My Health Record previously known as E-Health is a new and improved way to upload your Medical Summary online. This includes your;
Current conditions and treatments
Diagnostic Imaging Scan reports
Having your Medical Summary online means if you ever need to visit the hospital or even a different Doctor, your summary can be downloaded by the doctor you're seeing using just a click of a button. It is definitely a Fast, Secure and Easy way to access informtation that may assist with all of your appts.
Changing your lifestyle isn't easy, especially on your own. The Life! program teaches Victorians how to live healthier lives and reduce their risk of chronic disease. Run by health professionals, the program is delivered as aGroup Courseor a Telephone Health Coaching service. The Life! program is available to people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
“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
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!
New Day box
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
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 hereor 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.
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
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"
Women's Health Week @ Berwick Healthcare
Come along and celebrate Women's Health Week with us at Berwick Healthcare! We will be hosting 2 events on site @ 76 Clyde Road, Berwick. Events will be;
Candle Making Class - Tuesday 5th September 17 (6:00pm-8:00pm)
Breast Cancer Awareness Talk - Wednesday 6th September 17 (6:30pm - 7:15pm)
Candle making class will be hosted by Tracey from Aromafide. The only requirement is to bring a jar that holds up to 200ml.
Breast Cancer talk will be hosted by Lisa from Breast Screen Victoria. The talk will be about the latest in Breast Cancer and early detection including Breast Awareness and screening.
Both Events have limited spaces so please call (03) 9796 1500 to sign up.
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 (03) 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
Berwick Healthcare Biggest Morning Tea
Come along with your friends and family to our Biggest Morning Tea event hosted at Berwick Healthcare to raise money for Cancer research, Support services, Prevention programs, and Advocacy. We also have an online fundraiser that you can donate to Click Here to visit our online Fundraiser page. All donations are supported.
We hope to see you there!
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!
Summary of recommendations
Zika virus infection can show up in patients who have traveled in the 2 weeks prior to onset of these symptoms-acute fever, rash, arthralgia or conjunctivitis to countries with current or recent local transmission of Zika virus.
All travellers should take steps to avoid mosquito bites in order to prevent Zika virus infection and other mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya.
All travellers are advised to avoid unprotected sex (vaginal, oral, or anal) while travelling in a country affected by Zika virus.
Pregnant women are advised to defer travel to any country with current or recent local Zika virus transmission
PREGNANT WOMEN WHO DECIDE TO TRAVEL TO ONE OF THESE COUNTRIES ARE ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR FIRST AND STRICTLY FOLLOW MOSQUITO BITE PREVENTION MEASURES DURING TRIP.
Women trying to become pregnant are advised to defer travel to a Zika affected country, or to defer pregnancy for at least eight (8) weeks after return. If their partner has also travelled, a longer delay may apply. They need to consult with a doctor before travelling and strictly follow mosquito bite prevention measures.
Women who are pregnant and have returned from a country with current or local Zika Virus transmission are advised to consult a doctor and be evaluated. Please refer to Interim recommendations for assessment of pregnant women returning from Zika virus affected areas.
Men who have returned from a country with current or recent local Zika virus transmission are advised to avoid unprotected sex (vaginal, oral, or anal) for at least 8 weeks after their return. If they have a partner who is pregnant or planning pregnancy they are advised to consult a doctor to discuss recommendations for preventing sexual transmission as longer time periods may apply.
Berwick Healthcare hosts Bipolar Life, a Bipolar Support Group that meets on the first Wednesday of every month in our conference room as follows:
2016 Accreditation Report
Berwick Healthcare underwent accreditation of the RACGP standards for General Practice early 2016 and are pleased to announce we surpassed the process in all aspects.
Click Here to view our detailed Accreditation Report.
Berwick Healthcare can advise that Hypnotherapy is now available at Berwick Healthcare and would like to extend a very warm welcome to Humaira.
Humaira Ansari is a fully qualified, experienced and registered Master Hypnotherapist.
Her mission is to make a difference to this world by helping others live the free, healthy and happy life they desire and deserve.
Humaira has actively been involved in personal development for over 14 years, working and studying in four different continents and learning hypnosis in England, Norway and Australia. Humaira helps clients to stop smoking easily and effortlessly, lose weight naturally, manage/eliminate stresses and anxieties, overcome fears, phobias or other limitation and replace unwanted habits with good ones.
Humaira takes pride in achieving the desired results in as few sessions as possible by using an integrative approach with hypnosis as the mainstay. In addition she employs other techniques and therapies including NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) for the benefits of her clients.
Feel free to give Humaira a call on 0431 363 487 to make an appt.
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.
