Our Services

General Practice Services

 

 

At Apollo Bay Medical Centre our Doctors are highly trained and dedicated professionals who offer a friendly and comprehensive standard of care to all of our patients.

In addition to the normal standard of care offered, our Doctors can also provide the following services:

  • General check-ups
  • Care plans
  • Minor procedures such as excision of skin lesions, hormone implantation and repair of skin lacerations
  • Pre-employment medicals
  • Medication review
  • Vaccinations/Immunisation
  • Family Planning
Hours

We are open from 8.45am – 5.45pm Monday to Friday

We offer Saturday morning clinics and are open for some public holidays. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest details: facebook.com/apollobaymedical

Plenty of on-site parking available, including disabled parks and access

Immunisation

Flu Vaccination
The following groups are eligible for free government supplied seasonal influenza vaccine:

  • 65 years of age and over
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • Indigenous people 15 years of age and over
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Any person 6 months of age and over with a chronic condition predisposing to severe influenza illness that requires regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation such as:
    • cardiac disease
    • respiratory disease including severe asthmatics
    • kidney disease
    • diabetes
    • impaired immunity
    • neuromuscular disease

Please contact our receptionists to discuss as there may be some additional costs associated with the procedure, despite the vaccine itself being supplied free of charge.

Whooping Cough Vaccine Free for pregnant women. 
Children’s Immunisations In Australia the childhood immunisation schedule runs from birth to 4 years of age. Click here to see the full immunisation schedule. These immunisations are bulk-billed at Apollo Bay Medical Centre.
Pneumonia Vaccine Pneumonia Vaccine is available free of charge to all patients aged over 65 years.
Meningococcal Vaccine Meningococcal Vaccine is available free of charge to all children and young adults aged under 19 years.
Chickenpox Vaccine Available free of charge to children aged 18 months. 
Shingles Vaccine Free for those aged 70 – 79 years.
Hepatitis B Hepatitis B vaccines are available free of charge to 10 – 13 year olds who have not received a primary course, prisoners, men who have sex with men (also eligible for Meningicoccal/Gardasil/Hep A)
Travel Immunisations All travel medicine requires an initial consultation with your doctor to determine which vaccines are required for your particular destination.

To make an inquiry regarding immunisations or to make an appointment, please call our reception staff on 03 5237 8595.

Women’s Health

The Apollo Bay Medical Centre’s  ‘Women’s Clinic’ is an affordable (bulked billed), confidential service that provides clinical services, information, counselling, referral and education to all women. Many women lead hectic lives, however it is important to find the time for regular check-ups.

Anne Newton, a Registered Nurse along with the Apollo Bay Medical Centre’s GPs, Dr Denise Ruth and Dr Aysha Rasul will also be available for appointments. Together they will provide a full medical service for women run by women.

What specific services are provided by the Women’s Clinic?

  • Pap tests
  • Breast health
  • Menopause advice
  • Pregnancy care
  • Contraception guidance (including long-acting implants)
  • STD screening
  • Continence information and treatment for Urinary incontinence

Please contact us on 03 5237 8595 to organise an appointment.

Men’s Health

The Apollo Bay Medical Centre has a number of male doctors that are happy to discuss any specific concerns you may have regarding men’s health problems such as;

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Bowel cancer
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Health checks for men
  • Incontinence and continence problems
  • Infertility
  • Prostate cancer
  • Stress

Please do not hesitate to contact our friendly reception staff to specifically request a male doctor for your next appointment on 5237 8595.

Cardiology Service

Cardiology Service.

Dr Jayne Graves, Cardiac Sonographer, practices in Apollo Bay every second Friday and monthly on a Friday in Lorne.

For referrals to this service please make an appointment to see your GP either at Apollo Bay Medical Centre on 5237 8595 or Lorne Medical Centre on 52894333.

Jayne is the Director of Otway Heart. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Neurophysiology at the University of Adelaide.

