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Caring for the Upper Kiewa Community since 1956

A Doctor is on call 24/7

If you need medical help after hours
contact the Mount Beauty Hospital on 03 5754 3500.

In an emergency call 000

Dr Mark Zagorski - 40 Years of Service

Amazing commitment to the Mount Beauty and surrounding community.

Dr Mark started work at Mount Beauty Medical Centre on 1st August 1981 - 40 years ago. Mark has shown a life-time commitment to our community, has looked after patients from the cradle to the grave and is highly respected by his colleagues and staff.

Mark has been instrumental in the recruitment and retention of doctors to the town and has provided high quality education and training to countless GP Registrars, Medical Interns and Students.

In 2020 Mark was recognized for his contribution to our rural community with an Order of Australia, one of his many awards over the years.

Although retired now Jane Zagorski has worked alongside Mark in the Medical Centre as a receptionist for 36 years and daughter, Dr Laura will reach her 10 year anniversary this month adding up to a massive combined 86 years of service between them.

There would not be many towns fortunate enough to have benefitted from such a wonderful family.

Thankyou Mark, Jane and Laura from all your colleagues and staff of Mount Beauty Medical Centre.

(From Left) Barb Talbot, Mary Beier, Mark Robinson, Mark Zagorski, Debbie Goss, Marg Edmondson

Congratulations Dr Libby Garoni

Congratulations to Dr Libby Garoni who has been honoured with Victoria's "Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Generalist" Award for 2021. The award recognised Libby's work as a Specialist Rural Doctor of more that 20 years experience, in particular for her skills in pallatiative care. Libby is also very active in supporting her community through her volunteer work for the CFA, Bright Pony Club, Alpine Adult Riding Club, Mount Beauty Primary School and the Myrtleford Agricultural Show Society.

Flu Vaccinations

Have you had your flu shot yet? You may be eligible for a free vaccination.
Under the National Immunisation Program, free flu vaccines are provided to the following groups who are at higher risk of complications from flu:

— children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
— all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
— people aged 6 months and over with certain medical conditions that increase their chance of severe influenza and its complications
— pregnant women (at any stage during pregnancy)
— people aged 65 years and over

Covid Vaccinations

We have a small allocation of Astra Zeneca - Covid vaccines and are currenty vaccinating medical service providers and emergency services personnel as a priority. We have also commenced a limited number of Category 1b vaccinations, with priority given to the most frail and elderly. Before coming in for a Covid vaccine we encourage you to check the consent questions via the link below.

Alpine Health have commenced a community vaccination clinic at Mount Beauty, operating every Wednesday. Bookings are essential: call 1800 675398 or book online (see "Book Online" link below).

Both Astra Zeneca and Pfizer Vaccines are available - check your eligibility with the link below.

COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Please keep our staff, patients, and the broader community safe by abiding by all of our safety precautions. If you have symptoms such as: cough, tightness of breath, runny nose, or sneezing please DO NOT enter the practice. Tell the receptionist when booking your appointment or call us from the carpark when you arrive at the practice. The doctor may decide to complete your consultation over the phone or in the car park. If you come into the practice, use the hand sanitiser at the front door and keep your distance from other patients and receptionists. Our practice has put protocols in place to ensure we are as safe as possible. Please keep us all safe.

If you have a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or achy body symptoms please ring the Medical Centre or the Hospital (on the weekends) to discuss an EARLY Coronavirus test.

Coronavirus testing can be arranged locally at Mount Beauty or at the testing clinic in Wodonga.

For more information regarding Coronavirus please consult the Victorian DHHS Coronavirus website.

TELEHEALTH AND TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS
We are offering telehealth and phone consultations to those patients who have Covid or upper respiratory symptoms.
When you contact the practice for an appointment our staff will ask you some screening questions to determine if a telehealth or phone consultation is the best option.
Unfortunately due to the change in the Government regulations we can only provide telehealth and telephone consultations to current patients of the practice.

MOUNT BEAUTY DOCTORS PROVIDE SEVEN DAYS A WEEK ONCALL
Mount Beauty Medical Centre is providing our community with 24/7 oncall which means that there is a Mount Beauty doctor on call every night, all weekends and allpublic holidays. If you need to see a doctor after hours, please phone the hospital on 03 5754 3500. A nurse will talk with you initially then call the doctor if required. All after hours consultations will incur a fee.

MY HEALTH RECORD
ALL Australians now have a “My Health Record” unless they choose to opt-out. It is an online summary of your key health information, it may include:
· An overview of your health uploaded by your doctor
· Hospital discharge summaries
· Reports from testsand scans
· Medications your doctor hasprescribed
· Medicare and Pharmaceutical benefits scheme information
· Organ donation decisions
· Immunisation history
Your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere at any time – even if you travel interstate. Which means that in an emergency, healthcare providers can access important information about you, which may save your life. It also means you don't have to remember the names of your medications or recent tests you may have had.

PACE (Pulmonary and Caridac Exercise and Education program)
The PACE program has commenced being funded by Murray Primary Health Network through Alpine Health. This program involves development of a Cardiac / COPD rehabilitation clinic using group exercise programs. You can learn more about Alpine Health's PACE Program here. If you are interestedinbeing involved please talk to your doctor.

DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that we bulk bill all young people who live in the area and are still at school? We need their medicare number and if they are a minor, the medicare number, name and date of birth of aparent. We can then transmit the account directly to Medicare so there is no out of pocket expence.