GRADUATED!! For the third time - yes, that’s right, after transferring from the NHS over to the lovely Gold Coast, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners have honoured me as one of their new fellows.
Join me as we head to Brisbane’s Convention Centre together and graduate!
For all you budding GPs out there, I have to say that it is a great career to pursue, getting to help people is the best part of my job. It’s hard work - 5 years of med school, 5 years of post-graduate studies and experience as a NHS doctor, 6 months of experience working as an Australian GP and of course competing the essential CEMP training course. But, it’s worth it.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners is the professional body for general practitioners in Australia.
The RACGP vision is for a ‘Healthy Profession, Healthy Australia’. The organisational mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of all people in Australia by supporting GPs, general practice registrars and medical students through its principle activities of education, training and research, and by assessing doctors’ skills and knowledge, offering ongoing professional development activities, developing resources and guidelines, advocating for GPs on issues that affect their practice, and developing standards that general practices use to ensure high quality healthcare.
ABOUT DR NORA
Dr Nora is a GP from London, England. She graduated from St. George’s University of London in 2011. She carried out her postgraduate speciality studies in London and is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and The Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. Dr Nora has a Diploma in Women’s Health & Family Planning.
Her specialties include
Facial cosmetics including dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle therapy.
Medical treatment of bruxism and hyperhidrosis using anti-wrinkle injections.
Minor Surgery & Skin Checks
Family planning, including the insertion and removal of intrauterine devices and sub-dermal implants & sexual health screens.
Chronic disease management such as Diabetes and Respiratory Health.
Dr Nora takes a proactive approach to health promotion.
Skin Cancer Checks | Dermatology Workshop by Australasian College of Dermatologists
Did you know that 1 in 2 Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85?.. Well, roll up your sleeves and join me as we go to the Australasian College of Dermatologists’ GP Practical Dermoscopy Course.
4 Months online learning
8 Hour face to face workshop
2 hour exam
Learn all about skin examinations, getting patient history, skin lesions, using a dermoscope and suturing techniques for various skin cancer types.
I love Brisbane, and I love dermoscopy, the course is great for someone like me who has to work full-time, so e-learning is the way to go, and I am so pleased to be able to now be accredited to diagnose and manage skin cancer.
As a new Australian GP from the UK, the month of July officially means its end of the financial year, and time to get your accounting socks on to file your quarterly GST Business activity statement, and end of year filings.
In this post I’d like to share with you my method of book/record keeping.
First I have a cloud synchronized shared folder, you can set one up using Google Drive or Dropbox.
Every business related expense I have (including the ones I’m not sure about), I take photographs of and place in a Expenses Todo folder.
Every invoice I get from my practice, I store in another Income Todo folder.
I tried using apps such as Office Lens and Google Lens to take perfect scans of my receipts, but in the end I found that just taking a snap at a good enough angle is easiest to do.
If you’re using a cloud based service such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive, their apps can automatically sync photographs taken on your phone to your shared folder. Every now and then (usually once a month) I audit my photographs and move any expenses receipt into the Expenses Todo folder.
Every couple of months or on request, I log all my invoices and receipts onto a Spreadsheet. I find that Google Docs is easiest to use as my spreadsheets can be accessed from anywhere and can be exported to formats which are compatible with other apps.
Once my book keeping is done, I run all my expenses past my accountant who validates any expenses I am unsure about.
My spreadsheet is broken into multiple pages, and I use a seperate spreadsheet for each return. Eg. 2015-2016.xls
The first page of my spreadsheet consists of the income breakdown, how much I charged, how much my practice charged me, and the GSTs of these.
The second page of my spreadsheet consists of $AUD expenses made during the period. Noting, the total expense, how much of that expense was GST, how much it was stamp duty, and which category does the expense belong to. This helps myself and my accountant figure out how much of the expense is to be claimed.
For example, my car related expenses are worked out using the car log book method, which means only the work related usage % of the car calculated, can be used from the full expense.
For the car log book, I used the official myATO app’s personal deductions section to log my work related journeys (note: excluding any trips to my regular place of work) for a period of 12 weeks. This way I was able at the end of the period to determine my work related percentage use of the car, and use this for car related expense calculations.
If you’d like a copy of the Book Keeping Template I just described, please drop in your email address below.
Cervical Screening Update 2017 | Women’s Health Series
In this episode of Dr Nora, I take you through the changes occurring to Cervical Screening from December 2017 as discussed at a recent Women’s Health Update Event I attended at the Gold Coast Private Hospital.
Currently Australia’s Medicare provides cervical cancer screening via a Pap Smear test for women aged between 18-69, every 2 years, once they have become sexually active.
From December 2017, Medicare will be moving towards a more internationally recognised liquid-based cytology approach. The test will not feel any different, but will reduce the number of inadequate tests and the wait time for results.
As these new tests are more efficient, women will now be screened from the ages of 25-74, every 5 years.
In the meantime please note that it is very important for women to continue to participate in the current two yearly Pap test program to ensure they are not at risk of developing cervical cancer.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment, or book an appointment for a consultation.
Did you know that if you’re aged between 45 to 49 years old you may be eligible for a free health assessment to help prevent developing a chronic disease?
The procedure itself consists of listing to your heart, lungs, checking your blood pressure, blood tests and an ECG, while it sounds like a lot, it usually only takes 30 minutes.
The health assessment is for patients who, in the clinical judgement of the medical practitioner and based on the identification of a specific risk factor, is at risk of developing a chronic disease. A chronic disease or condition is one that has been, or is likely to be present for at least six months, including (but not limited to) asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes mellitus, a mental health condition, arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition.
So if you’re aged between 45 and 49 (or know someone who is), drop in for a consultation to see if you qualify.