Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative – Warrnambool

Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative offers a fully bulk billed medical clinic principally to the Aboriginal population of the area as well as being open to non-Aboriginal patients also, with 20 minute appointments. Priority appointments are ensured for Aboriginal patients. A Practice Nurse employed supports the GP and provides a primary health care service in line with the scope of practice with emphasis on interdisciplinary care and a holistic patient centred approach.

Warrnambool is a city situated on Victoria’s far south-west coast between Port Fairy and Port Campbell. The coast around Warrnambool and down to Cape Otway is known as the Shipwreck Coast. Warrnambool is a popular tourist destination with an extensive commercial centre, separated from the ocean by coastal reserves and parkland.

The main swimming beach is the patrolled sandy expanse of Bathing Beach, situated at the top of Lady Bay. Behind the beach is the 20 hectare Lake Pertobe Adventure Park with its playgrounds, fitness equipment, BBQs, a kiosk, and a large lake with footbridges, islands and paddle boats. At Logans Beach, adjacent to the mouth of the Hopkins River, is a whale viewing platform, making it one the region’s best observation points for these mammals during the calving season between June and September. Fishing is popular from the breakwater constructed at the western end of Lady Bay, while to the west of the breakwater are two islands, sheltered swimming areas at the sandy mouth of the Merri River, and the attractive rocky coastal features of Pickering Point and Thunder Point.

Showcase on Gunditjmara Aboriginal Health Service

Aboriginal Health Practitioners: Gunditjmara currently employees 2 full time Aboriginal Health Practitioners. The position is the first contact point and pivot between Aboriginal patients and the GP and provides life skills education, referral for crisis intervention in the community and health education across a myriad of clinical items including management of disease and injury. The Aboriginal Health Practitioner also acts as communicator and conduit between clients and other health professionals in case management and follow up including advising on cultural matters in a clinical setting and additionally also assists in the maintenance of health records.

Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) Worker: Gunditjmara employs an AOD Worker. The AOD program works with clients who are affected (either directly or indirectly) by alcohol and/or other drug use or who are at risk of being affected by alcohol and/or other drugs. A particular focus is placed on reducing the uptake of alcohol and other drugs by aboriginal people and their significant others.

Registered Nurses: Gunditjmara currently employs Registered Nurses, with expertise, skills and knowledge – General Practice Nurse, Midwife and Nurse Immuniser. This Clinic is directly managed day to day by the Primary Healthcare Manager.

Visiting Health Service providers who are available to the Aboriginal Community at the Clinic include:
• Dentist and Dental Technician
• Dietician
• Audiologist
• Optometrist
• Ear and Eye Project worker
• Psychologist
• Psychiatrist
services include:
• Medical consultations and check-ups
• Aboriginal Dental
• Immunisations Travel Advice (Vaccinations)
• Dietician and Nutritional support
• Preventative Medicine
• Chronic Illness Support
• Women’s Health (Inc Pap Smears)
• Midwifery
• Social & Emotional Wellbeing
• Pathology Collection
• Minor Surgical Procedures
• Aboriginal Medical Transport
• Care Plans and Health Checks
• Drug and Alcohol Service
• Smoking Support
• Men’s Health and Wellbeing
• Contraception and Family Planning
• Psychology Service

There are two hospitals In Warrnambool, South West Healthcare and St John of God. Gunditjmara Health Clinic has a standing MOU with South West Healthcare to provide afterhours care to our patients.

Community links for further community information:

Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative 

Visitor Information Centre

Attractions 

Lonely Planet Guide to Warrnambool 

Warrnambool Schools

GP supervisor profile

Dr Karoline Gunn

Born and raised in Warrnambool, returning to Warrnambool in 1997, Karoline has been in general practice, emergency medicine and Deakin medical teaching since. Karoline spent a year in hospital employment in remote NT in 2012 where she developed an interest in Indigenous health, her special interests and skills include Aboriginal health, Preventative health and Dermatology. Karoline’s hobbies include early morning beach swims.

Registrar profile 

Dr Dae Kwon

 Why did you choose general practice?
Interested in preventive medicine and ongoing care

 What do you enjoy about general practice?
Privilege to know patient’s surrounding as well as be a part of their care

 What are your special interests/skills?
Special interest in women health and children’s health

 What hobbies do you enjoy?
Camping with our son, taking flight lesson, old school film camera photography and develop them in black and white

Dr Jane Song

 What is your background?
I was born in South Korea and moved to Australia when I was 10 years old. I grew up in Sydney, before coming down to Melbourne, then Warrnambool. I can speak both English and Korean fluently.

 Why did you choose general practice?
I like the continuity of care with my patients and the holistic approach that we are able to incorporate in General Practice. I also like the flexibility it allows in terms of work-home balance.

 What do you enjoy about general practice?
I enjoy being able to provide the first point-of-care for my patients and being able to follow it through. I enjoy the long-term relationship that I can build with my patients and providing them with support and care in all aspects of their life.

 What are your special interests/skills?
I am particularly interested in Children’s Health, having completed Diploma of Child Health with University of Sydney. I am also interested in Women’s Health and enjoy minor procedures such as Implanon insertion and removal.

 What hobbies do you enjoy?
I love spending time at home cooking and baking and enjoying the food with my husband. I also like painting, both oil and water paint.

 What do you enjoy about living in the community?
I find Warrnambool a lovely place to live in, not only with beautiful views of the ocean but with strong sense of community, where people are very friendly and kind to each other.

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