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Since 1978, Lockridge Medical Centre has been serving the residents of Lockridge and the surrounding suburbs.
With eleven permanent doctors, occasional guest doctors, a full time management team, six nurses and a part time administration/reception team of ten, we see around three hundred patients; every single day.
The modern suburb of Lockridge was established approximately 33 years ago. Although the area was “settled” and farmed from the earliest days of the West Australian colony. Prior to the presence of white people, the local Nyungah people have lived in this area for thousands of years. The lake in the park alongside the health Centre is one of the resting places of the Wagyl.
Physically, we share premises with the Lockridge Community Health Centre, part of Metropolitan health Services. The doctors endeavour to work closely with a wide variety of health professionals.
Homeswest housing has accounted for the majority of tenants living in Lockridge, although there has always been some private housing. This began changing in 1996 with a major redevelopment project which has demolished many of the Homeswest flats and begun refurbishing units and homes. Most of these homes and the vacant land have been sold into private ownership. Homeswest properties will eventually account for only 10-15% of the suburb. The neighbouring suburbs of Beechboro and Kiara have grown up since the mid 80’s, although the eastern end of Beechboro was developed shortly after Lockridge. Residents are a mixture of new home buyers and Homeswest tenants.
The patients of the practice come from a wide age range, and ethnic background. Every day in the practice is quite different, although a common theme amongst many of our patients is the disadvantage of being in the lower socio-economic strata of our society.
Teaching is an important part of the role of the practice. Undergraduate students in the practice can learn from a rich and varied experience, and we hope that each student will participate to ensure that they secure for themselves the best learning experience possible. The practice has a long history of providing places for GPR’s often during their basic term.
Over the past 15 years the practice has completed a large number of research projects supported by competitive grants, Commonwealth contracts and Divisional project funding.
The practice uses computers for accounts, diary, recording patient notes, prescription & test ordering, downloading pathology & radiology results and the scanning of incoming correspondence. The transition to full computer records was completed in September 2006 when the practice commenced scanning.
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