Blog

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 […]
August 3, 2012

Strathalbyn College on a mission in East Timor

Strathalbyn senior students and their teachers recently visited East-Timor. The college was very thorough in their preparations, which included a visit to the Travel Clinic in Panaceum. In the 10 days in-country they re-painted a school, visited two remote villages in the highlands, and donated medicine, uniforms, stationery and money to various local projects.“We really appreciated the generous support of the Panaceum staff. The thorough travel advice and the prayers of other supporters are surely the reason why none of the team were sick during or after the trip,” said Anita Kirkbright, development officer. “One of our teachers, Beverley Hanrahan, presented […]
July 28, 2012

Book your appointments online

To make it easier to book your appointments with one of our doctors, we are providing an online appointment booking service that can be used from any computer, 24 hours per day. Please note that more ‘complicated’ appointments (like surgical interventions) can not be booked online. For these appointments please call us on 08 9920 8111. Book your appointment online
July 15, 2012

Telehealth video consultations with your Perth specialist, facilitated by your GP

Under Medicare people in remote, regional and outer metropolitan areas of Australia have access to specialist video consultations. This provides many patients with easier access to specialists, without the time and expenses involved in travelling to Perth. Most doctors at the Geraldton Medical Group and University Medical Practice are able to offer this service. Patients appreciate it and seem to get a lot out of it as the practice nurse, who is present during the consultation, can clarify issues. It is a useful health service, even more so in rural and remote areas. Unfortunately, at this stage is it not possible […]