FAQ

What does Perinatal mean?

Perinatal means the period from the conception of a child through to the first year after birth.  Antenatal means during pregnancy, postnatal means after birth.

How is Covid-19 affecting your services?

All new appointments are via Telehealth which is a convenient, safe and effective option. Home Visit consultations are organised on an individual basis, the availability is based on the current Covid-19 risk, restrictions and your individual circumstances.

Is this a normal GP service?

Thrive Perinatal  specifically helps future, new and expectant mums through the perinatal period from pregnancy planning through to when your child is about 1 year of age, and focuses on addressing pregnancy and baby related issues.  It is encouraged that you establish a relationship with a regular GP to provide ongoing healthcare for you and your family.

What makes Thrive Perinatal different from other services?

The unique benefit of Thrive Perinatal is that Dr Miranda Bradley offers a "one stop shop" medical service that aims to assist you with all different aspects of you and your baby's care. This is a mobile service and is provided to you in the comfort and convenience of your own home via Telehealth and Home Visits.

 

Being an accredited GP and experienced in perinatal care, Dr Miranda can assess the health of you and your baby, organise investigations if needed, make a diagnosis, create a management plan and provide advice on any perinatal issues, such as postnatal recovery, mental health concerns, infant health concerns, feeding, sleep/settling.  She can also prescribe medication, refer to specialists, organise referrals and arrange blood tests and investigations.  Thrive Perinatal also offers relevant advice and guidance to women both before and during their pregnancy journey who may have any questions or concerns.

 

Patients also have the benefit that they can claim a Medicare rebate on out of pocket expenses for Home Visit consultations and also some eligible Telehealth consultations. This may be up to 80% of the out of pocket fee if you have registered for and met the Medicare safety net for that year.  

Can I see you for other GP related medical concerns?

Thrive Perinatal focuses on helping women with perinatal issues, mostly before pregnancy, during pregnancy and in the first year after birth.  This medical service aims to complement your usual GP care.  It is encouraged that you establish a relationship with a regular GP to provide ongoing healthcare for you and your family. 

 

If you would like to know more about Dr Miranda Bradley's GP service in the Melbourne CBD, please click here.

Do you do "Shared Antenatal Care"?

Dr Miranda is an accredited Shared Antenatal Care Provider with many public hospitals in Melbourne, however she does not offer this service with Thrive Perinatal.  If you would like to know more about GP Shared Care and her GP practice in the Melbourne CBD, please click here.

Do I need a referral to book an appointment?

No referral is required.

Can I get prescriptions, referrals and tests done with this service?

Yes, if they are relevant to your perinatal concerns. 

Please note Dr Miranda does not prescribe any Schedule 8 drugs (controlled drugs)

Can you organise Mental Health Care Plans?

Dr Miranda has a special interest in perinatal Mental Health and can assess, refer and help to formulate a management plan. A Mental Health Care Plan can be coordinated if you are eligible under Medicare guidelines.

Do you give immunisations?

No, immunisations need to be given by your local GP or through your local council or Maternal & child health service.

Do you see dads/partners too?

Dr Miranda welcomes the opportunity to get the dads or other partner involved. They are welcome to join the consultation, but with your consent of course! They will need to complete a separate registration form if they have any relevant medical issues that need to be attended to.

Can I get a Medicare rebate back for my consultation?

  • Home visits:  YES

  • Telehealth consultation: In the below circumstances a Medicare Rebate is available:

    • Your baby will be eligible for a Medicare rebate if they are under 12 months of age.

    • If you have had a Face to Face appointment with Dr Miranda Bradley at Thrive Perinatal in the last 12 months (i.e. a Home Visit consultation.)

    • If your movements are currently restricted by Covid-19, eg lockdown or directed to self-isolate

 

**Please ensure you have registered with "Medicare Safety Nets" as you may be able to claim back up to 85% of the fee. **

What is "Medicare Safety Nets"?

 When you spend over a certain amount in "out of pocket" medical expenses in a calendar year (which is usually the case when you have a baby), Medicare give you a higher amount back to see a doctor, up to 85% of the total fee.  This makes a consultation with Thrive Perinatal much more affordable.

  • The Safety Nets are calculated each calendar year, 1 January to 31 December. 

  • You need to confirm your family members with Medicare before you are eligible to get this higher Medicare benefit. It is recommend you do this ASAP.  The best way to confirm registration & eligibility seems to be to call Medicare and speak to someone in person. We recommend you do this BEFORE your first appointment.

  • Please see  this website for more information:    https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/medicare-safety-nets