News and What’s on at NYCH
There’s always something going on at North Yarra Community Health.
New fee structure for Medical Services
Commencing 1st July 2013 we will be changing the way we bill for medical services. These changes will bring the medical service into line with the other NYCH services that currently have fees for services.
The fee will not apply to:
Pensioners, Health care Card Holders, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Homeless, Veterans Affairs, students and dependent children under the age of 18.
Why is NYCH introducing a fee / co payment for medical services?
The Medical Benefits Schedule has not kept pace with increasing costs over the years, and recent reductions in other sources of funding have caused us to think about ways in which we can generate additional income without impacting significantly on people who cannot afford to pay. Fees are already charged for a range of other NYCH services, (Physiotherapy, Podiatry etc) and this change will bring the Medical Practice into line with other services.
How will this affect me?
If you are Pensioner, Health Care Card Holder, Refugee or Asylum Seeker, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, Homeless, have a Veterans Affairs card, are a student or a dependent child under the age of 18 nothing will change for you – you will still be bulk billed through Medicare.
What do I need to do?
Make sure that we have your full details and current pension, health care card details – you will need to bring your card with you so that we can update your details.
If I need to pay the fee how can I do this?
You will need to pay the full amount on the day and we will process your Medicare claim here at NYCH. Your rebate will be sent to your bank account that day. To do this you will need to make sure that you have provided your banking details to Medicare. If you have not done that you will need to pay cash/card on the day. We will not be issuing accounts and if not paid in full a $5 additional fee will apply. We will be installing an Eftpos machines to make this easier to pay by card.
How much will it cost me?
If you pay on the day you will only be paying an extra $20 after the Medicare rebate has been paid to you.
What if I can't afford it?
If you are not exempt from paying the $20 copayment there may be some discretion to waiver the fee.
If I want more information who should I talk to?
If you need more information you can talk to the Reception Team Leader or the Practice Manager. Please contact reception to make a time to do this.
List of the Consultation Fees:
|Short Consultation||$36.60 (out of pocket $20)|
|Standard Consultation||$56.30 (out of pocket $20)|
|Long Consultation||$90.30 (out of pocket $20)|
|Prolonged Consultation||$123.30 (out of pocket $20)|
|Lost or misplaced scripts||$15.00 – No Medicare rebate for this service|
Information in languages other than English
- New Fee stucture for Medical Services – Italian
- New Fee stucture for Medical Services – Greek
- New Fee stucture for Medical Services – Vietnamese
- New Fee stucture for Medical Services – Mandarin
- New Fee stucture for Medical Services – Oromo
- New Fee stucture for Medical Services – Turkish
- New Fee stucture for Medical Services – Spanish
Getting health-care right for women affected by genital cutting
NYCH is undertaking a new research project in partnership with the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women’s Hospital, with the aim of addressing key information gaps around the practice and impacts of female genital cutting in our communities. As limited current data on the practice for communities in Australia has made it difficult to design and deliver appropriate health and support services, the research project will help contribute to more informed discussion about the issue.
Rather than simply an issue of access, current clinical services are often unable to adequately meet women’s needs in relation to FGC. The project’s partnership focus has gained strong support as a potential model for participatory community-based research, and will help all partners in addressing FGC-related health needs for women, using the project’s research findings to inform contemporary health promotion programs and clinical services.
The project was recently featured in the University of Melbourne’s Voice Magazine.
PDF version: FGM Research Partnership.
Photo exhibition at NYCH Collingwood
Jungle Ball with Diamonds is the third Oral History project which features the younger generation of our local community. It is an intriguing journey from Collingwood to Caracas, Kabul, Wewak, Khartoum, Cairo, Hue, Turalei...with wog tappers and jungle ball, a high rise made of diamonds, the art of fitting four people on a Vespa, a heater made from a cardboard box and a steaming train, and a place where the sunflowers are eight feet tall...
Open Monday to Friday 9.00am till 5.30pm, Saturday 9.00am till 11.30am at NYCH Collingwood Centre, 365 Hoddle Street, Collingwood 3066
Photographs by the participants with the co-ordination by Chris Andjelic-Lane.
Jungle Ball With Diamonds, the exhibition is also available for display in public venues.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book with interviews by Andrew Lindsay in collaboration with the participants.
The book can be bought from NYCH Collingwood ($15 plus $3 postage).
For all enquiries contact Marlies Blatz on 03-9411 4304 or email@example.com
This project was assisted by: City of Yarra Community Grants Program, Ms Helen Schapper, Professor Frank Fisher (1943-2012), Rotary Club of Collingwood, Mr Les Dalton, Vespa House and Neighbourhood Justice Centre.
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