St Kilda Medical Group provides a wide variety of services to support the needs of our community.
St Kilda Medical Group provides many services to all patients including:
• General Check-ups
• Family Planning – Shared Care
• Cervical Screening Tests
• Women and Men’s Health
• Adolescent Health
• Mental Health
• Sexual Health Checks
• Children’s Immunisations
• Travel Vaccinations and Pre-travel Advice
• Full Skin Checks
• Iron Infusions
• Diabetes and Asthma Checks
• Minor Surgical Procedures
• Preventative Health Assessments and Care Plans
• Pre-Employment Examinations
• Insurance and Work-related
• Compensation Claims
• Onsite Psychology
• Onsite Pathology
Pre and Post-Travel Consultations
Your doctor will provide health advice and prescribed immunisations to keep you healthy on your travels.
All our GPs are experienced in general medical issues in relation to travel. Vaccinations are available for all destinations for both children and adults. The most common vaccinations are kept onsite and additional vaccinations can be ordered or obtained through a prescription. We are accredited to administer Yellow Fever vaccinations.
Please book a 30 minute appointment for all travel consultations.
Family Planning - Shared Care
Patients have the majority of their pregnancy care with their GP and will also be seen at the hospital several times throughout their pregnancy. Delivery will be at the hospital with hospital doctors or midwives.
Infant Sleep Clinic
Iron infusions are a safe and effective method to supplement low iron levels.
The infusions are recommend for people with low iron who cannot take iron tablets, or when iron tablets don’t work. The iron infusions usually takes 15 minutes. After the treatment you will be monitored for another 45 minutes to ensure that there are no major side effects.
Prior to your infusion, please speak to your doctor about obtaining a prescription for the iron solution to be infused. You will need to collect this and bring this with you on the day of your infusion.
New patients from other clinics are also welcome, but require a referral letter and a copy of recent blood tests from their regular GP.
Our iron infusions are privately billed. Please call reception for more information.
Please call (03) 9525 5200 to make an appointment.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) provide an effective, convenient and safe form of contraception.
We are delighted to inform patients IUD insertions are now offered at St Kilda Medical Group.
Currently, IUDs are only inserted by Dr Jonathan Epstein. Both regular patients of the clinic and new patients are eligible for this service.
If you are interested in learning more about this service, including costs, please call reception, ask your regular GP when you next visit or book an appointment with Dr Jonathan.
We provide patient centred care for people living with HIV, including the prescription of antiretroviral medication.
We provide patient centred care for people living with HIV. We prescribe antiretroviral medication, including long-acting injectable medication. We provide care at all points of our patient’s journey, from a new diagnosis to aging with HIV.
Please note that antiretroviral medication is currently only prescribed by Dr Jonathan Epstein.
All GPs also prescribe PrEP for the prevention of HIV infection.
Chronic Disease Management
St Kilda Medical Group has a team of registered nurses skilled in Chronic Disease Management education, with particular focus on diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and asthma.
Your doctor may recommend that you make an appointment to see one of our nurses to help with the education and management of your chronic disease.
Our nurses will explain how you can help to control or minimise the effects of your medical condition and will prepare a draft management plan for your doctor. You will subsequently see your doctor who will discuss your condition and the management plan. You will be provided with a copy to keep with you for your records.
Where other providers are involved with your medical care your doctor may seek your consent to send them a copy of your management plan encouraging them to participate in a team care arrangement.
All routine childhood vaccines are available.
Most common travel vaccines are also kept in stock. Please discuss travel plans 4 – 6 weeks before departure.
Lifestyle medicine uses therapeutic lifestyle interventions as a primary approach to treating chronic conditions. It covers aspects of nutrition, physical activity, stress management, restorative sleep, social connection and avoidance of risky substances.
We have a licensed Pathology Collection Centre at our practice. Melbourne Pathology is open from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. No appointments are necessary.
Patients referred to specialists or for pathology tests and X-rays may incur out-of-pocket expenses as not all service providers bulk-bill tests. For more information you will need to check with the specialist, pathology company or imaging centre you visit. It is best do this check prior to attending.
Michael McGartland consults at the practice on a regular basis. Please speak to your doctor or our receptionists for his contact information.
Medical Students and Registrar Training
St Kilda Medical Group is an accredited training practice for student medical programs. These programs include student attachments to individual clinic doctors for consulting room observation. You will always be advised beforehand of a student’s presence in the consulting room, and you have the clear right to withhold your consent for that presence.
Eastern Victoria GP Training (EVGPT) works with accredited training practices who guide, supervise and support registrars throughout their training.
St Kilda Medical Group provides outstanding in-practice teaching and experience. We equip our registrars with appropriate skills including a wide exposure to relevant general practice issues. Our registrars hold a valuable place in our team.
General Practice Nurses
Alex is a nurse who has a passion to deliver great care to patients. Through her clinical practice she spreads happiness, compassion and kindness to those she interacts with. She enjoys working in a space where it gives her the opportunity to build rapport and help enhance and uplift individuals. Outside of work she enjoys going on road trips, adventures outdoors, camping and finding new restaurants to try as she is a massive foodie!
Sharon joined our practice in 2009. She has broad experience in acute care, community care and general practice nursing, with particular interests in mental health, ageing, and chronic and complex care. Sharon took a two-year leave of absence and worked as Practice Nurse in Canberra, where she was recognised as ACT Primary Care Nurse of the Year in 2015. She returned to us in 2016. Sharon has a Master of Primary Health Care and Master of Nursing with Honours (1st Class). She has a keen interest in health literacy and health promotion, healthy lifestyle and innovation and teamwork in general practice, particularly as it relates to chronic and complex care. Sharon is currently undertaking further study in lifestyle change and people living with type 2 diabetes.
Clodagh is a new practice nurse at SKMG. Clodagh recently moved to Melbourne from Ireland. She graduated as registered nurse from University College Cork in 2018 and has worked in many different areas of nursing since then. During the pandemic, Clodagh worked in London from 2019-2020 in the Royal Free Hospital in Coronary Care Unit. Her most recent studies were obtaining a post-graduate certificate in Wound Care management from Munster Technological University in 2021. Clodagh interests include mental health, wound care and chronic disease management. In her spare time, Clodagh loves swimming, reading her kindle and dog sitting.
Our receptionists provide an essential link for patients at this practice, managing the doctor and nurse appointments and are your initial point of contact for general enquiries. They can provide basic information about our services and direct you to the right person depending on your issue or enquiry. All of our receptionists are committed to providing excellent support for our doctors and the patients who attend our practice.
Meaghan Pejcinovski joined SKMG as the Practice Manager in 2014 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Throughout her working life, Meaghan has worked in many different primary health care settings, and in a variety of roles. She understands the importance of working as a team to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Please contact Meaghan with any queries, concerns or suggestions about the practice.