It’s the day after Budget 2021 and there certainly seems to be some magical thinking around. Can we keep printing money? Should we? It’s definitely a time for some novel thinking.

Rory Sutherland writes, in his book Alchemy, about not being beholden to logic when making decisions. It’s one way of making decisions, but not the only way, or even the best way. This is more true when it comes to humans, where the psychological outweighs the logical more often than not. Business has trouble accepting this (it’s hard taking magic or even emotion to a board meeting), politicians even more so, being naturally risk averse.

So what could decisions in health, at Budget time, based on other mental models look like? Two leap to my mind! The first change I would make is to allow a gap with bulk billing for GP appointments. Why? I think this would give patients ‘skin in the game’ (after all, when you get something for free, how much do you value it?). It would also make patients financial participants in their own care, empowering them (how many patients have no idea what healthcare costs?). Bulk billing with no gap could still be available; however I would warrant that services serving those who cannot afford a small gap payment should run on a model other than fee for service (like Aboriginal Medical Services).


The second change: Get Paro! Now getting paro is uniquely Australian vernacular for having a few too many to drink, but Paro the seal is a little different. The PARO is designed as an interactive robot that responds to a person’s touch and voice. It may assist in providing a calming influence for people with dementia. These don’t seem to be used as often in Australia as they are in other countries and yet dementia is a bigger and bigger issue here. Care could be so much better.

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions. We like to think we have a little bit of magic in there and we haven’t discarded logic! 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.

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Driving. Dementia. Decisions. Coronavirus

Licencing SA during the pandemic.

General Practice is the greatest vocation there is. Every day GPs are proud to use their skills and training to help their patients have better health and better lives. It’s incredibly rewarding for us and our patients (and the statistics!) show that it’s rewarding full stop.

Recently, Dr Tim Senior answered the question ‘Do we even need Doctors?‘. He concluded that GPs ‘know what to do when we don’t know what to do. And I can’t think of any other profession we can say that about’. So let’s have a look at a topic where GPs have to make hard decisions when we don’t know what we have to do.

Big Australia!

Australia has an aging population and Australia is big. Really big! Driving and Australia go together like Vegemite and Toast! What do we do when aging drivers see their GP and we make a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia?

What are the GP’s responsibilities?

Here is the excellent Dr Genevieve Yates with a very personal and professional view on the matter.

Here is another excellent video from Professor Joe Ibrahim.

In South Australia we have clear(er) guidelines on Fitness to Drive, with Mandatory Reporting and the associated safeguards for GPs who report patients they believe to be impaired. It’s still a hard decision. For example, just look at Kate Swaffer who has been diagnosed with dementia. What would you do?

Tough Decisions

What would I do? I’m not sure. Every patient is different and that’s one of the reasons why General Practice is, as I said above, the best vocation in the world. GPs will keep learning every day of their professional lives to serve their patients better. My advice to patients is to See Your GP, your best source of information, advice, and support for all of those hard decisions, when you don’t know what to do.

We’re Here to Help.

NEW: We can now refer for sub-specialist driving assessments!






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