Andrew Place Clinic is part of the national Covid-19 vaccination phase 1b and 2a roll out. Our Clinic is providing the AstraZeneca and Pfizer Vaccines. Please note, currently due to the recent demand for these vaccines, our next bookings may vary in availability.
Andrew Place Clinic is now also able to vaccinate anyone aged 12-59 years of age or if you meet the Government Eligibility with the Pfizer vaccine! If you are eligible you may book an appointment with us by completing a Covid Vaccine Consent Form and booking online via HotDoc!
To book via HotDoc:
-Find Andrew Place Clinic
-Select 'Book Appointment'
-Select if you are booking for 'yourself' or 'someone else'
-Select whether you are an 'existing' or 'new patient'
-Select 'Pfizer DOSE 1' or 'Pfizer DOSE 2' (You will be prompted to book 2nd dose 3 weeks after your 1st)
The next available appointment will be displayed and will begin to ask you questions once you've selected a date.
General Practice are here to support the State run vaccination hubs facilitating the mass clinics, we are not the main vaccinators. The hubs are government funded and get much larger allocations of vaccines. As we get more doses from the Government we will try to open more clinics sooner then Oct/Nov in HotDoc but currently we are working at capacity with the doses we are being given.
If you have completed a COVID Vaccination form and returned it to our clinic. we will be in contact once we are able to allocate a vaccine dose to you, you may wish to seek other alternatives via the hubs if you wish to have the vaccination sooner.
Not sure if you're eligible?
Use the eligibility checker link to see if you are eligible - http://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility
Andrew Place Clinic is providing the AstraZeneca vaccine if you are over 60 years of age. If you are eligible you may book an appointment with us now by completing a COVID Vaccine Consent Form (which can be found on the NEWS Tab).
If you are under 60 years of age and would like an AstraZeneca vaccine, you may consult your regular GP via a Telehealth consultation (please ask about your eligibility for a telehealth service) to discuss consent before booking your vaccination.
People under 60 years of age, may also contact a Government Vaccine Hub on 1800 675 398 to have the vaccine injected under a State-Run Vaccination Centre.
To access the Covid19 vaccination through a state vaccination centre (see link below).
Use the eligibility checker link to see if you are eligible.
If you are a new patient to Andrew Place Clinic, please download and print the following 2 forms to be completed in full, signed, dated and returned to a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccination Booking email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
AstraZeneca Vaccine Consent Forms
Pfizer Vaccine Consent Forms
Via online bookings via HotDoc
New Patients are also asked to obtain a Health Summary from their regular GP and bring it with them on the day on their vaccination appointment.
Once Registration Form and Consent Form have been received; a staff member will contact you via phone to book you in for a Covid Vaccine in one of our vaccination clinics. Please note this may not be on the same day that you email back your forms.
EXISTING PATIENTS AT ANDREW PLACE CLINIC
If you are an existing patient at Andrew Place Clinic, please download and print the following Consent Form to be completed in full, signed, dated and returned to a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccination Booking email address: email@example.com
AstraZeneca Vaccine Consent Forms
Pfizer Vaccine Consent Forms
Via online bookings via HotDoc
Once the Consent Form has been received; a staff member will contact you via phone to book you in for a Covid Vaccine in one of our vaccination clinics. Please note this may not be on the same day that you email back your forms.
If you wish to discuss Covid-19 Vaccinations please call 03 9467 1444 between the hours of 10am-2pm Monday to Friday only to discuss with reception staff. If you have any concerns you may be asked to discuss these with your regular GP before proceeding.
Your patience is much appreciated during this very busy time. We thank you for your cooperation and for treating our staff with care.
Preparing for your appointment
Please do not come to your consultation and/or vaccination appointment:
If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us to arrange a new appointment.
To stay informed about COVID19 Vaccines and information, please see links below:
For non-English speakers, please find information regarding Covid19 Vaccination in your language here:
Learn about getting vaccinated:
Information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and what to except after you have been vaccinated:
Information on COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine information sheet:
Weighing up the potential benefits against the risk of harm from the AstraZeneca Covid19 vaccine:
AstraZeneca vaccine and thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome:
What to expect after your AstraZeneca Covid19 vaccine:
Andrew Place Clinic celebrates 50 years in serving the local Community!
In January 2021, Andrew Place Clinic was proud to celebrate its 50 years in being an established Family Medical Clinic with a devoted group of general practitioners serving the local and surrounding community area with a range of medical needs.
