Njernda Aboriginal Corporation – Echuca
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation Echuca (Njernda) services the community around Echuca, around one third of clients are non-indigenous. The organisation has been in existence for over 45 years.
Njernda provides general practice medical services for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and its purpose is to deliver community controlled, holistic services and programs which improve the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of the Aboriginal Community of Echuca and surrounding areas.
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 and a mild, sunny climate, Echuca has it all.
Njernda Aboriginal Medical Centre currently has 6 general medical practitioners (4 male, 2 female). Most GPs have been with Njernda for many years and some have remained post fellowship. Two new GPs have been recently welcomed to the practice.
The main services provided are general medical service provision, predominantly to Aboriginal clients. We conduct minor procedures within the practice and our nurses collect pathology in house as well as immunisation provision, spirometry, ecg, etc. We provide both face to face and telehealth consultations using seamless current technology.
Consultation time slots are 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. Patients are also supported by our nursing and Aboriginal health practitioner staff. We have 2 Aboriginal health practitioners who focus entirely on chronic disease, referral pathways and patient support. The clinic does not open after hours or on weekends/public holidays.
Njernda has a range of vising allied health professionals including diabetes educator, dietitian, podiatrist, audiologist, speech pathologist, optometrist, and is in the process of securing an exercise physiologist.
We are consistently analysing our data to ensure that we have adequate and appropriate health professionals to meet client needs. Visiting specialist services include Paediatrician, Endocrinologist and Psychologist. As well as nursing staff, we have two maternal child health care nurses who conduct both on site and home visits to clients.
Njernda has a ‘well-being’ unit which houses our mental health clinicians, social emotional well-being workers and drug and alcohol support workers.
Njernda has an ongoing robust and collaborative relationship with Echuca Regional Health and Echuca Community Mental Health (outreach of Bendigo Health). We are stakeholders on various working groups. None of our GPs have VMO rights with Echuca Regional Health. We are also actively engaged with the Shire of Campaspe.
We are happy to support our clinicians if they have a special and relevant interest that will support our clientele. For example, one of our GPs has a special interest in children and adolescent health.
Echuca Moama is nestled on the mighty Murray River. Here you can indulge all your senses from great eateries, live music festivals, set against a natural backdrop of moving rivers, ancient river gums and wonderful Mediterranean style climate.
There are many childcare, primary and secondary education facilities, and a large range of sporting, social, community and religious groups. Echuca is 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne and 1 hour from Bendigo or Shepparton.