My Health Records

my health record
My Health Record is a Commonwealth Government initiative to allow patients to create a personal online e-health record that contains important medical information for health practitioners to access in different locations. This can be particularly useful for patients with chronic medical conditions who see a number of specialists and sometimes require hospital care.

Your GP will be able to upload a Shared Health Summary to your Health Record. This will list your allergies, medications, significant medical conditions and immunisations.

Currently the My Health Records are also collecting information about:
• Medicare items claimed
• PBS medications prescribed and dispensed,
• children’s immunisation records
• Australian Organ Donor registry information

We have been advised by the Local Health District that hospitals are also ready to upload discharge summaries. In the longer term pathology and radiology reports will also be uploaded to your My Health Record.

Erskineville Doctors is already set up to access and upload information to your MyHealth Records. You can register for MyHealth Records at www.myhealthrecord.gov.au and if you already have a myGov account it can be linked to this account.

We can arrange assisted registration for our regular patients if you fill out a form giving us permission. You will need to have your Medicare card and photo ID for us to do this. Forms are available in our waiting room.

Once your registration is done you will receive a code (IVC) via SMS or email to access your health record online. You will be able to:
 add personal health notes and emergency contact details
 register your children for a My Health Record
 set privacy controls to allow you to control what information is uploaded and who is able to look at your record.

For more information about the privacy of your health information go to www.oaic.gov.au/individuals/faqs-for-individuals/health/resources-on-health-for-individuals.

Disclaimer: Erskineville Doctors does not administer the My Health Record program. This is a summary based on information available at https://myhealthrecord.gov.au. Patients are asked to read more detail at this website. Patients should review their medical records with their doctor before any information is uploaded to their MyHealth Record.

Medicare indexation freeze

In 2014 the Government put a freeze on indexation of Medicare rebates for four years from 1 July 2014 until July 2018. In the Federal Budget this week they announced extending this freeze until 2020.

Freezing Medicare rebates for four years is simply winding back the Government’s contribution to patients’ health care costs. In practice it means that the $37.05 rebate you currently receive for a standard consultation will not increase at all until 2020. The relative value of this and any other medical rebates will decline significantly over time, as businesses providing medical care will likely increase fees in line with the increased costs of running a business.

The chart below shows you how little Medicare rebates have grown in the past 30 years compared to other economic indices such as the CPI.
indexation freeze

Rebates are frozen across the whole sector, and will include GP, Specialist service, medical procedures and also pathology and imaging (the rebates for those services have not increased in 15 years). The proposed funding for hospitals will prop up existing services, which we know in some areas of medicine are quite patchy (eg. non-existent public outpatients clinic in many specialities).

What it all adds up to is less money being given back to you to cover your medical costs. It also reduces the capacity of small businesses such as Erskineville Doctors to bulk-bill our less well-off patients. We aim to be a practice that is for everyone in our local community, and we pride ourselves in already being what the government is now calling a “healthcare home” for all of our patients and their families, not just those with chronic and complex health needs. We don’t want to reduce the quality of your care by rushing you through appointments.

We will be writing to the major parties about these budget proposals now and in the lead up to the Federal Election. We urge you to take the time to read the detail of these proposals and make up your own minds, and write your own letters as you see fit.

Some useful sources of information:
https://ama.com.au/media/prof-brian-owler-ama-tv-2-july-2015-medicare-rebate-freeze
http://yourgp.racgp.org.au/Your-GP/antifreeze (see the bottom of the page for draft letter to Sussan Ley, Minster for Health)
https://croakey.org/health-budget-analysis-part-1/ – for wider discussion of budget implications for health

Antenatal Shared Care

Antenatal Shared Care

Antenatal Shared CareDr Jenny, Dr Patti, Dr Cara & Dr Annabel can manage your pregnancy care in conjunction with RPAH or RHW. We will explain the process for shared care in consultation during early pregnancy.

Appointments

Appointment Only

Please call to make an appointment as consultations are by appointment only. Standard consultations are 15 minutes long. Please tell our receptionist if you require a longer appointment.

Longer appointments are suggested if you have more than one issue to discuss. You will also need a longer appointment for childhood immunisations , for a mental health issue, if you need a Mental Health Care Plan to visit a psychologist, or to organise a care plan (including for allied health referrals). Our receptionists will ask some questions to help book you for the right length of time. We appreciate being able to take the time to give you the care you need. Booking the right appointment length also helps our GPs to run on time!

