International Women’s Day

A day to reflect on a few things:

PartridgeGP has provided service, support, and facilities to many, many wonderful women, who in turn have served our patients and our community.

You can see some of them right here

That is where we have been to where we are now. It’s a fantastic time. I don’t think anyone could argue that this is the best time to be and the best place to be.

So many options are open to women now!

I’m very happy to be heading towards the birth of my first daughter and parental leave – with fantastic teams at home and at PartridgeGP!


PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now with new vaccines here to END the pandemic. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

Want more?

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

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If you’re employed, get a side hustle and get into business. If you’ve already got a business, get a network. Want to get started? Find your tribe here!

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

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zeroism

Boom! It’s the start of the working week and it is time to get your thinking on. COVID is the topic and Zeroism is the thought. You can see, in the header picture, two squares on the board, A and B. They look different, but they are the same colour. It’s all in your perception. Why is this relevant? Have a read of this fantastic article from Jonathan Chait.

I’ve written about where we are and how we will get to where we want to be.

Where we were :

Cough into your elbow and clean your phone! Both of these will limit spread of those little virus particles!

Now that you’ve cleaned your phone, and are practicing your social distancing, USE the phone. Telehealth is here via your phone, no special equipment needed.

STAY AT HOME, USE THE PHONE

And then

And then :

When it all turns to custard, as they say in New Zealand, one of the safest places on Earth (as I type), your GP is there for you. Your GP is, really, your best insurance.

If you’re a patient, looking for a great GP, PartridgeGP is here to help you, safely and well. You can book a face to face or telehealth consult right here.

And how we progress :

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be used initially during the Phase 1a rollout. These vaccine doses will be distributed through 30 to 50 key hospital hubs across urban and rural Australia to priority group 1a. Distribution to residential aged care and disability care facilities will be done through a Commonwealth vaccination workforce in-reach program.

Provisional approval of the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is currently anticipated in February 2021, subject to regulatory requirements being met. Both vaccines will progressively be distributed through an expanded number of sites, including general practice clinics, existing Commonwealth GP respiratory clinics, state-run vaccination clinics and pharmacies.

And where we want to be

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As Jonathan Chait says:

Zeroism is an inability to conceive of public-health measures in cost-benefit terms. The pandemic becomes an enemy that must be destroyed at all costs, and any compromise could lead to death and is therefore unacceptable.

Jonathan Chait – links above

We need to do enough, for enough people, in enough different ways, to reduce risk enough. Enough is enough. We may not eliminate COVID but we will eliminate the pandemic. We can then begin to address the economic destruction and all of the weak points highlighted over the last 18 months.

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now with new vaccines here to END the pandemic. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

Want more?

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

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If you’re employed, get a side hustle and get into business. If you’ve already got a business, get a network. Want to get started? Find your tribe here!

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

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safe

Happy Sunday! Now, reading a lot of text can be hard work on a Sunday, especially if you’ve had a big Saturday night. So, here’s a video that was prepared earlier, by Ms Maddie Massy-Westropp, who you’ll remember from here. If you would like to see more videos from Maddie, go here, and if you would like to see more videos from PartridgeGP, subscribe here.

the video – Mads From Lab

A reminder, PartridgeGP will be commencing COVID vaccinations in the next couple of weeks – booking details to come soon!

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

Want more?

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

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If you’re employed, get a side hustle and get into business. If you’ve already got a business, get a network. Want to get started? Find your tribe here!

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

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time

Blogging has had a little service interruption recently – normal service will return shortly!

In other news:

Dr Eli Salagaras is now working weekends, to enhance our weekend service to our valued patients!

We will be rolling out COVID vaccinations in a couple of weeks!

Ms Mattea Palombo will be commencing soon as our resident PartridgeGP dietician! Call 8295 3200 to book!

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

Want more?

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

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If you’re employed, get a side hustle and get into business. If you’ve already got a business, get a network. Want to get started? Find your tribe here!

