• Eastern infectious diseases and travel medicine


    Eastern infectious diseases and travel medicine (EIDTM) was established by Professor Joseph Torresi and Dr Ivan Stratov to initially provide an infectious diseases service to Knox private hospital and the eastern Melbourne suburbs . Over the years, EIDTM has gradually expanded across multiple other locations , providing inpatient services across other major private hospitals in the eastern and south eastern regions of Melbourne. The team currently runs a busy outpatient practice from Mitcham consulting suites.


    Our physicians work across various hospitals in eastern and south eastern Melbourne


    Mitcham consulting suites

    188 Mitcham Rd, Nunawading, Victoria, 3131, Australia


    - Surgical site infections

    - Bone and joint infections

    - Blood stream infections

    - Meningitis

    - Skin and soft tissue infections


    - Pre travel assessment (including immunosuppresed patients and families)

    - Post travel management (including Dengue fever, Malaria, Typhoid fever)

    - Travel vaccinations (including Yellow fever vaccination)


    - Treatment and monitoring of patients with hepatitis B and C

    (including pregnant patients)

    - Management of patients with HIV

    - Pre exposure and post exposure prophylaxis to HIV


    - Tuberculosis

    - Non tuberculosis mycobacterial infections (including mycobacterium avium complex, mycobacterial ulcerans)


    - Opportunistic infections in patients with solid and haematological malignancies or transplantation

    - Pre immunosuppression vaccine and prophylaxis advice


    Professor Joseph Torresi

    MBBS, BmedSci, FRACP, PhD

    Professor Joe Torresi is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and a Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne. He is an infectious diseases physician at the Austin hospital, Knox Private Hospital, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, has a PhD in Microbiology and is co-director of the Australian GeoSentinel Surveillance network site. Joe heads a hepatitis virology laboratory at the Doherty Institute, which is focused on vaccine and immunology research for hepatitis C and hepatitis B and C pathogenesis.


    Joe currently sees inpatient consults at Knox private hospital and the Epworth Eastern.


    Dr Sarah Garner

    MBBS, BmedSci(hons), FRCPA, FRACP

    Dr Sarah Garner is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Medical Microbiologist, holding dual specialty fellowships as both a physician (FRACP) and pathologist (FRCPA). Sarah has also undertaken a Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours and started PhD studies at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in 2017 looking at the role of cell death pathways in eradicating the latent reservoir of
    HIV infection. This work is ongoing. She works as an ID Physician in Melbourne in both the private and public sectors and also holds a position as a Medical Microbiologist at Dorevitch Pathology.

    Sarah is passionate about integrated care for her patients and working with patients as partners to help manage their health issues. Sarah has also helped with development of guidelines of infectious diseases management for regional Victorian GPs and holds a Senior Lecturing position with Monash University Rural School teaching undergraduate medical students. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, meditation and yoga.


    Sarah currently sees inpatient consults at Knox private hospital and will be starting inpatient consulting at Epworth Eastern and Mitcham Private this year. She sees outpatients through the Mitcham Road Consulting Suites.

    Dr Daniel Stefanski


    Dr Daniel Stefanski obtained his MBBS from Monash University in 1999. His dedication to make an impact in the field of public health and tropical medicine led him to successfully complete a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene with the prestigious London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine in 2007. The following years Daniel was the inaugural Director of the Botswana-University of Pennsylvania Partnership clinical education outreach programme, leading a team of specialist doctors to help rural and remote hospitals improve the care of patients, many of whom were living with HIV/AIDS. Under his leadership, the programme expanded from 4 to 13 hospitals in 18 months.


    Upon returning back to Australia with his young family in 2009, he completed infectious diseases training at Monash Health, gaining his fellowship of the RACP in 2012 and has since held a continuing appointment at Monash Health in Melbourne.


    Daniel’s ongoing commitment to equity of access to health resulted in concurrent appointments in regional Victoria and Queensland over the past decade. He held positions as a general medicine and infectious diseases physician in clinical and leadership roles including Clinical Lead in Medicine and Director of Clinical Training.


    Daniel has since joined EIDTM in 2020.


    When not at work, Daniel can be found performing as a world renowned violinist, and spending time with his beautiful family.


    Daniel currently sees inpatient consults at Knox Private Hospital and is delighted to join the team at Mitcham Road Consulting Suites.

    Dr Alex Tai

    MBBS, BmedSci(hons), FRACP

    Dr Alex Tai completed his physician training at Monash Health, and has completed his infectious diseases training across different tertiary and secondary hospital settings, in both metropolitan and regional Australia (including in Central Australia). After obtaining his specialty training, he completed an Infectious diseases research fellow position at Barwon health (involving investigator led and industry initiated clinical trials), and worked as a General medicine and Infectious diseases physician across Western regional Victoria, namely in Geelong and Ballarat. He is now based back in Melbourne and working predominantly in South Eastern Melbourne and West Gippsland as an Infectious diseases physician. He has also worked in field of public health with the Victorian department of heath and human services.

    When not at work, Alex love spending time with his family or out cycling on the trails in South east Melbourne.

    Dr Venkat Lavu


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    Medicare rebate will cover about half the cost of an initial consultation. Discounted fees for Pensioners and Health Care Card holders are available.


    A current referral from a specialist or general practitioner is necessary to make an appointment with the EIDTM team



    All patients are advised to bring a current medication list and any relevant pathology and radiology along with them to the consultation.





    (03) 9874 8200



    (03) 9874 8300

    Clinic locations


    Mitcham consulting suites

    188 Mitcham Rd, Nunawading, Victoria, 3131, Australia





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    Eastern infectious diseases and travel medicine,

    188 Mitcham Rd, Nunawading, Victoria, 3131, Australia