Tom Price Medical Centre

Tom Price Medical Centre acknowledges the traditional owners as the custodians of this land, recognising their connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to Australia’s First Peoples, and to their Elders, past, present and future.

 

About Us

At Tom Price Medical Centre we promote comprehensive and thoughtful medical care for the whole family. We are dedicated to providing high quality care to the local communities within Tom Price, Paraburdoo and surrounding areas.

Our clinic is centrally located in Tom Price where we provide a range of services, including:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of short term and chronic illness.
  • Minor operative procedures including Implanon
  • Travel advice and immunization
  • Men’s and women’s health checks
  • Skin Cancer checks and treatment
  • Occupational medicine and pre-employment medicals
  • Childhood vaccinations
  • Obstetric care.

Pathology and radiology services are available at the Tom Price Hospital.

All other allied services can be coordinated through your practitioner at Tom Price Medical Centre. The Doctors here are independent clinicians and are responsible for all decisions regarding patient medical treatment and healthcare.

** If you are in need of an urgent appointment please contact the Admin Team at the Tom Price Medical Centre on (08) 9189 1901 **

Your local general practice - here to support you:

General Health

Children’s Health

Women’s Health

Minor Surgery

Employment Medicals

Hearing Tests

Men’s Health

Occupational Medicine

Skin Clinics

Team

Dr Ronald Manuhwa

Dr Ronald Manuhwa completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Degree (MBChB) in Zimbabwe in 2016. After that he worked in his home town Bulawayo for two years, then moved onto work in rural hospitals as a General Practitioner. A year later he decided to move to the United Kingdom where he worked for two years in Emergency Medicine, Acute Medicine and Critical Care. He then relocated to Western Australia where he worked at Bunbury Regional Hospital, mostly in the emergency department and intensive care unit.

Fee Structure

This Practice is a private billing practice. Fees include the Medicare payment and a gap fee. The Medicare Rebate can be immediately reimbursed. Payment at the time of consultation is expected and can be made by cash or using our card facilities.

 

Fee Schedule – Monday to Friday

STANDARD CONSULT (Level B Surgery) Up to 15 min – $95 ( GAP – $53.80)

DOUBLE CONSULT (Level C surgery ) 20 mins to 30 mins – $150 ( GAP – $73.05)

EXTENDED CONSULT (Level D surgery) 40 minutes + – $185 ( GAP $67)

 

Fee Schedule – Saturday

STANDARD CONSULT (Level B Surgery) Up to 15 min – $105 ( GAP – $63.80)

DOUBLE CONSULT (Level C surgery ) 20 mins to 30 mins – $160 ( GAP – $93.05)

EXTENDED CONSULT (Level D surgery) 40 minutes + – $195 ( GAP $77)

 

And other materials attract extra fees and charges.

  • Procedures
  • Vaccines
  • Liquid Nitrogen.

Missed appointments

Please note a $30 (single) & $50 (double) fee will apply for non-attendance when less than an hours notice is not given.

Patients are required to attend a consult for items such as:

  • Repeat Prescriptions
  • Referrals
  • Pathology Forms etc.
  • Doctors Medical Certificates
  • Work Certificates
  • Consults for PATS forms only: can be Bulk Billed.

Accounts

Accounts will only be raised in special circumstances and will attract an accounting fee of $15.00. Our trading terms are strictly 30 days. If the account has not been paid in full within 30 days legal action will be taken to recover the funds and further legal fees will apply.

Our Surgery offers bulk billing to Pensioners and HealthCare Card holders.

Clinic Processes & Policies

A recall and reminder system is available to help you return for important results, regular preventative care and early detection of disease.

Results are checked and filed by our doctors on a daily basis. Results are only given over the phone in certain circumstances. An appointment must be made with the doctor to discuss results. If the doctor has asked the nurse to contact you regarding results please note the nurse can only provide the information the doctor has directed them to give you. If you require any further information than you will need to make an appointment with the Doctor.

A sickness certificate cannot be issued without a consultation with the doctor.

A referral to a specialist requires a letter from your doctor to entitle you to a Medicare rebate. Your referral letter also should include accurate and up to date current and past histories to ensure appropriate care is provided by the specialist. We need to see you before referring you to a suitable specialist, this includes repeat referrals.

Telephone calls do interrupt consultations and cause inconvenience to patients in the surgery. It is not possible to make a diagnosis over the phone. If you are unsure as to whether to come into the surgery, please ring and speak to the Receptionist. If calls are taken the doctor will call back by the end of the day.

We are always striving to improve the standard of professional service to our patients and welcome your feedback. If you have a problem please let us know. You can write to the Practice Manager via the contact details on this website. Forms are also available at Reception. If you feel your complaint has not been adequately addressed, the Office of Health Review is available for further information. Contact number is (08)93230600 or free call 1800 813 583.

 

Feedback can be anonymously provided by clicking on this link.

Our reception staff are happy to take messages or assist you with any general questions regarding your healthcare. If our Doctors are contacted by telephone during normal surgery hours they are likely to be consulting with a patient and a message will be taken & your call returned. In an emergency your call will be transferred to either the Practice Nurse or the Doctor immediately.

We are committed to protecting the privacy of patient information and to handling your personal information in a responsible manner in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988, the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012, the Australian Privacy Principles and relevant State and Territory privacy legislation (referred to as privacy legislation).

 

Your medical record is a confidential document. It is practice policy to maintain the security of personal health information at all times and to ensure that this information is only available to authorised members of staff. Our Privacy Policy is located in the practice waiting area on the notice board. If changing practices, to obtain your medical record, you would need to fill out a “transfer of medical records” form at your new practice who will then send the request to us, your medical record will be sent directly to your new practice.

