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Kew General Practice welcomes Dr Elissa Stafford to the team!

 

Elissa graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in Medicine in 2004, and also holds a Bachelor of Medical Science for research. She worked at Austin health, the Mercy hospital for Women and in General Practice in rural and city areas of Victoria and in other areas of Australia. She is a competent and kind GP, interested in women’s health, chronic disease, paediatrics and dermatology, along with all areas of medicine. She has 3 young children and enjoys reading and fitness.

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2017 flu vaccine now available

 

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age, but is available free under the National Immunisation Program for people who face a high risk from influenza and its complications. These are:

  • People aged 65 years and over.
  • Pregnant women.
  • People aged six months and over with medical conditions such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait people aged six months to five years of age.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over.

Please contact our friendly reception staff to arrange your vaccination and ensure you are protected this year.

 

‘No Jab, No Pay’ policy for childhood immunisation has commenced on 1st January 2016

The No Jab, No Pay legislation was passed on 23 November 2015.  As of 1 January 2016, only families that fully immunise their children, are on a recognised vaccination catch-up schedule, or have an approved medical exemption can receive family assistance payments such as the Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate, and the Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement.

Vaccination objection will no longer be a valid exemption.  Parents will maintain their right to choose whether or not to vaccinate their children.

From 1 January 2016, free vaccines will be available for children aged 10–19 who require catch-up under this policy.  Vaccines for children younger than 10 are free under the National Immunisation Program.

Parents will be notified by Centrelink in the coming weeks if their child/children does not meet the immunisation requirements for family assistance payments.  Parents will be advised to speak with their vaccination provider if their child requires catch-up vaccines.