If feels like only yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas, and now Autumn is upon us. Whilst we look forward to the Easter break, it does sharpen the focus of the team at PMM as a signal winter will soon be upon us.
In this newsletter, we speak about Influenza, Meningococcal and travelvaccinations. Both are a cost effective health strategy for patients and their families and easily administered by PMM’s nursing team.
Hours of opening for Easter and Anzac Day 2019
We identify that not everyone is away over Easter and in order to service the Port Melbourne community we are open Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Labour Day 11th March Closed
Good Friday 19th April 9:00am – 1:00pm
Easter Saturday 20th April 9:00am – 1:00pm
Easter Sunday 21st April 9:00am – 1:00pm
Easter Monday 22nd April 9:00am – 1:00pm
Tuesday 23rd April Normal hours of operation
Anzac Day 25th April Closed Melbourne Pathology
Will be opening on Saturday 20th April from 9:00am to 1:00pm but will otherwise be closed on the public holidays.
Port Melbourne Medical welcomes...
Dr Denise Lin
Dr Denise hails from the sunny shores of Perth but has lived in Melbourne since 2006.
Dr Denise graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2005 and spent several years working at Monash and Alfred hospitals before commencing in general practice in 2014.
She is passionate about a proactive approach to health, with health promotion and disease prevention as a focus. Dr Denise also completed a Master of Public Health in 2014 from the University of Melbourne to further her knowledge in the area.
Dr Denise has 2 young children and is very comfortable treating women and children. Denise is also skilled in Implanon insertion and removal and managing unplanned pregnancies.
In her spare time, practicing yoga and time outdoors with her family and dogs is high on her list of priorities.
Dr Denise is available to provide care to patients at Port Melbourne Medical on:
Monday (2pm – 6pm)
Tuesday (9am – 1pm)
Thursday (8am – 12noon)
Dr Nick Rhodes
MBChB, FRACGP, MRCGP
Dr Nick is a UK trained GP who enjoys all aspects of general practice with particular interests in Sexual Health (including HIV and PrEP prescribing), men’s health, paediatrics, and minor injuries. Dr Nick also inserts and removes Implanon and manages unplanned pregnancies.
With a focus on medical education, Dr Nick regularly teaches Melbourne University medical students and is on the board of examiners for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Nick trained in Manchester in the North of England and after he completed his training, he worked as a cruise ship doctor before immigrating to Australia to live and work 2 years ago.
In his spare time Dr Nick enjoys keeping fit with F45, he loves to cook, travel and spend time with his fiancé and puppy Benji.
Dr Nick is available to provide care to patients at Port Melbourne Medical on:
Wednesday (6pm – 8pm)
In other news, Dr Astrid Zussino is taking a well-earned career break and packing up and travelling the world with her first stop being Costa Rica for some surfing before exploring Central America.
Dr Astrid has committed to returning and will be back in 12 months’ time. Dr Astrid’s patients will be in good hands throughout her sabbatical, having arranged for both the current and new doctors to cover her patients and results.
In other major staffing news, PMM welcomes new nurses Tory & Laura.
Our nurses are the backbone of PMM and Tory and Laura replace Claire, currently on maternity leave and Sally Drummond, who is expecting her first child very soon.
With many of PMM’s doctors and nurses being parents our patients are in experienced hands when caring for babies and children by those who have experienced parenthood first hand.
Tory completed her nursing degree at La Trobe University in 2016. Tory has worked at the Cabrini Coronary Care Unit and more recently surgical- Post Anaesthetic Care Recovery Nursing.
Tory is thoroughly enjoying the transition into Practice Nursing and being able to use her clinical skills in a different healthcare environment.
Since arriving at PMM Tory has commenced the Nurse Immuniser Course, establishing a growing interest in this area as well as the epidemiology of infectious disease.
Due to Tory’s graduate training at Cabrini in their cardiac department, Tory also have a strong interest in cardiology.
Laura completed her nursing degree at Deakin University. Laura has worked in the emergency department at Monash Health, Dandenong since 2001. In 2005, she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing at Monash University. In 2008, Laura completed a Graduate Diploma in Paramedicine at the University of Ballarat.
Laura is currently working part time as a Paramedic with the Victorian Ambulance Service whilst completing her Nurse Immuniser course.
PMM is also excited to welcome highly experienced and passionate practice manager Anastasia.
Anastasia has been working in the General Practice setting since 1999, initially as a receptionist and then as a Practice Manager since 2004.
Anastasia graduated from a Bachelor of Commerce, at Monash University, majoring in Business Law and Human Resource Management in 2002, later completing a Post Graduate Diploma of Practice Management in 2008.
