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Portland – Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly & Community Health Service – TT 3-4

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

Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly & Community Health Service (DWECH), located on the traditional lands of the Gunditjmara people, provides holistic, or wrap-around healthcare to its patients. Primarily an Aboriginal health service, they also provide a medical service to non-indigenous clients to the community of Portland and the surrounding areas.

The clinic’s motto is ‘quality over quantity’, with standard appointments of 30 minutes. The clinic doesn’t just assess the physical health of the patient, they look to the whole person, which includes their family, other relationships the person may have and their current living environment. The patient is always considered the center of care, which was demonstrated when DWECH won the 2019 Glenelg Shire Business Awards Health and Wellbeing Award.

Portland has a wonderful lifestyle and great amenities for both individuals and families. A short drive will take you to one of the many national parks in the area offering a range of outdoor activities. The Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles and Shipwreck Coast are right on your doorstep. The Glenelg Shire is renowned for its dramatic coastal and cultural landscapes, which include the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape and iconic events such as the Australian Kelpie Muster and the Wood Wine and Roses Festival and for its prolific recreational fishing.

The clinic is supported by a full-time practice nurse position, a maternal child health nurse and Aboriginal health workers. Other programs and services include women’s and children’s health, a healing centre, playgroup, social work, diabetic education, as well as a psychologist, dietitian, podiatrist, alcohol and other drug worker and more.

GPs have admitting rights with the local hospital Portland District Health. There is also a  BUPA residential aged care facility where some of our patients are living, which provides important continuum of care. Through the use of telehealth, the clinic has links to the Royal Flying Doctor Service which ensures patients don’t need to travel up to five hours to see consulting specialists in metropolitan areas.

DWECH operates mainly from the primary site, but also operates a service out of the Cultural Healing Centre in the Julia Street premises. These Julia Street services are generally focus on cultural or group activities. An outreach service is also provided to community members who are socially isolated, have difficulty engaging, or do not have suitable access to transport to attend the clinic.

The clinic encourages a work/life balance for all staff and has a visiting clinical psychologist and an Employee Assistance Program available to staff.  There are regular staff and family events such as NAIDOC Ball, Reconciliation Week, staff fun days and health promotion activities, which all staff are encouraged to participate in.

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GP trainees will be supervised an experienced, highly-qualified supervisor, Dr Ashraf Sorial.

Dr Sorial is full-time on-site and has previously worked in Aboriginal health in rural NSW. He has a broad range of interests, including a special interest in acupuncture and hypnosis. The clinical team leader is a maternal child health nurse, with a special interest in women’s health.

Dr Sorial said GP trainees can expect a wide scope of practice.

“We offer continuity of care for patients from cradle-to-grave, offering care both in the hospital and in an aged care setting.” said Dr Sorial.

“Trainees can explore an area of special interest and will have the opportunity to experience diverse presentations, learning a wide range of clinical and procedural skills from experienced health professionals”.

See more about the practice here.

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