For patient who are eligible to receive government funded quadrivalent flu vaccine:

  • all individuals aged 65 years and over
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
  • all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years 
  • all pregnant women at any time during pregnancy
  • all residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facillities
  • individuals aged 6 months and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza infection including
    1. Cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
    2. Chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic emphysema
    3. Chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including hereditary and degenerative central nervous system diseases, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, neuromusclar disorders and seizure disorders
    4. Impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy, transplatation, asplenia or splenic dysfunction and chronic steroid use
    5. Children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy who are at increased risk of Reye syndrome following influenza infection
    6. Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    7. Renal disease, especially for chronic kidney disease
    8. Haematological disorders, including haemoglobinopathies

Iron infusion therapy is now available at our clinic which only takes 15 to 20 minutes. The iron infusion therapy is Ferinject (Ferric carboxymaltose) which was listed on PBS June 2014. If you have low iron studies and anaemia on blood tests and unable to tolerate oral iron tablets, iron infusion therapy is another alternative treatment available. It has very good safety profile with very rare occasion of anaphylaxis or anaphylactoid reaction. Other side effects are headache, nausea, abdominal pain and injection site reaction (includes possible skin staining from leakage of iron infusion). In the past, a doctor had to refer a patient to a hospital for iron infusion and been put on long waiting list. However, this will no longer necessary. Iron infusion procedure will cost $130 with Medicare rebate $38.20.(this does not include the cost of Ferinject)

NB: Patient will need to see a doctor first. The doctor will assess the patient and check on latest blood test results. The doctor will then write prescription for Ferinject. The patient will book a time for iron infusion to be done on designated day.