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Benalla Church Street Surgery

Benalla Church Street Surgery

Practice information

We are a long-established country town general practice with a fantastic group of general practitioners who have a culture of continuing education, commitment to excellent patient care and providing collegiate support. We are a practice dedicated to teaching, with medical students from the University of Melbourne, interns and residents from the Murray to Mountains program and registrars from the MCCC Region Training Network.

We have been caring for the community for over 35 years. The clinic’s nine VR doctors service the local hospital’s urgent care department and two operating theatres in addition to the medical, obstetric and surgical wards. Church Street doctors also visit the local high school to service an on-site clinic and provide care to nursing home residents.

As rural generalists, these doctors have a wide range of sub-specialty skills including obstetrics and gynaecology with intrapartum care and cesarean section, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, minor surgical procedures including skin flap repairs and vasectomy, dermatology, paediatrics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, aged care and travel medicine.

We have VMO rights at Benalla hospital and service the hospitals urgent care department and two operating theatres in addition to the medical, obstetric and surgical wards.

The practice is situated in a beautiful old Victorian building which has been extensively refurbished and fully equipped for rural general practice. We have nine vocationally registered doctors who are members of RACGP and ACCRM and are keenly supported by 11 nurses. Our nursing team works in our three bed treatment room and chronic disease management facility and consists of a diabetes nurse practitioner, nurses trained in managing chronic disease, asthma management, spirometry, vaccination and wound management.

Benalla’s progressive culture has seen them previously recognized as AGPAL Australian Practice of the Year and as a recipient of a Benalla Business Award for commitment to environmental sustainability. A previous Church Street registrar (and now permanent doctor at the clinic) also received the Richard Clinton Gutch Medal for achieving the highest pass score in each RACGP examination on their first attempt.

Our surgery has been recognized for its achievements having been awarded AGPAL Australian practice of the year, in addition to the Benalla business awards for commitment to the environment. One of our registrars (and now permanent doctors) was awarded the Richard Gutch medal for topping his RACGP exams after being trained in our surgery.

Benalla Church Street surgery’s commitment to teaching and fantastic culture of continuing education and collegiate support provides a great environment to further develop registrars’ skills and training. Our group of doctors with have such diverse skill-sets that there are always new skills that can be imparted in diverse areas of interest.


Benalla is a beautiful small rural town situated on a lake featuring a well known Art Gallery and services a rural population of around 15,000. It is a two and a half hour drive from Melbourne on the Hume Freeway, and quite close to the snowfields and wineries of the King Valley.

The town has many options for recreation with football teams (aussie rules as well as rugby union and soccer), netball teams, hockey teams, tennis club with both grass and hard courts, road cycling and parkrun. Many of our doctors and nurses are also farmers.

GP Supervisor Profile

Dr John Lambert

I moved down from Newcastle to do my General Practice training here in 2010 to take advantage of the rural generalist training that was offered. I hadn’t planned to stay on past my training however the lifestyle here was too good and it was a pleasure coming to work with such a great group of colleagues, so I took the plunge, bought a farm and stayed on at the practice.

I really value working at Church Street Surgery for the wide variety of skills that my colleagues have. There is an excellent culture of professional development and teaching here. I have been working here for 10 years and I am still learning new skills from my colleagues. We get along as a group very well, our work Christmas party is something to look forward to.

My special skills are in obstetrics and I have recently been trained in vasectomy. I am able to practice intrapartum care, cesarean section and vasectomy at our local hospital in addition to emergency medicine and inpatient general medicine.

The local community is great! In the 10 years that I have been here my wife and I have formed a great social network with people from all walks of life. In our free time we are able to enjoy farming, camping in the region’s fantastic national parks and forests, fishing, cycling and taking the kids to Auskick in Benalla.