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Specialist Refugee Health Services

Refugee and Immigrant Health Clinic

Clinic Time
Tuesday mornings (9am to midday)

Clinic Location
The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, 9 North

Infectious Diseases Consultants

  • A/Prof Karin Leder
  • Prof Bev Biggs
  • Dr Caroline Marshall
  • Dr Katherine Gibney
  • Dr Thomas Schulz
  • Dr Daniel O’Brien

Staff at the Refugee and Immigrant Health ClinicThe Refugee and Immigrant Health Clinic at VIDS, RMH provides specialist care for immigrants, refugees and travellers with a range of conditions, including infectious diseases and nutritional deficiencies.

The doctors at the Immigrant and Refugee Clinic are Infectious Diseases specialists or specialists-in-training. These doctors have had extensive experience working in Australia and abroad, and have a particular interest in the health of travellers and immigrants.

We welcome referrals of refugees, immigrants and travellers who have (or may have) illnesses related to their time outside Australia, including referrals for further work-up and management of abnormalities detected in the course of immigrant screening.

Referrals

  • Referrals direct to VIDS, fax 03 9342 7277
  • VIDS clerical staff, phone 03 9342 7212
  • Clinical advice, phone 03 9342 7000
  • VIDS registrar fax 03 9342 7277

For non-urgent advice regarding refugee care, please email: Refugee.Health@mh.org.au

VIDS Telehealth Clinic – saving time for GPs and their patients.

The clinic is weekly on alternate Tuesday or Thursday afternoons. Patients can be seen either completely via telehealth or as a combination of telehealth and in person.

  • Fax telehealth referrals to attention Dr Schulz Fax 03 9342 7277
  • Email vids.telehealth@mh.org.au
  • Phone 03 9342 7212 or 03 9342 8834

Please include a referral with provider number, all pathology and radiology results. VIDS will book an interpreter, if required, to be present at the hospital.

Suitable Referrals for Telehealth

  • Hep B - anyone with chronic infection
  • Hep C - considering treatment
  • HIV - follow up
  • Schistosomiasis and Strongyloides with difficult problems
  • Latent TB
  • Other infectious diseases such as wound or joint infections
  • Travel questions

Technical Talk

All your practice needs is a computer with a webcam and speaker / microphone and a reasonable speed internet connection (>500kps upload and download). VIDS has a license for software the practice can use temporarily for the consultation - so no specific software is needed. With the first referral, the physician will organise a time to have a technology practice session before booking the patient.

Financial Incentives

Medicare has financial incentives for Telehealth that can be accessed if the GP or practice Nurse sits with the patient during the consultation.
www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/provider/incentives/telehealth.jsp

Specialist Outreach Clinics

VIDS runs five specialist clinics in rural, regional and urban primary care centres to enable provision of tertiary services for refugees in the community. All consultations are by appointment and a GP referral is required.

Tristar Medical Clinic, MilduraMildura

Professor Beverley-Ann Biggs runs a monthly outpatient clinic at

Tristar Medical Clinic
Level 1, 87-89 Langtree Avenue
Mildura, Vic 3500

Contact Ms Bernadette Denton for an appointment

Phone 03 5023 1200
Fax 03 5023 8999

The University of Melbourne Shepparton Medical CentreShepparton

The University of Melbourne Shepparton Medical Centre
49 Graham Street
Shepparton, Vic 3630
(located opposite Goulburn Valley Health in Graham Street, Shepparton)

Dr Tom Schulz runs a monthly Infectious Diseases Clinic.

Phone 03 5823 3100
Fax 03 5831 7568
Email reception@shepmed.unimelb.edu.au --

Wyndham

ISIS Community Health
117-129 Warringa Crescent,
Hoppers Crossing Vic 3029

Phone 03 8734 1400
Fax 03 8734 1460

Dr Tom Schulz conducts a monthly infectious diseases clinic on Wednesday afternoons.

Footscray

Joslin Clinic
571 Barkly Street,
Footscray, Vic 3011

Phone 03 9912 2000
Fax 03 9687 5058

Dr Tom Schulz conducts a weekly infectious diseases clinic on Wednesday afternoons and welcomes GP referrals.

Kensington

Doutta Galla Community Health Centre
12 Gower Street,
Kensington, Vic 3031

Phone 03 8378 1600
Fax 03 9372 1558

Dr Nadia Chaves conducts a weekly infectious diseases clinic on Thursday mornings.


 

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