In 2009 Anastasia was endorsed as a Certified Practice Manager with the Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM), and in 2014 won the Victorian and National Practice Manager of the Year Award.
Anastasia is committed to constant quality improvement practice, and welcomes your feedback and suggestions on how we can improve the service at Port Melbourne Medical.
The 2019 Flu vaccines will shortly be available at Port Melbourne Medical.
Last year through a prolonged national education campaign the recorded cases of influenza plummeted from 52,000 in 2017 to 8,000.*
*The 2019 Immunization Coalition publication
Government funded flu vaccines are also available to pregnant women, over 65 year olds, those with a chronic disease and children under 5.
We do encourage all individuals to consider a flu vaccine, which is available through a nurse appointment at Port Melbourne Medical.
Increasingly popular with local businesses protecting their employees is Port Melbourne's subsidiary company, OnSite Medicine, which provides competitively priced influenza vaccines to your workplace.
Our highly trained and dedicated nurses attend your business and administer the vaccinations on premise, avoiding costly time away from the office and minimal disruption to operations.
For further information or to make a booking, please call PMM and ask to speak to our Senior Practice Nurse or email Chriss at: email@example.com
PMM will communicate to our existing OnSite Medicine customers and PMM patients when the updated influenza vaccinations are available.
Some common travel vaccinations can take up to 1 month to be effective and some vaccinations such as Hepatitis B require multiple doses.
With Easter and July holidays coming up, it is important to consider what precautions are required to protect you and your family’s health whilst enjoying holidays.
Please note that whilst our nursing team can administer vaccinations, a travel consult is required with a doctor beforehand. To avoid delays in sourcing the vaccines PMM stocks most common travel vaccinations.
Extended Hours of Operation
To ensure we provide the highest quality clinical care, which include hours to suit different schedules, we are extending hours of operation.
The dedicated contracting doctors are opening additional or extending current sessions.
We encourage PMM’s patients to keep an eye on our website and the HotDocs App for current opening hours, which include longer sessions on Saturdays (From the 9th of March closing at 2:30pm) and some new 7:00am opening times.
Port Melbourne Medical is moving to SMS clinical recall/reminders. Over the coming months, you will start to receive SMS reminders when you are due for a health check such as immunisations, blood tests, cervical screening, etc. This is a secure recall option as you have to complete a 3 point identity check before you are able to access the recall message.
The messages direct the patient into the HotDoc platform where they will see a message reminding them of due immunisations and other medical screening including: B12 injections, Bowel Cancer Screening tests, Breast cancer screening tests, Cervical screening tests, colonoscopy, gastroscopy, Prolia injections, skin checks or implanon removal/change and blood tests.
Please note that this messaging is not SPAM or Malware and it’s safe to read the message and make a booking in the same session. Please advise reception staff if you wish to opt out of the SMS reminder system.
We have been impressed by the uptake and positive feedback from our patients using the HotDoc App. The App gives patients real time visibility of the doctors and nurses availability and with just a few clicks can secure an appointment.
We encourage our patients to download and use the App as a fast and secure platform to interact with PMM. We reserve some on the day appointments so doctor availability can change day to day.
We are now in the testing phase of PMM’s new website and will soon be going live.
The address won’t change (portmelbournemedical.com.au) but increased functionality, faster speeds and greater security will provide our patients a richer patient experience.
Typically we use an external medical expert to highlight some topical medical information but this quarter we looked in house.
Chriss McDonell - Senior Nurse
Recently there has been increased media coverage about Meningococcal disease. To address our patients concerns and questions we provide the following information:
Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacterial infection and can lead to serious illness. There are 13 strains of Meningococcus and 5 of these can be prevented by 2 different vaccines.
Meningococcus infection is relatively uncommon, but it can cause serious complications. Meningococcal infections can start suddenly and become extremely serious very quickly.
Five to ten percent of people with meningococcal disease will die, even despite rapid treatment.
Meningococcal infections can start suddenly and become extremely serious very quickly.
Infants and young children – particularly those aged under 2, and adolescents are the most at risk of contracting the disease. Immunisation against the Meningococcus bacteria provides the best protection and any person from 6 weeks of age can be protected against the A, B, C, W and Y strains of Meningococcal disease.
Port Melbourne Medical recommends immunisation against Meningococcal Disease.
An appointment can be made with the nursing staff from Monday to Friday for immunisations against Meningococcal B and Meningococcal A,C,W,Y strains.
If you would like any further information regarding the best way to protect your family against this disease, you can speak to either the GP’s or nurses at Port Melbourne Medical
Chriss McDonell is PMM’s Senior Nurse and has over 35 years nursing experience. Chriss is widely regarded as a nursing expert often called upon by Govt/Health Department to provide advice on nursing protocols and policies.