Long Levers

The human body has levers, and these are formed from bones, joints and muscles.

A lever consists of:

  • a rigid structure (bone)
  • a force acting upon it (muscle) to produce a turning movement
  • a fulcrum which is a fixed point (joint)
  • a load or resistance that is placed on the rigid structure (weight of body part being moved and anything that it is carrying)

Through these we can perform tasks and functions. Athletes are praised for having long levers – making them faster and stronger. When we look at an organisation we also have levers. We can pull on these to perform functions. Archimedes famously said give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I will move the world.

We can use short or long levers to achieve a result. A short lever is, well, short, and can be constructed quickly. It doesn’t move a lot. It can be thought of as a short term lever, something made with little care and attention, designed to get a quick result. In Game Theory, you could play short term games with these short levers. Game Theory is a theoretical framework for conceiving social situations among competing players. In some respects, it is the science of strategy, or at least the optimal decision-making of independent and competing actors in a strategic setting.

Imagine a fast food truck or van. It’s on wheels so if you serve a bad meal or bad service you can just move and go somewhere else. It doesn’t really matter what it does to your reputation and people know this instinctively. Now imagine the perceived or anticipated quality of the food from a bricks and mortar store or restaurant. People assume this will be better than they would get from a street vendor or food truck purely because that shop or restaurant cannot move to a new area after serving a bad meal or providing bad service. In Game Theory, these businesses are playing a long term or repeat game. In this example, this is a long lever. These longer levers are, again, longer, and take longer to build. Long levers result in big movements.

In medicine we can pull short levers to get an immediate result. If you come in with high blood pressure we can prescribe a pill and almost certainly this will lower your blood pressure – if you took it. Sometimes you don’t want to take it; you’re not convinced that it’s a good idea or you don’t understand why or you don’t trust the person giving you that advice. When your GP is playing a long or repeat game they are building a relationship with you, a therapeutic relationship built on trust that takes time. This is a longer lever and with that you can achieve more movement. Maybe you take the pill to get a result. Maybe it allows your GP to work with you to undertake long-term strategies such as diet, exercise, and lifestyle modification which take a long time to bed in but which provide great rewards.

PartridgeGP wants to build these long-term therapeutic trusting relationships. These long levers are as valuable in medical practice as they are in a professional athlete. We really treasure them and our patients and that’s our thought of the day. To take the first steps towards this, make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Where to from here?

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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)

(TL;DR – Get a regular GP or General Practice and use them!)

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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.

Business For Doctors Conference

Good Medicine is Good Business.

I’ve summed it all up in five words. The End. I’ve been an owner of medical practices for over 10 years and a doctor for nearly double that. Good Medicine is the bedrock of all Good Medical Businesses  but it’s not all that goes into a Good Medical Business. How do you practice Good Medicine when you can’t pay your bills? How can you keep your mind on your valued patients if business worries are weighing on you? Your Business starts with You and so looking after yourself is a great start. A healthy mind in a healthy body and a business focus in a medical career are great systems for allowing doctors to practice the great medicine their valued patients deserve.

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I’m heading off to the Business for Doctors conference in Melbourne. I’ve packed my running gear and I’ll be working on my business focus, a healthy mind, a healthy body, and a great practice.

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Melbourne – who can resist?

Here’s some of the conference details.

Friday Program

Friday June 2 2017

2 Keynotes, 23 workshops including 2 interactive business learning workshops for BAS and Web design.

Keynote Speakers
Dr April Armstrong – Founder and Director, Business for Doctors
Michael Traill – Using Business Disciplines for Social Purpose. Lessons from the trenches of social enterprise.
Headshots Professional Photographs (Full delegates only or $50 onsite) from 10am

