Active Health


Active Health Portland was developed as part of the Federal Government’s GP Super Clinic Program. Our practice features state of the art facilities, experienced supervisors and a wealth of learning opportunities.  Our GP Registrars join two Deakin medical students in the learning environment.  As a result, our clinical team holds weekly face to face vertically integrated teaching.  Group teaching is in addition to your dedicated individual teaching sessions.

Active Health Portland has a variety of rooms available for professionals to hire for medical/allied health practice, training and conference purposes.  There is a fully functioning rehabilitation gym that holds regular exercise groups run by Exercise Physiologists.  Here at Active Health multiple services are offered under the one roof.  Our services include GP consults, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Exercise Physiology, Counselling, Mental Health Nurse, headspace consultations, Speech Pathology, Dietitian appointments and Diabetes Educator services.  All this is situated in the picturesque coastal town of Portland.

Portland is a wonderful place to live, work and even raise a family. Our beautiful town offers the winning combination of coastal, rural and low density urban areas. The choice is yours – Live by the sea, in town or on a farm.  Today, Portland enjoys contemporary popularity derived from tourism. Fishing is the obvious pastime with a choice of breakwater, surf or river fishing with the harbour boasting one of the best boat ramps in Victoria. Water sports on offer include yachting, surfing, sail boarding and wave riding, canoeing and water skiing with the avid motorcyclists catered for on forest routes through nearby mountain locations. Whales are still popular, and throughout the winter months, can be viewed during the annual migration to warmer waters.

More information on Portland and our Practice is available on our website

Practice Information
Number of doctors 7
Number of supervisors 3
Number of rooms 7
Billing Mixed
Allied health professionals Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Mental Health Nurse, Counsellors,
Nursing Staff

5 Practice Nurses (2 on everyday)

Additional learning opportunities
Small group learning
Clinical meetings
Journal club
Assisting with procedures
Portland District Health (local hospital) is very supportive of joint educational opportunities.
Supervisor Special Interests

Dr Margaret Garde

Dr Garde arrived in Portland to commence work at what was then “Portland Medical Group” in Otway St in December 1984. Since then she has filled roles in Emergency Medicine, Hospital care, Family Planning, Public Health, Indigenous Health, Chronic Disease Management and more recently has achieved qualifications and experience in Medical Education.
At Active Health she runs continuing education for all health staff and teaches the two medical students who are attached to the clinic.

Dr Ann Dunbar

Dr Dunbar holds a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (Edin), a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery St Andrews. She has had extensive experience working as a GP in both Scotland and Australia.
Her special medical interests include Women’s Health, Cardiovascular medicine, Travel Medicine and Migraines.

Dr Daryl Pedler

Dr Pedler graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1972 and has extensive experience in both General Practice and Emergency Medicine. His interest in medical education also led to senior teaching roles within the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and both Monash and Deakin Universities. Within clinical medicine his interests are in preventive care, health promotion and patient communication.

General Facilities/ Services

Our services include:
Podiatrist Services
Exercise Physiologist Services
Psychologist Services
Speech Pathologist Services
Diabetes Educator
Mental Health Nurse
Acute care
Youth related issues
Family Planning
Contraceptive advice
Pap Smears
Pregnancy Tests
Holter monitor
Heart Check
Health Assessments
Care Plans
Travel Medicine
Women’s Health
24 hour blood pressure monitoring
Holistic Diabetes care
Mantoux Testing
Q Fever Testing
Minor Surgery
Suturing Wounds
Liquid Nitrogen Freezing Therapy for Sun Spots and Warts
Nutritional Advice
Industrial Medical Advice and Consultation
Skin Checks
Private Medicals
Functional Capacity Evaluations

Training Expectations
Practice opening hours 5 Weekdays 8.30 to 5, one evening clinic per week on a Wednesday finishing at 8pm.
College Requirements Full time training requires 38 hrs per week employed averaged over 4 weeks. Less than 38 hours per week employed is part time training.
Evening roster 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday is shared 1 in 3
Saturday and Sunday work No clinic on weekends
Out of practice visits

Nursing home patients 1 afternoon per week, for discussion with supervisor.

Registrar licence and vehicle is best.

