We registered for My Medicare – now you can too!

Pear Tree Family Practice has joined thousands of healthcare providers across Australia in registering in MyMedicare, a new voluntary registration system that will help us formalise the relationship between us and our patients. MyMedicare allows you to nominate a general practice and general practitioner as your regular healthcare provider. Formalising the patient-practice relationship, like with […]

MyMedicare – What is it?

The government has recently announced the introduction of My Medicare, a new voluntary patient registration system. Under this system, patients will need to formally register with a General Practice to maximise their entitlements under Medicare. While the details are still emerging, we wanted to ensure you are aware of the potential implications and how it […]

Bone Health – Preventing Osteoporosis

Healthy strong bones are vital to a long, healthy, active and independent life.   Did you know that poor bone health can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition where your bones can become weak and lead to an increased risk of fractures?  Bones will be their strongest in our early twenties. This is the […]

Shingles – are you protected?

Herpes zoster or ‘shingles’ is a localised, painful, vesicular skin rash resulting from reactivation of varicella-zoster virus (the same virus that causes chickenpox earlier in life). Although shingles is usually self-limiting, it can lead to post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a chronic nerve pain syndrome, and other complications. About 20–30% of people will have shingles in their […]

Medication update

5 years ago the recommendation was made to allow patients to collect 60 days worth of tablets, at the same PBS price. This happens in many other countries and will now be introduced in Australia. This will be restricted to 325 medicines for chronic conditions and introduced in two parts. This change will be cheaper […]

Melanoma Prevention

Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world with more than 15,000 new cases of invasive melanoma diagnosed every year. Melanoma is a form of cancer that develops in the body’s pigment cells, known as melanocytes. Melanocytes produce melanin to help protect the skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation i.e. sunlight. When these cells […]

What is a GP?

A GP, or General Practitioner, is a specialist medical practitioner who plays a unique and central role in the health system. Like all specialists, GPs undergo significant training in medicine, followed by two years of post-graduate hospital training and then three years of supervised general practice training to become fellows of the RACGP (Royal Australian […]

Home medication reviews

Do you or someone you care about have a chronic health condition or take several regular medications every day? Did you know that you may be benefit from a Medicare Funded Home Medication Review with a clinical pharmacist? A Home Medication Review can help you to use your medications effectively and avoid any unwanted side […]

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a common condition that affects your airways by narrowing the small air passages in the lungs. The narrowing happens when the air passages become swollen and inflamed. This causes excess mucus to be produced, and the muscles around the air passages also become tighter. These changes can make it harder for air to […]