Monthly News November 2015

Immunisation Update

Central Clinic provides all childhood immunisations and registers all childhood immunisations with the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR).

ACIR is a national register administered by Medicare Australia that records a child’s immunisation history and provides an immunisation history statement to their parent or guardian. This statement can be used by parents and guardians as proof of immunisation for childcare and school enrolments.

Secondary school vaccinations are also provided at Central Clinic.

From 1 January 2016, the Department of Human Services will be making changes to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) in line with legislation. Over the next 2 years the ACIR will expand to become the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), which will capture all vaccines given, from birth to death, through General Practitioners and community clinics.

The ACIR currently captures vaccines given to children up to 7 years. The ACIR will expand in three stages.

Stage One:
From 1 January 2016, the ACIR will be expanded to cover vaccinations given to young individuals under the age of 20 years

Central Clinic Immunisation Update as part of our Monthly News, will keep you informed of the new changes to the childhood immunisation register as each stage is implemented.

National Skin Cancer Action Week: 15 – 20 November


Skin Cancer facts and figures – Courtesy of Cancer Council Australia

With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, Skin Cancer Action Week is a time when we remind Australians of the importance of sun protection and early skin cancer detection.
This year the theme for Skin Cancer Action Week is ‘UV: it all adds up’ which will focus on the unintentional UV damage Australians can accumulate when they forget sun protection.

More than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.
New data from Cancer Council’s National Sun Protection Survey will be unveiled during Action week to reveal the latest trends in our sun protection behaviours.

National Skin Cancer Action Week is a great time to remind people to slip on sun-protective clothing, slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses. A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking so you can pick up on any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.

Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world; Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is our main source of Vitamin D, but it is also the major cause of skin cancer. Skin can burn in just 15 minutes in the summer sun.

Skin cancer is largely preventable. Be SunSmart. Protect yourself against sun damage and skin cancer by using a combination of these following steps:

Slip on sun protective clothing
Choose clothing that covers as much skin as possible eg. shirts with long sleeves and high necks/collars and is made from close weave materials such as cotton, polyester/cotton and linen, us used for swimming, is made from materials such a lycra, which stays sun protective when wet.

Slop on SPF 30+ sunscreen
Make sure your sunscreen is broad spectrum and water resistant. Don’t use sunscreen to increase the amount of time you spend in the sun and always use with other forms of protection too. Apply sunscreen liberally to clean, dry skin at least 20 minutes before you go outside and reapply every two hours.

Slap on a hat
A broad brimmed legionnaire or bucket style hat provides good protection for the face, nose, neck and ears, which are common sites for skin cancers. Caps and visors do not provide enough protection. Choose a hat made with closely woven fabric – if you can see through it, UV radiation will get through. Hats may not protect you from reflected UV radiation, so also wear sunglasses and sunscreen.

Seek Shade
Staying in the shade is an effective way to reduce sun exposure. Use trees or built shade structures, or bring your own. Whatever you use for shade, make sure it casts a dark shadow and use other protection such as clothing, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen

Slide on some sunglasses
Sunglasses and broad brimmed hat worn together can reduce UV radiation exposure to the eyes by up to 98 per cent. Sunglasses should be worn outside during daylight hours. Choose close-fitting wrap-around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard. Sunglasses are important for children too!

Be UV alert
Be extra cautious in the middle of the day when UV levels are most intense. Check your skin regularly, see a doctor if you notice any unusual skin changes. If you have a lesion that does not heal, or a mole that has suddenly appeared, changed in size, thickness, shape, colour or has started to bleed, see your doctor immediately. Treatment is more likely to be successful if skin cancer is discovered early.

Central Clinic proudly supports Skin Cancer Action Week
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your doctor.
If you would like further information or book an appointment for a skin check, please contact Central Clinic on 56 223377 or 56 255044.

What is the Compass Trial?

Screening to Prevent Cervical Cancer
Cervical cytology versus a Test for HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Would you like to know more about the Compass Trial?

Central Clinic has agreed to take part in this trial and is currently inviting women aged between 25 – 69 years to be part of this important study, which is being carried out by Victorian Cytology Service (VCS) in conjunction with Cancer Council NSW.

We know that long term infection with certain types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. Overseas research has shown that a test for these HPV types, is in fact, a better cervical cancer screening test than the Pap Smear.

In this trial VCS want to confirm that this is the same for women in Australia.

The trial aims to confirm that HPV testing is as good as (and also if it is better than) the Pap smear at preventing the most serious grade of pre-cancer or cervical cancer in women aged 25 – 69.

The HPV vaccine was available to all women aged 18 – 26 free of charge between 2007 and end of 2009.

If you agree to take part in the study VCS will follow you and observe the results of you cervical screening tests for the next 5 years. You are under no obligation to take part in this trial. If you think you would like to take part and then change your mind you can withdraw at any time.

Why am I being asked to take part in this trial?
You are being asked to take part in this trial because you are due to have or are having a routine pap smear at a medical practice which has agreed to recruit women for the Compass Trial.

You can be part of this trial if you are:

  • a Victorian resident
  • aged 25 – 69 years
  • attending for a pap smear
  • not already enrolled in the Compass Trial PILOT Study

There is not cost to you for participating in the trial apart from (maybe) the usual cost of your medical consultation. You will not receive any payment for taking part in this trial.

If you would like more information about the Compass Trial please discuss this with your GP, or ask your GP for an informative brochure; there is also a website you can visit for full details: