The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-06-23T02:59:45Z Looking for a medical specialist made easier for regional Australians with new Medical Specialist Search website 2015-06-23T02:59:45Z looking-for-a-medical-specialist-made-easier-for-regional-australians-with-new-medical-specialist-search-website Victoria – Australia June 2015 Regional Australians are being forced to wait up to 10 months for a medical specialist appointment if they want to be seen close to home. A young Wollongong woman was frustrated after being told the next available appointment for a local neurologist was in 8 months. This was despite her GP’s referral, which outlined concerns about her migraines. Investigations revealed that new patients were waiting at least two months for an initial appointment for specialties including dermatology, paediatrics and obstetrics. It was also revealed that some specialists had temporarily close their appointment books due to overwhelming demand. According to the latest figures released from the National Health Performance Authority, around one in four adults living in regional areas referred to a medical specialist felt they were waiting longer than acceptable to get an appointment. Waiting times for specialist appointments was one of the major concerns identified in the new report on the healthcare issues affecting regional areas. “As a leukaemia survivor who would have died within weeks had my condition gone undiagnosed, this kind of wait to have serious (or even just seriously irritating) medical conditions which impact on quality of life looked at does not sit well with me at all,” says Darren Lemin, now Director of I Need A Specialist, a search engine to help Australians looking for a specialist doctor.  “The reality is there are many medical specialists qualified and available for appointments, but GPs and hospitals often only recommend to their own referral base and don’t look further afield” www.ineedaspecialist.com.au/ “For example, many medical specialists now consult via Telehealth, which aims to remove some of the barriers for Australians who have difficulty getting to a specialist or live in rural and remote areas” Darren added. When it comes to health, an area where inefficiencies could mean life or death, Darren believed something more should be done to show patients how to see a specialist faster. That’s why he created I Need A Specialist (INAS), a free website that provides a fast and easy way to search for Australia's leading healthcare specialists and request an appointment online. I Need A Specialist offers full access to Australia's leading healthcare specialists, including those that consult via Telehealth, giving Australians real choice and peace of mind when it comes to selecting the right healthcare specialist for their family. www.ineedaspecialist.com.au/ “We have had many regional patients contact us desperately trying to locate a medical specialist as their health had been deteriorated whilst being on a  waiting list. We have been able to quickly connect these patients to medical specialists via Telehealth. There are many medical specialists on the I Need A Specialist site that only consult via Telehealth, like Dr Rodney Farnbach, an experienced Melbourne Psychiatrist.” Using this method of consulting, Dr Farnbach is now able to treat patients across Australia without leaving his office” says Darren. Search for and discover how to see a specialist faster at www.ineedaspecialist.com.au/.   Free Online Medical Service Reveals How a Medical Marketing Plan Can Build Client Databases for Medical Specialists and Private Hospitals 2014-10-16T04:38:51Z free-online-medical-service-reveals-how-a-medical-marketing-plan-can-build-client-databases-for-medical-specialists-and-private-hospitals QUEENSLAND, Australia October 2014 – Even with the arrival of modern technology and the internet - including online search engines and blogging - finding a quality medical specialist without waiting months to see them still remains difficult. Many of Australia's top healthcare experts fail to utilise the benefits that come with online medical marketing, with most not even having websites. Like any other business or professional practise, medical specialists must promote themselves with a strategic marketing plan, to ensure patients can find and recommend them easily. As part of their medical marketing plan, a healthcare specialist should consider: *    Growing an online presence Online portals can attract new patients, manage appointments, encourage word-of-mouth recommendations and lend community credibility. I Need A Specialist (INAS) is a free online service that connects patients with medical specialists or appropriate healthcare practices in their area, and allows them to request an appointment any time of day or night – quickly and easily. www.ineedaspecialist.com.au *   Creating a brand image or a logo A medical specialist should aim to establish a brand, and subsequent brand identification. Once a patient identifies with a brand, an impression of reliability and trust may be created. A brand can be developed by placing the practise’s logo on business stationary, business cards, email signatures, brochures, signs, websites and merchandising materials. INAS offers hospitals, healthcare providers and medical specialists the