November 2023 News

November 2023 News

New General Practitioner

Dr Dallas Smith will commence working from the clinic on Friday 1 December 2023. Dr Smith enjoys all aspects of general practice with particular interest in preventative health, cardiovascular disease, men’s health and musculoskeletal injuries.   He also performs minor surgical procedures, toenail wedge resections, Implanon insertions/removals and iron infusions.

Dr Smith grew up in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne and completed his medical studies at Monash University.  Following this, he gained several years of experience in the hospital system, particularly in emergency medicine.  He subsequently transitioned into general practice and obtained Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, keeping active with recreational running and cycling and following Formula 1.


Cup Day Public Holiday

The clinic will be closed on Tuesday 7 November 2023 for the Cup Day Public Holiday. The clinic will open again on Wednesday 8 November 2023 from 8.30am.


Medical Practitioners Availability

Doctors who are taking leave from their medical practices in coming months are as follows.

November / December 2023

  • Dr Cathy Evans 18/11/2023 to 11/12/2023
  • Dr Matthew Evans 18/11/2023 to 11/12/2023
  • Dr Tanya Lobo 30/11/2023
  • Dr Trudi Potter 25/12/2023 to 7/01/2024
  • Dr Julie Van Andel 20/11/2023 to 26/11/2023, 16/12/2023 to 26/12/2023
  • Dr Nicholas Byrne 7/12/2023 to 11/12/2023


Shingles Vaccine

Free shingles vaccination under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) are available for eligible people most at risk of complications from shingles. A 2-dose course of Shingrix is available for free for:

  • people aged 65 years and over
  • First Nations people aged 50 years and over
  • immunocompromised people aged 18 years and over with the following medical conditions:
  • haematopoietic stem cell transplant
  • solid organ transplant
  • haematological malignancy
  • advanced or untreated HIV.

Whilst the government has announced these changes from 1 November 2023 there is currently very limited stock available of the vaccine. The clinic has been advised we will receive up to 20 vaccines only a month into next year. If the availability of vaccines changes we will notify patients.


World Kindness Day

The 13 November 2023 is internal World Kindness Day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself and the world. Just a reminder to us all that the possibilities are endless if we are respectful and kind to each other.


Take Care and Stay Safe

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