May newsletter

Free Bone Density Scan for over 70s

The Huon Valley Health Centre has arranged for a specialist bone density scanning bus (a test for osteoporosis) to visit Huonville for the week 14th – 18th May 2018. The service is free for anyone over 70 – it is bulk billed with no gap.


Even if you are healthy, having a scan is advisable, because osteoporosis has no visible symptoms and can impact anyone. It affects 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men. Find out more about osteoporosis at Osteoporosis Australia.

Osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones, occurs when our bones lose minerals such as calcium faster than our bodies can replace them. This increases the risk of fractures after falls. We covered falls prevention in our April newsletter.

The scan takes just 10 minutes and is provided by MeasureUp. The bus will be parked outside Woolworths in Huonville.

3 easy steps to get your scan:

  1. Book an appointment with your GP for a referral.
  2. Book a time with MeasureUp on 1800 10 11 63
  3. Bring your referral, Medicare card and any previous bone density scans to the bus.

Thanks to Dr Dora von Conrady, our Clinical Director, for organising for the bus to visit the Huon Valley.


Persistent Pain Clinic

The Huon Valley Health Centre is running a new Persistent Pain (also known as chronic pain) Clinic at the Huonville practice in June.

The Clinic will have a dedicated team that will focus on the impacts of persistent pain.

The team consists of:

  • Your GP;
  • Our Registered Nurses (Ruth, Cath, Deirdre, Jo, Deb and Gayle);
  • Our Clinical Pharmacist Andrew Ridge;
  • Our Psychologist Tina Hale;
  • Visiting Exercise Physiologist Andrea Peattie; and
  • Visiting Dietician Sophie Hofto.

Persistent pain is real and we want to address the impact it has. The Clinic aims to do four things:

  1. ‘Turn down the volume’ of persistent pain;
  2. Increase your day-to-day functioning despite pain;
  3. Suggest the most appropriate medications for participants;
  4. Support participants.

Your role:

  • Actively participate in your pain management;
  • To work with the team to develop your own pain management plan;
  • Participate in finding the best medications for you;

The Clinic will run as a 6-month pilot program and, if successful, may be offered to patients at other General Practices.

There will be no cost, all appointments will be bulk-billed. If you are interested in participating, please speak to your GP or nurse.

The Persistent Pain Clinic is made possible through the hard work of our Clinical Nurse Coordinator Deirdre McGowan, with funding support from TAZREACH.


Palliative Care

Palliative care is for any person and their family with a life-limiting or terminal illness. It aims to help people live their life as fully and comfortably as possible. Palliative care is not just for the final stages of life, care may commence at the time of diagnosis, or intermittently throughout an illness.

Palliative care can be provided by both GPs and palliative care clinicians, who base their treatment on individual needs. They identify and treat symptoms that may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social. Care can be provided in the home, hospital, hospice or Residential Aged Care Facility.

The Tasmanian Government has developed the Tasmanian Palliative Care Community Charter. The principles of the Charter include:

  • Relief from pain & other causes of distress
  • Respect, dignity and person-centered care
  • Good communication
  • Coordination of care
  • Place of care and place of death
  • Fair access to care
  • Help with planning end-of-life care
  • Support for people important to us
  • Support for the unique needs of children, young people and families
  • Support for Aboriginal people in Tasmania.

For more information, speak to your GP or nurse. Or visit:

Advance Care Planning

Advanced care planning encourages people to plan for their future health care, for when they may no longer be able to communicate their choices. It promotes care that is consistent with an individual’s goals, values, beliefs and preferences through open discussion. Healthcare preferences can then be respected when people cannot voice their choices.

You don’t need to get help from health professionals when deciding your Advanced Care Planning, but it is a good idea to involve your GP and other health professionals and let them know your wishes.

It is important to write down your choices, such as an Advanced Care Directive. Make copies of this for your GP, substitute decision-maker(s), specialists, Residential Aged Care Facility, your hospital and MyAgedCare.

It is also important to regularly review your choices, especially if there have been any changes to your health, personal or living situation.

For more information speak to your GP or nurse. Or visit:

Advanced Care Planning


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