Good Morning World!

I am an Australian trained GP in Canberra. I have 35 years General practice experience and have been in Canberra for the past 17 years. My qualifications are MBBS (UNSW); DRANZCOG (Diploma of Obstetrics & Gynaecology); FACRRM (Fellowship of Rural Medicine); I am a VRGP ( fully unrestricted vocationally registered GP). 

CORONA VIRUS CHANGE OF PRACTICE: IF YOU ARE UNWELL WITH ANY RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS (COUGH, SORE THROAT, FEVER, SHORT OF BREATH  ESPECIALLY) PHONE AND BOOK A “PHONE CONSULTATION” FIRST. DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE.

PATIENTS OVER 70, CHILDREN UNDER 16 AND PATIENTS WITH  CHRONIC ILLNESS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR BULK BILLED PHONE CONSULTATIONS.

MANY MATTERS CAN EASILY BE DEALT WITH VIA A PHONE CONSULTATION / TELEHEALTH IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO ATTEND THE PRACTICE IN PERSON IF  REQUESTED. 

PRIVATE  INFLUENZA QUADRIVALENT VACCINES AVAILANLE NOW $ 25- BOOK WITH NURSE.

INFLUENZA VACCINES UNDER THE FREE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM ARE AVAILABLE NOW (ALSO > 65 HIGH POTENCY QUADRIVALENT INFLUENZA VACCINE “FLUAD”). WE ARE ARRANGING VACCINE PROGRAM SESSIONS FOR ALL PATIENTS WHO HAVE REGULAR INFLUENZA VACCINES.

 I have a broad interest in General Practice – I can assist with a broad range of  general health issues, family medicine (including men’s health, women’s health & shared antenatal care),  diabetes checks and annual reviews, chronic disease care planning, paediatrics, excisions of small lumps & skin lesions,  cryotherapy, vaccinations  – both childhood immunisations (bulk billed) and adult or travel vaccinations privately billed long consult (most in stock in clinic including yellow fever). The standard private consultation fee for a booked 15 minute appointment is just $85. I am happy to do NEW work injuries as well as work health including pre-employment medicals (need to book longer appointment depending on medical requirements) and walk in injuries requiring suturing or urgent care & management.  

ACWY vaccination program – FREE MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE FOR 16-19 YEAR OLDS.

E-Health is now working and I can upload your health summary to each patients “my health record”. I can also access the Australian Immunisation Register for you if required.

Whooping cough vaccine (Brand – Boosterix/Adacel; content = killed inactive vaccine against whooping cough/pertussis, tetanus & diptheria) in pregnancy (> 20 weeks/third trimester now available)  free. Others $45 (Grandparents/carers/husbands/partners – immediate service $45) Open normal business hours on usual days over holiday breaks .

Those aged  70 are eligible for the free Shingles vaccine (catch-up program free for those 70 to 79 yrs for the next yr)

The Practice here http://www.ochrehealth.com.au/practices/bruce/   is staffed by a friendly and the most amazingly professional team of skilled Nurses and receptionists working together with a great team of GP’s. GP consultations require an appointment and fees apply for services however bulk-billing may be available for concession card holders or particular hardship – please ask reception for a fee for your specific requirement. Walk-in appointments & triage of urgent care can be accommodated. ONLINE APPOINTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE. https://healthengine.com.au/ search postcode 2617 ochre health bruce

There Specialised doctors are onsite eg Sports Physicians Dr Stephan Praet & Dr Wilson Lo; as well as Dr Sue Guirguis (skin cancer surgery / cosmetic surgery)

I can provide an extensive number of services on-site in conjunction with our very experienced health team. These include basic check-up services easily available such as blood pressure checks, blood sugar check and INR testing as well as more complex check-ups such as ECG (heart tracing), Pap smears, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), screening audiology (hearing tests), instant urine drug screens, alcohol breath testing, plastering, spirometry (lung testing) and asthma plans.

Appointments easily available in Bruce Ph 02 6180 8500 OR ONLINE through healthengine 7 am – 7.30 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am-5 pm Saturday !

After Hours:
If unavailable, you may contact CALMS (Canberra After Hours Locum Medical Service) on 1300 422 567 for an alternative arrangement. CALMS in an accredited deputising medical service run by Canberra GPs (including your doctor) to provide quality AH cover all over Canberra.

