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.
Dr Wilson Lo currently consulting at the UC Medical Centre
We are also very pleased to announce that Dr Wilson Lo is now consulting 4 days a week at the UC Medical Centre. Dr Lo is a sports doctor with a keen interest in acute injuries. He has a wealth of experience having worked with various sporting teams as a team doctor and at many sporting events for medical coverage, such as Sydney 2000 Olympics, Rugby Union World Cup 2003, Rugby League World Cup 2009, Canberra Womens Classic (WTA), Canberra Marathon, ACT Brumbies, Canberra Gunners (SEABL) and the Australian Kangaroos (NRL).
He is currently the team doctor for the Canberra Raiders junior and senior teams, Canberra Capitals (WNBL), Canberra United (W league) and is an assistant team doctor for the GWS Giants (AFL). He is also the Chief Medical Officer for the ACT Academy of Sport.
Dr Lo is available for consultations for all patients with acute injuries of all sorts. If you have an acute injury of any kind (ex: ankle sprain, knee injury, shoulder injury), please call 6201 2351 to book an appointment. A referral is not necessary to see Dr Lo.
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.
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.