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in your own time
A CUTTING edge website which allows clients to
obtain repeat prescriptions and referrals is set to
save time and hassle for many Australians.
Ezimed offers online repeat prescriptions as well
as pathology and radiology referrals.
Clients will need to enter their personal details
and the reason why they need the blood test or
Ezimed may contact clients to request more in-
formation about why they need a test.
Doctors review requests and once approved, a
non-Medicare rebateable fee is charged.
The initiative aims to be convenient for people
who work odd shifts or long hours, or people who
live in regional areas and can’t easily access their
It will also be convenient for people who have
great knowledge of their own chronic medical
conditions, with repeat prescriptions available for
selected and common medicine.
Clients will be emailed their request forms for
blood tests and X-rays or CT scans.
They will need to have access to a printer to print
out the forms to take to their pathology or radiol-
In some cases, your pathology provider will ac-
cept emails but you should check with them first.
Pathology and radiology providers will accept
request forms from other companies so if you
don’t know a pathology or radiology lab close to
you, this does not matter.
Ezimed aims to be a complementary service to
the health care provided by GPs and isn’t a re-
placement for your GP.
Clients are encouraged to discuss their results
with their GP and when unable to access their own
GP, clients have the options of booking an appoint-
ment with the doctors at Ezimed for a telephone
consultation and discussion about their results.
Ezimed is compliant with Australia Health Prac-
titioners Regulation Authority and information pro-
vided will be stored securely and confidentially.
Credit card details are not stored by Ezimed and
payments are completed via PayPal and Stripe.
For more information or to request a referral or
prescription, visit www.ezimed.com.au
Repeat prescriptions and pathology and radiology referrals are now available via a new online
service at www.ezimed.com.au
FROM THE SKY
This week’s shot is the Kilcunda Bridge courtesy of ‘Bass Coast From the Sky’ – check out
the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/basscoastfromthesky for more photos and videos.
LOW river flows have allowed a sandbar to
build up at the mouth of the Powlett River clos-
ing the river to the ocean.
West Gippsland Catchment Management Au-
thority CEO, Martin Fuller, said the closure pro-
vides important habitat for plants and animals.
“Over the coming weeks, if the river mouth
remains closed, we can expect to see water con-
tinue to cover the wetlands,” Mr Fuller said.
“This helps maintain the health of the wet-
land that surrounds the estuary.
“The wetlands are a home to, and provide food
for, many species of fish, birds and invertebrates.”
Mr Fuller said this natural process supports
the wetland and animals living there.
“There is a flow-on effect when the river
“Algae begins to grow which provides food for
insects and fish.
“The calm waters then turn into a fish nurs-
ery and with the increase in fish and insects –
birds come to feed.
“There are huge environmental benefits of the
river mouth closing. An increase in freshwater
river flows can create a natural opening.
“This will also trigger fish migration both up-
stream and out to sea.”
Mr Fuller said when the river mouth closes,
monitoring begins to decide if an artificial
opening should be attempted.
“Monitoring helps us stay on top of the condi-
tions and allows us to find windows where safe
openings might work.
“This usually needs high river flows coming
down the Powlett to help overcome Bass Strait’s
powerful tides and oceans swells.
“Artificial openings under the wrong condi-
tions can result in a fish kill event or an imme-
diate re-closure if there is not enough river flow
to sustain an opening.”
Decisions to open the estuary mouth are in-
formed by the Estuary Entrance Management
Support System (EEMSS) and other informa-
tion collected through monitoring and talking
For more information about the Powlett River
Mouth, the estuary and the closure visit www.
MARJORIE Jarvis was bestowed the honour
of the Ageing Senior Achiever Award for her
dedicated volunteer work and support of the
South Gippsland community.
“I’ve been community-minded all my life. I en-
joy doing it, staying busy and helping out where
I can,” Mrs Jarvis said after receiving the award.
If you know a member of the South Gippsland
community who contributes like Mrs Jarvis,
you’ll be pleased to hear that applications are
now open for nominations for the 2017 Victo-
rian Senior of the Year Awards.
You can nominate an organisation, a col-
league, friend or family member to help the
council recognise the fantastic and valuable
contributions that older citizens make to our
community and to Victoria.
The awards recognise older Victorians who
assist, support and encourage others in their
This includes community organisations or
businesses that create age-friendly communi-
ties through activities that are inclusive and in-
clude things like active ageing.
In 2016, 14 awards were presented to honour
the exceptional contribution of inspiring older
Victorians at this ceremony.
These awards are presented by the Governor
at a formal ceremony at Government House in
October which will lead into the Seniors Festival.
For more information or assistance in com-
pleting your nomination application you can
contact Seniors Information Victoria on 1300
135 090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominate a super senior
Birds including the Pied Cormorant enjoy the result of the river mouth closure.
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