Dr Catherine Maclean

Livingstone Street Medical Clinic would like to introduce you to our newest doctor, Dr Catherine Maclean.

She will be consulting at the clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Dr Catherine Maclean graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1986. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners in 1994.

Catherine has over 25 years experience in General Practice, previously working in North Fitzroy, Northcote, and East Brunswick. Catherine has acquired a broad range of skills in General Practice over this period.

She is married with 3 children, 2 young adults at university and one finishing school.

She enjoys keeping fit playing tennis for Ivanhoe Tennis Club.

Dr Jenny Newstead

As of September this year Dr Jenny Newstead no longer practices at Livingstone Street Clinic.

Patient’s who used to see Dr Jenny Newstead can be assured that their files remain confidential, and they are welcome to see other doctors at the practice.

Anti Wrinkle Injections

Dr Casey and Dr McHenry are now performing anti wrinkle injections on Wednesday and Friday nights, and Saturday mornings.

The product we use is $4 (plus GST).

Any questions regarding treatment or for an appointment outside these times, please speak to nurse Georgie.

Treatment is tailored to your needs, but a guide to standard treatment doses are as follows:

  • Frown: 50 units
  • Crows feet: 50 – 60 units
  • Forehead: 40 – 50 units

Call the clinic on 9497 1188 to book in.

 

About the Cervical Screening Test formerly Pap Smear

On 1 December 2017, Australia switched to a renewed cervical cancer screening program.

Prevent Cervical Cancer

Regular Cervical Screening Tests can prevent around 90% of cervical cancers.

Cervical Screening Tests

All women aged 25 to 74 who’ve ever been sexually active should have a Cervical Screening Test every five years, even if they’re no longer having sex.

This is the best way to reduce your risk of cervical cancer.

The Pap test has changed

The National Cervical Screening Program changed on 1 December 2017 to improve early detection and save more lives.

All women aged between 25 and 74 years are now invited to have a Cervical Screening Test every five years, instead of a Pap test every two years.  

The new Cervical Screening Test detects HPV infection. HPV is a key risk factor in the development of cervical cancer. Even if you are vaccinated against HPV you need to participate in regular cervical screening.

The new test is more effective than, and just as safe as, screening with a Pap test every two years. In fact, the renewed program is expected to reduce cervical cancer rates and deaths by at least another 20%.

When to screen

Women aged 25–74 will be due for their first Cervical Screening Test two years after their last Pap test.

If it’s been more than two years since your last Pap test, you should talk to your doctor or nurse as soon as possible about being screened.

After their first Cervical Screening Test, women will only need to be tested every five years.

Women of any age who have symptoms such as unusual bleeding, discharge or pain should see their health care professional immediately, regardless of when they were last screened.

HPV vaccine

The HPV vaccine will prevent up to 70% of cervical cancers as well as some other less common genital cancers in women, including vaginal and vulval. The vaccine also helps protect against penile cancer in men, and anal cancer and genital warts in both men and women.

The vaccine is most effective if given before the start of sexual activity. It’s currently free for girls and boys in Year 7 as part of the school-based National Immunisation Program.

Males and females outside of these ages may still benefit from the vaccine and should speak to their doctors to see if it’s right for them. As the vaccine won’t prevent all cervical cancers, it’s important to remember that, vaccinated or not, a Cervical Screening Test every five years is still vitally important for all women, aged 25 to 74, who’ve ever been sexually active.

Reminders

Over the next 2 years (and ongoing) patient’s will still receive the usual recall reminder via letter or sms to come and have their pap smear/cervical screening done. After having the new test recall reminders will be sent at 5 year intervals as per new protocols.

If you have any questions about the changes don’t hesitate to call the clinic on 9497 1188

Or for more information follow these links:

Note: Information above sourced from the Cancer Council Victoria website  Cancer Council Victoria

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist will be working at Livingstone Street Clinic as of the 24th of February 2018

 

A/Professor Vinay Rane will then be working alternate Saturdays from 10am till noon

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A/Professor Vinay Rane is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. He provides a uniquely holistic and thorough approach to women’s health care. A/Professor Vinay Rane is a minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic gynaecological surgeon. His in depth academic background and practical training (both in Australia and overseas) make him a leader in his field, abreast of all of the latest treatment options available. A/Professor Vinay Rane delivers exclusively at Frances Perry Private Hospital and follows his patients to the Grand Hyatt hotel for their post-natal care where appropriate

Clinic Fees

As of 1st January 2018 we will increase our fees by $2 per item number across the board. Our last fee increase was early 2016. At Livingstone Street Clinic we take pride in the service and facilities, we provide to our patients this slight increase will help us to maintain our standards. We will in future make adjustments to our fees annually.

We are pleased to have a new doctor at our Clinic

Meet Dr Veronika Kirchner

Dr Kirchner has started at Livingstone Street Clinic she is available for bookings Monday late afternoon till evening, Wednesday and Friday Mornings. Appointments are available on line as well as by ringing reception.

20170915_131023 (1) Veronika graduated from Melbourne University in 1978. After her internship in country Victoria, she worked at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and then completed a GP training year.  She has worked in general practice ever since. Her special interests include health promotion and preventive health.  She is married and has a daughter with a disability. In her spare time she enjoys cooking with her daughter, spending time with friends and family, and working out at the Gym.

Results are in on your feedback

96% of our patients thought our practice was good, very good, excellent.

Some of the highlights of the results were related to:

– Concern for our patients
– Confidence in our ability
– Respect shown to patients

We will continue to listen to your feedback and will work the areas of recommended improvement as we strive towards excellence.

 

 

Flu Vaccination

 

 Seasonal Flu (influenza) vaccine is available . It is recommended and provided FREE by the Department of Health for all people who are at high risk of a poor outcome after influenza infection, including:

  • everyone > 65 years of age
  • all pregnant women at any time during pregnancy
  • all Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people > 15 years old
  • all residents of nursing homes & other long-term care facilities
  • any person six months of age and over with a condition predisposing them to severe influenza illness that requires regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation,  such as people with cardiac disease;  chronic respiratory disease;  impaired immunity;  diabetes;  chronic neuromuscular disease.

Influenza illness among the elderly and among people with chronic diseases can lead to:

  • increased morbidity
  • increased rates of hospitalisation for pneumonia and
  • exacerbation of chronic diseases.