5 minutes of your time, for 5 years peace of mind The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation will be celebrating National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2019 from November 11-17. Australia is on track to become the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer by 2035. Floreat Medical is keen to be part of making this happen. Our GPs will be reminding women to put themselves first by taking care of their health and making sure they are up-to-date with their cervical screening. More than 70% of cervical cancers occur in women who have not had regular cervical screening. Early detection by having a Cervical Screening Test (it used to be called a pap smear) is the best form of cervical cancer prevention. Thanks to vaccination and screening, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Vaccination prevents infection from the most common strains of HPV, the virus responsible for almost all cases of cervical cancer. Cervical screening detects changes to the cells of the cervix, often caused by prolonged HPV infection, and allows abnormalities to be treated before becoming cancerous. For more information go to the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation webpage.
For those of our patients who have been into the practice during October, you will have seen the staff and doctors working within the challenging environment of operating a new software system. To those who are coming in November – we are still getting the hang of it! There have been some steep learning curves for doctors and nurses who haven’t used the new software before at other practices. But with the assistance of those who have, all our doctors are now getting more proficient and adjusting to the new way of doing things. Our aim is to provide more opportunities for patient care and health outcomes by our own data analysis, greater patient engagement on electronic platforms and improving practice efficiencies through utilising the latest technology. Last week we had our final ‘polishing’ session. This involved lots of discussion, swapping ideas and shortcuts and sharing templates and tips. Thank you to every one of our wonderful patients who quietly waited extra time while doctors ran late and receptionists worked out how to print invoices and receipts. Your understanding has been greatly appreciated.