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Echuca – Njernda Aboriginal Corporation – TT 3-4

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

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation Echuca (Njernda) services Echuca, with a population of over 15,000, as well as surrounding communities and is located close to the city centre.

The clinic delivers its services in a safe welcoming environment, providing general practice medical services for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. With around one third of clients being non-Indigenous, the clinic prides itself on offering a complete range of services.

Delivering holistic, community-controlled services and programs, the clinics strives to improve the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of their local Aboriginal community.

Consultation time slots are a minimum 20 minutes per patient to allow for quality care. Longer appointment times are available at GP discretion or for health assessments and chronic disease management consultations.

The clinic conducts minor procedures within the practice, with nurses collecting pathology in-house, as well as immunisation provision, spirometry, ECG and much more. As well as nursing staff, there are two maternal child health care nurses who conduct both on-site and home visits to clients. Two Aboriginal health practitioners focus entirely on chronic disease, referral pathways and patient support.

Echuca is a twin-town with Moama, nestled on the mighty Murray River, complete with historic paddle steamers. With great eateries, live music festivals and fantastic water sports, together with a mild, sunny climate, Echuca has it all, set against a natural backdrop of flowing water and ancient river gums.

Visiting specialist services include paediatrician, endocrinologist and psychologist and a range of visiting allied health professionals including diabetes educator, dietitian, podiatrist, audiologist, dental, mental health, speech pathologist, optometrist.

A social and emotional wellbeing worker is responsible for the delivery of targeted mental health initiatives to the local Aboriginal community. They address the wellbeing and needs of families, children, carers and young people as well as developing partnerships with mental health, primary health and other community services.

Continuous improvement is important to the clinic. With regular analysing of data, the clinic uses this information to ensure they have adequate and appropriate health professionals to meet client needs. They provide both face-to-face and telehealth consultations using seamless technology. With efficient recall/reminder services, up-to-date technology is a feature of the clinic. Home visits are also available for patients unable to attend the clinic.

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

Explore the border’s twin communities, indulge your senses with great eateries and enjoy local cellar doors, or ride an historic paddle-steamer against a backdrop of ancient river gums.

Ripe for reflection on the Murray.

Experienced GP supervisors will guide and support GP trainees, with special interests in Aboriginal health and child and adolescent health.

The clinic considers GP trainee and medical students are essential for the future of rural general practice. They actively support GP trainees in pursuing a special and relevant interest that will benefit their patient community.

“We are committed to supporting the training of the next generation of health professionals.”

Family support has a strong focus with the clinic providing a number of initiatives including Yakapna Family Centre providing healing strategies for the family unit, a ‘Stronger families’ worker who provides intensive support to families and a dedicated childcare centre with afterschool care and a holiday program. Baroona Health Centre provides a culturally specific health environment and the wellbeing team provide a range of support services.

Bringing families together in a culturally safe environment is extremely important.

“We regularly provide opportunities for community members to come together for socialisation and to celebrate being Aboriginal.”

“We pride ourselves on supporting our Elders, mentors and role models to provide leadership and direction to our children and young people, to help them become strong in culture, spirit and community and to enhance future generations.”

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