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We often get asked ” Isn’t there a national vaccine register in Australia ? ” Sadly the answer is “For most people – no” There are some registers for General Vaccines ACIR  : Australian Childhood Immunisation Register : NATIONAL database Immunisations given to children between birth and 7 years of age are entered into this Medicare controlled database. ACIR began in January 1996. VIVAS: […]

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Good news for those needing to have a cholesterol test! . Research has now shown that you don’t need to go without food for 8 hours beforehand. The results of the cholesterol test have been found to be virtually the same whether you are fasting or not according to a new study from Denmark, Canada and the […]

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Zika and conspiracy theories

February 19th, 2016

The Zika virus has generated  media publicity, and tragic stories about brain damaged babies but ALSO  a nasty little batch of conspiracy theories. These theories are zooming around the world on social media at a rate that any pandemic virus would be proud of, and causing problems of their own. ( Nice summary here from the New York Times ) Example […]

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We have recently published world first research on the use of a combined typhoid & hepatitis A vaccine in children. In Australia, the use of combined vaccines in children 2-16 years of age is considered “off label”. Separate vaccine ( the one for hepatitis A and the one for typhoid ) are licensed in Australia to […]

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Zika and Travellers

February 2nd, 2016

Zika virus has exploded onto the collective consciousness lately, due to media stories about birth defects in Brazil being possibly linked to Zika virus. Another reason to seek good medical advice before travel Frankly this is just one of the many things that are out there and pose a risk to travellers. (This is why […]

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Chronic Q Fever

November 3rd, 2015

I often get emails, phone calls etc from patients having trouble with Q Fever causing long term persistent problems, or saying their Q fever is recurring. From my understanding of Q Fever, the disease does not ‘come back’  and  patients cannot get ‘reinfected’ ( that is why vaccination is effective – once you have cleared […]

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To our valued patients and suppliers It is with regret that I must advise that the Stafford clinic has closed permanently. The last day of trading was October 31st 2015. The Stafford clinic was amalgamated into the city clinic, and all patient records have been transferred into the clinic at 5th floor, 247 Adelaide Street, Brisbane CBD. […]

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This blog post has been updated today Sept 14, 2014 The report in the media about Lyssavirus being found in a flying fox in Brisbane is a good reminder about LOOK BUT DONT TOUCH.  Flying fox are perfectly safe if you don’t touch them. Anyone who has had physical contact with a flying fox should seek […]

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The ABC program Landline The Quiet Curse” recently featured the disease Q fever. This has generated a lot of enquiries about Q Fever to our clinic. Q Fever rarely attracts media attention and yet it is among the most costly and severe infectious diseases in Australia. Persons at occupational risk should be vaccinated. Our specialised […]

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I am sometimes asked about useful apps for Travellers – I must declare my bias in that I am in the iPhone camp so don’t know much about android apps. There are lists online like this one of 50 but I use almost none of these. Here is my list of essentials Timescroller – to […]

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