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Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC) – TT 3-4

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

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC) is the Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation (ACCO) for the Ballarat and district area. BADAC delivers health, social, welfare and community development programs to local Aboriginal people. The service focuses on prevention and early intervention, always with a client-centred approach, to ensure that their clients are personally engaging in the development and nurturing of their own futures.

Holistic care and management means patients can access 30-minute standard appointments, which allows deeper discussions and better patient outcomes. Aboriginal liaison officers support patients and GP trainees during treatment and with ongoing health promotion.

Practice manager, Paul Kochskamper, said GP trainees are offered a comprehensive training experience.

“We give them the opportunity to develop a range of clinical skills, which at the same time helps a community in need – the bonus is that every day is different.

“They will feel very much a part of an inclusive community, particularly when getting involved in our numerous events, such as NAIDOC week.” he said.

BADAC is a bulk-billing clinic, with services including chronic disease management, diabetes and asthma education, immunisation and wound care, family planning, maternal child and family health services, with visiting allied health.

The clinical team hold regular meetings focusing on patient case-studies, handling work pressures, managing conflict and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training and more. GP trainees benefit from small group learning and assisting with a range of procedures.

“BADAC also has a strong relationship with Ballarat Health Services – hospital and residential care – which is a great learning environment” Paul added.

The Aboriginal community’s health and wellbeing is supported by a range of holistic services as well as the medical clinic. These include Koorie Family Services, early years childhood learning and development, children and youth services, kinship care, Aboriginal led family decision making, My Aged Care, drug and alcohol rehabilitation support, social and emotional wellbeing program, justice support and much more.

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GP trainees will be supervised by experienced doctors with a wealth of experience in general practice and Aboriginal health, as well as an interest in LGBTQIA+ and gender transition.

Supervisors special interests also include mental health, women’s health and chronic disease management (including chronic pain).

Paul Kochskamper said that Ballarat has a great lifestyle and amenities, with everything you need for those wanting to live in a welcoming regional community.

“GP trainees with families will find the proximity to great schools and the kindergarten attached to our service very convenient.

“They can also look forward to continuing to practice at BADAC after obtaining fellowship if they wish, which we encourage as it provides continuity of care to our patients.”

You can read more about the practice here.