New Doctors at Lockridge

We are super pleased to welcome Dr Matthew Tam,  Dr Audrey Galeoble and Dr Mira Jankovic.

Please give them all a warm Lockridge Medical community welcome.

Here’s a bit about each of them, and the days they will be here in the practice.

Dr Matthew Tam - Lockridge Medical CentreDr Matthew Tam
Dr Tam graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland in 2008. After completing his General Practice training in Bunbury, WA he made the moved to Perth.

Dr Tam works part time at Lockridge Medical Centre and practices all areas of General Practice.

Matthew enjoys cooking and swimming, he enjoys eating a healthy amount of junk food and has a dry sense of humour.
Works: Monday, Tuesday and Saturdays

 

Dr Audrey Galeoble - Lockridge Medical CentreDr Audrey Galeoble
Dr Galebole graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2008.

Dr Galebole works full time at Lockridge Medical Centre and practices all areas of General Practice with a special interest in mental health and minor surgery/procedures.

Works: Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

 

 

Dr Mira Jankovic - Lockridge Medical CentreDr Jankovic graduated from the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 1988.

She has interests in all aspects of family medicine, especially skin cancer medicine, woman`s and children`s health.

She completed her general practice training and become a fellow of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2007.

Dr Jankovic has special interest in skin cancer detection and treatment. She does head to toe skin checks, biopsies and skin lesions removal.

Dr Jankovicworks part time and speaks Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.

Book through the website here – https://lockridgegp.com/book-online/

Or give us a call on (08) 6278 2555

Barry’s Words – May

At our weekly team meetings Barry will have a chat with us to get us thinking and to also help the stress levels through these strange and uncertain times, the Lockridge team and Barry thought it would be great to share this with our patients.

Click the image below to watch:

 

Barry’s words – April (Week 3)

DR BARRY FATOVICH (MB BS, FRACGP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our weekly team meetings Barry will have a chat with us to get us thinking and to also help the stress levels through these strange and uncertain times, the Lockridge team and Barry thought it would be great to share this with our patients.

April (Week 3) –

We are now at week 5. We have talked about coping strategies and living in the present moment. While there is uncertainty and loss of control, there is also the possibility of looking at this as mystery, that sense of not knowing and being patient with ourselves in the not knowing.  A   powerful response comes in the many varied feelings that are generated in our lives as our circumstance are changing in ways beyond our control. Today I want to look at these feelings from another perspective, that of loss. We are confronting many losses at this time, the need to change our behaviour (hand washing and physical distancing), with restaurants, cafes and movie theatres closed we cannot go out, let alone visit family and friends. Then there is the sports dimension.  Gyms are closed and there is no football. While all this has happened there continue to be the ongoing problems that come up, my sister’s husband is in hospital.

The response to loss is taken from the work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross who was a psychiatrist working with dying patients in the early days of palliative care in the 1960s and 1970s.  She developed these stages of grief from her work with people who were dying. When confronted with significant loss, we go through a series of stages as we adjust. They are:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance and peace

Denial is often the first reaction, a sense of this is not real, or its not as serious as people are making out or simply, I do not believe this. As it starts to sink in there is an emotional response, people can be angry. They may be angry at the government, angry at one another, angry at the cause of this or just angry. In the next stage there is a kind of bargaining or making a compromise, this can be a bargaining with whatever one believes in whether its God or the universe, if you let me have one more day with my mum I will be good, or in a relationship breakdown, the bargain might be “even though we are splitting up, can we still be friends”.  The next stage involves depression, we can feel sad and regretful as the emotional impact of what is happening sinks in. It is natural to feel sadness, regret, uncertainty and any one of a range of feelings. Through this we come to a stage of acceptance and peace. When Kubler-Ross described these stages, it was initially thought to be a step by step process, we now realise that people go back and forth through these stages as we come to terms with what is happening around us.

When we are going through all this, we adapt in different ways and we can be at different stages, so all we can do is be kind to one another. What do we do with the feelings we experience? This poem by Leunig seems to capture well how we might respond.

What is Nutritional and Environmental Medicine?

Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (NEM) is concerned with the interaction of nutritional and environmental factors with human biochemistry and physiology, and the resulting physiological and psychological symptoms and pathology. NEM is evidence-based, drawing on the latest biomedical and genetic science and research to develop new treatment approaches to illness and disease, for primary prevention and to promote optimal health and well-being.

Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, chronic infections or the presence of environmental toxins in
the body can result in cellular dysfunction, illness or disease. Treatment is aimed at correcting underlying causes as well as providing symptomatic relief. This may involve removal of certain foods from the diet or toxins from the patient’s environment, or prescription of supplements such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential fatty acids where diet and lifestyle alone cannot rectify physiological imbalances.

What conditions do I treat?
Nutritional medicine is applicable to all areas of health care. In
particular I see patients who have experienced:
– Longstanding gastrointestinal problems; including IBS and
inflammatory bowel disease
– Chronic fatigue
– Fibromyalgia
– Auto-immune disease
– Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
– Hormonal imbalance
– Mental health disorders

Dr Nadine PerlenDr Nadine Perlen
MBBS(hons),FRACGP,DRANZCOG
Nutritional and Environmental GP

To Book an appointment with Nadine please call us on (08) 6278 2555 or through the website here – https://lockridgegp.com/book-online/

 

Barry’s words – April (Week 2)

Dr Barry Fatovich

At our weekly team meetings Barry will have a chat with us to get us thinking and to also help the stress levels through these strange and uncertain times, the Lockridge team and Barry thought it would be great to share this with our patients.

April (Week 2) – COPING WITH CORVID 2020

Last week I talked about strategies to help ease the anxiety that comes to all of us as we confront the corona virus and the fears if generates. Today, I wanted to shift the perspective and talk about how this uncertainty has disrupted our lives and how we might take a different perspective.

We make plans about holidays, people we want to see, things we want to do, friends we want to catch up with and so much more. Usually, we can do these things because there is a consistency in the day to day structures of our lives, but in a Corvid world all our plans go to dust.

Perhaps, a small shift in perspective can be helpful. Instead of looking at the world through the prism of uncertainty, with its connotation of loss of control, we could look at this as a mystery.

Mystery has a connotation of not knowing, and there are so many mysteries around us. The universe was formed 15 billion years ago according to the big bang theory. What was there before?

The earth was formed 4 billion years ago, how did life start? When we are children so many things are mysterious, and we look at them with wonder. Perhaps we can look at what is happening now as a mystery, something that does not make sense and yet something that will gradually get unravelled.

We are now a part of something that is bigger than any one of us, bigger than one country, something affecting the whole planet. It’s like an earthquake has come into our lives. We have had earthquakes rock our world in different ways, WW1, and WW2 were events that engaged the whole world and the people of that time came through. The world we are familiar with is changing, and we don’t know what will take its place, we can approach this with fear or with trust, we can be awkward, brave and kind. If we choose to be kind, we can help each other much better and we will get through this.

I have found the words of the poet Rilke helpful. Rilke was born on the 4th of December 1875 in Prague when it was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and he died of leukaemia at the age of 51 on 29th of December in 1926 in Switzerland. He had much difficulty and sadness in his life and was a German language poet and novelist. He was renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart.

He said:

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

R M Rilke

Barry’s words – March

DR BARRY FATOVICH (MB BS, FRACGP)

At our weekly team meetings Barry will have a chat with us to get us thinking and to also help the stress levels through these strange and uncertain times, the Lockridge team and Barry thought it would be great to share this with our patients.

March 2020 – COPING WITH CORVID 2020

Everyone can see how serious this situation is and there is no way to sugarcoat this. Looking at what is happening in Spain and Italy we can see this is life and death serious. To say these are difficult times is an understatement and it will get worse before it will get better. This is a once in a hundred years event.  We will all be touched by this whether it’s because of people we know that get sick, or people who lose their jobs, or the suffering that people experience through the disruption to their lives.  One of my palliative care patients, someone who may be dead in days, her daughter who lives interstate has had to go home so she could get there before the borders closed.  Another patient who works in the city has had to lay off casual staff, people she knows and cares about.  She was absolutely shattered.

How do we persevere, and maintain our cool, and our sense of well-being with the world around us falling apart?  Remember,  that this too will pass.  There is no magic, but I do have some suggestions.  The sheet that Matt passed around has some really good suggestions and I will go through them, to remind us:

  • Take a break from repeatedly hearing and watching the news.
  • Practice deep mindful breathing, regularly.
  • Meditate or pray
  • Look after your body, by eating healthy, exercising and getting enough rest and maintaining the corvid precautions.
  • Avoid using alcohol and drugs to cope with stress.
  • Watch your favourite movie or TV show or read a book.
  • Practice gratitude daily to bring good to the front of your mind.
  • Reach out to your support network such as your family., friends, and colleagues and talk about your thought s and feelings, instead of bottling them up.  Remember, even if you can’t see them in person, you can still call, message or skype.

