Phone 03 5754 3400
Caring for the Upper Kiewa Community since 1956
03 5754 3400
0930 - 5.30 Mon-Fri
10 - 12 Saturday
VICTORIAN RURAL HEALTH AWARD
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2 NEW CONSULTING ROOMS FOR THE MEDICAL CENTRE
We are “busting at the seams” so over the next few months, we will be adding a couple of new rooms to the back of the existing building. The planning permit has been approved so we are waiting on the final building permit approval before work begins in mid February. These rooms will help accommodate our new students and hopefully provide greater access to existing services. We will try and keep noise and distractions to a minimum and we thank the community for their understanding while this building happens.
AUSTRALIAN HEARING SERVICES
Australian Hearing will be visiting the practice in April, so if you would like your hearing checked please let the doctor know and a referral can be organised. It only takes 15 minutes, measures what sounds you can and can’t hear and is free for all pensioners and veterans. If you have thought about your hearing and haven’t done anything about it, a hearing check is all it takes to give you peace of mind.
We would also like to welcome our full time Medical Students for 2016 – Emma Hoffman and Katherine Sarna-Wetton. Both Emma and Katherine will be living in Mount Beauty and playing an active role in the assessment and treatment of our patients. Emma and Katherine will start at Mount Beauty Medical Centre on 15th February 2016 and we will be encouraging patients to see them prior to seeing the doctor.
The Medical Students can spend up to ½ hour with each patient making sure that all their concerns are addressed during the consultation and that all their medical information is up to date. Welcome to the team Emma and Katherine!
During 2016 we will be going through Radiation (Xray) accreditation for both Mount Beauty and Falls Creek Medical Centres. Passing this accreditation ensures that all our Xray processes meet the many standards set by the Australian Government Department of Health - Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme. These standards cover safety and governance, registration and licensing, equipment, infection control, consumer consent and information, patient identification and matching, medication management, xray techniques, communication, results and consumer feedback and complaint processes. To help us with this process we will be confirming and updating all patients medical and demographic information. We can then be assured that the information we have is current and correct. Thankyou for your help with this process.
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 appoint.
Our Practice Manager, Pat Ryder was delighted to accept the Victorian Rural General Practice 2016 award on behalf of Mount Beauty Medical Centre presented in Sale on Friday March 4th 2016. This award recognises that Rural General Practices are central to the livelihood of many communities around Victoria. The award acknowledges Rural General Practice as a whole, the contributions from the clinic to the public – the services provided, the staff and the involvement in community life. We think that our practice has a great team providing our community with a high quality service and to have this acknowledged in a state wide capacity is very rewarding for all of us. We will be placing our award in the waiting room and will be celebrating with a team dinner in the near future. Well done to all staff.
FREE BONE HEALTH CHECK
All of our 70 years and over patients will be soon receiving an invitation for a free bone density scan which will test the risk of Osteopenia and Osteoporisis. MeasureUp will be conducting these scans in Mount Beauty during the week 16th to 20th May 2016. If you receive a letter please contact the Medical Centre for an appointment. Osteoporosis has no symptoms and can only be detected by a scan so this is a great opportunity to have the test done locally. We encourage all over 70's to participate.