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Medical Students

Throughout the year Dr Kien will be supervising medical students in their final years from a few universities undertaking Primary Care (General Practice) term.

On average, a student will be under his supervision for 4 weeks; approximately 3-3½ days per week.

The student will undertake a variety of activities at the practice to help them understand common general practice conditions, and should progress to more responsibilities and autonomy in clinical activities during the attachment.

The student will either sit in with Dr Kien during a consultation or, when deemed capable, consult a patient on his/her own before reporting to Dr Kien who will conclude the consultation.

Dr Kien and his students appreciate your generosity and patience during these teaching sessions. However, please do not hesitate to inform our reception if you do not wish to be involved in this program. It is totally understandable.

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COVID vaccines

Who will be eligible to receive the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccination will be free for:

* all Medicare-eligible Australians
* all visa-holders, excluding visa sub-classes 771 (Transit), 600 (Tourist stream), 651 (eVisitor) and 601 (Electronic Travel Authority).

While the Australian Government strongly supports immunisation it is not mandatory and individuals may choose not to vaccinate.

PhaseEligible populations
1aQuarantine and border workers
Frontline healthcare worker sub-groups for prioritisation
Aged care and disability care staff
Aged care and disability care residents
1b Elderly adults aged 80 years and over
Elderly adults aged 70-79 years
Other health care workers
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55
Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
2aAdults aged 60-69 years
Adults aged 50-59 years
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18- 54
Other critical and high risk workers
2b Balance of adult population
3 Under 18 year olds if recommended


Vaccination locations

Vaccination locations will be established across metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia.
Around 30-50 locations will be established as ongoing 'Hospital Hubs' in urban and rural Australia. The sites of these are being finalised in conjunction with States and Territories. They will manage cold chain storage and Pfizer vaccine only and will provide a distribution hub for hospital, quarantine and border staff and residential aged care and disability residents and staff.
A further 1000+ locations will manage and distribute the AstraZeneca vaccine. These sites will include GP Respiratory clinics, general practices, state/territory vaccination clinics and Aboriginal Controlled Health Organisation clinics. These locations will be determined via an expression of interest process which will be open shortly.

Vaccine types


  1. Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine
    If the vaccine is proven to be safe and effective, and is approved for use, it will be available from early 2021. This vaccine is currently being rolled out across the United Kingdom (UK), european Union (EU) and and the United States of America (USA).
    Administration: 2 doses will be required approximately one month apart
    Side effects: In the trials, the vaccine was generally well-tolerated, and an independent data monitoring committee reported no serious safety concerns. The worst side effects were fatigue and headaches after the second dose. Around four per cent of people reported fatigue and two per cent a headache. Other side effects were pain at the injection site and myalgia.
    With the roll out of the vaccine in the UK, there have been reports of two people with a history of allergies who have had serious adverse reactions to the vaccine. These are being investigated to determine causality.
    Storage: For long-term storage (approximately six months) the vaccine must be kept at -70° C, which requires specialist cooling equipment. Pfizer has a distribution container that keeps the vaccine at that temperature for 10 days if unopened. These containers can be used for temporary storage in a vaccination facility for up to 30 days if they are replenished with dry ice every five days. Once thawed, the vaccine can be stored at 2°C to 8°C for up to five days.
    General comments:
    It is still unclear if the vaccine provides immunity for the disease as well as preventing infection.
    In the UK, roll out to pregnant women and children is not included due to lack of testing in these groups.
    Early data has been provided to the TGA and there be will be an application for provisional approval for use in Australia.
    The 10 million doses secured by Australia will be manufactured in the United States of America, Belgium and Germany.

  2. University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
    If the vaccine is proven to be safe and effective, and is approved for use, it will be available from early 2021.
    Administration: Based on current trials it is likely two doses will be required approximately one month apart
    Side effects: Side effects have been reported as minimal, however, there appears to be limited information on what these side effects are
    Storage: The vaccine can be stored at temperatures between 2°C to 8°C
    General comments:
    Early trials suggest the vaccine may prevent asymptomatic infection, however, more research is required before this can be verified.
    Australia has secured the delivery of 3.8 million doses in early 2021 and 30 million doses will be manufactured in Australia by the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL).

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Flu Shot 2022



Get your flu shot today

Influenza (also known as 'flu') is a highly contagious illness caused by the influenza virus.

Both flu and COVID-19 are circulating in the community. It is important to protect yourself and your community by getting vaccinated.

Speak to your General Practitioner (GP), pharmacist or Aboriginal Medical Service about getting your flu vaccine as soon as possible.

Pharmacists can now administer flu vaccines to children aged 5 and over. Parents with children aged under 5 should see their GP.

Make an appointment with your GP or pharmacist to get vaccinated.

Some people are eligible for a free flu vaccine because they are more vulnerable to flu:

  • children from 6 months to under 5 years of age
  • people with serious health conditions (including severe asthma, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, obesity, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease)
  • pregnant women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 6 months of age
  • people who are 65 years of age and over.

Please note: some providers may charge an administration or consultation fee. Ask your GP or pharmacist if this applies to you.

If you are not eligible for a free flu vaccine, your GP or pharmacist will charge you a small fee. The fee may vary between providers.

Why do I need a flu shot?

Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory illness that is more serious than the common cold. Each year, people in NSW die from flu-related illness.

You can catch flu at any time of the year, but activity usually peaks in winter. Although the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses.

There are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk of catching or spreading flu and COVID-19 to others this winter. Protect yourself and the community by getting both vaccines.

An annual flu shot gives the best protection

You need to get a vaccination annually because flu viruses change (mutate) year to year. Flu vaccines are updated each year to provide protection against the flu strains likely to circulate in the coming flu season.

By getting a flu shot, you are protecting yourself and your loved ones from serious illness.

General Practitioners (GPs) and pharmacies start to offer the flu vaccine around April/May each year.

For those eligible, the free flu shot can be accessed through your GP or Aboriginal Medical Service. If you are 65 years and over, you can also go to your local pharmacist. Make an appointment today to get vaccinated.

If you are not eligible to receive a free flu vaccine, you can purchase the vaccine from your GP or pharmacist for a small fee. The fee may vary between providers.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given together

The flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given together, at the same time. Many people who are eligible for a free flu vaccine will also be eligible for a winter COVID-19 booster. Ask your doctor whether you need additional protection against COVID-19.

Source: www.nsw.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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