opportunity to advertise a logo on their website as part of its new banner advertising campaign. *   Networking Networking enables professionals to meet like-minded people from related businesses. This provides them with opportunities to learn about competitors, ask for referrals, form mutually beneficial partnerships in industries and spread awareness about their practice. *   Creating a medical marketing plan Medical marketing plans establish clear promotional pathways for healthcare experts. Plans may include using storefront signs, billboards, print advertisements, commercials and distributional promotional materials at trade shows and conventions to generate awareness. They can also utilise internet advertisements through forum discussions, blogs and social networking sites. *   Building professional partnerships with other practices Specialist doctors can create beneficial partnerships with complementary businesses to boost target awareness and strengthen their community presence. *    Encouraging existing patients to talk about their experience There is no marketing tool more powerful than word-of-mouth recommendations. If a patient is completely satisfied with the medical service they have received, a medical specialist should ask for a testimonial. I Need A Specialist provides new healthcare specialists with the opportunity to build a patient database without having to spend a lot of time and effort marketing themselves and their practice. INAS prepares a medical marketing plan for specialists who may have just graduated or commenced private practice. INAS also assists private hospitals by driving more business to their specialists. www.ineedaspecialist.com.au INAS assists practises in filling empty appointments, increasing revenue and developing business opportunities for medical specialists by increasing their online brand exposure and awareness. Discover how INAS develops medical marketing plans to help specialist doctors and private hospitals raise their community profile and grow client databases at www.ineedaspecialist.com.au. Medical Specialists in Melbourne Help Reduce Hospital Waiting Lists for Surgical Patients 2014-10-02T05:12:38Z medical-specialists-in-melbourne-help-reduce-hospital-waiting-lists-for-surgical-patients VICTORIA, Australia September 2014 – Patients waiting for appointments with medical specialists in Melbourne or surgical procedures in Australia continue to suffer on long hospital waiting lists – a reality that could prove fatal if left unchecked by the government. Victorians are being forced to wait as long as four years for an appointment to be treated as a hospital outpatient. A Bendigo health patient was forced to wait 1,493 days for an ear, nose and throat appointment, whilst a patient at Royal Melbourne Hospital had to wait 1,204 days for a neurology outpatient appointment. In a snapshot, data seen by Melbourne newspaper The Age shows the average wait for a new outpatient appointment at Royal Children's Hospital to be 275 days. At Monash Medical Centre in Clayton patients waited almost 1000 days for orthopaedic and urology care. The average wait for a new or first appointment at Geelong Hospital was 230 days. This unhealthy waiting trend has consistently grown in Victoria by a quarter in the past decade. Australian Medical Association (AMA) Victoria President Harry Hemley said the Australian government expected non-urgent elective surgery to be performed within 365 days. He said as a result, being placed on hospital waiting lists for longer than a year was unacceptable. “Patients waiting for surgery often suffer from pain and disability, and have a reduced quality of life,” Dr. Hemley said. “Long waits for care inevitably increase the risk of complications and poorer outcomes.” Director of I Need A Specialist (INAS), Darren Lemin recognises the need for patients to connect with specialist doctors in their region, especially those living in regional towns and remote areas.  “Health is our number one priority. We offer patients a real choice and peace of mind when selecting a healthcare specialist for themselves and their families.” www.ineedaspecialist.com.au INAS is a free service that helps patients find specialist doctors in their area, and allows them to request an appointment any time of day or night, quickly and easily. The company helps many Australian general practitioners (GP) and patients to connect with the right specialist doctors, ensuring the best possible care in the shortest time frame and avoiding lengthy hospital waiting lists. www.ineedaspecialist.com.au Darren says, “We hope to help people realise that they don’t have to wait to see a specialist that their GP has chosen, and that they do have a choice of who looks after them. Many patients without private health insurance aren’t aware they can make an appointment to see a private healthcare specialist. Instead they sit on a hospital waiting list for years just to be seen. For instance, you can wait 18 months for an appointment to have your knee looked at in a public hospital. “People are relying more on the power of choice, which leads them to perform internet searches or ask others about their health advice. Many families these days don’t have a family doctor and opt to attend a super bulk-billing clinics or a one off doctor.  