PRACTICE NEWS SNIPPETS
August - September 2011
After the cyclone we hope you all survived the "V8s" and the Townsville Show.
Jo, our new practice nurse is a car fanatic and really enjoyed the V8’s. She is also a whiz at putting up drips.
Dr Penny is off to Ayr for the next six months and we are delighted that Dr Kate Gibson is returning to our practice. She has been working at TTH doing psychiatric and palliative care, we are looking forward to picking her brains on these matters! She has just had a holiday to Tasmania – hope she didn’t freeze.
Our fifth year medical students Robert (with Maggie) and Kevin (with Kym) are moving onto other practices – their places will be taken by Lauren (with Maggie) and Laura (with Kym). We’ve also hosted some first year medical students, many thanks to all the patients who have allowed them to participate in their care.
Maggie and Kym are off to UK and Portugal in September for three weeks and Robyn, Cassie and Karen have also booked holidays in this time.
Please remember GP Management Plans if you have a chronic, complex condition(s) – these allow you to access medicare rebatable allied health professionals.
April 2011 - May 2011
We hope that everyone has recovered from the Brisbane floods and cyclone Yasi. Our thoughts are with all the people affected by the recent disasters in New Zealand and
Jessica is going well, she likes to spend her time shopping (maybe a bit too much!) She recently passed her driving test, watch out Townsville!
Dr Penny recently got engaged - and you should see the ring; congratulations Penny and Simon! She recently spent a year working in Ireland and said it was a great experience! Her waiting time is currently shorter than Maggie’s so please keep her in mind when making appointments.
Maggie’s fifth year medical student is Robert, who was an engineer prior to doing medicine and sings as a hobby. Kym’s student is Kevin who is really enjoying his time here and appreciates patients allowing him to participate in their care.
We all (all the females that is!) attended the International Women’s Day Breakfast at Jupiter’s and enjoyed hearing the guest speaker Unity Dow.
Maggie went to Sydney for a Women’s Health Conference and also saw the Terracotta Warriors. She also went to Brisbane for an Implanon Training Course and managed to do some shopping whilst she was there.
Carol has moved on to fulltime employment – her replacement is Josiane who has worked at various places in Townsville and enjoys classic cars.
February 2011 - March 2011
We hope everyone had a great Christmas and that your New Year resolutions include getting fit, quitting smoking and moderating alcohol intake!
Regretfully we have bid farewell to Michelle who is looking for new adventures- she has done a brilliant job teaching Cassie “the ropes” over the past two years. Cassie is now acting practice manager and is currently half way through a Diploma of Management – the course is hard work but is going well.
Carol is our new nurse and is fitting in well with our team. She has 5 children who keep her on her toes – her daughter Talesha is our new casual junior.
Jessica has just joined our staff – details next time!
Dr Kate has finished her current placement with us – thanks Kate for all your hard work – we hope your hospital placement goes well and look forward to your return in July.
Dr Penny has joined us – her partner is a podiatrist and they have moved here from Brisbane – more next issue!
If you are planning overseas trips this year we’d like to remind you to see us to organise vaccines, prescriptions and travel letters well in advance.
We still have the Wave Brilliance Chair which has been giving excellent results with both male and female urinary problems Feel free to tell your friends about this – information is available from Helen or any of our nursing staff.
We are now providing routine SMS reminders for appointments – please let us know if you do NOT want these.
October 2010 - November 2010
Maggie is back from her holiday – she had a great trip to Macchu Picchu and the Galapagos and has come back with lots of photos and knees that still function! For her birthday the staff put together and bought her a voucher for a flying lesson – she said she has always wanted to learn how to fly! Kym and Kate “ran the show” while Maggie was away with some great assistance from Dr Karen Yuen. We are hoping Karen will come back and do further locum work down the track. Big thanks to everyone for their help while Maggie was away. Karen (receptionist) is off to Adelaide for a family reunion soon and will be meeting some family members for the very first time! Kym’s current medical student Richard has both an older brother and a father who are both doctors – big shoes to fill! Maggie’s student, Craig, is from Canada – he has been assisting Kate while Maggie was away.
August 2010 - September 2010
By the time that you read this Kate will have settled into the practice. She has worked for nearly two years in accident and emergency and is looking forward to experiencing general practice and continuing care of families in the GP setting rather than “emergency” reactive medicine. Maggie leaves mid August for her trip to Machu Picchu – she will spend her birthday with her family members there. She returns mid September. Dr Karen Yuen will be taking her place for part of this time. Karen grew up in Townsville and was Maggies first ever medical student – she now works in Brisbane and her daughter is also a doctor! We have said goodbye to our 5th year medical students Peter and Rachel who we have enjoyed working with. We wish them well in their future studies. We welcome the new 5th year medical students Craig and Richard – more about them next newsletter. We have also had visits from 1st year medical students – thank you for allowing them to sit in on your consultations. Robyn went camping at Lawn Hill National Park, did lots of walking and saw some interesting indigenous rock art. She has also welcomed a delightful new grandson. Congratulations Carly and Richard. We say goodbye to Anna who has moved on to her next training position in Ingham. We have enjoyed having her here and wish her all the best. Due to numerous “missed” appointments we will now be charging $15 if an appointment is not cancelled at least 3 hours before the appointment time. You will not be given another appointment until this fee is paid. Obviously this does not apply in emergency situations.
