Berwick Medical Centre closed permanently 28 February 2020
Correspondence should be addressed to
Berwick Medical Centre,
PO Box 196, Berwick 3806
Transfer of medical records to a nominated doctor or practice should be requested in writing, signed and dated individually; and accompanied by $10 cheque for secure postage and handling.
Normal consulting hours will be maintained until Friday 28 February 2020.
The surgery will be open for a nostalgic last look Saturday 29 February 2020 9-12 am.
Dr Cathy Robinson has relocated to Beaconsfield
Drs. Stephen Moody and Agnes Brosz will be at Berwick Healthcare
Dr Lesley Dean is retiring
Dr Wes Jame will be consulting to his long standing regular patients on a limited basis They will be advised of his availability.
The practice does not support My Health Record but encourages you to have a current health summary to facilitate health care in emergencies or when attending another GP or health professional. It is also good practice to have your own reminder of routine reviews like Pap Smears , gastroscopy & colonoscopy Please ask for a copy your health summary and reminders at reception .
The practice will facilitate transfer of your medical record to another nominated practice or GP on written request at reception or by writing to Berwick Medical Centre , PO Box 196 Berwick 3806.
Please watch for notification of change on our website www.berwickmedical.com.au or on this news sheet
General Practice in Australia – some interesting facts
One third of GP’s are aged 55 + yo , 13% are 65 or older. And 15% of GP’s plan to retire within the next 5 years and 32% within 10 years . Only 21% of general practices are owned by GP’s and 21% of these plan to retire within 5 years… There has been no increase in registrars training for general practice in the past 2 years.
90% of Australians see a GP once a year and 86% a twice a year or more. . An average GP’s workload is 73% face to face and 27% phone calls , paperwork and results review afterward which is generally unpaid.
A $1 billion dollar reduction in funding for GP services occurred over the past 4 years , currently GP services cost around $375 / person pa whilst public hospital expenditure is $2606 / person pa.
There are 114 GP’s / 100,000 in Australia . There are 143 specialists /100,00 in Australia.
Practices exclusively Bulk Billing all services has decreased from 29% (2017) to 18% (2019) the remainder have mixed billing arrangements. The oft quoted “87% services are bulk billed “is a total inclusive of GP services and associated pathology and radiology items most of which are bulk billed.
Heart Foundation Walking – a network with over 55,000 walkers exercising sola or as a group – search Walk Finder online to locate a local group and details for registration Registration allows you to maintain an online profile , record your exercise , recognize exercise milestones provides certification , incentives and discounts as well as giving a timetable location of walks.
Active in Parks – search the name on line for a guide to a variety of outdoor activities sports , exercise , tours social activities including dog parks , farmers markets meditation and meditation for all adult ages including adolescents.
Meetup – a website platform for linking people with similar interests diverse fitness activities from cycling to paddle boarding Registration allows for activity search by locality and activity type. Search meetup
Life!Program – a lifestyle modification program to reduce the risk of diabetes and improve cardiovascular risk . search for the website on line
In Australia all vaccines are safety tested firstly on animals, then in 3 human phase trials .
Phase 1 healthy human adult volunteers to establish they cause no harm
Phase 2 on a larger group of hundreds to establish that adequate immunity is generated.
Phase 3 on thousands to ascertain effective community immunity is established without late side effects
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration monitors the process as it does for all medical devices and medication.