Meet Dr Sean Das and Dr Kazunori Nakajima

Dr Sean Das graduated from Glasgow University, Scotland in 1990 and emigrated to Australia in 2001.  He spent five years as a GP in Lakes Entrance before moving to Melbourne, and has been with Blackburn Clinic since 2009.  He is married with two children, is a long frustrated Egyptologist, and a long suffering supporter of the Indian cricket team.

In his spare time Sean likes to read, watch SBS documentaries and go to the gym. He is training for a 10km run in July.

Dr Kazunori (Kaz) Nakajima was born in Japan and moved to Brisbane at the age of four, before attending the University of Melbourne and graduating in 2006.  He spent a few years working in the Eastern Health system and in Gippsland, before commencing his general practice training.  In his spare time he likes to cook, play soccer, travel (he is hoping to soon add to his count of 31 countries) and watch his beloved Brisbane Bronchos.

We welcomed Kaz to the Blackburn Clinic team in February 2011.

Please view our Winter 2016 Newsletter for the Questions and Answers with Sean and Kaz.

Have you met Dr Aaron Zhang and Dr Jasdeep Sandhu?

Dr Aaron Zhang was born in China and moved to New Zealand when he was 11 years old. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and moved to Melbourne. He spent the next few years working in various hospitals around Victoria, before realising that only general practice would allow him to embrace all aspects of medicine. He is married with a newborn son, and hoping to have more children down the track. He tries to do some gardening, fishing and travelling whenever he finds the time.

Aaron  was a Registrar at Blackburn Clinic in 2011 / 2012, and we welcomed him back permanently in 2015.

Jasdeep migrated to Australia in 2005. She studied Public Health at La Trobe University before returning to clinical practice. Since 2010 she has been working as a GP in Gisborne and Mooroolbark, and is delighted to now be able to work close to home. Her interests include women’s health, paediatrics, mental health, preventative and family medicine.  Jasdeep is fluent in English, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu.

We welcomed Jasdeep to the Blackburn Clinic team in March 2016.

Please view our Autumn 2016 Newsletter for the Question and Answer segment with Aaron and Jasdeep.

Have you been missing out?

When you mishear you miss out on important pieces of your life.

Blackburn Clinic is pleased to now offer a FREE Hearing Check in our rooms.  A free hearing check is the first step in identifying if you have hearing loss that could be impacting on your main areas of communication.

Signs of hearing loss

  • Do you often ask others to repeat themselves?
  • Do you turn up the TV or Radio louder than others prefer?
  • Is it difficult to hear conversations when there is background noise?
  • Does it seem like others are mumbling when they speak to you?
  • Do you have difficulty following group conversations?

If you answered Yes to any of these questions you are not alone, approximately 1 in 10 people experience some degree of hearing loss.

Please phone Blackburn Clinic reception on 9875 1123 to book your FREE 10 minute hearing check.  You do not need a doctors referral for this appointment.

A trained audiologist from True Hearing will perform the hearing check, and a Blackburn Clinic GP will interpret the result for you immediately afterward.  This service is billed directly to Medicare with no gap to the patient.  If a hearing deficiency is found, further investigations may be warranted.

Dr Melanie Hattotuwa talks about The Menopause

Dr Melanie Hattotuwa joined the Blackburn Clinic in 2006 and now juggles caring for her two young children while working part time at the practice. She has a special interest in women’s health and paediatrics, although enjoys all aspects of medicine. Melanie feels that The Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life that is sometimes poorly understood, and has written the following article in an effort to improve understanding and reduce stigma associated with The Menopause.

What is the Menopause?

The menopause is defined as the time around a woman’s last period, which typically happens between the late 40s to early 50s. The average age is 51 years. At this time menstruation can be erratic (pre or peri -menopause) and it is usually considered to be the menopause once there has been at least 12 months of no vaginal bleeding. In less than one percent of women, this happens before the age of 40.

What happens in Menopause?

Experiences in menopause vary widely between different women and from culture to culture. All women however undergo the same basic hormonal changes. Ovulation ceases as the ovaries run out of eggs and the sex hormones of oestrogen and progesterone no longer are produced. The body then responds to these changes in a variety of ways:

- 25% of women do not have any symptoms of menopause

– 50% of women experience some menopausal symptoms

– 25% of women have more severe problems.

It is important to recognise that not all symptoms experienced at this time can be attributed to menopause. Some are just part of the normal ageing process.

To read the remainder of this article please view our Summer 2015/16 Newsletter.

Dr Claire St John’s locum assignment in the outback.

Working with Aboriginal communities at Tennant Creek.

In May this year, Dr. Claire St.John did a 3 week locum working in Tennant Creek at an Aboriginal run medical centre, “Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation”.

This was Claire’s second locum position in a remote Aboriginal community, having worked in west Arnhem land in 2012.

She went as part of the Australian Government’s initiative to “Close the Gap” between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians (by improving the life expectancy, chronic disease rates and child mortality amongst Indigenous Australians).

The locum service, funded by the Australian Government, is able to place city GPs in remote areas of need. They are short term placements which enables GPs to continue their regular jobs back home.

The town of Tennant Creek, population 3000, is in the middle of the Northern Territory between Alice Springs and Darwin. It has a largely Indigenous population and long term residents and “grey nomad” tourists alike are laid back and friendly.

The town is surrounded by a gorgeous coloured landscape of red soil, spinifex, small gums and low hills with rocky outcrops. In the current dry season, the days are consistently sunny (around 28 degrees) with cloudless blue skies.

Claire worked at the medical centre in town named “Anyinginyi Health” which has long and short-term staff consisting of GPs, nurse practitioners, Aboriginal Health Workers as well as visiting dentists, audiologists and specialist doctors.

To read the full story view our Spring 2015 Newsletter.