Carinya Residential Care

Atticus Health is excited to be partnering with the newly opened Carinya Residential Aged Care facilities in Capel Sound. Our partnership with Peninsula Health is important to us, and we hope for it to grow further in the future.

Carinya is a 26-bed purpose built Aged Persons Mental Health Residential Care Facility designed to provide high level specialist nursing care to residents with complex mental health diagnoses who are unable to be managed effectively in a generic aged care facility. It is an interim care facility which provides specialist care until a resident no longer requires this level of care and is able to move to alternative accommodation that meets the resident’s need at that time.

Dr Hardik Solanki and Dr Wynn Zaw will be working with the Carinya team to achieve the best quality of care for their residents. Learn more about Atticus Health’s aged care work here.

Aged Care News

Yesterday it was announced that the federal government will be spending over $500 million to improve the current aged care situation in Australia. The ABC reported that “the interim report pinpointed three key areas for immediate action: more funding for homecare packages to cut waiting list times; reducing the reliance on chemical restraints; and stopping younger people with disabilities being forced into aged care facilities.” This is welcome news for the Atticus Health Home and Aged Care teams.

Atticus Health is passionate about the work that we do in aged care. We provide visiting GPs, nurses and geriatricians to various aged care facilities around the Peninsula and Bayside areas. Atticus Health is actually the largest provider of medical services in this space on the Mornington Peninsula. We provide care and clinical support to residents. Just last week the Aged Care team had a meeting to discuss how to continually improve things. Atticus believes in constant training, learning and improvement for all of our staff, in order to constantly provide the best care possible to all of our patients.

Atticus Home Care is a private linking service to help combine care while living independently. Our team of clinical professionals work in conjunction with 24-hour Ageing-In-Place monitoring technology to keep you and your loved ones cared for and comfortable. This service was launched earlier this year and is continually expanding, to assist those wanting to receive quality care while remaining at home.

Providing high-quality aged care and home care is incredibly important to everyone at Atticus Health. To learn more about the services we offer, click here.

 

Atticus Health Cosmetics and Beauty

Our Black Rock clinic is ready to open this Wednesday 20th November! This is the place to go for medical-grade cosmetics and beauty therapy. Appointments will be available between 9am-1pm Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Black Rock team will be lead by two of our beauty and cosmetics experts:

Satinder Kalyan, known to us as Sunny, is an enthusiastic and experienced beauty therapist. Since having trained at Shehnaz Beauty College in India, Sunny has worked in Australia pursuing her passion for beauty for over 10 years. She specialises in eyebrows – threading, tinting and tattooing – and loves meeting people from all walks of life.

Medical-grade cosmetic injectables are also now available, undertaken by Registered Nurse Clare Westlow. Clare has been practicing cosmetic injectables for several years now, to help combat the signs of ageing. She specialises in the treatment of frown lines, crows feet, marriott lines and adding volume to lips and cheeks. Clare has been an integral part of the Atticus Team for many years.

Our beauty services include waxing, brows, lash extensions and facials, in addition to our cosmetic services. Click here for our beauty therapy price list.

Call 1800 288 4287 today to book or inquire.

We look forward to seeing you at Black Rock!

Opiate Replacement Programs

Atticus Health’s Dr Hardik Solanki has undertaken additional training of a course titled Medical-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence. This course was designed to enhance medical practitioners’ knowledge and skills on opiate replacement programs.

Opiate replacement programs are in place to assist those with opioid addictions. These addictions can lead to opioids being misused for extended periods of time, which can be debilitating or even life-threatening. The replacement of suboxone, which can be prescribed by a trained GP, can assist with addiction recovery. Suboxone works by keeping withdrawal symptoms at bay.

A patient who comes to their GP seeking help with an opiate addiction may be provided with a prescription for Suboxone, and those suffering from addiction and dependency will be referred to Peninsula Health’s Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Drug and Alcohol Service (FaMDAS). Additionally, they will have regular monitoring and counselling by a trained GP.

Opiate replacement programs have a good rate of success with the conviction and dedication from the patient. These programs take into consideration the fact that each person requires a personal and individual approach. As addiction is commonly associated with other mental health issues, the treatment will also aim at helping patients deal with mental health issues for their overall health and wellbeing.

Knowledge and experience in these programs also allow GPs to assist people who are living with friends or family suffering from addiction. If you think this service would benefit you or somebody you are close to, book in now to take the first step to recovery.

 

Foot Health Month

This year’s Foot Health Month focuses on the theme of promoting podiatry. The Foot Health Month campaign seeks to remind the public about the significance of good foot health and encourage people to seek more information about the services that podiatrists offer.

Podiatry is a growing profession. In 1999, there were 2,011 podiatrists in practice. By 2016, this number jumped to 4,399. According to Podiatry Board of Australia industry statistics, the rapid growth of podiatry is reflected in the youthfulness of the profession, with close to 40 per cent of practicing podiatrists being under 35 years of age.

