Flu Clinics continue to be available. Optimal protection against influenza occurs within the first three to four months following vaccination. Timing of vaccination should aim to achieve the highest level of protection during peak influenza season, usually from June to September in most parts of Australia. By starting Flu Clinics in May we aim to provide optimal care and hope to avoid the vaccine supply issues that occurred last year.
Make your booking now – please phone for a Flu Clinic appointment (don’t book online) so that we can notate your appointment in order to manage our vaccine stock supplies (different vaccines must be used for different age groups).
Who is eligible for the free influenza vaccine?
· All children aged six months to less than five years – Victorian government funded
· All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from six months
· All adults aged ≥65 years
· All people aged ≥six months who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications; for example, severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes
· Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy).
If you are eligible for a Free Government flu vaccine, and attend a Flu Clinic^^, there is no cost to you.
Private vaccines will cost $20.00 and if you attend a Flu Clinic, the Consultation will be bulk billed. ^^Flu Clinic appointments do not address anything other than your flu vaccine. If you have your flu vaccine as part of a normal consultation with your regular doctor, consultation fees will be at the doctor’s discretion.
Phone 9875 1123 to book a Flu appointment.
We are pleased to announce our new in-house Respiratory Clinic, offering one-on-one appointments with our qualified Respiratory Educators. Our new comprehensive Respiratory Clinic is an opportunity for asthma patients to receive targeted, high-quality healthcare to better prepare them in managing their own asthma throughout the year. Please view our Summer 2018-2019 Newsletter for the full article.
EMPHN funds pharmacists based in GP clinics to support better medications management
21 November, 2018
An initiative funded by Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) aims to support older people to manage their medications safely.
As people age and develop chronic health conditions, they are likely to use more medicines. However, using a greater number of medicines can lead to medication-related harm. People taking more than five medications are at greater risk of an adverse effect.
To reduce this risk and help older people use medicines well, EMPHN is funding Blackburn Clinic and Nillumbik Medical to each employ a clinical pharmacist in their practice.
Michael Sukkar MP, the Federal Member for Deakin, said having pharmacists based in clinics will help provide expert medicines advice and support.
“These pharmacists will provide quality medication management, including reviewing the number of medicines older people are taking and reducing possible side effects he said.
“This initiative will particularly help those with multiple prescriptions, such as the elderly and those with chronic illness.”
EMPHN CEO Robin Whyte said that that a team based care approach in general practice brings benefits to patients especially those with chronic conditions.
“Having a pharmacist working closely with the rest of the team at these practices will improve the way patient medications are managed by the nurses, doctors and the patient,” she said.
Blackburn Clinic Practice Manager Helen Yaacoub said, “Our GPs love having an expert to collaborate with regarding challenging situations where medications interact, cause side-effects, or don’t produce the desired results; and our patients love the one-to-one sessions with the pharmacist.”
Nillumbik Clinic Clinical Care Manager Felicity Emery said, “Our onsite pharmacist, Kamran, presents a familiar face when providing readily accessible knowledge into medication awareness and support for our patients. Kamran is also a valuable training resource for our nurses and doctors.”
The project aims to improve medication management in patients attending general practice, provide support to GPs and practice nurses in managing patients with complex medication plans, and increase the review of medications and patient support activities.
This initiative is funded by the Australian Government under the PHN program.
BLACKBURN CLINIC is raising money for CEREBRAL PALSY. Many of our doctors, nurses, administration and reception staff are attempting to walk 10,000 STEPS every day for the month of September. We have 35 staff members participating within 12 teams.
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a physical disability that affects movement and posture. It is a permanent life-long condition, but generally does not worsen over time. It is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Cerebral palsy affects people in different ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. Did you know, Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood?
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Blackburn Clinic has been granted funding to engage a Clinical Pharmacist to provide a range of medication support services for eligible patients. The project will run for 9 months and aims to improve management of medications for older patients, particularly for those with multiple chronic conditions, taking multiple medications, or taking medications that are difficult to manage or have side-effect problems. There will be no cost to our patients for services provided through this project.
The Pharmacist will work from the consulting rooms at Blackburn Clinic, making it easy to liaise with our GPs about patient care. The Pharmacist will not dispense (sell or provide) medications, but will perform a range of activities including consultations with patients to:
a) review medication adherence and identify ways to help patients integrate their medicine-taking into their lifestyle.
b) review medications to identify and resolve Medication Related Problems (examples of Medication Related Problems include adverse reactions, over-dosage or under-dosage, interactions with other medications or other medical conditions, and difficulties in taking medications).
c) improve patient understanding of both their disease/conditions and how their medications work.
The Pharmacist will work closely with our doctors to improve the management of individual patients and through education of the general practice team, aim to improve quality prescribing.
Where appropriate and with your GP’s approval, the Pharmacist may recommend a Home Medicines Review in order to better clarify your needs, alternative or natural medicines being taken. There is no cost to the patient for a Home Medicines Review.
A coordinated approach between the pharmacist and GP can help streamline medication regimens, move patients to safer medications or safer dosages, ensure patients take their medications in the best possible manner and ultimately result in fewer Medication Related Problems.
The practice pharmacist can also be a link to existing community pharmacy services, and liaise with other care providers where appropriate.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has backed the concept of in-practice pharmacists “as a means of improving medications management in primary care and avoiding adverse medication events leading to hospitalisation” 1 .
If you are 65 years of age or older and take six or more medications (including over the counter medications), or have had a recent stay in hospital, you may benefit from this program. Please ask your GP whether it is suitable for you.
This program is funded by Eastern Melbourne PHN as part of the Australian Government’s PHN Program.
1. Lambert J. Do in-practice pharmacists really make a difference? The Medical Republic, 31 May 2018.