Our Allied Health Team

NEWS

Allied Health

All our allied health services (except for Chinese Medicine) can be covered under Medicare with no gap fees if you are eligible for GP Management Plan. Please speak to our GP or one of our staff for more information.

Diabetes Educator – Daniel Chew and Albert Yeap

Our Credentialed Diabetes Educators are specialists in diabetes. They are health professionals who have completed further study to focus their efforts on helping people with diabetes self-manage their diabetes effectively and prevent complications.

A diabetes educator can be the first point of call when you are wanting more information, support and/or motivation in the management of your diabetes and the link between other health professionals. They have in-depth knowledge on all aspects of diabetes and can recognise when you need to see other members of your health care team for example, an optometrist or podiatrist.

“The main aim of our Credentialed Diabetes Educator is to empower the person that has diabetes to self-manage their diabetes through knowledge, motivation and support.”

Costs: No out of pocket with Chronic Care Plan EPC 

Psychologist 

Medical research continually reaffirms that there is a strong link between physical and mental health. A Psychologist aims to help their patients by helping them explore the reasons underpinning mental distress, fight depression and other mental illnesses and teach coping mechanisms.

Costs: Medicare supports Psychologist visits if you qualify for a mental health plan. MHPA Mental Health Plan can be provided by your doctor if your mental health issues qualify. This enables access to an initial 6 of a total of 10 sessions per calendar year. A Mental Health Plan reduces the out of pocket costs to approximately $20. 

Psychologist: Patricia Khalili

Patricia has had years of clinical experience with helping adults, adolescents and children deal with their mental illnesses. She has significant experience in helping adolescents and adults who battle with substance addiction and co-existing mental health issues. 

If you struggle with mood and anxiety disorders (ie depression, anxiety, biplar disorder), self-esteem, stress management, Patricia is here to discuss strategies to help and cope. Other areas she helps with are adolescent issues and other emotional and behavioral disturbances.

Patricia is passionate about helping her clients to build insight and gain skills to be able to manage and overcome their problems.  She is focused on helping clients live their life in a way that brings meaning and purpose, despite the pain and difficulties they are facing.

Availability: Monday and Friday.  Please contact us to make an appointment.

Costs: $20 out of pocket fee

Home Visit Pharmacist – Albert Yeap

Albert is a qualified pharmacist and is accredited to conduct home medication review. The goal of a Home Medication Review is to maximise an individual patient’s benefit from their medication regimen, and prevent medication-related problems through a team approach, involving the patient’s GP and preferred community pharmacy. It may also involve other relevant members of the health care team, such as nurses in community practice or carers.

The process utilises the specific knowledge and expertise of each of the health care professionals involved. In collaboration with the GP, Albert will comprehensively review your medication in a home visit. After discussion of the pharmacist’s report and findings, the GP and patient agree on a medication management plan. The patient is central to the development and implementation of this plan with their GP.

When should you have a home medication review:

  • Currently taking five or more regular medications
  • Taking more than 12 doses of medication per day
  • Significant changes made to medication regimen in the last three months
  • Medication with a narrow therapeutic index or requiring therapeutic monitoring
  • Symptoms suggestive of an adverse drug reaction
  • Sub-therapeutic response to treatment
  • Suspected non-compliance or inability to manage drug related therapeutic devices
  • Difficulty managing medication because of literacy or language difficulties, dexterity problems or impaired sight, confusion or other cognitive difficulties
  • Attending a number of different doctors, both GPs and specialists
  • Recently discharged from a facility / hospital (in the past four weeks).

Dietitian – Michael Sacco

Michael is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) with a Bachelor of Biomedicine from the University of Melbourne and Masters of Dietetic Practice from La Trobe University. Michael is passionate about helping individuals to be the best version of themselves by focusing on their food and nutrition. His main areas of interest include Weight Loss and Diabetes due to his own experiences with losing weight.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys a busy social life with his family and friends as well as an immense desire to expand his knowledge on health and nutrition.

Costs: No out of pocket with Chronic Care Plan EPC 

Physiotherapist – Wilfred and Michael

Wilfred is a physiotherapist and also a Master Tai Chi Trainer with the Chronic Disease Self Management Program from Stanford University, USA.  As an experience physiotherapist and master trainer, he will offer individual treatment to further enhance your specific wellness.  He can also converse in Mandarin/Chinese and is here every Thursday evening.

Michael is a Physiotherapist and Clinical Myotherapist and has a special interest in treating spinal and lower limb conditions.  Michael is here every Wednesday afternoon.

Costs: No out of pocket with Chronic Care Plan EPC 

Podiatrist – Proactive Foot Clinic

Podiatrists specialise in assessment and care of the lower limb and provide a holistic approach to healthcare. Podiatry focuses on all aspects of lower limb health, including diabetic foot health, biomechanical analysis, and pediatric foot health, and on-going general care. Our Podiatrists are skilled and experienced with treating a range of conditions from heel pain, to ingrown toenails.

Podiatrist: Proactive Foot Clinic 

Availability: Weekly Fridays

Costs: Chronic Care Plan EPC = Bulk Billed