Workshop Presenters include:
Dr Jon Brown – Web Design
Dr April Armstrong – MBS – Pack & Stack – strategic model for maximising income in general practice
Dr Juvi Arulanandararajah – Stress management – “Burnout”
Dr Sachin Patel – Seven secrets of a Successful private practice
Dr Cate Howell – Navigating Relationships
Jamie Holroyd – Stratosphere – How to grow your practice & One page business plan
Alan Smith – Accountant – BAS workshop
Matthew Holden – Accountant – Business Structures for Doctor & Understand Tax Strategies
Arabin-Foye Private Wealth – Ryder Widdowson – What I wished doctors knew about money and wealth (double session)
Health & Co – Selling your practice to a corporate & Tax consideration when selling your business
Medlife- Roy Bostleman – – Understanding Personal Insurances: Tips for Optimising your Policies & Personal Insurance for Practice Owners: Tips and Trap
Tego – Melanie Tan – Demystifying medical indemnity and ways to mitigate your risk
BOQ – Melinda Goddard & Lloyd Levin – Financing a practice – New start-ups and Buy ins

Cocktail Networking: Included with Full, discount and day delegate tickets. Tickets Available on request for partners, practice managers and medical colleagues and BFD Facebook members – $50

Saturday Program

Saturday June 3 2017

2 keynote speakers, 23 workshops and including 2 interactive workshops.
Headshots professional Photographs (full delegates only or $50 onsite) from 8.30am

Keynote speakers
Noel Whittaker – Building wealth in Challenging Times
Dr Cate Howell

Workshop Presenters Include
Dr Jon Brown – Web design 2 – marketing and google analytics
Dr Sachin Patel – The 5 pillars of preventative life care
Dr Cate Howell – Work-life integration & Emotional Intelligence
Stratosphere – Jamie Holroyd – Budgets Forecasts- Profit & loss/Balance Sheet/Cash flow
Dr George Forgan-Smith – Marketing and Branding – interactive workshop
Dr Juvi Arulanandararajah – How to keep your self (and yourself) sane, productive and happy
Nexus Legal – Alan Prasad – Business Structures – understanding tax and strategies to minimise & Case Study on Legal Risks
Employsure – Brad Walkes & Elizabeth Burns- The importance of contracts and policies for business owners
Araban-Foyle Private Wealth Pty Ltd – Ryder Widdowson – Superannuation and Self managed super funds (double session)
Brentnells SA – transitioning from Employee Doctors to Independent Practitioner & High Performing Medical Practices

Gala Dinner – Tickets $150 – additional tickets now available for practice manager, partners and medical colleagues. BFD Facebook members $175

Sunday June 4 2017

Key Note Speaker
Tim Read – Marketing – The Boomerang Effect
Dr April Armstrong – closing address and special announcements

Workshop Presenters:

Dr Cate Howell – Health and Wellbeing Script
Stratosphere – Jamie Holroyd- Shareholders and Partners Agreements & Debt and balance sheet gearing
Dr April Armstrong – MBS workshop (double session) Implementing Billing Strategies – double your billings in 60 days
Property Investment – Quantity Surveying

Workshop Recordings: All Keynote speakers, practice set up and MBS workshops will be recorded as well as a number of other workshops over the 2 1/2 days. Full delegates can request recordings at no charge once available from armchair medical

You can read more here.

I’m really looking forward to this and taking back some valuable information. Feel free to say hi when you see me running around at the conference and like this post and there’s a coffee in it! Partridge Street General Practice is also looking for Great GPs – could it be you?

Remember – GPs and other doctors are always learning. Learn more, be better, practice better medicine AND have more time for you, your family, your patients, and your health! What more could you ask?

Your Best Health Insurance is Your GP

From ‘The Colour of Magic’, Terry Pratchett
Risks come at us everyday in our personal and professional lives. We do our best to avoid them but more often we protect ourselves with insurance. We accept that life involves risk. Risk happens!

‘Life is a risky business, no-one gets out alive’

Health concerns all of us to some degree and we try to improve our health or at least to manage it. Some risks are foreseeable but some are not. These drive our uptake of health insurance. Health insurance is therefore a bit of a ‘grudge purchase’ – we don’t really want to buy it but we don’t want to do without it. Is it worth the money we pay for it? Some high profile voices say no

Dr Gannon, AMA President
Dr Seidel, RACGP President
Your health is your wealth, as the saying goes, and you build wealth by spending wisely. Your GP can be a great ally in navigating through the health system, a great support for you in times of need, and a great investment in your health. 

Partridge Street General Practice exists to empower you to make your best health decisions. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. 

Better, for you. 

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