2911, 2017

Christmas Appeal

Over the past 26 years Target and UnitingCare have joined forces every Christmas offering support and gifts to people of all ages. Target and UnitingCare have collected over 2.1 million gifts in total bringing a lot of happiness to a lot of people who for various reasons are unable to celebrate Christmas with gifts.

Target launches the campaign in early November so please if you are in a position to donate to this campaign do so by leaving a gift at your Target store. Help bring a smile to someone less fortunate on Christmas day.

2911, 2017

Christmas/New Year Opening Hours

Christmas/New Year

Please note we will be closed on the following days:

Monday 25th December
Tuesday 26th December
Monday 1st January

We will be open Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th however these will be for emergency appointments only. We will have multiple doctors away on those dates so we will not be making routine bookings unless requested by your doctor. If you know you will be needing scripts during this time please make an appointment prior to the Christmas period to make sure that you are not without medication over the break.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for allowing us to provide care to you and your families throughout 2017.  We wish you all a safe, happy and healthy festive season and beyond.

2911, 2017

Practice Changes in 2018


In 2018 we will be sorry to say farewell & good luck to three of our GP’s.

Dr Anthony Weller will be leaving us (and the district) in mid January after making the move to Mildura in 2010 and spending the last 8 years at Ontario Medical Clinic initially full time and then part time along with his teaching at Monash Medical School.  His care for his patients and his contribution in educating our future doctors will be greatly missed.

We are also sad to say goodbye to our Registrars Dr Joelene Lau and Dr Eva Curley who have spent the last 12 months here at Ontario Medical Clinic.  They are also leaving Mildura to continue their training elsewhere.  Dr Curley and Dr Lau will also be finishing mid to late January.

We would like to thank all three of them for their wonderful contributions to our clinic and we wish them well in their new clinics and towns.

In early February we will be welcoming Dr Lavanya Duggirala and Dr Rasin Bhuiyan.  Dr Duggirala is currently working in Mildura and Dr Bhuiyan will be joining us from Melbourne.  We are also hoping to add another full time female GP in early March and we will let you know once this has been confirmed.

111, 2017

AUSTRALIAN FOOD SAFETY WEEK – 11th-18th November, 2017

The food Safety Information Council is a health promotion charity that aims to help reduce the estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in our community every year. The food Safety Information Council aims at promoting awareness and providing education to reduce this number. Food regulations in Australia can only help with food safety up to the time it reaches the consumer, after that it is up to us.

A few basic rules to follow that will help reduce food poising and other diseases are:

WASH HANDS- It is very important to wash your hands properly before and frequently during food preparations. Wet your hands and rub together well to build up a good lather with soap to help carry bugs away. You must wash your hands for at least 20 seconds ensuring to wash between your fingers. Dry them properly.

WASH UTENSILS– Washing utensils properly with warm soapy water and drying thoroughly is another important process especially when handling raw meats and vegetables.

REFRIGERATION As soon as possible after purchasing meat, poultry, dairy foods, vegetables/salad products place them straight into a fridge, ideally at or below 5 degrees.DO NOT LEAVE IN A HOT CAR. It is also vital to refrigerate leftovers promptly making sure it is covered.

COOK FOOD PROPERLY Cook chicken, mince, hamburgers, stuffed meats and sausages right through until they reach 75 degrees. Meat should also be defrosted thoroughly before cooking.

CROSS-CONTAMINATION– Cross contamination is a major way food borne disease spreads. To avoid this keep raw and cooked foods separate when storing and preparing. A good habit is to place raw meats and poultry in containers at the bottom of the fridge ensuring the juices don’t contaminate food on lower shelves. NEVER put cooked meat on a plate raw meat was on.

111, 2017

WORLD ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK – 13th-19th November, 2017

Antibiotics resistance is an increasingly serious threat to global health and human development. Antibiotics only work on bacteria, not infections like viruses that cause colds and flu. Taking an antibiotic when it’s not needed will not make a significant difference to how you feel or how fast you recover. The more often antibiotics are used or taken incorrectly the more chance bacteria have to change and become resistant to them. This can make bacterial infections much harder to treat.

The situation is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world, compromising the ability to treat infectious diseases and putting people everywhere at risk.

