As the sun almost sets on 2019, it’s time to reflect on the year that was.

It’s been a big year for us at Bluff Road Medical Centre and a big year in medicine generally. In 2019, there’s been much more awareness surrounding health and wellness, which is great to see.

Mental health made headlines in 2019. As a result, we’ve seen more people seeking assistance in this area, including adolescents.

Also highly topical were the new cases of measles in Victoria. Almost all cases were in people who were not fully immunised, who had travelled overseas or been in contact with travellers. It was a timely reminder for Victorians to check their vaccinations were up to date.

Clinic news

It’s been a busy year at the clinic, with some new faces joining our team and some sad farewells.

Dr Jim McDonald, who started Bluff Road Medical Centre in 1987, retired this year. He has been greatly missed, but still drops in occasionally to see us.

Dr Kate Exon came back from maternity leave after welcoming a baby boy. Meanwhile, our podiatrist, Chelsea, welcomed baby #4.

Dr Jason Lam started with us and brought some wonderful skills to Bluff Road Medical Centre. He is truly talented in so many areas.

Our psychology team grew. Adult and adolescent clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Johnstone joined us this year, while clinical and health psychologist Dr Aneta Kotevski began consulting three days a week. With Dr Ramsay Dixon also available three days a week, we’re pleased to be able to offer psychology support services six days a week.                  

Dr Susan Barnett began giving monthly talks about topics such as work-life balance, mindfulness and self-care. These will be back again next year, albeit in a slightly different format. We’ll keep you posted!

A new speech pathologist joined our team in November, Dr Samantha Turner. Dr Turner is from Brenda Carey Speech Pathology, a highly respected speech therapy centre.

We welcomed dietitian Samantha Oxenham. She consults monthly offering advice for areas such as weight loss, diabetes, and specialised diets.

Our registrars this year were Dr Allara Walsh-Howe and Dr Peter Cheng. From January, Dr Ebony Dunne, a former registrar, will be coming back as a consultant GP.

Socially, it’s been a fun year for our team of doctors! We enjoyed a winery tour in the Yarra Valley in May with doctors from our sister clinic, Bayside Family Medical. In September, we held a ten-pin bowling challenge between the two clinics (Dr Bill Walker knocked out the competition), and last week we had our Christmas party in Sandringham.

In 2019, we made improvements to the clinic. These included new airlock doors to keep patients warm in reception, new plants outdoors, and renovations to the back of reception. We also added additional kiosks to allow patients to check-in faster.

Looking forward

There are set to be some exciting new developments at Bluff Road Medical Centre next year, so stay tuned!

We look forward to another year providing you with quality health care in the heart of Bayside.

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