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Dr Jane Habib - General Practitioner

Dr Jane Habib

Dr Jane works both in the women's clinic and in the general practice. She provides a relaxed and comfortable environment and covers all aspects of General Practice Medicine from paediatric to adolescents and adults plus family planning, antenatal shared care, post-natal checks, sexual health, mental health, skin checks, disease management, cardiovascular risk assessment, screenings, GP management plans, travel advice and vaccinations, occupational health, men's health, women's health and iron infusions.

Dr Jane understands the sensitive nature of many issues faced by her patients and approaches all matters with the utmost of empathy and care. 

Her goal is provide easy access to comprehensive, high quality medical care. We have created the Women's health clinic as a part of Premier Health Partners, anticipating that the services offered by the women's clinic will complement those offered by our general practice and that there may well be some overlap.

Women's Clinic

For our women's clinic Jane provides the following services:

  • Pap Smears
  • Antenatal shared care (coming soon)
  • Contraception, including insertion of contraceptive implants
  • Sexual Health Checks
  • Menstrual/gynaecological problems
  • Breast Examinations
  • Medical Termination

Not limited to women's health, Dr Jane also sees men for a variety of medical conditions.

A little Bit More About Jane

Jane graduated from the University of Queensland in 2004. Prior to completing her medical degree, Jane obtained a Bachelor of Naturopathy at Southern Cross University. She obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of GPs in 2010.

As  a result of her unique entry into general medicine, Jane has a very strong emphasis on a holistic approach to health-care. Her background as an integrative GP has seen her work alongside a variety of other health providers (both allied and orthodox medicine) to achieve the best outcomes for her patients.

In recent years she has worked in Cairns, Armidale (NSW), as well as a number of locum placements all the way up the east coast of Australia. Her focus on delivering best practice medical care has seen her lecture the medical and dentistry schools at University of New England (2011-2014) as well as James Cook University (2009-2010).

Jane loves her job and along with Women's Health enjoys all aspects of general practice. Her primary interests include Mental Health, Chronic Disease prevention and management, Palliative care, Integrative Medicine and Education. 

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Please have a read of a recent interview conducted with Jane in the North and West Melbourne News:

Dr O’Keefe: Jane, you recently made the move from Queensland. What are your impressions of North Melbourne? Have you found any nice cafes or restaurants?

Dr Habib: I am really enjoying Melbourne. I have spent a large part of my life in the country and moved to Melbourne after six years in Armidale, New South Wales, and one year travelling and working in Queensland. I am currently taking advantage of the all the things city life offers, like shopping, entertainment and food. Melbourne is a great place to experience city life as it’s very easy to travel around the city, and it has such a lot to offer in terms of diversity of culture and entertainment options.

Do you have areas of particular interest or expertise within your practice as a GP?

I enjoy all aspects of general practice. As a country GP I’ve had a lot of experience in complex disease management, mental health, geriatrics, women’s health, children’s health, palliative care, minor skin procedures, and of course Integrative Medicine.

Can you tell me about what led you to study medicine and become a GP? You are also a qualified naturopath. How has this influenced the way you assess and/or treat patients?

As a young mother I was passionate about ensuring that my children were as healthy and happy as possible, and I had been exploring various avenues to achieve this. I realised how important basic things such as a healthy diet, healthy environment and lifestyle were to ensuring good health, and that it is vitally important to consider the health of the whole person — mind, body, emotions and spirit. I also started growing medicinal herbs and began studying herbal medicine. After spending 12 years at home raising my children I decided to return to study, and naturopathy was an extension of my interests. Through my work as a naturopath I became interested in Integrative Medicine. Integrative Medicine combines mainstream medical diagnosis and therapies with reliable, evidence-based complementary therapies and focuses on all aspects of a person’s health. I felt to practise this way I needed to study medicine and so I continued my studies, becoming a GP in 2007.

Do you think these complementary studies have given you a wider range of options to draw on when considering the best ways to care for your patients?

I have found that this background has given me a very broad understanding of health and the prevention and management of disease. As a GP I’m focused on diagnosis and treatment of disease, ensuring that serious medical conditions are not missed, and that illnesses are treated appropriately. However, mainstream medicine is not always the best treatment option, and sometimes has little to offer patients, for example in the treatment of colds and osteoarthritis. In some diseases a combination of mainstream medicine and alternative therapies results in the best outcome for patients. In my practice I try to offer safe and individually tailored treatments to each patient, including medical, nutritional, emotional wellbeing and lifestyle advice. And I’m happy to work with naturopaths and other alternative practitioners to help patients achieve good health.

