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Pack yourself a filling lunch fast



With the hustle and bustle of work building up over the week, we feel like there’s less and less time to prepare lunch for work. It comes as no surprise when we grab something convenient from the nearest food outlet.

The downside? These options can come served in large portions with excess added salt, sugar and unhealthy fats instead of the nutrients we need to stay energised and full for the rest of the day. Buying lunch also takes time to line-up, order and wait for our food to be made. This leaves less of our lunch break to sit, chew and enjoy our food, a key experience that starts the process of proper digestion and lets our brain know we are full.

To solve this dilemma, use this four-step guide to pack a filling, healthy and delicious lunch, fast.

STEP1: VEGETABLES

Take advantage of pre-packed salads or microwavable vegetable bags and fill half of your lunch with a good hit of fibre that adds “bulk”. The stretching of our stomachs from fibre signals to our brain we are full, making our meal much more satiating. Certain fibres, like those in asparagus and beetroot, also feed our good gut bacteria. When well-fed, they release appetite-regulating chemicals that can stave-off hunger-pangs and unnecessary snacking too soon after our lunch.

STEP 2: PROTEIN

Next, include a serve of lean protein. This is essential for longer lasting satiety as protein increases the production of hormones which signal long-term fullness to our brain. Aim for a palm-size and look for quick options like canned tuna or salmon, boiled eggs and ready-to-eat lean roasted chicken or falafels. 

STEP 3: LOW GI CARBOHYDRATE

Round out your meal with carbohydrates that have a low Glycaemic Index (GI). This means it is broken down into glucose slowly, providing our brain a sustained stream of fuel to power through the 3pm slump. Make use of high-fibre wholegrain breads and wraps, microwave grain cups and even canned legumes.

STEP 4: HEALTHY FAT

Finish with a dash of healthy fat for flavour (i.e. fun). Ensuring your packed lunch is tasty gives it a fighting chance against highly-palatable takeaway options. Healthy fats are also needed to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, like those found in tomato, capsicum and leafy greens. Sprinkle a handful of nuts for crunch, spread a creamy hummus in your wrap or whisk extra virgin olive oil-based with balsamic vinegar to perfectly coat salad vegetables.

Next time you plan to head to the food court, try these four steps and see how you feel. You might just find the staff kitchen cookies aren’t calling your name come mid-afternoon.



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Practice Fee Increase

ATTENTION PATIENTS
INCREASE IN PRIVATE FEES

Please note as of Monday 20th January 2020, our practice fees have been marginally increased. This is due to the rising cost of rent and sustainability of our facility.

Please see our revised fee below:

Standard Consult -$83.00 (medicare rebate -$38.20) Gap -$44.80
Long Consult -$132.00 (medicare rebate -$73.95) Gap -$58.05
Prolonged Consult -$168.00 (medicare rebate -$108.85) Gap – $59.05

Private fees apply to booked appointments Monday-Sunday including walk in patients.
*Bulk Billing Applies to children up to 18 years, Pension, DVA and Health Care Card holders.

CURRENT PRICES

The following fees apply Monday – Saturday:

Standard Consult -$81.00 (medicare rebate -$38.20) Gap -$42.80
Long Consult -$128.00 (medicare rebate -$73.95) Gap -$54.05
Prolonged Consult -$164.00 (medicare rebate -$108.85) Gap – $55.05

The following fees apply Sunday and Public Holidays:

After Hours Standard Consult -$93.00 (medicare rebate -$49.80) Gap -$43.20
After Hours Long Consult -$138.00 (medicare rebate -$85.30) Gap -$52.70
After Hours Prolonged Consult -$216.00 (medicare rebate -$119.65) Gap – $96.65

~ Medicare Easyclaim is available on site for rebates ~

New Billing Schedule

ATTENTION PATIENTS
CHANGES To Private Schedule Fees
Effective as of 5th August 2019
Private fees apply to booked appointments Monday-Sunday including walk in patients.
*Bulk Billing Applies to children up to 18 years, pension and health care card holders.

The following fees apply Monday – Saturday:

Standard Consult -$81.00 (medicare rebate -$38.20) Gap -$42.80
Long Consult -$128.00 (medicare rebate -$73.95) Gap -$54.05
Prolonged Consult -$164.00 (medicare rebate -$108.85) Gap – $55.05

The following fees apply Sunday and Public Holidays:

After Hours Standard Consult -$93.00 (medicare rebate -$49.80) Gap -$43.20
After Hours Long Consult -$138.00 (medicare rebate -$85.30) Gap -$52.70
After Hours Prolonged Consult -$216.00 (medicare rebate -$119.65) Gap – $96.65

~ Medicare Easyclaim is available on site for rebates ~

Billing Policy Update Handout – HPMC.pptx

Flu Vaccines

Dear Patients,

We would like to inform you that we now have the private and government funded flu vaccines available. Please call us on 9056 8888 to book an appointment to see your GP to get vaccinated.

For further information, please refer to our flu fact sheet below.

Flu Factsheet

Measles Warning !

Measles Alert!

The numbers of measles cases continue to increase in NSW.

What are the symptoms?

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness which begins with a cough, fever, sore red eyes and runny nose. After three to four days a non-itchy red spotty rash will occur on your face and neck before spreading to the rest of the body. People who are experiencing signs and symptoms of measles should seek medical attention.

What should I do if I think I have measles?

Call ahead to the practice and ask to speak to the nurse. She will triage your symptoms and give you further instructions to limit exposure if you need to come to the doctor. You should not sit in the waiting room without letting anyone know.

How is it spread?

Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease. People are at risk of measles if they are exposed to an infectious case and have never had measles or have not received two doses of measles containing vaccine. Two doses of measles containing vaccine provide lifelong protection against infection in 99% of people. Most people born before 1966 are assumed to be immune to measles.

Can I get measles vaccination?

 If you are between 25 and 53 years of age, you may be eligible for a vaccine booster.
 Children in Australia are vaccinated at 12 and 18 months years of age.
 If you have upcoming overseas travel plans, you should talk to your doctor.
For more information, please make an appointment with your GP.

Harold Park Pharmacy Open

Harold Park Pharmacy

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Need a script filled after your appointment? Just pop into the Harold Park Pharmacy located inside Harold Park Medical Centre. Their friendly Pharmacists can assist you with any questions you might have with your medications or any products from their range.

You can also get advice from a friendly pharmacist on (02) 9552 3088.

 

Physiotherapy @ Harold Park

Dear Patients,

The physiotherapist is now available on the following days:

Monday: 2pm – 6pm
Wednesday: 2pm – 6pm
Friday: 9am – 1pm
Saturday: 9am – 12pm

Please call us on 02 9056 8888 to find out more about the service they provide and to book an appointment today.