AVOCA STREET MEDICAL CENTRE
 
130 Avoca Street Randwick NSW 2031
Tel: 02 9399 3335 - Fax: 02 9399 9778

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Phone:02 9399 3335
Fax:02 9399 9778
Post:Avoca Street Medical Centre
130 Avoca Street
Randwick NSW 2031
Email:avocastreetgmail.com *
After hours:13 74 25
Emergency:000

* Please do not use email for urgent medical attention or appointment request.

For urgent medical attention please call 000 or go to nearest hospital emergency department.

For appointment please call 02 9399 3335 during business hours or use our online appointment request.

TELEHEALTH

During this evolving COVID-19 period, Avoca Street Medical Centre advises all patients to self-isolate as much as possible. In particular we wish to protect the community's most vulnerable patients. We now offer bulk billed telephone consultations for all Medicare eligible patients whom have been seen at this practice in the past 4 years.

For patients who do not hold a valid Medicare card but have been seen at our practice in the past 4 years a pre-paid administration fee of $40 per 10 minute consultation will apply.

Avoca Street Medical Centre is currently unable to accept new patients.
We apologise for any inconvenience.

Please make a telephone appointment by:

  1. Calling 02 93993335
  2. Requesting a telephone appointment on a specific day with your preferred doctor
  3. Please leave the telephone number where you can be reached
Please allow a leeway of 2 hours from the time of your appointment. If matter is urgent or might require a face to face consult, please let staff know and doctor will call you back in between patients on the same day.

NOTE:

  • Please organise your own collection of prescriptions and referrals from reception desk between 8am - 1pm daily
  • Appointments are timed to 10 minutes - if a longer appointment is required, the doctor will rebook this for another date
  • Some items cannot be completed via telehealth and require a face to face consult. These include vaccinations, ear checks, blood pressure checks, and where specific examination of the patient is required. The doctor may rebook a face to face consult after an initial telephone consultation
  • Please respect that this is a limited service which many patients require, and be readily contactable on the day of your appointment.
  • Due to the nature of telephone consultations, we are unable to undertake chronic care for patients who do not regularly attend our practice. Please contact your usual provider.
  • Please check our COVID-19 PRACTICE UPDATES frequently.

TELEHEALTH WITH DR KIEN

Telehealth consultation with Dr Kien:

  1. Call (02) 9399 3335 and make a phone consult appointment.
  2. Please have these ready when calling Dr Kien at the appointment time.
    1. Contact details (street address, fax number and/or email address) of your local pharmacy.
    2. List of medications you need refilled.
    3. Name of specialist you need referral for.
  3. Dr Kien prefers consulting via WhatsApp video calls. Please install the app in your phone.
    Otherwise telephone will be used.
  4. The duration of the consult will be from 10 - 15 minutes.
  5. Dr Kien will fax or email your presriptions and referrals directly to your chemists and specialists. They will not be available at our Randwick office.
NOTE: Other doctors still work on-site at the medical centre. However, they will consult mainly via telephone. Face-to-face conusltations are limited to immunsation and special cases.

General Information
 

Malaria



Malaria is an infection of the liver and red blood cells caused by microscopic parasites. There are five types of parasites that cause malaria: Plasmodium ovale, P. malariae, P. knowlesi, P. vivax and P. falciparum. Malaria parasites are spread through the bite of certain mosquitoes. Mainland Australia is free of malaria, but malaria is occasionally present in the Torres Strait Islands. Australians can contract malaria while travelling in tropical and subtropical areas of Asia, Africa, Central and South America, the Pacific Islands and parts of the Middle East. Currently, approximately 500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in Australia each year - almost all are in people who have travelled to malaria-affected countries and didn't take anti-malarial medications.

Symptoms of malaria include sudden fever, chills, headache, sweating, nausea, vomiting and pain in joints and muscles. In severe cases symptoms can include seizures, confusion, kidney failure, breathing difficulty and coma. The infection is sometimes fatal. Malaria caused by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite can be especially dangerous. Malaria symptoms usually develop 9-14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Occasionally symptoms develop weeks or months later. Some types of malaria can re-occur months or years after exposure.

