Category Archives: Practice News

National Hearing Care – Free Hearing Checks

National Hearing Care conducts Free hearing checks on Tuesdays between 9:20-12:40pm. To book an appointment call 1800 062 880 or ask at reception.

Hearing Loss is really quite common – particularly if you’re over 60. In fact over half of Australians over the age of 60 experience some kind of hearing difficulty. The sad fact is that many people may spend several years putting up with hearing impairment before they do anything about it. And over those years, the problem may get worse and worse. You might find yourself nodding when it seems appropriate, rather than really participating in conversations with friends and family. For some people, their hearing levels deteriorate to the point where they may withdraw from normal social interactions completely.


Cervical Screening Update

As of the 1st of December 2017, Pap Smears will be replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test.

The frequency and age range guidelines for the new screening have changed. To find out how these changes affect you, please book in a consult with one of general practitioners.

For a list of frequently asked questions, please follow this link.

Dr Ying Wu – Certified Acupuncturist

Acupuncture is used in the treatment of various physical conditions. Acupuncture is originally a Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points especially to cure disease, relieve pain, or promote healing. Book an appointment with Dr Ying Wu to experience the benefits of Medical Acupuncture or call the centre on (02) 9719 3888.


*Fees: $78 with a medicare rebate of $37.05 – out of pocket expense to patient is $40.95

My Health Record

Birkenhead Medical Centre has begun to assist patients signing up for My Health Record, a NSW Government initiative.


My Health Record in a national digital health record system. This means your important health information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, test or scan reports can be digitally available in one place.

Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff may be able to see it online from anywhere, at any time, allowing you to get the best possible treatments in times of need, like an accident or emergency.


If you are interested in signing up, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to the reception staff, nurse or doctors at Birkenhead Medical Centre!

The Shingles Vaccination Program has begun!


Starting November 2016, the Shingles vaccination will be free for all adults from 70 – 79 years of age.

What is Shingles?  It’s a painful blistering rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. The shingles rash occurs when the dormant chickenpox virus is reactivated in the nerve tissue, causing inflammation of the nerves. Sometimes pain in the affected region can be severe and prolonged. When it lasts more than 3 months it is called post herpetic neuralgia (PHN). Other less common complications may include scarring, skin infections, loss of vision or hearing, pneumonia, or neurological complications. It is a vaccine preventable disease through a single dose of the Zostavax®. This can be given to adults 50 years of over.

Please walk-in or make an appointment for the Shingles vaccination.