One of the most serious foot health issues is lower limb amputation resulting from complications of diabetes. APodC CEO Damian Mitsch says focusing on proper foot care has the potential to reduce the effects of diabetic foot among Australians.

“Unfortunately, Australia performs very poorly against other developed nations in terms of diabetes-related lower-limb amputations. In fact, we have the second-worst rates in the developed world – an avoidable amputation takes place every 2-3 hours in Australia,” says Mitsch.

“In additional to this social cost, the financial burden on the healthcare system is extraordinary, with each lower-limb amputation costing $26,000 plus aftercare costs.”

“Proper podiatric care has the potential to dramatically prevent amputation for a patient with a diabetic foot condition. Foot issues need to be identified and treated quickly and consistently to stop a minor wound becoming infected, ulcerated and, ultimately, resulting in the loss of limb to save someone’s life,” Mitsch added.

If you believe you have foot health needs, book in to see Chloe today.

Atticus Podiatrist Chloe Middlemass

World Osteoporosis Day

Osteoporosis is a common disease that affects around 1.2 million Australians. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, causing the bones to become brittle. This leads to a higher risk of bone breakage than a normal bone.

Osteoporosis is thought of as a ‘silent disease’, as it rarely shows symptoms before the brittleness of the bones leads to a fracture. As the bones lose density and strength, a fracture – partial or complete break of the bone – can be caused by a minor bump or fall.

Who is at risk?

2019’s World Osteoporosis Day is focused on men making bone health a priority – “Real men build their strength from within“. Osteoporosis is often thought to be a women’s disease, as women are at a higher risk after menopause. When estrogen levels decrease, the bones lose calcium and minerals at an elevated rate. As testosterone levels lower more gradually, the deterioration of men’s bones may happen at a slower pace. However, there are many factors that can lead to the development of osteoporosis. These include:

  • Family history – If family members have a history of osteoporosis or broken a bone from a minor fall or bump, these can be indicators of low bone density.
  • Medical history – Low hormone levels, some chronic diseases and some medicines for breast and prostate cancer can increase your risk of osteoporosis.
  • Vitamin D and calcium levels – Both vitamin D and calcium are essential for bone health, and low levels put you at risk.
  • Lifestyle factors – Low exercise levels, smoking history, extremely low or high weight and excessive alcohol intake all contribute to your risk of developing osteoporosis.

Detection

If you are over 50 and present with any of the osteoporosis risk factors, then it is recommended that you get a bone density scan. This is a simple scan that takes approximately 10-15 minutes. If you are concerned that you may be at risk of osteoporosis, book in with your GP for them to determine if you should be referred for a bone density scan.

Prevention

There are steps you can take to prevent osteoporosis. In addition to living a generally healthy lifestyle, there are 3 main approaches to take to lower your risk of osteoporosis:

  • Calcium – Victoria State Government’s Better Health Channel provides you with information on recommended calcium intake for different ages and life stages.
  • Vitamin D – Vitamin D aids in the absorption and regulation of calcium, while also supporting growth and maintenance of the skeleton.
  • Exercise – To build and maintain bone strength, it is important to focus on the right kind of exercise. Weight-bearing exercise and progressive resistance training both work the muscles and bones sufficiently to increase bone strength.

To find the right exercise regime for your body, you can make an appointment to see Nikki, our exercise physiologist. She is available at our Hastings and Carrum clinics for personal and group classes, depending on your needs.

 

Asthma Awareness

Spring is the season for new flowers, animals being born and, unfortunately, a rise in asthma risk. Asthma Australia uses the beginning of September as the time to draw awareness to the increased risk to asthma sufferers. 1 out of every 9 Australians suffers from asthma and 80% of those also deal with the associated problems that come from hay fever. This year Asthma Australia’s theme is ‘Asthma in Disguise’.

Thunderstorm Asthma

Thunderstorm asthma is the phenomenon that occurs during grass pollen season, which in Victoria is typically from October to the end of December. Asthma Australia advises that this time of year brings about more frequent reactions of asthma and hay fever. The storms that happen over spring and summer cause winds to carry the pollen seeds over long distances and become concentrated in the wind just before a thunderstorm. These smaller concentrated particles can get further into airways than regular pollen and thus trigger more cases of hay fever and asthma.

How to Protect Yourself

The first step to take if you are unsure how to deal with asthma is to book in with your GP to make an Asthma Action Plan. This way you can work with you GP to find the best way to handle your asthma and hay fever problems year round.

Once you are aware of your sensitivity to increased pollen, whether it be due to asthma, hay fever or a combination of the two, the next step is to be aware of the pollen count before you plan your daily activities. AusPollen is an app and website that has experts gathering information on pollen counts to forecast the daily pollen risk for up to a week in advance in your area.

