First Light Healthcare provides a comprehensive suite of primary healthcare services and sub-specialties to suite your family's needs
- Women’s health
- GP Obstetrics
- Child and adolescent health
- Men’s health
- Aged health care – facility and and home visits
- Addiction medicine
- Indigenous health
- Veteran’s health care
- Allied health hearing checks
- Palliative care
- Skin cancer check-up and minor surgery
- Preventative health
- Comprehensive health assessments
- Emergency medicine
- Immunisation and travel vaccinations
- Diving, employment, insurance and driving medical examinations
- Chronic disease management
- Mental health
- Relationship and family counselling
- Wound management
- Diabetes education
- Smoking cessation support
- Work injuries and WorkCover care
- Telehealth consultations with specialists
Child and Adolescent Health
Going to the GP can be a daunting experience for young children. Our warm and friendly staff are dedicated to the health and happiness of our patients. We encourage our adolescent patients to make appointments and ensure they are aware of the importance we place on confidentiality. We bulk bill all children under the age of 15 years.
Dr Nicholson provides expert care and support for patients battling drug and alcohol addictions. In appropriate circumstances, we offer patients a supervised detox program at Byron Bay Central Hospital.
Dr Nicholson and Dr Coren provide GP Obstetric support to the Byron Community Birthing Service at Byron Central Hospital. In addition, they can provide GP Shared-Care with Lismore Base Hospital and Tweed Heads Hospital.
Women’s Health including preconception counselling, contraception counselling, intrauterine device (IUD) insertion and removal, Implanon insertion and removal.
Cape Byron Medical Centre is a mixed billing practice.
|Consultation Type||Practice Fee||Medicare Rebate||Patient Out-of-Pocket|
|Complex / Long-Consultation||$120||$73.95||$46.05|
We offer bulk billing on GP services (Monday to Friday) to Aged Pensioners, Health Care Card holders, children aged 15 and under, and to DVA Gold card holders. Please note Initial Consults for Aged Pensioners and Health Care Card holders will incur a fee – there is no bulk billing for Initial Consults other than local children aged 15 and under. Please note: bulk billing services are not available for visitors to the practice or for weekend consultations.
Consultation fees are payable at the time of consultation, and can be made by either Cash, Visa / Mastercard or EFTPOS. For your convenience, we will process the credit of your Medicare rebate to your nominated bank account at the time of payment. The rebate will clear to most commercial bank accounts by close of business on the day of consultation.
Privacy and Confidentiality:
Your Medical File is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy at all times. Strict storage policies are observed within our Practice and your records are only accessed by staff granted a security password.
Cape Byron Medical Centre requires an appointment time with your Doctor for all discussions regarding results.
It is our policy that results are not given out over the phone. If a result is returned abnormal, or a review is necessary once these are received, you will be recalled for a follow up appointment by your Doctor.
Recalls and Reminders:
Our Practice is committed to Preventative Healthcare. Please advise you GP if you do not wish to have recalls appropriate to your circumstances (eg. Age, medical history) added to your file.
We send reminders via SMS, phone or by letter. Please be sure to update any contact detail changes with reception staff.
Contacting Your Doctor By Phone:
We try not to interrupt your GP whilst in consultation. If our reception or Nursing staff cannot assist you with your query, depending on the circumstances they will either arrange an appointment time for you, or pass on your message. Your GP will then contact you at the end of their consulting session.
Urgent matters will always be dealt with immediately following our Triage policy.
Scripts and Referral Requests:
Patients must make an appointment with their regular doctor (where possible) for script and referral renewal requests.
In line with Privacy and confidentiality concerns, Cape Byron Medical Centre chooses not to send results or sensitive information using email.
Although we have a high standard of internet security within our Practice, email has risks that other forms of communication do not.
With your informed consent only will we consider this as an option.
Please notify reception staff if an interpreter is required for an appointment.
We welcome your feedback as it helps us to improve the services we can offer to you.
There is a suggestion box in our waiting room that you can anonymously leave your suggestion.
Please direct all complaints initially to our Practice Manager(s)
Kylie Arthur – General Practice firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine MacPherson – Allied Health email@example.com
If we are unable to resolve the problem together, you may also contact:
NSW Health Care Complaints Commission
Locked Bag 18
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012