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

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eligible

Yesterday, we talked about when, nearly 50 years ago, two icons of the modern age combined – The Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol. The cutting edges of popular music and contemporary art. Warhol once said, ‘in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes’. I thought I’d make the post famous for more than 15 minutes and use another iconic album cover.

the original cover

PartridgeGP has been chosen to be one of the practices that may deliver the COVID vaccinations to you in phase 1b of the rollout. Remember how the Stones and Warhol broke up?

We await some further paperwork and advice from the Federal Government via Adelaide PHN in regard to exactly what their requirements of us are. Hopefully, their brief will have more in common with Mick’s missive above than the 16 different new item numbers they have generated for the act of marrying vaccines and patients in the community. Otherwise, it could all end like Warhol and the Stones – when Mick Jagger took it upon himself to handwrite the track names over Warhol’s art. Warhol never forgave him and their partnership ended there.

no Warhol art here

Are you eligible?

Check which phase you are eligible to be vaccinated in here.

Just a little bit more information for you…

Now the vaccine is not compulsory, or mandatory. Fair work has this to say:

There are currently no laws or public health orders in Australia that specifically enable employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against coronavirus. The Australian Government’s policy is that receiving a vaccination is voluntary, although it aims to have as many Australians vaccinated as possible.

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

Want more?

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

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If you’re employed, get a side hustle and get into business. If you’ve already got a business, get a network. Want to get started? Find your tribe here!

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

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brief

Nearly 50 years ago, two icons of the modern age combined – The Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol. The cutting edges of popular music and contemporary art. Warhol once said, ‘in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes’. This 15 minutes of fame concept has almost outlived his art. Regardless of whether this is true or not, The Rolling Stones are still going and Warhol’s 15 minutes is 50 years plus and counting.

the famous album cover – ‘sticky fingers’

PartridgeGP is set up to give you your 15 minutes of fame with every appointment – we don’t feel your health can be meaningfully addressed in smaller segments. Sometimes, we can be very focussed with shorter appointments (our upcoming COVID and influenza vaccination clinics, for example), but 15 minute minimum appointments have served well so far. PartridgeGP has been chosen to be one of the practices that may deliver the COVID vaccinations to you in phase 1b of the rollout. We can circle back to Warhol and the Stones now. There is a famous letter, when Mick Jagger decided to engage Warhol – one creative genius knew exactly what to say to another:

micromanaging level : zero

Every GP in Australia has this sort of remit from patients and government – with Medicare rebateable level B consults. Patients are free to see any GP they want (as I am fond of saying, in this country, patients have doctors, not the other way round). GPs are free to set whatever price they deem their service is worth – and can serve any group of patients in the community well. The government generally steps out of the way and avoids micro-managing. This is one of the reasons why having a great GP and great general practice, and using them regularly and appropriately is so good for your health, and why Australians enjoy such good health and primary care.

We await some further paperwork and advice from the Federal Government via Adelaide PHN in regard to exactly what their requirements of us are. Hopefully, their brief will have more in common with Mick’s missive above than the 16 different new item numbers they have generated for the act of marrying vaccines and patients in the community. Otherwise, it could all end like Warhol and the Stones – when Mick Jagger took it upon himself to handwrite the track names over Warhol’s art. Warhol never forgave him and their partnership ended there.

Fingers crossed – sanitised not sticky!

Check which phase you are eligible to be vaccinated in here.

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

Want more?

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

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If you’re employed, get a side hustle and get into business. If you’ve already got a business, get a network. Want to get started? Find your tribe here!

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

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carbexit2021

Leaner, fitter, stronger, faster, and healthier. Low carb promises all of this and more. Does it deliver? Let’s see! Now I originally wrote this post in 2016, and found that 3 months of solid investment produced some solid dividends. How much? Well, when I was training for an ultramarathon in 2011, I ran the City to Bay (12km), in around 53 minutes 30 seconds. Not too bad. But. This was on the background of running 70 – 100 km a week in training. This father of one (with another to come) ain’t got time for that. So I’m revisiting 2016, where that investment in diet rather than exercise delivered a City to Bay time of around 57 minutes, on the background of running 5 – 10 km a week. I like that return on investment. So here we go again!

Take one willing subject. 

why not get on a bandwagon 😎


Premedicate with some exercise


Get some specialist advice


Add some incentive. 