Some of our appointments stem from people on social media asking for advice on specialist recommendations, and getting referrals from our existing customers.” Since I Need A Specialist started, the waiting time for patients to book appointments withmedical specialists has been between up to two weeks. A lot of the patients who contact I Need A Specialist had already been waiting an average of three to six months for their GP referred appointment with a specialist doctor. Discover how I Need A Specialist can help reduce the time spent waiting to see medical specialists in Melbourne and Australia-wide at www.ineedaspecialist.com.au. Source: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/outpatients-wait-four-years-data-20100620-yp75.html How to Find a Melbourne Medical Specialist and Avoid Long Hospital Waiting Times to see Specialist Doctors 2014-09-10T04:49:40Z how-to-find-a-melbourne-medical-specialist-and-avoid-long-hospital-waiting-times-to-see-specialist-doctors MELBOURNE, Australia September 2014 – Victorian hospital outpatients were being forced to wait up to four years for appointments with specialist doctors, health figures revealed in 2010*. And despite state government promises to reign in the waiting times since the statistics were exposed, patients are still waiting months for an initial specialist consultation. According to the Australian Medical Association, which has long campaigned for the publication and public release of thorough and accurate outpatient data, the extensive hospital waiting times through Victorian hospitals means that patient lives are being put at risk.** In a snapshot of the original data for outpatient care, the average wait for a new appointment at Royal Children's Hospital was 275 days. A Bendigo Health patient also reported waiting 1493 days for an appointment with an ear, nose and throat medical specialist, and a Royal Melbourne Hospital patient waited 1,204 days for a neurology outpatient appointment. I Need A Specialist (INAS) owner and director Darren Lemin, says the difficultly patients experience to find a Melbourne medical specialist faster is not uncommon. “Not only is it unhealthy for the patient’s wellbeing to sit for so long on a hospital waiting list, it’s entirely unnecessary. There are many specialist doctors available to take care of patients’ needs, but a lot of people aren’t aware there’s another option to waiting several months. www.ineedaspecialist.com.au “Many people who live in rural Australia don’t have access to specialist care. We provide our services to these areas, particularly, to those who have difficulty getting to medical specialists and those who live in rural and remote areas.” www.ineedaspecialist.com.au ineedaspecialist.com.au gives patients a choice for medical specialists, knowing that their waiting time will be dramatically reduced with some patients waiting less than 2 weeks for an appointment.. The company also makes it easier for leading Australian healthcare specialists to connect with new patients and grow their business. “I Need A Specialist looks out for your family, your health and your choice. Some of our specialists use Telehealth, which aims to remove some of the barriers to accessing medical services for Australians. With Telehealth, the GP and patient are able to have a video conferencing consultation without the patient leaving their home town,” says Darren. www.ineedaspecialist.com.au INAS has pushed down patient waiting times for specialist doctors in some cases to under 14 days. Patients seeking appointments with GP-referred medical specialists who used to wait up to 6 months now only have a wait of up to two weeks. INAS patient Beryl, from Echuca says, “It was suggested by a friend that I contact you to see if you could help me find a specific specialist. Living in a country town you don’t always know where to ascertain the information you require. Thank you for guiding me and assisting me with an appointment. I was unaware we even had this service in Echuca.” Discover how to find a Melbourne medical specialist faster and easier, and reduce hospital waiting times at www.ineedaspecialist.com.au. Source: *http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/outpatients-wait-four-years-data-20100620-yp75.html **http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/thousands-on-victorias-outpatient-list/story-e6frfku9-1226641992658 How to Find Specialist Doctors Quickly and Avoid Lengthy Hospital Waiting Times 2014-08-28T00:53:34Z how-to-find-specialist-doctors-quickly-and-avoid-lengthy-hospital-waiting-times-1 MELBOURNE, Victoria August 2014 – The Victorian public hospital system is so congested that patients with private health insurance looking for specialist doctors often wait for weeks or even months for an appointment in Melbourne. An expert panel on waiting list management, chaired by Eastern Health director Stuart Alford, and including Latrobe Regional Hospital CEO Peter Craighead and Melbourne Health clinical leader Associate Professor Daryl Williams, revealed that the median waiting time across all Victorian health services and specialties in June 2011 was 114 days. Among health services assessed as having high data reliability, the median wait time for some specialties was even longer. For example, the wait for allergy clinics was almost nine months.