June 2010 - July 2010
Julie is a grandmother again – the baby had a bit of a rough start but is going well now – Julie also has a third grandchild due soon! Dr Anna will be moving to another practice in July to continue her post-graduate training – we have enjoyed having her here. Her place will be taken by Dr Kate who is a JCU graduate (one of the first graduates of our local degree) and who hails from a property outside Hughenden. She has two small children and has previously done a general practice placement when she was an intern. More about her next time! We’d like to welcome Julia as a very part-time RN – she works in a non-nursing role most of the time but is enjoying working here to maintain her nursing registration Maggie’s boarder, Steve, ran a Japanese cooking class which went very well – it was great to see Dr Chris and his partner there – we are trying to arrange another class so that those who missed out can learn to cook sushi, tempura, teriyaki chicken and other delicacies. Karen has been on holidays to the Gold coast and did plenty of shopping and walking on the beach with her dogs. She also went to the markets at Mt Tambourine – it is a lovely place! The revamp of Maggie’s room is now complete – Kym’s room is still to be done. We are finding our new height adjustable beds very convenient. Now the weather has cooled down and the rain has stopped it is time to get out and exercise – see you on one of the various walks around Townsville!
April 2010 - May 2010
Tracey Belle (Part time receptionist and Medical
student, see under staff link to the right) has now completed her rural
placement in Mt Isa – she spent most of her time in the emergency department
gaining valuable clinical experience (she is now in the final year of her JCU
medical course). She also went on some ambulance trips which she enjoyed.
Karen is travelling to the Gold Coast in April to visit family and go to some of the theme parks. Take care at “Wet and Wild” Karen!
By the time you read this Michelle may be back from her trip to the States. She has featured on the “Dr Phil” show and I am sure will have lots of tales to tell.
Maggie has a boarder who is a vet student – his father trained with the 'Iron Chefs' in
Maggie and the staff all enjoyed attending the International Women’s Day breakfast recently. Kym was noticeable by his absence! – the guest speaker was from
Our new medical students have settled in well – Rachel (with Kym) is showing great skill in suturing – her father is a GP on the Tablelands. Peter (with Maggie) really likes small children and babies and has already got a series of young admirers! He is from Tully and hopes to practice rurally.
The seasonal flu vaccine is now available – if you had one last year you will get a recall letter. We are sending out recalls for those at high risk and over 65 initially. If you have had a dose of swine flu vaccine you still need the yearly flu needle – there should be a gap of at least 4 weeks between these vaccines – the seasonal flu contains ‘swine flu” as one of its three components this year.
January 2010 - March 2010
Dr Chris has left us to move onto his next training position and will be very much missed. Dr Anna has taken his place – she and her new husband Graeme are settling into their house. Graeme, who is also a doctor, is currently working in Ingham but will also be spending a week every month on magnetic Island – sounds like hard work!! Anna plans on taking up sewing again – she is still waiting for her new machine which is/was a Christmas present from Graeme!
We have new 5 th year medical students joining us in late January – Rachel Mclellan and Peter Roach– more about them next issue. Helen has returned from her trip to Italy and Europe and had a fantastic time and brought us all chocolates back from Paris. Tracey Belle and Karen did a brilliant job keeping the wave chair running while she was away – many thanks! Tracey Belle is now on her rural placement in Mount Isa until March. Ashley Blyth, one of our work experience students from last year has been accepted into medical school at JCU. We wish him all the very best for his journey through university. Michelle is going to USA in March and is busy collecting US dollar notes – all donations at front counter please! Maggie is planning a trip to Machu Pichu in South America in August for her birthday !! Congratulations to Robyn’s eldest daughter Carly, who had a delightful wedding in December – about time too Carly, after 10 years with Richard.
October - December 2009
We will be opening for restricted hours between Christmas
and New year – at this stage between 9.30am amd 3.30pm each day – please check by phone.
AHGP (see "After Hours in the side bar to the lefy of this page) will be open from 8am to
10pm on all public holidays.
Lesley has left her position as practice manager due to family and other commitments but is still helping us out when needed. We very much appreciate all the work she did to help us get through accreditation. She will be running the wave chair (with assistance from Tracey-Belle) for five weeks while Helen enjoys a trip to Italy with her family. Michelle is now practice manger but will still be very much present at the front desk.
Dr Chris is currently growing a “mo” as part of “Movember” – this involves awareness of men’s health – if you are a guy and reading this consider seeing us for a routine check-up – if you are a female consider gently bullying the man in your life to attend!! Chris will be moving on to his next training position in January – we will miss him but hope to see him in the practice again down the track. His place is being taken by Dr Anna Catchpole who is moving to Townsville from Rockhampton – she recently got married in New Zealand and spent her honeymoon in Canada.
Tracey-Belle (currently completing the fifth year of her JCU medical degree) will have finished all her exams by the time you read this – she is currently studying hard!
Our practice now has the assistance of Paul who is a mental health nurse funded by the government through the Townsville General Practice Network. He will be working one half day a week – please ask one of the doctors about his services – there is no cost involved if you see him.
If you have not yet had your “swine flu” vaccine please ask about this – it is currently available at no out of pocket cost for everyone 10 years or older.
Have a great Christmas and New Year and stay healthy !
August - September 2009
We are half way through the year already - we
hope that 2009 has been a happy and healthy year for you so far - now that Dr
Chris has joined us it should be easier to get appointments !
We are now into cold and flu season - remember that the best treatment for the common cold is COMMON SENSE. Frequent handwashing is your best method for reducing your risks of becoming infected.
Robyn had a week off to visit the Undara Lava Tubes and Yvette enjoyed a week on the Ghan (Adelaide to Darwin). Michelle spent her time off relaxing and finishing settling into her new house.
By the time you read this we will have completed accreditation - all seemed to go well. Our 5th year med students (Sneha with Maggie and Jamie with Kym) have now finished their time with us - we wish them all the best in their on-going studies. Peter (with Maggie and Chris) and Kavitha (with Kym) start soon and will be with us for two eight week terms. You may have noticed some 1st year med students with Maggie recently - this is just their introduction - many thanks for allowing them to participate in your consultations. If you have problems with your "waterworks" (this includes the guys!) the "wave chair" may help - please ask for a brochure and details.
June - July 2009
If you have not yet had your annual flu vaccine please consider having this now! Our practice is due for re-accreditation soon – this occurs every three years and we have “passed” on the three previous occasions. Thanks to everyone who filled in a survey recently – this is a part of the requirements.