There are actions that you can take to reduce the chance of resistance developing:

*Take the prescribed dose and complete the whole course of treatment prescribed by your doctor. Even if you are feeling better, taking the whole course reduces the chance that some bacteria will survive and become resistant.

*Don’t share antibiotics with another person. This is important because the type of antibiotic may not be targeted to the bacteria causing their infection.

*Don’t keep leftovers. The dose and amount leftover may not be enough to destroy a new infection, creating more opportunity for resistant bacteria to develop and multiply.

The week concentrates on raising awareness of the issue that is becoming more serious in our communities. It is not too late to reduce the impact of antibiotic resistance and we all have a part to play in preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Antibiotics are a precious resource, we need to handle them with care.

610, 2017


8th-14th October 2017
Seniors week is about celebrating people 55 and over and the contributions they make to our community. The Mildura region is offering activities throughout the week that are free or inexpensive to help encouraged our seniors to GET OUT and GET INVOLVED!! Why not try something new.

More detailed information can be found on the following link:

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Friday 27th October, 17

Bandanna Day is a fundraiser that focuses on supporting young people living with cancer. Every year, another 23,000 young people (63 a day) have to deal with the challenge of cancer.

Ontario Medical Clinic are supporting this wonderful cause and you can too by buying some merchandise at our front desk. Other ways you may like to help is by donating online or hosting a fundraiser yourself.

Money raised allows CanTeen to provide practical and emotional support for young people.

$50- Will help pay for one young person to attend a CanTeen Recreation Day and have a break from the daily pressures of living with cancer.

$100- Will help pay for one young person who has lost a parent or sibling to cancer to attend a weekend program where they learn to understand grief and develop skills to manage it.

$350- Will enable two young people living with cancer to have an hour long face-to-face counselling session.

$500- Will enable two young people to attend a one-night New Member Program to get a taste of what a CanTeen program involves and start connecting with others going through similar experiences.

3008, 2017

National Stroke Week: 4-10th September 2017

The Stroke Foundation is a national charity that partners with the community to prevent, treat and beat stroke. They are the voice of stroke in Australia and work to:

-Raise awareness of the risk factors, signs of stroke and promote healthy lifestyles.

-Improve treatment for stroke to save lives and reduce disability.

-Improve life after stroke for survivors.

-Encourage and facilitate stroke research.

-Advocate for initiatives to prevent, treat and beat stroke.

-Raise funds from the community, corporate sector and government to continue our mission.

The Stroke Foundation is aiming to ensure Australian households know the signs of stroke and to to call 000 when they see the first signs of stroke symptoms.


*FACE- Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?

*ARMS- Can they lift both arms?

*SPEECH– Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?

*TIME– Time is critical. If you see any of these symptoms act FAST and call 000

Paramedics, nurses and doctors can only help if the FAST response is implemented at the first sign of stroke.



3008, 2017

R U OK?? Thursday 14th September 2017

 day is a way to encourage and empower people to connect with others around them and support anyone that may be struggling with life. It is as simple as asking someone ‘R U Ok?’ and with this question you could possibly change someone’s life.  It is often our gut feeling that may pick up that someone is not doing so well. Perhaps they are just not themselves and you’ve noticed a change in their behavior. Start the conversation and comment on the changes you have noticed. You may help them by showing them you are supportive and help them initiate the first steps in finding strategies. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.


R U OK day encourages people to start these conversations every day of the year not just on this particular day. You have got what it takes to make a difference.

Four simple steps may make a huge difference in a life:


  1. Ask
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage Action
  4. Check in


We like to pride ourselves at Ontario Medical Clinic on being one supportive workplace family which is why we encourage R U OK day.

408, 2017

HEARING AWARENESS WEEK 20th-26th August, 2017

Hearing awareness week plays a role in recognising people suffering from hearing impairment or deafness. Some people are born with hearing loss, some people may suffer with hearing impairment or deafness as a result of a condition or an injury and others develop it as they get older.

One in six Australians are hearing impaired, deaf or has an ear disorder of some description. Damage to your hearing is often a gradual process and the effects of noise exposure are permanent.

If you or your child is having hearing problems you should see your GP. They will check your ear for problems such as earwax or a perforated eardrum. They may have to refer you to an audiologist or an ENT surgeon for further tests.