Our Allied Health Specialists

Podiatrist

Sammie Chan

Sammie graduated from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Podiatric Practice. She has a strong interest with all aspects of Podiatry especially for patients with diabetes and musculoskeletal issues. She believes treatments should be tailored to each patient’s needs and should be assessed through physical, social and personal. She has worked with the Podiatry team at Northern health, and hospital. The experience gained will be used to progress her career with The Functional Foot Clinic.
In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and going on hikes with friends.
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Dietitian 

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Physiotherapy

Anna Sanchez

Anna is an experienced physiotherapist, who has worked across private practice, community and outpatient clinics, aged care, and hospital wards. Drawing on her professional expertise in sporting injuries and chronic conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis, as well as personal experience of injury, 

Anna prioritises early and proactive management of aches and pains, and is passionate about helping her clients achieve optimal, pain-free function. She uses a range of modalities including massage, joint mobilisation, exercise rehabilitation and pilates, and undertakes extensive postgraduate training, to ensure that she can offer the most innovative, evidence-based treatments to her clients. 

On her days off, Anna loves reading, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Maisy.
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New View Psychology

All of our psychologists are appropriately experienced and qualified as mental health practitioners. You can trust our counsellors to be professional, discreet and actively support you to improve your emotional health and well being. When you engage New View Psychology for counselling support, you’ll be treated as a unique individual with your own circumstances.For more information, contact the clinic on 03  88404248

Onsite Pathology by Melbourne Pathology

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Blood Tests Available

Monday to Friday (8:00am to 4:30pm)

Saturdays 8:00am – 12:00pm

Blood Tests:

  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Sugars (Diabetes)
  • General Health Checks
  • INR (Internal Normalised Ratio) for Warfarin
  • ECG’s
  • 24 hour holter monitors

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24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring

24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring

The purpose of our 24-hour blood pressure monitoring is to keep a close watch on your blood pressure as you go about your daily activities.
We achieve this through the help of a small digital blood pressure machine that is connected to a belt around your body, which is attached to a cuff around the upper part of your arm.
The need to monitor your blood pressure is to check for hypertension, and to also have an idea of what your blood pressure is like throughout the night and day.
We may require a patient to be placed under 24-hour blood pressure monitoring for the following reasons;

  • To know if your blood pressure stays high at night. If we discover that it is high at night, then we may have to change, adjust, or review your medication.
  • To monitor how well your medicines are working and to ascertain if your blood pressure is well controlled both during the day and at night.
  • To know if your blood pressure readings in the clinic differ from what they are at home or away from the clinic.

These are some of the reasons why we may want to put our patients under 24-hour blood pressure monitoring.
For patients with high BP; if you would like to have good control and monitoring of your blood pressure, our practice is the right place to be. We do not take the well-being of our patients lightly, as we understand that medical issues relating to blood pressure, should be well managed and monitored.

How does our 24-Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring work?

Our 24-hour blood pressure monitoring works in the same way as going to the clinic to have your BP checked, although for the monitoring, a digital device that measures your blood pressure throughout the day is worn on your belt or waist, while the cuff is connected to your upper arm. This digital device takes your blood pressure reading at regular intervals throughout the day; normally every 30 minutes during the day and 60 minutes at night.

How do I prepare for 24-Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring?

This is a question that most of our patients ask; the answer here is that you do not need to do anything to prepare for your 24-hour blood pressure monitoring. However, it is good to wear loose-fitting clothing to your appointment, so that we can fit the blood pressure monitor properly.

We recommend that our patients should go about their regular daily routine the period of 24hr monitoring.
After the 24 hours, we will remove the device and then access the readings to analyze what it implies and make necessary recommendations to our patients. You can always count on our expertise to deliver the best medical services to our clients, at all times.

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Iron Infusions

Iron Infusions

Why is Iron important?
Our bodies need iron. Iron is used to make haemoglobin – the part of our red blood cells that carries oxygen around our body. It is also important for muscle strength, energy and good mental function. If your iron levels are low this may make you feel tired and not able to do normal daily activities. As the amount of iron in the body falls even lower, the haemoglobin level drops below normal. This is known as iron deficiency anaemia.

