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Congratulations CSMC - Winner AGPAL Safety and Quality Award!

Collins Street Medical Centre was very proud to be selected as the winning practice of the AGPAL Award for Safety and Quality 2011-2012

Dr Fiona Broderick accepts the Award sponsored by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare during the AGPAL Conference Gala Dinner at the Sydney Convention Centre, Friday 27 September 2013.

Collins Street Medical Centre winner of AGPAL Safety & Quality Award 2011-2012, Sydney

We were thrilled to be chosen as the recipient of the AGPAL Safety and Quality Award, awarded for our use of e health technologies to improve patient care and outcomes.

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Collins Street Medical Centre selected as an AGPAL AWARDS finalist

AGPAL Awards finalists selected.

CSMC is finalist in two categories of the AGPAL GP Awards.

Safety and Quality Award
Innovation in General Practice Award


Award winners for the categories below will be announced at the AGPAL Conference Gala Dinner on Friday 27 September.

  • General Practice of the Year Award
  • Solo General Practice of the Year Award
  • Rural & Remote General Practice of the Year Award
  • After-Hours General Practice / Medical Deputising Service of the Year Award

Award winners for the categories below will be announced at the 10am plenary session on Friday 27 September.

  • Safety and Quality Award
  • Innovation in General Practice Award
  • Excellence in Consumer Engagement Award

Practices were asked to showcase their most recent achievement in the areas of safety and quality, innovation or excellence in consumer engagement that occurred during the nomination period (2011 - 2012).

A judging panel is currently reviewing the finalist nominations against each award category's specific criteria. Nominations received have been outstanding and are testament to general practice’s commitment to quality improvement.

Staff from CSMC are flying to Sydney for the event and Gala Dinner which is judged on the 27th of September.


CSMC Welcomes New GP Dr Coniela Sgroi

CSMC is delighted to welcome Dr Coniela Sgroi to our practice. She is a highly experienced General Practitioner who has worked in Melbourne's inner city .

Dr Coniela Sgroi

Dr Coniela Sgroi graduated from Monash University in 2001 and obtained her Fellowship in General Practice in 2008.

Coniela has a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is currently undertaking the Diploma of Child Health with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Coniela is qualified for shared obstetric care through The Royal Women’s Hospital and The Mercy Hospital for Women. She is also qualified to insert the Implanon contraceptive device.

Coniela is passionate about providing thorough care and working with her patients. She enjoys empowering them with knowledge and guiding them to achieve optimal health.

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Experienced GPs Accredited for Shared Antenal Care

Dr Fiona BroderickDr Manjit Kala and Dr Amanda Nutting are experienced GP's who are also accredited to provide Shared Antenatal Care at Collins Street Medical Centre.

Collins Street Medical Centre Features as an AGPAL Ambassador Practice

Collins Street Medical Centre features in this video produced by AGPAL as part of a series highlighting Ambassador Practices throughout Australia.

AGPAL has produced Practice Videos to be used as resources for clinics undergoing AGPAL accreditation.

Collins Street Medical Centre - AGPAL Practice Video from CSMC on Vimeo.


Local practice educates community about quality in health care

Collins Street Medical Centre, located in the heart of Melbourne, features in a national community awareness campaign.

The campaign aims to educate the public on how general practice accreditation can support the delivery of quality and safe health care for patients.

Collins Street  Medical Centre staff worked with Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) to produce the campaign. AGPAL is a not-for-profit organisation comitted to delivering accreditation and quality improvement services to general practices throughout Australia.

Collins Street Medical Centre - AGPAL Ambassador - National Campaign from CSMC on Vimeo.

Collins Street Medical Centre has been participating the AGPAL accreditation program since 2003, accredited against the RACGP Standards for general practices. The Medical Centre has achieved a number of awards throughout the years including, the 2010 AGPAL Quality Innovation Award and 2007 AGPAL Practice Excellence Award.

AGPAL Ambassador Practice

Collins Street Medical Centre is now proud to be an AGPAL Ambassador Practice, promoting the benefits of accreditation to the community.

Mr Brett McPherson, Practice Manager, said it is important for patients to know their practice is committed to continuous quality impovement to improve patient safety and quality of care.

Collins Street Medical Centre sees many young, time-poor professionals as patients, making it  important for the practice to be at the forefront of general practice in Australia.

Mr McPherson said it was “critical for patients that our practice runs on time everytime. We are consistently looking for ways to do things better. Everything we do to improve our services, and how we operate, is for our patients”.


Premier's Active Families Challenge

More Active, More Often
30mins of activity for 30 days

The Challenge encourages Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity per day for 30 days over a six week period.

This year's Challenge runs from 4 March to 14 April.
Register by March 16, 2013

Find out more by visiting:
Better Health Website - Premier's Active Families Challenge →

Last year more than 80,000 Victorians registered to participate, improving not only their personal fitness but also helping to make their community stronger and healthier.

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

Thinking about your New Year's Resolutions to get (and stay) healthy in 2013?

Take 9 minutes and watch this excellent video resource prepared by US family physician Dr Mike Evans:


Don’t Sit on Your Symptoms - Find out about Bowel Cancer.

