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Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service – TT 3-4

This practice will accept applications from Training Term (TT) 3-4 registrars.

Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS) is an Aboriginal owned and managed community health service.  Culture is at the forefront of the service, promoting its connection to health and wellbeing.

AWAHS provides GP trainees with a unique opportunity to develop skills and understanding to improve healthcare outcomes for Aboriginal communities. The service takes a holistic approach and understands its community’s preference to seek healthcare from a service that recognises both their health and cultural needs.

The service has a flexible appointment schedule suited to meet the needs of the community. Thirty minute appointments are encouraged to accommodate complex issues, provide the time to cover an issue in depth and arrange further consultations if needed or to refer on to other services provided through the centre.

Wellbeing and support for GP trainees is front of mind, with direct contact to other GPs for support, regular team meetings and team building and wellness days. GP trainees will also benefit from paid leave and study leave entitlements, as well as access to EAP services and flexible working arrangements.

AWAHS provides an inclusive teamwork approach across all services. This is supported through senior management with regular meetings, which occur through working hours and case conferencing.

Provision of services in one location enhances flexibility, monitoring, follow up and connectedness to optimise positive healthcare, social and cultural outcomes.

Practitioners, GPs, Aboriginal health workers, counsellors and outreach workers all work as a team to provide services including midwifery, child and family health and chronic disease management, as well as allied health services in podiatry, diabetes education, dietetics, speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology and social work. There’s also a diverse range of programs including social and emotional wellbeing, alcohol and other drug counselling, dental health and transport.

GP trainees will have the opportunity to be exposed to true diversity across clinical, cultural and social platforms. Presentations are across the whole health spectrum. Cultural diversity is around being aware of history, place, belonging and cultural pride. Social diversity means becoming part of the AWAHS community through family connectedness, community support and shared experiences.

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The service has both ACRRM and RACGP supervisors whose special interests include mental health, dermatology and teaching. AWAHS has had an excellent history in retaining its GP trainees – all but one of their current GPs previously trained at AWAHS.

Dr Asaduzzaman, GP Supervisor and former GP trainee, has worked at AWAHS for over 10 years.

“I love this place. I love what I do here. I meant to go back to Melbourne after I finished my training [but] I’m still here.” said Dr Asaduzzaman

Current GPs talk about working as part of the team in an environment where patients feel comfortable. They are able to provide a more effective treatment plan, tailored to each patient’s needs.

“Helping the community, in some small way, to look after their health is what inspires me”, said Dr Asaduzzaman

Cases are wide ranging in their clinical diversity, recognising that in General Practice you never know what is going to walk in the door. However in an Aboriginal Health Service, where community members feel more comfortable with the service rather than hospital, what walks through the door could turn out to be quite unusual or critical and turn into emergency medicine quite quickly. Patients have been known to deliver their babies at the clinic, or come in with a suspected heart attack rather than going directly to the hospital.

“I say to the registrar – if you want real diversity, come to AWAHS, we can give you the diversity.”

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