Important Patient Notices:
We have been given a limited amount of the Shingrix vaccines each month. To book in call reception.
From 1 November 2023, the shingles vaccine Shingrix® will replace Zostavax® on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule for the prevention of shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia. It will be available for eligible people most at risk of complications from shingles.
A 2-dose course of Shingrix® will be available for free for:
- people aged 65 years and older
- First Nations people aged 50 years and older
- immunocompromised people aged 18 years and older with the following medical conditions:
- haemopoietic stem cell transplant
- solid organ transplant
- haematological malignancy
- advanced or untreated HIV.
Unlike Zostavax®, Shingrix® does not contain any live virus so it can be given to people aged 18 years and over who are immunocompromised.
We would like to welcome our newest doctor to Pittwater Family Practice, Dr Talal Serhan. Dr Talal Serhan will be seeing patients from the 3rd of January 2024. Book online or call reception.
To all our lovely patients, we would like to thank you for choosing us to be your health care provider and keep you well. We look forward to doing the same in 2024. From all the doctors, Nurses, Receptionists and Practice Manager we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe new year.
Best wishes from
Dr Peter Brennan, Dr Rowena Giard, Dr Jerome Zerounian,
Dr Huw Thomas, Dr Jodie Parker, Dr Fiona Scott, Dr Jeff Cavanaugh
Nurse Jo, Nurse Christine, Nurse Kate, Nurse Linda
Receptionists, Marion, Chris, Renee, Di, Mai & Kammi
Practice Manager, Katarina
If you hold a valid Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veteran card and have been to see us in person twice over the last 24 months, you’re now eligible to register in MyMedicare. MyMedicare formalises the relationships between patients, their general practice and their preferred GP. By registering in MyMedicare you can access longer funded telehealth consultations with our practice. For more information, chat to us at your next appointment, or visit health.gov.au/MyMedicare.
How do you register?
- Its takes less than 1 minute to do via the Medicare express app
- Or you My Gov account.
- We have a form to complete if the above options are not suited.
What are the Benefits????
It is voluntary and free to register in MyMedicare. When you register in MyMedicare, it will notify your general practice that you have chosen them as your regular care team. Additional funding will be available from the government to help them provide the care you need.
MyMedicare patients will have access to:
- greater continuity of care with your registered practice, improving health outcomes
- longer Medicare Benefit Scheme (MBS) funded telehealth consultations with your GP
- triple bulk billing incentive for longer MBS telehealth consultations for children under 16, pensioners, and concession card holders, from 1 November 2023
- more regular visits from your GP and better care planning for people living in a residential aged care home, from August 2024
- connections to more appropriate care in general practice for people who visit hospital frequently, from mid-2024.
Please take note that from the 1st October 2023 we have had a slight price increase to our consultation fees.
Update on new patients
All the doctors are now taking on new patients.
5/4/2023 – Update Thank you to all our patients who did the survey we reached our target number and have completed the survey.
We need your help! As we are a an accredited practice and we obtain accreditation every 3 years, part of the requirement is that we need to get patient feedback via a patient survey. We would really appreciate it if you could please take the time to complete the survey. Thank you
We are very pleased to welcome our new female tenant doctor, Dr Vecerka Skovrlj known as Dr Vecky! she has some amazing experience and has been practicing on the Northern Beaches for many years. Dr Vecky is taking on new patients and works Wednesdays and Fridays.
We have some very exciting news to share with you all. We would like to welcome Dr Jodie Parker , who will be a tenant doctor along with the others at Pittwater Family Practice. Dr Jodie Parker is returning from Maternity leave and will be working on Wednesdays and Fridays.
She will be starting on the 5th July 2023 and will be taking on new patients. Call reception to book in with her.
FLU VACCINES HAVE ARRIVED!
Either book online or call reception to make your flu vaccine appointment.
For some patients there will be a $20 charge for the flu vaccine. For some patients the vaccine will be provided free from the Government – if you are over 65 years of age, 4months – under 5 years old and some at risk health conditions.
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We have some exciting news! we have Dr Fiona Scott starting at the practice in November. She will be working Tuesdays and Thursdays. we are very excited to have another female general practitioner join the team of doctors at Pittwater Family Practice. She will be taking on new patients in the coming weeks after she has settled into the practice.
We would like to welcome Dr Jeff Cavanaugh who is joining our practice in November for our New Skin Cancer Clinic, which will be held every Wednesdays.
You can book in to see Dr Jeff Cavanaugh for a skin cancer check. He also does skin diagnostic and procedural work. See under the doctors page for more info Abut Dr Jeff Cavanaugh.
We are currently not taking on any new patients due to a doctor shortage. However we will take on family members of existing patients. You can call to make this appointment if this applies to you. Dr Rowena Giard also takes on new Cosmetic patients.
As of the 30th June 2022 Dr Kate Mellowes will be leaving Pittwater Family Practice to take a well-deserved travelling adventure. Kate has been with us for 22 years and will be sadly missed by the staff and all her patients.
Join us in wishing Dr Kate Mellowes all the best for the future! We are in the process of trying to hire another female doctor and will keep you updated when this happens but there is a current shortage of doctors.
It you haven’t already booked in for your flu vaccine, we have some appointments still available, go to our web page to book or give the practice a call.
We are no longer administering Covid-19 vaccines as we have decided to focus on the flu vaccine campaign and preventative medicine. You can get your booster from one of the local pharmacies.
We are a accredited Yellow fever practice. The good news is with travel recommencing you will need the Yellow Fever vaccine to go to specific countries. We are happy to announce we have Yellow Fever vaccines back in stock. So speak to the receptionist about booking it in if you require it.
Managing Covid -19 at home
This guide is for people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms.
How to access your Covid Vaccine Certificate
We can provide you with a Covid Vaccine Immunisations Statement if you were vaccinated with us, however is not an Official Government Document and you will still need your official Covid certificate issued by the Government.
See the links below with information on how to access your official Covid vaccine certificate.
You can also call the Australian Immunisation Register and they can post you out a copy of your certificate.
Live Life Get Active is a registered health promotion charity focused on health, fitness and wellness. Sydney North Health Network is pleased to be able to offer 3 months of free online access to their health and wellbeing program to those who live or work in the Northern Sydney region.
Did you know that Doctor Rowena Giard performs cosmetics at Pittwater Family Practice. See the Cosmetics page for more details or ring the practice.
- Online Bookings
Did you know that you can now book your appointments with us online? Here’s a quick video to show you how it all works:
You can download the HotDoc app simply by clicking on the following link: https://goo.gl/xMTyvH
Do you know when your last Tetanus vaccine was?
Did you know that if you are aged between 70 and 79 years of age, you may be eligible for a free vaccine to prevent shingles?
If you are over 65 years of age, have you had your Pneumococcal vaccine?
Do you feel you or any family members missed vaccines at school?
The NSW government has recently provided funding for anyone under 20 years of age to “catch up” any vaccination they may have missed from the NSW childhood immunisations schedule.
Please chat to your doctor at your next consultation to ensure you are protected.