We registered for My Medicare – now you can too!

Pear Tree Family Practice has joined thousands of healthcare providers across Australia in registering in MyMedicare, a new voluntary registration system that will help us formalise the relationship between us and our patients. MyMedicare allows you to nominate a general practice and general practitioner as your regular healthcare provider. Formalising the patient-practice relationship, like with […]

Needle phobia – we can help

Does your child have a fear of needles or immunisations? You’re not alone. Two out of every three children have a fear of needles. For many of these children, the fear may actually get worse as they get older. One out of ten adults have a fear of needles so significant that it impacts their […]

MyMedicare – What is it?

The government has recently announced the introduction of My Medicare, a new voluntary patient registration system. Under this system, patients will need to formally register with a General Practice to maximise their entitlements under Medicare. While the details are still emerging, we wanted to ensure you are aware of the potential implications and how it […]

Starting Solids

Introducing solids is a lot of fun and mess.    You can start introducing solids from 4 months of age if your baby is showing signs of being ready. This varies between babies, but is usually around 6 months. It is not recommended to start before 4 months of age.   Some things a baby might do […]

Chickenpox vaccination– are you up to date?

Chickenpox or varicella is the result of a highly contagious primary infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. In young children, it is a very mild virus causing a rash and skin lesions. It is more severe in adults, particularly pregnant women, those with a reduced immune system, and newborn babies. Vaccination against chickenpox was first […]

Are you registered for the Medicare and PBS safety net?

Did you know that you could potentially reduce your healthcare costs through the Medicare and PBS Safety Net? The Medicare and PBS Safety Nets can help to lower your out-of-pocket healthcare costs for seeing your doctor and accessing regular medications. If you’re not registered for the Medicare or PBS Safety Net, you could be missing […]

Endometriosis and Common Myths

Did you know that Endometriosis can affect women and girls, transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse people assigned female at birth, regardless of their age, background and lifestyle. Current research suggests that up to 1 in 7 women may have endometriosis. The condition occurs when the cells similar-to those found in the lining of the uterus grow […]

Healthy lunchbox tips

Did you know that when children eat well they behave better, are able to concentrate and listen for longer. Packing a healthy school lunchbox will help your child (big or small) to focus, learn and be happy at school. Need some ideas for some fresh and healthy lunchboxes? Nutrition Australia has 7 helpful tips to […]

Constipation in babies and children

Constipation is when a child has a hard poo (faeces or bowel movement) and/or does not go to the toilet regularly. Constipation is a common problem in children, particularly around the time of toilet training or starting solids. It can also become a problem after a child has had a painful or frightening bowel movement. […]

Meningococcal disease and Immunisation

Meningococcal disease is a severe infection caused by meningococcus bacteria which can result in a rash, inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, and even septicaemia (infection of the blood). Symptoms can start suddenly and be very deadly. Meningococcal disease can affect all age groups but is most common in children under 5 […]