 

Our practice will not share your personal health information with anyone else or another organisation unless:

  • you have consented to this sharing, or
  • they are legally obliged to disclose the information, in which case your GP will first discuss with you the information that she or he is legally obliged to disclose, or
  • the information is necessary for you to obtain Medicare payments or other health insurance rebates, or
  • there is an overriding public health and safety interest in the release of the information.

In the above cases, only information necessary to meet the requirements will be provided. Our practice use referral templates that extract your personal information into referral letters through document automation technologies, particularly so that only the relevant medical information is included in referral letters. In addition, we may electronically send your information to service providers via accepted secure messaging systems.

Outside of opening hours please attend the local hospital or call 000 if the matter is an emergency.

Tom Price Medical Centre Pty Ltd Email Policy (includes Tom Price Medical Centre and Paraburdoo Medical Centre)

This email policy is to provide information on how we manage our privacy and security via email communications. This email policy is adapted from and in accordance with RACGP 5th Edition standards and AHPRA guidelines.

General practices are increasingly receiving requests from patients, other clinicians and third parties for health information to be sent to them electronically because it is an easily accessible method of communicating. The Australian Privacy Principles published by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner state that: “Health information is regarded as one of the most sensitive types of personal information.

For this reason, the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) provides extra protections around its handling”. http://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/privacy-act/health-and-medical-research

The Privacy Act defines health information as:

  1. information or an opinion about:
    1. the health or a disability (at any time) of an individual; or
    2. an individual’s expressed wishes about the future provision of health services to him or her; or
    3. a health service provided, or to be provided, to an individual; that is also personal information; or
  2. other personal information collected to provide, or in providing, a health service; or
  3. other personal information about an individual collected in connection with the donation, or intended donation, by the individual of his or her body parts, organs or body substances; or
  4. genetic information about an individual in a form that is, or could be, predictive of the health of the individual or a genetic relative of the individual.

Rationale

As all health information is sensitive by nature, all communication of health information, including via electronic means, must adequately protect the patient’s privacy. Our practice takes reasonable steps to make our communication of health information adequately safe and secure. GPs, health providers and patients should be aware of the risks associated with using email in the healthcare environment.

Policy

Our practice considers our obligations under the Privacy Act before we use or disclose any health information. The Privacy Act does not prescribe how a healthcare organization should communicate health information. Any method of communication may be used as long as the organization takes reasonable steps to protect the information transmitted and the privacy of the patient. A failure to take reasonable steps to protect health information may constitute a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles and may result in action taken against the organization by the Australian Privacy Commissioner. What amounts to reasonable steps will depend on the nature of the information and the potential harm that could be caused by unauthorized access to it. The RACGP has developed a matrix is to assist practices in determining the level of security required in order to use email in general practice for communication.

Our practice reserves the right to check an individual’s email accounts as a precaution to fraud, viruses, workplace harassment or breaches of confidence by members of the practice team. Inappropriate use of the email facility will be fully investigated and may be grounds for dismissal.

Email configuration

Communication of clinical information to and from healthcare providers are completed from within the practice’s clinical software using a secure clinical messaging system such as medical objects. The use of a practice’s clinical software means that a record of communication is automatically retained in the patient’s medical record.

Protection against spam: Use a spam filtering program.

Encryption of patient information: Use server to server encryption such as SSL or TLS.

Email use education

General protection

  • If any information held in our email accounts are relied on, you will download and follow download procedure as per practice policy. You will import into relevant patient file to ensure contents are backed up with the rest of our data.
  • Do not download or open any email attachments where the sender is not known to you.
  • Email use that breaches ethical behaviours and/or violates copyright is prohibited.
  • Do not send or forward unsolicited email messages, including the sending of ‘junk mail’ or other advertising material (email spam).
  • Do not use email for broadcast messages on personal, political or non-business matters.

Protection against spam

  • Do not reply to spam mail.
  • Never try to unsubscribe from spam sites.
  • Remain vigilant: do not provide confidential information to an email (especially by return email) no matter how credible the sender’s email seems (e.g. apparent emails from your bank).
  • Use a spam filtering program.

Encryption of patient information

  • All email communications should be treated as confidential.
  • When sending patient information or other confidential data by email, it is best practice to use encryption.
  • Be aware that encrypted files are not automatically checked for viruses. They have to be saved, decrypted and then scanned for viruses before being opened.

Protection against the theft of information

  • There are significant risks if providing confidential information by email: only do so via the internet when the site displays a security lock on the task bar and with an https in the web address.
  • Do not inform people of your email password.
  • Be aware of phishing scams requesting logon or personal information (these may be via email or telephone).

Email disclaimer

The practice uses an email disclaimer notice on outgoing emails that are affiliated with the practice stating:

“DISCLAIMER: Please Note that any electronic communication could be intercepted or read by someone other than the intended recipient and it is at your discretion for proceeding with electronic communication. This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail if you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.”

Email correspondence

Email correspondence sent to our website/email address are retained as required by the Public Records Act 2002 and other relevant legislation. Email messages may also be monitored by our information technology staff for system trouble-shooting and maintenance purpose. Your email address details will not be added to a mailing list (unless you so request) or disclosed to a third party unless required by law.

Policy review statement

This privacy policy will be reviewed regularly to ensure it is in accordance with any changes that may occur.

Our Locations

Tom Price Medical / Emergency Centre

854 Central Road
Tom Price, Western Australia, Australia

Paraburdoo Medical / Emergency Centre

62 Ashburton Avenue
Paraburdoo WA 6754, Australia

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