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Autumn 2021
In this issue:
  • Health checks for people aged 75+
  • Kyneton Clinic expansion update
  • Meet our new and returning staff and farewell some friends
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75+ health checks: Stay on track




Sandra
Primary Care Nurse

Having a comprehensive health assessment is a great way for older people to ensure they are on track with their health and wellbeing.

The assessment is Medicare funded for people aged 75 and over and provides a structured way to identify potential health issues and conditions that may be preventable or improved with intervention.

This is good news for older people, because by addressing these issues they may enjoy better health and quality of life in the future.

Springs Primary Care Nurse Sandra says an assessment helps put support services in place so older people feel more confident managing themselves at home.

‘Some elderly people have concerns that by having a health assessment you’re going to find something wrong and they’ll be put in a home,’ she says. ‘Our focus is on identifying any issues and helping them to manage their situation in their own home.’


Health assessments can also give families of patients peace of mind. ‘Because we are a farming area, we can actually go to a patient’s home and check to see how they are managing with cooking, cleaning and what their social support is like,’ she says.

‘I’ve done health checks on 94 year olds and they’re probably fitter than I am. One woman did her own shopping, cooking, gardening and even went to bowls. Our focus was on helping her continue to enjoy the actives in her life.’

The 75+ health check comprises two 1-hour sessions. The first is with a Springs Wellness Nurse. This can be a home visit for Trentham and Daylesford residents or at our Daylesford Clinic. The second is a follow-up consultation with a doctor.  

Health checks may include:

  • checks such as blood pressure and heart rate
  • health history
  • physical function
  • current medications
  • arranging necessary tests
  • providing advice and information
  • immunisation status
  • cognition, mood and psychological functioning
  • nutrition (weight, diet, Meals on Wheels, etc)
  • oral and dental health
  • referrals to allied health or community services
  • referrals to medical specialists
  • home environment and safety
  • community and family support

Following the assessment, patients receive a written report of their health assessment and recommendations.

By identifying chronic conditions (such as high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis), a patient’s doctor can refer them to allied health providers, or programs such as the Clinic’s SIS program aimed at helping people maintain their independence.

Sandra says many elderly people have had less social contact during the past year due to COVID-19 restrictions. They also may not have been out and about as much and their physical capability may have deteriorated. ‘A 75+ assessment can be a timely welfare check to see how they’re travelling.’
To book in for a 75+ Health Check, contact your local Springs Medical Clinic.

Head to our YouTube Channel for COVID-19 Immunisation videos
Kyneton extension to open May
Springs Medical's Kyneton Clinic is located at 89B Piper Street, close to schools and shops. Onsite parking is available at the rear of the Clinic with walk-through access.


Dr Sandeep Dhaliwal is a director at Springs Medical and leads our team in Kyneton.

 

By Dr Sandeep Dhaliwal

Current expansion and refurbishment works at our Clinic in Piper Street, Kyneton, mean our practice will soon be bigger and even better for patients and staff.

Kyneton is a growing town and the expansion means more room to accommodation increasing numbers of patients while maintaining the same quality and continuity of care.

The new extension has a mezzanine floor and will provide GPs with more space for consultations. I expect us to move across sometime in May.


We have put an emphasis in planning on patients being able to see their regular doctor at clinic, which is the basis of General Practice. The design aims to minimise waiting times, both in gaining an appointment and when seeing your doctor at clinic. We also aim to accommodate urgent appointments on the day.

Allied Health services will be housed in the current building. Allied health services will include psychology, diabetes education, podiatry and possibly a blood collection centre.

The expansion will also see some of Springs Medical’s special clinics being available at Kyneton.

I’m very excited to be back working in Kyneton. It’s been my dream to come back and serve this wonderful community.

For patient convenience, Springs Medical's Kyneton Clinic is now open Saturdays, 9am to 1pm.

Welcome back Dr Ruth Spencer
Dr Ruth Spencer

Ruth is back with us after some time off following the birth of her son. Ruth loves the diversity of working in rural general practice and has a special interest and expert knowledge in Women’s Health, including sexual health, vulval and genital skin health, and menopause management. Other areas of interest include general family medicine and preventative healthcare

Our new SIS Wellness Program Coordinator
Millie Gellatly, SIS Wellness Coordinator
With the departure of Exercise Physiologist Bree Parison, SIS Wellness Nurse Millie has been appointed Put A Spring In Your Step Wellness Program Coordinator. Matt Pearce (Pip Pearce and Co) has been supporting the SIS Team in maintaining and developing the wellness and fitness of SIS participants. We are very excited to announce our new Exercise Physiologist, Jack Clarke, will be joining the SIS team from Monday 22nd March.
I'm Millie and I'm so pleased to be taking on the role of Coordinator for the Put a Spring in Your Step Wellness Program being run across Daylesford, Trentham and Creswick. I originally hail from North East England, but am now happily settled in regional Victoria with my family. It's a great privilege to work with such an interesting and enthusiastic group of people in the SIS program. I'm looking forward to keeping everyone moving and motivated so they can live a full and healthy life doing what they enjoy.
Meet our new medical registrars
Dr Sadia Asad
Sadia obtained a medical degree in Pakistan before completing her Australian medical exams in 2016. For the past few years she worked at Ballarat Health Services and now has joined the GP training program at Springs Medical. Sadia has a special interest in dermatology (both clinical and cosmetic) and this will be her core area of focus in the future. Sadia enjoys driving and cooking in her spare time.
Dr Madison Stephen
Madison completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours before completing her pharmacy internship at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 2013. Wanting more hands-on patient care, Madison began studying medicine at Deakin University in 2014. Most recently she has worked as a doctor at Ballarat Base Hospital. Madison's interests include palliative medicine, medical oncology, general medicine and chronic disease and sexual health.
Our new medical students... ta da!
Springs Medical is proud to introduce Sanè and Catrina, our new third-year medical students with us for their Clinic Practice year
This is the 12th year our doctors have mentored students enrolled in the Rural Community Clinical School (RCCS) in the Deakin School of Medicine. And this year Springs Medical warmly welcomes Sanè and Catrina to our Clinic and our community.

