This is to update you on a number of preventive and health promotional activities that we, the doctors and nurses, at the Broken Hill GP Super Clinic are committed to providing to all of our patients as part of caring for our community. These activities are in line with the RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) Guidelines.
There are three types of prevention:
- Primary Prevention – to prevent the occurrence of disease
- Secondary Prevention – to reduce the progression of disease through early detection and intervention by screening for the disease before symptoms appear
- Tertiary Prevention – to prevent complications and limit the impact of a disease where it already exists, through effective management and rehabilitation.
We believe strongly in the role of a General Practitioner in the:
- Prevention of disease
- Management of conditions
- Reduction of the rate of hospital admissions
You may therefore be asked or advised by one of our doctors or nurses, either directly or through a message delivered by the admin/reception staff, to undertake one or more of the following activities that may be relevant to you.
These tests serve to:
- Monitor your progress
- Alert us of any early changes that require an action in order to prevent further deterioration
- Adjust your management or treatment plan
- Prevent complications
- Refer you to appropriate services/specialists if needed
Many of these tests are available to you within the practice and are bulk billed. Some may require a referral to an external provider.