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A 2018 New year message from Dr Michelle Woolhouse

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 9 January 2018
A 2018 New year message from Dr Michelle Woolhouse

"It is always a special time, when a new year opens up to us all. As we say goodbye to the challenges and good times of the previous year, we start to look ahead with possibility, commitment and hope. Just before Christmas, the staff of Whole medicine (nee Peninsula Holistic General Practice) gathered together to do just that; say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new. Many patients over the Christmas period have been positively commenting on the new website, the new sage green branding and signage and have been asking us why we decided to change the name. So let us tell you all the reasons why...

We decided to change the practice name and update the website (www.wholemedicine.com.au) because we wanted to be more committed to the whole person and the whole community. Over the years we have been focusing on our expanded approach to medicine, which was becoming so popular, people were travelling from all across Victoria and even across Australia to come to see our GP's. Even though this is a humbling indication of how valued we are, we felt we were not able to service these patients well enough because of the distance and inadvertently we were jeopardising the accessibility to the clinic for our dedicated, local patient base. We also felt unable to service all the needs of our local patients, for example our patients felt unable to access our services when they needed a pap smear or were acutely unwell and would therefore need to go elsewhere.  We don't think this is good medicine, as it is beneficial for patients to have a doctor who understands all their needs, one who they can see when they are acutely sick, one who can look after the whole family and help them navigate all the screening and prevention interventions they need to do.

The other issue for our patients was our accessibility points: What we discovered was that even though we believe in offering a time honoured system of medicine- this meant many local families felt that the 60 minute new patient appointment and associated costs were too much to justify if they were not significantly unwell. We wanted to change that too.

So, we as a group discussed these issues at our meetings, over coffee and around the tables over the preceding months. We talk about what good medicine meant to us, we talked about the importance of integration and we talked about what our values were as doctors and as a business. These discussions lead us to make some changes that we hope will help us to be the best medical group to help service our local community and stay committed to the Whole person model of care we are all so passionate about.

The changes we have made:

  1. New and more affordable access points to the clinic so that we can accommodate your children, your family and increase our reach to the locals that want to be a part of this expanded and integrative approach to health care.
  2. We have decreased our new patient appointment times and fees to suit a whole range of different people's needs.
  3. We have a stronger focus on community medicine, such that we have zoned the clinic and give preferential access to those on the Mornington Peninsula.
  4. We have dedicated 100K to chronic disease management and wellness coaching to help you achieve your health goals.

So this is why Peninsula Holistic became Whole Medicine. So along with the new name, comes a new approach, new accessibility, new commitment and new innovations.

Whole medicine is dedicated to helping our community  be well, because we know a strong and healthy community will strengthen the health of the individual too.

Welcome to Whole Medicine, and make 2018 your year to Be well...

Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine Men's Health Children's Health Skin Health Chronic Illness Health and Well Being Family GP  

Women's health at Whole Medicine

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 19 December 2017
Women's health at Whole Medicine

Looking after the health of women is vital for the overall wellbeing of our community.
Here's how Whole Medicine can help.

When it comes to the health of our Mornington Peninsula community, women are particularly important.

The reason being many women not only look after themselves, but they also provide much of the care and nurturing for their children, partner and ageing parents.

What's more, women support each other as friends and when they fall pregnant, meaning their health is reflected more widely in the community.

"It's the long-lasting affect women have on those around them that makes us passionate about supporting women to be well because, ultimately, we know this makes for more well people," explains Dr Michelle Woolhouse, Whole Medicine founder and principal GP.

It's also important that women take time out of their often-busy schedules to check on their own physical and mental health parameters, regardless of age.

To help females be proactive about screening, prevention and good health, here's a simple guide to women's health at Whole Medicine.

Physical Health

Hormonal balance
Women's hormones change over time and are affected by stresses, life patterns and even your thoughts. Hormonal balance helps mental, reproductive and physical health, which is why our doctors help women to better understand how to create balance for optimising overall wellbeing.

Breast health 
Regular breast checks are just the beginning; breast health, lactation success, hormonal balance and managing the lumps and bumps that breasts can get are all part of what we do at Whole Medicine. 

Family planning and fertility
Planning a family is an exciting and challenging time in our lives. But, for most of our fertile years, contraception is not only important for preventing unwanted pregnancies, but it also plays a significant role in your long-term health.

Pregnancy 
Staying well during pregnancy is the goal of every woman. Regular check-ups with your family doctor to address your physical and mental health, as well as your nutrition, can help you to feel prepared for the next stages.

Menopause 
The impact of the change in hormones experienced during menopause can affect your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Having support and knowing some of the strategies you can use during this time can help make life easier.

Pap smears 
Regular pap tests have been one of the most successful screening interventions in medicine. We encourage all women to have them regularly. We offer a reminder service to help you manage your important health interventions like this one.

Thyroid disease 
Thyroid disease is on the rise due to increasing strain on our lifestyle, increases in toxin exposure, stress, diet and gut immunity issues. The thyroid gland is paramount for your vitality it underpins your energy levels, brain function and detoxification capacity. Thyroid disease can be well managed with an integrative approach.

Sexual health 
Vaginal health, libido issues, infections and other sexual issues are important for any woman's overall health. At Whole Medicine, our family doctors take these matters seriously and are sensitive to your needs and concerns.

Mental Health

Health retreats
Often women need time away from their usual responsibilities to relax, recharge and refocus. That's why Whole Medicine is hosting a health retreat in February called Wise Radiant Me: A Wellness Weekend for Women. The retreat is about replenishing your body, mind and soul with healthy eating, meditation, yoga and insightful self-help techniques. "This is a chance to help women learn to ground themselves and develop practical tools to support long-term health," says Dr Woolhouse, who will co-facilitate the retreat with intuitive therapist Caroline Hales.

Work-Life Balance 
Balancing work, life, family and personal time is often challenging for many women. This juggling act is impacting on some women's mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Up-skilling and gaining support in managing this important aspect of our lives plays a big role in regaining or sustaining your best self.

Counselling
Women often feel stressed, and it feeds on itself until before you know it, you are experiencing negative mental, physically and emotional cycles. Having some time to reassess, reflect and develop more skills can help turn a negative cycle into a positive one.

Make some time for your health find out more about the Whole Medicine Health Retreat in February or sign up for The Big Health Check.

Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine Health and Well Being  

Episode 42 - Women's health

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 2 November 2017
Episode 42 - Women's health
Episode 42 Women's health
Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine  

Episode 41 The fermentation of food

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 1 November 2017
Episode 41 The fermentation of food
Episode 41 The fermentation of food
Posted in: Preventative Medicine Health and Well Being  

Episode 40 - The good doctors talk about a Balanced Diet

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 28 October 2017
Episode 40 - The good doctors talk about a Balanced Diet
Episode 40 The good doctors talk about a Balanced Diet
Posted in: Preventative Medicine Health and Well Being  
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