Blackburn Clinic – providing support to a range of quality doctors to care for their patients.

Blackburn Clinic Medical Services provides administrative, business and clinical support to a diverse range of doctors, with a broad skill set and areas of expertise, who put the needs of their patients first.

News and information….

FLU Vaccinations

You can access Flu vaccinations through Blackburn Clinic.

These can now be booked via the AMS Connect app or via the Online Booking button at the top of this page, or by phoning 9875 1120. Flu Clinics will commence after Easter.

The bulk of these clinics will be run on Saturday and Sunday afternoons although some opportunities will be provided mid week as well.  ALL Vaccination Clinic appointments are bulk billed to Medicare.

Flu vaccines cost $20 for those who are not in one of the Government flu vaccine program eligibility groups.


COVID Vaccinations

We have Pfizer’s new monovalent XBB.1.5 vaccine available (for patients aged greater than 12 years). COVID Vaccine appointments can be booked using the booking buttons above, via the app or by phoning the clinic. Eligibility for individuals without risk factors is:

  • for ages 18-64, one 2023 booster dose should be considered, 6 months since last dose and since you had the disease.
  • for ages 65-74, one 2023 booster dose is recommended, plus an additional dose should be considered. 6 months since last dose and since you had the disease.
  • for ages 75 plus, one 2023 booster dose is recommended, plus an additional dose is recommended. 6 months since last dose and since you had the disease.

Shingles vaccination program – read eligibility criteria below first

Due to a lack of Government supply, we have temporarily stopped taking further bookings to complete vaccinations for those already booked in. Please revisit our website for updated information on the availability of the shingles vaccine. We anticipate restarting these clinics in June. Although many are keen for vaccination, there is usually no rush to vaccinate for the non-infectious condition of shingles.

Second doses – we will automatically reserve Dose 2 for you once you’ve received Dose 1, and notify you after your Dose 1 appointment of your Dose 2 booking details.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility for the 2-dose course of Shingrix®, given 2-6 months apart in most cases, was updated on 8/10/2023 to include:

  • people aged 65 years and older
  • First Nations people aged 50 years and older
  • immunocompromised people aged 18 years and older with medical conditions including:
    • haemopoietic stem cell transplant
    • solid organ transplant
    • haematological malignancy
    • advanced or untreated HIV.               Immunocompromised people may need an Appointment with their GP to determine eligibility & timing of doses.
  • anyone who has received a Zostavax shingles vaccine in the past will need to wait 5 years from the date of vaccination before being eligible for a Shingrix. If in doubt, book an Appointment with your GP to determine eligibility and the timing of your doses. 
  • anyone who has had Shingles (the condition) within the last 12 months will need an Appointment with their GP to determine their eligibility and the timing of their doses.

In 2020 there were 4.2 million people in Australia aged over 65…. the Government won’t have that number of vaccines available straight away. This vaccination campaign is likely to take several years and vaccine stock is likely to arrive in dribs and drabs. Please be patient and understand that we will only be offering Shingrix vaccines to current patients and we will only be able to give a Shingrix vaccine to a patient who has Booked a “Shingles Vaccine” appointment type.


ONLINE APPOINTMENT BOOKING SYSTEM

Please use the ONLINE BOOKINGS menu options at the top of the page

or download the AMS Connect booking app:

Book ONLINE or through the AMS CONNECT app for the following appointment types:
  • Standard Consultation
  • Long Consultation
  • New Patient appointment (ages 0-15 yrs or Ages 16+)
  • Cervical Screening
  • Complete Health Check
  • Covid Vaccination
  • Phone Consult
  • Travel Consult
  • Video Consult
If the appointment type you need is not showing online, please phone us to book.  The app also allows you to perform telehealth appointments using video if desired.
Patient data is sensitive so every effort is taken to ensure that the booking and in-house patient data platforms comply with appropriate security and privacy standards.

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TELEHEALTH

Telehealth consultations are billed at the same rates as face-to-face appointments. Please refer to the Fees Page.


CURRENT COVID PROTOCOLS

All patients regardless of vaccination status are welcome to attend for a face-to-face appointment. If you have any Covid related symptoms or are a close contact of a known case, please do a RAT TWO HOURS PRIOR TO your appointment and do not attend if the result is positive. We can change your appointment to a Telehealth if you phone to let us know. We thank you for your patience as we adapt policies in order to maximise protection for vulnerable patients and ensure that the business can remain open and staffed.