In mid July Dr Chris Stelmaschuk will be joining us – he is a “local” and a JCU graduate and has been doing advanced training in mental health at TTH. He is working towards his general practice fellowship and is keen to consolidate his procedural skills.
Congratulations to Maxine on the birth of her baby boy - she will be back at work mid-July. We have a new psychologist working out of our rooms – Naomi has over 10 years experience in this field and is happy to help with a wide range of issues. She and her husband recently relocated from Cairns. Doreen is back seeing clients after spending some time with her daughter in Sydney and with her son in Hong Kong – lucky duck !
Cassie’s studies are going well.
If you have problems with urinary leakage the “wave chair “may help – ask for an information leaflet or discuss this during your consultation.
The government has recently introduced a “Healthy kids check” to be done at the time of the four year old immunisations. If your child missed this please ask one of our nurses – they are carrying out the checks and can be done up until the age of 6.
April - May 2009
Kristi has now finished her "gap" year and has left Quacks to start her university course – we wish her well with her studies. We have organised a staff Thai cooking course at “De Studi” soon to formally say au revoir to Kristie – we are looking forward to enjoying our culinary efforts at the end!
Kristi's replacement is Cassie Lewis, a Townsville local who will be doing "Junior Certificate III in Business" at Jobtrain as part of her initial training at Quacks. Her favourite food is chicken cacciatore and she has a 7 year old “puppy” called Rex.
Our new medical students are settling in well – Sneha comes from a medical family and her suturing is improving rapidly – she takes very good histories! Jamie is local and is fluent in Chinese which confuses kym when Kym cannot understand the conversation! He is also becoming very good at suturing.
Helen is enjoying the job and lerning heaps! She has recently been off to the Townsville Hospital learning all about bladder and continence testing.
All the staff went to breakfast before work at a recent Women’s Day function held Jupiters.
The flu vaccine has arrived early this year and we have plentiful supplies – if you did not get a recall letter and would like to receive the vaccine please ask at reception. The vaccine itself is free for everyone aged 65 or over – we will write a prescription if you are under this age and have a pension or health care card. If you are not over 65 we have supplies in the vaccine 'fridge available to purchase, so you don't need to get a prescription and go to the chemist.
Various staff members (both from “our side” and from the “other side”) have been spotted with hair of weird colours or extremely short – this was in aid of “shave for a cure” for the Leukaemia Foundation. Maggie had a bright blue patch. To date we have raised over $2,500. Further donations at the reception desk would be very welcome!
January 2009 - March 2009
We hope you had a joyful Christmas and wish everyone a safe and healthy New Year.
Robyn took some time off and went camping – she is also getting fit riding her new bike. Michelle is now a proud aunt – her niece is called Hunter. Yvette also had some time off. Kathy (Pietas mother) helped us out over the holiday period as did Pieta and Tracey-Belle – many thanks to you all.
Both Pieta and Tracey-Belle passed all their university exams – congratulations – Pieta is in the second year of her engineering degree – Tracey Belle is now a 5th year medical student. Kristi has been accepted into JCU and starts at the end of February – we are currently recruiting her replacement.
Our new medical students are Sneha with Maggie and Jamie with Kym – more information next time.
We’d like to welcome Helen Lazzaroni to our team. She is mainly responsible for looking after patients using the “wave chair” but may also do some general reception work. Helen is a local and has three teenage boys. The wave chair is going well with some impressive results – ask for an information pack.
We’re also pleased to announce that “Townsville PhysioCare” has commenced operations next door. Katharina Dallmeyer is working with Amanda Campbell and Keirra Lamb – bookings by phone or on line www.bookitlive.com.au/physiocare_townsville_kirwan . Their rooms look great - pop in and have a look!
October - December 2008
The practice has acquired a “Wave Brilliance” chair which is used to treat problems such as loss of urinary continence. Although this equipment has been in Australia since 2000 it has not been available north of Rockhampton until now. Treatments (normally three times a week for 5-6 weeks) last 25mins - the patient sits on a comfortable chair fully clothed. Please ask for a brochure or speak to one of our practice nursing staff who have all been trained to use “the chair.”
All the staff recently enjoyed a flower arranging class courtesy of Peg Holborn from “Silver Wattle” – watch for impressive Christmas centrepieces!
You may have noticed lots of building activity next door – Katharina Dallmeyer, an experienced physiotherapist, is opening a practice at the beginning of December with two new graduate colleagues. More information next time.
We hope you have a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year – we will remain open throughout this period apart from Public Holidays. Out of hours care will continue to be available through After Hours General Practice.
August - September 2008
Maggie and Kym had a wonderful trip to the Amazon and managed to catch piranhas rather than being caught. We are really grateful to both Dr Katrina Gmach (from Sydney) and Dr Jenny Pryor for “holding the fort” so ably while we were away. Katrina really enjoyed seeing a variety of problems – we are trying to persuade her to make regular trips up here!
By the time you read this Michelle should have (finally) moved into her new house – we hope it has been worth the wait and the hassles.
Lesley’s husband, Les, recently received the Ambulance Service Medal for his work with the QAS from the Governor General – all his proud family travelled to Brisbane for the presentation.
Robyn is a doting grandmother again – Jack is a little brother for Lucy and Tegan – congratulations to Todd and Caroline, Jack’s parents.
Julie is delighted that her daughter and new grand-daughter (from Darwin) are returning to Townsville for 9 months while her son in law is deployed to E Timor.
We’d like to welcome Kirsten as a casual receptionist – she is a first year medical student and did a recent placement with us.
Claire Wohlfahrt is Kym’s fifth year medical student. She seems to be enjoying her general practice exposure and is already managing to produce care plans.
Ian Condon (with Maggie) is from the Tablelands, very tall and likes fishing. He enjoys the variety of patients and clinical problems that he is seeing and his suturing is improving rapidly – we are still working on pap smears!