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And set a target to beat – finish this race!

Then get moving!

In the meantime, we will continue to work hard at PartridgeGP!

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

Want more?

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

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If you’re employed, get a side hustle and get into business. If you’ve already got a business, get a network. Want to get started? Find your tribe here!

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

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results

Stories are how we communicate as humans. The Greek Myths have persisted for thousands of years. Mythology explained natural phenomena, cultural variations, traditional enmities, and friendships. I’m not going to try to write an epic for the ages here; I’m not going to wax lyrical. I am going to try to illustrate a basic tenet of great quality General Practice.

Galen came nearly a thousand years after the Greek Myths and was a physician of Greek descent in the Roman Empire. Wikipedia tells us: Galen received a comprehensive education that prepared him for a successful career as a physician and philosopher. Born in the ancient city of Pergamon (present-day BergamaTurkey), Galen travelled extensively, exposing himself to a wide variety of medical theories and discoveries before settling in Rome, where he served prominent members of Roman society and eventually was given the position of personal physician to several emperors.

He is often credited with the the model we use today which is where the doctor takes a history, performs an examination, and then investigates further. This allows the doctor to arrive at a diagnosis, a label that allows comparison with previous patients and further allows useful predictions about what might work to help or hinder the patient’s recovery. Today we have amazing tests and scans but they are FAR MORE useful if these are used AFTER taking a good history and performing a useful clinical examination. For example, if a man has a positive pregnancy test, there is no baby; a normal x-ray of your finger tells us nothing about your headache.

Patients will often ask for an ‘everything’ test. ‘Just check me for everything, doc’, they say, cheerfully. This has many pitfalls. Firstly, to do every blood test would require taking ALL of your blood. You do need your blood to do little things, like carry oxygen around your body so you can live. It’s kind of essential. You can’t give it all away. Secondly, we hit that pregnancy test problem again. Not everyone with a positive pregnancy test is pregnant. While this is obviously easy to overcome – men don’t get pregnant – what do you do with a positive lupus anticoagulant test in an otherwise fit and healthy person? Thirdly, taking some blood might be relatively quick and painless, but what if we then need to do another test because of those results? This could be painful, dangerous, or expensive (or all three). There are lots more potential issues – which is why we recommend a great GP, with a history and clinical examination, before any testing.

There are only 5 reasons to do a test. Any test. Four of them require follow up. Let’s look at the one that doesn’t, first. Number three above, screening, is when we take perfectly healthy people and check them with a screening test, looking for disease. We ONLY need to follow this up with an appointment if the test is positive, because you were fit and healthy before the test, with no issues. Examples of these screening tests include faecal occult blood tests on your poo (when was the last time you used the word stool), mammograms, and cervical screening tests. We can send you a simple form text message if these tests are negative. Easy. Lets look at the other four cases, and we’ll use a story.

A hypothetical patient (let’s call him Hamer, to avoid any copyright issues) presents to his GP with an itchy rash. The GP takes a history and performs a clinical examination. A picture is worth a thousand words, especially with a rash, so I’ve just popped a couple of images below.

Hamer is troubled by the itch, and the diagnosis is unclear, so the GP prescribes some symptomatic treatment and takes some blood, and a swab from the itchy areas, These are sent off to the pathology lab. As an aside, pathology is pretty cool, and there’s a great podcast with Dr Travis Brown, This Pathological Life, where he uses stories to make pathology understandable to all. Check it out! Back to the rash. Now, it could be herpes. We need to rule this IN or OUT. After all, that’s a pretty important diagnosis to make. So regardless of whether the test is positive (herpes ruled IN – needing advice and treatment) or the test is negative (herpes ruled OUT – so what the hell is the rash? Is it still there?), we still need to follow this up. If the test is positive, and we treat the herpes, we may retest to confirm resolution (prognosis and monitoring). I’ve tried to make this story cover all scenarios but basically ALL tests other than screening tests NEED to be followed up with an appointment. This is a quality measure and it’s better for you. This is why PartridgeGP doesn’t suggest that you ring our awesome reception team for your test results. They are awesome at reception, not herpes.

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

Want more?

