Welcome to our new General Practice Registrar, Dr Katrina Heggie. Katrina first studied Biomedical Science at Monash University (Melbourne) and completed medicine at Notre Dame University (Perth) in 2009. She undertook her intern and resident years at the Alfred Hospital (Melbourne), and completed further rotations in Adelaide and Auckland. She moved to St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne and undertook General Surgery rotations before deciding to work in in General Practice. Katrina has a special interest in Paediatrics, Women's Health, Antenatal Care, Skin and Surgery, and Minor procedures. Outside of medicine, she enjoys the outdoors, running, swimming and travelling, but is mainly [...]
Donate Life Week (28 July - 4 August) creates awareness about organ and tissue donations. It also encourages Australians to register their donation decision and to discuss their decisions with their loved ones. Only one in three Australians have joined the Australian Organ Donor Register, even though 81% believe registration of donation decisions is important. 9 in 10 families agree to a donation proceeding when the deceased is a registered organ donor. This drops to just 52% where the deceased was not registered and the family had no prior knowledge. Today, more than 1,400 Australians are on wait lists for [...]
The June - August 2019 newsletter includes stories on: Men's Health Week Bulli Hospital celebration and changes National Diabetes Week Red Apple Day and bowel cancer awareness Updated GP availability Staff and community news and more. You can collect your copy at reception, or download the Winter Newsletter 2019 here. For past newsletters, please visit our Newsletter Page.
Men’s Health Week is an opportunity to reflect on the different health needs of men. Life expectancy for men is four years less than women. Men's Health Issues Studies suggest unhealthy lifestyle practices such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse, poor nutrition and lack of physical exercise are higher in men than women. Despite higher rates of suicide, men are less frequently diagnosed with depression compared to women. This partly reflects biological drivers but also social and cultural gender roles where men are socialised to be less emotionally focussed than women. Men are less likely to recognise depression in themselves and [...]
Bulli Medical Practice is the proud sponsor of the Bulli Burn's 2km event. The annual Bulli Burn is a 2, 5 & 10km fun run. It starts and finishes at the picturesque tip of Sandon Point. The track follows the coastal strip from Bulli to Thirroul and boasts exceptional views of the ocean and escarpment. The 'Burn' will come from the hill you tackle at the very beginning and again at the finish of the run. For more information and to register for the race visit: Bulli Burn. Proceeds support Beyond Blue.
Next Thursday, we are hosting an "Australia's Biggest Morning Tea" to honour patients touched by cancer and their families, and to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Our doctors, nurses and reception staff don their aprons and bake for the event. Bulli Medical Practice matches any donations received, dollar for dollar. The morning tea will be held in our upstairs meeting space from 10.30am, Thursday 23rd May. If you would like to attend or support our Biggest Morning Tea event, please speak with our reception staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org
World Family Doctor Day acknowledges the central role of general practitioners in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health for their patients. It’s also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors globally. We are privileged to have such a professional, caring team of general practitioners at Bulli Medical Practice and thank them for their vital work, caring for patients in the northern Illawarra. For more information about our doctors, visit our GP team page or visit HotDocs to book an appointment online.
This year in Australia, International Nurses Day coincides with Mother's Day on Sunday 12 May. International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. This week, at Bulli Medical Practice we are celebrating the work of our own General Practice Nurses: Rebecca Jeffery, Alexandria Pritchard, Sofia Fairbrother and Victoria Wright. Our practice nurses play an integral role in patient care and support several of our clinics including immunisations, weight management, travel medicine, skin checks and more.
Friday 3 May is Administrative Professionals' Day and we would like to thank our vibrant, hard working administration and reception team including: Maggie Bateman Rebecca Couchman Lauren Hart Tayla Jeffery Amelia Manks Keely Mar Katherine Mercer Feon Ong Special thanks to Rebecca Jeffery, Clinical Services Manager and Brooke Hutchings, Business Administration Coordinator for their leadership. Thanks for all the work you do helping our patients and their families, as well as the doctors and nurses at Bulli Medical Practice.
Now the weather is turning colder, it’s time to plan for the flu season: May to October. For the 2018 season, the Australian Influenza Surveillance Report found that people who’d had the flu vaccine that year were 68% less likely to present to a general practitioner and 58% less likely to be hospitalised due to influenza, when compared to those unvaccinated. How can I get the flu vaccine? 2019 flu vaccines are expected to arrive by mid to late April. As in previous years, Bulli Medical Practice will run nurse-led vaccination clinics as well as offering vaccinations during routine consultations. [...]