Old News but Good News
The following articles feature past programs offered via Berwick Healthcare that may return in the near future.
FREE Paediatric First Aid Course
Berwick Healthcare is helping promote Free Paediatrics First Aid Courses which are held in Pakenham from September to February run by National home doctor service. We have 40 available slots for patients of Berwick Healthcare.
Please visit http://www.tinyheartsfirstaid.com to register today.
free yoga for monash students and staff
Berwick Healthcare is happy to announce that the free Yoga classes held in our Conference room on Mondays will be continuing this year. The 45 minute classes begin at 12pm and mats are provided. We hope to see you there!!
Come to our Sausage Sizzle and help us support Cancer Research
FREE Women's Yoga & Empowerment Sessions. Women's Health Week 2016
On behalf of Jean Hailes, Berwick Healthcare is celebrating Women's Health Week (5th to 9th September 2016) by hosting 2 FREE seperate 1 Hour events. Introductory Yoga session run by Karen Oakley Principle Teacher from Body Yoga Berwick who will take us through gentle stretching exercises followed by a wonderful relaxation session and Womens Wisdom Power Hour Run by Humaira Ansari Master Clinical Hypnotherapist from Berwick Healthcare motivating women to live their life by choice and NOT by chance. Spaces limited to 20 so registration is essential. Yoga mats supplied for Yoga session. Each participant will receive a show bag of goodies that include
Healthier living booklet which is designed for participants to take home and includes recipes, tips on healthy living and space for guests to add their own notes.
Jean Hailes magazine, full of interesting health articles and information
Jean Hailes health check pen
Date and Time- Tuesday 6th September- Womens Wisdom Power Hour-Humaira Ansari
Wednesday 7th September- Introduction to Yoga- Karen Oakley
Both events require arrival of 5:45pm for 6pm start and 7pm finish.
Our hope is to provide women with better information about popular topics that include 'What’s normal?, Body image, Healthy weight, Mental health and Sex. Check out this Video for more information or visit www.womenshealthweek.com.au.
Donate Life Week 2016 (31st July-7th August)
This year our Berwick Healthcare staff got involved in promoting and raising awareness about Organ Donations.
We hoped to have encouraged more people to sign up to the Organ Register as at this moment only 1 in 3 Australians are registered but more than 1500 Australians are on a waiting list for a matching donor at any time.
To read more information and Register to become an Organ & Tissue donor please click here.
Heart Foundation Event
The Heart Foundation Victoria are holding a Free event for anyone between the ages of 18-40 that is recovering from a heart event, heart surgery or living with a heart condition. The information session is going to be held on Thursday 11th August 2016 from 10am to 3pm (lunch included) and is going to have speakers coming to talk about helping manage your condition and keep your heart healthy.
If you are interested, please click this link to learn more and register.
My Happy Sad Mummy
My Happy Sad Mummy is an engaging and sensitive picture book. It fills a major gap; explaining to a young child the impact on a parent of a major mental illness such as bipolar disorder. Bi-Polar disorder affects between 1-2% of the population and can affect young parents in particular as it usually begins in late adolescence.
Michelle Vasiliu draws from her own experience of Bi Polar disorder, cleverly and humorously portraying the emotional rollercoaster of this illness, as a young child might percieve it, and how through all these difficulties, the bond of love between mother and child remains true. A fantastic book and invaluable resource for parents, teachers and mental health workers.
How to Buy:
You can buy this book at Berwick Healthcare; $20 (Hard Copy) or $15 (Soft Copy)
Our 2016 Flu Vaccines have finally arrived to keep you safe this winter! Fortunately for patients 65 years or older, Pregnant women, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders and patients with an eligible Chronic Illness, Flu Vaccines are FREE.
Berwick Healthcare is so pleased to announce that we have joined the fight against Cancer and are participating in the Casey Relay for Life event on Friday the 4th of March 2016 at the Akoonah Park Reserve. Please Support us by either joining Team 'Berwick Healthcare' or donating to this amazing cause. Every cent counts so please give what you can whether it is $5 or $50 it will be greatly appreciated!!!! We will also be running some fantastic fundraisers so please keep an eye on our Website here and our Facebook page for updates on these events.
If you would like to donate or join our team, follow the link below and seach for team Berwick Healthcare!!!!
Berwick Healthcare is proud to support the following event
FREE Weight Loss & Stop Smoking Self Empowerment Sessions
with Master Hypnotherapist and Life Coach
Weight Loss - Thursday 21st May, 2015 7pm - 8 pm Stop Smoking - Thursday 28th May, 2015 7pm - 8 pm
Do you feel frustrated with your weight loss progress?
Are you tired of yo-yo dieting?
