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Kerang – Northern District Community Health Medical Clinic – TT 1-4

This practice will accept applications from Training Term (TT) 1-4 registrars.

The Northern District Community Health Medical Clinic (NDCH) in Kerang, with a population of over 4,000, has a large catchment area, servicing the neighbouring communities of Cohuna, Pyramid Hill, Boort and Quambatook, with shared services in towns such as Charlton and Wycheproof.

NDCH’s vision encourages healthy, empowered and connected people in rural communities and supports lifestyle benefits, which is reflected in their staff and their community. NDCH has an established and well-practiced culture and all staff are treated with respect and equality. A practice that supports community and helps with the challenges in rural areas, it is a wonderful base for a GP trainee.

The clinic is purpose built with ten consulting rooms and three treatment rooms. The five highly-experienced GPs are well-supported by a skilled clinical team. GP trainees and Monash medical students experience the full breadth of general practice.

Kerang is located on the scenic Loddon River, close to the mighty Murray River. With over 55 lakes, swamps and lagoons that stretch from Kerang to Lake Boga, the area is popular for aquatic activities and nature lovers alike — from birdwatching to water sports, swimming, boating and fishing. There’s a range of on-land sporting activities and the larger cities of Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill are within easy reach by rail or road.

Experienced practice nurses support procedural services such as ECG, spirometry, vaccination and immunisation, suturing and wound management, as well as supporting and initiating chronic disease management assessments.

A nurse practitioner offers women’s health and cervical screening, with doctors typically undertaking skin lesion excisions, punch biopsies, venesections, cortisone injections and vaccinations and more, to meet the diverse needs of rural patients.

Other services include mental health plans, ABI (Ankle-Brachial Index test), 24 hour blood pressure and heart monitoring, cryotherapy and diathermy. Visiting specialists include cardiologist, psychologist (telehealth appointment lists) and hearing aid specialists.

Allied health and community services are also available including physiotherapy, podiatry, speech pathology, diabetes educator, dietitian, occupational therapists and counselling.

The clinic is part of a on-call roster with the other Kerang clinic, to help with the urgent care department at the local Kerang hospital. GPs also take care of over 56 residents in our local aged care facility, which provides continuity of care for many long-term elderly patients.

The health service prides itself on supporting progressive health initiatives such as Share the Dignity, which provides free sanitary items to those in need, available at all NDCH sites, as well as organisations such as Women’s Health Loddon Mallee and the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health. A recent initiative of this partnership was to train three bilingual health promotion workers to support the Filipino women in one of the local towns, to better assist that community to understand and access available services. And their viral video ‘We want a GP‘ had over 24,000 views!

There’s a different pace to life by the water in Victoria’s north west.

Indulge in a tour and tasting at local wineries, enjoy water sports or boating on Lake Charm. Explore border communities and the surrounding wetlands — there’s so much to see and do in and around Kerang.

Ripe for reflection along the Murray and Gannawarra.

GP support is a focus of the clinic as they understand how important wellbeing is to any employee, not only documented but more importantly, practiced. They have developed flexibility to enhance work-life balance and system support to create a well-supported working environment. The practice team places a high emphasis on GPs providing great care to patients, but also ensuring the GPs are not overbooked, overloaded or overcommitted on a daily basis. Additional learning opportunities for GP trainees include small group learning, clinical meetings and assisting with a range of procedures.

Experienced, highly-skilled supervisors, both RACGP and ACRRM accredited, have a vast breadth of general practice to share. Procedures are often undertaken within the clinic that would normally only be offered in larger cities.

Supervisors include an anaesthetist and an orthopaedic surgeon. Other special interests include Aboriginal health, chronic disease management, women’s, children’s and men’s health, minor skin cancer procedures and preventative medicine.

Practice manager, Meryl Metcalfe is keen for GP trainees to join their warm, welcoming community.

“We can offer diverse training, genuine support and a varied patient list, with no two days being the same,” she said.

“We would love for any trainee to continue on at our practice after they complete their fellowship, there’s always opportunities to join the team.”

“Come and join our wonderful community. We have a fantastic lifestyle here in Kerang, with a range of food and wine options and everything families could need. Childcare, primary and secondary schools are all available locally.”

“We can offer you a great range of activities from cultural to sporting to fun on the water, plus affordable accommodation and great support for newcomers.”

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