The My Health Record (MHR) is becoming “opt-out”

The MHR is a digital summary of a patient’s medical record that can be shared securely online between the patient and the healthcare providers that they visit.  It includes a list of the patient’s medications, their medical diagnoses, allergies, organ donor status and their vaccinations.  It will soon contain pathology and radiology results as well.

Australians have a three-month window from 16 July to 15 October 2018 during which to opt-out if they do not want a MHR to be created.  For those who do not opt-out, a MHR will be available from 15 November 2018.  The MHR will not contain any content until either the patient logs in or a healthcare provider accesses the record.  Upon access, two years of Medicare and PBS (prescription) records will automatically be added to the record.

The MHR allows GPs, hospital staff and other health professionals to access the record of patients who present, which may help avoid medication mix ups, improve patient outcomes, avoid duplication of services, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.  The MHR may enable patients better self-management through access to key health information to support improved decision making and continuity of care.

Patients can add information to their record themselves and can stipulate that certain clinical documents are not uploaded to their MHR.

What do you need to do?

If you are happy to have a MHR automatically created by the Government, you don’t need to do anything.  Likewise, if you have already created a MHR, this will continue without you doing anything.

If you do not want the Government to create a MHR on your behalf, you need to opt-out between 16 July and 15 October 2018, by telephoning 1800 723 471 or visiting the MHR website at

Flu Vaccines Available -Please phone for an appointment. Do not book online for Flu.

Like last year, the Free Government flu vaccine in 2018 is a Quadrivalent vaccine for patients under the age of 65.  This vaccine is also available privately at Blackburn Clinic for patients who are not eligible for the Free Government vaccine.

There is a new boosted/stronger Free Government flu vaccine for patients aged 65 years and over.

When there is sufficient patient demand we run special Flu Clinics, and at other times you can book for a flu vaccine with your regular doctor.

We recommend patients phone for a Flu appointment, so that staff can identify that the appointment is for a Flu vaccine.


Private Quadrivalent flu vaccine = $20 (incl. GST) plus Consultation fee^^

^^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 the doctor’s discretion.

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

Eligibility criteria for free government supplied seasonal influenza vaccine#

# Source:
•    People who are 65 years of age and over
•    Pregnant women at any time during their pregnancy
•    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to under five years and 15 years and older
•    Any person 6 months of age and older with a chronic condition placing them at increased risk of complications from influenza
–   New eligible group for 2018 – all children from 6 months of age, to under 5 years of age.

Welcome to Dr Andrew Rawlin

We are delighted to welcome Andrew to our talented team of doctors! Andrew studied Medicine at Monash University, trained in Bendigo, Mildura and Swan Hill, and since graduating in 2012 has worked as an Intern and Basic Physician Trainee at three Eastern Health hospitals. He also holds a Masters in Tropical Medicine and Public Health, so Andrew brings a wide range of experience with him. Click on Autumn 2018 Newsletter to read the full story.


State-of-the-art ear wax micro-suction machine

Ear wax is an important part of a normal functioning ear – the ear wax (called cerumen) is designed to trap dirt and dust, and is supposed to migrate out of the ear canal to ‘self-clean’ the ear.  As many of our patients know, this self-cleaning mechanism doesn’t always work as well as we’d like it to!

Blackburn Clinic now offers safer and cleaner removal of ear wax build-up, using a state-of-the-art micro-suction machine.  CLICK HERE to read the full article.

How to book an appointment online

This article details the five steps of booking an appointment online, with pictures to guide you through the process.

Online bookings are open to existing patients only – New patients, and patients who have recently received a new Medicare card, or have not attended the clinic for a few years may need to phone us for an appointment.

If you have never tried to book an appointment at Blackburn Clinic via the internet, or have had difficulties doing so in the past, this article is here to help.

Remember, only some of our appointments are available online – please phone the clinic if you cannot find a suitable timeslot online, as we may be able to help you over the phone.  If you need a LONG consultation you will need to phone the clinic to book.

Patients love our online booking function – if you wake up in the middle of the night and know that you will be too sick to go to work that day, there is no need to wait for us to turn the phones on at 8:00am, just jump online to book, set your alarm in time for your appointment and go back to bed!

Click HERE to read the article.

Feedback from you & welcome back to Dr Yeg

Our Autumn 2017 Newsletter includes a summary of feedback for our recent Patient Survey.  Compared with other practices of similar size, we ranked in the top 25% for 11 of the 27 areas studied.  The biggest complaint from patients is that it is difficult to see their favourite doctor. We understand, so we’ve suggested a few tips to help you get appointments with your favourite doctor.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Yeganeh (Yeg) Khavar back as a permanent member of our team.  Please view our Autumn 2017 Newsletter for the Patient Survey results and to read our interview with Yeg.

36 years of Nursing in General Practice

Maree Plucinski, Division 1 Registered Nurse at Blackburn Clinic:

“When I started in 1980 there were only 6 doctors at Blackburn Clinic.  We used paper records and were located in an old house on the current site, but we’ve always had a Practice Manager and Division 1 Registered Nurses.  In 1992 we moved into the newly erected current building, accreditation was introduced in 1998 and we were one of the first clinics to participate and pass, and in 2002 we started using computer records.  Now almost everything is on computers.”

Please view our Summer 2016-2017 Newsletter for the full article.