TRAVEL VACCINES AVAILABLE NOW – BOOK A LONG APPOINTMENT

PRIVATE INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS  AVAILABLE NOW 2020 Private cost $25.

FAQ ……Am I eligible for the free flu vaccine?

Under the Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program Influenza Vaccine will be free for people aged 65 (high potency FUAD vaccine) and over AND 6 months to 5 years – the demographic identified as most in need of greater protection. Additionally, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be eligible for free vaccines.

Is the flu vaccine safe if I’m pregnant?

For pregnant woman, an equally important question to ask is how late into your pregnancy can you receive the flu vaccination. According to Dr Harrison, it is safe at any stage of pregnancy for both mother and her unborn baby to have the vaccine and, when it becomes available this month, he strongly recommends pregnant women are vaccinated. “It is highly important pregnant women are aware of how serious influenza infection is during pregnancy – its effects are not to be underestimated,” says Dr Harrison. “Not only does influenza have the potential to cause an overwhelming infection in pregnant women but, the very state of being pregnant can make women at very high risk.”

Can children have a flu vaccine?

In addition to the free flu vaccines available under the National Immunisation Program are providing free flu jabs for children aged six months to less than five years old. [2] As young children, especially those under three years of age, are more likely to get severe flu infections that require hospitalisation than older children, Dr Harrison says it is vital all children over six months to under 5 years are vaccinated this season.

Whether you fit the category of a high-risk age group or not, if you’re worried about being affected by influenza this year, visit www.ochrehealth.com.au to book online and organise a flu shot in April 2019.

I am an accredited GP  Supervisor willing to take GP Registrars GPT2 and above. We have a great team of experienced GP Supervisors and staff for educational support and mentoring.

ALSO  NEW PROGRAM GOVT FUNDED BASIC CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS UNDER 20 YEARS AGE ..IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAS MISSED ANY OR NOT HAD ANY BOOK NOW ..BOOK A LONG APPT TO CHECK YOUR CHILD’S STATUS OR YOUR OWN STATUS.

EXERCISE IN THE TIME OF COVID – GIVE ME 3 METRES PLEASE….

Exercise but DONT give me 1.5m PLEASE give me 3 metres & a wide berth – because we can!!

We are so privileged in the ACT with our open space and when it comes to exercise, I cannot emphasise to get out there and do something every day….but PLEASE DON’T GIVE ME 1.5 M GIVE ME 3 METRES – because we can.  In this era of COVID we are in for a marathon – it’s six months at least – social distance is critical and a new way of life – TAKE IT SERIOUSLY – the same as exercising. Get out there, but give me the courtesy and space of at least 1.5 as you pass me but if you really respect me 3 metres is great!! Be imaginative  to avoid the crowds – go early ….6 am sunrise is spectacular, go late 10pm and its just you and the possums, go in the rain (when else this season can you use the cold weather gear), go “fix my street” spotting on the less well trodden paths. If you pass me on the walk give me space – walk on the edge, walk off the edge , walk on the grass, cut across the oval, walk the back way up the hills, walk off the path (sorry ACT Gov but I think that it is reasonable the we all have a 6 month pass – no liability accepted as Canberrans do like their lawyers).  Challenge yourself not to touch anything on your outing, don’t be the person climbing on the trig or hanging off the rails. Exercise is one of the best boosters of immunity, no cost and has side effect of good mental and physical health. I would draw a hard blue line at it being taken away SO do it with planning and respect – if you pass me on my walk, pass me as if  I have a terrible disease, by at least 1.5m (Norman swan says heavy breathers need 8m but he is a bit prone to hyperbole), so if you give me 3 metres I understand that you  really respect me and I will be on my way with a slight nod of the head & hand wave with thanks.

Dr Chris Harrison

Co-located with CIG imaging (XR, USS, CT SCAN & MRI), Laverty pathology, private physiotherapy, diabetes educator, dietician, exercise physiology, psychologist, podiatrist, specialist hand-physiotherapist, audiology (Brindabella Hearing) and UC physio clinics upstairs on Level C. Extended Hours, Pharmacy (Capital Chemist UC resident and compounding pharmacists), BIG CAR PARK!
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