For URGENT matters we hold some appointment places for our regular patients who ring on the day. Our receptionists will ask some questions about your medical needs so that we can prioritise your care and that of other patients.

Health Registers

Health Registers

Erskineville Doctors participates in national/state health registers for the following items:

  1. Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) – for immunisations given up to the age of 20 years (note the change from 7-20 years commenced in 2016)
  2. NSW Pap Test Register for all Pap test results

You will receive reminder notices from these organisations for overdue childhood immunisations or Pap tests.  NSW Health has also developed a “Save the Date” application for childhood immunisations.

The practice will not send additional reminders for scheduled childhood immunisations, or routine 2 yearly Pap tests.

The practice also keeps it’s own registers of patients with specific health problems who need routine follow up, eg. Diabetes. We will also enter recalls for individual patients based on their health needs.

We will be using email where possible to send you reminders or recalls. To be able to send you reminders or recalls, or anything that might constitute direct marketing, you need to let us know that you do not want to receive such correspondence.

If you wish to opt out of either any registers for reminders or recalls please let your doctor know.

When you participate in other screening programs such as Breastscreen or the Bowel Cancer Screening Program you will be asked to nominate your regular GP and the results will be forwarded to us for our records or for follow up as needed.

Privacy at Erskineville Doctors

Privacy at Erskineville Doctors

We treat all health information in strictest confidence. We will not disclose your information to third parties without your informed consent. Patients have a right to access their personal health information in accordance with the Privacy Amendment Act 2002. We can provide you with a copy of our practice Privacy Policy.

A transfer of your medical records to another practice will incur a reasonable administration fee to cover the cost of photocopies and registered post-delivery.

Interpreter Service

Interpreter Service

If you require an interpreter for your consultation please let our reception staff know so that we can arrange a phone interpreter. Please call us on 02 9557 2266.

Test Results

Test Results

It is the combined responsibility of the doctor and the patient to follow up on results of tests and referrals. At your consultation your doctor will ask you to come back to discuss any investigations they are ordering. In some situations we can make arrangement to send you results. If we receive a result that needs urgent action we will contact you via phone.

Services

Services at Erskineville Doctors

  • Erskineville Doctors

    Erskineville DoctorsErskineville Doctors has been a part of the Erskineville community since 1985. We are a small group of general practitioners who enjoy seeing patients of all ages and from all walks of life. We aim to offer the best possible health care for you and your family.

  • Antenatal Shared Care

    ANTENATAL SHARED CAREDr Jenny, Dr Patti, Dr Cara & Dr Annabel can manage your pregnancy care in conjunction with RPAH or RHW.  We will explain the process for shared care in consultation during early pregnancy.

     
  • Home Visits

    Home Visits at Erskineville DoctorsUnder normal circumstances we require you to come to our surgery. We provide home visits to our regular patients who cannot physically attend the surgery, due to disability or acute illness. Please discuss your needs with our reception staff or Practice Nurse.

  • Practice Nurse

    Practice Nurse, Ana Harkin RNAna Harkin RN, our Practice Nurse, has many years of experience in all aspects of nursing, including general practice. Ana is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays to support our GPs. She can assist patients with wound care, BP checks, blood collection, immunisations and patient education.

  • Repeat Prescriptions & Referrals

    Scripts and referrals Erskineville DoctorsOur doctors may write repeat prescriptions or ongoing referrals based on telephone requests if you have attended the surgery in the last 12 months. Your doctor will review your file and decide if this is medically appropriate and will indicate when you should next be reviewed in person. 

    Administration charges for any service provided outside a formal consultation are as follows:

    • Authority scripts $15.00
    • Normal scripts $10.00
    • Referrals $20.00
    • Payable when you collect the script/referral.
  • AFTER HOURS

    National Home Doctor After hours service at Erskineville DoctorsService is our after-hours deputising service.

    Phone: 137425

    For serious emergencies call an ambulance (000) or got to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Emergency Department at Missenden Rd Camperdown.

    For other problems you can go to the General Practice Casualty – staffed by local GPs  at Balmain Hospital.

    • Ph: 9395 2111
    • Booth St, Balmain
    • 8am-10pm, 7 days.