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Goodbye And Goodluck
Early October we said goodbye to our Medical Intern Dr Nalin Gunawadana who is heading off to a medical position at Albury Wodonga Health. We also say goodbye to our two medical students Emma and Katherine who have completed their full time placement at Mount Beauty. Emma and Katherine now have a year of formal research and study before they are placed in the hospital environment. We have thoroughly enjoyed having Nalin, Emma and Katherine as part of our team and wish them all the very best for the future. We will also say goodbye to Dr Leo Smith and his lovely wife Ellen for 2016. Leo has been providing locum services here at Mount Beauty for a number of years and has decided that it is now time for him to enjoy retirement. Leo and Ellen will continue to visit Mount Beauty and Falls Creek each winter but only as visitors (and skiers) to the town. We thank Leo for all his help and support that he has given us over the years and know that he will be very sadly missed in this capacity.
Falls Creek Medical Centre Accreditation
On 27th September, 2016 Falls Creek Medical Centre had a formal visit from General Practice Accreditation surveyors. Dr Alan McCleary and Ms Janine Hill. This is the final component needed for the accreditation process which involves passing a complex set of standards set by the Royal Australian College of General Practice. The accreditation process takes around 9 months and includes providing specific documentation including provision of staff training, updating our protocols and policies and strict adherence in areas such as sterilisation, infection control and patient privacy. We now await the results of the GPA board recommendation and can hopefully announce our successful pass in early November. We will be going through the same process for Mount Beauty Medical Centre in 2017.
Dying To Talk Café And Sessions
Did you attend the “Dying to Talk” café held in August or the “Advance Care Planning Information session” held at the Neighbourhood Centre in September, 2016? You may be interested in attending the “Dia de los Muertos” – an evening of music and remembrance on November 1st, 2016. These three activities have been organised by Rose Sexton and involve speaking out about dying, end of life wishes, palliative care and options around dying at home. These meetings are for every age group and involves discussion around options and planning on end of life wishes, something that we should all be doing regardless of our age. Our practice nurses (and doctors) can provide help and support for anyone wishing to complete their advance care plans and we can upload them to your personal electronic health record so that it is accessible wherever you are. Please discuss this with your doctor or nurse at your next appointment.
Shingles Vaccine To Be Provided Free For 70-79 Year Olds
The shingles vaccine (Zostavax) has been approved to be placed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP), to be provided free of charge from 1 November 2016 to people aged 70 to 79 years, subject to vaccine supply. Shingles cause a painful, blistering skin rash that can last 2 to 4 weeks. For some people, the pain can last for months or even years after the rash goes away. The risk of Shingles increases as a person gets older. Once we have been notified as to the date that we will receive the vaccines, Medical Centre staff will be contacting patients to offer them this vaccination. We encourage all our 70 – 79 year olds to take up this offer and suggest that you discuss this offer with your doctor.
HAVE YOUR SAY ON “MEDICARE REBATE FREEZE
The Federal Government's freeze on Medicare rebates will directly impact on you. The freeze will mean that the rising costs of providing a Medical service over the next 3 years will be passed onto you. Any fee increase will incur a larger gap payment. We encourage all of our patients to send a letter of complaint to the Minister of Health and there is one ready for your signature on the front desk. If you care about the increasing cost of medical services, please fill out the letter and we will send it for you.
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE YET?
Don't forget that it is really easy to check out what appointments are available over the coming months by logging into our website www.mbmc.com.au and clicking on the “click here to make an appointment online”. It is very easy and only takes a couple of minutes. Once you have registered (you only need to register once) you will be able to make your own appointment.