Last week Eating Disorders Victoria launched their campaign to secure government funding for their Peer Mentoring Program. In the two years since the program began, it has proven to not only reduce eating disorder hospital re admissions, but also to improve the self-worth and quality of life of every participant.
However, the Peer Mentoring Program does not have any funding to continue after the end of June next year. Eating Disorders Victoria are asking for Victorian State Government funding to ensure the program continues beyond 2019.
Now is the time to let our politicians know that this program is of vital importance, and they need your help to make sure they hear the message.
Click here to visit their website for more information and / or watch video above
R U OK?
In honour of R U OK day this Thursday we've shared a short video to help you find out how to approach a family member, friend or colleague that you are worried about.
Watch the video below
If you're not okay and want someone to talk to, we're here. Click here make an appointment with one of our doctor's.
Exciting news about our Dr Pallavi Prathivadi
Dr Pallavi Prathivadi is one of 95 women around the world to be accepted into the Homeward Bound Global Leadership Program, which will involve the largest-ever female expedition to Antarctica, departing from Ushuaia, Argentina, in November 2019 after an intensive 11-month program.
Monash University’s Dr Pallavi Prathivadi will represent Australia in the prestigious program for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).
CLICK HERE TO HELP DR PALLAVI PRATHIVADI REACH HER FUNDRAISER GOAL FOR HER JOURNEY.
Save a life today and register as an organ donor. In 2017, a record 1,675 Australians received life changing transplants through the generosity of 510 deceased organ donors & 273 living organ donors.
If our national consent rate reaches 70%, Australia would be in the top 10 performing countries.
Around 1,400 Australians today are waiting for a life-saving or life-transforming transplant. If you are willing to one day save lives by becoming an organ and tissue donor, you need to register and discuss your decision with your family and friends.
Berwick Healthcare is hosting a free Relaxation Yoga Class on site on Wednesday 5th September from 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Karen, an accredited Shanti Yoga Teacher from MY Yoga Therapy will be leading the class. She is experienced and qualified with specialised skills and knowledge in the application of Yoga in a therapeutic setting.
To sign up please call 9796 1500! Mats supplied or BYO. Book Quick - Limited spots
Have fun & Get fit - women's health week 2018
Register for The local Beginner Bike Riding event celebrating Women’s Health Week September 2018
Event will start off at Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House (21A Bemersyde Drive Berwick 3806) on Saturday 1st of September at 9:30am.
Berwick Healthcare's Practice Manager, Cathy Hermans (Our experienced bike rider) will be there assisting the ride.
Monash University has for the past 8 years conducted a program of GP training for Chinese GPs mainly from the province of Shenzhen. The program involves rotation of GPs to Victorian General Practices for exposure to clinical as well as health system based learning. For the past 3 years Berwick Healthcare has generously provided support for this program and acted as a model general practice providing high quality integrated GP and specialist services to the community. As China is rapidly moving from a predominately hospital based system to an enhanced primary care delivery model, Berwick Healthcare, situated in a major growth corridor has provided our Chinese colleagues with a model they are keen to introduce in China. The Chinese GPs come in groups of 10-20 for general instruction and then in groups of two for specific clinical instruction. We value our relationship with Berwick Healthcare and its staff and the feedback from the Chinese GPs has been overwhelmingly positive. We thank Berwick Health Care for their unwavering support.
Prof Leon Piterman AM
Director Monash - China GP Programs
Monash Institute of Health and Clinical Education(MIHCE)
Dr Hui Yang
Manager, Monash-China GP programs(MICHE)
Men's health Week 2018
This year Men's Health Week is between the 11th to 17th June this. Our Gp's at Berwick Healthcare have agreed to offer 30minute bulk billed thorough male health checks that include;
Mental Health Check
Blood test incl. Cholesterol & Diabetes
& Bowel Cancer Screening
We have extended the health check to be available for the whole month of June.
If you want a health check or know someone who would benefit from one call 9796 1500or book online here
Women's Health & Hormone balance workshop
We welcome Leesa who is our new Div II nurse.
She will be doing 75 year old health checks. Appointments with her can be made by calling 9796 1500 or onlinehere
Biggest morning tea
It's that delicious time of the year where we get to enjoy yummy sweet and savory Morning Tea snacks for a good cause. Berwick Healthcare is again taking part of Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. The event will be hosted at the clinic on Monday the 21st May, 2018 between 9:30am - 11:30 am to support Cancer research , prevention and support of people who have cancer or know someone that has cancer.