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

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If you’re employed, get a side hustle and get into business. If you’ve already got a business, get a network. Want to get started? Find your tribe here!

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

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running2021

In 2005, I turned 30. I was fat, and had been fat for the better part of 10 years. I had put on 6kg a year throughout university and had carried this into my working life. I had a sedentary job, did little or no exercise, ate everything that moved slower than me, and enjoyed a drink. They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

fat doctor nick running weight loss
fat not phat

Looking at this picture after the event moved me from contemplation to determination. I had the knowledge and the ability to lose weight – now I had to do it. Action was needed. In my experience, this is where people fall down. There is plenty of information and advice out there, and plenty of people are willing to help you. Many think about doing things, fewer talk about doing things, and fewer still actually do things. Just do it!

stages-change
there is no try

I decided to take some time off in 2006, after 6 years of solid work. I started to move more – I walked, took the stairs, and got up during the day. I cut down my television and reduced my portion sizes. I resolved to drink on social occasions and not at home. I could not run – I got out of breath jogging to my door. I found a local lake, and ran/walked from lamp post to lamp post around it, daily. I set myself the goal of running the City to Bay (12 kilometres) that year, and had a bet with my work colleagues, with the proceeds going to charity. You may have noticed that all of these sentences start with ‘I’. It’s bad writing but a good example – it all started and finished with me. I couldn’t buy health, fitness, and weight loss, I couldn’t pay someone else to do it for me – I had to do it.

sep 2006 102
something to crow about

I lost nearly 15 kilos for the City to Bay 2006 and ran it in just under 90 minutes at just over 100 kilos. A good start. There was more work to be done. I continued to run and go to the gym, but my next leap forward was to associate more with like minded people. I was talking more about running and exercise, and people could see the changes. People (and patients) started talking to me about what they were doing. My City to Bay time in 2007 was around 75 minutes, at around 95 kilos. There was still progress – but it had slowed. I’d already plucked the ‘low hanging fruit’ and further progress was going to get harder. However, I now had a support group of friends, colleagues, patients, and family to help me move on. I then joined a Bootcamp group – making friends that I have to this day. This added activity to my week, and allowed me to reach the next level. My 2008 City to Bay time came down to 65 minutes. What next?

glenelg classic 10km jan 2009
glenelg 10km 2009

When you start trying to improve yourself, you attract like minded individuals, and I was lucky enough to have one such person literally walk in my door at work. She knows who she is so I won’t embarrass her here, but she took me under her wing and decided to train me to run marathons.

dr nick melbourne marathon
hi doctor nick
gold coast marathon 2009
fresh as a daisy
GOR ultra 2010
ultra shorts

Despite some fairly ordinary fashion sense and my shorts trying to migrate to unmentionable areas, I think I can declare the experiment a success! I’m continuing to train, continuing to run, and looking forward to this years Adelaide Marathon and City to Bay. Take control, take action, and write your own story! 😎

180 deadlift
deadlifting

In 2021, after some gains in the wrong direction during COVID, I shall be getting back into things – you will see the progress here…

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

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Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Roadmap


The Australian Government is expecting approval of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this month, with a rollout to priority groups beginning mid-February. In addition to being able to administer the vaccine when available, healthcare professionals will also be able to receive the vaccine in the following rollout phases:



Phase 1a


Frontline at-risk health care workers including staff in GP respiratory clinics and COVID-19 testing facilities, ambulance staff, paramedics, ICU and emergency department staff and clinical and ancillary support staff
Residential aged care and disability care staff
Residential aged care and disability care residents
Quarantine and border workers

COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out to RACFs 
*The information provided in this section is relevant to residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Information relating to general practice and other health providers will be distributed as it becomes available. The Australian Government has commenced the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out across Australia, with RACF residents being among the first who can choose to receive the vaccine.  Phase 1a of the vaccine roll-out is due to commence next week in some RACFs, with only the residents of the facilities able to receive the vaccine in the first instance.  The Department of Health has released a COVID-19 vaccine aged care readiness toolkit to assist RACFs in planning for the vaccine roll-out and preparing facilities for vaccination. The toolkit includes a Site Readiness Checklist and Written Consent Form
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Aged care workers, residents, families and representatives

Information is available for aged care workers and residents, their families and representatives to help make an informed decision about COVID-19 vaccination.

