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.