We require a Gold Coin donation for the morning tea. If you can't make it to the event but would like to donate anyway, click this link to donate online. All donations are greatly appreciated.
UPDATE: This year we raised $141.95
Berwick Healthcare would like to advise our patients that the Flu Vaccinations are now in! Book online with a GP or call us on 9796 1500 to organise an appointment.
Private Flu - $20
Student - $15
Some patients may be eligible for a Government Funded vaccine but there is an eligibility criteria you will need to meet. Please enquire with your GP if you meet this criteria.
South East Feast
Come down to the Multicultural Food, Wine and Music Festival on Saturday 21 April at Nossal High School between 10am – 4pm.
This is a day for the whole family with local Gourmet food, Wine & Craft Beers, Food trucks with flavours from around the world, Petting zoo, Face painting, Amusement rides, Cooking demonstrations, Live music and Cultural & Interactive performances. Under 12 free and $5 entry fee for everyone else.
Berwick Healthcare will also have a stall promoting our clinic and mental health.
Easter holiday opening hours
Berwick Healthcare will be closed from tomorrow, Friday 30th of March until Monday 2nd of April inclusive for the Easter Holiday. We will re -open on Tuesday 3rd of April as usual.
We wish you all a happy and safe Easter break!
*PLEASE NOTE- If you need a non - urgent doctor you can call our after hours home doctor service on 13 74 25.
For all urgent matters please call the ambulance on 000.
Free online child and infaNT choking workshop
In light of the devastating death of the young Tasmanian boy, Alby Davis who choked on a bouncy ball from a party favour ahead of his fourth birthday, Tiny Hearts will be hosting a free online workshop dedicated to infant and child choking for all concerned parents.
Please see link below for more information on this online workshop
From Thursday 1st of February 2018 Monash Pathology will revert back to it's original opening hours;
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 5:00pm
We are very sorry for the inconvenience.
2017 Charity Fundraisers @ Berwick Healthcare
2017 was a successful year for our Charity Fundraisers . We are excited to announce that we raised a total of $2080.95 for charities such as; Bandanna Day, Beyond Blue, Biggest Morning Tea, Daffodil Day and helping the Casey Food Truck.
We have also come together to donate to The Winter Coat Drive and Women in need.
A huge thank you to all our patients who gave a little to make a big difference in someone's life.
New Cervical Screening Test
The common "Pap-Smear Test" is now being replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test that allows women between the ages of 25 - 74 with normal results to be tested every 5 years instead of every 2!
We encourage women who are now due for their 2 year "Pap - Test" to book an appointment with one of our experienced doctors to have the new Cervical Screening Test. Call 9796 1500 or click here book online
Please watch below video for more information;
"New Year - new you" Make 2018 your year
Make 2018 the new you with our new health group sessions at Berwick Healthcare.
You will received free continuous support throughout the program from the health professional team working with The Life! program on topics such as;
Healthy Eating and Weight Control
Goal Setting + Managing Lapses
Stress Management and Sleep Patterns
and Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke prevention.
To apply for any of the 3 group dates, please fill in this form and post or fax to Diabetes Victoria (Address and Fax number on form). The form must be submitted with a copy of your fasting glucose and cholesterol blood tests taken in last 12 months, or go to see their GP for paperwork to be done.
“The Life! program really worked for me. Just by being committed to achieving a series of small goals, I got the results I wanted – I’ve lost 12kg, not by going on a diet but by integrating a whole new lifestyle that now feels natural and normal to me." Dianna, Life! program participant
Berwick Bipolar Support Group 2018 dates
Berwick Healthcare hosts Bipolar Life, a Bipolar Support Group that meets on the first Wednesday of every month on site in our conference room. The purpose of the support group is to provide an opportunity for people living with bipolar disorder to connect with those with similar experiences. Group members gain strength and support from each other, and learn new ways of coping through sharing feelings, knowledge, information and ideas. Speakers on topics like mental health services or health and well-being are also arranged at regular intervals. There is no requirement to book, just come along and it’s free. You will be made most welcome.
