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We turned six months old!

So not quite out of nappies, but getting there. We started as two local Inner Westie mums with a strong drive to create a clinic we would feel welcome at ourselves. That meant we had to offer care to the highest medical standards, sure. But there’s more to a clinic than ‘just’ getting excellent medicine. What Eleanor Clinic really needed beyond that was to make sure everyone felt welcome.

We strive to be inclusive to people no matter the background or the reason they seek medical care. And, yes, we very much feel that this doesn’t have to happen in a typical ‘clinic’ environment. When you go to the doctor you might as well feel at ease there. To be honest, we were quite anxious how things were going to go. We’re trained to look after patients, not to run a clinic, so this was very much a jump into the deep end for us.

Dr Eunice Sales

Quite simply: we have been blown away by all your support! You have given us a go when you could not be sure what to expect and we are very grateful for this opportunity. You might have noticed that the clinic is getting busier. In fact, we are thrilled to report that Dr Eunice Sales has joined our team. We are looking to recruit more like minded doctors and nurses to join us to make sure we can keep up with demand and not having people wait weeks for an appointment.

In the meantime, if you can’t get an appointment straight away we do offer waiting lists for the day. If for some reason you can’t keep your appointment with us please let us know, so we can give someone on the waiting list the chance to make use of it. If you’re looking how you can make things flow even easier, please make sure to look after your test results, referrals and pathology requests. While we are generally happy to reprint these if required, it does throw a spanner in the works as it generates a lot of extra work for the clinic.

Di administering Kolya’s first flu shot ever.

On to other grounds: You will have heard in the media that we’ve had an early flu-season in Victoria this year. We’ve got the flu vaccines available at Eleanor Clinic for all age groups. We very much recommend the flu vaccination to every child (older than 6 months) and adult, even if you’re completely healthy. Speaking of vaccinations: We are an accredited yellow fever vaccination clinic. In fact, we are the only clinic in the West able to provide you with all comprehensive travel vaccines. So, there you have it: we are excited how well things are going and we’re eager to make it even better to suit your needs. We’re looking forward now to Eleanor Clinic’s 1st birthday…


The Eleanor Clinic Team.

Important update on oral contraceptives

Contraception alert: Because of the shortage of a key ingredient in oral contraceptives (ethinylestradiol) on the world market the supply of certain brands may be limited until the second half of 2019.

Affected brands include Minulet, Triquilar ED and Microgynon 20ED. Speak with your GP or pharmacist if this shortage affects you in order so you can plan ahead.

We are in the fortunate position to have very skilled doctors at Eleanor Clinic and offer long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). Mirena, IUD and Implant are not only some of the most effective forms of contraception. They also don’t depend on you remembering to take or use them. Where there’s nothing to remember there’s also nothing to forget.

Depending on which LARC product you chose your contraceptive needs are covered for 3-5 years. And if you would like to change to a different contraceptive option at any point or are wanting to become pregnant, they are easily removed and your fertility returns quickly.

Choice is great. But it also can be confusing at times. We are always happy to sit down with you and from all available options find the form of contraception that works best for you and your current circumstances.

Red Nose Safe Sleeping Workshop at Eleanor Clinic


Little changes can make a big difference to the safety of your baby’s sleep. We are hosting a free  Red Nose Safe Sleep workshop at Eleanor Clinic on Saturday, March 23 at 10 am.

This workshop will provide parents and carers with practical advice on the safest way to sleep baby safely to reduce the risk of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents.

Come and gain valuable advice from our qualified Red Nose Safe Sleeping educator. Places are strictly limited so please call us on (03) 9318 4666 to reserve your free spot!

Travel Health at Eleanor Clinic

If you’re lucky enough to go on a beautiful holiday overseas make sure your vaccinations are up to date, so you can enjoy your holiday without avoidable nasty health surprises.

If possible, make an appointment with us 6 weeks before travelling as some vaccinations can take a while for your body to build up enough antibodies. But even if you only find time just before heading overseas it’s better than not getting covered at all.

After booking your travel health appointment with us make sure you bring your travel itinerary with you. Your required vaccinations very much depend on the region, and often the country, you are going to visit. There have been recent outbreaks of measles and polio in some places, so it’s always a good idea to stay up to date with your vaccinations.

We keep all common travel vaccinations in stock so there’s no running around to chemist’s trying to obtain your vaccine. For more unusual places that may require less frequently administered vaccines, please feel free to ring us and let our nurse Di know, to which country your are travelling to.

