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Children’s flu vaccine now available at Glebe Medical Centre

The Children’s influenza vaccine is now available. This vaccine is recommended for children aged 6 months to 3 years.
It is available free under the National Immunisation Program for children who face a high risk from influenza and its complications. These are:
-The Aboriginal and Torres Strait People
-Children aged six months and over with medical conditions such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes that can lead to complications from influenza.

If your child does not meet these criteria and you would like them to receive the flu vaccine, it is available for $25.
Please make an appointment with a doctor for your child’s annual flu vaccination. Flu vaccines can be administered on any day but preferably at times listed below when our dedicated nurses are on:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Get Your Flu Shot Here!

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The 2017 Flu Vaccine is now available at Glebe Medical Centre.

This year’s vaccine will be the new quadrivalent vaccine. The QIVs will cover two A strains of influenza (Michigan and Hong Kong) and two B strains of influenza (Brisbane and Phuket).

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age, but is available free under the National Immunisation Program for people who face a high risk from influenza and its complications. These are:
• People aged 65 years and over
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait people aged six months to less than five years
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are aged 15 years and over
• Pregnant women
• People aged six months and over with medical conditions such as severe asthma1, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes that can lead to complications from influenza.

For those who do not meet these criteria and wish to receive the flu vaccine, it is available for $25.

Please make an appointment with a doctor for your annual flu vaccination. Flu vaccines can be administered on any day but preferably at times listed below when our dedicated nurses are on:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

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Glebe Medical Centre would like to announce our alliance with Glebe TreeHouse in supporting the Glebe Community and Families.

Glebe TreeHouse is a family centre which aims to support families with young children in order to give them the best possible start to life

They provide a safe place for families with young children to come together, share experiences and seek and provide support. They run a range of programs including supported playgroups and music and movement group.

They are located in Glebe Public School just off Glebe Point Road.

Please feel free to call us on (02) 8070 6888 or Glebe TreeHouse directly on (02) 9566 1285.

Medical Acupuncture

Available Now!

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Are you experiencing pain, stress, insomnia, nausea, anxiety or depression? You may be surprised to learn that these problems can be treated with Acupuncture!

Come book an appointment with the lovely Dr Janet Widmer to experience the benefits of Medical Acupuncture or call the centre on (02) 8070 6888 to find out more!

Appointments are Medicare rebateable!

Book Online with our Appointuit App

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You can make BOOKINGS ONLINE
or using your iPhone/ANDROID MOBILE at Glebe Medical Centre!

Benefits:

  1. Convenience – pick your preferred doctor and preferred time, no need to call by phone
  2. Flexibility – view, change or cancel your appointment if required
  3. Have peace of mind – rest assured knowing your appointment is confirmed, even if you book outside of surgery hours

Option1: Book appointments on your iPhone / Android

  1. Free download of the Appointuit app from the App store – search for “APPOINTUIT ”
  2. Register a new account using:
  • Your email address you originally provided the practice
  • Access Code (emailed to you after your first visit) or Medicare Card or Mobile Number – follow the prompts “Sign up with Medicare / Mobile”
  • Select Glebe Medical Centre
  1. Complete the registration process setting up a password
  2. Once you have registered, you will now be able to select which doctor and date and time.
  3. Your appointment will then be confirmed instantaneously with a reminder sent to your email and you are all done. It’s that easy!

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Physio Now Working on Saturday’s

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Our Physiotherapist, Kirsten Vo will now be available Saturday’s 2PM to 5PM. Kirsten is available for physio treatment and is also qualified as a Pilates instructor, offering one on one sessions. She graduated as a physiotherapist in 2006 and she has worked in both the public system and private practice. She has experience with musculoskeletal injuries and has a special interest in Women’s Health.

WOMEN’S HEALTH CHECKS – PAP SMEARS

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INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS

WOMEN’S HEALTH CHECKS – PAP SMEARS

DID YOU KNOW?