* Victorians are required to wait up to four years just to get a hospital outpatient appointment, according to health figures. In a snapshot, the data showed the average wait for a new outpatient appointment at Royal Children's Hospital was nine months. A Bendigo Health patient waited 1,493 days for an ear, nose, and throat appointment, while at Royal Melbourne Hospital there was more than a three year wait for a neurology outpatient appointment. At Monash Medical Centre in Clayton, patients waited almost three years for orthopaedic and urology care, and the average wait for a new or first appointment at Geelong Hospital was 230 days.** I Need a Specialist (INAS), a company that reduces hospital waiting times by connecting patients with Australia’s leading healthcare specialists, offers a free online service to patients that provides them with a real choice and peace of mind. Patients can request an appointment at any time of the day and night – quickly and easily through the INAS website. Melissa of Epping, Victoria who used the INAS service states, “I can’t tell you how thankful I am. I am crying right now. Thank you! You have saved my daughter’s life.” INAS director Darren Lemin says, “Over the years, we have witnessed many friends and relatives face their own health issues. Each of them has turned to my wife, Michelle for help and guidance. I have seen her spend many hours talking with friends, family and even strangers who need help finding medical specialists. “That got me thinking… wouldn’t it be great if everyone could have access to healthcare specialists in the one place, to give them support during an uncertain time in their life, and knowledge to make a firm medical choice. As a result, I Need a Specialist was born. “I Need a Specialist is based on the service that Michelle has provided most of her working life. An informative, compassionate, and supportive environment that offers patients peace of mind knowing they have made a choice of who in the medical field will look after them. In the past, when you wanted to find a specialist, you either had to rely on your GP's local network, word-of-mouth recommendations from friends, or place your trust in the specialist practicing at your local hospital.” I Need a Specialist started from a need to connect patients with medical specialists faster and easier, and so that specialists can connect with new patients, grow their business and increase their online marketing presence. Discover how INAS can help patients reduce outpatient hospital waiting times and connect patients with specialist doctors quickly at www.ineedaspecialist.com.au. Source: *http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/6791-report-gives-a-first-everclear-picture-on-outpatient-waits.html **http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/outpatients-wait-four-years-data-20100620-yp75.html Finding Northern Suburbs’ Medical Specialists Made Easier and Faster with Specialist Doctor Search Website 2014-06-24T00:42:20Z finding-northern-suburbs-medical-specialists-made-easier-and-faster-with-specialist-doctor-search-website MELBOURNE, Australia June 2014 – When Darren Lemin was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia more than 13 years ago, he had a wife and three children under 8 years of age to support. After 3 months of intense treatment and many near death experiences, his specialist told him that he was in remission. That was when he and his family vowed to make a difference for others who went through the same harrowing experience. “We threw ourselves into fund raising and awareness for a number of different charities,” says Darren. “My wife Michelle and I, friends, family, and 40+ strangers shaved our heads for the leukaemia foundation and raised just short of $20,000. We also took part in the walk for juvenile diabetes. Little did we know that a short time later, one of our sons would be diagnosed with the same disease.” Darren’s wife Michelle had been working in the health industry for a few years by the time their son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and it was her ‘insider’ information that helped them know where to go and who to turn to for the help that their son needed, without suffering the extended time on waiting lists to see a specialist. “Having access to this information was such a great support, peace of mind, and a comfort for all of us,” says Darren. Michelle soon got a reputation for having valuable information on Northern Suburbs’ medical specialists and would spend hours talking with friends, family, and even strangers that were looking for a specialist. Then she would speak with specialist doctors in the Northern Suburbs she knew, sourcing information and appointments to ensure that they would be seeing the right specialist for their particular condition. Her family and friends took this information to their GP to organise a referral. “That got me thinking... Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could have access to healthcare specialists in one place, to give them the knowledge to make a firm choice and the support that comes with those uncertain times?” said Darren. As a result, www.ineedaspecialist.com.au/ was born. The ineedaspecialist.com.au website was founded in 2012 by a group of dedicated health industry experts with over 15 years of experience. Even with general search engines such as Google and Yahoo, looking for a medical specialist has always been difficult. Many of Australia's top specialists still don't even have websites. Darren explains, “In the past, when you wanted to find a specialist, you either had to rely on your GP's local network, word-of-mouth recommendations from friends, or place your trust in the specialist practicing at your local hospital. We knew there had to be a better way to connect patients with Australia's leading healthcare specialist doctors online – and get them in for medical treatment faster. Since launching I Need A Specialist, patients who had expected wait times of 3-6 months have seen specialists within one day to two weeks after using our search engine.” www.ineedaspecialist.com.au/ Beryl from Echuca shares her experience with ineedaspecialist.com.au. She says, “It was suggested by a friend that I contact you to see if you could help me find a specific specialist. Living in a country town, you don’t always know where to ascertain the information you require. Thank you for guiding me and assisting me with an appointment. I was unaware we even had this service in Echuca.” Discover a faster, easier way to find the best medical specialists the Northern Suburbs and Australia have to offer www.ineedaspecialist.com.au/. Desperate Epping mother left in limbo by the medical system, uses social media to help save her daughter’s life 2014-05-29T04:28:30Z desperate-epping-mother-left-in-limbo-by-the-medical-system-uses-social-media-to-help-save-her-daughter-s-life Epping resident Melissa Flentjar was left panicked and distraught when her 3 year old daughter Amelia, suffered a sever anaphylactic shock caused by an unknown substance and was rushed to a local hospital by ambulance.  "It was terrifying to see our little girl so sick and we felt completely helpless," said Melissa.  However, after her daughter was stabilised in hospital, the Epping mother was dealt another frightening blow when told that she would need to wait 6 months for a specialist appointment to learn what had caused the reaction that almost claimed her daughter's life.  "After leaving hospital, we had no idea what had caused the reaction and no idea what we needed to protect our 3 year old from so that this would never happen again," explained Melissa. "It was a mother's worst nightmare not knowing how I could protect my child from a potentially deadly experience. We didn't know what the substance was or if it could potentially kill our child, so for us, 6 months was an impossibly long time to wait for answers," Melissa added.  The ABS reveals: 6 million Australians each year need to seek specialist medical appointments 21% of people felt they waited longer than was acceptable to see a medical specialist 43% of Australians waiting for a specialist appointment considered their health to be poor or only fair After conducting her own unsuccessful search for a specialist that could help, the Epping mother was left with little choice but to wait the daunting 6 months for further testing and diagnosis. As a final attempt to try and get her daughter the help she needed, Melissa made an emotional plea on a local social media network.  Thankfully for Melissa and her daughter, a staff member from ineedaspecialist.com.au saw Melissa's plea and offered assistance.  "The truth is, patients don't have to wait to get help, but they often don't know where else to go, and think they need to follow the referral they have been given by their GP" explains Darren Lemin, Founder and CEO of the ground breaking new service, ineedaspecialist.com.au "Parents just like Melissa are able to ease their minds and get their children the help they need by accessing specialists immediately through our innovative portal - a place where patients can link directly with specialists who are ready, willing and more than able to provide excellent quality healthcare in the shortest time frame possible," explains Darren.  "I couldn't believe how quickly they organised the appointment for us," Melissa said. "They had the appointment booked and Amelia got the help she needed within 10 days. 10 days compared to 6 months? What parent wouldn't be happy with that? There is no doubt in my mind that they helped save my daughter's life." For further information on how parents and patients can avoid the unnecessary wait and connect with healthcare specialists faster, contact Sheridyn Morgan - phone 0439 102 292 or visit www.ineedaspecialist.com.au.  How to Promote a Medical Specialist Business Revealed by Unique Australian Search Engine for Doctors 2014-03-26T03:02:52Z how-to-promote-a-medical-specialist-business-revealed-by-unique-australian-search-engine-for-doctors MELBOURNE, Australia March 2014 – Australians are being led to believe that all doctors have extensive waiting lists and that waiting months for an appointment is the norm. However, many specialists with vacant appointments in their schedules, are left scratching their head, wondering how to promote a medical specialist business. The Australian medical system seems to favour certain specialist doctors, who are continually being referred new patients by GPs and hospital outpatient services. This piles up the work for a busy few, while other specialists who are just as qualified and willing to help, don’t know how to reach the patients in need and by-pass the ‘status quo’ of the referral clique. Leukaemia survivor and Melbourne-based father Darren Lemin says, “When I was facing my battle with cancer, I was lucky enough to receive treatment quickly and I have thankfully lived healthily for the last 13 years. Unfortunately I know that there are many cases that don’t turn out that way and the impact is devastating. Seeing a specialist doctor quickly can mean the difference between poor and high quality of life – or even life and death – so that’s why I devised a way that can link patients in need with qualified medical specialists. This method also has the added bonus of providing an excellent stream of marketing for specialist doctors.”  