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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

* 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.


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.


  • 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.

General Information

Postnatal Depression

Many women experience mood swings after the birth of a baby. However, postnatal depression (PND) describes the more severe or prolonged symptoms of depression (clinical depression) that last more than a week or two and interfere with the ability to function on a daily basis with normal routines including caring for a baby.

It is important to note that PND is different from the baby blues that are common during the first week after childbirth.

For around one in seven women the stresses and emotional changes that accompany their postnatal experiences can be intense and include strong depressive mood swings, anxiety, social withdrawal, irritability and loss of enjoyment in usual activities. Postnatal disorders can interfere with the developing relationship between a mother and her baby after birth (bonding and attachment) and impose strains upon the relationship between the parents as well as causing distress for women themselves.

Severe disorders require treatment and it is very important to tell your doctor or midwife about current symptoms of distress as well as any past history or medication use.

Different types of PND
It can be helpful to know that there are different types of PND. Why? Because not only can the symptoms vary between the different types but they tend to respond best to different treatment approaches. Two main types will be discussed here:

i. Melancholic depression
Melancholic depression is relatively uncommon and affects only 1- 2 % of adults over their lifetime. This is usually a more severe form of depression than the other type of depression (non-melancholic depression) and has a more distinct genetic and biological basis. Someone who is pre-disposed to melancholic depression might have an episode of depression triggered by a stressful life event (e.g a death in the family) but this is not usually the primary cause of their depression.

Specific symptoms of melancholic depression usually include slowed cognitive processes, poor concentration, and psychomotor disturbance (agitation or slowing of physical movements) in addition to the features listed below for the non-melancholic type of PND.

Melancholic depression responds best to medical treatment such as antidepressant medication, and is less responsive to counselling or psychotherapy although the latter should complement medical treatments. Medical assessment is required as this type of PND rarely goes away without medical treatment.

ii. Non-melancholic depression
Non-melancholic depression is the most common form of PND and is linked more with psychosocial risk factors than genetic and biological causes. These disorders do not have biological or melancholic features though the depression can still be severe. This type of depression is more likely to respond to psychological approaches to treatment although medication may also be used when symptoms are severe.

Symptoms of PND
Symptoms of anxiety and depression that start during pregnancy or the postnatal period are similar to those that occur at any other time in a womanís life, but the focus of the fears and depressive concerns can be the wellbeing of the baby, or feelings of inadequacy as a parent.

As mentioned above, the major symptoms of PND can vary according to whether you have a melancholic type of depression or a non-melancholic type. Women with a melancholic type of PND will tend to experience more disturbances in their cognitive and psychomotor processes (showing a slowing of movements or agitation) than women with non-melancholic depression. Other symptoms common to both the melancholic and non-melancholic types may include:

  • loss of enjoyment in usual pursuits
  • loss of self-esteem and confidence
  • loss of appetite and weight
  • broken sleep (irrespective of baby)
  • sense of hopelessness and being a failure
  • a wish not to be alive
  • frank suicidal thoughts or ideas
  • panic attacks
  • loss of libido
  • fears for babyís or partnersís safety or wellbeing.

If you are experiencing any distressing symptoms that are causing you concern your Doctor, Midwife, or Child and Family Health Nurse can provide you with assistance or arrange for you to see a specialist.

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The information in the above were collected from the internet,
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They are for general information only and should not replace the need of seeking medical care during illnesses.

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