If you’re aged between 18 and 69 years and have ever been sexually active you should have regular Pap tests (every 2 years), even if you’ve had the cervical cancer vaccine. Regular Pap tests can reduce your risk of being diagnosed with cervical cancer by up to 96%.

If you are due for a Pap smear, here are a few things you need to know:

Booking a consultation for a Pap smear: Please advise reception if you would like to have a pap smear. Pap smears require an appointment slot with the Doctor.
For discretion, you can request to have a Women’s Health Check or book it online using Appointuit or our website.

Fees: Pap smears incur a private fee.
By the Doctor: Out of pocket cost: $20 You pay: $91.70 – Medicare rebate*: $71.70
By the Nurse: Out of pocket cost: $20

Was your last Pap smear more than 4 years ago? Please advise reception and your Doctor.

Questions or concerns? Speak to one of our friendly staff or visit our website

A Big Thankyou for all Your Feedback.

Dear Patients,

At Glebe Medical Centre we aim to provide the highest quality medical care. As we continue to grow in our holistic approach, we value your feedback to help us deliver the best possible service to you. For this reason we’d like to thank you for your feedback and would like to show you that we have listened.

Glebe Medical Centre has implemented the following changes to optimise our patient friendly approach:

The practice understands how stressful it can be for parents dealing with a sick child, hence the implementation of our Child Friendly Policy.

Sick children under the age of 16 requiring prompt medical attention will be Bulk Billed as a Walk-In patient if there are no appointments available on the same day.

We have increased the number of doctors and the hours they work to ensure there are more appointment slots available each day. There are certain appointments reserved for On-The-Day bookings to cater for acute illnesses. We continue to offer a walk-in service for your convenience. Additionally, we have more available Allied Health appointments to continue your holistic care at Glebe Medical Centre.

Our weekend and afterhours appointments have increased for both Doctors and Allied Health to ensure all our services are more accessible for patients with busy schedules. We have partnered up with the National Home Doctor Service who will provide an afterhours home visit service for when we are not open.

It is now easier to book appointments out of hours using our online booking system and App- Appointuit. It allows patients to see all available appointments and find a time that best suits them.

At Glebe Medical Centre we continue to accept new patients from inside and outside the Glebe Community. We now offer a bulk-billing service for patients who hold Overseas Student Health Cover through Allianz.

We value your opinions and we look forward to working together in the future to improve our Medical Centre.

Closing the Gap!

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Information about the Indigenous Health Incentive and PBS Co-payment Measure

The Australian Government has introduced two new programs to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians better manage their health, especially chronic diseases. The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive is a program for your doctor or clinic to help you manage your chronic disease/s and to make sure you get access to the care you need. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Co-payment Measure will give you access to cheaper medicines. You normally have to pay some or all of the cost of PBS medicines and this is called a co-payment. The PBS Co-payment Measure will reduce this co-payment for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

What is Chronic Disease?

A chronic disease is an ongoing illness you have had-or are likely to have-for at least six months. Some chronic diseases include: * Asthma * Cancer * Heart Disease * Diabetes * Arthritis * Stroke

Can I be part of the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive?

You can be part of the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive if you: * are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin * are aged 15 years and over * have chronic disease/s and * have a current Medicare card

Can I join the PBS Co-payment Measure?

You can join the PBS Co-payment Measure if you: * are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin, and * have an existing chronic disease or chronic disease risk factor.

How will the PBS Co-Payment Measure help me?

If you are a general patient – which means you do not have a Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) concession card – you will only pay the concessional co-payment amount (currently under $6 for each medicine). If you have a Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) concession card, or if you or your family has reached the PBS Safety Net threshold, then you will not have to pay anything at all. For more information about the PBS Safety Net, talk to your pharmacist.

What if I don’t have a current Medicare card?

If your Medicare card is not current, or you don’t have one, talk to your health worker, visit your local Medicare office or call the Medicare Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access and Employment line on 1800 556 955.

How can I be part of these programs?

You will need to fill out a patient consent form and give it to your doctor or practice staff member. The form is available from your doctor or clinic.

For more information regarding these programs, click here.