Welcome to:

The Clinic 279

The Clinic 279 is a private fully-accredited medical clinic, GP-owned and has been providing comprehensive family medical care since 1939 to the local area and beyond. 

The Clinic 279 has consultation facilities in Preston West, which is linked to an excellent range of diagnostic and analytical facilities, many of which are available in the same building.  The rooms are well-maintained and comfortable where harmony and attention to detail is paramount to our service. 

The Clinic 279

About our clinic

Our doctors, nurses and support staff have one clear goal: to provide high-quality traditional general practice care to individuals and families in a warm, friendly and caring environment, whilst upholding the highest professional and ethical standards.

Our doctors have specialist qualifications in General Practice and are Fellows of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners – this means we have the skills and training to provide the health needs of women and men, adolescents, children and infants, and are ably assisted by our highly experienced Practice Manager, our Registered Nurses, Allied Health Team, Specialist Consultants and our receptionist staff.

  • New Patients are always welcome.
  • First class medical care
  • 24 hour on-call service, 7 days a week
  • Same day appointments available
  • Emergency services provided in-house
  • Prompt access to tests and diagnostic imaging
  • Unrivalled relationship with leading specialists
  • Continuity of care
  • Patient-centred, solution-focused approach
  • We maintain a strict No-Violence Policy

(03) 9470 1954

At The Clinic 279, we pride ourselves in maintaining a comfortable, welcoming environment for our patients and their families.

Opening Hours

Weekdays                    8:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday                      9:00am - 12:30pm

Sunday                          CLOSED

Public Holidays           CLOSED

Services at

The Clinic 279

Family Health
Specialised Care
Day Surgery
Allied Health
Specialist Services

The Clinic 279 is a boutique practice with high quality equipment, beautifully appointed rooms and the a wide range of procedures.

Independent AGPAL Accreditors to The Clinic 279


Our Doctors & Staff

DR. Vincent Gallichio

General Practitioner, OAM

Vera Alexander-Smith

Practice Manager

DR. Dennis Zhou

General Practitioner
General Practitioner

Wei Hong Hao

Registered Nurse

Sarah Saunders

Registered Nurse

Mr. Matthew Barnes

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Jennifer Flynn

Upper Limb & Shoulder Surgeon


Being accredited means that The Clinic 279 is committed to a comprehensive program which involves:

  • Engaging our whole practice team to review our practice’s systems and processes
  • Opening our practice doors to allow a team of independent surveyors to assess how our practice operates
  • Assessment of our practice, and achievement of the nationally recognised Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices, that focus on health care quality and patient safety.

As a member of the community you may be surprised to learn that general practice accreditation is a voluntary process – which means not all practices undergo an independent on-site assessment on a regular basis.

Achievement of AGPAL accreditation reassures you that our doctors and practice team are committed to providing you with high quality health care in a safe environment.

Next time you visit our practice be sure to look out for the AGPAL Accredited General Practice Symbol (below) and our accreditation certificate.

Our practice team is proud of this achievement and as part of this process we continuously strive to make quality improvements to better your patient experience.

The Department of Health has confirmed that the rollout of Australia’s COVID vaccine program will begin in Victoria from 22 February 2021. While The Clinic 279 will not be a Covid Vaccination clinic, pleasee review our resources for further information.

COVID-19 Patient Information for The Clinic 279 Patients


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