It's your better health

On a foundation of respect, trust and openness our three-way patient/doctor/nurse partnerships aim to engage and empower you to take control of your health. Our team-based, patient-centred approach to your clinical care is especially important when managing chronic diseases which are currently so prevalent in our community such as Diabetes, Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

Better Health Clinics

Our Better Health clinics are conducted by our qualified, experienced practice nurses, who work in partnership with all our doctors to manage complex conditions such as Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease in particular. Our nurses also manage the comprehensive health assessment programme for our patients 75 years and over and conduct our Coordinated Veterans Care (CVC) for our Vets.

Our aim is always prevention – ideally to diagnose the early warning signs and halt the onset of chronic disease or to work with you to manage your disease and strive for the best outcomes and keep you out of hospital.

If you have a chronic or complex disease, we encourage you to discuss joining our Better Health programmes with your doctor or our nurses. Our nurses conduct our bulk-billed clinic sessions in a warm, friendly manner and support you to gain the knowledge and skills you need to manage and monitor your condition. A team of professionals may also be coordinated around you and your specific clinical needs. These clinic sessions also provide the perfect opportunity for you to discuss other aspects of your health which may be concerning you.

Better health links

  • 75 years+ Health Check

    Having this annual health check can help keep you healthy and safe – and ensure you are well supported in your own home.

    This is a bulk-billed, annual health assessment programme for our patients who are 75 years and older – this programme is led by our practice nurses.

    You will need to allow an hour for your health assessment. Your first 40 minute session is with our practice nurse and this is followed up by a consultation with your doctor who will review your care. You are welcome to bring along a friend or family member.

    In a caring and confidential session our nurse will ask you about the following aspects of your health:
    → Your recent health
     Medications you take
     Immunisations
    → Nutrition and exercise, smoking and alcohol
     Mobility
     Mood, memory and sleep
     Home safety
     Social and family support

    Our nurses also have information on many community based assistance programmes – so if you need additional assistance in your home or to manage the day-to-day we are here to advise and help.

  • Type 2 Diabetes Management

    Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of Diabetes and occurs most commonly in people aged 50 and over.

    It is widely recognised that a patient-centred, coordinated team approach is the most effective way to manage complex, chronic conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with this disease, you will benefit most from care delivered from a range of professionals.  For example, under your Team Care Arrangement, your doctor may recommend you seek care from a number of services such as our in house Dietitian/Diabetes Educator Carole Richards, a Physiotherapist, Podiatrist or Ophthalmologist. Medicare will cover or assist you with the costs associated with up to five Allied Health appointments in a calendar year.

    In accordance with the best evidence-based clinical practices and national guidelines our Better Health Diabetic clinics aim to prevent and limit the progression of the disease and slow the onset of complications that can cause severe disabilities and be life threatening.

    Ask your doctor about joining our Better Health Diabetes management programmes – our clinics which include a consultation with the nurse and your doctor are bulk-billed.

  • ATSI Health

    At Queen Street Medical Centre we work closely with your local Aboriginal health teams to deliver Healthy for Life and Closing the Gap programmes – which aim to improve the health of you and your children – and your community.

    If you have a chronic disease like Diabetes or Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) we can help you on the path to better health by regular check-ups in our friendly Better Health clinics –these are bulk billed so you won’t be out of pocket. If you are enrolled in the Closing the Gap programme you are eligible for benefits which are designed to support you so please ask us about this programme.

    ATSI Health Check clinics are regularly conducted at our Moruya practice in conjunction with the Healthyforlife team. Our receptionists can help you to make an appointment for one of these clinics or to make an appointment with your doctor.

    We are here to support you and your family to access the very best quality health care so please give us a call or pop in to see us to make an appointment – or just drop in if you are in Moruya.

    Our nurses will be happy to check if your child’s immunisations are up to date.

    We can also put you in touch with local services and people who can help such as Grand Pacific Health’s team of 17 Aboriginal health workers and nurses. You can access loads of services such as Koori Health Checks, Koori Diabetes Days, Koori Booris – a free fortnightly clinic and playgroup for mums and bubs – where dads are welcome too! Southern NSW Partners in Recovery is another service they can offer for people with mental illness who need lots of help to aid their recovery.