There is a wealth of alternative and natural therapies available to patients. Do you think there is potential for the collaboration between traditional medical practitioners and complementary healthcare practitioners to grow? Do you think this has changed the expectation of patients in relation to how they are managed by their GP?

Yes, I think patients are much more aware of the options for prevention and treatment of illnesses. I think as a GP it’s important to understand the various options available and can help patients make informed decisions about their health. It is also important that as a GP I understand the various complementary medicines and supplements patients take so that I can monitor and advise them regarding the efficacy, interactions or possible adverse effects of these medications.

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General Practitioner FAQs

  • Consultation fees

    GP Consultation Fees

    • Standard $85.00 ($38.20 Medicare rebate)
    • Long $125.00 ($73.95 Medicare rebate)
    • Extended $160.00 (108.85 Medicate rebate)
    • GP Management Plans, Team Care arrangements, Health Assessments and Mental Health Treatment Plans may be $50 – $85 out of pocket.

    Other Fees

    Treatment Room
    Procedural fees will vary according to the type and complexity – please enquire prior to your appointment. These fees offer a Medicare rebate. Medical consumables used as part of your treatment may attract a separate fee. For your convenience we stock a wide range of travel and other vaccines – please ask reception for individual prices.

  • Contacting your GP

    Doctors and Health Professionals at this centre can be contacted by telephone. If they are consulting a message will be taken and passed on at the end of the session. Of course in case of an emergency, calls will be dealt with immediately.

  • GP home visits

    The Home Visiting Doctor can be used when this office is closed. This service will dispatch a doctor to your home. This is an after hours service only, and should not be used instead of your regular doctor. The number is 137425. For a home visit in regular hours please call before 8.30am. There is a private (non-bulk-billed) fee of $250 for this service.

    In the case of an EMERGENCY, patients should dial 000 for an ambulance or call their local public hospital casualty department.

    Patients can access the 24 hour Emergency Department at Royal Melbourne Hospital (03) 9342 7009, The Alfred Hospital (03) 9076 2000 and the Epworth Hospital on (03) 9426 6324, or the Cabrini Health Emergency Department on (03) 9508 1500. Please note that out of pocket fees may apply.

  • Medical certificates

    Medical certificates are available and can be requested at the time of consultation with your doctor. Please note that Medical Certificates will not be back dated.

    If you require a special consideration certificate, please bring the necessary paperwork to your consultation.

  • Our Team

    Receptionists: Maree, Jenny & Carly are professional and dedicated to making your health and well-being a top priority. Please address any compliments, or complaints to Maree, our Practice Manager.

    General Practitioners: Dr Alan Underwood is also consulting, and is available every afternoon, with later appointments on Monday. Dr Jane Habib specialises in Women's Health. Jane is each weekday from 8.30am.

    Osteopaths: Dr Paul O’Keefe – Paul graduated from Victoria University. He has worked overseas, and has been an Osteopath in the North Melbourne area for the last 9 years. Paul has special interests in sports injuries and prevention. Dr Maddi Traeger – Madeline is committed to ensuring her patients are pain free and able to return to the activities they enjoy. Maddi has a particular interest in Osteopathy for bubs.

    Pathologys: Our nurse Kerryn is available Monday, Tuesdays 9.30am – 3.30 pm for your convenience.

  • Script repeats

    REPEAT PRESCRIPTION – ONLINE REQUEST

    THIS SERVICE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR PREMIER HEALTH PARTNER PATIENTS AND WHERE THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT WAS PROVIDED BY ONE OF OUR GPS AND THE PATIENT HAS BEEN SEEN BY A GP AT THE CLINIC WITHIN THE PAST 3 MONTHS.

    We also encourage our patients to register their bank account details with Medicare to allow for prompt reimbursement of the medicare rebate to the nominated bank account. Patients can register online at www.humanservices.gov.au/online or download a Medicare Bank Account details form.

