Welcome to Vermont Health Care
Thank you for visiting Vermont Health Care online. We hope you find the information on this site useful. If you need further assistance or information, one of our receptionists will be happy to help you over the phone or in person at the clinic.
Vermont Health Care has been through another year of amazing growth. We completed our new expansion project in Nov 2014. The clinic has grown from 6 consultation rooms to over 12 consultation rooms. We have more doctors on board with various skills and areas of interest to cater to all needs of our community ranging from children's health right up to geriatric/ nursing home care and almost everything in-between! We hope to have various specialists at our centre in 2016.
New Allied Health Services Available
The Physiotherapy and Remedial Massage therapy services have started at our clinic. We are please to welcome Mr Jamin Smalley and Ms Adele Braun, a physio and massage therapist who have been in the Mitcham area for a number of years. They will now be working with us and are keen to support our local community and clinic with their musculoskeletal expertise.
Current patients of the clinic may have noticed an increase in our allied health services in the last few months. Vermont Health Care has always strived to provide more comprehensive services to the community and are happy to have Podiatry, Psychology and Dietician Services. If you are wondering if these will benefit you, please talk to one of our doctors or receptionists to access these services.
Booking Online !
Thanks to all our patients who have supported this practice over the years. We are now happy to announce that the online booking service is up and running. The service is run by HotDoc and you can also download the app to your mobile device if you prefer. Not all available appointments are listed online so if you feel your matter is urgent, please call us and we will endeavour to fit you in on the same day. The Urgent Care weekend appointments will need to be made by phone at this time but this might change in the future. Please feel free to provide our staff with feedback so we can help make this program as user-friendly as possible.
Congratulations to our recent registrars who have done us proud by passing both AKT and KFP components of the exam. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours!
Vermont Health Care has had a long history of teaching registrars over the years and a number have stayed on after completion as part of our current team. We provide a full spectrum of General Practice work from Home visits, Workforce medicals, Nursing Home visits in addition to our comprehensive in-house General practice services. We have interviewed many excellent candidates this year and have reached our quota of registrars for 2018. We would however consider GP registrars in their final term of training to join our team. We have four Level 1 accredited supervisors in our clinics and a few of them are also involved as Fellowship Examiners for the RACGP.
We would love to have a chat and help you explore your options in General Practice. If this has piqued your interest, please feel free to forward your CV or alternatively, contact the clinic to speak with a Supervisor (Dr Marino Alexopoulos & Dr Terence Heng).
GP's who have achieved their vocational registration are also welcome to apply for a position as well.
Newest additions to the VHC team.
A BIG warm welcome to our latest registrars Dr Fandy Wang, Dr Adriana Trang and Dr John Chae to our team.
We bid farewell to Dr Emily Chen, Dr Laila El-Shenawy, Dr Hogan Chen, Dr Tessa King, Dr Mark Chan and wish them all the very best as they further their careers in different clinics.
A lot of people ask about our registrars so here is a bit of information:
An Intern is a provisionally registered medical doctor who has just finished medical school. They are only allowed to work in hospitals and have to complete specific rotations over 12 months prior to becoming a fully registrered medical doctor.
A Resident has finished internship and does various rotations in the hospital system as they decide what speciality they would like to focus on. They can stay this way indefinitely but the majority choose to progress to Speciality training.
A Registrar is a doctor who has succesfully been selected to begin Speciality training. This can be in any Specialist field eg : General Practice, Physician training, Surgical training etc. This training period can last between 3 to 7 years depending on the Speciality and how quickly each individual doctor progresses.
A Consultant is a doctor whom after many years of Speciality training and passing exams, has been recognised by the respective Specialist college eg: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), to independently practice within that Speciality.
1) GP Registrars are fully qualified medical doctors in their own right. Some have been in the hospital system working hard for 2 to 4 years prior to coming to us. At the end of their training placements, they sit 2 written exams and a practical exam. On passing, they are awarded Fellowship within the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and can use FRACGP as their post-nominal title.
2) Vermont Health Care and Nunawading Clinic carry on a proud tradition of training future GP's by having registrars rotate through the clinic every 6 to 12 months depending on their term. Registrars by definition of their training, are required to move to various clinics to learn the broad range of skills required in General Practice. Both our clinics are accredited to train registrars through their entire course and some of our supervisors are Examiners for the RACGP. All our registrars have been interviewed and specifically requested to work with our team and competition is tight for them to secure a training position with us.
3) Rotation dates for registrars occur in February and August every year in hospitals and clinics all around Australia and that is why you may notice new doctors at our practice around these times. We thank you for understanding this process and also for your trust in the clinic as we continue to mentor our new doctors.
Autumn is here!
The mornings are now getting cooler and darker. Now is the time to get prepared for the Influenza season. Our private vaccines are in stock and we expect our government funded ones to arrive in the first week of April. Please make an appointment with one of our nurses to get your up to date flu vaccination.
Vermont Urgent Care
The Footy season is starting up and we feel honoured to be part of their treating team for injured players. We wish all our sportsmen the very best for the season as they ramp up training and competitions to get to the Finals.
Our urgent care / injury service on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for sports related injuries has been a popular alternative to the local Emergency departments as most other GP clinics are closed. Feedback has been positive about the short waiting times and in depth service we are able to provide. All patients are welcome to attend and you do not have to be a patient of our clinics as we will always work together with your regular GP. Where necessary, our doctors will be able to organise for X-rays to help determine if there is a fracture or dislocation. We also work closely with various orthopaedic surgeons should the need arise.
We are pleased to say that since opening this service in March 2015, the local community has made up the majority of our patients who were not able to see their own GP, which further highlights the need for comprehensive General Practice care on the weekends.
Please make an appointment 4 - 6 weeks prior to travelling to organise vaccines and travel advice. Appointments must be made with a doctor to determine the appropriate vaccination course for your travel.
Influenza vaccination is strongly recommended for overseas travel.
We are now accredited to provide the Yellow Fever Vaccine. For more information in regards to Yellow Fever and Australian Regulations, please click here.
Bulk Billing for consultations is available for children under 16 years. Full-time students under 25 with a valid Student Card are charged a reduced fee. Before 5pm, bulk billing is also available to pensioners and some concession card holders. On weekends and public holidays, bulk billing is available only for pensioners and children. To maintain our high standard of care in light of the medicare rebate freeze, there will be a procedural fee for all patients should they be required eg: plaster application for fractures, suturing, skin excisions etc. Please speak to our receptionists if you require further information.
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