Malaria is spread through the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. The malaria parasites live inside the gut and salivary glands of an infected mosquito. When a person is bitten by an infected mosquito, the parasites are injected into the person's blood. The parasites then infect the liver and blood cells. When a mosquito bites a person with malaria, the mosquito may become infected and can then spread the disease.

In rare cases, malaria can also be spread from person to person through blood transfusion, sharing injecting equipment, and from mother to foetus.

Any person who lives in or travels to a country where malaria is present is at risk of contracting the disease. The risk is usually higher in rural areas than in cities. Those at increased risk include:
  • Pregnant women: Malaria can be more severe in pregnant women. Malaria can also increase the risk of miscarriage, premature labour and stillbirth.
  • Young children: Children of any age can get malaria. When children get malaria, the disease can progress very rapidly. Malaria can be more severe in children, especially those aged under 5. Pregnant women and young children are sometimes advised not to travel to malaria-affected areas if the risk is especially high.
  • People visiting friends and relatives overseas: People returning to malaria-affected areas to visit friends and relatives are often at high risk of getting malaria. This is because immunity against the malaria parasite wanes quickly, and people visiting friends and relatives in malaria-affected areas may not be aware that they need to avoid mosquitoes.M


Overseas travellers can prevent malaria by avoiding mosquito bites and taking preventive antimalarial drugs that kill the parasite.

Four to six weeks before travelling overseas, visit a GP or a travel health clinic for specific advice about avoiding malaria based on your itinerary and medical history.

Depending on the risk of malaria in the areas you are visiting, you may be advised to take drugs to prevent malaria. The choice of antimalarial depends on a range of factors including the drug resistance patterns of malaria in the areas you will visit.

It is important to take antimalarials exactly as advised by your doctor. All antimalarials need to be taken before, during and after you travel. Some need to be started several weeks before you travel. It is also very important to continue taking antimalarials as directed after you leave the affected area. Sometimes this means taking antimalarials for up to 4 weeks after you leave.

No antimalarial drug is 100% effective. Travellers taking antimalarial drugs still need to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Mosquitoes can carry other diseases too - another reason to avoid being bitten.

To protect against mosquitoes and reduce the risk of diseases they transmit:
  • Cover-up with a loose-fitting long sleeved shirts and long pants when outside
  • Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin
  • Take special care during peak mosquito biting hours. The mosquitoes that transmit malaria are most a twilight hours (dawn and dusk) and into the evening.
  • Stay and sleep in screened or air-conditioned rooms
  • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors. Nets are most effective when they are treated with a pyrethroid insecticide, such as permethrin. Pre-treated bed nets can be purchased before travelling, or nets can be treated after purchase.
  • Avoid known areas of high mosquito-borne disease transmission or outbreaks.

For more detailed information on reducing the risk of mosquito bites at home and while travelling see the Mosquitoes are a Health Hazard information. This also includes more information on mosquito repellents.

Malaria is diagnosed by special blood tests that detect malaria parasites. It is important that your doctor knows about your travel history and symptoms so the right blood test can be ordered.

If you become ill with symptoms of malaria while overseas or after travelling, visit a GP or hospital emergency department as soon as possible. Tell the doctor where you have travelled, as this will help to make the right diagnosis. If you are travelling to a remote area where you know it will be difficult to access medical care, you may need to be prepared to treat yourself for malaria if you get symptoms (as well as taking drugs to prevent malaria). Speak to your doctor about this before you travel.

Laboratories are required to notify cases of malaria on diagnosis to the local public health unit.

Further Information
For further information on safe travel see Staying healthy when travelling overseas. The Smartraveller website also has health advice for specific destinations.
For more information about malaria and other travel health topics, refer to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travelers' Health site.
For further information please call your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055

The information in the above were collected from the internet,
either from government websites or from reasonably reliable health information sources.
They are for general information only and should not replace the need of seeking medical care during illnesses.


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