If you cannot find a suitable appointment time online, please phone the clinic on (03) 9875 1123, as some appointment times and types can only be booked over the phone. PLEASE PHONE FOR APPOINTMENTS FOR FLU VACCINES. DO NOT BOOK ONLINE FOR FLU VACCINATIONS.

Appointments

If you are a current patient of Blackburn Clinic you can book an appointment online to see a doctor.  This booking facility is for existing patients who are already registered at Blackburn Clinic and are making a standard 15 minute appointment. If you would like to join Blackburn Clinic as a new patient, or if you have not attended the practice within the last two years, please call (03) 9875 1123 and speak to our friendly reception team.

A fee will be charged for patients who miss their appointment, and do not cancel with at least one hours’ notice.

On weekdays and evenings, consultation is by appointment.  We are committed to continuity of care and therefore we encourage you to see the same doctor, and will make every effort to achieve this for you. If it is not possible, the receptionist will recommend alternatives. Urgent consultations can usually be accommodated because of our flexible appointment system.

On weekends and public holidays patients are seen in order of arrival and no appointment is necessary.

 


appointments-longerLonger Appointments

Some consultations – for example insurance medicals, pre-employment medicals, female health checks (including Pap Tests), men’s health checks, surgical procedures, and travel health – require a longer consultation. Please inform the receptionist when you are making an appointment for these so enough time can be allowed.

Only standard appointments can be made online, so patients are advised to phone the clinic to make longer appointments.

 


Asthma Education


Please see Respiratory Clinic.

  


Cardiovascular Clinic


We offer a comprehensive program for patients with heart conditions like angina or heart attack.  The program includes: two visits with the Cardiovascular Educator and up to four visits with your GP over a twelve month period; an ECG and screening test for vascular disease; assessment of your heart health and prescription of appropriate medication to achieve optimal control of risk factors; 3-6 month review (as needed); a chronic disease management plan; and flu and pneumonia vaccines where patients are eligible.  Patients should speak to their doctor for referral.

  


Diabetes Clinic

All doctors at Blackburn Clinic can refer patients to our Diabetes Clinic, which provides:
•    Diabetes education and information;
•    Education and review of blood glucose meters and insulin delivery devices;
•    Diabetes complications screening; and
•    Diabetes care plan where appropriate and personal self management goals.

Click here for our Diabetes Clinic INFORMATION SHEET

 


flu-vaccinations-blackburnFlu Vaccinations

Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over, but only the categories below are eligible for free influenza vaccines under the National Immunisation Program (NIP):

  • ages 6 months to less than 5 years
  • ages 65 years and above
  • pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications (cardiac disease, chronic respiratory conditions, chronic neurological conditions, immunocompromising conditions, diabetes and other metabolic disorders, renal disease, haematological disorders, and children aged 6 months to 10 years taking long-term aspirin therapy).

All influenza vaccines available in 2020 will be quadrivalent vaccines.  We hope that vaccines will be available from mid-April 2020 and patients WILL NEED TO PHONE to book into a Flu Clinic.

Please do not book online if you want a flu vaccine – please phone us on 9875 1123 so that we can record sufficient details to facilitate supply of the correct vaccine (as different vaccines must be used for different age groups).

Clinics will be held both Mon-Friday and on Sundays, starting mid-April (subject to vaccine availability).  The cost for the vaccine (if not eligible under the NIP) is not yet confirmed but is likely to be around $20.  Flu Clinic consultations (which do not address anything other than the flu vaccine) will be billed to Medicare.  If you have your flu vaccine as part of a normal consultation with your regular doctor, normal consultation fees will apply.

If you are eligible for a Free Government flu vaccine, and attend a Flu Clinic, there is no cost to you.

Phone 9875 1123 to book a Flu appointment.


Iron Infusions


We can treat iron deficiency anaemia on-site, where medically appropriate, at considerable savings compared to the traditional day-surgery model.  Please see your doctor for advice.
 


Free 45-49 Year Old Health Check


The Australian Department of Health recommends that this health assessment “is for a patient who, in the clinical judgement of the medical practitioner and based on the identification of a specific risk factor, is at risk of developing a chronic disease.  A health assessment at this stage of life can assist patients to make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease.”