On line claiming from Medicare (see under billing arrangements) is going very well – we also now accept payment via American Express. Please remember that accounts can be settled over the phone using a credit card – the receipt (or on-line claiming notification) will be posted to you.
Waiting time for routine appointments is still longer than ideal. We do try to leave space each day for urgent matters – if you are unable to get an appointment and feel that the matter is urgent please ask to speak to the sister on duty. It is often impossible to sort out multiple problems during a routine 10-15 min appointment - you may be asked to return for another appointment. Procedures such as excisions or fitting of IUD’s require extra time as does the completion of Centrelink forms and insurance reports – please let reception know when you make your appointment. To allow us to give optimal care to the patient we are seeing the doctors do not take direct calls from patients – our experienced nursing staff will take your queries and we will return your call as necessary.
Maggie and Kym are on leave for three weeks from 4 th August. Dr Katrina Gmach (from Sydney) will be doing a locum for the first two weeks and Dr Jenny Pryor will be available during the mornings only for the week beginning 18 th August. Please talk to reception about available appointments – we are trying to not pre-book for these weeks so that we do have appointments available for urgent matters.
Robyn has been away again – this time she went to the Northern Territory including Katherine Gorge. Julie’s younger daughter recently got married – she looked absolutely stunning!
Our medical students (Alex with Kym, and Adam with Maggie) are moving on to another practice after spending half a day a week with us for the last 6 months. Our new students are Ian Condon (with Maggie) and Claire Wohlfahrt (with Kym). Details about them next newsletter.
Maggie has also hosted three first year medical students for their introductory general practice sessions. Many thanks to all the patients who have allowed these students to take part in consultations and procedures – they really enjoy the clinical exposure – in the “olden days” medical students did not see live patients until the 4 th year of their course !
April - May 2008
We have said goodbye to Dr Jenny Pryor who is taking a break from general practice – thanks for all your help Jenny. Robyn and Julie have returned after their trips away – Robyn spent a month in Europe travelling in a campervan with her daughter – she brought us back yummy Belgian chocolates! Julie went to Darwin for the birth of her first grandchild – a beautiful little girl called Talleaha. While Julie and Robyn were away, Lesley Steel very ably filled in and we are delighted she is staying with us in the role of practice manager – all complaints and bouquets to her now please!! Many thanks Yvette for all your extra hard work while the others were away – now you can spend some time getting your new unit into shape. We now have another psychologist working out of the rooms next door – Maxine Capner is skilled in all areas of psychology with particular expertise in adolescents and children. Some of you may remember Dr Derek Bell – he was posted to Brisbane with the Army and his wife has just delivered another little boy, Patrick. Michelle’s house is well underway – it now has a roof! We have recently updated our computer system – we will soon be able to offer both on-line claiming from Medicare and SMS reminders. We do however need accurate details so please be patient while we collect Medicare numbers and contact phone details.
February - March 2008
We hope you had a happy and healthy time over the Christmas and New Year period and have made resolutions to loose weight and exercise more! There is a new Medicare item number which provides a generous rebate for a health check for both males and females between the ages of 45 and 49 – if you are in this age group and would like an overall health review please ask for a double appointment.
You may be planning your holiday for the next year – please remember to see us a couple of months before your trip so we can arrange any necessary immunizations and provide any prescriptions required.
Flu vaccine will be available soon – the actual dates vary from early February to early April depending on how quickly the manufacturers are able to “grow” it. If you had a vaccine last year you will automatically be sent a recall letter – if you would like flu vaccine this year please tell our reception or nursing staff so we can add you to our list.
Please note that repeat prescriptions are only available in certain situations – our guidelines will be provided at the front desk on request.
As you are aware we are short of medical staff and would ask for your tolerance if there is a delay for routine appointments – if you feel the matter is urgent we do try to fit you in but this is not always possible in the interests of providing optimal care.Our new medical students are Adam Parr (with Maggie) and Alexandra Stalewski (with Kym) – more details next time.
August - September 2007
Michelle Anderson has joined our practice as
senior receptionist – she is originally from Townsville and has spent time
both in Melbourne and Darwin. Her partner is in the Defence Force and they
are building a new house.
Julie Redhead has taken on the role of part-time practice manager as well as continuing to work as one of our practice nurses.
Yvette has spent four weeks cruising in
We have said “good bye” to Sheree who has left us for a full-time position.
Claus is also leaving us as from mid October to return to hospital based intern training - his place will be taken by Dr Julia De Boos.
Dr Fifi spent three weeks doing volunteer work in
Maggie learnt lots about osteoporosis on her trip to
If you are planning an overseas trip please make an appointment a couple of months before so any necessary vaccinations can be given before you leave. We do not carry yellow fever vaccine but will arrange for another local practice to provide this.
We are busy giving Gardisil (the vaccine for cervical cancer) to all females between 18 and 26 as well as girls over the age of 13 who have “missed out” on the schools program. Recall letters are being sent out progressively but we are also giving the vaccine when patients attend for other matters.
Dr Jade Acton (previously a “junior” here and now an intern in WA) is getting married in mid November – congratulations Jade and Max.
June - July 2007
A few changes have happened ! Dr Alan Nelson has gone to Charters Towers for six months to continue his post-graduate training and Dr Fifi is off to Proserpine Hospital. In her place we welcome Dr Claus Bader who is from Germany but did his medical training at Otago in New Zealand. He is looking at a career in either palliative care or rural general practice and enjoys tennis and fishing. All advice about good fishing spots will be appreciated !
We also welcome Dr Jenny Pryor who is an experienced GP who previously worked for the army and has done lots of surgical assisting.
We have a change of medical students – we have really enjoyed having Karen and Chris in the practice. For the rest of the year Ian Campbell (with Maggie) and Nicholas Williams (with Kym) will be at the practice for one day a week each
Our special “immunisation clinic” is now up and running on a Monday afternoon. Julie (RN) is available just for childhood immunisations by appointment and this should remove any waiting. Immunisations will continue to be available at other times.
