We’ve bought a raspberry farm

I haven’t been blogging recently but thought I’d share my big news that I’ve bought a raspberry farm with my sister and her husband. The farm is located near Deans Marsh in the Otways and is just lovely. I’ll be moving there in August, so leaving Phillip Island and starting a new adventure.

Phillip Island Health will continue to be run by Mel Rose so patients can choose to support her by staying at the clinic. Sadly, the laser acupuncture will not be available, but patients can go to Safflower clinic in Newhaven if they want to continue their treatment (the practitioners at Safflower use needles rather than laser.)

I will miss the island and the practice and all my patients but I’m looking forward to this new challenge. It has been a dream of mine to own a berry farm.

Thank you to all the patients for supporting Phillip Island Health; I hope you will continue to support Mel and the practice.

On another note, I’m still working on my book – Heal Yourself: Unlock your natural healing potential. I hope it will be published by the end of the year but as usual it is taking longer than I planned. Hopefully once the move is over I can get it finished.

Our new practice


Mel Rose (nurse practitioner) and Dr Carol Head (general practitioner) are pleased to announce that they are joining forces to fill the gap in health care on Phillip Island. 

Our practice, Phillip Island Health, will be located at Phillip Island Sport and Rehab at 207 Settlement road, Cowes and will provide holistic health care. We will provide general medical care and our services will expand over time. We will not be providing care for emergencies or acute illness/injuries. Our special interests include chronic disease management, wound management and preventive health strategies. Dr Carol will also provide her laser acupuncture service.

Our services will include a home visiting service once the immediate threat of the coronavirus pandemic eases, bringing back the old style house calls. We will also provide face-to-face consultations and Telehealth.

From Wednesday May 6th Melanie will be providing face to face and telehealth consultations at the practice at 207 Settlement road, Cowes and Carol will provide telehealth consultations via video conferencing or telephone.  

Melanie will be available Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm and Saturday mornings. Carol will be available Monday afternoon and Tuesday and Thursday mornings for telehealth consultations. She will begin a regular laser acupuncture session in June.

With the threat of coronavirus still a concern we are very aware of the need to keep face-to-face consultations safe for everyone involved. Patients will be required to wait in their cars to be seen at the clinic and will be temperature screened prior to the consultation. If patients are febrile or have symptoms of Covid19 (sore throat, cough, aches and pains), they will be referred to the HUB for testing.

Face to face and tele-health services will be bulk-billed for everyone at this stage.

For house calls there will be a $30 out of pocket fee. The full fee will be payable at the time of consultation with Medicare rebates available. Pensioners will be bulk billed.

We are both very excited to provide this service to our community.

We can be contacted via telephone – 0478 483 389 or by email for appointments at this stage – drcarolhead@gmail.com

Online bookings will soon be available on our website – www.phillipislandhealth.com.au