October 2019

Measles Outbreaks

If you are not sure if you have received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine you should have a booster dose. The number of measles cases worldwide has increased substantially, tragically with over 55 deaths in Tonga and over 1000 cases in New Zealand.

Measles is a serious, highly contagious, viral illness that is easily spread through the air when an infectious person coughs, sneezes or breathes.

The MMR booster is free for Australians born after 1965, and two doses provides lifelong protection against the disease. People born after 1994 will be fully vaccinated through the National Immunisation Program and people born before 1966 were most likely exposed as a child and are considered immune. 

October 2019

Pap Smears have changed

The Cervical Screening Test  (CST) has replaced the Pap test. The procedure to collect the test remains essentially the same but the CST is more effective than the Pap test because it detects HPV (human papillomavirus). HPV is a common infection that may lead to cervical cancer.

 

The good news is that it is just as safe to have a CST every 5 years as it was to have a Pap Smear every 2 years

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers with routine cervical screening. Screening starts at age 25 and can stop after age 74.  You should still have screening even if you have received the HPV vaccines.

Contact us to book your appointment if you think you are due for a test.

18 March 2020

Telephone Consultations

We are now offering telephone consultations to all patients for $40.

Some patient are eligible for this service to be bulk-billed. Click here for more information.

Please call 94161348 to make an appointment. Only those patients who are eligible for bulk-billing can book online currently.

The doctor will call you back as soon as they have time available or at your booked time. He/she will confirm your eligibility for bulk-billing.

The cost includes prescriptions and faxing/ posting of referrals and/or prescriptions.

You may be asked to come in for a consultation or directed to another health provider if this is more appropriate.

The bulk billing service is only available if you have been seen here in the last 12 months.