We also carry stocks of most vaccines needed for overseas travel – please make an appointment a couple of months before your planned trip so all necessary vaccinations can be given before you leave. We do not carry yellow fever vaccine but will arrange for another local practice to provide this.
The government is supplying Guardisil (the vaccine for cervical cancer) to general practices for all women between 18 and 26 as well as anyone over the age of 13 who has “missed out” on the schools program. Limited quantities will be available initially and we are concentrating on those women who are 26 as the vaccine is not funded for people who have turned 27..
We have a new psychologist working out of our rooms next door – Gos Shahinper moved to Townsville from Sydney with his wife and 3 year old son at the end of last year. He believes in empowering his clients and unlocking their potential so they have fun. Ask us about the use of mental health plans so that a Medicare rebate is available for counselling sessions both with Gos and with Doreen Tracey.
April 2007 - May 2007
The practice building turned 30 recently – the same day as Tori, Dr Fraser’s daughter, was born. Tori herself recently gave birth to a daughter, Jessica, congratulations to Ian and Liz on becoming grandparents again.
We recently said “goodbye” to Maree and welcome Sheree in her place as our part-time receptionist. Sheree is returning to the workforce now her children have started school and enjoys music and spending time with her family .
We are considering holding a special “immunisation clinic” when one of our registered nurses will be available just for childhood immunisations – this will be by appointment and should remove any waiting. Immunisations will continue to be available at other times. We have been offering non-subsidised oral vaccination against rotavirus since late last year – we are delighted that this will now be government funded for all babies born after 1st May 2007.
The government has also announced funding for Guardisil (the vaccine for cervical cancer). The school program started in April - we will be able to provide this vaccine after 1st July for all women between 18 and 26 as well as anyone over the age of 13 who has “missed out” on the school program. We will be sending out recall letters but please ask one of our staff or doctors about this at the time of your appointment.
The other good news is that a Medicare rebate for testing for osteoporosis by doing a bone mineral density is now available for everyone aged 70 or over, male and female. Previously there was a fee of approx $70 unless certain criteria were met. If you are 70 or over and would like this test carried out please ask during your consultation.
June 2007 - July 2007
We have not had an intern for the last three
months but welcome Dr Fifi who is rotating out of Townsville Hospital as part of
her intern training. Fifi is originally from East Java in Indonesia. She spent
10 years in Melbourne and graduated from Melbourne University. She enjoys
singing, cooking and Tai Kwon Do. If you would like to know more about the
intern program please ask at the desk for an explanatory flyer which also
describes the role of registrars and medical students in the practice
The flu vaccination program started later than usual this year due to the late arrival of the “government” vaccines – if you have not received the vaccine as yet and would like to be immunised please ask any of our staff.
Dr Alan Nelson is settling well into the practice – he enjoys all facets of general practice but is developing a particular interest in men’s health.
Dr Katrina Gmach was our first registrar in the early 80’s - she is now a GP in Sydney but will be doing a brief locum for us in mid April – welcome back Katrina !
Marianne Bonassi is now accepting patients for counselling – she is an occupational therapist with extensive experience in mental health. Medicare rebates are available for consultations with both Marianne and Doreen Tracey if one of our doctors prepares a mental health plan – please ask for details. Both Marianne and Doreen use our new rooms next door (reception is at our main desk)
Kym went to Mission Beach for a diabetes workshop and Maggie has been to both Sydney (mental health workshop) and Melbourne (cardio-vascular risk workshop).
Julie has completed post graduate training in immunisation – we now ask her all our questions !
If you have any suggestions about ways that we can improve our service please speak to a staff member or hand in written suggestions to the front desk.
January 2007 - March 2007
Happy New Year!
Congratulations to Dr Darren Kennedy and his wife Tierney on the safe arrival of Rohan in November – he weighed 3.37kg at birth.
Jade is now working as an intern in a hospital in Western Australia.
Michelle and Shelley have both moved on – Michelle to another practice to do the final preparation for her fellowship exams and Shelley back to The Townsville Hospital to continue a Resident Medical Officer.
Our new registrar Alan is a Townsville local and has three young children and an interest in sports cars. Welcome to the practice Alan and also welcome to Shay who has taken Melissa’s place on the front desk – Melissa has left to work in the family business. Shay is from Melbourne and hopes to do pharmacy in the future. She plays netball and her team has made the grand final!
Our new medical students are Karen (with Maggie ) and Chris (with Kym) – they will be in the practice for one day a week until mid July – more about them next time.
Maggie completed an 80km walk from Cradle Mt to Lake St Clare over Christmas – it even snowed for her on Christmas Day !
Cassie has passed her driving test – well done Cassie !
November 2006 - December 2006
We recently heard from Jade who is in India and
doing lots of suturing as well as seeing elephants. Claire has returned to
hospital based training and her place on the intern program has been taken by
Shelly. Shelly was born in PNG but has lived in Australia most of her life. She
is one of the first home grown James Cook University graduates and enjoys
diving, video making and bush-walking. She is looking at GP as a long term
career and particularly enjoys seeing babies and toddlers! If you would like to
know more about the intern program please ask at the desk for an explanatory
flyer which also describes the role of medical students.
Carly (with Maggie) is a 5th year student who is becoming expert at history taking and suturing -she plays touch football and is considering obstetrics as a future career. Daniel (with Kym) is also in 5th year - he enjoys fishing and coaches an AFl team - his eventual aim is surgery.
Cassie has now finished her TAFE course and achieved a certificate 3 in Business Administration -congratulations!
We are delighted to announce that we gained re-accreditation after our survey visit in July. This is for three years but we do not intend to rest on our laurels -if you have any suggestions about ways that we can improve our service please speak to a staff member or hand in written suggestions to the front desk.
Maggie and Kym both learnt lots at the diabetes conference on the Gold Coast recently- Maggie was fortunate to attend the GP Education conference in Hobart as well. They are both off to Tasmania for 2 weeks over Christmas -the practice will still be open with Michelle "in charge" - opening hours may be slightly shorter during the holiday period. Have a great Christmas and watch what you eat and drink !
