About Harp Family Medical
Harp Family Medical is a GP owned and managed practice, established in East Kew in 1995.
We are proud to offer the community a high standard of medical care.
Our health care team includes Doctors, Nurses, Diabetes Nurse Educator, Psychologist, Dietitian, Audiologist and trained Medical Reception Staff.
We undertake regular continuing health education.
We are affiliated with the Eastern Victorian General Practice Training as a provider for General Practice training to provide formal Registrar mentoring for fully qualified doctors choosing to follow a career in General Practice.
We are an accredited teaching practice for medical students with Melbourne, Monash and Deakin University. We are also accredited to teach Nursing students from ACU and La Trobe University.
Procedures performed on-site
Doctors are able to perform minor procedures here in the surgery; some of these are:
Blood pressure machines for loan
ECG for heart care and monitoring
Excision of skin lesions
Insertion and removal of hormone implant Implanon
Liquid nitrogen or Cryotherapy treatment for removal of skin lesions
Mirena IUD insertion and removal
Pathology collection on site
Plastering for fractures
Skin glue to wounds
Skin lesion assessment with dermatoscope
Spirometry for lung function and health
Steroid injections into joints
Suturing of wounds
24 Hour Holter Monitor Service
Some of these procedures require an appointment first to determine the exact treatment required and the amount of time needed to perform the procedure.
Please speak to your doctor or reception staff for further information.
General health checks and chronic disease clinics
Diabetes Clinic with Dawn our Diabetes Nurse Educator
Dawn is available to help you and your doctor manage your diabetes.
Dawn is able to provide support and services that include a comprehensive health assessment, diabetes care plan, diet and food choices and exercise advice, use of medications, blood glucose monitoring and preventative health measures.
Dawn will be working closely with your treating doctor and your other health care providers such as Dietician, Podiatrist, Eye Specialist and Endocrinologist as part of your treating team.
Health Assessments for over 75 year olds
This assessment requires a 30 minute appointment with the practice nurse and then a follow up appointment with your treating doctor to complete the assessment. We recommend that you will be here in the practice for approximately one hour.
The Health assessment involves an update of your medical history and a detailed look at such things as your general health, including sight, hearing, diet and exercise, sleep and any medication you might be taking. It also includes any help you maybe receiving at home for example (Home Help, Meals on Wheels), your immunisation status and if you have any problems with dressing, shopping or other activities of your daily life.
CHAT Screening at 18 month vaccine
The Practice has implemented an Autism screening check at the time of the 18 month vaccination. If you would like to participate, the nurse will ask you 5 quick questions prior to the immunisation. You will have an appointment with your Doctor following the immunisation to discuss the results. This screening check will be bulk-billed.
45-49 Year Old Health Assessment
A health assessment at this stage of life can assist patients to make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease or depression.
The health check would involve:
updating your medical history and looking at your health issues
performing some tests such as blood pressure and pathology if required
follow up of any problems identified
advice and information, for example on how to make lifestyle changes to improve your overall health
Care Plans for Chronic Diseases
The Government Health Department encourages people with a chronic illness to have an individual care plan developed outlining their past history, medications and specific health issues. If there are more than 3 health care providers in their team for example, their GP, Specialist and Physiotherapist or Podiatrist. Then a Team Care arrangement can also be prepared and put in place.
The General Practice Management Plan (GPMP) and the Team Care Arrangement (TCA) are undertaken by the practice nurse in conjunction with your doctor.
Once the GPMP and TCA are in place for patients with chronic diseases then a Medicare rebate may be claimed for services to Allied health professionals.
Please speak to your treating doctor or reception staff for further information.