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Access to Medical Records
Patients at this practice have the right to access their personal health information under legislation, subject to certain exceptions, forms and the payment of reasonable fees.
Personal information will only be released to a third party (including specialists) according to privacy laws and at the doctor’s discretion, written authorisation from the patient is required.
An appointment for a standard consultation will be made with your preferred doctor or the next available doctor, depending on your preference.
Extended consultations are available on request. If you anticipate that your consultation will be long, please advise the receptionist when making the appointment.
SMS message reminders for appointment times are sent at 5pm on the day prior to the appointment.
Our appointments are classified and invoiced as follows:
- Minor Service (Level A)
A brief service for an obvious problem characterised by the straightforward nature of the task that requires a short patient history and, if required, limited examination and management.
- Specific Service (Level B)
A service which requires of the General Practitioner a selective history and examination of the patient, to assess and manage the problem.
- Extended Service (Level C)
A service distinguished by more complex tasks required of the general practitioner when confronted with several alternative diagnoses which require a detailed history, multiple system examination, possible investigations and management.
- Comprehensive Service (Level D)
A service that requires of the general practitioner a complex intellectual process, involving exhaustive history, multiple system examination and the possible arrangement and evaluation of complex investigations in consideration of multiple alternative diagnoses.
- Minor Service (Level A)
After Hours Care and Emergencies
Home visits for regular patients of this practice whose condition prevents them from attending the surgery can be arranged by telephoning the practice nurse during our normal opening hours.
For afterhours urgent matters, please contact health direct for phone advice on 1800 022 222 , alternatively call 000 for an ambulance or proceed to the emergency department at Busselton Hospital.
The Busselton District Hospital on Mill Rd, Busselton, has a 24 hour Emergency Department where medical treatment can be obtained after hours.
In any emergency situation you should immediately call an Ambulance by telephoning 000
Our cancellation fee is $30.00 for a standard consultation and $40.00 for a Molescan consultation if we do not receive notice of your cancellation.
We need 24 hours notice if you wish to cancel an appointment prior to midday or minimum of two hours notice for afternoon appointments.
This enables us to reschedule the day for other patients.
Our surgery may send you SMS reminders of appointments, if you do not wish to receive these please notify reception and they will remove you from the recall.
General email enquiries can be made via our practice website. We will attempt to respond to all email queries within 24 hours. If your query is urgent or if you need to cancel an appointment on the day please call reception on 08 9751 0400 as we cannot always guarantee immediate response to email communication.
It is our policy that all communication with patients via electronic means is conducted with appropriate regard to the privacy laws relating to health information.
Our practice encourages both positive and negative feedback from our patients.
If you have a suggestion or complaint please do not hesitate to speak to our Practice Manager. Written feedback can be hand delivered or posted to the Practice Manager.
We will respond to any grievances or suggestions promptly. Should you not be satisfied with the practices handling of your complaint, you may choose to then forward your complaint to the Office of Health Review:
Office of Health Review
St Martins Tower Level 17
44 St Georges Tce
Perth WA 6000
ph: 08 9323 0600
fax: 08 9221 3675
Contacting your doctor
If you have a query and our receptionist or nurse is unable to help you, she will leave a message for your doctor. All attempts will be made to assist in your query however consulting patients over the phone is difficult and often unfair on both the patient and doctor and you may be asked to make an appointment to review appropriately.
Broadwater Medical Centre is a private billing practice, so fees are at the discretion of your treating doctor.
We have a pay on the day policy.
Children under 16, pensioners and Health Care Card holders are eligible for bulk billing, current concession card must be sighted at each visit. Please give us a call to book this appointment.
A treatment room fee of $25.00 applies for most procedures.
Please contact us if you wish to discuss the fee prior to your appointment.
We have a dedicated Primary Care Nurse on site who offers a variety of specialised health assessments to assertain your risk of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, chronic heart disease, osteoporosis, asthma and COPD.
If you are at risk or have been diagnosed with any of these diseases your doctor and our primary care nurse will work together with you on a routine basis to help you towards disease prevention and management.
Medical certificates are available and can be requested at the time of consultation with your doctor.
If you require a special consideration certificate, please bring the necessary paperwork to your consultation.
Privacy and confidentiality
We comply with Australian Government Legislation, ensuring that the privacy of our patients is maintained.
Further information is available from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on 1300 363 992
Reminders and practice information
Our practice is committed to preventative care and we may issue you with reminder notices or practice information from time to time.
Please advise the staff if you do not wish to participate in this program.
Specialist referrals require an assessment of your condition by the doctor and preparation of a referral letter.
Referral letters will not be issued unless you attend your GP for an assessment, except in special circumstances by arrangement with your doctor. Referrals cannot be backdated.
Please contact the specialist or testing centre where you have been referred for their individual fees.
To maintain strict patient confidentiality and compliance with the Privacy Act it is our policy that all test results will not be given over the phone by receptions staff and nurses.
Patients are required to book a follow up appointment to receive and discuss results with their doctor.