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We are now taking bookings for Flu Vaccine appointments from 15 April 2019.

Government funded Flu Vaccines will be available from mid-April.

Private flu vaccines are $15 each and consult is bulk billed.

Please phone 5438 1200 to book an appointment with your doctor.


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From 1 December 2018, weekend consultations will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

We will no longer be operating on a walk-in basis on the weekend and we will be moving to appointments only.

As part of this change to an appointment-based system, we will also be changing to mixed billing for weekend appointments.  (Bulk Billing will continue to be offered for appointments Monday to Friday).

This means that on Saturday and Sunday we will bulk bill for all children 15 years and under, concession card holders, DVA card holders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.  Patients who do not fall into one of these categories will be charged a private fee as follows:

Saturday morning Standard Consultation $75 Fee $37.60 Medicare Rebate
Saturday morning Long Consultation $115 Fee $72.80 Medicare Rebate
Saturday from 1pm Standard Consultation $100 Fee $49 Medicare Rebate
Saturday from 1pm Long Consultation $135 Fee $83.95 Medicare Rebate
Sunday all day Standard Consultation $100 Fee $49 Medicare Rebate
Sunday all day Long Consultation $135 Fee $83.95 Medicare Rebate

Your Medicare rebate will be processed by the practice.  You will need to pay the total fee upfront and then the rebate from Medicare will be refunded to you as per standard Medicare processing times into your bank account.

These changes will mean you have the benefit of booking an appointment with the doctor of your choice on the weekend at a time convenient to you, and you can book online too.

A $20 ‘Did Not Attend’ fee will also apply to weekend booked appointments, as it does during the week, if you fail to cancel or turn up for your appointment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask reception staff.


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Save time and beat the queue!

Use our new Self Check-in Kiosk to arrive yourself for your pre-booked doctor’s appointment.

New patients will still need to attend the reception to complete the new patient registration forms.


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The National Cervical Screening Program is changing. From 1 May 2017:

  • women will be invited when they are due to participate via the National Cancer Screening Register
  • the Pap smear will be replaced with the more accurate Cervical Screening Test
  • the time between tests will change from two to five years
  • the age at which screening starts will increase from 18 years to 25 years
  • women aged 70 to 74 years will be invited to have an exit test.

Women of any age who have symptoms such as unusual bleeding, discharge and pain should see their Health Care Professional immediately.

HPV-vaccinated women still require cervical screening as the HPV vaccine does not protect against all the types of HPV that cause cervical cancer.

A 2015-16 Australian Government Budget commitment provides funding to implement these recommended changes to the National Cervical Screening Program and establish a National Cancer Screening Register to support the new program.

The new program will commence from 1 May 2017 when the new Cervical Screening Test will become available on the Medicare Benefits Schedule. Until this time, women aged between 18 and 69 years who have ever been sexually active, should continue to have Pap test when due.


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National Shingles Vaccination Program

From 1 November 2016, the shingles vaccine will be provided free for people aged 70 years under the National Immunisation Program. There is also a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years until 31 October 2021. To receive the immunisation make an appointment with your doctor.

Routine vaccination of persons aged 70–79 years is expected to obtain the greatest benefits against shingles and its complications.

People who are not eligible to receive the free vaccine are able to receive the vaccine on a private script.

Vaccinations don’t stop at childhood. Ask your general practitioner about other vaccines you may be eligible for.

Shingles

Herpes-zoster (Shingles) is a painful blistering rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. The shingles rash occurs when the dormant chickenpox virus is reactivated in the nerve tissue, causing inflammation of the nerves. Sometimes pain in the affected region can be severe and prolonged. When it lasts more than 3 months it is called post herpetic neuralgia (PHN). Other less common complications may include scarring, skin infections, loss of vision or hearing, pneumonia, or neurological complications.

Causes

Once you have had chickenpox, the virus can stay in your nervous system for many years. For reasons that are not fully understood, the virus may become active again and give you shingles. Shingles can spread through direct contact with an uncovered rash. 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime. As a person gets older, the risk of getting shingles and PHN increases.

Symptoms

Initial symptoms of shingles can include headache, fever, flu like symptoms and malaise (general feeling of uneasiness). A stinging or burning sensation may appear on the affected area before the appearance of the skin rash (normally within 1-2 days of the initial symptoms).

The rash is commonly on the trunk or body but can also appear on the face or other parts of the body and can be quite painful, causing a tingling or burning sensation. It creates a stripe or belt like pattern on the affected area and is usually limited to one side of the body. The rash forms small blisters which fill with a liquid and burst before the skin crust over and heals.

Although most people recover within a few weeks, some go on to develop chronic nerve pain called post herpetic neuralgia. This may be severe and can sometimes go on for months.

Prevention

Shingles is a vaccine preventable disease. Immunisation against shingles is achieved by a dose of the vaccine which can be given to adults 50 years and over.


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Apollo General Practice is proud to announce that once again it has been successful in its Accreditation process and has been awarded Accreditation with GPA Accreditation plus.

What is Australian General Practice Accreditation?

General Practice Accreditation (GPA) is your guarantee that a medical practice meets the highest possible quality standards of practice. General practices that achieve accreditation must meet a set of nationally recognized standards that focus on health care quality and patient safety.

These standards are set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

Meeting these standards means:

  • We respect your rights and needs
  • We offer a safe place for your care
  • We are committed to improving your health
  • We protect your privacy and maintain the security of your personal health information at all times
  • We use safe sterile equipment
  • We are committed to ongoing education and training.
  • We are committed to ongoing quality improvement.

Practice Accreditation is a voluntary process – medical practices are not required to gain accreditation but may choose to do so if they wish to offer their patients the highest possible quality of care. Accreditation of a medical practice is provided by an independent third party assessor such as GPA ACCREDITATION plus or AGPAL. Achieving General Practice accreditation is not easy. Accreditation is only granted if a practice is able to conclusively demonstrate and maintain the highest possible standards of health care provision, practice management and administration.

Practices that choose to undergo accreditation must commit themselves to a comprehensive program which involves review of the practice’s systems and processes. This process involves all the medical centers staff, administrative staff, reception staff as well as our nurses and doctors.

This Independent recognition ensures our patients of the high standard within all aspects of our practice and reinforces Apollo General Practice continuous commitment to not only withholding but striving to exceed quality benchmarks. Apollo General Practice is committed to practice development and quality of patient care.


Committed to providing comprehensive medical care to all our patients. Our doctors have many years experience in general practice and are dedicated to providing exceptional quality service to our local community.

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