Next Practice Erina was opened in March 2019 when dear friends Dr Nicole Avard and Jarrah Eddy came together with Next Practice to open this beautiful clinic space.
Nicole and Jarrah dared to imagine how to do things better, to reimagine a clinic space, embrace technology, prioritise a well supported patient journey, support families as a unit and build a model of care that allowed for this. So the collaboration with Next Practice was an obvious pairing as they also shared this vision and so much more.
With the mission to have a beautiful calm space, a welcoming team of Patient Advocates, cutting edge technology, and a Care team of passionate and skilled practitioners, Next Practice Erina has been buzzing ever since.
At Next Practice Erina, our mission is to provide patient centered, kind and comprehensive care.
Imagine walking into a welcoming, modern Living Room instead of a waiting room where you feel like a number. Imagine being greeted by a Patient Advocate instead of a receptionist. Imagine short wait times, zen-like designs, relaxing music, refreshments, iPad check-ins and more. Imagine A New Kind of healthcare.
(This was the pre-covid experience and we are so looking forward to a time when the cups of tea flow again).
Your journey starts at the click of a button with convenient booking online or via our Next Practice Patient App. Put your healthcare back into your hands - book and manage appointments, review prescriptions, set reminders for medication, track your health progress, view educational articles from your team and more... Our mission is to continually innovate to make your healthcare journey simpler and more convenient.
Health on The Streets (HoTS) is a project our team is really passionate about. HoTS is a mobile health clinic that takes healthcare to rough sleepers and people experiencing homelessness around the Central Coast. To learn more about this project visit their website here.
At Next Practice, we want to provide a bridge to those that are less fortunate than us in any way we can. That's
why for every consultation at a Next Practice medical centre, we donate a
vaccination to someone in need in the developing world. We call it our
Since beginning our NextAid initiative, just over two years ago, the Next Practice community has donated a total of 73,354 vaccinations! Our community donated 1,902 vaccinations in November 2021 alone.
Proceeds from each patient consultation within the Next Practice
network is donated through UNICEF Australia to sponsor
a vaccination against Maternal Tetanus. At the moment, our goal is to
focus solely on Maternal Tetanus (MNT) vaccinations to eliminate the
disease in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) represents a very high proportion of the total Tetanus disease. MNT is a swift and painful killer disease and extremely fatal in newborns- killing 30,848 newborns in 2017 alone.
MNT has been among the most common life-threatening consequences of unclean deliveries and umbilical cord care practices and are indicators of inequity in access to immunization and other maternal, newborn, and child health services.
Once the disease is contracted, the fatality rate can be as high as 100% without hospital care and between 10% to 60% with hospital care. The true extent of the Tetanus death toll is not known as many newborns and mothers die at home and neither the birth nor the death is reported.
This happens despite the fact that MNT deaths can be easily prevented
by hygienic delivery and cord care practices, and/or by immunizing
children and women with Tetanus Toxoid Containing Vaccines (TTCV), that
are inexpensive and very effective, through the life course.
While progress continues to be made, 13 countries have still not reached the MNTE status, including Papa New Guinea. Activities to achieve the goal are on-going in these countries and the World Health Organisation is hopeful that many are likely to achieve MNTE in the near future.
Look out for further information on donations on our News and Articles page or in the clinic.
You can find out more information on MNTE from UNICEF here.