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    Who to call

     

    Megan Jayour Better Health co-ordinator – Megan works closely with the HealthyforLife team and will be happy to help make you an appointment.

    Your Grand Pacific Health (GPH) Aboriginal Health Teams
    Eurobodalla: 84 Murray St  Moruya NSW 2537 P: (02) 4474 2783
    Bega: 89 Carp St  Bega NSW 2540 P: (02) 6492 3768
    Goulburn: 39 Goldsmith St Goulburn NSW 2580 P: (02) 4827 0500

  • Pap Clinics

    Pap tests are for healthy women.

    A Pap Test is an important part of regular health checks for all women aged 18 to 70. This test is currently recommended every two years so it’s important to ask your doctor if yours is due.

    Our regular Pap Clinics are conducted by Dr Judy Toman and our specially trained nurses Annie and Shelley. To book your place in our next Pap Clinic please contact our receptionists.

  • Immunisations

    When enough people in our community are immunised the infection can no longer spread from person to person.

    Protecting your baby or child

    Immunisation is the most effective way to protect your child against serious disease. The routine childhood immunisations currently protect against 13 diseases which can cause serious complications or sometimes death.

    Skipping vaccinations puts your child at greater risk of contracting a vaccine preventable disease. All vaccines for your child have been thoroughly tested for safety and efficacy and receive ongoing monitoring and evaluation.

    Are your child’s immunisations up to date? Please don’t take a risk – ask your doctor or one of our nurses to check the records or phone us for assistance.

    No Jab, No Pay – from 1 Jan 2016 the Australian Government, Department of Health introduced “New Immunisation Requirements for Family Assistance Payments. Only parents of children (less than 20 years of age) who are fully immunised or are on a recognised catch-up schedule can receive the Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement. Conscientious objection and vaccination objection on non-medical grounds will no longer be a valid exemption from immunisation requirements.

    For the facts on immunising and protecting your child and our community visit: immunisation facts or Immunise Australia program 

    Adult Vaccinations

    About the seasonal influenza vaccination 2016

    If you are considered high risk, having a vaccination against influenza (flu) is now the standard of care in Australia. If you are in the following groups you are eligible for a free flu vaccination:

    • People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions which may mean they are vulnerable to severe influenza (flu):
      – cardiac disease
      – chronic respiratory conditions
      – other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year (2015)
      – chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function
      – impaired immunity,
      – children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy
    • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) children aged 6 months to under 5 years and ATSI people aged 15 years and over.
    • All pregnant women
    • All people aged 65 years and over

    You are encouraged to discuss your health and flu vaccination with your doctor. To help manage the high demand, we conduct seasonal flu vaccination clinics – our reception team can assist you with your booking.

    Travel immunisations

    We can assist you with your travel vaccinations – please make an appointment to see your doctor who will write a prescription – your pharmacist will then provide the vaccine/s for you to bring back to the practice. Your vaccine injection can then be given to you by our nurse under the supervision of your doctor.

    Please note these vaccines must be kept cold or they will spoil. When you arrive with the vaccine please inform our receptionist immediately and we will refrigerate your vaccine until it can be administered.

  • Are you 45 to 49?

    It’s time for your health check.

    If you are 45 – 49… ask your doctor or nurse now about taking the 45-49 year old health check.

    45-49 year olds may be at risk of chronic disease if smoking, drinking, overweight and not exercising or have high cholesterol. Taking your 45-49 year old health check can help you on the path to better health to prevent the onset of chronic disease.

Our Practice Nurses

Our practice nurses manage and prioritise patients, assist doctors with minor surgery, perform immunisations, dress wounds, conduct “Better Health” clinics for diabetes, kidney and other disorders plus many other essential health care tasks.
Our nurses are also qualified to conduct Pap smear screening – please enquire about our regular Pap Clinics.

  • Nurse Manager
    Annie Williams RN
  • Practice Nurses
    Shelley Pritchett RN, Vivienne White RN, Maddy Hornby RN, Tarryn Beatty RN, Crystal Smith EEN
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  • Broulee Practice Nurses
    Lisa Ashton RN, Deidre McAteer RN