Isolated patients can receive travel and accommodation assistance

Assistance for isolated patients

IPTAAS is the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme. This is a NSW Government scheme providing financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs when a patient needs to travel long distances for treatment that is not available locally. You will find a video to help you apply for assistance, it’s 8mins long and well worth watching. If you are unsure …

Dr Neil Mackay fundraising for Movember

Pitch in for Dr Neil Mackay this MOVEMBER

Our Dr Neil Mackay has signed up for MOVEMBER – he’s aiming to change the face of men’s health. Let’s all pitch in to help Neil meet his fundraising target – Dr NEIL MACKAY’S MOVEMBER FUNDRAISER

Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health, and this Movember I’m joining them. Together we can make a difference in men’s health – in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Help me stop men dying too young.”

Dr Thilan & Kishani depart Queen Street Medical Centre

Best wishes to Drs Thilan and Kishani

Dear patients – we have some happy/sad news – sad for us because Doctors Kishani Weeresena and Thilan Walgamage are leaving our practice on Tuesday 19 October – but happy because Thilan and Kishani are following their passion and starting their very own practice – the Beach Road Surgery – where Thilan will practice his skin cancer and aesthetic medicine and Kishani will continue her general practice.
Our very best wishes Kishani and Thilan and we wish you every success.

No, COVID vaccines don’t stay in your body for years

No, COVID vaccines don’t stay in your body for years

The Conversation 8 October 2021: As Australia strives to reach its national COVID vaccination targets, there’s an unprecedented focus on the biological effects of vaccines. While there’s an enormous amount of information available online, it’s increasingly difficult to discern truth from falsehood or even conspiracy. A common myth of vaccines that has appeared in recent months is the accusation they…

The Monthly: We need to think about post-lockdown rights

This morning I read an extremely thoughtful essay by Margaret Simons in The Monthly The article was nuanced and thought-provoking, as is most of the content published by Schwarz Media. Simons writes “Lacking serious debate on the next stage of the pandemic, Australia is ill-prepared”

Pfizer COVID-19 vax available to all people aged 12 and over

Queen Street Medical Centre Moruya is now offering all people aged 12 and over the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine – clinics open online when vaccines are delivered.

How to book: Please do not call us – please continue to use the Book a COVID Vax buttons here on our Home page or find other locations using the Department of Health eligibility checker.

Getting vaccinated is our only way out says Dr Neil Starmer

“COVID-19 Delta has arrived in the Eurobodalla. This variant is more infectious and as a community we are tiring of restrictions.” warns our practice partner GP, Dr Neil Starmer.

Dr Starmer stresses “The only way out of this mess is to vaccinate. The risk to you from the vaccine is less than the risk to you from COVID-19.“

Confused about your COVID-19 vaccination options and the risks? We recommend you read this article appearing in The Conversation 29 June 2021 – click on the read more link below.

In a nutshell, if you are under 40 years old and want to get a COVID-19 vaccine the options are:

1. wait until Pfizer becomes available for your specific situation (you can use the vaccine eligibility checker to see when you’re eligible)

2. think about getting an AstraZeneca vaccine.

The best advice is to discuss with your GP your own unique story, and the risks and benefits as they relate to you.

Also listen to QUEENSTREETMEDCAST  – Dr Neil Starmer unpicks the developing COVID-19 outbreak and vaccination confusion.

To be fully informed, read the full story by The Conversation  – click on the Read more link below.

New COVID-19 measures across NSW – new restrictions at our practice

New COVID-19 measures apply across NSW. 

If you are a CLOSE or CASUAL CONTACT or HAVE VISITED any of the NSW locations during the time and date indicated it is essential to follow the NSW Health advice. Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW.

We have implemented stricter entry and infection protocols at our practices:

Patients and carers please note: If you have visited Greater Sydney or are a close or casual contact – do not enter our Moruya or Broulee practices. Get tested immediately and self-isolate.  Our waiting room is for patients only – our Covid Concierge will determine if your carer or family member may enter. Please do not arrive early for your appointment – waiting room numbers are strictly limited in accordance with infection protocols. All patients must wear a mask at all times within our practice in accordance with NSW Face Mask Rules

Be sure you are fully informed on the latest restrictions. Click on Read more below. Book your COVID vaccination at our practice online (links above) or use the government eligibility checker to find other vaccination locations.

COVID VACCINATION Update 4 – Pfizer preferred vaccine for people 16 to 59 years

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) as the preferred vaccine for those aged 16 to under 60 years. This updates the previous preferential recommendation for Pfizer (Comirnaty) over COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in those aged 16 to under 50 years.  The recommendation is revised due to a higher risk and observed severity of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) related to the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine observed in Australia in the 50-59 year old age group than reported internationally and initially estimated in Australia.

Read the full statement: ATAGI Statement 17 June 2021

Follow the read more link for Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about your Covid vaccination.

