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Welcome to Direct Endoscopy Medical Centres for Digestive Health

We have been providing quality endoscopy services and specialist treatment in the area of digestive health for over twenty years. Today, Direct Endoscopy is one of the largest providers of endoscopy services in Victoria with three Day Hospitals in the Melbourne metropolitan area. Our team of specialist gastroenterologists is committed to providing the highest quality of endoscopy expertise.

We provide Specialist consultations in all areas of Digestive and Liver Diseases and post-endoscopy specialist follow up.

Bowel Cancer Prevention

Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Find out more about bowel cancer prevention.

Endoscopy Procedures

At Direct Endoscopy, we are committed to affordable, accessible and comprehensive digestive health services, such as gastroscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy for all patients - both insured and non-insured.

All patients referred to us have access to the best in gastroenterological care regardless of insurance status. 

Hydrogen Breath Testing

We provide diagnostic testing for food intolerances such as lactose intolerance and fructose malabsorption.

Liver Fibrosis Scan

Accurately diagnosing liver fibrosis (scarring) and inflammatory activity are the most important factors for determining the stage of the disease, assessing the patient's prognosis, and predicting treatment responses.
Liver Fibrosis Scan (ultrasound-based elastography) provides non-invasive and painless approach for assessing Fibrosis in liver disease.

Gastroenterology and Anaesthetic Specialists

You will enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere, with our highly qualified specialists and staff offering the very best in patient care. With no waiting list, most patients can undergo procedures within one week in our fully accredited, state-of-the-art day procedure centres.

Please contact us today and make an appointment at any of our 3 convenient locations.

No Waiting Times

We are happy to see anyone, at any time and at short notice, and have access to the public hospital system with admitting rights to major public hospitals.

Our Blog

Bowel cancer risks and prevention revisited

To best understand which lifestyle changes are going to work for you in taking preventative measures against Bowel Cancer, we need to first understand what causes Bowel Cancer, who’s at risk and what bowel cancer prevention really means.

What causes bowel cancer? 

In the vast majority of cases the exact cause of bowel cancer is unknown, however there are a number of different risk factors which are known to contribute to its development, including:

  • Dietary factors – Following a great deal of discussion and research, certain foods (e.g. processed fatty foods) have been linked to increasing the risk of bowel cancer, so it makes sense that avoiding them will contribute to preventing the disease from manifesting. Remember, while dietary changes MAY reduce bowel cancer risks in populations, it does not guarantee that any one person will be free of the disease.
  • Genetic factors – Bowel cancer is more common in those with a strong family history of the disease – the more relatives affected by bowel cancer (especially close family members such as parents and siblings) at a young age, the greater the risk. There are also a number of specific genetic syndromes that have been identified as increasing the risk of bowel cancer. If you have any concerns about your family history, speak with your GP about a referral.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease – typically, the risk of bowel cancer increases with the extent, severity and duration of the disease, with research showing that the risk is greater where the whole colon is involved, and the disease has been more active and present for a number of years. Regular colonoscopies are necessary to detect early changes associated with an increased risk of bowel cancer.
  • Bowel Polyps – Polyps come in various shapes and sizes and can be made up of different cells. Significant polyps are called adenomas; these adenomas are of importance as they may grow and become malignant. This is why they are considered a precursor to bowel cancer, with the risk increasing with the size of the polyp. Colonoscopies remain the best method to detect and the only means to remove bowel polyps.

Who is at risk of bowel cancer?

Strictly speaking, everyone is at risk of developing bowel cancer, however the risks are greater for people who:
  • Are 50 years of age or older
  • Have a notable family history of bowel cancer or polyps
  • Have had an inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s
  • Have already had adenomas in the bowel

What can you do to prevent bowel cancer from developing?

Currently bowel cancer is responsible for the deaths of 80 Australians each week, making it the second most common cause of cancer death. It’s vitally important to understand that bowel cancer can be treated successfully when detected in early stages. Unfortunately, and partly due to patients not having enough information about their symptoms, currently less than 40% of bowel cancers are detected early. Colonoscopy offers the best chance of early detection and cure. Here are a few easy tips on how you can help lower these numbers, and take positive steps towards a healthy future:


When it comes to preventing and curing diseases, you have more power than you think!

Our website has loads more of easy to access information and our friendly staff is always on hand to help. Please read through our Doctor’s Referral page, or call our staff for the right appointment for you. You’ll find us conveniently located across Melbourne, offering the latest in tools and techniques and with a highly experienced and professional team ready to take care of you.

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Bowel Cancer Signs and Symptoms revisited

Early in our blog we looked at a number of different aspects of Bowel Cancer; with a healthy appreciation for the alarming rates of Australian’s suffering from this disease, we think its high-time we rolled these out again for a fresh look! Not only is it one of the leading types of cancer across the world, it’s currently affecting 1 in 12 Australians! Let’s get started with a few basic facts:

  • Bowel Cancer often develops with little to no warning signs! 
  • There are a number of risk factors associated with Bowel Cancer that can be greatly reduced
  • Bowel Cancer CAN BE PREVENTED with appropriate screening
  • Timely treatments allow for complete recovery
  • Generally investigated, diagnosed and cured via colonoscopy (currently the best method for early detection and cure) – Direct Endoscopy has a number of clinics across Melbourne dedicated to providing a timely, caring and professional experience for even the most nervous patients.

It’s important to understand that although Bowel Cancer doesn’t always present with signs and symptoms, that’s not to say it never does! Here’s a recap of associated signs and symptoms you should familiarise yourself with:

  • Changes in bowel habits or appearance – including smaller stools, or stools containing mucus
  • Abdominal cramps or pain
  • Blood in stool, rectal bleeding – if you notice any blood you should see your GP immediately
  • Incomplete bowel movements – leaving you with the feeling of still “needing to go” 
  • Unexplained anaemia – meaning a low red blood count, usually resulting in tiredness and weakness
  • Unexplained weight-loss

These symptoms do also apply to a number of other health conditions, so don’t assume you HAVE bowel cancer just because you have them – a visit to your GP will determine the cause and appropriate treatment will be recommended.

YES, IT’S TRUE - The risks of Bowel Cancer CAN BE REDUCED simply by incorporating a few healthy habits (such as diet and exercise) into your lifestyle. While it’s impossible to entirely prevent cancers from occurring, here are a few changes that have been proven to reduce the incidence of bowel cancer by up to 75%!

  • Diet – foods containing dietary fibre, and consumption of fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants, can provide some protection against the development of bowel cancer
  • Exercise – persuasive research and evidence shows that higher levels of physical activity protect again colon cancer (not rectal cancer). There’s no need to spend every spare minute sweating profusely – healthy exercise routines can be easily incorporated and completed in less time than it takes to cook a family meal!

Research suggests that eating red meats, in particular processed meat, may increase the chances of developing bowel cancer.

80 Australians die from bowel cancer EACH WEEK! This makes bowel cancer the second most common cause of cancer related death in Australia – sadly, this is also due to the lack of information some patients have about their symptoms, and symptoms of bowel cancer. If you or someone you know is displaying any signs or symptoms, book an appointment with your GP and ask for a referral

Don’t hesitate to call our friendly and knowledgeable team with any questions or queries you may have!

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Lactose intolerance

Did you know that only one-third of adults can digest milk? Our ability to digest lactose (the main sugar found in milk) is reliant on our body’s production of an enzyme called lactase.  Read More