Darren created an online search engine, called I Need A Specialist, that allows specialist doctors to create profiles and have appointments filled directly from the website or by the I Need A Specialist customer service team, who operate somewhat as an additional marketing tool for specialist doctors. I Need A Specialist partners with medical specialist doctors to add value to their businesses through effective online marketing designed to attract patients faster. Word-of-mouth referrals also increase, as doctors that use I Need A Specialist to promote their business, spend less time working on business development and more time helping patients and building their reputation. I Need A Specialist helps medical specialists to fill empty appointments, increase online brand exposure and awareness, and grow their practice faster. “Your specialist profile page will have a dynamic online presence and digital footprint,” says Darren. “This enables patients to find you faster and easier, and most importantly, request appointments at any time of the day or night. Instead of searching for patients all the time, they will be searching for you!”  I Need A Specialistoffers medical professionals online marketing strategies designed specifically to meet the needs of marketing for Australian specialist doctors. The effective online digital pages feature practice information and professional medical profiles for patients to view, choose and make immediate requests for appointments – anytime, anywhere. The company’s business development programs are specifically customised to help specialist doctors increase profitability and professional success. Find out more about how to promote a medical specialist business through this unique Australian search engine that links medical specialists searching for more patients directly with patients already searching for them. Visit www.ineedaspecialist.com.au. Melbourne Medical Specialists with Extensive Waiting Lists – How to Shortcut The List and See a Specialist Faster 2014-02-18T00:52:22Z melbourne-medical-specialists-with-extensive-waiting-lists-how-to-shortcut-the-list-and-see-a-specialist-faster MELBOURNE, Australia February 2014 – In 2010 the Victorian state government promised to release the figures surrounding the hidden waiting lists for outpatient services, but just last year they had still not delivered on their promise. Every time a GP refers a patient to a medical specialist at a public hospitals’ outpatient clinic, they are placed on the same waiting lists that already hold tens of thousands of people waiting to see Melbourne medical specialists. Australian Medical Association Victorian president, Dr. Stephen Parnis has already expressed his disappointment on the inability of the government to release the list of patients waiting for his outpatient services. “People who are waiting have issues needing prompt attention, such as stones in their gall bladder,” said Dr. Parnis. “Gallstones need quick action to prevent infections from putting a patient’s life at risk. The more the delays occur in that area, the more it impacts on the individual’s health and adversely affects other parts of the hospital. People who are outpatients too long could end up in already overcrowded hospital emergency departments.”* Victorian father and founder of a search engine to find Melbourne medical specialists , ineedaspecialist.com.au, Darren Lemin says, “This is exactly why we created our search engine that links patients in need with qualified and respected medical specialists in Melbourne who don’t have such ridiculous waiting lists. The problem is that a high amount of GPs are referring patients to just a small number of specialists, but realistically there are many more specialists available and the patient has a right to have access to health care sooner.”  Darren was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukaemia 13 years ago. With a wife and 3 children all under the age of 8, it was one of the scariest times of his life. Darren was completely in the hands of the local GP who referred him to the best specialists in the field, and luckily for Darren he has been in remission ever since. But his health scare prompted a commitment from Darren and his family to spend the rest of their lives giving back to others. Darren’s wife Michelle has now been working in the health industry for 15 years, and each time family or friends have had health issues they turned to Michelle to see what she could do to help them, who she recommended they saw, and sometimes she could even link them with Melbourne medical specialists that had shorter waiting lists than their GP-recommended specialist. This got Darren thinking, wouldn’t it be great if everyone had access to this sort of information and contacts that are usually exclusive to people working in the health industry?  