Telephone Difficulties - Tuesday, 24th February 2015

February 24, 2015

Kardinia Health is currently experiencing technical difficulties with it's telephone lines and is operating by the use of a limited number of mobile phones.

The problem has been reported to our telephone carrier and the problem is being investigated. At this stage we are unable to provide an estimate of when our telephone services will return to normal.

If you are experiencing difficulty getting through to us, please keep trying as are operating off a much reduced number of incoming lines.

We appreciated your patience whilst we are waiting for the fault to be recitified.

**Please note that we are unable to send or receive faxes whilst our usual phone services are out of action.

Management & Staff of Kardinia Health


May 28, 2014

Kardinia Health continues to Bulk Bill the following patients:

  • Pensioners

  • Health Care Card Holders

  • Children under 16 years of age

Kardinia Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinic

March 12, 2014

Kardinia Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinic

This clinic provides a range of services including screening for sexually transmitted diseases, contraceptive advice, antenatal shared care, pre-pregnancy planning, pap smears, immunisations, sex worker certificates and counselling.

Consultations are non-judgemental and provided in a confidential multidisciplinary setting within the Kardinia Health clinic in Belmont.

Referrals from medical and other health professionals are welcome but patients are able to access the service directly without a referral.

Our Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinic operates each Thursday afternoon commencing at 4pm, with consultations at other times by arrangement.

The service is provided by several of our General Practitioners and members of our Nursing Team.

Kardinia Health/GMHBA Scholarships 2012

October 30, 2012

Kardinia Health/GMHBA Scholarships 2012

L to R Mark Valena (CEO, GMHBA), Jacqueline Evans (2011 KH/GMHBA Primary Care Award Winner), Megan Somerville (GM, Kardinia Health), Dr Tim Denton (Chair, Kardinia Health Board)

Kardinia Health in partnership with GMHBA is calling for applicants for the GMHBA General Practice and Primary Care Awards.

General Practice Award- $1,500
This award is made available to all 2012 Deakin University 4th year Medical students from all clinical schools. Students are required to write a 1000 word essay. The successful applicant will be presented with their award at the Deakin University graduation ceremony on the 13thof December 2012. Please click here for application details. Award Applications close: 19 November 2012, COB 

Primary Care Award - $1,000
This award is made available to any nursing, allied health, medical student (other than 4th Year Deakin Medical Student) who has undertaken a clinical placement at Kardinia Health in 2012. Candidates are required to write a 1000 word essay demonstrating a clear understanding of the role of General Practice and multidisciplinary teams in Primary Care. Please click here for application details. Award Applications close: 25 November 2012, 5pm. 




ABC seeks your feedback on your 'Superclinic' experience

July 9, 2012

ABC seeks your feedback on your 'Superclinic' experience

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Kardinia Pharmacy NOW OPEN

March 5, 2012

Kardinia Pharmacy NOW OPEN

On the 5th of March 2012, Kardinia Health welcomed aboard Kardinia Pharmacy. Partners Gill Smyth (present owner of Point Lonsdale Pharmacy), Renea and Randall Forsyth (present owner of Lorne Pharmacy), Bridget Jacoby (recent owner of Torquay Pharmacy and Surfcoast Medical Centre Pharmacy) and Chris Ilievski form a strong team of local pharmacists that have a large breadth of experience in retail pharmacy operations and management. As an owner operated team, the pharmacy will provide a sustainable, effective and robust medication service to a broad range of community needs. Their vision is to assist the community in being proactive with their health and to provide Home Medicine Reviews (HMRs), Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMRS, Dosage Administration Aids (DAAs) and Patient Medication Profiles (PMPs).

The pharmacy will be involved with multidisciplinary team care within Kardinia Health by becoming part of an innovative model of primary care in the community. The pharmacy will also be involved with inter professional education within the clinic for the next generation of health professionals.

Mon - Fri: 8:30am-6pm
Sat:          9am-1pm 

GMHBA/Kardinia Health Primary Care Award

December 15, 2011

GMHBA/Kardinia Health Primary Care Award

On 9th of December 2011, Kardinia Health hosted the presentation of the inaugural GMHBA Primary Care Award.

The award kindly donated by GMHBA Health Insurance, was made available to students who had undertaken a clinical placement at Kardinia Health in 2011. The award gives recognition to the importance of primary care in the general practice setting, and encourages students to reflect on their experience and of the role of the multidisciplinary team in primary care.

Kardinia Health and GMHBA was proud to announce the inaugural winner- Miss Jacqueline Evans, 4thyear Deakin University Medical Student. Jacqueline has been a part of the first Deakin University Medical school medical student cohort (2008), coming from regional Queensland. 

“My placement at Kardinia Health was extremely valuable to me and reinforced this sentiment (of becoming a Doctor). I was fortunate enough to see patients from all different walks of life with a wide variety of both common and uncommon health complaints. I highly enjoyed my experience at Kardinia Health and am very appreciative of how it opened up the world of the GP to me” Jacqueline said.

