News

New Doctors Starting in October

We are very excited to announce some new GPs starting with us and returning in October. Dr Ian Guinan commenced in Huonville on the 1st October. He comes from the UK via our local Alcohol and Drug Service, and is here to train towards his Australian GP fellowship. Ian will be with us full time…


Mental Health, Wellbeing and Natural Disasters

As we approach the warmer months, so too does the risk of bushfires. As a result of global warming, natural disaster events like bushfires and floods are increasingly likely. There are things that you can do to feel more prepared practically and from a mental wellbeing perspective.  Traumatic events occur when there is a threat…


Doctors going on maternity leave

Congratulations to Dr Jessica Shill, Dr Ingrid Smethurst and Dr Emma Mortyn who are all expecting babies in the next few months. They will be going on maternity leave in October/ November and will return to the practice in 2020.     For patients who regularly see Dr Jessica Shill, Dr Ingrid Smethurst and Dr…


Closure of patient books

From Tuesday 27th August HVHC practices Huonville and Cygnet are unable to accept new patients. This is a temporary closure of our patient books in response to: ● High patient demand for appointments and lengthening wait times; ● An anticipated shortage of appointments due to doctor leave; ● The needs of our patients for quality…


Seasonal affective disorder

Adapted from ABC Hobart article by Georgie Burgess, appearing here. As the days get colder and shorter, many of us become susceptible to the winter blues. In Tasmania, six to 10 per cent of the population experience some form of winter depression — about 3 per cent will suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD…


Introducing Intern Dr Sara McKenzie

The Huon Valley Health Centre has partnered with Ochre Health to deliver the Tasmanian Intern Program. Intern doctors are newly graduated doctors who complete the majority of their intern year in a hospital environment. This is the second year that general practice has been included as a rotation in Tasmania, with support from the Australian…