Risk Factors for chronic disease include:

  • High cholesterol

  • Alcohol or drug misuse

  • Excess weight

  • Physical inactivity

  • Smoking

  • Poor nutrition

  • High blood pressure

  • Impaired glucose metabolism

  • A family history of a chronic disease (asthma, cardiovascular disease, mental health condition, arthritis, cancer, diabetes mellitus etc.)

If you are aged 45-49 and have one or more of the above risk factors, you are eligible for this once-off free assessment.  We offer a comprehensive checkup designed to detect and prevent chronic disease, and enable early intervention strategies to be implemented.

What to expect in your 45-49 Year Old Health Check – you will spend about 10 minutes with the practice nurse, followed by 20-30 minutes with your doctor. The health check includes assessment of physical and mental health in order to identify risks and signs of early onset of chronic disease, undertaking interventions and referrals where clinically appropriate, education, advice and health strategies, and a written record of the assessment.

Please print out our 45-49 Year Old Health Check questionnaire (click here) and bring the completed questionnaire to your appointment, in order to ensure the doctor has all the necessary information.

Please phone 9875 1123 to book a 45-49 Year Old Health Check (these cannot be booked online).


Men’s Health Check


Blackburn Clinic has developed an in-depth Men’s Health Check, designed for males aged 35-65 years. A preventative health strategy suitable for busy men or companies wishing to safeguard their male workers.
Click here for our Men’s Health Check INFORMATION SHEET

 


Women’s Health Check


We offer a whole body checkup, which is much more comprehensive than a standard gynaecological check.
Click here for our Women’s Health Check INFORMATION SHEET
 


Travel Medicine


We are a Licensed Travel Vaccination Centre, enabling us to provide a range of travel resources, advice and vaccines including Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Meningococcal, Polio and Tetanus, and travel vaccination certificates (Yellow Books). Please see our LINKS page for further information about travel medicine.

If you have booked a Travel Medicine consultation, please print out our Travel Health Questionnaire (click here) (form may be filled out online on compatible devices before printing) and bring the completed questionnaire to your appointment. Details about your intended travel (including countries, length of stay, types of planned activities), as well as your vaccination history, will enable your doctor to provide the best possible advice.

 


Childhood Immunisations


Visits solely for scheduled childhood immunisations will be bulk-billed (Mon – Fri, during 8am – 6pm).

 


appointments-over-75sAssessments for Over 75s

We are pleased to offer a comprehensive annual health review for patients aged over 75 years (or 55 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients). The Health Assessment is an opportunity to explore areas of health that may not be covered during routine medical care. Specifically the assessment looks at:
•    Physical ability (how well you manage daily tasks)
•    Social Support (what friends, relatives and other supports you have)
•    Psychological wellbeing (how you are coping)

Health Assessments focus on preventative care – solving problems before they happen, and can identify things that could be done to help the patient live independently in their own home for as long as possible.

Health Assessments are done in two parts:
1.    Firstly a practice nurse will perform a comprehensive interview, either at the surgery or in your home, which takes about one hour
2.    Subsequently you attend your normal doctor for a medical checkup and completion of the assessment.

Blackburn Clinic is pleased to bulk-bill the Over 75 Health Assessment so there is no cost to you. Speak to your doctor or one of our nurses if you would like a Health Assessment.

 


Respiratory Clinic

We offer a comprehensive program for asthma patients which includes: spirometry (where appropriate), assessment of medication to achieve optimal symptom control; two visits with the Respiratory Educator and up to four visits with your GP over a twelve month period; review of device technique; education about your respiratory condition, symptom management and identification of triggers.  Speak to your GP for referral to this clinic.


appointments-skin-cancerSkin Cancer Checks

Most patients should have their skin checked by their GP yearly. All our doctors are very experienced at assessing skin spots, and have access to the equipment needed. By booking a Skin Check Appointment, you will ensure that the doctor has time set aside specifically for this. If your doctor recommends further investigation, we have Theatre facilities on-site suitable for biopsies and excisions.
Click here for our Skin Cancer Check INFORMATION SHEET