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Congratulations to our amazing staff and doctors who helped us achieve another successful Accreditation with QPA.

But what does this mean for our patients?

A practice with accreditation has been assessed as meeting standards that define best practice in patient care by a team of independent, experienced, general practice professionals. An accredited practice’s staff have participated in interviews, demonstrating their knowledge and commitment to quality, and to your care. The facilities of an accredited practice have been examined so that you, the patient, can rest assured that your practice has all the equipment and systems it needs to provide you with safe, optimal care.


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We have reviewed our Billing Policy and due to increasing costs to run our practice and to continue to provide you with the best possible care, time and attention, we are introducing mixed billing for consultations for all doctors at the practice, 7 days a week.

This will be effective from 4 November 2019.

Only eligible patients will be bulk billed for Medicare Rebateable Services.  These patients include children 15 years and under, Health Care Card and Pension 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:

Monday to Friday Standard Consultation $65 Fee $38.20 Medicare Rebate Out of pocket $26.80
Monday to Friday Long Consultation $110 Fee $73.95 Medicare Rebate Out of pocket $36.05
Monday to Friday Prolonged Consultation $150 Fee $108.85 Medicare Rebate Out of pocket $41.15

 

Saturday morning Standard Consultation $75 Fee $38.20 Medicare Rebate
Saturday morning Long Consultation $115 Fee $73.95 Medicare Rebate
Saturday from 1pm Standard Consultation $100 Fee $49.80 Medicare Rebate
Saturday from 1pm Long Consultation $135 Fee $85.30 Medicare Rebate
Sunday all day Standard Consultation $100 Fee $49.80 Medicare Rebate
Sunday all day Long Consultation $135 Fee $85.30 Medicare Rebate

 

Did Not Attend Fee $40 No rebate available

Your Medicare rebate can 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 Medicare processing times into your bank account.  Our software allows for on the spot processing through Medicare and if you have an EFTPOS debit card, we can put the rebate in instantly.  Alternatively, if you have provided Medicare with your bank details, the rebate will be back in your bank account within 24 hours.  Please discuss with our reception team for more information.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Apollo General Practice


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Cosmetic Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Anti-wrinkle injections help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. They work by relaxing the muscles that cause lines, and can be used to treat a variety of areas such as:

  • Frown lines – between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet – the corner of the eyes
  • Forehead lines – horizontal lines between the brows & hairline

We use Dysport for Anti-Wrinkle injections.  Dysport, like Botox, is a form of botulinum toxin injected into the skin to temporarily relax the muscles.

Anti-wrinkle injections, depending on the dose and location, last a duration of 3-4 months.

Cost varies depending on the area being treated and how much product is needed.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections start from $240 for one standard area, $395 for two standard areas and $495 for three standard areas.  Extra units are $5 per unit + GST.

Dermal Fillers start from $210 + GST.

A FREE cosmetic assessment appointment is undertaken first to understand your goals and the best option to achieve those goals.  If anti-wrinkle injections are decided to be the best option, the doctor will advise you of the cost and how many units is required for your treatment.

A second appointment will be booked for your treatment at a time and date convenient to you.  All costs are payable on the day of treatment.  Medicare does not offer a rebate for cosmetic procedures.

You can book a FREE cosmetic assessment with Dr Leticia Figueiredo online or phone our receptionists for more information.


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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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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.


Privacy and Personal Information

Your medical record is a confidential document. It is the policy of this practice to maintain security of personal health information at all times and to ensure that this information is only available to authorised members of staff. We use this information you provide to manage your personal health care. We generally disclose selected information to various other health services involved in supporting your health care management (e.g. pathology).

If you have any questions about how we handle your personal health information or need to arrange access to your records, please contact the practice.

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