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Retirement Announcement

It is with much sadness but warm wishes that Summerdale Medical Practice announces the retirement of Dr Julie Ostberg.

Dr Ostberg was a highly valued member of the Summerdale team for over 35 years and will certainly be missed.

We wish to invite all her regular patients to continue on at the practice. There is no specified doctor taking on Dr Ostberg’s patients, however all of our doctors are more than happy to take over your care and we ask that you make appointments with the GP with whom you feel most comfortable.

Please speak to reception if you have any queries or questions about the doctors available.

Thank you,

The Partners of Summerdale Medical Practice.

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Influenza Vaccines 2019


These are available to purchase for $15 each for Pensioners/HCC holders and children under 16 and $20 for private patients.

We also have the government funded vaccine available to eligible patients.


Are You:

  • Over the age of 65
  • Have a chronic illness
  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders over 6 months
  • Children 6 months to less than 5 years of age

Evidence suggests protection against influenza may start to decrease from 3-4 months following your vaccination. Early vaccination therefore needs to be balanced against this. You should aim to have the highest level of protection during the winter months (June – August). Consequently our doctors are advising the administration of the vaccine should commence around the beginning of May. If you are travelling overseas you should have the vaccine at least 2 weeks before you go.

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New Patients Welcome

Summerdale Medical is happy to announce that we are accepting new patients to the Practice. Please phone the surgery to make an appointment for a new patient enrollment which will be conducted by a practice nurse. This enrollment is to enter the patient’s details and relevant medical history to our computer system. Your immunisations and medications are recorded so it is helpful to bring with you any relevant documentation you feel may be helpful to have on file for the doctor. This interview will last approximately half an hour and it is to be made prior to your doctors appointment. 

At this appointment, we will make arrangements to have documentation prepared to send through to your previous surgery to obtain your medical history which will be loaded into your file. The Summerdale Medical Practice offers booked clinics 7 days per week. Our opening hours are extensive and are available to you once you become a patient of the Practice.  

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Cervical Screening Test


If you have previously had a Pap Smear test with a normal result:

  • before 23 years old, you should get screened at the age  of 25 years. 
  • at 23 years or older, you should get screened two years after your last Pap Smear test. 

If you have not previously had a Pap Smear test, even if you are sexually active, it is safe to commence screening at 25 years of age. 

If you have received an abnormal test result for your last Pap or Cervical Screening Test, continue to follow the advice given to you by your GP. 

If you have received an unsatisfactory test result for your last Pap Test, you should get screened at the age of 25 years. 

If you, at any age, have symptoms such as unusual vaginal bleeding, discharge or pain during sexual intercourse, you should see your GP as soon as possible. 

For further reading on the new Cervical Screening Program for under 25’s, please click HERE


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Sexual Health and Contraceptive Advice Clinic

The Summerdale Medical Practice is happy to announce we are now running a sexual health and contraceptive advice clinic for patients of this practice only. 

This clinic will be running fortnightly on a Thursday. The clinic is for any advice or treatment in relation to sexual health and contraceptive care.

These appointments are for both males and females who are wanting an appointment solely to do with sexual health. Which may include; Mirena IUDs, Implanons STD Screening, or Cervical Screening.

For more information or to book one of these sexual health and contraceptive advice appointments, please contact the lovely ladies at the Summerdale Medical reception on 03 6344 7177.

Our consultant female practitioner who is conducting this clinic will make a minimum of 30 minute appointments and longer for procedures.

Due to the length of these appointments we would ask that, should you not require or are unable to attend the appointment that you ring to cancel at least 2 hours prior to the appointment. Failure to do so will mean that you receive a “Did Not Attend” (DNA) fee added to your account.

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