Vaccination – the best vaccine is the one in your arm

We all know about COVID. Let’s move on. Let’s move forward. The best vaccination for you is the one in your arm! This is voluntary. It’s not mandatory. If you don’t want it, or don’t think you need it, Australia is a free country. If you do want it, here is some simple information.

There are two vaccines available at the moment – Astra Zeneca, a viral vector vaccine, and Pfizer, an mRNA vaccine. Australia has a lot of Astra Zeneca and less Pfizer. PartridgeGP has Astra Zeneca.

Astra Zeneca:

Viral vector vaccine

2 doses

4-12 weeks apart (12 probably best BUT sooner is better – see above, the best vaccine is the one in your arm)

Clotting risk (low – probably less than 1 in 30000 and dropping as we exclude those at higher risk)

Generally well tolerated (over 20 million doses so far)

Get ASTRA here!

Now, many of you will want the Pfizer vaccine – this has been touted in the media extensively BUT

  • its less available, remember, the vaccine that works best is the one in your arm
  • speed is of the essence, you can see how fast lockdowns can occur
  • it has side effects, but, like Astra Zeneca, they are rare
  • its probably the same effectiveness as Astra Zeneca in the real world

GET PFIZER here!

Still not sure? Have a chat with Dr Margriet Breytenbach and she will go through this with you in detail – see her here!

Dr Margriet Breytenbach completed her medical degree at The University of Western Australia in 2018. Coming from a medical family, she has trained and worked at Royal Perth Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and South Coast District Hospital. She has varied interests in antenatal and postnatal care, paediatrics, sexual health, mental health and geriatrics. Outside of her work and studies she enjoys cooking, running, travelling and the outdoors!

Dr Margriet is here to help you at PartridgeGP as Your GP! She is available to help you with all of your General Practice needs from the today and you can make your appointment with her conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 0882953200.

All of our doctors here at PartridgeGP are fully qualified ‘Fellows’ (or are studying towards this ‘Registrars’) holding a specialist qualification with either the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) or both (3-4 years of full time study and 3 exams on top of an undergraduate university medical degree and supervised trainee ‘intern’ year in a hospital). This is our minimum specialist standard and you can see more about what this involves here. Our Fellows provide supervision and advice to our Registrars.

Founded in 2013, PartridgeGP (formerly Partridge Street General Practice) is a General Practice, based in Glenelg, South Australia, providing better services and facilities to GPs, Allied Health Professionals, and our staff, so that we can all provide the best clinical care to our valued patients. We are fully accredited as a General Practice and we are an award winning training practice, training students and GP Registrars, the future of our profession. Our core purpose is to help practitioners help patients. 

PartridgeGP is here to help – and we will continue to serve our valued patients! 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.

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 Dr Nick Tellis on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

pf**er

There are two brands of vaccine available in Australia. The TGA (Therapeutic Goods Association) has advised GPs (the experts) not to mention brand names. ***BREAKING NEWS – common sense has prevailed!*** In the meantime, every man, woman, child, and organisation has been mentioning brand names morning, noon, and night. The vaccine now available in General Practice has a slightly increased risk of blood clotting issues in certain groups. This risk is small, and especially small when viewed next to the medical (and economic) effects of COVID. Apparently the government deems general practice important in vaccine rollout, and so they have an eight page pdf requesting expressions of interest for General Practices to roll out the other brand of vaccine, starting in October.

Their Plan:

Here’s my plan:

A crack group of GPs will identify the governments super secret vaccine storage repository
We will broadcast government messaging to the guards
That will ensure sleep
The place will be unlocked because no one in government adheres to their own probity or privacy standards (failing that I will just have a few drinks and get security to let me in to sleep it off)
Chuck the lot into refrigerated trucks
Then we have 31 days to distribute it
Everyone who wants one gets one

– are you over 16, show Medicare card
– any contraindications – HITS etc, anaphylaxis etc, previous dose etc
– are you or could you be pregnant
– if go, jab, observe 15 mins

#gpssaveaustralia

There is a saying, ‘the fellow who sticks the fork in the socket should get the shock’. If there is no feedback, how will behaviour ever change? Speaking of feedback, we know as doctors and educators, that feedback should be timely – certainly as a parent, giving feedback on behaviour weeks after is useless and even counterproductive. Therefore I suggest the following:

If the Fair Work Act is not fit for purpose (and doesn’t allow employment changes/conditions during a pandemic), then it goes or gets suspended. Blaming low paid, predominantly ethnic and female aged care workers for Melbourne’s latest issues is not giving the shock to the forkers (so to speak).

If a private company and public servants can’t or won’t immunise our elders and those who care for them, then they too can fork off and be replaced by the professionals who should have been funded and supported to do the job properly in the first place – GPs.

As for lockdowns, can we stop the media porn of politicians and unelected health bureaucrats pontificating from upon high. It’s not a daily spam session. What are the criteria (cases/immunisation levels/other) that need to be satisfied to move on? 7 million Victorians deserve better than a daily episode of Big Brother.

There are only two ways we are moving forward: those who want to get vaccinated get vaccinated and/or those who do not vote accordingly. Transparent targets should be set (have an Ethereum smart contract with preset limits ‘if vaccination rate = x%, then borders = open’). Vaccination should be VOLUNTARY and the friction involved should be minimal. When is the dead hand of bureaucracy going to get off the tiller?

*If you want it, get vaccinated 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 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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vaccinate or vote

There are only two ways we are moving forward: those who want to get vaccinated get vaccinated and/or those who do not vote accordingly. Transparent targets should be set (have an Ethereum smart contract with preset limits ‘if vaccination rate = x%, then borders = open’). Vaccination should be VOLUNTARY and the friction involved should be minimal. When is the dead hand of bureaucracy going to get off the tiller?

*If you want it, get vaccinated 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 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?

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)

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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!

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.

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slippers

The vaccines are coming!

Win, lose, or draw in 2020, you would have had to have been living under a rock to not be aware of the virus. It has coloured every aspect of life. People have died, people have lived, elections have been influenced, Presidents have fallen. How are we going to move past this? Let’s have a look at Bayesian thinking. Bayesian decision making involves basing decisions on the probability of a successful outcome, where this probability is informed by both prior information and new evidence the decision maker obtains. The statistical analysis that underlies the calculation of these probabilities is Bayesian analysis.

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Bayesian thinking is probabilistic thinking – rather than this will or won’t happen, we consider what is more or less likely to happen. This applies to risk. As Jim O’Shaughnessy has said, ‘we are deterministic creatures living in a probabilistic world’. We want certainty. We get probabilities. Vaccines are not 100% effective or 100% safe (NOTHING IS). Neither are masks, nor social distancing, nor even simple hand sanitiser. Yet all of these, little by little, piece by piece, will lower our risk so we can get back to the new normal of life. Better probabilities, not 100% certainty. More poetically:

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions. We will take you through the risks as we see them – online, through our social media, our email newsletters, and in our consultations with you. 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 new vaccines 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.

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)

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

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.