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PrEP at Eleanor Clinic

PreP treatment or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis to HIV is available from our doctors at Eleanor Clinic. The treatment is designed to prevent HIV infection for people at increased risk.

When taken daily, it is a highly effective way of preventing HIV. It’s available on PBS with a prescription.

Like all medications monitoring of potential side effects is important. In some people, PrEP can negatively impact kidney function or bone density. When we prescribe PrEP we regularly monitor for these side effects.

Quite a few people can experience headache and nausea after first starting PrEP. In our experience these usually fade away within two weeks.

Part of your consultation with us includes a full STD check on the same day. Melbourne Pathology is conveniently only a 2 min walk from us. You will receive your PrEP prescription and we’ll identify which pharmacy close to you always has PrEP available. Alternatively, any pharmacy can order it in for you.

Regular three monthly sexual health checks are part of being on PrEP. We usually get the results back in a few days. We encourage you to subscribe to our secure and free SMS notifications. This service is completely free for you to use – we’re happy to bear the costs. This system gives you significant freedom from having to actively chase your results yourself. We will send you a privacy conscious message that your results are normal. That’s it. No mention of which tests you had. Should you require treatment for an STD we won’t send you a message at all but rather give you a personal call. We are usually able to book you in for the same day and can then discuss and initiate the right treatment.

Our nurses are happy to check that all your vaccinations are up to date. Recommended vaccinations inlcude Hep A, Hep B, meningococcal and HPV vaccinations.

We’d encourage you to read more on relevant vaccinations.

More information on what PreP is about at http://prepdforchange.com

How to take PrEP and on demand dosing. https://www.pan.org.au/how-to

Difference Between Intermittent & Daily PrEP

COVID testing in the West

If you’re unwell or have mild symptoms such as a runny nose, cough or sore throat it’s important to make sure you don’t have COVID-19. We’ve updated our COVID-19 resource page with easy to access free COVID testing clinics in the West.

It may be worth printing off these addresses and sticking them on the fridge, in case you need them.

Here they are again:

COVID testing Clinics in the West

If you’re unwell with a fever or only milder symptoms like a runny nose, cough or sore throat you should not go to work and get yourself tested. Here’s where you can get tested in the West:

Altona North Respiratory Clinic (children and adults)

Monday-Friday

Phone: 9393 3900 or Book online

coHealth Footscray

78 Paisley St, Footscray

Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Phone: 9448 5502

Walk-ins welcome but prior appointment by phone call preferred.

Highpoint Shopping Centre

120-200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong

Access: Turn onto Warrs Rd from Rosamond Rd, take 2nd entry on the right hand side

7 days 9 am-5 pm

Sunshine Hospital Respiratory Clinic

Walk-ins fine

Monday-Sunday 10 am-6 pm

Laverton Covid testing at coHealth

95-105 Railway Pde, Laverton

Call 9448 5534 or book online

Access: Entry to the clinic is via the rear of the building. Clients will be asked to park in the car park and remain in their car until approached by the triage nurse and directed into the clinic.

Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm

Women’s Health at Eleanor Clinic

From the beginning, Women’s Health has been a core priority at Eleanor Clinic.

It is clear that many of you appreciate the dedication and compassion that the clinic team show in all their interactions. At the Women’s Clinic we take time to work with you to identify what is relevant to you and provide options that you are comfortable with. While our medical assessment is based on the latest medical research and many years of clinical experience our advice will always develop as a dialogue between you and your doctor.

  • Well women’s checks
  • General gynaecological problems – PCOS, endometriosis, hormonal issues, pelvic pain
  • Sexual health
  • Contraception and family planning 
  • IUD and Mirena insertion (Dr. Felicity Dent only)
  • Fertility advice
  • Pregnancy related issues – pregnancy planning, pregnancy care, pelvic floor instability
  • Accredited Shared Maternity Care provider
  • Postnatal checks
  • Management of unplanned pregnancy
  • Menopause, HRT
  • Psychological health
  • Adolescent sexual & reproductive health

Times they are a changing – looking after yourself

We have seen more people coming to us at Eleanor Clinic with severe anxiety, insomnia, physical stress symptoms and worsening depression.

These are very stressful times that have forced an enormous amount of change upon us within weeks: working from home, home schooling, lack of access to regular exercise or other fitness classes and the feeling of isolation. That’s some package…

Whether you think you’re doing just fine, are having some adjustment difficulties or are experiencing significant distress: make sure you make time for self care. If you’re now thinking “I have no time for that” then maybe just think about who will look after your loved ones if you can no longer do it.

By looking after yourself you are also making sure you can be there when others need you, who may rely on you.

There is often not one simple solution to help with feelings of too much stress, emotional difficulties or frank despair. Different things will indeed be helpful to different people. Making an appointment to see your GP is often a good start to get help. We’ll listen to what’s going on in your life and together we can make a plan on how to get better or back on track.

This is a bit like finding a signpost in the fog: you still need to take the steps to get you there yourself, but having someone help with directions and being there with you makes life so much easier. Also: fog goes away after a while, even if it can be hard to see that at times.

Look after yourself!
And your team at Eleanor Clinic is here to support you.

https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au

For 24/7 domestic violence crisis support call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188. If you cannot safely call, email safesteps@safesteps.org.au and a support worker will reply ASAP.

For a specialist LGBTIQ family violence service contact W|Respect on 1800 542 847

For support for women who live in the Western suburbs, contact Women’s Health West on 9689 9588.