2018 Dates are as follows;
Take a simple drive to a healthier life
Take a simple drive to a healthier life was written by one of Berwick Healthcare's board members, Dr Roger Smith. Dr Smith is a GP at Casey Medical Centre in Cranbourne and has over 25 years of experience in helping people live a full and healthy life.
The book is for sale at Berwick Healthcare for only $10 a copy. Please see reception if you are interested.
"You don't know what you have until it's gone". This saying is especially true for your health. Random luck plays a large role, but in family medical practice, Dr Roger Smith has seen many telling examples of this.
Just as you need to provide sufficient care for your car to keep it running well, your own personal vehicle (Your Body) is no different. If you neglect to service your care or ignore warning signs of trouble, you risk a major breakdown.
Neglecting your car may be expensive, but at least it's replaceable. Unlike your body - where it's not so easy to undo years of neglect. But with the right attention and personal effort, you will be able to perform a skilful U-Turn and your health may improve dramatically.
So come along for a simple drive to a healthier life, and live longer too!
"Dr Roger Smith is to be commended for writing a book whose theme was driven by an encounter with a patient who seemed to value his car more than his heart. The message is quite simple, look after yourself, try to understand the role of environmental and behavioural factors in the causation of disease, factors over which you the patient has control. Undertake regular check-ups and take control of your health through diet, exercise, avoidance of smoking, alcohol etc. and early identification of problems before they become un-managable. The book is written in an engaging style for the layman and is very reader friendly." - Prof Leon Piterman
Old News but Good News
The following articles feature past programs offered via Berwick Healthcare that may return in the near future.
ANtibiotic Awareness week
It's Antibiotic Awareness Week & Yes Antibiotic Resistance is something we should be scared of.
Watch this quick video of Professor John Turnidge explaining the causes and dangers of antimicrobial resistance, inappropriate antimicrobial usage, and what the Commission is doing about it.
Berwick Healthcare is involved in NEW DAY BOX. A foundation that support women in family violence crisis by creating a New Day Box. Help us make a small difference by donating a box of unused goodies. Your box's can be dropped into the clinic and we will pass them on.
Please see image below of what you CAN and CAN'T donate
Did someone say...Sausage sizzle?
Oh yes we did! And for a great cause too. It's Bandanna day once again and of course we are getting involved trying to raise money for young people living with cancer. Come down to Berwick Healthcare this Wednesday 25th October between 11-1 and show your support by eating a delicious sizzling sausage. Our sausages are donated by a lovely cancer supportive patient and her friends.
Ps: Don't forget to wear your Bandanna :D
UPDATE*** - We raised a total of $464.95 for the Bandanna Day Fundraiser. Out of that, $160.95 was raised just at the Sausage sizzle!
October is breast cancer awareness month
1 in 8 women in Victoria will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime. Although not as common, Breast Cancer can also appear in males. This month we are encouraging women and men to make an appointment with one of our doctors either online or via phone on 9796 1500 to get a breast check.
This year in celebration of the up-comming Grand Final between Richmond Tigers and Adelaide Crows our staff has dressed up in their favorite team's AFL Jersey's for a Gold Coin Donation. We raised $75.30!! All funds will be donated to Beyond Blue.
R U OK Day Success
Last Thursday Berwick Healthcare joined Federation & Monash University to support R U OK day. Our staff wore lovely yellow t-shirts and made sure everyone was okay !
If you or someone you know is suffering please call us on 9796 1500 or Book online to make an apt with one of our experienced GP's.
Mental Health Awareness week
10th September '17 - International Suicide Prevention Day 14th September '17 - R U OK Day
We're asking everyone to "take a minute and change a life". Take the R U Ok challenge because you never know who's day / life you might change.
According to the Australian Bureau of statistics, in 2015, 3027 people died from Intentional Self Harm. This is one too many. The standardised death rate between Males & Females stood at; Males - 19.3 deaths per 100,000 people.
Females - 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people.
IF YOU ARE SUFFERING PLEASE CALL US ON 9796 1500 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERIENCED GP'S.
candle making for women's health week
On Tuesday 5th of September Tracey from Aromafide came to host a Candle Making Class in our conference room for Women's Health Week. All 6 girls that attended were intrigued by the process of Candle Making and we received great Feedback from that class!
