Time. We all have the same amount – it’s the most valuable possession we have. There’s no shortage of tests, no shortage of specialists and procedures – spend time choosing wisely. When you spend your time with your GP, get the most out of it. Be prepared, have your questions, have your say – use your time!
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Time is the basis of human experience, it is the foundation of narrative, the vehicle of observation and the thread of trust. Its linear and physical path draws our attention away from the cyclical daily routine we inevitably follow at times. Understanding the importance of the future is health itself. Building and discovering a past that nourishes us is what provides our peace, contentment and a framework for generosity. As a healing profession, we must work with time, give our time and help people regain or maintain their desire for health and well-being.
Many people we see as general practitioners need our time more than our tests or our treatments. Just spending time with someone on a few occasions can have a significant impact on their lives. This is not well understood but does depend on our care and reputation. We do know that science has not been able to…
It’s a great time to be a GP in Australia at the moment. We live in an affluent First World country with good social services and welfare and a strong public health safety net. It’s peaceful, spacious, and even the winter cold feels good after the warm summer!
It’s also easy to focus on the challenges of being a GP in Australia at the moment. Medicare rebates are frozen, the system is not perfect, politicians and big business seem to have GPs in their sights, and our patients still have high expectations of us. Where there are challenges there are opportunities and I think that GPs can and will step up to find solutions and thrive.
We’re meeting this challenge by recruiting great GPs who want to do great work in our great practice. We offer:
😀 Healthy work-life balance
😀 Practice in one of the most beautiful parts of South Australia
😀 SA owned and operated Clinic with a Great Team
😀 Plenty of Patients
😀 A strong Teaching Focus
Our practice is fully computerised and as paperless as we can make it, AGPAL accredited, with a strong teaching ethos supported by a great nursing team who assist with Chronic Disease Management and Treatment room duties. Our team delivers an efficient and friendly medical service to our patients and our GPs.
Partridge Street General Practice is a mixed billing practice with bulk billed and private accounts for services. This allows 15 minute appointments as a base. We’re proud to offer the time for:
😀 Women’s Health, Mirenas, and Implanons
😀 Mental Health Care and Counseling
😀 Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery
😀 Travel Medicine and Immunisations
😀 Iron Infusions
Our patients will be as important to you as they are to us, they are the foundation and the focus of Partridge Street General Practice!
Be part of the future here at Partridge Street General Practice. Enjoy the autonomy of private practice while retaining the collegiality and teaching ethos that is so important to all of us. R U OK…or could you be Better?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in to have a coffee and a chat!
At Partridge Street General Practice we believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. How can we help you?
Firstly, be SUNSMART.
– stay more in the shade
– wear a protective hat (I like the Chappell style broad brimmed cricket hat)
– cover up, long sleeved loose fitting clothing keeps you cool and keeps you safe
Skin cancers can be split into two main groups, melanoma skin cancers (MSC) and non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC). If you have a close family member with melanoma, or you’ve had a past melanoma, you’re at increased risk of melanoma. If you’ve had non-melanoma skin cancer before the age of 40, you’re at increased risk of melanoma. However, you’re far more likely to have NMSC than melanoma and these are the NMSC risk factors:
The National Prescribing Service (NPS) has made an interesting list of 5 questions patients should ask their doctors. The aim is to be well informed about the benefits and potential harm before you undergo medical tests, treatments, and procedures.
I think the list is useful and I’d encourage people to ask these questions. At the same time I suspect I will not be able to answer all the questions. For example, I don’t know the costs of all available tests, and the exact risks of certain interventions is something I may have to look up.
I have been told NPS is planning to develop resources for doctors so they can better help their patients with these queries. This would indeed be helpful. But in the meantime, feel free to ask! I hope it will lead to less unnecessary interventions.
So here they are, the 5 questions to ask your doctor before you get any test…
Australian General Practitioners undertake extensive training (see here) in Western medical approaches to health and illness. It’s also important to know what you don’t know. Therefore I have prepared a #FOAMed blog post on ‘how homeopathy works’.