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Medical and Counselling Centre

Emergency contact information

Ambulance (Life threatening emergencies only) Phone: 000
Accident and Emergency - Calvary Hospital (Northside) Phone: 6201 6111
Accident and Emergency - Canberra Hospital (Southside) Phone: 6244 2611
CALMS - Canberra After-hours Locum Medical Service Phone: 1300 422 567
Lifeline (Counselling service) Phone: 13 11 14
After-hours GP Helpline - (Healthdirect Australia) Phone: 1800 022 222
Mental Health Crisis Team Phone: 1800 629 354

Opening Hours of the Medical & Counselling Centre

The University of Canberra Medical & Counselling Centre, is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. When the centre is closed, should you need to speak to a doctor, please call the Medical & Counselling Centre on 6201 2351. The mobile number of the doctor on call will be available on the answering machine message.

Alternatively, please contact CALMS (Canberra After Hours Medical & Counselling Centre) on 1300 422 567.

If you need urgent counselling support, or feel the need to speak to a counsellor, call Lifeline on 131 114 or the Mental Health Crisis and Assessment Team on 1800 629 354.

Current events

Chickenpox

Winter and Spring are when we tend to see an increase in Chickenpox infections in our community.

Chickenpox, a contagious vaccine preventable illness is caused by the Varicella virus. The virus causes an itchy blistery rash on the body of non-immune individuals. In most children it is a relatively mild illness, but in newborns, adults, pregnant women and immunosuppressed individuals it can result in severe illness.

An individual with chickenpox is infectious to others from 2 days before the rash appears until at least 5 days after the rash first appeared and all blisters have crusted over.

It generally takes between 10 and 21 days after exposure to the virus to develop symptoms of Chickenpox. Protection can be easily achieved through immunization, and the Chickenpox vaccine may prevent infection in non-immune individuals if received within 5 days of exposure. Zoster Immunoglobulin can also be used to protect individuals at increased risk of developing severe disease or complications from Chickenpox (non-immune pregnant women and individuals who may be immune-suppressed.) Zoster Immunoglobulin needs to be received within 3 days of being exposed to someone with Chickenpox.

If you are concerned that you may be in contact with Chickenpox, or if you are uncertain of your immunity to Chickenpox, please make contact with the University Medical & Counselling Centre (phone: 6201 2351) or your GP where your immunity to Chicken pox can be easily determined through a blood test and vaccination can be arranged if necessary.

More information on Chickenpox is available on this factsheet or by contacting the UC Medical Centre.

Shingles Vaccination

97% of Australian adults have been exposed to the chickenpox virus and 1 in 3 will develop shingles in their lifetime.

The risk of developing shingles and related complications increases the older you get and markedly from age 60.

Talk to your Doctor about whether you may be at risk, and for more information regarding the shingles vaccine, Zostavax.