The picture on the far left shows 2 candles, the yellow one is the "before" and the white one is the "after"
#DONATELIFE 30TH JULY - 6TH AUGUST
Save a life today and register as an organ donor. In 2016, a record 1,447 Australians received a life-saving transplant through the generosity of 503 deceased organ donors and their families who agreed to donation at the time of their loved one’s death.
This represents a 16% increase in the number of deceased donors over 2015, and 17% increase in the number of lives saved after receiving a transplant.
More than 1,400 Australians today are waiting for a life-saving or life-transforming transplant. If you are willing to one day save lives by becoming an organ and tissue donor, you need to register and discuss your decision with your family and friends.
This 6 week course will introduce you and your baby to Yoga in a relaxed and supportive environment. You will learn practices which support you to feel vibrant and help you deal with the myriad pressures of motherhood. This program will help you connect to yourself, your baby and share motherhood journey in a supportive group.
Suitable for Mum's from six weeks post partum and babies from 6 weeks to crawlers.
When: Six consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday 1st August 11:15 am to 12:15 pm.
Investment: $120 for the 6 week course which includes weekly handouts, online forum and resources.
Berwick Healthcare hosted a in - house Trivia night on the 24th of June in hope to raise money for The Cranbourne Food Truck which provide warm meals for the homeless in the area. We were able to successfully raise a whopping $1100 to help and support this non for profit organisation.
Berwick Healthcare frequently runs fundraisers and charities for medical research and community support.
Please click here if you want to get in touch with The Cranbourne Food Truck and find out how you can help either by donating food, money or even becoming a volunteer!
Free overall men's health check for Mens Health Week '17
Statistically Men consult a GP less than women do and unfortunately a lot of Health Problems don't discriminate. This is why it's important for Men to start taking control of their health and making sure they get check ups to avoid problems down the road. Berwick Healthcare will celebrate Mens Health Week between the 12-16th of June by providing free 30 minute consultations with the GP of your choice and going through above check ups that are applicable to you.
Appointments can be made by calling 9796 1500, Booking online here, or downloading our app & booking online Google Play here / Apple store here
IF you are booking online, Please book in the week of the 12th of June and in General comments please specify it's for Men's Health Check
Biggest Morning Tea Success
Our Biggest Morning tea was a success, our Fundraiser goal was $300, but we managed to raise a grand total of $417.70!!
Berwick Healthcare would like to thank EVERYONE who participated and donated a little to help us reach our goal. Especially our lovely staff who took the time to cook a little something for the morning tea.
We also did the raffle draw and our 8 winners have been notified of their exciting prizes
Download our app for easier bookings
Please visit reception if you have any issues with the app
Our Quadrivalent Flu Vaccinations are finally here! Please call us on 9796 1500, download our app or make a online booking here. The Quadrivalent Flu vaccination is privately & publicly stocked at the moment. Patients who are eligible for a Free Flu Vaccination can receive a free vaccination.
Otherwise Private Fees are as follows;
Private - $20.00
Student - $15.00
After Hours Project Grant
Berwick healthcare has been successful in obtaining a grant from South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network to partner with Casey Emergency Department (Monash Health) to redirect primary care patients attending the ED to Berwick healthcare for more appropriate non-emergency care.
The development of an agreed pathway between Casey ED and Berwick healthcare will be piloted between the hours of 4pm-7pm weekdays.
More details to follow as the project progresses.
Book an appointment online today!
Here at Berwick Healthcare we like to make life easy for our patients. Introducing our Online Booking facility via Health Engine where it's quick and easy for New & Existing patients to book an appointment with any of our GP's at their convienience.
We have also uploaded an Electronic version of our New PatientRegistration & Health Summary Forms where you can submit online prior to your appointments to save you time and hassle trying to look for a printer or rushing on the day.
We are always trying to keep our Website as modern as possible so watch this space for New Updates!
GLBTI FRIENDLY PRACTICE POLICY
Berwick Healthcare is a GLBTI inclusive practice and actively advocates for the healthcare needs of this diverse community. We welcome patients and families that identify with being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex, and invite you to come and visit us at Berwick Healthcare.
Free Waitingroom wifi
We are happy to announce that Berwick Healthcare now provide free WiFi to patients while they wait. Please enquire at reception for further details.