Di is a highly experience vaccination provider and very skilled in providing vaccinations to all comers little and not so little. When you call in we can also make sure we have all the vaccines you require to have adequate cover for your trip.

Now to the most important bit: Happy holidays to all of you and safe travels!

Your Eleanor Clinic practice team.

From: HealthDirect

Travel vaccinations

It’s important to protect yourself by making sure that you are vaccinated against diseases that you might encounter when travelling overseas. Visit your doctor at least 6 weeks before you leave Australia.

While many infectious diseases have been controlled in Australia due to widespread vaccination and other public health measures, this is not the case in many overseas countries.

Travelling can expose us to these diseases and other diseases that do not occur in Australia.

In rare cases these infections can be fatal.

Pregnant women, babies and young children, the elderly as well as people with a weakened immune system (due to a medical condition or certain medicines) are especially at risk of infection when travelling.

What is vaccination?

Vaccination is a way of protecting ourselves against certain infections by exposing ourselves to small, safe, inactive doses of microbes that cause disease. This strengthens our body’s immune system against infection if we encounter the real disease in the future. Vaccination is safe and effective and is especially important when travelling.

Some countries may require you to be vaccinated against certain diseases; if you do not have the required vaccinations, you may be refused entry or required to have the necessary vaccination(s) at the border. So talk to your doctor about any vaccines or boosters you may need to have before you travel.

Your doctor can also advise you on measures which can be taken to avoid infectious diseases while overseas. This might include measures to avoid consuming potentially contaminated water or food, and advice about your medicines and your lifestyle while you are travelling.

You need to visit your doctor at least 6 weeks (and preferably 8 weeks) before you depart to give your immune system time to respond to any vaccination you need, and because some vaccines may need more than 1 injection.

What diseases should I be vaccinated against?

Health risks within a country can vary from one region to another and over time, and within each country there may be new outbreaks. New vaccines may be available and if it has been a while since your past vaccinations, you may need boosters. That’s why it’s important that you visit your doctor well before your trip to discuss the vaccines you might need.

Your doctor will take into account factors such as:

  • your age
  • where you were born
  • your previous vaccinations
  • any past or present illnesses you may have, and your general health
  • your destination(s), length of stay and type of travel

You may need one or more vaccines for diseases such as:

There may be other infections, unique to particular parts of the world, not covered in this list, that you need to consider getting vaccinated against. This is another important reason to see your doctor for expert advice before you travel.

What if you have been vaccinated against these diseases in the past?

You should still check with your doctor if you need these vaccinations. That’s because, even if you have been vaccinated against these diseases, your immunity to some diseases may have changed or reduced with time and you may need a booster. Also, depending on your age and where you were born, you may not be protected against some diseases such as measles or polio.

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccines used in Australia are approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration after a stringent safety testing process. Overall, the chance that a vaccine will cause serious harm is extremely small. Being vaccinated is far less harmful than the risk of getting a disease because you were not vaccinated. However, in some cases, your doctor may advise against vaccination. For example, if you have a weakened immune system due to another infection, or if you are taking medicines to suppress your immune system.

Very infrequently, a person may be allergic to some part of a vaccine and may develop an allergic reactions to it. In very rare cases, they may have a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This is a severe reaction, and can be life-threatening but can be treated if it happens. So always let your doctor know if you have any allergies, or have had any reactions to a vaccine in the past.

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy recommends that for a severe allergic reaction, adrenaline is the initial treatment. When giving a vaccination your doctor will have all the safety measures such as adrenalin available to use if needed. For further information, visit the Choosing Wisely Australia website.

What are the side effects of vaccinations?

All medicines, including vaccines, may have side effects. In the case of vaccines, side effects are very minor and usually go away within a few days. Common side effects are:

If you’re concerned that you have had side effects related to a vaccine, see your doctor. You can also report and discuss possible side effects, by calling the Adverse Medicines Events (AME) Line (phone number below).

More information

Adverse Medicines Events (AME) Line 1300 134 237 from anywhere in Australia (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm AEST).

For more information on travel health visit the Department of Health website.

For information about vaccine side effects and safety visit the following websites:

Travelling with medicines and medical devices

Watch this video from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to learn what you need to do when preparing for your trip, including things you should discuss with your doctor.


Department of Health (Travel health information), Immunise Australia Program (Commonly Asked Questions about Immunisation), Choosing Wisely Australia (Choosing Wisely recommendations), NPS MedicineWise (Vaccines and immunisation), Smartraveller (Health checks and vaccinations)