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

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Psychologist

Lee McDowell
Clinical Psychology B. Sc (Hons), M. Clinical Psychology
Member: ACPA & AACBT

Lee has 26 years experience as a psychologist (in both public and private settings) providing individual counselling and therapeutic interventions for adults. Lee can assist with a range of psychological issues including mood and anxiety disorders, grief, adjustment, trauma, substance use and gambling, stress management and self esteem.

The treatment provided by Lee is evidenced-based and individually tailored, utilising cognitive behaviour therapy, schema therapy, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment therapy), mindfulness and solution-oriented approaches. Lee takes a collaborative approach with her clients and is down to earth and non-judgemental.

Lee is a Medicare Specialist provider and will bulk bill those on a pension or claiming benefits.


Lee will consult at Avoca Street Medical Centre on Mondays.
Contact: (M) 0403 005 429

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
 

Zostavax - Shingles Vaccine


The shingles vaccine, Zostavax®, has been approved to be placed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP), to be provided free of charge from 1 November 2016 to people aged 70 years, subject to vaccine supply. There will also be a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years.

What is Shingles?
Shingles is a painful rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus which is the same virus that causes chickenpox.

The shingles rash develops into itchy blisters usually occurring on one side of the body either on the face, chest, back, abdomen or pelvis, and can take several weeks to settle.

Around 1 in 100 Australians who are older than 50, are thought to have had shingles at some stage.

Shingles diagnosis
If you have had chickenpox in the past, the virus stays in the nerve cells near the spine, but is not active. Shingles occurs when the virus becomes active again.

You cannot catch shingles from someone who has shingles. But, if you have not had chickenpox you can catch chickenpox by being in direct contact with fluid on the blisters of someone who has shingles.

Almost all people have had chickenpox by the time they turn 40 and may be at risk of developing shingles. Sometimes shingles can occur with no known trigger. However, shingles is more likely to occur if you:

  • are older than 50, particularly those who are older than 80
  • have HIV and AIDS
  • have had an organ transplant
  • have recently had a bone-marrow transplant
  • have a condition which requires treatment that impacts the immune system, such as chemotherapy for cancer
  • are experiencing physical and emotional stress.


Over-the counter medications such as paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, can be used for pain relief. If over-the-counter medicines aren’t controlling your pain, your doctor may prescribe other medicines such as opioids, anti-depressants and anticonvulsants .

Click here for further information from immunise.health.gov.au

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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