Over the years the building itself has seen many renovations and even an expansion of Andrew Place Clinic to a second location at Bundoora Health, we have seen the introduction of many services, GPs, Registrars, Nurses, Reception Staff and Allied Health.
50 years on........... we at Andrew Place Clinic take pride in providing quality, friendly and professional care for our many patients and their families, with some spanning for 4 generations and we are always welcoming new patients into the clinic and hope we will for many years to come.
Flu Vaccination Information
The 2021 flu vaccine is currently available at Andrew Place Clinic.
Govt. Funded FLU and Private FLU vaccines are now available. Please call the receptionist team who can arrange an appointment for a booking time within a dedicated Flu Vaccination Clinic or ask your GP or Nurse at a scheduled appointment. Private Flu vaccines are $20.
With the outbreak of Coronavirus, it is more important than ever to get vaccinated against influenza.
It is recommended that you get your flu shot to protect yourself and your family.
We have taken numerous steps to ensure that when you visit Andrew Place Clinic, you can do so as safely as possible.
Please note that if you have had your COVID19 Vaccination; you need to allow a minimum of 9 days between having this vaccine and the influenza vaccine.
We ask that prior to personal attendance at the clinic, you phone to announce your arrival while you wait within your car and one of the receptionists will advise you if the Nurse is ready. We will also do some simple checks/ questions to ensure you are not at risk of having the Coronavirus. We thank you for your understanding.
Clinic Operating During the Pandemic and Lockdowns
Andrew Place Clinic is open and operating during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The reminder from HOTDOC that is sent out 24hrs prior to your appointment can be used as evidence of your Medical appointment, should you need it.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we kindly ask for all transactions where possible to be performed via EFTPOS or CREDIT CARD. Thank you.
If you have flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, headache, sore throat or shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste it is important you seek medical care early as these may be COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact us via phone prior to making a booking or visiting the Clinic. Please advise at the time of booking if you have been in an area identified as a COVID-19 hotspot or exposure site in the last 2 weeks or you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
It is mandatory that all patients attending for a face to face appointment wear a mask upon entering and while within the clinic or staff are in their presence.
What we are doing to be a COVIDSAFE Clinic
To maintain the safety of our patients and staff, we have implemented COVIDSAFE practices in our clinic:
What you can do to be COVIDSAFE at our Clinic
Here's how you can help:
We are here to support all of our patients in the best way we can.
We would like to encourage our patients to not neglect their healthcare and to continue with their usual regular check-ups, procedures and immunisations. Our Doctors are available for COVIDSAFE face to face consultations and via telehealth
CHANGE TO SERVICES:
Change to WorkCover Consultations & Billings from 1st January 2022
As of 1st January 2022, the fee for existing Workcover consultations will be lifted to match that of our standard consultations. This is to align with our pre-existing policy for new Workcover consultations.
With ever increasing costs the practice can no longer afford to subsidise the gap between the charge for a private consult and the amount paid by Workcover for a work-related consult.
We are sure you understand our ongoing commitment to providing the best patient care possible to everyone in our community, and we thank you for your ongoing support. Please note that billing will, as always, be subject to doctor discretion.
If you would like more information regarding general practice fees see the following link:
Change to Telephone Consultations Requirements for Telehealth from 1st October 2020
Private & Bulk-Billed Telehealth (telephone) consultations are available at Andrew Place Clinic.
For information regarding eligibility requirements with the recent change to Victorian COVID restrictions, please see information below.
General Practitioners providing COVID-Safe telehealth services are not required to bulk bill their patients from the 1/10/2020.
We have started seeing more patients in clinic. ALL calls for appointments must and will still be screened for symptoms. If a patient is displaying ANY symptoms, they will be offered a Telehealth appointment and/or COVID-Safe arrangements will be made. If your doctor approves the need for an in-clinic appointment, patients will be advised to call the clinic on arrival to check in from the carpark for their appointment, remain and wait in their car or outside and the doctor will call them before they enter the clinic.
Some of our doctors will continue to work remotely on some sessions, so an in-clinic appointment may not always be available.
For any new patients to the clinic, it is preferred that we see you in-clinic for part of your consultation, please phone and speak with receptionist staff to book an appropriate appointment time.
Who is eligible for Telehealth with rebate?
• All patients provided they have had at least one face-to-face consultation with a GP at this clinic within the last 12 months and hold a valid medicare card.
