$1 from every consult at our clinic goes towards helping the villagers of Ghandruk get access to better health care. My husband and I met during a trek in Nepal in 2008, and this is something we still do together ten years on. It was amazing to be able to visit, see the improvements and also to get a better understanding of the challenges.
Ghandruk sits on the Annapurna Circuit and is a stunning, typical stone built Nepalese village. There is a ‘road’ to the town. Not for the faint hearted, I might add.
Kamala, the nurse and midwife is fully funded by our clinic, as is Sujitha, the pathologist. Kamala has married a local man and apparently there is hope Sujitha might meet someone special and stay, as the bride traditionally goes to live with her husband’s family! Sujitha is also an accomplished dancer and is in much demand as a choreographer.
Kamala delivers babies in a tiny room, with no heated water and one portable light. I am keen to start raising money to improve these facilities. Hearing her tales was awe inspiring and terrifying in equal measures.
The clinic has no person centred documentation. In Nepal, visits to a health centre are only documented by date. This makes it impossible to track an individual’s health and provide continuity of care.
I am looking to help change that. Our nurse Sarah is going to go to Nepal later this year to provide sexual health education for the local teenagers, help to set up person centred medical records and to look at how we can continue to help.
Hopefully it will be less than ten years before I get to go back.
We have recently switched to the HotDoc online appointment booking process. HotDoc saves you time by allowing you to book appointments for you and your family faster and more efficiently. For us it will help ensure we have accurate information about you on our system so we can offer you the best possible care.
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Key changes are coming to My Health Record
Read on to see how they impact you and your family
Every Australian will be set up for My Health Record unless you choose not to have one during the three month opt-out period that will run from the 16 July until the 15 October 2018.
The protection of your information is a critical component of the My Health Record system and it has strong safeguards in place to protect the health data. Strict privacy controls are set by you, the individual, and is a central feature of My Health Record.
You can cancel your My Health Record at any time after the end of the opt-out period – or create one, if you opted out. During the opt out period if you who do not want a record you will need to opt-out by visiting the My Health Record website or by calling 1800 723 471 for phone based assistance.
My Health Record enables important health information including allergies, medical conditions, treatments, medicines, and test reports to be securely shared between you and your clinicians. It also enables people to take more control of their own health and wellbeing, manage their children’s health and upload key documents like allergies and advanced care directives.
Further work is underway to fully integrate with hospital clinical information systems. My Health Record now offers a ‘medicines view’ showing patient medications and related information, and an increasing number of clinical documents such as referrals, shared health summaries, pathology and diagnostic imaging reports.
For more information, pick up a brochure from reception or speak to your GP or nurse.