Chronic Disease Clinics
(GP Management Plans)
If you suffer from a chronic illness, you may be eligible for GP Management Plan. Your GP Management Plan will be specifically tailored to your health needs and will:
- List the actions you can take to help manage your condition
- Set goals for your treatment
- Set out the services to be provided by your GP
- Be regularly reviewed, at least 6 monthly, ensuring the plan changes along with your needs
As part of your plan, referrals can be made to Allied Health professionals e.g. Dieticians, Exercise Physiotherapists, and Podiatrists etc. With these referrals in place, Medicare will give rebates for the services. There may be a small fee, but this will be determined by your Allied Health Professional.
Chronic Disease Clinics requires a 60-minute appointment with our Practice Nurse and a standard appointment with your regular doctor following the nurse consult.
Health Assessment for Patients 75 years old and over
As we get older, many of us become more vulnerable to illness. The Federal Government has recognised this and has introduced an annual health check for everyone over the age of 75.
The aim of the health check is to identify, prevent or lessen the effect of disease processes and identify any areas where assistance may be required to improve your lifestyle. The nurse will also identify any needs or services required at home.
It is preferred that the health check be performed in your home with one of our nurses. Alternatively, it can be done in the surgery.
If you would like a 75+ years Health Assessment please contact reception.
Home Medication Reviews
If you are on multiple medications or having difficulty managing your medication, your GP may organise for your Pharmacist to visit you at home to review all your medications including over the counter medications and any aids used (e.g. puffers and spacers). The pharmacist will forward a report to your GP and you will be asked to see your GP for the review.
Mental Health Treatment Plan
For most patients with a mental health condition, Medicare rebates are available for up to ten individual and ten group allied mental health services per calendar year. A GP Mental Health Treatment Plan will be required to access these visits. Your GP will develop the mental health treatment plan and referral with you.
You are required to see your doctor prior to your specialist appointment in order to arrange a referral. We cannot give you referral letter without an appointment with your doctor. The specialist will be advised via referral letter of relevant aspects of your health information so as to enable the specialist to manage your condition appropriately. Lost or misplaced referral will incur a $20 fee (Not claimable through Medicare).
Repeat (ongoing) Referrals
You must see your doctor for a repeat referral. This enables your doctor to monitor your ongoing health issues, update any other details, and ensures effective communication with your specialist. The referral letters are usually valid for 12 months only.
Health Assessment for Patients 45 to 49 years old
The Federal Government introduced a Health Check for all patients aged between 45 and 49 who may be at risk of developing a health complaint, such as diabetes, heart disease or other long-term chronic diseases.
The aim of the health check is to help identify, prevent or lessen the effect of the disease – it is better to avoid disease than to treat it. This health check will give us the opportunity to look at your lifestyle and medical/family history to determine if you are at risk. Available upon request. The nurse conducts the assessment and you are then seen by your GP to discuss the findings.
Health Assessment for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People
The aim of this Health Assessment is to provide early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and treatable conditions. The assessment involves a health check, including physical, psychological and social wellbeing. It also determines what preventative health care, education and assistance should be offered to improve overall health and wellbeing.
Our doctors cover all aspects of women’s health to provide advice, support and direction for any issues you may experience, including:
- Breast care
- Cervical Screening Tests (HPV Pap Smears)
- Reproductive health
- Sexually transmitted infections
Our doctors are here to support your health concerns. We manage a wide range of men’s health matters including:
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Reproductive health
- Erectile dysfunction
- Prostate health
It is important to assess and monitor the growth and development of your children. We are pleased to support you in this role by providing the following services and assessments for your child.
- Physical activity
- Behavioural patterns
(2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 4 years old)
Childhood immunisations are conducted on 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. An appointment is required for your GP and the immunisation nurse. 12 and 18 month olds require a half an hour appointment with the nurse. All others 15 minutes. You are required to stay in the surgery for 15 minutes after the immunisation in case of reaction.
For children without a current Medicare number, a script will be provided by the GP for private purchase of vaccines at the parent’s cost.
A spirometry (Lung Function Test) is done by our nursing staff. The appointment takes 30 minutes with the nurse and a follow-up appointment with your doctor. Appointments are on Fridays only.
Ear Syringe is performed by your doctor to remove stubborn ear wax blockage.
An ECG can be performed at the clinic by nursing staff and reviewed by the doctor. It takes approximately 15 minutes.
Also offered at the clinic:
We provide SMS appointment reminders and many recall reminders through A reminder will be sent via SMS to your mobile phone prior to your appointment, confirming the date and time of your booking.
If you are unable to attend the appointment, please reply “no” to the SMS reminder messages or phone the surgery. Please remember, you are responsible for attending or cancelling your appointment.
When you get recall reminders via SMS, please access the linked sites and input your surname and the date of birth. Once you log in the site, it will tell you what you are due for. Please ring us to make an appointment or book via Hot Doc mobile apps.
This practice routinely sends reminders for smear recalls and advises patients of routine mammography and an increasing number of health issues. These may be sent by SMS or mail.
If you have received recall messages which you have already attended to, advise reception staff to update your recall.
Our Doctors and staff have a professional obligation to ensure they understand their patients and that the patients understand any verbal instructions or written information.
Patients who do not speak or read English or who are more proficient in another language or who have special communication needs are offered the choice of using the assistance of a language service to communicate with their Doctor or clinical team members.
The National Relay Service (NRS)
For patients with a hearing disability.
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)
For non-English speakers.
Please advise reception staff when booking an appointment if you require an interpreter. This needs to be organised at least two days before the appointment.
Transferring Medical Records
If you would like our practice to obtain a summary of your past medical history from your previous general practitioner, please ask at Reception.
If you request to transfer your medical records to another practice, you will need to see your doctor to prepare the documents. The fee of photocopies and postage will be charged accordingly or a Heath Summary may be sent at no cost.
We also support our local services
near the medical centre
Chemist King Morphett Vale
Monday 08:30am - 09:00pm
Tuesday 08:30am - 09:00pm
Wednesday 08:30am - 09:00pm
Thursday 08:30am - 09:00pm
Friday 08:30am - 09:00pm
Saturday 09:00am - 06:00pm
Sunday 09:00am - 06:00pm
Monday 09:00am - 04:30pm
Tuesday 09:00am - 04:30pm
Wednesday 09:00am - 04:30pm
Thursday 09:00am - 04:30pm
Friday 09:00am - 04:30pm