Bowel Cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australia with a risk 1 in 12 people.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

However, bowel cancer screening is still not being performed optimally.

To combat this Collins Street Medical Centre has joined with the Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local Cancer Screening Program.

Screening using an immunochemical faecal occult blood test (FOBT) is recommended every 1-2 years for people aged 50 or over.


Flu Vaccine and Influenza

There have been 41,336 notifications of Influenza in Australia since March 2012 with 13% or 5443 cases being in Victoria. There are many more cases than notifications as often people may not seek medical attention or are not routinely tested for influenza when they present.

Australia and Victoria has an extended influenza season with cases still occurring. With global travel continuing to increase influenza can be a risk Western union money transfer at any time.

The Royal Women’s has notified us of 7 pregnant women who were admitted with influenza in the last week in September and are encouraging us to vaccinate all pregnant women not previously vaccinated to receive their free vaccine. Babies receive 6 month immunity from their Mother’s influenza vaccine.

Influenza A has been the main circulating virus while the proportion of Influenza B is now increasing.

The 2012 vaccine contains A/California/2009(H1n1), A/Perth/2009(h3N2) and B/Brisbane/2008 like strain.

Those at high risk who can receive the free flu vaccine include:

  • Everyone over 65
  • Indigenous people aged 15 and over
  • Pregnant women at any stage in their pregnancy
  • Any person over 6 months with
    • Cardiac disease
    • Chronic respiratory disease including asthma
    • Chronic renal or liver disease
    • Diabetes Mellitus
    • Chronic Metabolic Disease
    • Immunosuppression including cancer, HIV , immunosuppressive medications
    • Chronic neurological disorders

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Travel Medicine - Yellow Fever Vaccinations

Accredited Australian Government - Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.

Collins Street Medical Centre is an approved a government accredited vaccination centre for Yellow Fever.

Prospective travellers will require a consultation with one of our GPs to review their medical history, risk of exposure, country vaccination requirements (for all countries being visited / transited) in line with the guidelines and requirements from the most recent NHMRC Australia Immunisation Handbook.

Where the Yellow Fever vaccine is given, the practice will provide the required certificate:

“International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis.”

- Travelling Overseas? - Find out more about how Collins Street Medical Centre can provide travel advice, vaccinations and immunisations to help prepare you for travel overseas.

CSMC bids a fond farewell to our Practice Manager Judith Wilson

Collins Street Medical Centre bids a fond farewell to our Practice Manager Extraordinaire Judith Wilson. Judith was with us from 2006 to 2012 and oversaw many quality improvements and innovations in this time.

Collins Street Medical Centre staff farewell dinner with Judith

In 2008 CSMC was awarded the Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited Top 20 Excellence Award from over 1500 Practices assessed nationally which was a terrific honour and reflected the wonderful work of Judith and our whole Team. In 2010 we were delighted to be awarded the AGPAL Quality and Innovation Award from a quality list of finalists including the Melbourne Medical Service. These awards reflected the meticulous work of Judith in supervising our Practice Team and tirelessly managing the Practice.

In 2011 she oversaw the exciting move to the 7th Floor managing the renovation and transition, including development of our new website and logo.

Judith has become a great friend and colleague and has been greatly appreciated by our wider community network including Specialists, Allied Health Professionals, Hospitals, The Melbourne General Practice Network and very importantly to our patients.


Flu Vaccine Season

A Flu Vaccination is recommended in autumn to allow time for immunity to be strengthened before the flu season starts.

The 2012 seasonal influenza vaccine contains the same influenza strains used in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Although the influenza strains are unchanged, annual vaccination is recommended because immunity to influenza immunity decreases over time and vaccination is needed each year to ensure you continue to be protected.

Each year, the flu vaccine will protect against the three strains of flu virus which are most likely to circulate over the winter period. The 2012 seasonal flu vaccine protects against the same strains as the 2011 vaccine as they remain the most likely to occur here this winter. While the vaccine is the same, it is still important to get it again this year.

Even if you received a flu vaccination towards the end of the last flu season, you should still be vaccinated again before this flu season.


E –Health: National Personal Electronic Health Record

The Australian Government is introducing a national personally controlled electronic health record system.

2012 brings more changes, which should improve health care delivery with the national personal electronic health record, which patients can elect to register for in July 2012.

Our Practice has been chosen by the Improvement Foundation as a lead Practice for a National E Health Collaborative. This will ensure a smooth transition in July 2012

CSMC is ensuring we are well up to speed with the changes so we can transition to this easily and we would encourage you to register in July 2012. It will ensure the Health System can communicate in a coordinated fashion and will improve continuity of care. You can choose with the GP of your choice what information is uploaded to a central record which then can be accessed by nominated Doctors of your choice.


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Inside Radiology website resource

Collins Street Medical Centre would like to recommend the following website Inside Radiology -

It is an excellent and easy to use website containing information about radiology tests and procedures for health consumers and health professionals.

It has been developed by Australasian Radiologists and other expert health professionals, including General Practitioners, with input from consumers.