Welcome To The Blackburn Specialist Centre

Welcome to the Blackburn Specialist Centre

We pride ourselves on a high level of professionalism whilst offering a warm and caring environment to our patients, staff & Specialists.

We have a broad range of highly regarded consulting Specialists and Allied Health Professionals.  Most of our Specialists require a referral from your GP, but many Allied Health Professionals do not need a referral.  Please telephone us on 9875 1161  if you are unsure whether you need a referral.

PFIZER AND NOVAVAX COVID VACCINES AVAILABLE. PLEASE PHONE CLINIC TO BOOK

Moving forward we will only stock Novavax and Pfizer vaccine (both the adult formulation and the paediatric formulation). Pfizer is approved as a primary course (ages 5 plus) and as a Booster for ages 16 plus.

Novavax is only approved as a primary course and as a booster for patients aged 18 and over ‘if no other COVID-19 vaccine is considered suitable for that individual’.

MANAGING COVID AT HOME

Most people who test positive for COVID-19 will likely only experience mild symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment or hospitalisation, especially if fully vaccinated. The RACGP have produced a very useful Covid-19 patient guide, which will help reassure you about what is normal and when to seek further help: https://www.racgp.org.au/FSDEDEV/media/documents/Clinical%20Resources/Guidelines/Managing-mild-COVID-19-at-home-with-assistance-from-your-GP.pdf

If you want to talk to a GP about your results or any symptoms, please make a telehealth appointment.

COVID VACCINES FOR AGES 5-11

Saturday 5th February will be our final weekend clinic for first doses. We will run the sessions needed for second doses (these are already booked in for patients who have received a first dose). Due to space constraints and in order to provide an efficient service, we request you to attend with a ratio of one adult for every child being vaccinated. Please arrange for any children not being vaccinated to be looked after elsewhere.

We will continue to offer Pfizer for this age group. Please phone to clinic to book an appointment.

COVID VACCINE BOOSTERS – APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR AGES 16 AND OLDER. PLEASE PHONE THE CLINIC TO BOOK

After almost 12 months of running weekend vaccine clinics we have met the Covid vaccine needs of the vast majority of our patients. Reduced demand allows us to cease the weekend clinics (at least for now!) other than those scheduled for ages 5-11 second doses.
ALL APPOINTMENTS FOR COVID VACCINES MUST BE MADE BY PHONING THE CLINIC.

Boosters now allowed at 3 months after second dose.

We are able to offer a booster dose for patients aged 16 and over who have received their first two doses of any of the Covid vaccines.

Current patients who did not have their Covid vaccines with us, you are very welcome to telephone the clinic to book in for your booster dose. We will need to know the date that you received your second dose.

Pfizer and Moderna are the preferred vaccines for the booster doses. If there is a reason why you would prefer an Astra Zeneca booster, then please telephone the clinic and we will arrange a time for you.

 

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

We are very proud of our hardworking immunising team – they have given over 4,300 Covid vaccinations between 10 January and 15 February 2022. Those 4,300 patients also have our thanks for stepping up to get the jab.

BLACKBURN CLINIC NOW PROVIDES PFIZER, MODERNA AND ASTRA ZENECA VACCINATIONS.

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THIRD DOSE

Please note, this is not the same as booster doses. Third doses are for people with immune compromising conditions or medications (eg. cancer, chemotherapy).

If you regularly attend Blackburn Clinic, please call the clinic for an appointment to determine your eligibility. If you are not our regular patient, please arrange a letter confirming eligibility from your GP or relevant specialist, or use the eligibility declaration form.

