Dedicated to Quality Health Care for the Whole Family
At Commercial Road Medical Centre we are committed to providing a high standard of personal medical care and comprehensive health management in a friendly and caring environment. We strive to achieve the best possible health outcomes for our patients and for our community.
We also offer the convenience of several onsite allied health services including physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology and onsite pathology.
As a bulk billing practice, we offer bulk billing for all patients holding a valid Medicare card for all Medicare-eligible procedures. This means no out-of-pocket cost for most general consultations.
Our skilled doctors are responsible for your medical needs and work together to offer a wide range of general practice services, including:
• General consultations
• Children’s health
• Travel medicine
• Skin checks
• Chronic Disease Management
• Mental Health Care Plans
• Weight issues and nutrition, heart health and diabetes prevention
• Women’s health
• Pregnancy Tests
• Pap smears
• Breast checks
• Sexual health
• Pregnancy Care
• Fertility and contraception
• Men’s health
Immunisation is one of the best ways to protect yourself, your children and safeguard the health of future generations.
Immunisation remains the safest and most effective way to stop the spread of many of the world’s most infectious diseases. Before the major vaccination campaigns of the 1960s and ’70s, diseases like tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis) killed thousands of young children each year. Today, deaths from these diseases are extremely rare in Australia, and the rest of the developed world.
How immunisation works?
Immunisation is a simple, safe and highly effective way of protecting children and adults from harmful diseases before they come into contact with them. It is estimated that vaccinations currently save up to three million lives worldwide each year.
Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism – the immune response – to build resistance to specific viral infections. When a person is vaccinated, their body produces an immune response in the same way their body would after exposure to a disease, but without the person suffering symptoms of the disease. When a person comes in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will respond fast enough to prevent the person developing the disease.
Immunisation protects more than just one child’s health. Vaccinating a child will reduce the opportunity for that child to pass that disease on to another – especially young babies who cannot yet been fully immunised.
Putting safety first
Safety testing is a key component of vaccine development and use. All vaccines used in Australia are thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness. In development they are rigorously tested on thousands of people in progressively larger clinical trials. They are not included in the National Immunisation Program until they have been approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to ensure they meet strict safety guidelines and are evaluated to ensure they are effective, comply with strict manufacturing and production standards, and have a good safety record.
What diseases do we protect against under the National Immunisation Program?
The National Immunisation Program funds vaccines to prevent the following diseases: diphtheria, haemophilus influenzae type b (hib), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza (flu), measles, meningococcal, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal, poliomyelitis (polio), rotavirus, rubella (German measles), tetanus (lockjaw) and varicella (chickenpox).
Why should children be immunised?
There are two reasons for immunising every child in Australia:
- Immunisation is the safest and most effective way of providing protection against the disease. After immunisation, your child is far less likely to catch the disease if there are cases in the community and if it is caught, they are likely to only have mild symptoms. The benefit of protection against the disease far outweighs the risks of immunisation.
- If enough people in the community are immunised, the infection can no longer be spread from person to person. This is how smallpox was eliminated from the world and polio has disappeared from many countries.