COVID-19 INFORMATION IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Please CLICK HERE to view information provided by DHHS about COVID-19, which is available in over 50 different languages.

Patient Feedback Survey Results

The General Practice located at Blackburn Clinic (Suite 5) surveyed 351 patients using a Practice Accreditation and Improvement Survey (PAIS). The PAIS is a well-established patient survey widely used by general practices across Australia to gather valuable feedback from patients, which informs meaningful quality improvement within the organisation. 97% of all patient ratings about the Blackburn Clinic general practice were ’good, very good or excellent’. There were 28 areas assessed by the survey and we were excited to learn that the patient feedback from our previous accreditations (in 2016 and 2019) shows that we have consistently improved in all 28 areas over those seven years! Click on the image above to find out which 3 areas we identified for improvement and our proposed plans to achieve this.

Congratulations Wendy!

Last week our intrepid Office Manager, Wendy Cooney, headed off into the retirement phase of her life. Wendy was always a calm and steady influence, no matter what was thrown at her by Medicare or international pandemics! Wendy has experienced many changes since she started at Blackburn Clinic 35 years ago, especially in the area of technology. She embraced changes with dignity and so we're sure she'll thrive with this latest change. We will miss Wendy enormously, but wish her all the best with her campervan travels and other endeavours. Her large family will continue to keep her busy.

Movember update – $3,686 raised so far

It's almost the end of the month, so we thought you'd want to see a pic of our team's Moustache progress! Here are Drs Yashar, Connoley and Qi sporting their 'taches! We are proud of the whole team for their activities (many preferred to Walk rather than grow facial hair!) and fundraising. There is still time to support Movember, who do great work for Men's mental health and suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancer. Here's the link to our team page: https://au.movember.com/team/2299231

Background

Blackburn Clinic Medical Services provides administrative, business and clinical support to the independent General Practitioners who consult from three suites within the same building at 195 Whitehorse Road. Patients are welcome to see the GPs at any of:

Suite 5—Blackburn Clinic             and
Suite 2– Blackburn Specialist Centre      and
Suite 8- Blackburn Clinic Carson Suite.

The same fees, policies and procedures apply to all suites. All sites have secure access to patient clinical data and share the same system for patient appointments. The following GPs consult at Blackburn Specialist Centre:

  • Dr Peter Elliott
  • Dr Elise Harrison
  • Dr Yeganeh Khavar
  • Dr Robert Rametta
  • Dr Prabaharan Ratnarajah
  • Dr Terence Ting.

The following GPs consult at the Carson Suite:

  • Dr Suzanne Ashdown
  • Dr Andrew Broad
  • Dr Sean Das
  • Dr Ann Donaghy
  • Dr Alvin Kong
  • Dr Peter Lovass.

All GPs consult at Blackburn Clinic when the other suites are closed. To make an appointment with any of the GPs please use the Book Appointment Online button or phone 03 9875 1123.

What to do After hours

When the Clinic is closed, the main clinic number (03 9875 1111) automatically diverts as follows:

Mon-Fri up until 11:00pm

Blackburn Clinic After Hours – a service provided by a Principal doctor who has access to your records and will contact you promptly.
Fees: $180 for telephone advice or $300 for a home visit.
Alternately, telephone 13 SICK Locum (13 7425).

Mon-Fri after 11:00pm

13 SICK Locum (phone 13 7425)

Weekends and public holidays

13 SICK Locum (phone 13 7425)

Alternatively you can  attend the Emergency Departments of Box Hill, Maroondah, or Knox Private Hospitals.

70 Years of Experience

Blackburn Clinic was established in 1952. For over 70 years high quality care has been provided to patients at the Blackburn Clinic premises. The GPs who consult at Blackburn Clinic are private billing:

  • Fully accredited General Practice
  • Comprehensive range of family medicine services
  • Licensed Travel Vaccination Centre
  • A medical training practice accredited with the RACGP.

The GPs at Blackburn Clinic can provide a variety of general practice services including:

  • Childhood immunisations
  • Diabetes care
  • Complete Health Checks
  • Health assessments for Over 75s
  • Aviation Medicals.
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