As with all other vaccines, valid consent is required before administering each COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Workers and residents may choose to talk to a health professional about the benefits and risks of vaccination. This will help to decide if vaccination is suitable.

The following resources will assist in deciding about COVID-19 vaccination:

Some jurisdictions have specific requirements relevant to guardians (or substitute decision-makers) consenting on behalf of another person.

If consenting to participate in the COVID-19 vaccination program on behalf of an aged care resident, refer to the enduring guardianship legislation in your state or territory for more information.

Phase 1b


Adults over 70 years
All other health care workers
Begin to vaccinate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.

Vaccine eligibility checker

The vaccine eligibility checker, hosted by healthdirect, is now live.
Users are asked a number of questions relating to age, location, occupation and underlying medical conditions to determine whether they’re currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you’re eligible to receive the vaccine under phase 1a, vaccinations will be organised by your employer, or facility where you consult, who will contact you to provide further information on how to receive your vaccination.

Some information for those whose first language isn’t English:

The Department of Health have developed a stakeholder pack for multicultural audiences with information on the COVID-19 vaccines.

The pack contains in-language communication resources and key messages to inform and educate everyone in Australia about the COVID-19 vaccines. Resources in the pack include audio files, videos, social media content, posters and factsheets. 

You can also find a letter from Dr Lucas De Toca, Assistant Secretary of the COVID-19 Primary Care Response at the Australian Government Department of Health, about how you can help support in sharing the latest information.


The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be used initially during the Phase 1a rollout. These vaccine doses will be distributed through 30 to 50 key hospital hubs across urban and rural Australia to priority group 1a. Distribution to residential aged care and disability care facilities will be done through a Commonwealth vaccination workforce in-reach program.



Provisional approval of the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is currently anticipated in February 2021, subject to regulatory requirements being met. Both vaccines will progressively be distributed through an expanded number of sites, including general practice clinics, existing Commonwealth GP respiratory clinics, state-run vaccination clinics and pharmacies.

Over-65s and the AstraZeneca vaccine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia for people 18 years of age and over.The TGA statement notes, ‘There are currently limited data available for the efficacy and safety in individuals over 65 years of age. However, the vaccine has been shown to create an immune response in this group and can be used based on the efficacy and safety demonstrated in the general clinical trial population. The decision to immunise an elderly patient should be decided on a case-by-case basis’.

In his General Practice COVID-19 update newsletter, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd states, ‘There is no requirement for people over the age of 65 to discuss with their GP whether they should or should not have the AstraZeneca vaccine, unless they are very frail and/or rapidly approaching the end of life. Patients who are very frail, or their carers, are advised to discuss any vaccination with their GP’.
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Vaccine safety and effectiveness

All vaccines used in Australia must be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA assesses the safety, quality and effectiveness of vaccines before they are registered for use.

Learn more about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.



COVID-19 vaccines will be free for everyone living in Australia and the Government has made it clear that COVID-19 vaccination will be voluntary – but it is strongly encouraged. More information about training for health professionals will be available in the coming weeks that will cover vaccine specific information, multi-dose vials, infection control, wastage, and adverse event reporting.



More information about the above approach is outlined in the Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and the COVID-19 Vaccines National Rollout Strategy.



The Department of Health developed a new vaccine website so you can stay informed. This website is regularly being updated with more information as it becomes available. Information will also be available in 63 languages. Subscribe to the COVID-19 vaccines updates to ensure you receive the latest updates available on the website. Thanks to the AMA for all of this – become a member!

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PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now, in the time of a global pandemic with a new vaccine on the horizon. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

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Want more?

Photo by Miguel u00c1. Padriu00f1u00e1n on Pexels.com

For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

Photo by Miguel u00c1. Padriu00f1u00e1n on Pexels.com

If you’re employed, get a side hustle and get into business. If you’ve already got a business, get a network. Want to get started? Find your tribe here!

Photo by Miguel u00c1. Padriu00f1u00e1n on Pexels.com

If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.