Our new name

Moreland West Medical Centre is changing its name to Merri-bek Family Doctors. The change – to signs, our website, and social media – will be happening over the next month. Under our new name we remain the same business, ‘caring well’ and looking after you and your family through all stages of life. Welcome to Merri-bek Family Doctors.

Practice Owners: Dr Petrina Barson & Dr Arete Kouteris

Did you know?


Just moving for 30 minutes a day can make a world of difference to your health and wellbeing. Whether you’re suffering from an injury, battling something bigger like cancer, dementia, diabetes or Parkinsons Disease, or you just want to lift your fitness game, it’s important to get the right advice from an exercise and movement expert to ensure you’re exercising right. May 20-26 is Exercise Right Week, with free events being offered so you can try out different kinds of movement. MORE …

Flu vaccine

Flu vaccines are now in stock and available to all. It is particularly recommended for children under 5, people with chronic illnesses and everyone 65 and over.

Book in for one of our flu clinics, or ask your doctor at your next visit. We can check if you are eligible for a government funded vaccine, and also whether you are due for other vaccines for diseases such as pneumonia, shingles and COVID-19.

By the way, you can now have a COVID-19 booster 6 months after your last COVID-19 shot, even if you think you might have had an episode of COVID-19 infection in that time. If you know you had COVID-19 leaving the booster until 6 months after the infection gives you maximum immune protection.

Best Foot Forward

We have a very experienced podiatrist at Merri-bek Family Doctors. Peter Mulkearns has treated everyone from international athletes to people with chronic medical problems (such as diabetes) that affect their feet. Peter has worked extensively in AFL football, treating sports related foot problems. He can help you with anything from callouses and corns, to analysing your gait and providing orthotics and general footwear advice. Book an appointment by calling (03) 9383 2493.

COVID-19 Coronavirus

Merri-bek Family Doctors wants to ensure that all patients are kept safe from infection, please read the following page on COVID-19 – it includes information on telephone/telehealth consultations for those who are unable to or prefer not to attend the clinic, and important advice for patients with any respiratory symptoms.

Find us on Facebook

Find us on Facebook and share Merri-bek Family Doctors with family and friends.