Bluff Road Update

January 29, 2024
Dear Valued Patient,

We are writing to share important news which may affect your healthcare journey at Bluff Road Medical. It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Dr Belinda Tricks is retiring from clinical practice, effective at the end of this month, January 2024.

Belinda has had an immensely long and remarkable career over more than three decades at the clinic. Throughout her tenure, she has cared for numerous patients, multiple generations of families and co-adapted with her colleagues, some already retired and many new ones along the way. She has flexed to many changes over the years including the many physical and people changes, government regulations and evolving health guidelines. She was also an important part of our frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are honoured and grateful for Dr Trick’s unwavering commitment to providing exceptional healthcare to her many faithful patients and sincerely wish her good health, much rest in her retirement and the very best, of course, on the golf course.

At this juncture, we wish you to know that the doctors and colleagues Dr Tricks leaves behind, are able to maintain the continuity of your healthcare and assure you that your well-being remains our top priority. We welcome you to review the profiles of other practitioners on our website and learn more about their sub-interests and expertise. No doubt, you will have probably met one or a few of them over the years you have attended here.

We understand that transition to another doctor can be unsettling, however, we are confident that you will be comfortable with your next chosen doctor and wish to reassure you that your healthcare remains in the care of an excellent team of doctors, nurses and support staff.

Since the birth of Bluff Road Medical, our team of independent health practitioners have shared the same vision and mission, that is, to exceed the standards of care, through providing health and wellness through excellence in clinical practice. To do so, it remains a private billing service. We thank you in advance, for your understanding that any prior billing arrangements with Dr Tricks will not be automatically conferred to your next doctor.

Once again, we are grateful that you have entrusted Bluff Road Medical with your healthcare throughout the years, and we look forward to continuing to serve you ongoing. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any query, as we will be more than happy to assist you.

Directors of Bluff Road Medical

Footy Tipping Competition

The AFL season starts on the 7th of March and we will be running a Bluff Road Medical and Bayside Family Medical Competition. The competition will be run from – if you have never used this website, we suggest that you sign up prior.

The cost of entry is $20 which needs to be transferred prior to the first game of the season to to register your interest please use the button below

For the overall prize pool 40% will go towards a charity (suggestions welcome).

For the remaining prize pool (60%) this is what will then be divided amongst 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (From the 60%, the split will be 50%, 35% and 15%)

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Welcome Dr Damian Hannon

Consults: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Damian completed his Medical Degree at Queen’s University Belfast in 2013. He then completed his residency in Northern Ireland before emigrating to Australia in 2015. Damian has worked across regional NSW, Victoria and joins Bluff Road Medical after six years working in Gippsland.

Damian enjoys all aspects of General Practice training, with a special interest in Chronic Disease Management, LBGTQIA+ Health, Men’s Health, Aged Care and Palliative Medicine. Damian recently completed a post graduate Clinical Diploma of Palliative Medicine. He also enjoys medical education, teaching medical students and junior doctors.

Outside of work, Damian likes to spend his time exercising, travelling and looking after his two dogs Teddy and Chookie.

January: New Year, New Health Goals – Summer Skin Checks

As we step into 2024, it’s an opportune time to set new health goals and prioritize our well-being. A crucial aspect often overlooked, is incorporating regular health check-ups into our routine. This month, we especially focus on skin checks.

The Alarming Statistics: 

In Australia, skin cancer remains a significant health problem. Recent data show that one in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, making it the most common form of cancer in the country. Melanoma, the most concerning form of skin cancer, is estimated to affect over 15,000 people annually. These statistics highlight the importance of proactive measures, such as regular skin checks, in preventing and detecting skin cancers early.

Understanding the Importance of Skin Checks: 

Skin checks are not just for those with a history of sun exposure; they are important for everyone. Our skin is the body’s largest organ and serves as a reflection of our overall health. Regular skin checks can identify any suspicious moles, spots, or changes in skin pigmentation, to help detect early of skin cancers. Early detection improves the chances of successful treatment.

What to Expect During a Skin Check: 

When you schedule a skin check with your healthcare provider, your skin will be thoroughly examined for any abnormalities. This could involve checking areas not commonly exposed to the sun, as some skin cancers can develop in unexpected locations.

Taking Charge of Your Health: 

Making regular skin checks routine is a proactive step toward maintaining overall well-being. Here are some tips to stay sun-safe and skin-conscious:

Sunscreen is Your Armor: Everyday, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 before heading outdoors.

Seek Shade: Limit direct sun exposure, especially during peak hours between 10 am and 4 pm.

Protective Clothing: Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats for added protection.

As you embark on your health journey this new year, remember to make regular skin checks, part of your preventive care routine. Stay tuned for more health insights and tips in the coming months!


January 29, 2024 |
Newsletter | Skin Cancer