Do you feel helpless around food?
Have you tried everything but you are still smoking?
Are you aching to breathe better?
Do you fell helpless around tobacco?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions then this 60 MINUTE ULTIMATE FREE SELF EMPOWERMENT SESSION IS FOR YOU!
You'll learn How To:
Beat Unconscious Weight Loss Resistances
Stop Emotional Eating
Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals
Beat unconscious smoking resistances
Beat Stress and Boredom
Achieve your Smoke-Free Goal
As well as his role in treating patients, Doctor George Zaharias has won awards for his work in guiding medical students at Berwick Healthcare. 113935 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS
By LACHLAN MOORHEAD
NESTLED in the heart of Berwick, one can find a health clinic that not only treats patients from throughout Casey, but is also breaking new ground when it comes to guiding medical trainees.
Berwick Healthcare, created in 2011 and located next to Monash University Berwick, is classified as a GP super clinic, a product of the previous Federal Government’s attempt to reform Australia’s health care system to take pressure off hospitals.
Doctor George Zaharias, who treats patients and guides registrars at the Berwick clinic, is at the forefront of this changing tide and recently received the Regional Training Provider (RTP) Innovation and Medical Educator of the Year awards at the annual General Practice Education and Training (GPET) conference.
GPET is a Federal Government organisation which is responsible for general practice training, providing funding to the various training providers around Australia.
The Medical Educator award has been a decade in the making for Dr Zaharias who, in the year 2000, started to reduce his clinical appointments and increase his time spent guiding trainees.
“I gradually found that I really enjoyed it, I really got a lot of personal satisfaction out of it.
“I learnt a lot of things, my skills as a GP improved and then I just wanted to be more and more involved,” Dr Zaharias said.
“I enjoy the interaction. I enjoy the challenge and definitely the progress, when you can see that they (the trainees) then move on and they’re able to put it together better. They’re much more confident in what they’re doing.”
As education enhancement program director at the Victorian Metropolitan Alliance (VMA), Dr Zaharias was instrumental in helping to develop Berwick Healthcare and ensuring it had a specialised training room for registrars – referred to as the Berwick Diagnostic Assessment Centre.
Dr Zaharias said this room is used to film and view the trainees as they treat clients, in order to analyse and educate.
“These are doctors that have graduated and done hospital work and now they’re in a general practice training program.
“They need to get experience over two to three years to get their qualification so they can then practise independently as GPs,” he said.
Dr Zaharias also broke down the term ‘super clinic’ and spoke proudly of the way in which Berwick Health had helped service the local community, as well as providing Monash Berwick’s Student Health Service, in just over two years.
“People have an image of super clinics being those private, corporate, 24-hour clinics – we’re not one of those.
“The term super clinic is really a government term, the previous Labor Government created a lot of super clinics around the country,” he said.
“The idea was that these super clinics would be put in areas of need. It wasn’t just going to be GPs in the clinic, there were going to be other allied health professionals in the clinic as well. Each ‘super clinic’ is very different in the way it’s been set up because it has to serve the needs of the community.
“There are a lot of patients from Casey who had to travel to Monash Medical Centre, in Clayton, so they have certain outpatient clinics here now instead.
“Patients of the hospital don’t have to travel as far.”
Berwick Healthcare is at 76 Clyde Road, Berwick. Bookings and inquiries can be made on 9796 1500 or book an appointment online at www.berwickhealthcare.com.au
Welcome New Monash Health Services
Berwick Healthcare is happy to announce that Monash Health has commenced specialist ouptatient clinics at Berwick Healthcare, as an extension of services presently running at their Clayton, Dandenong and Moorabbin facilities. Presently the specialist outpatient clinics are :Diabetes, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and Haematology. Referrals and appointments can be arranged through ACCESS.
All referrals to be faxed through to Fax Number; 9594 2273 (959 iCARE)
We are proud of our practice nurse Mel who completed her Immunisation for Registered Nurses course. Mel is now able to give vaccinations to children and adults without you needing to make an appointment with a doctor. Book an appointment for your childs routine vaccinations, if you're travelling overseas, for nursing or student pre placement vaccinations, flu vaccinations or for employment requirements.
Nurse Mel is now here till 4:30pm
We are pleased to inform you that our Practice Nurse, Mel, has increased her hours. She is now working Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4:30pm
Monash University Orientation Week
An amazing week of fun and festivities was had by all at the Monash University O week welcome to new and returning students at our beautiful Berwick Campus. Berwick Healthcare would like to wish all our new students a year filled with fun, productivity and health. We were overwhelmed with the support from all the new students, with over 100 signing up to take part in our Free Flu Vaccination Program for Monash Staff and Students.