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New Risk Prevention Program Available at Stawell Medical Centre
The years between 40 and 50 are a time of transition for many adults.
Those who care for children might find their kids starting school, or becoming older and more independent, while some might be starting carer roles for ageing parents whose health is in decline.
Work demands may increase with seniority along with the associated stress, while for some, work might be harder to find. Also around these years, but probably invisible, are the beginnings of health changes that if left unchecked can result in chronic illness.
So, at a time when life might feel a bit up in the air it is also time to take stock of your health.
‘Having a good understanding of health and risk factors as we age can prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart or lung disease in coming years, Registered Nurse at Stawell Medical Centre, Vicki Ottrey said.
‘Screening tells us about our risks as we age. Understanding those risks may influence life decisions which can dramatically change health outcomes in later life.’
Recognising the importance of screening, Stawell Medical Centre is participating in an Australian Practice Nurse Association and Primary Health Network project to set up a risk prevention program for people living in the region aged 45 to 49 years.
After signing up for the program, full health screening will be undertaken to detect any underlying or developing health issues. Discussion around life choices such as exercise and diet will follow as well as follow up appointments with a General Practitioner and a wellness coach if necessary.
The program is fully funded by Medicare including the screening so there will be no cost to the patient.
‘It can be hard for active people in their 40’s to imagine a future with chronic illness, but we often see people who would have made different choices had they known their risks, added Vicki.
To find out about the project, contact Vicki Ottrey at Stawell Medical Centre on 53581410.
Welcome to the Stawell Medical Centre
Stawell Medical Centre has been providing quality medical care to the people of Stawell and District for over 50 years. Our goal is to provide easy access to services that meets the medical needs of our patients.
Emergencies: If your condition is serious you should phone 000
Stawell Medical Centre
26 Wimmera Street, Stawell Victoria 3380
Monday – Friday 8.00am to 5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday The clinic is closed on weekends. Patients who need urgent attention should present to:
Stawell Regional Health Urgent Care Centre.
Phone: 03 5358 1410
Fax: 03 5358 4196
To make an appointment:
There are a wide range of times available for appointments, please phone the Stawell Medical Centre Reception to book a suitable time.
If you need a longer appointment please request this at the time of booking.
Home visits may be available.
Contact: 03 5358 1410
To call your doctor:
Calls to your doctor will be returned as soon as possible, often at the end of the day.
The Stawell Medical Centre is a private medical practice, not a bulk billing clinic. Private fees charges are on display in the practice. Please stop at the accounts desk after every appointment
The Stawell Medical Centre is an AGPAL accredited and computerised general practice. It has well-equipped consulting rooms and treatment rooms where services such as lesion removal, INRs, ECGs and spirometry and other minor procedures are performed.
Doctors are well supported by a Practice Manager, Practice Nurses and an administrative team.
The Centre is proud to be an RACGP accredited teaching practice and continues to contribute to the medical workforce providing supervision and training to medical and clinical staff through formal and informal training opportunities.
Doctors from the practice have Visiting Medical Officer admitting rights to the acute services of Stawell Hospital with a long history of collaboration in providing quality health care to the community.
After Hours service:
Stawell Medical Centre provides after hours services through the Urgent Care Centre at the Stawell Hospital. An experienced Registered Nurse will triage a patient who presents to the Urgent Care Centre and, when required, will telephone the doctor on call for advice or to request the doctor attend in person to assess the patient.
This service is not government funded. To partially cover the costs of this excellent service, there is an out of pocket fee of $50 which needs to be paid by everyone who sees a doctor.