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Navigating the Resurgence of Overseas Travel: Your Health Checklist

Navigating the Resurgence of Overseas Travel: Your Health Checklist

As the global community reopens its doors to international travelers, the excitement to explore uncharted territories and reconnect with favorite destinations is palpable. Here at Lindsay Street Medical Centre, we share your enthusiasm for adventure and the enriching experiences that await across borders. Yet, as healthcare professionals, we also recognize the importance of health preparedness in ensuring your travels are both joyous and safe.

The revival of overseas travel presents an opportune moment to remind our valued patients and community members about the critical steps in travel health preparedness. Ensuring that you are well-informed and protected against the diseases present in new countries is not just a precaution; it’s a necessity.

Before You Go: A Pre-Travel Health Checklist

1. Schedule a Travel Health Consultation: Ideally 4-6 weeks before departure, visit Lindsay Street Medical Centre for a comprehensive travel health consultation. Our experts will provide you with personalized advice based on your destination, duration of stay, and activities planned.

2. Vaccinations: Stay protected against common and destination-specific diseases. We offer a range of vaccinations and will advise you on what’s required or recommended for your travel plans.

3. Travel Insurance: Ensure your travel insurance covers medical expenses abroad. Not all policies provide comprehensive coverage for international travel, and you don’t want unexpected medical bills to be a souvenir.

4. Medication: If you’re currently taking prescribed medication, ensure you have enough to cover the duration of your trip, plus extra in case of delays. Always keep medications in their original packaging to avoid customs issues.

5. Health Alerts and Warnings: Stay updated with the latest health alerts for your destination. Lindsay Street Medical Centre can provide you with the most current information regarding health risks and preventive measures.

6. Prepare a Travel Health Kit: Include first-aid supplies, over-the-counter medications for common ailments like diarrhea and headaches, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, and any prescribed medications.

Why It Matters

Traveling exposes you to different environments and health risks that may not be prevalent in your home country. From food and water safety concerns to tropical diseases and altitude sickness, being prepared allows you to handle potential health issues promptly and effectively.

We’re Here to Help

At Lindsay Street Medical Centre, we believe in empowering our patients through education and preventive care. Our travel health services are designed to provide you with peace of mind, so you can focus on creating memorable experiences during your travels.

Ready to embark on your next adventure? Contact us today to schedule your pre-travel consultation and ensure that your health travels with you. Happy and safe travels from all of us at Lindsay Street Medical Centre!

Stay protected in 2024: Your guide to COVID-19 vaccination

Ensure your ongoing protection against COVID-19 by understanding the latest vaccination guidelines for 2024.

As with all vaccinations, people are encouraged to discuss the vaccine options available to them with their health practitioner.

75 years and older
Recommended every 6 months.

65-74 years
Recommended every 12 months. Can consider every 6 months.

18-64 years
With severe immunocompromise: Recommended every 12 months. Can consider every 6 months.
Without severe immunocompromise: Consider every 12 months.

5-17 years
With severe immunocompromise: Consider every 12 months.
Without severe immunocompromise: Not recommended.

Under 5 years
Not recommended.


New Covid 19 Vaccination Available

🌟 Exciting News: New COVID-19 Vaccination Available at Highfields and District Medical Centre! 🌟 

Dear Valued Patients, 

Starting from the 19th of December, Highfields and District Medical Centre will be offering the latest COVID-19 vaccination in clinic. In our ongoing commitment to safeguarding the health of our community, we are pleased to announce the introduction of COVID clinics every Wednesday. 

Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is prepared to administer the COVID-19 vaccine with the utmost care and efficiency. 

Key details about the COVID-19 vaccination clinics: 

📅 Starting Date: 19th December 📆 Clinic Days: Wednesdays 

We understand the importance of vaccination in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting individuals from severe illness. Rest assured, our clinic follows all recommended safety protocols, and our experienced staff is here to address any questions or concerns you may have about the vaccine. 

Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment is easy. Simply call our reception at Highfields and District on 07 4630 8800 to schedule your visit. We encourage all eligible individuals to take advantage of this opportunity and contribute to the collective effort in overcoming the challenges posed by the pandemic. 

Please note that you are eligible for the new COVID-19 vaccination only if you have not had COVID-19 in the last 6 months and have not received any COVID-19 injections in the last 6 months. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and this requirement aligns with current health guidelines to ensure the most effective and appropriate vaccination schedule for everyone. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your eligibility, please feel free to contact our clinic, and our team will be happy to assist you. 

Thank you for entrusting us with your health. Together, we can create a safer and healthier community. 


Goverment Funded Shingles Injection Now Available

🌟 Important Announcement: Shingrix Vaccination Now Available! 🌟

We hope this message finds you well as the busy time of year fast approaches. We wanted to inform you about an important update regarding the Shingrix vaccine.

Shingrix is a crucial vaccine for preventing shingles, a painful and potentially serious condition. It is available to people 65 years and over. If you have had a government Zostavax 5 years ago or more, then you are eligible for the Shingrix as well. If you have any questions, please discuss these with our nurses or your doctor.

