News and What’s on at NYCH
There’s always something going on at North Yarra Community Health.
Victorian Public Health Awards 2013
We are delighted to report that NYCH, in partnership with Yarra Leisure, won the Healthcare Innovation gold award for "Excellence in supporting self–managed health care" for the supported gym membership program that assists low income and marginalised clients to exercise at mainstream exercise facilities.
The initiative has resulted in a significant improvement in participant's physical and mental health by empowering people living with disadvantage to self-manage their own health and wellbeing.
Contact: Greg Bourke firstname.lastname@example.org
See also: www.health.vic.gov.au/healthcareawards
News in the Yarra Leader
The Integrated Medical Centre is a new medical service established in North Fitzroy. Profits from the centre will flow to North Yarra Community Health to support the work of the organisation.
The Yarra Leader newspaper featured a front page article on the new centre: The Leader Yarra Edition Aug 19 Integration Innovation article
For more information on the centre go to: www.integratedmedical.com.au
Important News: Merger Announced
We are forming a new combined organisation with Doutta Galla Community Health and the Western Region Health Centre.
We realise that we need to work with other organisations so that together we can be stronger and more effective, and make sure that our clients and our community continue to receive the services they need.
The three organisations – North Yarra Community Health, Western Region Health Centre and Doutta Galla Community Health, all share common values and goals.
We are all committed to maintaining local health services, particularly for those most disadvantaged in the current health system.
With the merge, we will have a stronger voice to speak up for fairness and equity and to advocate for those who need additional help.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com and we will respond to you in person.
Information in languages other than English
New fee structure for Medical Services
On 1st July 2013 we changed the way we bill for medical services. These changes have brought 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 did NYCH introduce a co-payment fee 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.
We can arrange for Medicare to rebate you with their part of the fee in the following ways:
- If you bring an EFTPOS card, your rebate will be put into your bank account that day.
- If you don’t have an EFTPOS card:
We can ask Medicare to put your rebate into the bank account you have registered with Medicare.
To do this you will need to make sure that you have provided your bank account number to Medicare.
If you have not provided Medicare with your bank account number, we have a form you can fill in and send to Medicare.
We can ask Medicare to send you a cheque by mail.
Please note: we will not be issuing accounts and if the visit is not paid in full a $5 additional fee will apply. We can also accept payment by cash.
How much will it cost me?
You will need to pay the full amount of the visit, and after Medicare rebates you, you will be out of pocket $20.
What if I can't afford it?
If you do not have a Health Care Card and you cannot afford to pay the $20 co-payment you should talk to your GP in the first instance about your current situation. We do not want the new fee to impact significantly on people who cannot afford to pay. If you would like to speak to the Practice Manager please ask the Receptionist to arrange this for you.
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 structure for Medical Services – Italian
- New Fee structure for Medical Services – Greek
- New Fee structure for Medical Services – Vietnamese
- New Fee structure for Medical Services – Mandarin
- New Fee structure for Medical Services – Oromo
- New Fee structure for Medical Services – Turkish
- New Fee structure 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.
Published 1994; Reprinted 1999 Out of print
For all enquiries contact Marlies Blatz on 03-9411 4304 or
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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