There are 7 Registered Nurses that work at the Deer Park GP Clinic. On any day, there are 3 practice nurses rostered on to assist the GPs. 6 of these nurses are credentialed Nurse Immunisers and 3 are credentialed Women’s Health Nurses. All the nurses are highly experienced in primary care nursing and have excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as highly advanced interpersonal skills in working with clients from a wide range of backgrounds with a wide variety in English proficiency and socio-economic levels. 3 of the nurses are trained in Dual Diagnosis.
The practice nurses perform a variety of duties which include:
- chronic care plans
- health assessments
- chronic and acute dressings
- triage emergency management
- refugee health client management
- ear syringing
In addition to the practice nurses, there is an onsite Diabetic Nurse Educator that works closely with the GPs in regards to insulin stabilisation, medication management and general education around their diabetes.
Additionally, there is a Women’s Health nurse that works within the GP clinic one a fortnight for cervical screening, STI checks and sexual and reproductive education.
There is also a dedicated team of Refugee Health nurses that assist both the GPs and practice nurses with further management and advice on Refugee clients.
Furthermore, there is a Living Well team that consists of nursing, dieticians, OT, exercise physiologist, podiatrist and physiotherapists that work with clients who are in the early stages of chronic disease and or have risk factors for chronic disease and work to improve their self management capacity. The team also run group programs that include healthy living strategies and Quit smoking groups.
With all the nursing and allied health support for the GPs at IPC Health, it allows the GPs to have a clear pathway of ongoing care for their clients and not having to venture out externally to refer their clients. It’s a bit like a one stop shop.
The GP practice also participates in the Doctors in the School program, funded by the DEA and NWMPHN, which sees a designated nurse and doctor provide consultations to secondary school students once a week on site at an allocated school. The GP clinic prides itself of attending to the community needs as well as making a difference in people’s lives.
Additional learning opportunities
Small group learning, Clinical meetings, Assisting with procedures, Other
Other additional learning opportunities
Research and Quality Improvement Projects
Supervisor special interests
Primary Supervisor – skin conditions/minor procedures
– chronic disease management
Secondary Supervisor – Women’s Health
– Geriatric Medicine
General Facilities / Services
IPC Health – Deer Park has a warm and friendly environment feel to it when you first walk in to and around the entire campus. It has a well equipped kitchen area for staff to prepare their food and eat to have their breaks. It brings together all staff from different areas to get to know one another. The TV brings a lot of conversation depending on what is on as well. There is also an outside area that connects to the kitchen area where you can also sit and eat. It is the area that events and celebrations take place.
Monthly campus meetings takes place usually in this area which provides the opportunity for the CEO or the executive team to inform staff of what is going on within all sites at IPC Health and provides the opportunity for staff to ask questions. If staff are unable to attend, they can read the monthly newsletter that captures a lot that was discussed which can be found on the IPC Health intranet site.
The Deer Park site is where the CEO and the executive offices are situated. This is also where the HR and the Payroll staff are which makes it easier to deal with concerns staff may have. Staff can also find the IT Support on site which is handy when issues with computers/printers may arise. The Quality and Risk team offices are also at Deer Park. This team assists the GP practice with policy and procedure development, equipment maintenance as well as Accreditation preparation.
All these services have an open door policy which is great when you require a problem address immediately.
There is a pharmacist situated next door to the Deer Park site that clients can fill their prescriptions after their visit. There is also a complex of small shops within walking distance if staff require to purchase food/drinks or and day to day items. There is a bus stop right in front of the community centre and a train station down the road for staff that utilise public transport to travel to work. The Brimbank Shopping centre is a 2 minute drive which many staff car pool together to go out for lunch or to run errands.
For those who like exercise, there are lunch time walking groups to participate in and get you out of the office.