Public holiday work

Not open on Public Hoildays

Local Hospital Information
Hospital affiliations

Portland District Health Registrars who have a particular interest or would like to practice Emergency, Obstetrics, and or Anaesthetics are welcome to do so by arrangement, our practice does not require GPs to work in the local hospital unless they wish to.

Hospital admission rights/ privileges

Our docotrs are able to work in the local hospital in an agreed area of interest or special skill. Working in the hospital is not a requirement for our GPs.


Our practice does not currently have any on-call requirements.

GP Advanced Skills opportunities
Key contact: Michelle Emmerson - Practice Manager
Address: 148-150 Percy Street, Portland, Victoria 3305 PORTLAND
Telephone: 03 5522 1200
Fax: 03 5522 1210
Email address for applications:
College accreditation RACGP
Pathway Rural

Vacancy Details
Level of Registrar:
eg GPT1 or PRRT1 is now referred to as Training Term 1

Training Term 1
Training Term 2
Training Term 3
Training Term 4

Employment Type:
Accepts both full time and part time applications

Placement Period:
Semester 1 & 2 (12 month placement)

Our Community

Portland is considered “Victoria’s Birthplace” because in 1834 Victoria’s first permanent European settlement was established. Portland’s European history began with whalers and sealers who seasonally inhabited the area. In 1834 Edward Henty arrived from Tasmania in search of good grazing land and established the Portland settlement. It wasn’t until 1835 that Melbourne and other areas followed suit.

A short drive will take you to National Parks, including Mt Eccles National Park, Discovery Bay National Park, Cape Nelson State Park, just to name a few. For true historians, set your sights north-east, on Lake Condah Aboriginal Mission, and learn about the history of Victoria’s indigenous people. Or if in pursuit of a good drop of red or white, once again, head north-east to the Coonawarra Wine District.
Heading east take in a coastal journey and the intrigue of the Shipwreck Coast towards the famous Great Ocean Road….discovering little seaside hamlets along the way. If the lure of the city is your thing, Geelong, or Melbourne could be your ultimate destination for a weekend away.
The area is rich in maritime history and Portland’s Maritime Discovery Centre showcases many maritime artefacts as well as highlighting the many ships that came to grief in the treacherous Southern Sea.

Portland has astounding geothermal energy, which helps heat many of Portland’s buildings including the Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre’s indoor swimming pools. The water is also cooled for further domestic consumption.

If you enjoy watching wildlife, the “Discovery Coast” is a great place to visit. View Australia’s only mainland gannet bird colony and nesting site at Point Danger, take a boat ride to see the Australian fur seals at Cape Bridgewater or be lucky enough to spot a Southern Right Whale in Portland Bay in the winter months.
The Portland area also encompasses the spectacular scenery of the 3 bays – Portland Bay, Bridgewater Bay and Discovery Bay. Cape Nelson Lighthouse, built in 1884, is perched on the tip of Cape Nelson overlooking Portland Bay and the treacherous southern ocean. Bridgewater Bay is significant for its wonderful beaches, seal colony, and Petrified Forest, while the mountainous sand dunes of Discovery Bay will leave you spellbound.

Portland’s historic past has left a legacy of more than 200 historic buildings, many dating back to the 1800’s. 48 of these buildings can be seen on the pleasant 2-hour Self-Guided Historic Buildings Walk. Maps are available at the Portland Visitor Information Centre.

Population: 10,000 approximate

Community groups
Parents’ clubs
School clubs
Spiritual groups
Additional Information

There is a huge variety of clubs, sporting groups, social clubs and activities to be part of. The Portland Young Professionals Association is one way to get in touch with people in our community, Active Health will put you in touch with them. We can also put you in touch with many other contacts depending on your interests. Searching the Connect website and searching Glenelg Shire will give you some idea of what’s on offer, we are more than happy to provide more advice all you need do is ask.

Public transport Buses, trains.
Nearest airport Portland has a small airport, with Warrnambool airport, an hour away, flying direct to Melbourne and Adelaide.
Access and distances to major centres or nearby towns

Warrnambool – 1 h 20 min (104.2 km) via Princes Hwy/A1
Port Fairy – 50 min (75.6 km) via Princes Hwy/A1
Hamilton – 1 h 3 min (89.0 km) via Henty Hwy/A200
Mt Gambier – 1 h 17 min (107.8 km) via C192

Child care
Tourism/ council/ community information websites