July 2006 - August 2006
Lots of changes this month!
We recently farewelled Jade who has worked here on a part-time basis for 10 years. She is currently in her final year of the JCU medical degree and is off to do a rural placement and an elective in India prior to graduation.
Luke has gone back to TTH to continue intern training - he found his time here so enjoyable that he has applied to join the GP training program.
Darren has moved to another practice to finish his training and is busy studying for exams. He and Tierney are also delighted to be expecting their first child in November.
Michelle is well known to most of you - she is pleased to be back in Townsville after her six months of "rural" practice in Maryborough. She will be working full time - her partner Scott is helping look after Amy and Gemma.
Our new intern, Claire is a Sydney native and graduated from Melbourne before heading north in 2006. She has just spent 3 months in Proserpine and has also spent considerable time in Sri Lanka on a voluntary basis. She plays the saxophone and guitar and (like Luke!) enjoys fishing.
We also have new medical students, Daniel Caines and Carly Pedersen - details about them next time. If you have any queries about the various people working in the practice check the laminated flyer (beside the box of newletters) which explains their various roles and responsibilities.
We have gained extra space by renovating the old dental suite next door (behind QML Pathology). This gives us three extra consulting rooms - initial reception will still be at our usual front counter.
Latest news from Robyn "2" and Peter is that they have decided Whyalla (in SA) is too cold at this time of year and are heading North again.
June 2006 - July 2006
We are please to welcome Yvette as our new
registered nurse. Maggie and Kym have both known Yvette “for ever” as
she was the sister in charge of labour ward when they worked at the old TGH!
She has spent several years in PNG and is a very experienced multi-skilled lady
– however she is still trying to “tame” our computer system!
Luke, our intern, has settled in well – he is a keen fisherman and appreciates all hints as to good spots to take his boat. At this stage his eventual career aim is surgery but he seems to be enjoying the variable challenges of general practice.
Many thanks to all the patients who participated in our latest survey – this was for accreditation purposes – our formal practice visit for assessment is scheduled for July. If you have suggestions for any improvements to our service please write these down and give to a senior staff member.
Robyn has returned from her trip to the
We have just received notification that there have already been four times as many ‘flu” cases notified to date this year than average. Tropical Public Health has suggested that ALL people consider vaccination this year. We still have stocks of vaccine available.
Darren will be moving to another practice in July to complete his post-graduate training (exams are due soon!) and we are delighted that Dr
April 2006 - May 2006
Our new medical students are settling in well and
beginning to do consultations on their own before being “signed off” by
Maggie or Kym. Clare (with Maggie) is from Innisfail and seems to
particularly enjoy seeing pregnant ladies and babies and helping with skin
surgery. Sharoz (with Kym) hails from
From April we will have an intern attached to our practice for three months at a time. The interns are rotating from The
After thirteen years Robyn 2 is leaving us at Easter to become a “not-grey” nomad. She and her husband Peter are planning a round
Our new nursing staff member, Julie, is coping with the change from a hospital environment brilliantly – I think she was surprised by the variety of problems that are managed in a general practice setting. Robyn 1 is off to the UK again to visit her younger daughter who is teaching in London – you may remember that she had her first overseas trip a couple of years ago to visit her older daughter, Carly, while Carly was teaching in Coventry.
January 2006 - February 2006
We hope everyone enjoyed their break (even if it was short!) over the holiday season and are keeping New Year’s resolutions to exercise more and worry less! The practice celebrated its 28 th birthday in January and we were delighted to have a visit from our first ever patient that week – he is now married with a cute baby and has been living in Japan.
Kathy has left us to work at a new practice at Bushland Beach – we will still see her around as her daughter, Pieta, continues to work here on Saturday morning. In her place we’re delighted to welcome Julie. She is an experienced RN who previously worked at the Mater and enjoys walking.
Cassie seems to have caught the “shopping bug” from our other staff – she is also busy with her new horse.
We’d like to congratulate Will, Peter, Dan and Annie (who were 5 th year medical students attached to our practice in 2004). Together with the rest of their year, they recently graduated as doctors and have already started work. Will spent his final year elective in Edinburgh and made contact with Maggie’s sisters – he has gone back to Melbourne for his intern year but we hope he will “see the light” and come back north later.
Our new students are Clare and Shahroz – details about them next time !
Our practice supplies all travel vaccines as well as advice about malaria prophylaxis and other health precautions necessary. Please try to see us 4- 6 weeks before your trip so that everything can be arranged.
November 2005 - December 2005Dr Michelle, together with her new baby Amy, daughter Gemma and partner Scott, will be leaving in January to do her “rural” term in Maryborough . Hopefully we will see her back here after six months down south. We are delighted that Dr Darren will be staying with us next year. He is enjoying teaching our medical students as well as developing his skills in minor skin surgery and mental health.
August 2005 - September 2005Congratulations to Dr Michelle and her partner Scott. Their second child arrived safely in early July. Amy is a little sister for Gemma.
June 2005 - July 2005
We’d like to welcome Leta as our new part-time receptionist. Leta lived in Townsville until 1989 then moved all over the place. She saw the error of her ways and moved back here to marry Steve. She is an expert face-painter with five teenage children who have acted as willing guinea pigs. She likes bushwalking and mountain climbing – we’ll blame her for the traffic congestion on the Castle Hill goat track!
We’re delighted that Michelle will be working with us part-time for the rest of the year after her second baby arrives in July. We think she is very sensible planning her delivery in the cooler weather!
Some patients may remember Darren who is joining us in July. He spent over 10 weeks in our practice as a medical student and has been working in Charters Towers since January while completing initial post-grad GP training. He is married to Tierney who is also a “local lass.” The staff are looking forward to his on-going supply of Freddo frogs!