Another suggestion I want to add is to focus on the present moment, not to worry about yesterday or tomorrow, all we need to do is get through today.  Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not arrived, all we have is the present moment.  We all want certainty and to know what tomorrow will bring, we do not know, but all we have to do is get through today.  We have a great team of people here; we are all in the same boat.   Do not forget the importance of common decency as we work with those, we meet each day. 

Two things I have learned working in palliative care, if we focus on today, and we deal with each day’s problems as they happen, the strength comes in that moment to deal with it.  People can find that hard to comprehend, you may have to trust me on that.   The second thing I have learned is to make the most of every day, appreciate the people who are important to you.

The Practice has an important role to play in this community, they need us, and we need them.  It is going to be hard getting through this.  We must maintain order and function. We will get through this and life will go on.

Barry Fatovich

A COVID – 19 Message from Dr Nadine Perlen

A message from Practice Director Dr Nadine Perlen discussing how we are managing the Covid-19 pandemic here at Lockridge Medical Centre.

Dr Perlen discusses:

– Current Covid-19 WA update
– Process changes here at Lockridge Medical
– What to expect when booking an appointment
– What to expect when arriving at the practice
– Zero tolerance for mistreatment or abuse of staff
– Telehealth consultations available
– Flu Vaccination Clinics start tomorrow (Tuesday 7th March) and are below the clinic in a separate setup
– Covid 19 Testing – not available at Lockridge Medical

We encourage everyone to stay active, stay healthy, stay safe, and to adhere to social distancing and isolation if necessary. We are here for you and we look forward to continuing to work with you through this very difficult time. Thank you, Dr Nadine Perlen Lockridge Medical Centre

Flu Vaccination

Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is an infectious health
condition caused by the influenza virus.  The flu changes constantly and
each year new flu vaccines are released to adapt with the ever-changing
influenzas virus. The virus is easy to catch, spread and hard to avoid due
to infected people coughing, sneezing and the droplets landing on surfaces
and then easily spread.

Who should get a flu vaccination?
While the flu can affect people of all ages it’s the people with certain
underlying health conditions and people who are at the highest risk of being
hospitalised with the flu they are:

  • People over 65 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin adults over 15 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People who smoke
  • People who haven’t been vaccinated against the flu
  • Heart conditions
  • Severe asthma
  • COPD and other lung conditions
  • Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2
  • Kidney problems
  • Impaired immunity such as HIV infection
  • Malignant cancers
  • Chronic neurological disorders

A flu vaccination can help to protect you and your family from infection. The
more vaccinated people in the community, the less likely the disease will
spread.

Who is eligible for the government funded influenza immunisation?

  • 65 years or older
  • Children 6 months to less than 5 years
  • Primary school-aged children (born after 30 June 2007 and > 5 years)
  • Pregnant women (any trimester)
  • Aboriginal people 6 months and older
  • Individuals 6 months and older with medical conditions that place them at risk for complications of influenza, including
    • Cardiac disease
    • Chronic respiratory conditions
    • Chronic neurological conditions
    • Impaired immunity
    • Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • Renal disease
    • Haematological disorder
    • Children aged 6 months to 10 years receiving long-term aspirin therapy.

If people don’t qualify for the government funded vaccination you can purchase the 2020 flu vaccine direct from Lockridge Medical Centre.

CONCIERGE CHECK POINT

CONCIERGE CHECK POINT

CONCIERGE CHECK POINT

From today in the interest of our patients health, you will be greeted by a Lockridge Medical Centre team member and asked a few questions before you enter the practice.

This is a precautionary measure to help minimise any risk of infection to patients in the waiting room.

We thank you for your understanding and patience lets all work together to help keep us all healthy and safe.

Phone Consults (COVID – 19)

Phone Appointments

To assist with the increased strain on our healthcare system due to COVID-19, Lockridge Medical Centre is now able to offer phone consults (for current patients, must have been seen at the practice within the last 12 months and patients who are eligible).

This will allow at-risk and unwell patients to remain at home to protect those that are vulnerable in our community. This service will be bulk-billed for the following patient groups:

– Suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases

– Patients over 70 years of age

– Aboriginal patients over 50 years of age

– Patients with chronic disease (diabetes, heart/lung issues)

– Patients with low immune systems (chemotherapy etc)

– Pregnant women

– Parent of a child under 12 months of age

These consults can be booked by calling the clinic on (08) 6278 2555 Please make sure you have an up to date phone number listed with us for a return consult call.

Thank you