* Patients may still have a telehealth consultation if they do not meet eligibility requirements however they will not receive a rebate from Medicare and will be out of pocket for a full private fee.
Who will be Bulk Billed for Telehealth from 1/10/2020? (subject to meeting eligibility requirements)?
• Patients who hold a current Pension Card (Aged or DSP) - Between 9.00am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays; outside these hours Concession or Private rates will apply.
• Vet Affairs
• Children under 12 years of age - Between 9.00am to 7.45pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays; outside these hours Concession rates will apply.
Who will be charged Concession Rate for Telehealth with rebate from 1/10/2020? (subject to meeting eligibility requirements)?
• Children aged 12yrs -15yrs - Between 9.00am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays; outside these hours Private rates will apply.
• Patients on a current Concession card from Centrelink - Between 9.00am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays; outside these hours Private rates will apply.
Who will be charged Private Fee for Telehealth with rebate from 1/10/2020? (subject to meeting eligibility requirements)?
• Any patient not listed above - Fees will revert to usual clinic structure and a full consultation fee will apply.
It is each individual doctor's discretion if they choose to bill differently for a consultation
Please refer to Fees tab for further outline of Telehealth consultations for Private, Concession and Bulk Billed patients
MOLEMAP CHECKS recommenced on 29/10/2020 (available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for limited appointments)
Andrew Place Clinic has recommenced limited MoleMap Check appointments as of 29/10/2020. This service is only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call the reception staff and/or refer to "Appointments - Practice Policies" Tab for further information.
MoleMap Check fee is $153.00 during weekdays. Deposit payment of $100.00 is payable at the time of booking and Registration Form must be completed. (Service may be covered by Private Health Insurance, patients to check with their own Health Insurance Provider for coverage details, there is no rebate from Medicare for this service).
Please note this service is for a MoleMap Check and images will only be taken on the day of any moles of concern.
* Please Note: Saturday MoleMap Check appointments are currently suspended until further notice, upon return in the future; Saturday MoleMap Check appointment fee will be $183.00.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
As you are all aware we are still facing the coronavirus pandemic. This can be a worrying time but we, the Andrew Place Clinic staff, want to assure you that we remain dedicated to assisting our patients and their families throughout these challenging circumstances.
In order to minimise the potential spread of the coronavirus we will be implementing some changes to the way Andrew Place Clinic runs and we would greatly appreciate your cooperation. Also be aware that this is a rapidly changing situation and as such advice and procedures are likely to change. Please continue to check out website for the most updated information.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we are unable to see any patients with cold or flu symptoms (including cough, fever, sore throat or runny nose) in-clinic without COVID-Safe arrangements being made. We ask that you book a telehealth consult – which is a consultation conducted over the phone (a facetime or zoom chat can also be arranged) for the doctor to make an assessment or consultation with you. If you are booking an appointment to consult with your doctor for an unrelated issue – but also have cold and flu symptoms – even if very mild – we ask that you arrange a telehealth appointment, inform the receptionist so that COVID-Safe arrangement can be made or postpone your appointment until you are symptom free.
If you are concerned you have coronavirus please call the Austin Hospital Coronavirus Hotline on 9496 6606. You can also access the online risk assessment tool at www.austin.org.au.
In order to minimise potential exposure to the coronavirus, while you are within the clinic we will be implementing the following:-
· Please call the reception when you arrive for your appointment and remain in your car. Reception will log you as arrived and when the Doctor/ Nurse is ready to see you, they will call and instructed you when and if you are to enter the clinic. Upon entering the clinic ALL people must sanitise hands as they pass by reception and patients >12yrs old must have a mask on and worn appropriately and correctly when entering and while within the clinic.
· Waiting room seats have been separated to create distances which will minimise your exposure to other patients, if you need to wait in the waiting room. By limiting the number of people in the waiting room/ clinic; we therefore reduce your risk. Similarly you may notice a change in the seating arrangements in all consulting rooms.
· Please ensure you use hand sanitiser as you enter the clinic and then again on leaving.
Again, these are worrying times and sometimes that worry can become significant distress. Please contact Andrew Place Clinic if you are concerned about your own mental health, or that of a loved one. For 24 hour a day telephone crisis support please contact Lifeline on 13 11 44.
For Further COVID-19 Advice, patients can call:
DHHS Hotline: 1800 675 398 (open 24 hours, 7 days)
Austin Hospital: 9496 5000
Northern Hospital: 8405 8844 (only if they have a fever)
Thank you for your understanding.