Toni (Weller) and her partner Raj have bought a house in Mundingburra and are learning all about the joys of renovation!
We have had some minor renovations to the landscaping around the surgery – these were done by James (Maggie’s nephew from the UK) and his partner Sophie – they did such a great job that he was asked for his business card 6 times in one day !
February 2005 - March 2005We are already well into the New Year and hope every one is keeping their New Year resolution to do more exercise!
September 2004 - October 2004
Our new medical students are Annie
Meyer and Dan Meyers. Despite both having red hair they are not related! Annie
is from Innisfail and enjoys sport being a member of a university netball team.
Dan is a local and has a particular interest in tropical aquariums.
Townsville has been full of 'flu' and lots of other infectious illnesses. We sometimes have problems offering an urgent appointment - if the receptionist cannot offer you an appointment that day and you feel the matter is urgent please ask to speak to one of our trained nursing staff (Robyn 1, Robyn 2, or Kathy!).
Dr Toni Weller is settling well into our practice and has a lot of personal expertise in the management of babies - her daughter will be one year old in December!
Dr Ian Fraser (from the other side) has now returned from a big trip overseas, his locum Dr john White is staying on while Drs Kerry and Paul have a break.
Becky (receptionist) has finished her TAFE course in record time -congratulations Becky! Shannon turned 18 and had a great party - Maggie and Kym certainly enjoyed it.
Cameron Mclnnes and his wife Leonie produced a second grandchild for Robyn 2 in May. Haley is a little sister for Jack. Robyn 1's son Todd has finally married his partner Caroline - great dress Caroline - you looked beautiful.
July 2004 - August 2004
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Toni Weller who will be working in our practice until next year. Toni graduated from the University of Queensland and was working in Townsville when she met her husband Raj. They have spent a couple of years overseas and have now returned to Townsville with their baby daughter Anna.
Dr. Rebecca Gilbert has left us to work at TAIHS (Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service). This is her last training term and she is busy studying hard for her fellowship examinations in September.
We'd like to congratulate previous registrar, Dr. Raylea Parkes and her partner Steve on the birth of Sophie in April. They have all now left Townsville for the Sunshine Coast.
Unfortunately JCU has decided to rotate our fifth year medical students to another practice so we are losing Will and Peter. We are however getting replacement students, Annie and Dan. We will tell you something about them in the next newsletter.
If you are planning an overseas trip please come to see us a couple of months before so we can arrange necessary immunisations and make sure you have enough medications to last while you are away. We keep supplies of most travel vaccines and can arrange for those we do not routinely stock. We can also give you a letter listing your medications to show customs.
June 2004 - July 2004
It is not too late for a “flu needle”
- please ask at the desk. We also suggest “Pneumovax” for those
at higher risk – this is only required every five years.
Jade recently turned 21 and had a great party. She is currently spending 8 weeks on placement at Atherton Hospital.
Our fifth year JCU medical students, Will & Peter, are settling into the practice – they are rapidly becoming competent at minor procedures such as taking blood.
Maggie had a great time at “Golden Door” which is a health retreat inland from the Gold Coast. By 8 in the morning she had done Tai-Chi, 2 lots of stretches and up to 7 kilometres of bush walking! This was all before breakfast!
Congratulations to Tina at Dr. Fraser’s who recently became a grandmother for the first time.
Please remember to support our after hours service – if you do attend here we receive a record of your visit and copies of any pathology tests that might be ordered. If this service is not supported it may need to close – we encourage you to continue attending. Please ask at the desk for a membership form which entitles you to discount rates.
December 2003 - January 2004
Congratulations to Dr Helena and her partner Chen on the safe arrival of Aiden on 29/9/03. Dr Zoe is leaving us at the beginning of December to travel to South America with her partner - they have a very exciting trip planned. On her return she will be working at Townsville Aboriginal & Islander Health Services for six months. Dr Rebecca Gilbert is joining us in January – she has almost finished her post-graduate training and just has the exams to complete! After nine years Felicity has left us and will be working for Dr Lun. We hope she still drops in some mangoes!
Our practice has been re-accredited for another three years – we don’t feel we can relax however as there are so many on-going changes. All nursing staff recently attended an up-grade workshop about sterilization. Maggie went to Brisbane for a youth mental health workshop and to Hobart for a menopause congress and both Maggie and Kym went to the Gold Coast for an update on cardiovascular health.
We wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy Christmas and festive season – if urgent medical care is needed please remember to use our After Hours practice (as above). We are working there over Christmas! Please ask at the front desk for a membership form to access discounted rates.
June 2002 - July 2002
Robyn 1 had a great trip to the UK and Europe but says she would not cope with the cold weather for long. Charmaine (ex-receptionist) got married in Brisbane recently - Felicity enjoyed the wedding. Maggie is off to the UK for five weeks to visit her family. While she is away we may shorten our surgery hours. Her school is 450 years old so she is also catching up with a few 'old' school friends. Prasani is moving to the practice at Bluewater as part of her on-going post-grad training and we are pleased to welcome Raylea who has been working at the TTH since coming to Townsville from Southern Queensland earlier this year. She has just been married - her husband is an Anaesthetic Registrar. We are all concerned about the current problems with insurance against medical litigation and are hopeful these will be resolved soon. It is still not too late for flu shots but get in quickly.
April 2002 - May 2002
Robyn 1 has been at the practice for over 15 years! She is taking some well deserved long service leave to visit her daughter who is teaching in Coventry (UK). The new Medical School at JCU now in its third year so there are more and more medical students around. We have also hosted 2 students from the University of Queensland recently - many thanks to all the patients who allow students to participate in their care. Local GP's will soon be providing emergency care after 10pm as well as staffing a second after hours practice on the Douglas Campus - watch for details. Flu shots are now available. The Queensland Government provides flu vaccine free of charge to every one over 65 years. We'd also encourage all those between 18 and 30 to consider a booster shot for measles.
