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BGP News

Keeping you up to date with all the news at Ballarat Group Practice and in the wider health community.


Telehealth Updates from 1st October 2020

Due to Medicare changes as of the 1st October 2020, billing practices will return to pre-COVID processes.

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Subsidised Psychological Therapy Sessions

On Sunday 2nd August 2020 The Australian Government announced they will provide an additional 10 Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions for people subjected to further restrictions in areas impacted by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mandatory Face Masks/Coverings At All BGP Sites

As of 27th July 2020, it will be mandatory for all persons that enter any of BGP’s clinics to wear a face mask/covering.

It is required that you supply and wear your own face mask/covering but BGP do have a limited supply on site for those who have not yet sourced their own. In this instance, the patient will be supplied a mask, but carers/support persons will need to supply their own.

If our supplies are depleted and you have not provided your own mask you will not be permitted to enter our premises.

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2020 Flu Vaccines

Updated 27th May 2020

Flu Vaccines are now available.

Due to the current climate, BGP are not offering daily clinics as we have done in previous years.

Please contact reception to book an appointment for the flu vaccine with a GP.

A reminder to please be patient as our reception team are currently dealing with a high volume of calls.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 13th May 2020

Please tell staff immediately if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatique or tiredness


  • have travelled overseas in the last 14 days
  • OR have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DO NOT BOOK ONLINE - ring reception for advice.

Alternatively, call the Department of Health and Human Services dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 if you develop these symptoms.

Telehealth consultations are now available - book online or phone reception.

Click below for further information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Introducing Wayne Weaire - Ballarat Counselling

The Ballarat Group Practice welcomes Wayne Weaire from Counselling Ballarat to our rooms.

Wayne is the principle Counsellor and Therapist at Counselling Ballarat. He is currently consulting at The Arch location of BGP. Click below for more information about the services Wayne offers.

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ACCC and HotDoc Update

Recently the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) released an article regarding legal action against online booking providers. Ballarat Group Practice uses the program HotDoc for online bookings. Click below for a statement released by HotDoc to reassure patients they are not involved in these legal proceedings. You will also find a link to HotDoc's Privacy Statement.

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E Health Records

Ballarat Group Practice is My Health Record ready. Having a My Health Record means your important health information, including allergies, current conditions and treatments and medicine details, can be digitally stored in one place. Healthcare providers such as doctors, specialists and hospital staff can see these details online from anywhere at any time with your consent, or an emergency situation. If you need more information about how to access your My Health Record please call today.

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Ferinject Infusions New to the Arch

Ferinject is an intravenous iron preparation used in the treatment of iron deficiency conditions.  BGP at the Arch now offer Ferinject infusions on site for the treatment of patients with iron deficiency when oral iron preparations are ineffective or cannot be used. The aim of the therapy is to replenish body iron stores and to remedy anaemia. 

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