If you find yourself faced with a high pollen count day and your healthcare professional has advised you to be cautious of the risks this carries, you can take steps to avoid excessive exposure. Staying inside as much as possible, while keeping house and car windows closed can minimise pollen exposure. Avoid hanging clothing on outdoor clotheslines during these high-pollen periods, and instead hang indoors or use a clothes dryer. Recommend children who experience asthma or hay fever to take their school lunch breaks in the library, or other indoor options that are available. Always keep whatever prevention method your GP has recommended on hand during thunderstorm asthma season.

Asthma First Aid

If you are suffering from a severe asthma attack, the best course of action is to call 000.

If you are experiencing a mild to moderate asthma attack, it is important that you follow the 4 Asthma First Aid steps.

1 – Sit the person upright.

2 – Give 4 separate puffs of blue-grey reliever puffer.

3 – Wait 4 minutes.

4 – If symptoms have not improved, call 000 to tell the ambulance that there is an asthma attack.

To have constant access to these steps, download the Asthma App.

Extra Help

For those of you used to dealing with symptoms of hay fever and allergic rhinitis, you are used to the associated costs that come with care. Asthma Australia has combined a list of tips to assist with managing your symptoms while saving money.

 

Atticus Home Care

Atticus Health is excited to announce that we will be branching out into a Home Care service. Due to patient needs, we will be providing a service of home-visiting nurses and doctors.

We understand that not every patient can make it into a clinic as often as they may need, so we are offering this linking service to help combine care while living independently. Our team of clinical professionals are committed to bringing you the same impeccable level of care that you have come to depend on from Atticus Health.

With our 24-hour Ageing-In-Place monitoring technology our team works together to provide well-communicated, well-informed care, bringing peace of mind to you and your loved ones.

The service will initially be offered in the Bayside City area, including Carrum and its surrounds. Atticus Home Care will be privately funded or accessible through the home care package scheme.

To receive your free initial comprehensive home assessment, ensure you book in before 30th September 2019.

For more information call 1800 ATTICUS (1800 288 4287) or email Clare at cwestlow@atticushealth.com.au

Stronger Together.

Mixed Billing

Dear Patients,

Please note that effective 16 Sept 2019, Atticus Regional Medicentre Hastings and Atticus Health Bittern will be introducing a mixed billing policy.

At the heart of this decision is the fact that we want to attract and maintain the very best General Practitioners and continue to provide you with our best service. We believe that becoming a mixed billing clinic is more likely to deliver this important outcome in the long term and thereby ensure the sustainability of our services.

At Atticus Health we genuinely care and are committed to delivering personalised and professional health care.

To keep things fair and simple, our fee structure has been set so that the out of pocket expense to you, as the patient, is the same regardless of which GP you choose to see at either Hastings or Bittern.

As of 16 September 2019 the following fees will apply:
Fee / Medicare Rebate / Out of Pocket Cost
VR / Non VR VR / Non VR

Standard consultation $65 / $47.80 $38.20 / $21.00 $26.80

Standard consultation $77 / $58.20 $49.80 / $31.00 $27.20
(*After hours)

Long Consultation $115 / $79.05 $73.95 / $38.00 $41.05

Long consultation $130 / $92.70 $85.30 / $48.00 $44.70
(*After hours)

Extended consultation $175 / $127.15 $108.85 / $61.00 $66.15

Extended consultation $195 / $146.35 $119.65 / $71.00 $75.35
(*After hours)

Antenatal $70 $40.75 $29.25

Script (without consult) $15 n/a $15

*After hours: After 6pm Monday to Friday, after 1pm Saturday, all day Sunday, public holidays

Patients with a valid government concession card and children under the age of 16 years will continue to be bulk billed for consultations.

New Doctors

Atticus is very fortunate to be able to welcome two new GPs to our Somerville and Carrum clinics.

Dr Kosala Jayatilaka is a very experienced, respected and caring GP who has practiced in the local Frankston area for over 10 years. He enjoys all aspects of general practice and really looks forward to improving the well being of all individuals and families who come to see him. In other words, it’s obvious to all who meet him that Dr Kosala Jayatilaka loves his job and loves his patients!

Book now!

Dr Riddle is a very experienced, caring GP. She spent thirteen years as a GP in Edinburgh before moving to Australia in 2017. She has spent her time-to-date working in the local area Dr Riddle enjoys the diversity of general practice and the satisfaction of providing continuity of care for her patients. Dr Riddle completed post-graduate training in Accident and Emergency, Psychiatry, General Medicine, Care of the Elderly, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dr Riddle’s areas of particular interest include Women’s Health and Paediatrics, Mental Health and Palliative Care. Dr Riddle has undergone additional training in Implanon insertion and removal.

Work-life balance is important to Dr Riddle and, along with her passion for general practice she enjoys bringing up two active children along with her husband of sixteen years. When not shuttling her children to sporting pursuits Dr Riddle enjoys running, tennis and a beachside lifestyle!

Book now!