"We keep your feet happy!"

 Penguin
PODIATRY

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Operating Hours
Monday                9am to 6pm
Tuesday                           Closed
Wednesday       9am to 12pm

Thursday              9am to 5pm
Friday                      8am to 4pm
Saturday F/N       9am to 1pm

Sunday                              Closed

F/N - Fortnightly

Payment Options

Here at Penguin Podiatry we pride ourselves on having reasonable and competitive pricing structure. We offer value for money service, doing what we can at your appointment for your specific Podiatry needs. Please call our friendly staff for fee breakdown and other charges..

  • We are DVA  (Department of Veterans' Affairs) approved. Customers need a current referral (D904) from their GP prior to appointment.
  • Patients with a current Medicare Chronic Disease Management CDM (Formally EPC Enhanced Primary Care) referral from their GP will be Bulk Billed through Medicare, coving a standard consultation payment. It is the patients resposibility to keep up with their available appointments or consultation fees will apply.
  • We accept Workers Compensation cases with all appropriate paperwork in place.
  • Our clinic is equipt with HICAPS and EFTPOS facilities for your convenience. For provider and treatment item codes please call our reception so you can check with your private health fund for the level of Podiatry cover.
  • We also accept Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash for those who are up with digital currency.
  • We are preferred providers for Medibank Private members and are part of the HCF feet for life program.

Individual consultations are required for a precise quote when inquiring about orthotic packages and ingrown toenail surgery.
(Toenail surgery - Additional fees may apply depending on the number of nail edges involved and degree of difficulty).

Dr Google - online diagnosis

As more and more people turn to the internet to self-diagnose as a quick fix or to just understand their health problems, it should be done with caution.

Doing an online search for health information can help you in making a decision on which health professional to see or whether you need to see one at all or what questions you may need to ask but it shouldn't replace the need to see a health professional.

If you do a general Web search on any disease, condition or procedure you will get a higher percentage of worst case scenario stories, pictures and misleading information which can do more harm than good.

A face to face consultation with a health care professional, who has studied and is qualified to diagnose, is a better option than a computer which doesn't know all the facts and circumstances of your individual situation.

Did you know?

  • The average person walks about 10 000 steps a day. During a lifetime it is thought that a person has walked enough steps to have travelled around the planet more than 4 times.
  • 1/4 of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet, there are 52 bones in a pair of feet.
  • One foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons and 125,000 sweat glands.
  • There are more nerve endings per square centimetre in the foot than any other part of the body.​​
  • During a typical day, the feet endure a cumulative force of several hundred tons.
  • When you're running, the pressure on your feet can be 3 to 4 times your body weight.
  • When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight.
  • It takes at least 5-6 months to grow an entirely new toenail.
  • Women experience foot problems 4 times more often than men.
  • About 20-30% of the world's population have Morton's Toe, a foot condition in which the second toe is longer than the big toe.
  • The record for the world’s largest feet belongs to Matthew McGrory who wears US size 28 1/2 shoes. The average men’s size is US10 1/2.
  • It’s rare that two feet are exactly the same; one of them is often larger than the other.
  • The skin on your foot soles is the thickest on the body.
  • Standing in one spot is far more tiring than walking because the demands are being made on the same few muscles for a longer length of time.

Medicare's (CDM) Chronic Disease Management Plan (formerly Enhanced Primary Care Plan or EPC)

Information on the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) items that are available under Medicare to patients with a chronic medical condition.

The Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) — GP services on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) enable GPs to plan and coordinate the health care of patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions, including patients with these conditions who require multidisciplinary, team-based care from a GP and at least two other health or care providers.

A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke. There is no list of eligible conditions; however, the CDM items are designed for patients who require a structured approach, including those requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team.

Whether a patient is eligible for CDM services is a clinical judgement for the GP, taking into account the patient’s medical condition and care needs, as well as the general guidance set out in the MBS.

Patients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs and are being managed by their GP under a GP Management Plan (item 721) and Team Care Arrangements (item 723) are eligible for Medicare rebates for certain allied health services on referral from their GP.
 
Summary

  • There are two types of plans that can be prepared by a General Practitioner (GP) for Chronic Disease Management (CDM):
  • GP Management Plans (GPMP); and
  • Team Care Arrangements (TCAs)
  • There are two types of plans:
  • If you have a chronic (or terminal) medical condition, your GP may suggest a GPMP.
  • If you also have complex care needs and require treatment from two or more other health care providers, your GP may suggest TCAs as well.
  • Your GP or practice staff must obtain your agreement before providing these plans.
  • If a provider accepts the Medicare benefit as full payment for the service, there will be no out-of-pocket cost. If not, you will have to pay the difference between the fee charged and the Medicare rebate.
  • If you have both a GPMP and TCAs prepared for you by your GP, you may be eligible for Medicare rebates for certain allied health services. It is up to a GP to determine whether you are eligible for these allied health services which must be directly related to the management of your chronic condition.
  • The practice nurse can provide support and monitoring between visits to your GP.
  • Your GP will offer you a copy of your plan.
  • You and your GP should regularly review your plan/s.

Page last updated: 02 April 2014
Source:  http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/mbsprimarycare-chronicdiseasemanagement
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