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Healthnews Newsletter February 2022
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Dalyellup Family Medical Centre aims for clinical and caring excellence. We provide comprehensive, general medical care within the framework of mutual respect and honesty. For more information see our Vision Statement .

We are located at Unit 11/ 135 Norton Prm, Dalyellup WA 6230, Australia and can be contacted on phone 9795 6422 or Fax 9795 6477.

Dalyellup Skin Care Clinic commenced in 2013 to assist Bunbury and South West residents with skin cancers, particularly with early diagnosis and treatment.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID AND HOW IT RELATES TO YOU NOW

 

While the WA Government has relaxed mask restrictions elsewhere, to protect those most vulnerable, masks are still required within healthcare settings, including our office.

Masks are a simple way to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses as we come into winter.

For a summary of what you can and cannot do, you could click here.

 

ATAGI ADVICE on COVID-19 VACCINATION AFTER RECOVERING FROM THE INFECTION

 

ATAGI have updated their advice on when people who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection should receive a subsequent COVID-19 vaccine dose.

It is now recommended that all people should wait for 3 months after confirmed SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection before they receive their next COVID-19 vaccine dose. The next scheduled dose should then be given as soon as possible after this period.

This updated advice reflects the lower risk of reinfection with the Omicron variant within the first 3 months following a confirmed infection, particularly if prior COVID-19 vaccine doses have been received. It also recognises the Delta variant is no longer circulating in Australia and in the past 3 months Omicron has been the dominant variant. This advice may change if future variants of SARS-CoV-2 emerge.

Waiting for a 3-month period after infection before COVID-19 vaccination is intended to optimise protection for that person.  A longer gap between infection and vaccination is likely to lead to a better immune response and result in longer protection from reinfection.

This change in recommendation applies to all people who are recommended to receive COVID-19 vaccination (i.e., from 5 years and above), regardless of how many COVID-19 vaccine doses they have received. It does not apply to other vaccines (for example, influenza vaccinations) which can continue to be administered as usual.

ATAGI will continue to review the evidence on protection from vaccination and infection and may update advice if required, including if a new variant emerges or another circumstance arises to cause COVID-19 vaccination to become more urgent.

You can access more detailed information by clicking here.

 


 

COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINATIONS

Pfizer is the vaccine which is recommended for booster doses.  These were originally recommended at 6 months, but from January 2022 can now be given at 4 months after your second vaccination was given.  This is in response to the rapid rise of Omicron COVID-19 cases in other states and the borders coming down in February. Please call the clinic on 9795 6422 to make a booking for your booster vaccine, staff can also help you work out when it is due.

 

COVID-19 PAEDIATRIC VACCINATIONS

Paediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available in the second week of January for children aged 5-11 years.  Two doses are required for children in this age group, 8 weeks apart. Please call the clinic on 97956422 to make a booking.

There is a COVID-19 vaccination information and consent form for parents and guardians of children aged 5-11 years on the government website:   

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccine-information-and-consent-form-for-parents-and-guardians-of-children-aged-5-to-11-years

 

  • ATAGI still recommends that the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer can be given to all persons aged 12 and above, including those 60 years and above.
  • People who have had the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects can be given the second dose as planned. At present mixing of vaccines for each of the first two doses is not authorised.

 

Pfizer Vaccine

We offer Pfizer vaccine to those aged 12 years and above, including those 60 years and above. You can read the state government announcement here.

After the first dose of Pfizer you will need a second dose at least 21 days later to complete the vaccination schedule. Your second appointment can be made at the time of your first dose.

The state run COVID Vaccination Centre at the Homemaker Centre in Bunbury is currently delivering the Pfizer vaccine as well for those 12 years and above, and bookings need to be made online at VaccinateWA or by ringing 13COVID (13 268 43). 

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine

We will be still offering the AstraZeneca (as well as the Pfizer) to those who are 60 years and above and as the vaccines become available to us. You would need to book a time.  We are currently running one to two hour COVID-19 Vaccination clinics during normal business hours on multiple days of the week. Please call 9795 6422 to make an appointment as the clinic days may change from week to week and will depend on the availability of the vaccine.

This roll-out is a course of two vaccines given 12 weeks apart; therefore you will be offered an appointment time in 12 weeks for your second immunisation when you book for your first.

 

A consent form for both vaccines is available for download by clicking here or from the Practice. If you could please read this form, complete the questionnaire and bring it with you to your appointment to discuss with the doctor.

 

Patients who are attending DFMC for a COVID-19 vaccination should take 2 Panadol (Paracetamol) tablets before coming for the vaccine and have another dose 4-6 hours after the vaccine. Note that if you already take Panadol Osteo, no further doses of Panadol will need to be taken.

 

Once you have your appointment, it is very important you keep this or cancel with plenty of notice so we can offer it to someone else to minimise any wastage of this vaccine.

 

There is a lot of information on the health department website regarding this immunisation program and who and when you are eligible. You can access this by clicking or tapping here.

 

 

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO BILLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR TELEHEALTH CONSULTATIONS

We no longer completely bulk bill the telehealth and telephone consults.

These will now incur a fee that is the same as our usual Practice fees and those patients who are charged can get the Medicare rebate as they would if they attended the clinic. We will continue to bulk bill pension card holders and children under 12yrs. Health care card holders will receive a discounted fee.

Please ask reception if not sure.

TELEHEALTH AT DFMC

The purpose is to allow people to access essential health services in their home to reduce their risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

  1. Please call DFMC on 9795 6422 to book a telehealth or phone consultation if required.
  2. If you have a smartphone with email on it, we will send you a link for the video call. We can also make this video call on your tablet, laptop or computer.
  3. 5-10 minutes before your telehealth appointment open the link emailed to you.
  4. You will be asked to give your first name and then hit the ‘check in’ button.
  5. The GP will call you.

If you have respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat) please measure your temperature before the consultation if you have a thermometer.

 

We are an Accredited Practice and strive to offer a caring, team based and accessible medical service. If you would like information about billing arrangements, appointments, obtaining results of tests, referrals, telephoning your doctor or providing feedback you could click here to view our patient-information-sheet.


You can access a copy of the New Patient Details and Medical Information sheets by clicking or tapping here. New patient information forms.

The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Quality Improvement booklet explains about the information Dalyellup Family Medical Centre collects (de-identified) and lets patients know they can opt out if they wish. You can access details of the program by clicking here. Practice Incentives Program

 

 

 

 

 

DALYELLUP SKIN CARE CLINIC

Dalyellup Skin Care Clinic commenced in 2013 to assist Bunbury and South West residents with skin cancers, particularly with early diagnosis and treatment.

 

BOOK A SKIN CHECK

Dalyellup Family Medical Centre achieved full accreditation for 3 years after an extensive on-site review on 15th March 2018 by Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL). AGPAL is a leading independent accreditation provider approved by the industry to accredit general practices based on a set of nationally recognised standards developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RACGP). If you would like to read more about accreditation you could click or tap here. 2018 accreditation