Between 10 and 20% of people have been told that they are allergic to antibiotics. However, less than 1% have an antibiotic allergy when tested.
The aim of the Drug & Antibiotic Allergy Service is to ensure that people with an antibiotic (or other drug) allergy are identified correctly.
This ensures that you will be able to use the safest and most appropriate medication for your condition.
We work closely with the Centre for Antibiotic Allergy and Research (CAAR). CAAR is based at Austin Health and performs research to better understand the reasons why patients have such severe reactions and to develop better ways of diagnosing antibiotic allergies.
We provide the following services:
Our tests include:
We run the following clinics:
You need a referral from your GP, specialist or health care provider to access this service.
Complete the referral form below and send it to us by:
For further advice please contact our clinical nurse specialist or clinicians on 03 9496 6676.
Referrals are welcomed from other health services for patients with frequent antibiotic or perioperative needs hindered by a drug allergy label.
Phone: 03 9496 6676
Fax: 03 9496 6677
Ambulatory Care Centre
Level 3 Austin Tower
145 Studley Road
Drug and Antibiotic Allergy Service
Infectious Diseases Department
PO Box 5555
Heidelberg Victoria 3084