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For further information about the Astra Zeneca vaccine (including side effects such as the rare blood clotting condition) on the links below:

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/05/covid-19-vaccination-information-on-covid-19-astrazeneca-vaccine.pdf

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/06/covid-19-vaccination-atagi-advice-on-the-covid-19-astrazeneca-vaccine-faqs.pdf

For further information about the Pfizer vaccine, please click on the link below:

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/08/covid-19-vaccination-information-on-covid-19-pfizer-comirnaty-vaccine.pdf

HOW TO GET PROOF OF YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION

You can get proof via your Medicare online account through myGov, or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. See this link for instructions:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/how-get-proof-your-covid-19-vaccinations

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A site of Blackburn Clinic.

FLU & COVID VACCINATIONS

We have opened bookings for the Flu vaccination as well as the recently announced Covid 2nd booster for eligible patients (65 years and older, immuno-suppressed, aged care and disability care residents and ATSI 50 years and older). Patients can receive their ‘winter’ Covid booster dose four months after receiving their third dose, or from four months after a confirmed COVID-19 infection, if infection has occurred since the person’s third dose.

  • Flu only – These appointments will be offered throughout the weekdays between 8am and 5pm and are solely for flu vaccination.
  • Flu and Covid (if eligible) on the same day – These will be offered on the weekend afternoons, from 1 – 5pm.
  • Covid only – Appointments available Mon to Fri throughout the day.

Please contact the clinic to book in for these vaccines.

CURRENT COVID PROTOCOLS

We are pleased to announce that all patients regardless of vaccination status are welcome to attend for a face-to-face appointment. Please ensure that you do not have any Covid related symptoms or are a close contact of a known case. We thank you for your patience as we adapt our policies in order to maximise protection for our vulnerable patient community and ensure that our business can remain open and staffed.

ONLINE APPOINTMENTS ARE FOR FACE-TO-FACE.

If you book an appointment online from 22/10/2021, this will be for a FACE-TO-FACE (F2F) consultation (but you are welcome to call the clinic to change this to a Telehealth appointment).

If you make an online booking (for F2F) but have ANY respiratory symptoms prior to the appointment, please phone us to change this to Telehealth. The doctor can decide via Telehealth whether to book you for the Carpark Respiratory Clinic or how else we can assist.

Respiratory symptoms are those associated with having a cold or flu, or having a fever.

We understand some of our Covid protocols are inconvenient – unfortunately if a patient attends in person and is subsequently diagnosed with COVID it means that all staff, doctors (and other patients) who were present need to isolate and be tested. We will struggle to keep operating if staff and doctors keep having to isolate, so our protocols are designed to keep us open, allowing us to continue helping our community.

Exciting news! The Carson Suite is open.

Dr Andrew Broad has moved across the hall from the Specialist Centre to the Carson Suite. The other doctors consulting at the Carson Suite are Drs Suzanne Ashdown, Sean Das, Ann Donaghy, Alvin Kong and Peter Lovass.

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We have a proud history of over 60 years providing excellence in General Practice with five Blackburn Clinic GPs practicing at this site.  We are a private billing clinic:
  • Comprehensive range of family medicine services
  • Licensed Travel Vaccination Centre
  • A medical training practice accredited with the RACGP
  • Childhood immunisations
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • Men’s Health Checks
  • Women’s Health Checks
  • Health assessments for Over 75s
  • Aviation Medicals

TELEHEALTH

Please phone the clinic to book Telehealth appointments.

TELEHEALTH FEES

Telehealth consultations have an out of pocket Gap (after the Medicare rebate) of $30 (or $15 for Concession patients) for appointments MON-FRI BEFORE 6PM. Telehealth AFTER 6PM and ON WEEKENDS has a Gap of $45 ($30 Concession). These gaps are lower than for face-to-face appointments.

CORONAVIRUS TESTING

Blackburn Specialist Centre is not able to test for COVID-19. Please CLICK HERE to view the Department of Health and Human Services MAP OF COVID-19 TESTING SITES or speak with your GP. Some sites require a referral from your GP.  Click on the site you are interested in attending to get further information about their service.

CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOM CHECKER

CLICK HERE to access the DHHS Symptom Checker.

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION IN OTHER LANGUAGES

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