This is the first primary care award offered by Kardinia Health in partnership with GMHBA. Eligible candidates were invited to submit a 500 word essay outlining the value of their clinical placement at Kardinia Health.

GMHBA Health Insurance is a supporter of Kardinia Health and believe the provision of student training opportunities in General Practice is crucial for the region. 

 “Training and retaining GPs locally is important to ensure the primary health care needs of the region are met.  GMHBA is proud to support Kardinia Health and to make this award available”   GMHBA CEO, Mark Valena said.

Kardinia Health is pleased that over 60 medical, nursing and allied health students from various universities have completed a placement at the clinic in 2011. Kardinia Health continues to support other local GP practices to build a higher capacity to allow students to experience high quality placements in the general practice/multidisciplinary setting. 

Picture: (L-R) Mr Mark Valena (CEO, GMHBA), Miss Jacqueline Evans (4th year Deakin Medical StudenT0, Miss Megan Somerville (General Manager, Kardinia Health), Dr Tim Denton (Chair, Kardinia Health)

Eliza and Ben blitz the field at the Anaconda Adventure Race

December 15, 2011

Eliza and Ben blitz the field at the Anaconda Adventure Race

On December the 4th 2012, Kardinia Health’s Ben Bisset (Physiotherapist) and Eliza Jenkins (Exercise Physiologist/Massage Therapist) competed in the annual Anaconda Adventure race in Lorne. Under harsh weather conditions Ben and histeam mate won the Open Team of 2 category, finishing in 4hrs 17 mins. With special note that Ben was the 10th fastest runner overall.  Eliza placed 6thin the Open Women’s category finishing in 5 hrs 33 mins. This gruelling event is a 2km Ocean swim, 13km Ocean kayak, 15km Trail Run, 18km Mountain Bike and 1.5km Beach Run!!

What a fantastic effort! Well done!! 

General Manager finalists for the Young Leader category of the HESTA Primary Health Care Awards

November 7, 2011

General Manager finalists for the Young Leader category of the HESTA Primary Health Care Awards

Megan Somerville, General Manager, Kardinia Health is one of five finalists for the Young Leader category of the HESTA Primary Health Care Awards.

Megan says her medical and business background along with her finance skills put her in good stead to build up an active and progressive multidiscplinary team. As a result of her work with Kardinia Health, Megan has presented at a number of nationwide events including the Third Annual Super Clinics Conference in Brisbane and the Health Facilities Conference. Megan presented on a range of topics including corporate governance, building the multidisciplinary clinic, and planning, designing and constructing a super clinic.

“Super clinics are a model of multidisciplinary general practice and a setting that aim to train and locally retain the next generation of primary health care clinicians. They are intended to be a community resource, aim to fill service gaps and be complementary to other health services in communities,” she said.

“Like any new service, the establishment of Kardinia Health took a careful and thorough approach to consultation, making sure that the clinic was supported by and supportive of local health care providers.

“We are seeing more and more GP super clinics spring to life across the nation and it is imperative that we get the general formula right and the specifics tailored to that area.”

The Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) and industry superannuation fund HESTA have joined forces to reward Australia’s leading health care workers in the HESTA Primary Health Care Awards.
The three categories for this year’s awards are:
 Young Leader – Recognising a dedicated health sector worker aged under 35 who demonstrates leadership and vision
 Individual Distinction – Recognising an outstanding individual with a vision for the future of Australian primary health care who has delivered positive outcomes in challenging circumstances
 Team Excellence – Recognising a team that has used collaboration and innovation to deliver demonstrably better health outcomes.
Winners will be announced at the gala HESTA Primary Health Care Awards dinner hosted at AGPN’s National Forum on Wednesday 16 November.

Kardinia Health Welcomes Prof Gerard Gill

July 14, 2011

Kardinia Health Welcomes Prof Gerard Gill

Kardinia Health is excited to welcome Professor Gerard Gill to the team. As well as being an active member in the multidisciplinary team, Prof Gill has taken up the  professorial position in the Deakin Academic Department of General Practice which is located on the Kardinia Health site.

The Department of General Practice will play a major role in medical and other health student education, support the vocational training of young doctors in general practice, conduct research to improve the health of the residents of Geelong and the Western District, and provide academic leadership to general practices in this area.

Prior to taking up the position Professor Gill worked in a private general practice in Launceston for 31 years. While in Launceston, Professor Gill, supported by a NHMRC postgraduate scholarship, obtained a PhD from the University of Tasmania in 2006. He had previously obtained a Masters of Applied Epidemiology in General Practice Evaluation from the Australian National University in 1996. He holds the Fellowships of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine as well as the Diploma in Obstetrics of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. He has been a member of the Australian Medical Association’s Council of General Practice and the Council of the RACGP.

Professor Gill’s research interests are around socio economic determinants of health, general practice care of the elderly and general practice workforce.

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