We understand the importance of timely access to vaccinations, and we are working diligently to accommodate everyone at this time.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving the Shingrix vaccine and would like to see if your eligible, please contact either clinic to secure your spot. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to make this vaccine accessible to everyone in our community.

When the vaccination is given, you will need to receive a 2-dose course given over an interval of 2 to 6 months. Make sure you finish the complete vaccination course. We are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our community members and appreciate your cooperation.

Thank you for your understanding, and together, let’s prioritize our health and the health of our community.

If you’re wondering whether you qualify for the free Shingrix vaccination, here’s a quick self-check guide:

  • people aged 65 years and over
  • First Nations people aged 50 years and over
  • immunocompromised people aged 18 years and over with the following medical conditions:
    • haematopoietic stem cell transplant
    • solid organ transplant
    • haematological malignancy
    • advanced or untreated HIV.



🌍✈️ Importance of Travel Vaccinations: Protect Yourself and Explore Safely! ✈️🌍

When packing your bag and checking everything on your list it’s important to make sure you vaccinations are up to date.


Coming to a travel clinic is not just for the vaccinations but a complete Travel Health Service. We are always updating with the continual changes in Travel Medicine. We give specific advice to you for where your travelling to as well as making sure that you aren’t doubling up on any previous vaccines you may have had. Lindsay street is a WHO approved yellow fever vaccination center. We have an online database so you can access all your travel vaccinations in Australia at any participating Travel clinics.


Come see us when you’re travelling especially if you are travelling to Asia, Africa and South America at least 6 weeks before your travel date. When you come to a Travel Appointment at Lindsay Street you will receive up to date advice, a personalized destination report, pocket guide and an international vaccination certificate.


Remember, getting travel vaccinations is a proactive step towards safeguarding your health and well-being while exploring the wonders of our world. Prioritize your safety, respect local health concerns, and embark on your adventures with confidence. Bon voyage and stay healthy!


Flu Vaccine

As the year 2023 rolls around, the need for the flu vaccine is once again upon us. With the ongoing pandemic still affecting the world, it is more important than ever to protect ourselves from other illnesses, including the seasonal flu. The Lindsay Street Medical Centre and Highfields and District Medical Centre are proud to offer the 2023 flu vaccine to their patients.


At both Lindsay Street Medical Centre and Highfields and District Medical Centre, the flu vaccine is available for people of all ages, from young children to seniors.


In addition to getting the flu vaccine, there are other steps you can take to reduce your risk of catching and spreading the flu. These include:

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • Staying home from work or school if you are feeling sick

By taking these simple precautions and getting vaccinated, you can help keep yourself and your community healthy during the flu season. So why not book an appointment at Lindsay Street Medical Centre or Highfields and District Medical Centre today and get your 2023 flu vaccine?

Skin Cancer Facts.

Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.

With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, the action week is an important reminder of the risks of exposure to UV radiation, the need for sun protection and early skin cancer detection for all Australians.

More than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year, and Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially over the past few years.

Most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection, yet too many Australians still have a tan.

Despite many Australians referring to a “heathy tan”, a tan is not a sign of good health or wellbeing. In fact, tanning is a sign that you have been exposed to enough UV radiation to damage your skin. This will eventually cause premature aging – including sun spots, wrinkles and sagging. Worst of all it increases your risk of skin cancer.

That’s why this National Skin Cancer Action Week and throughout summer Cancer Council is encouraging everyone to #OwnYourTone and embrace your natural skin tone. Make the pledge today to protect yourself from UV radiation and abstain from tanning.

During National Skin Cancer Action Week and throughout summer, use the five forms of sun protection and #OwnYourTone by:

  • slip on sun-protective clothing
  • slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
  • slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  • seek shade
  • slide on sunglasses.

A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.

If you have any concerns make an apt today to visit Dr Harvey Roux at our Skin Cancer; for Lindsay Street Clinic call  46 329688 and for our Highfields District Clinic call 46 308800.


Did you know if you are 45-49 years old, you are eligible for a FREE 45-49 Health Check?

Find our more? To be Eligible for this FREE Health Check you need to be between 45 to 49 years old.

As we get older, many of us can be more vulnerable to preventable disease. In the prevention of these risks, we would like to invite you to for a 45-49 Health Check Assessment.

We do these assessments at both our Medicals Centres being,  Lindsay Street Medical Centre and Highfields District Medical Centre.

The aim of the health check is to help prevent the early detection of disease, assessing your lifestyle, medical and family history to find out if you are at risk.

The health check involves:

  • Updating your medical history and looking at any health issues
  • Blood tests, if required, Check your Blood Pressure
  • Follow up of any problems identified
  • Advice and information, for example on how to make lifestyle changes to improve your health

If you are currently within the age of 45 and 49 you may have a “risk factor”.

Risk factors may include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Extra weight
  • Unbalanced diet
  • High cholesterol
  • Family history of disease (e.g. cancer, glaucoma, heart disease, depression or diabetes)
  • Smoking
  • High stress levels
  • Sun  Exposure                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Call us today to make an appointment on 4630 8800 or 4632 9688 for your FREE 45-49 year old Health Assessment.