About Otway Heart

Being faced with a heart condition can be a very emotional and stressful time for both you and your entire family. At Otway Heart we strive to provide compassionate and personalised care in investigating various aspects of the heart function from chronic arrhythmias to heart attack. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all our patients and ensure that you are well informed of the Cardiology care available. We have an experienced team of Cardiologists, Sonographers and Technologists who are dedicated to the prevention, management and reduction of the risk of cardiovascular disease. We derive great professional and personal satisfaction in exceeding the expectations of our patients and referring Doctors. Our passion for our work comes from our heart.

All appointments will require a referring Doctor, so please let your Doctor know that this service is now available in Apollo Bay and Lorne. Medicare rebates and bulk billing apply. To find out more information on Otway Heart visit www.otwayheart.com.au or phone the Apollo Bay Medical Centre on 5237 8595 or Lorne Medical Centre on 5289 4333.

Health and Wellness Coaching

The Apollo Bay Medical Centre has introduced Health Coaching for people with chronic illness, such as asthma or diabetes.

Health coaching can be defined as helping patients gain knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to become active participants in their care so that they can reach their self-identified health goals.

For further information, please contact Otway Health on 5237 8500 or see the Health Coaching brochure link below;

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Telehealth

 

The opportunity, in some instances to have a consultation with a specialist in the city without leaving Apollo Bay.

Telehealth is healthcare at a distance facilitated by technology.

Apollo Bay Medical Centre provides support for video consultations with Telehealth Enabled Specialists in other health services.

Telehealth consultations can be with the support of a GP or Practice Nurse, or independently using the technology available at the hospital.

Video consultations can be booked by phoning the Apollo Bay Medical Centre on 5237 8595.

 

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can help put you back in action by carefully treating your painful joints and muscles, showing you how to manage your condition, advising on how you can avoid further injuries and designing a special exercise program.

People of all ages can be helped by physiotherapy, including children, elderly people, athletes, people with neurological or cardio thoracic complaints and clients recovering from surgery.

TREATMENT MAY INCLUDE ANY OR ALL OF THESE TECHNIQUES:

  • joint mobilisation or manipulation
  • soft tissue massage
  • stretches
  • supervised exercises
  • home exercise program

HOW IT WORKS
On your first visit you will be given a thorough assessment. Our physiotherapist will explain what is causing the problem and help you to choose the best options for treatment.

Please contact Otway Health to make an appointment on 5237 8500.

Occupational Therapy

The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the activities they want to or need to do. It may mean assisting to modify the activity or the environment.

Services we offer include:

  • assessment and rehabilitation of skills in self-care, home duties, performance at school or work, driving and leisure.
  • home or work assessment and modifications.
  • prescription, and education in use of, adapted equipment, hand therapy and splinting
  • teaching ways to adapt to age related changes
  • assisting children with any condition or disability that affects their ability to perform everyday activities at home, school or the community.

To make an appointment please contact Otway Health on 5237 8500.

Transfer your medical records

If would like your existing medical records transferred from another clinic, you will need to provide them with a written request. You can either send them a letter requesting your records be forwarded to Apollo Bay Medical Centre or reception can provide you a form to sign and send to the previous Doctor. Please note that some medical centres charge an administration fee for transferring records.

Patient feedback or complaints

Patient surveys are available for you to fill out at any time. Feedback from patients is also welcomed.

If you have a problem and you wish to take the matter further, please contact our Practice Manager:

Amanda Farrelly
Ph: 0439 499 556
Reception Ph: 5237 8595
Email: practicemanager.lorne@swarh.vic.gov.au

Fees

We ask that fees be paid for at the time of consultation. The practice accepts major credit cards.

Bulk billing is available for pensioners, veterans and health Care Card holders. Other people experiencing financial hardship may be bulked billed.

On 1 November 2016 our fee for a standard consultation will be $72.00.  No other fees will change.