The Uluru Statement must be core to promises made by all parties in the lead-up to the federal election

At this federal election, change that tinkers at the edges is not good enough say The Lowitja Institute’s Janine Mohamed and Rosemary Smith.The full implementation of the Uluru Statement, and its call for Voice, Treaty and Truth would be a huge step forward. This would be an opportunity to address the health inequity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.

With surgery waitlists in crisis and a workforce close to collapse, why haven’t we had more campaign promises about health?

Why are political parties and voters so apathetic to the health-care debate? Writing in The Conversation this month, Macquarie University’s Henry Cutler and Jeffrey Braithwaite ask why there isn’t more healthcare debate and what are the major parties offering?

Saving General Practice is down to us

According to The Medical Journal of Australia research published in April 2020 – Primary care is the single most significant contributor to positive health outcomes, but the number of general practitioners in Australia has been falling, a situation previously described for nations with poorer health outcomes.

In this feature appearing in The Medical Republic 27 April, Dr Louise Karran sums up the reality of general practice in Australia and why bulk-billing has become unsustainable.

If you’re eligible for the free flu shot – please book online

We are now receiving weekly deliveries of flu vaccine from government – so if you’re eligible to receive a free (gov-funded) flu shot, please click on one of the BOOK A FLU VAX buttons to see clinic dates and make your appointment. Please do not call us. Click on Read more for links and more info.

Peak demand for GP appointments – please remain polite when seeking our assistance

Our apologies if you’re having trouble booking an appointment with your usual doctor, or if you’ve had one or two changes to your appointment with your doctor we apologise. Some of our doctors have been unable to attend due to personal illness or members of their family have been unwell – as you can appreciate, sometimes this happens on the day and we have to contact you at short notice.

Thank you for your polite understanding – our reception team are doing their very best to re-schedule your appointment as soon as possible for you.

Unfortunately we are all feeling the effects of this COVID pandemic – please rest assured our practice team is observing all COVID quarantine and testing protocols. Please remember to wear your mask when attending our practices – this is a mandatory NSW Health requirement.

This weekly program has everything you need to know about COVID-19

New from our ABC – THE VIRUS – is your “one-stop weekly program keeping you up to date with everything you need to know about COVID-19. From healthcare, the economy, staff shortages, schools, vaccines, testing and isolation”.

Follow this link to THE VIRUS program on the ABC site to see all “must watch” episodes – with COVID cases at over 63,000 cases per day and rising and a new variant, it’s no time to be complacent, but NSW is starting to lag behind in third does of the COVID-19 vaccine – if you’re eligible, but haven’t yet had your booster shot, book your booster online now.

Who should have a 4th COVID booster shot?

From April, a 4th winter COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people in the following groups who are at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19, 4 months since their first booster dose:

  • 65 years and over 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and over
  • Residents of aged care and disabilities care facilities
  • People aged 16 years and older with severe immunocompromise (if you are unsure please ask your doctor)

Community spirit shines bright

Congratulations and our collective thanks to the hard working volunteers and organisers of Moruya Celebrates – the Moruya Business Chamber, with Rotary, sponsors and our community groups and individuals.

And what a fine celebration of our community it was, with over 60 community groups flying their flags and banners in the Church Street parade which edged its way on 1pm on Saturday, to Riverside Park for an afternoon of music, food, and festivities. Then River Lights after dark, a flotilla of illuminated lanterns and lights on kayaks and boats drifting along the river.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and water, the people of the Yuin Nation.

The plan Australians deserve – adapting to a harsher climate is now a life and death matter

“The devastating floods in Queensland and New South Wales highlight, yet again, Australia’s failure to plan for natural disasters. As we’re seeing now in heartbreaking detail, everyday Australians bear the enormous cost of this inaction.” writes Professor Barbara Norman – Chair of the Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Network, University of Canberra in The Conversation.

“In just a few years, many Australian communities have weathered a series of natural disasters overlaid by the COVID pandemic. They are exhausted, and deserve better.

So what must Australia do to get ready for the harsher future that awaits?”

GP College calls for more general practice support – and issues a reminder to wear our mask

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is reminding people that face masks still need to be worn in general practice as rules are relaxed across Australia. The RACGP President also called for more support for general practice which is under unprecedented pressure after two years of pandemic. The RACGP is calling on the federal government to invest in a series of initiatives to improve patient care and health outcomes.