VoteGP | RACGP | AMA

Did you know it is election season? It’s almost time to decide on the leadership teams that the RACGP and AMA will have moving forwards in these uncertain days.

 

First, the RACGP.

 

Three GPs have thrown their hats into the ring so far – I wish them all the best of luck, a fair hearing, and look forward to the RACGP elections as a beacon of probity and ethical behaviour rarely seen in our country’s elections.

Election info here

Voting info here

 

DR KAREN PRICE

 

DR CHRIS IRWIN

 

DR AYMAN SHENOUDA

 

Vote! The turn out for the RACGP elections is quite small (why?) and so your vote really does count. Take the time to be informed and again, vote!

 

Now, the AMA.

 

National Conference 1 August

 

At the recent Federal AMA Annual General Meeting the Association’s Constitution was amended to authorise the AMA National Conference to be held on-line. The AMA National Conference, at which election of a new Federal President and Vice President will be conducted, will be held by Zoom video conference from 10am AEST on Saturday 1 August 2020.

 

Nominations for President and Vice President are now open. Nominations can be made by way of email to secgen@ama.com.au. Nominations close at 5pm AEST on Friday 17 July.

 

The AMA has adopted a target of 40% women, 40% men, and 20% flexible for all AMA Councils, Committees and Boards, with a gender diversity target of women holding 50% of Federal AMA representative positions overall by 2021. AMA members are invited to help achieve these targets. These targets will particularly inform the finalisation of the expression of interest assessment for uncontested delegate positions.

 

Of course, if you want to vote for a great General Practice, supporting great GPs to serve their patients, with wonderful services and facilities…the choice is clear!

 

PartridgeGP

 

The Air Health Check

AiR Health Checks; do you need one?

News / 2019.04.01

The Air Foundation’s Serial Killer awareness campaign has delivered a huge win for Aussies.

This week, the nation’s major political parties committed to introducing a Medicare-funded Air Health Check for all Australians at risk of death.

Are you at risk? Do you need a Air Health Check? 

Every day Australians die; it’s confronting. 

The Air Foundation has campaigned for Air Health Checks because they can save lives. Air Health Checks can also help to prevent the pain and suffering that people and their families endure after death.

Professor Air-Brained, Airologist and Chief Medical Advisor for the Air Foundation says the introduction of Air Health Checks, and better treatments for people at risk of death, could, over the next five years, prevent:

  • 10,000 Air GP clinic closures
  • 9,100 bureaucrat job losses
  • 100 politicians seats lost
  • 1-2 deaths*

*estimated

A Air Health Check could save your life or the life of someone you love. Your regular GP has been told to perform the check, and the results indicate your level of risk for air issues within the next five years. Your Air Health Check could involve:

  • Taking your blood to check air levels (low air blood is blue)
  • Checking your blood pressure (zero can be bad)
  • Learning more about your immediate family’s air health history (deceased relatives often have poor Air Health Scores)
  • Considering any other health conditions you may have, such as the many other conditions often covered by Your GP at every other visit
  • Discussing your diet, whether you smoke and how active you are 
  • Assessing your body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement 

But, how do you know if you need one? 

The Air Foundation recommends Australians over 45 years of age have a Air Health Check. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians should have a check when they are over 35.

How do you get a Air Health Check? 

Medicare-funded Air Health Checks will be available from your GP from April 2019.

Know more about your air health. 

Right now, you can learn more about your air health by completing the Air Foundation’s Air Age Calculator; by answering a few simple questions, you can learn more about your air age and your risk of having a premature election.

However, when April 1 has passed, and you are ready to see Your GP – PartridgeGP will be here for you!

2 things you probably didn’t know about Pro Bono work and PartridgeGP

Many people are concerned about the rising costs of living. One of those costs can be the cost of medical care. Often, but not always, cost and value align (so something that costs more is worth more and is of higher quality, and vice versa).

 

General Practice in Australia is both efficient and excellent with nearly 90% of Australians seeing a GP at least once a year and this delivering world leading outcomes at a good price. Still, the Medicare Rebate for patients has not kept up with the rising costs of providing medical care and running a medical practice and so out of pocket costs have gone up for patients.

 

Patients Medicare rebates are set by politicians, an increasing number of whom are lawyers. Lawyers often point to pro bono services they provide for the poor and disadvantaged and here we come to the first thing you probably didn’t know:

 

“Pro bono” comes from the Latin phrase “pro bono publico” which means “for the public good”. In the legal context it generally means the provision of legal services on a free or significantly reduced fee basis.

 

Now for the second thing you probably didn’t know:

Almost every GP in Australia is providing pro bono work on a daily basis when they bulk bill patients.

 

The patients Medicare rebate, which a GP accepts as full payment for professional services if bulk billing, is less than half the recommended professional fee for most GP services.

An election is coming. Let your politician know that your health shouldn’t depend on pro bono work from your GP.

 

It’s your Medicare Rebate.

 

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You deserve better.

 

You know it. Make them know it too.

 

Contact them below

Scott Morrison

Bill Shorten

Richard Di Natale

Greg Hunt

Catherine King

Why do we charge a gap?

So many elections! Trump 2016, Morrison 2019, Johnson 2019…

If you suffer from premature election, you may feel the need for better healthcare. Primary care consistently delivers better bang for your buck – whether via the tax system or from your own pocket. Sometimes there is a gap – read on and watch the video.

Bulk Billing.

Medicare.

It’s important to us at PartridgeGP that our valued patients know why we charge a gap fee.

The video by the excellent Dr Edwin Kruys that sums it up has…disappeared! Dr Aaron Frost steps up instead…

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If you still have questions, come and say hi!

Our team – here for You!

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