Hello Sunshine!

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The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage also causes sunburn, tanning, premature ageing and eye damage. 
Skin cancer kills nearly 2,000 Australians each year – more than the national road toll – and two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
The good news is you can cut your risk of skin cancer by using good sun protection. It's never too late for prevention, whether you're six months or 60 years old.

 

Think UV not heat

UV radiation isn’t like the sun’s light or heat, which we can see and feel. That means we usually don’t notice the damage until it’s too late. The UV level can be as high on a cold or cloudy day as it is when it is a scorching hot day. 
The free SunSmart app tells you when sun protection is recommended for your location and shows current UV levels. During the day's sun protection times, use all five SunSmart steps for the best level of protection.

  1. Slip on sun-protective clothing.
  2. Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply every two hours. 
  3. Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
  4. Seek shade.
  5. Slide on sunglasses.

 

Checking for skin cancer

Most skin cancer can be successfully treated if it is found early. But without treatment, skin cancer can be deadly.
Get to know your skin and what looks normal for you to help you find changes earlier. Check all of your skin, not just sun-exposed areas. If you notice anything unusual, including any change in shape, colour or size of a spot, or a new spot, visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Checking your skin regularly is also important if you have naturally dark skin. Although your risk of melanoma is lower, it is more likely to be found at a later, more dangerous stage than a person with lighter skin. 


More information

For more information and tips, visit the SunSmart website. Alternatively, book a visit with one of our GP's to discuss any more immediate concerns.

HEALTH NEWS - July 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of our clinic newsletter where you will find information about topical health issues, upcoming events, recipes and suggestions to improve your health and well being.

In this edition:

  • Colds and Flu
  • Breast Feeding
  • 45-49 Year Old Health Checks
  • Can you have too many antioxidants?
  • Ovarian Cancer - BEAT
  • Recipe for Mini Cheesecakes


Please click on the link here to view the PDF newsletter.

As always, we welcome your feedback, so please let us know what you think!

Health News - April 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of our clinic newsletter where you will find information about topical health issues, upcoming events, recipes and suggestions to improve your health and well being.

In this edition:

  • New staff members - a female GP and Registered Nurse
  • Flu shot info
  • My Health Record (online) explained
  • Understanding food labelling
  • Recipe for Beef Hotpot


Please click on the link here to view the PDF newsletter.

As always, we welcome your feedback, so please let us know what you think!

$10 out of pocket fee for all weekend bulk-billed appointments

What is changing?

Due to the rising costs of providing weekend services, it is necessary to charge an out of pocket fee to maintain the level of care our clinic provides.

Beginning on Saturday 4th March 2017, all weekend bulk-billed appointments will incur a $10 out of pocket fee.

 

Who will be affected?

The new $10 out of pocket fee will only apply to appointments on the weekend for patients who are normally bulk-billed. There are no changes to the full-fee paying patients as they already pay an out of pocket fee.

 

How is this fee paid?

This fee plus the rebate amount is payable in full on the day of your consultation.

For patients with a bank account registered with Medicare, we can submit an electronic claim on your behalf. The Medicare Benefit amount will then be repaid into your nominated bank account usually by the next business day. 


For more information, please call Medicare on 132 011 or ask at reception for a copy of the Medicare Bank Account Details Collection form.

This form is also available on the Department of Human Services website via this link: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/forms/ms013


 

Health News - December 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of our clinic newsletter where you will find information about our Christmas Hours, topical health issues, upcoming events, recipes and suggestions to improve your health and well being.

Please click on the link here to view the PDF newsletter.

As always, we welcome your feedback, so please let us know what you think!

Health News - September 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of our clinic newsletter where you will find information about topical health issues, upcoming events, recipes and suggestions to improve your health and well being.

Please click on the link here to view the PDF newsletter.

As always, we welcome your feedback, so please let us know what you think!

Patients’ Choice 2015 – the Top 100 General Practices in Australia

We’re proud to announce that Chelsea Beach Medical Centre has ranked number 13 in the Top 100 General Practices in Australia, as part of HealthEngine’s Patients’ Choice 2015 recognition program! This is quite a achievement from over 1700 general practices

Over 180,000 patients Australia-wide completed the post-appointment survey via HealthEngine in 2015. Thanks to our wonderful patients who booked online and submitted a review last year! 

More details of HealthEngine's program and the full listing can be found here: 

http://blog.healthengine.com.au/patients-choice-2015-the-top-100-general-practices-in-australia/

Health News - April 2016

Welcome to the first edition of our clinic newsletter.

We aim to publish these once a quarter and will include information about topical health issues, upcoming events, recipes and suggestions to improve your health and well being.

Click on the link here to see the first edition.

As always, we welcome your feedback, so please let us know what you think!

We are now AGPAL accredited!

Chelsea increased its community health credentials today when Chelsea Beach Medical received a national award of accreditation, demonstrating its commitment to quality and safety within its practice. 

Chelsea Beach Medical received this important recognition from Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL), the leading not-for-profit provider of general practice accreditation services within Australia. 

AGPAL Chair Dr Richard Choong said accreditation shows the practice makes a significant investment and commitment to quality on a day-to-day basis, across all levels of the practice team. 

"Achieving accreditation is a major achievement for any practice and a clear demonstration that Chelsea Beach Medical is striving to improve their level of care to both patients and the community," he said. "Practices seek accreditation because they want to do their best and view this as another step towards excellence in patient care." 

To achieve accreditation, a practice team works over a 12 month period to implement the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices, (the recognised national standard), which provides a template for quality care and risk management. 

"Everyone at the practice plays a valuable role in working to meet the RACGP standards. It gives staff a real sense of pride to work in an accredited practice," added Dr Choong. 
Chelsea Beach Medical proudly displays the AGPAL symbol for all their patients to see. 

"We want community members, nation-wide to know that their wellbeing is our priority. By choosing to attend an accredited practice, patients know they will get quality and safe care that meets the RACGP Standards." 

Accreditation was developed jointly by AGPAL and primary health organisations and peak bodies, including the Australian Medical Association (AMA). 

FLU VACCINES AVAILABLE

Supplies of Flu Vaccines are steady and available now. 
Please come in and see us if you would like to be vaccinated