By supporting our rural medical student training program at Springs Medical, you increase the likelihood of medical students returning to rural and regional areas as GPs and hospital doctors.

Our students gain hands-on experience in general practice consulting, maternity units, operating theatres, specialist consulting sessions, home visits and community health activities. They are also encouraged to join local community groups.

RCCS encourages students to work in rural communities after graduation and Springs Medical is beginning to reap the rewards of this investment with past students returning to our community to work as doctors.
Sanelisiwe Dube (L): Sane` attained an Honour's degree in Radiography in Zimbabwe before moving to Australia in 2015 for work and developing an interest in medicine. Her special interests are radiology and women’s health & wellness.
Catrina Sturmberg (R): Catrina grew up in NSW, surrounded by wildlife, pets, farm animals and brothers. She worked as a physiotherapist for many year, specialising in musculoskeletal and women’s health, before embarking on a career in medicine.
From medical student to Springs GP


Dr Kate Turnbull was a medical student with Springs Medical six years ago.
 
Dr Kate Turnbull, formerly a medical student training with Springs Medical, recently returned to us as a GP.

‘My heart is in rural general practice,’ she says. ‘I’d always been interested in rural medicine but my year at Springs Medical confirmed for me that this was what I was going to do.’


The program helped Kate develop her consultation style and comfort in dealing with patients, ‘which is not something you’re able to develop in hospital because there’s less one-to-one contact.’

While in Daylesford as a student, Kate attended many social and community events, completed the Lake swim, played wing defence in a local Hepburn netball team, and used stuffed toys to teach local school children about health in the Springs Teddy Bear Hospital Program. ‘It was a very good year,’ she says.

Kate was thrilled when patients from her student year recognised her on her return as a fully fledged GP.

‘They knew exactly who I was. As students we can’t learn without the patients. It’s very generous of them because it takes up their time.’

Kate is also full of praise for the Springs Medical doctors: ‘Something that’s been very nice is that all the doctors here have been very welcoming and willing to embrace me as a fully qualified doctor despite me knowing pretty much nothing when I first arrived as a student.’

‘In third year, most of the medical students go to big hospitals in major regions, but a small subset choose to go to the country to a GP clinic.

‘They say the experience you get as a GP in the country is broad enough to educate you across a broad range of medical experience.'

Kate chose RCCS training, ‘rather than being anonymous in a big hospital, standing around in a crowd of students doing a lot of observing but not a lot of doing.’

She liked the idea of more face-to-face patient time and more direct supervision from a doctor ‘who gets to know you’ and also wanted ‘a lot of excitement and to try different experiences’.

Kate says Daylesford is attractive to medical students and doctors because it is a vibrant, welcoming community with good shops, restaurants and a lifestyle not available in many rural towns. And also allows doctors to develop skillsets not necessarily available in the city and to admit patients to Daylesford or Kyneton Hospitals.

‘Being a student here in Daylesford allowed me to see that this area is a fun place to hang out.’

Springs Medical GP and Regional Academic Coordinator for Deakin Medical School, Dr Albert Ip, says: Deakin RCCS has a priority to attract more medical professionals to regional areas.
‘Quality clinical experiences in smaller regional townships help illustrate to graduates that the breadth and depth of experiences, mentors and teachers, rival out base hospital and metropolitan clinical schools counterparts.’

Dr Beth Quin, a Clinical Education Supervisor at Springs, says clinical experience is very important in the development of new doctors.

‘I would like to think our patients at Springs for their immense generosity each time they consent to a student being involved in their consultation. The training model would not work without the cooperation of patients and their GPs.
Meet our new podiatrist
Peter Dietsch, Frontier Foot Clinic
Pete graduated from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Health Science in Podiatry in 2008. He then moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in health care. Pete has a passion for anatomy and physiology, and loves the problem-solving aspects around complex biomechanical issues. He's knowledgeable in dealing with gait and postural issues as well as hip, knee and foot pain. Pete also has broad  experience in paediatric development pains and concerns, and has completed hundreds of ingrown toenail procedures!
A fond farewell to last year's registrars
Allied Health farewells


Bree Parrison
Exercise Pysiologist & SIS Wellness Coordinator


Bree has been with us since 2017. She's been an invaluable part of our Allied Health and SIS (Put A Spring In Your Step) Wellness Program which incorporates exercise and and education sessions to better educate our clients and help them manage their conditions. She leaves with our thanks and very best wishes.


 


Kathryn Jones
Visiting Podiatrist


After 11 years with us, Kathryn is returning to Ireland. She has helped many people in our community with foot-related issues and we are very sorry to see her go. Everyone at Springs wishes Katherin and her family the very best for the future.


 
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