Why might I need an Iron Infusion?
The most common way to treat iron deficiency is to take iron by mouth as a tablet or liquid. This works well for most people and is usually tried first. Some people may need iron to be given straight into the body through a vein. This is called an Intravenous (IV) iron infusion. Sometimes 2 iron infusions (given at least 1 week apart) are needed to fully top up iron stores. The infusion is made up of iron, not blood. IV iron might be needed if you:

  • Are not able to take iron tablets / liquid
  • Are not responding to iron tablets / liquid or not absorbing them
  • Need to get your iron levels up quickly (eg. before major surgery, late in pregnancy or to avoid blood transfusion)
  • If you have chronic kidney disease or chronic heart failure Your doctor should explain why you need IV iron and the other options

How do I make an appointment for an Iron Infusion?
You will first need to make a standard consultation appointment with your GP to discuss your current health, medical history, review of medications and any prior treatment if any.  You will also need to have a blood test to determine your current iron levels and your GP will then discuss the next steps. If an Iron Infusion will be beneficial to you, and treatment is deemed appropriate by your GP, an appointment will be scheduled.

Ref: www2.health.vic.gov.au

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Travel Medicine

Travel Medicine Advice for Australians Travelling Overseas

Australians travelling overseas, especially to developing countries, need to be vaccinated against a range of diseases. Illnesses may be caused by contaminated food or water, poor hygiene or infected insects. This is why we provide certain Australian travel medicine advice regarding a number of the common illnesses that you may encounter on your trips.

Things to remember while planning a trip overseas:

  • Ask your doctor if you need to be vaccinated
  • Make an appointment to discuss your travel plans several week before you leave
  • Most illness can be prevented by vaccinations and a little caution.
  • Vaccination for specific diseases.

Hepatitis A

  • This is the most common vaccine-preventable disease in travelers.
  • It is spread by contaminated food or water.
  • Symptoms include fever, lack of energy and jaundice.
  • Vaccination is safe and extremely effective.

Hepatitis B

  • This is spread by body fluid
  • Symptoms include fever, lack of energy (malaise) and jaundice (yellow skin colour).
  • Around half of all cases worldwide result in death.
  • Vaccination is safe and extremely effective.

Typhoid

  • This is common in developing countries.
  • Symptoms include fever, weakness, headache and sometimes a rash.
  • Vaccinations must be completed at least one week before travelling.

Rabies

  • This is common to North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
  • The cause is a virus passed on by a bite or scratch from an infected dog or any mammal that carries the virus.
  • Symptoms include headache and fever, then convulsions and death.
  • A three-dose vaccination is given over 3–4 weeks prior to travel.
  • All animal bites and scratches should be immediately and thoroughly washed with soap and water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Treatment after a bite from a possibly rabid animal involves a course of five vaccines and, if previously unvaccinated, an injection of immunoglobulin.

Meningococcal Meningitis

  • This is common in Africa.
  • The cause is a virus spread by aerosol droplets.
  • Symptoms include headache, fever, confusion and neurological damage.
  • Vaccination is a legal requirement for some countries.

Japanese Encephalitis

  • Common to China, Korea, the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia.
  • The cause is a virus spread by infected mosquitoes.
  • Symptoms include headache, fever, confusion and neurological damage.
  • Treatment can only ease the symptoms.
  • Three doses of vaccine are required well before you travel.

Yellow Fever

  • This is present in tropical South America and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The cause is a virus spread by infected mosquitoes.
  • Symptoms include fever, headache, bloody vomiting, jaundice and death.
  • The vaccination gives immunity for around 10 years.
  • Vaccination is a legal requirement for some countries and certification can only be given by an authorised travel health clinic.
  • Alphington Medical Centre will be able to direct you to the nearest authorised travel health clinic for this vaccination.

Ways to protect yourself from illness caused by contaminated food and water, or from mosquito or animal bites:

  • Don’t drink tap water (or have ice in drinks)
  • Don’t buy food from vendors on the street
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Wear insect repellent
  • Stay away from animals

Alphington Medical Centre
29-31 Station Street, Fairfield
Ph: (03) 9485 5100

Fax: (03) 9102 5388

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