In Preparation - Blood Pressure Machine & Electronic Temperature Probe
“ In preparation for the upcoming prolonged physical distancing we would suggest each family consider purchasing an Blood Pressure machine ( we use Omron and recommend this for anyone over 40 years of age) and an electronic temperature probe ( we use Braun via the ear probe and recommend this for everyone) and familiarize yourself we how it works. This will help the doctors monitor your conditions and health whilst being at home.”
Congratulations Dr. Tristan Barnes in becoming an Associate Doctor at Andrew Place Clinic
We are excited to announce that Dr. Tristan Barnes has become an Associate Partner of Andrew Place Clinic as from 1st July 2021. We welcome Tristan into the Associate Doctor partnership and know he will be an extended asset to the working relationship at Andrew Place Clinic. Congratulations Tristan!
Dr. Wendy Bernet has stepped down from being an Associate Doctor
After many dedicated years of being an Associate Partner of Andrew Place Clinic, as from 30/6/2021, Dr. Wendy Bernet has chosen to step down from her associate doctor role but will continue to provide her compassionate service as a part time doctor retaining her current hours. After all her years as an Associate, we hope she enjoys her next chapter with less responsibility. Thank You Wendy!
Dr. Lisa Mifsud has returned to consulting sessions at Andrew Place Clinic for both in-clinic and telehealth appointments.
Dr. Lisa Mifsud has returned from maternity leave and resumed working sessions at Andrew Place Clinic and is now available for appointments. Currently she is working on Wednesday mornings and on Saturdays. Welcome Back Lisa!
Farewell and Thank You to Dr. Susanne Oldmeadow!
Dr Susanne Oldmeadow has finished up her time at Andrew Place Clinic as of the 8/09/2021. Susanne has been an amazing addition to our Medical team since she began working with Andrew Place Clinic in 2008. However it has come time that she would like to explore new and exciting opportunities and we wish her well and say thank you for the wonderful support she provided patients and staff in her time here. Farewell and Good Luck Susanne!
Dr. Laurence Elder has joined Andrew Place Clinic.
Dr. Laurence Elder has joined the GP team and begun working at Andrew Place Clinic and is available for appointment bookings. With his commencement, we are excited to have another male doctor available for consultations. A full biography can be viewed on the Doctors page.
He will be working on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays.
Dr. Joe Giarrusso has Retired!
Congratulations on your retirement!
After 43 years of dedication and caring service to the patients of Andrew Place Clinic, our beloved Dr. Giuseppe (Joe) Giarrusso has retired.
We hope he has a wonderful retirement. He will be missed but never forgotten. Dr. Giarrusso has done so much for all of us and while we will be sad to see him go, we wish him all the best in this next stage of life!
We are wishing him endless days of happiness with his friends and family and hope he makes sure he works just as hard relaxing as he has during his long career. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
Dr. Giarrusso last day consulting was on Tuesday 30/6/2020.
DOCTORS LEAVE DATES:
Doctors on leave in September
The following doctors will be on leave in September
Dr. Leanne Cole: 14/9/2021 to 26/9/2021
Dr. Kate Ludescher: 21/09/2021 to 30/09/2021
Dr. Eric Tay: 13/9/2021 to 2/10/2021
Dr. Melanie Hemsley: 17/9/2021 to 3/10/2021
Doctors on leave in October/ November
The following doctors will be on leave in October
Dr. Leanne Cole: 29/10/2021 to 2/11/2021
Doctors on leave in December 2021/ January 2022
The following doctors will be on leave in December 2021/ January 2022
Dr. Leanne Cole: 18/12/2021 to 3/1/2022
CHANGE TO POLICY FOR RECEIVING RESULTS, REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS, REFERRALS AND TELEPHONING YOUR DOCTOR
Please refer to the "Appointments Tab" on our website for further information regarding changes to our Clinic's policies relating to Receiving Results, Repeat Prescriptions, Referrals and Telephoning your Doctor.
No Requests will be taken or actioned and results will not be given out on the weekend or on a public holiday and can only be given out via the telephone after 11am on weekdays.
Any non-urgent requests will be forwarded to your doctor and will be actioned within the 10 business days. If the matter is more urgent, we recommend that you make an appointment to see your doctor.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Due to changes in accreditation requirements we require each patient’s verbal consent to send SMS reminders. Please contact reception to consent and note that you will not be able to receive SMS reminders, including those for upcoming appointments with your GP, until this has been done. Thanks for your cooperation.