    Please understand:
    Doctors require 48 hours notice to process a repeat prescription request.
    If you require the script sooner, please make appointment with a Doctor. Please phone 93297077.
    The fee for a repeat prescription has increased to $25.00. There are a number of clinical and administrative steps required for a repeat prescription. The fee is in recognition of this and is not refundable.
    A repeat prescription request does not guarantee that a script will be written for you.
    All requests are considered by a Doctor and a decision is then made as to whether this repeat request is appropriate for your health care needs.
    Repeat prescriptions for antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication or strong pain medication will not be provided using this service.
    Once the Doctor has approved your request you will be contacted and a fee of $25.00 will be applied. If the request is not approved you will also be notified and will be required to make an appointment for the prescription.

  • Test results

    Your doctor will advise when they expect your results to arrive at the practice. In most instances, advice of “normal” test results will be sent to you by SMS. We will also use SMS to advise a non-urgent appointment is required.

    In the event of a clinically significant result, you will be contacted as soon as possible to make a follow up appointment to discuss the results with your doctor.

    Please ensure that you advise us of any change to your contact details.

  • Appointment reminders

    The practice is increasingly seeking to communicate with our patients via secure electronic means. This would include email / SMS health reminders, on-line appointment bookings, SMS appointment reminders and in the future patient uploading basic health information. To do this we need to ensure we have your email address, mobile phone number and of course your consent.

  • Booking an appointment

    New Patients including women, men and children are welcome at Premier Health Partners. Consultations are by appointment only. Appointments can be booked via telephone (03) 9329 7077, or via our website. In cases of an urgent appointment, please call and we will assist where possible.

  • Cancellation policy

    If you are unable to attend for a scheduled appointment, please contact us to cancel or change your appointment time. As a courtesy we send out appointment reminders to the mobile number on file and request a minimum of 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend.

    We have high demand for appointments and many patients miss out on seeing the doctor of their choice or even obtaining an appointment at all. Late cancellation or failing to attend does not allow the appointment to be offered to someone else seeking treatment.

    A fee may be charged for failure to attend or cancellation at short notice, less than 24 hours on the day (NB: this fee does not attract a Medicare rebate).

  • Complaints & feedback

    We respect the right of the patient and ensure all complaints are dealt with in a timely manner.

    This practice acknowledges that patient complaints are an important source of customer feedback.

    Under the Health Services Act 1987 people with complaints should try to resolve them directly with the health service provider.

    If a satisfactory outcome is not achieved then complaint can be directed to the Health Services Commissioner for action by calling 03 8601 5200.

  • Do you need a referral?

    A referral is not required to access the services of our GP’s or Allied Health Professionals. Our Osteopaths and Psychologist do accept GP Care Plans and GP Mental Health Care Plans (Payment is required at the time of service and claim sent through to Medicare for overnight reimbursement).

  • Opening hours

    General Practitioners

    • Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.45 pm. (Dr Underwood works till 6.45 pm on Mondays)

    Osteopaths

    • Monday & Wednesday 9.00 - 7.30 pm
    • Tuesday 1.00 - 5.00 pm
    • Thursday & Friday 9.00 - 4.00 pm
    • Saturday 8.30 - 11.00

    Myotherapist

    • Monday 2.00 - 7.00 pm
    • Wednesday 12.00 - 7.00 pm
    • Friday 8.30 - 11.30
    • Saturday 9.00 - 11.00

    Remedial Massage

    • Saturday 10.00 - 1.00 pm
  • Payment options

    Our policy is that payments are to be made on the day of consultation. Accepted payment methods include EFTPOS, credit card and cash.

    The practice offers to send your claim on line direct to Medicare. If you have your bank details registered with Medicare, the rebate will be sent to your nominated bank account within 24 hours.

    We also encourage our patients to register their bank account details with Medicare to allow for prompt reimbursement of the medicare rebate to the nominated bank account. Patients can register online at www.humanservices.gov.au/online or download a Medicare Bank Account details form.

    If your doctor refers you to another doctor, a specialist, or for any investigative tests please ask about fees and other costs that may arise.

  • Privacy & confidentiality

    We comply with Australian Government Legislation, ensuring that the privacy of our patients is maintained. Your privacy and confidentiality is of utmost importance to us. A copy of our Privacy Policy in available in the Clinic.

    Further information is available from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on 1300 363 992.