February 2002 - March 2002
Congratulation to Dr Monique Flores who announced her engagement (to "Croc" Pat Reidy), to Jessica Brabon (junior until February 2000) who was a Dux at Burdekin Agricultural College and to Elise who has been accepted at the Wesley INstitute for dance in Sydney. Dr Prasani Ketheesan has joined our practice - she is from Sri Lanka, trained in Russia and has worked in the UK, Sri Lanka, WA and as an anaesthetist in Townsville. If you have a complex medical condition and two or more health care providers are involved, you may benefit from a Care Plan. The cost of preparation of this is government subsidised - please enquire for details. We now offer subscription to our newsletter - ask for a form if you would like to have all issues posted to you.
December 2000 - January 2001 News
Rebecca has joined the practice as a permanent Associate now and Dr Monique Flores has joined Kym, Maggie and Rebecca as a registrar for the next six months - although she graduated from Queensland Uni, she is a "local" and has recently been working both at TGH and Kirwan hospital.
We are delighted that the after hours practice is up and running. The standard fee is $70 - discounted to $50 for pensioners and health care cardholders. The enormous strain of being one of very few practices still providing our own after hours care, home nursing home and hospital care, and continuing to work through the day has been horrendous. See the link on the left for details of how to contact the service after hours.
Flu vaccinations will be available in late February or early March - we will send out our usual recall letters but if you would like a "flu shot" and have not had one before please mention it to any of the staff.
Jade has recently returned from a trip to the UK and Japan and has been offered and accepted a place at the new JCU medical school. Congratulations again Jade !
October - November 2000 News
We have recently completed all requirements for accreditation and are pleased to announce that both practices have been accredited for three years. If you have any suggestions as to how our service could be improved further please let us know. Jade has been awarded "Dux" of Ryan school - congratulations ! Both practices will be open during the festive season - please ring for details of surgery hours which may be somewhat different at this time. We wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and a prosperous New Year .
May - June 2000 News
Ex-Staff member Nadaer Zirkzee visited recently from her current base in Brisbane. She is currently working for Dr Karen Watson who specializes in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and IVF. Nadaer's children Tegan, Ethan and Jayden are now nearly 11, 9 and nearly 8. Husband David has passed his initial 20 year servitude with Coca Cola
March - April 2000 News
We have had an eventful couple of months! Dr Ian has had further neurosurgery and is recovering well. Dr Kerry Griffin and Dr Paul Patane have returned to do his locum.
Dr Maggie spent five weeks working in the hills of East Timor - she hopes to return there mid May.
Jessica Brabon is now at Burdekin Agricultural College and Rebecca Mathews is at university in Brisbane. She has also become an aunt - congratulations to her sister Sally and parents Doug and Pat. (Doug is the dentist next door!).
Dr Ooi will be joining our practice in April. She is joining her partner who has transferred here with the ADF.
Shannon Orchard and Elise Ireland (photos later) have recently joined the team and are our new juniors at the front desk on Saturday mornings.
January - February 2000 News
Dr Rebecca Stewart is back and will be with us all year. She is already busy with pregnant ladies, skin excisions and everything else as well as trying to study for her up-coming fellowship exams.
Anyone living outside Townsville might not be aware that James Cook University now has a medical school. The first intake of students starts in February and our practice will be taking part in teaching. We will also continue to take third year post graduate medical students from the University of Queensland.Katrina is on holidays - we hope she is having a great time and getting plenty of rest prior to coming back to work. Maggie will be away from the beginning of February until the second week in March. She has been accepted to do volunteer work in a medical clinic in East Timor. Watch this space for further news!!Dr Kerry Griffin and Dr Paul Patane are returning to work for Dr Ian Fraser at the end of February. Ian is having further neurosurgery - we all hope it goes as well as last year.
Sue is off to Europe and is counting down the days till she leaves - have a great time and don't chat up too many handsome Italians Sue!
December 1999 - January 2000 News
Sue Mitchell won a trip to Brisbane to see Pavarotti and took Tina with her. Many thanks to all the patients who saved Bulletin entry forms!
The Practice will be closed for the public holidays over Christmas and New Year. We hope you have a healthy holiday; if urgent medical attention is necessary details are available on the In hours and After Hours Link in the left pane of this page.
"Quacks at Bamford Lane" is well into the bowels of the practice accreditation process. This process entails assessment (both self assessment and assessment by trained surveyors) against professionally developed standards and further improving our caring service.
For appointments with Doreen Tracey (Psychologist), ask at Maggie and Kym's front desk.
The ultrasound scanner is finally fixed!
October - November 1999
Dr Paul Patane and Dr Kerry Griffin are now working in Vietnam and have let us know that all is well via e-mail.
Year twelve exams are now approaching for Rebecca Mathews: good luck Beck!
Melanie Crowley is now in her second year JCU and has come back to work with us on Wednesday evenings - a glutton for punishment perhaps!
Speaking of punishment, the surgery was treated to a demonstration of Georgian dancing by Dr Kym (complete with fur hat) after a staff outing to see the official dance troupe!
Kelly Fitzgerald is back from her S week holiday to Europe and UK and will be with us until early next year.
Please welcome Brian King who has taken over the chemist shop next door from Darryl who has moved down south to be with his family.
August - September 1999
Dr Sook Fun Soo helped Dr Maggie catch some fish on her visit to Thursday Island.
Dr Glen Ortega recently passed his GP College Fellowship exam. Congratulations Glen!
Karen Guianane has been working with us as a relief surgery sister while Meredith tripped through Europe. Many thanks for your help Karen. it was nice having you back.
Dr lan Fraser has had stereotactic neurosurgery in Brisbane for his tremor which was extremely successful. He is planning further surgery next year and Dr Kerry Griffin and Dr Paul Patane have promised to come back.
Dr Rebecca Stewart's new house is nearly finished. She is planning a great party!
Sue Mitchell, keen as she is on opera, won a trip to the Pavarrotti concert in Brisbane with the help of a number of patients and staff.