawns.

Q:  Favourite holiday destination?

A:  My favourite holiday destination I would have to say I really enjoy both the ocean and snow, so we often ourselves surf locally at the beach or at North Stradbroke Island. The beaches around Byron are also quite spectacular. With skiing I would have to say Whistler would be by favourite skiing destination.

Q:  What is the most interesting medical article you have read recently?

A:  I have read a number of articles about the rise of robotic surgery which has become an area of interest to me which I will look at further training in the future and it possibly is the next evolution in terms of surgery using robots to help and certainly is an area that interests me at the moment.


To book an appointment with Dr Ian Baxter, please call 5322 4900

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July 9, 2019 Services
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Dr David Shahar is our chiropractor here at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield who is committed to helping patients with their posture.

Healthier standing, sitting and sleeping habits will certainly reduce neck, head and back ache, pinched nerves, arm and shoulder pain, insomnia and mental fatigue. It’s that simple!

Sit Correctly

When resting your back against a car seat, in front of the television, at your desk or at school, remember to perform the ManubriumLift®.

Make sure your buttocks touch the back of your chair, as that will help to shift your head back over your shoulders. A lumbar roll can be used to help you maintain the normal curves in your back.

Bend your knees at a right angle (use a foot rest or stool if necessary). Keep your feet flat on the floor and try not to cross your legs.

When sitting forward while eating, at your computer or when writing, it is good to tip your seat down slightly at the front if possible, or use a sacral block (chair wedge) to prevent your pelvis from tipping back, which causes slouching.

“Blocking” your pelvis will make it easier and more comfortable to maintain an upright position.

Here’s to your good posture!

To book an appointment with Dr David Shahar, please call 5322 4900

For more information on Dr David Shahar

May 22, 2019 Services

Matt is the local practitioner for the Moreton Bay region at Every Family and will be facilitating the Triple P programs at the Health Hub. So, want to know a little bit more about Matt before meeting him at a program?

Matt has been conducting Triple P for many years now as well as running his own practice where he specialises in family and relationship counselling. Matt is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association and has both a Diploma and a Bachelor in Counselling.

Matt enjoys facilitating all of the different types of Triple P from the lighter touch of the seminar series to the in-depth Group sessions. Matt encourages question asking and is genuinely interested in finding out what individual parenting issues have brought people along to his sessions.

Matt appreciates that Triple P promotes care for both children and parents and emphasises realistic expectations. No matter what parenting or family struggles you’re facing, Matt will provide you with the best Triple P strategies to help manage these situations and make home life better for the whole family.

See what have people have said about Matt;

“We'd like to thank 'Triple P' presenter Matt Vincent for an engaging and informative seminar on Raising Resilient Children that was well received by all who attended” – Mudgeeraba State School

“I’ve only been to one seminar and I can already see a change at home. Matt is just brilliant. He really knows what he’s talking about” – Moreton Bay attendee

Upcoming programs with Matt at the Health Hub:
• All-Day Group –Saturday 25th May at 9am
• Managing Fighting and Aggression Discussion Group – Monday 3rd June at 7pm

For more information and to register, please visit the Health Hub Morayfield Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/2220107674770540/

Contact Every Family directly at via phone 0438 937 663 or email everyfamily@uq.edu.au

We can’t wait to see you there!



May 22, 2019 Services

Have a  problem with drugs or alcohol? We can help.

People. Passion. Possibilities.


Are drugs or alcohol having a negative impact on your life? Looking to make a change?
Kick-start the recovery process with our alcohol and other drugs programs and support.

Be guided through alcohol and other drug withdrawal and rehabilitation with care and counselling provided by our experienced Clinicians.

We can assist with needs such as:

  • counselling and case management
  • withdrawal support and detox
  • group programs
  • 5 week, day rehabilitation service.

Ongoing support

Post-withdrawal, we can provide ongoing support through our day rehabilitation program or Life Back. Life back involves group based support to address relapse prevention, mental health, physical well being, life skills and re connection with community.

Further support can be provided via individual counselling over the phone or face-to-face.

For more information, please call 1300 727 957 between 8.30am - 5pm, Monday to Friday to make an appointment, or to find out more about a particular program, you can also visit www.liveslivedwell.org.au 

April 30, 2019 Services

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Opening September 2019

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Rockpool has reimagined and recreated residential aged care. Creating environments that allow our residents to live better. Surrounded by people who care. Connected to their families. Supported in living their best life.

Our philosophy and approach is based on nurturing the individual by providing them with the space and amenity to live the way they want to live. We do this by helping them to remain connected to their families and loved ones and encouraging them to pursue their interests, passions and hobbies or to discover new ones. While providing world-class medical care and living assistance, based on their specific needs.

Our world-class facilities provide the best possible medical care and living assistance, in an environment that is safe, secure, inclusive and vibrant.

In addition to permanent care our respite care offers help, care and assistance – as and when it’s needed. Often it’s to help someone get back on their feet after a fall, illness or hospital stay. And other times it’s so that carers can have a break.

For more information, please call 1300 513 053 or visit www.rockpoolrac.com

April 18, 2019 Services

Health Hub Doctors Morayfield offers patients Care Plans to manage a chronic condition over the course of 12 months.


What is a care plan?

A care plan is a management plan of a chronic condition which the doctor manages over a 12 month period. During this 12 month period, the doctor will set particular goals and targets that they want the patient to achieve which is then communicated with the patient so they are fully aware of how they will achieve these goals.

What is included in a care plan?

A care plan lasts for 12 months. During this period, patients receive 5 free visits to allied health from January and December.

If your care plan begins in June for example, patients will receive 5 free allied health visits from June-December AND another 5 free visits from January-June.

Who is eligible for a care plan?

To be eligible for a care plan, a patient must have a chronic condition that has lasted longer than 6 months or that the GP thinks will last longer than 6 months.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Chronic Pain (eg. back pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Behavioural Problems (eg. developmental delays)
What is the cost of a care plan?

Care plans are completely bulk-billed if you hold a current Medicare card.

Most allied health services are bulk-billed.

How do you organise a care plan?

To organise a care plan, please come in and speak to your regular GP to discuss the suitability of a care plan. The type of allied health that a patient will see is completely under the GP's discretion.

If you are suitable for a care plan, your GP will refer you to reception to make an appointment with a care plan nurse.


To book an appointment at Health Hub Doctors Morayfield, please call 07 5322 4900 or  visit our website to Book Online


April 17, 2019 Services

Easter and Anzac Day Opening Hours

Health Hub Doctors Morayfield


Friday 19th April (Good Friday) - 8am-8pm

Saturday 20th April (Easter Saturday) - 8am-8pm

Sunday 21st April (Easter Sunday) - 8am-8pm

Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday) - 8am-8pm

Thursday 25th April (Anzac Day) - 8am-8pm


QML Pathology

Friday 19th April (Good Friday) - 8am-11am

Saturday 20th April (Easter Saturday) - 8am-12pm

Sunday 21st April (Easter Sunday) - 8am-11am

Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday) - 8am-11am

Thursday 25th April (Anzac Day) - 8am-11am


X-Ray & Imaging

Friday 19th April (Good Friday) - 10am-2pm

Saturday 20th April (Easter Saturday) - 10am-2pm

Sunday 21st April (Easter Sunday) - 10am-2pm

Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday) - 10am-2pm

Thursday 25th April (Anzac Day) - 10am-2pm


Bulk-billing available

Walk-ins and booked appointments welcome


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