Darren launched the online search engine for medical specialists ineedaspecialist.com.au to provide patients with options that he knows he would’ve appreciated when he was battling cancer. Patients using ineedaspecialist.com.au service have reduced waiting times for initial appointments from 3-6 months, to under two weeks. To find a Melbourne medical specialist faster, visit www.ineedaspecialist.com.au and start searching. How to See a Specialist Faster Using Medical Specialists Search Website 2014-01-29T03:22:45Z how-to-see-a-specialist-faster-using-medical-specialists-search-website MELBOURNE, Australia January 2014 – It can take weeks, months and even years to get in to see some medical specialists in Melbourne, and unfortunately the current GP referral system doesn’t help. Most GPs only know a few specialists to refer their patients to, so although there are many qualified alternatives with available appointments – all of the patients are queuing up to see only a select few of the more ‘connected’ medical specialists. The saddest part is, most people don’t know how to see a specialist faster so they just accept the situation and wait it out. But when it comes to medical situations – the length of the wait can mean the difference between complete healing, landing in the emergency room, or worse. Today, even the Australian government and the medical community recognise the importance of seeing medical specialists as soon as possible. Health Minister David Davis told a budget estimates committee that an independent panel of experts reported that 79,000 people were waiting for their first outpatient appointment in 2011. The 2011 audit also showed 248,000 patients were on outpatient waiting lists. Australian Medical Association Victoria President Dr. Stephen Parnis said doctors had been waiting 18 months for the list showing the number of people with referrals from GPs waiting to get into outpatient clinics. He says, “The longer someone has to wait for elective treatment, the more likely it is to become an urgent or emergency problem.” When a GP refers someone to a specialist at a public hospital's outpatient clinic, they are placed on a waiting list and then have to wait to be reviewed for surgery before making it onto another waiting list for elective surgery. Opposition health spokesman Gavin Jennings says, “More people are now waiting longer than ever before for surgery they desperately need.” Leukaemia survivor, Melbourne-based father and ineedaspecialist.com.au Founder and CEO Darren Lemin says, “From my own health battle experience and through the diagnosis of my son’s juvenile diabetes, my family and I know exactly how important it is to see a specialist as soon as possible, and that’s why we came up with an online Melbourne medical specialists search engine program that would provide patients with an alternative to being trapped in a system that doesn’t seem to be working for everyone.” ineedaspecialist.com.au is a free service that helps patients understand how to see a specialist faster and helps them find the specialist they’re looking for in their area or vicinity. This online system allows patients to request an appointment anytime day or night – quickly and easily. Kathy Clark from Doncaster says, “Can’t believe someone has finally made it simple to get specialist health care. Thank you www.ineedaspecialist.com.au for sending me to a wonderful specialist in record time! Would never do it any other way.” Most patients who contact ineedaspecialist.com.au were given a waiting time of 3-6 months for their appointments with a GP-referred specialist, but using the ineedaspecialist.com.au service they have been able to get appointments with medical specialists in under two weeks. Find Melbourne medical specialists faster, visit www.ineedaspecialist.com.au today. For further information on how patients can avoid the lengthy waiting lists and connect with healthcare specialists faster, contact Sheridyn Morgan – phone 0439 102 292. Ends   MEDIA CONTACT: Sheridyn Morgan, Marketing Manager, ineedaspecialist.com.au Mobile: 0439 102 292 E-mail: Sheridyn@ineedaspecialist.com.au www.ineedaspecialist.com.au THE LEUKAEMIA DIDN’T KILL HIM BUT THE SPECIALIST WAITING LISTS COULD HAVE! 2013-12-28T06:36:49Z the-leukaemia-didn-t-kill-him-but-the-specialist-waiting-lists-could-have-why-one-south-morang-survivor-is-now-taking-on-the-health-system-to-stop-people-dying-while-waiting South Morang local, Darren Lemin, thought that his diagnosis of leukaemia was the worst news he could hear . . . that was until he was told he may need to wait months to see a healthcare specialist. Fortunately Darren was ‘in the know’ about specialists and how to get to them quickly, because without this insider knowledge, he would have died within weeks had his condition gone undiagnosed and untreated. However, after successfully beating the disease, he vowed to make a difference and shake up our failing healthcare system by sharing this insider knowledge with the general public. “There are people in similar situations to mine, who are literally dying, simply because they are made to wait for an appointment with a specialist,” explains Darren Lemin, Founder and CEO of the ground breaking new service, ineedaspecialist.com.au.  “The healthcare system is buckling under the pressure and patients are now waiting, on average, 3 months for an initial appointment,” Darren explains. “I would have died, if I’d had to wait that long for treatment.” According to a report released by the Expert Panel on Waiting List Management in Victoria:   ·       Almost 80,000 patients were waiting for an initial specialist clinic appointment·       The median wait time across all health services and specialities was 114 days ·       The health system is “chaotic” and “no one knew what was going on” “This kind of wait to have a serious (or even just an irritating) medical condition go untreated, just didn’t sit well with me. There are many qualified specialists available for appointments, but GPs and hospitals often only recommend a small proportion who already have really long waiting lists,” explained Darren. With his knowledge of how the health system operates, Mr Lemin knew there had to be a better way to connect patients with Australia’s leading healthcare specialists and thus avoid the wait, but grew tired of waiting for the various health ministers to implement a workable system. “Patients don’t have to wait to get help, but they often don’t know where else to go, and think they need to follow their GP’s recommendation as to who to see. That’s why we’ve developed ineedaspecialist.com.au – a place where patients can link directly with specialists who are ready, willing and more than able to provide excellent quality healthcare in the shortest time frame possible.” For further information on how patients can avoid the 3 month waiting list and connect with healthcare specialists faster, contact Sheridyn Morgan – phone 0439 102 292                                                                                          Ends MEDIA CONTACT: Sheridyn Morgan, Marketing Manager, ineedaspecialist.com.au Mobile: 0439 102 292 E-mail: Sheridyn@ineedaspecialist.com.au www.ineedaspecialist.com.au South Morang Father’s Single-Handed Crusade to Slash Patient Waiting Lists and Revolutionise Australia’s Ailing Health Care System 2013-12-12T04:12:52Z south-morang-father-s-single-handed-crusade-to-slash-patient-waiting-lists-and-revolutionise-australia-s-ailing-health-care-system Emergency Departments across Victoria, and indeed Australia, are buckling under the weight of an oversupply of patients and an undersupply of specialists, with patients now waiting, on average, 3 months for an initial appointment with a specialist. Even patients with private health insurance often face lengthy wait times for their chosen specialist inside a healthcare model that is getting sicker and sicker each year. One local South Morang Father who has seen first hand the pain and grief extended wait times can have on patients has taken it upon himself to mount a crusade to shake up the healthcare system and offer patients direct access to specialists. “Often patients don’t realise that they can make an appointment directly with a healthcare specialist,” explains Darren Lemin, Founder and CEO of the ground-breaking new service, ineedaspecialist.com.au “Even patients without private health insurance, can make appointments with private specialist. There is just no need to wait, and once patients realise this, it can be a huge relief for them – especially if their health condition is serious,” Darren explains. According to a report released by the Expert Panel on Waiting List Management in Victoria (1):  ·      *Almost 80,000 patients were waiting for an initial specialist clinic appointment ·      *The median wait time across all health services and specialities was 114 days ·      *The median wait time for allergy clinics was 273 days or almost nine months Mr Lemin and his team knew there had to be a better way to connect patients with Australia’s leading healthcare specialists and thus avoid the wait, but grew tired of waiting for the various health ministers to implement a workable system. “Patients are tired of hearing various government departments pointing the finger at each other – all the while the waiting lists grow longer.” “What patients really want is a decent system that gives them fast access to qualified specialists without all the red tape, and that’s what we’ve developed with the site ineedaspecialist.com.au – a place where patients can link directly with specialists who are ready, willing and more than able to provide excellent quality healthcare in the shortest time frame possible.  Surely, all Victorians deserve access to this,” says Darren. More information can be found at www.ineedaspecialist.com.au -Ends-   About ineedaspecialist.com.au www.ineedaspecialist.com.au offerspatients a real choice. Born from a need to gather Australia’s top specialists into the one online community, INAS makes it easier for patients to find the specialist of their choice and avoid the lengthy wait for specialist healthcare. MEDIA CONTACT: Sheridyn Morgan, Marketing Manager, www.ineedaspecialist.com.au Mobile: 0439 102 292 E-mail: Sheridyn@ineedaspecialist.com.au [1] http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/6791-report-gives-a-first-ever-