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Mt Beauty Medical Centre – TT 1-4

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

Mount Beauty Medical Centre is a vibrant, busy practice, incorporating Falls Creek Medical Centre during the winter months, located in the picturesque high country of the north east.

Priding itself on the high level of care it provides to the local community, patients are treated from the cradle to the grave.  Practice doctors are extremely proficient in treating accident, emergency and trauma presentations and using their specialty skills in anaesthetics, obstetrics, education and training. They combine this with a healthy, active lifestyle and involvement in local sporting and community groups, which GP trainees also have the opportunity to enjoy.

The practice has a two-bed treatment room, with x-ray and ultrasound equipment, which caters for ECG, vaccinations, wound care, assessments, spirometry, excision of lesions and accident and emergency. A team of highly-experienced nursing staff provide additional support. The practice offers 24/7 care to its patients on an on-call basis. Doctors are rostered on approximately each fortnight, with GP trainees fully supported during their on-call duties.

Fully computerised, using a cloud environment, with records online through My Health Record, the practice is very well-equipped and offers telehealth with both practice doctors and visiting specialists. A pathology service operates each weekday morning, with collection twice a day. All doctors have VMO rights to the local hospital – Alpine Health – allowing them to admit, care and discharge all inpatients. They also provide two sessions per week to the local 20-bed mixed-level care nursing home – Kiewa Valley House.

Education and training is provided to a broad range of potential rural doctors including GP trainees, medical interns and medical students.  Nine doctors, with varying specialties, practice at the clinic including six highly-qualified GP supervisors, all keen to impart their wealth of experience and committed to providing GP trainees with help and support through all levels of their training. GP trainees also have additional learning opportunities through small group learning, clinical meetings and assisting with procedures.

Visiting specialists provide additional services in surgery and cardiology; as well as endocrinology and psychiatry – both via telehealth. Allied health services include dietetics, podiatry and a diabetes educator, with a mental health counsellor also on staff.

Mount Beauty offers a great variety of shopping, eateries, self-drive tours and sporting facilities in a peaceful, scenic setting. Local national parks offer waterfalls, magnificent views, gardens, unique trestle bridges and a range of activities including four-wheel driving, hiking, walking, fishing and canoeing. The major city of Albury is only an hour away, offering a wide variety of shopping, amenities and additional activities.

Set amongst the rich, fertile Kiewa Valley at the base of Victoria’s highest mountain, hit the slopes, savour the region’s wineries, or explore the waterways — Mount Beauty truly is a natural beauty.

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Six highly-qualified GP supervisors, with both ACRRM and RACGP accreditation, ensure GP trainees are exposed to a wide scope of practice. All GP supervisors have a special interest in accident, emergency and trauma, with additional individual interests.

Dr Mark Zagorski has a special interest in anaesthetics and recently celebrated 40 years of service. Dr Zagorski has shown a life-time commitment to his community. He has been instrumental in the recruitment and retention of doctors to the town and has provided high quality education and training to countless GP registrars, trainees and students.

In 2020, Mark was recognized for his contribution to his rural community with an Order of Australia, one of his many awards over the years. His daughter, Dr Laura Zagorski, has worked in the practice for 10 years, starting as a GP registrar. She is now settled in the community she grew up in, together with her partner and two children.

Dr Libby Garoni was recently honoured with the Victorian Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Generalist Award, as well as the MCCC GP Training Community Engagement Award. These awards recognise Libby’s work as a specialist rural doctor of more than 20 years, in particular for her skills in palliative care. Libby is also very active in supporting her community through her volunteer work for the CFA, Bright Pony Club, Alpine Adult Riding Club, Mount Beauty Primary School and the Myrtleford Agricultural Show Society.

Dr Jeff Robinson is the Director of Medical Services – Alpine Health and recently received the RDAA/ACRRM Peter Graham ‘Cohuna’ award and the RWAV award for Outstanding Contribution by a Rural GP – both awards reflected Dr Robinson’s long standing dedication to his community.

Dr Angela Stratton has a special interest in education and training, as well as obstetrics and is the current clinical lead for the Victorian Rural Generalist Program. Dr Stratton also has a special interest in alpine medicine, working with the Falls Creek Medical Centre team during winter and offers shared care obstetrics with two other highly-credentialed GP supervisors, Dr Skye Delaney and Dr Laura Zagorski.

“Our community is very supportive of its GPs and has so much to offer. The clinical work is varied and interesting and the combination of family practice and acute medicine means that no two days are the same.”

“The diversity and broad scope of our clinical presentations is definitely an advantage to GP trainees wishing to have a varied experience and advance their skills.”

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