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March 6, 2013

What are the Obstetric Services in Geraldton?

Dr Keith Figueiredo is a GP Obstetrician/Anaesthetist and principal at the Panaceum Group. There are about 700 deliveries per year in Geraldton. Geraldton is fortunate to have one of only two private hospitals in Western Australia outside of Perth, so women have the choice of delivering at the public hospital (the Geraldton Regional Hospital), or at the private hospital (St John of God). Deliveries at the public hospital are based on a shared care model. General Practitioners (GPs) who are skilled in obstetric care carry out antenatal care in their surgery, as well as the Geraldton Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS). The […]
February 21, 2013

Why do I need to see a GP for a referral?

Dr Murray James-Wallace is a procedural GP and principal at the Panaceum Group. “Can anyone tell me why we need to see a GP every year to get referrals for ongoing medical issues? … It just seems wrong needing a new referral when we have to see specialists regularly for monitoring of chronic conditions.” This is a great question frequently borne from frustration and not a topic briefly or easily well explained. I hope you’re able to discuss these queries with your GP. The referral system is an entrenched part of our healthcare system. One does not actually need a […]
February 18, 2013

New service in Geraldton: injury management & fitness centre

Great article in today’s Geraldton Guardian about the new Panaceum Injury Management & Fitness Centre (click on image to enlarge).
February 13, 2013

Educating Doctors at the Panaceum Group

Dr Tonya Constantine is a GP & principal at the Panaceum Group. She has a passion for rural health and teaching the next generation of doctors. – “I would like an appointment with Dr Y, Johnny has had a fever for three days now.” – “Dr Y isn’t available, but Johnny will be able to see the Registrar, Dr Z today.” I’m sure many patients wonder, “what is a registrar?” Registrars At the Panaceum Group, you may find Registrars whom are qualified doctors with at least two years experience (some have much more experience). They want to be GPs and have embarked […]
October 25, 2012

Bulk billing practices are not surviving

Dr Steve Hambleton, AMA President, explains why Medicare rebates are not adequate to provide good, sustainable care. Even government funded GP super clinics cannot survive on bulk billing alone, according to the results of a new report. Source: Medical Observer
October 3, 2012

Important travel vaccinations and other basic travel tips

Overseas travel is exciting, but not without health risks. Research from the University of Sydney’s Family Medicine Research Centre showed that 64% of Australians are not seeking professional health advice before travelling overseas, with many visiting destinations carrying a risk of infectious diseases, including hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever and rabies. Two doctors from the Panaceum Group have a special interest in travel vaccinations and travel health. Dr Elly Slootmans (Geraldton Medical Group) said: “Destinations like Bali and Phuket are on our doorstep and very affordable, but leaving unprepared can lead to serious illnesses like rabies, dengue and Japanese […]