COVID VACCINATION – how to book

The federal government is controlling the rollout of the AstraZeneka and Pfizer vaccines.

How to check if bookings are available? Please do not call us – please continue to use the Book a Covid Vax buttons above or find other locations using this eligibility checker.

In the meantime, we are well underway with our flu vaccination effort, so if you have not had flu vaccine yet please make an appointment. The flu vaccine needs to be given at least two weeks away from a COVID vaccine. Bookings for all our appointments, flu vaccine clinics and COVID vaccination clinics are best made online. 

New heroin treatment option yielding positive results among patients at Melbourne injecting rooms

Summer’s* fascination with heroin started when she was just a teenager, but she never thought she would become addicted. The 34-year-old’s life was completely controlled by her six-year heroin addiction. She says she would still be dependent if it wasn’t for a new form of opioid replacement therapy.

It was only when she used heroin at the North Richmond supervised injecting room that she was offered a new treatment – a once-a-month injection. “If it wasn’t for the injection, I’d still be in the same cycle,” Summer said. “If you put heroin in front of me, I’d kick it in the drain, I just have no interest in using ever again.”

Click on the link below for more of this story by ABC’s Erin Cooper – you’ll also find links if you or anyone you know needs help.

Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW

For the latest COVID-19 close contact locations please visit the NSW Health site.

If you are a CLOSE CONTACT or HAVE VISITED any of the NSW locations during the time and date indicated it is essential to follow the NSW Health advice – click on read more below.

At our Queen Street Medical practices at Moruya and Broulee, we continue to implement strict entry and infection protocols. If you have visited any of the locations listed or recently been to Victoria please phone us for advice – do not enter our Moruya or Broulee practices.

See the links on this page to book your COVID vaccination at our practice online or use the government eligibility checker to find other vaccination locations.

A share journey @ Queen Street Medical Centre, Moruya

ELIGIBLE FOR THE FREE FLU SHOT? Book now online

If you are eligible for a free government flu vaccination we have received the vaccines. There is no need to phone us – our vaccination clinics are open for ONLINE booking – click on the BOOK A FLU VAX button at the top of the Home page.

To check your eligibility for a free flu vaccination select the “read more” link below.

As we receive our Department of Health vaccines, we are running regular Flu Vaccine Clinics to both manage the demand and minimise the risk of COVID-19 infection via social distancing at the clinic.

Step 1:   You must please check your eligibility to receive a free government flu vaccination Step 2:  Please book your flu vaccination online – this greatly helps to manage the extremely high demand.

There must be at least 14 days between the Influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

COVID Vaccination Update

Despite the many announcements and assurances from the government, the process for Australians to be vaccinated against COVID-19 remains confusing and has left everyone short on the details.

Queen Street Medical Centre is well prepared and ready to vaccinate but to date we have only been promised 50 doses of the COVID vaccine.

These will not be delivered until after Easter. We have planned our rollout of the COVID vaccine along the same lines as our flu vaccination clinics.

When supplies of the vaccine arrive, we will administer it according to the government queue. Dr Neil Starmer, Practice Partner

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When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

This information is taken directly from the Australian Government, Department of Health website – https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/when-will-i-get-a-covid-19-vaccine

This video describes how vaccines will be rolled out, and who they will go to first. Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines will become available in phases. Priority groups have been identified using public health, medical and epidemiological evidence. Learn about priority groups and who will receive the first doses of the vaccine. This includes people that would be at higher risk of serious illness if they contracted COVID-19, and those most likely to be exposed to it.

DISTRIBUTION AND SUPPLIES ARE GOVERNED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT.

PLEASE DO NOT PHONE US – WE WILL POST ALL INFORMATION ON THIS SITE.  Follow the Read more link for the full story and important links.

What is an electronic prescription?

Introducing electronic prescriptions

We have introduced electronic prescriptions – you will still have the option to have a paper prescription, but electronic prescriptions are convenient, easy and efficient for you, your doctor and your pharmacist.  Follow the read more link for more information and to watch the short video.

 

Meet our new GPs – Dr Neil Mackay and Dr Borna Das

A warm welcome to our new GP registrars – Dr Neil Mackay and Dr Borna Das, who joined our Moruya GP team on Monday, 1st February.

After four years training in orthopaedics in far north Queensland, Dr Mackay completed his first 12 months of the 18 month GP  registrar training programme in Pambula last year and joins us to complete his final training semester – Neil and his young family have decided to settle here in our local area. 

Dr Das has now embarked on her first six month GP training semester after recently working as a Senior Resident Medical Officer (SRMO) in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department of Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital.

Queen Street Medical Centre is recognised as a leading, accredited GP training practice in NSW, attracting a record number of applications for this 2021 training year. Our GP registrars usually elect to complete at least 12 months of their 18 months training at our Moruya practice. Many of our former GP registrars have settled permanently in our local area and remain with our practice.