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Ararat Medical Centre

55 High Street
03 5352 2311
03 5352 3254

Ararat Medical Centre has been providing quality medical care to the people of Ararat and District for over 50 years. We are proud to have been trusted and involved in the lives of our rural community for that time. We aim to give our patients the highest possible quality of care by ensuring excellence in all aspects of our practice. We endeavour to provide patients with the best and most current treatments, methods, materials and equipment within our resource capabilities to ensure that our patients receive the high quality of service they have come to expect. Team work is highly valued and encouraged within the practice to promote a harmonious and productive service.

We are a pro-active Medical Centre inclusive of all; from the Partners of the Practice through to the Cleaners and all staff in between. The Medical Centre is community focused, heavily focused on training of future Doctors and Nurses. The practice looks to the future through training, building improvements, equipment purchases and works hard to maintain a good staff culture which is proven through a number of long term staff service up to 35 years.

We are proud of our long tradition in teaching the next generation of practitioners. Having registrars work alongside the established doctors not only keeps us open to new ideas and methods, but encourages us to remain at the forefront of contemporary practice. Teaching plays an important role in our Practice and each year we have GP Registrars (6 or 12 month rotations), Interns doing a 10 week rotation working with our Duty Doctor and other Doctors in the Practice, Medical Students from the Deakin University (iMMERSE program with two students at the clinic for 40 weeks doing their 3rd year of Medicine), Federation University Nursing students undertaking a 5 week rotation or Australian Catholic University undertaking a two week rotation. We also host Pharmacy Students observing how General Practice works in relation to the local Pharmacy and Patient Medication.

The opportunities offered by a large rural practice for learning the diverse aspects of general practice are unrivalled. Where metro practices tend to refer patients to specialists, rural GPs must develop skills and interests in a variety of areas to compensate for the difficulties in accessing relevant specialists and services. Ararat Medical Centre is the perfect place to develop these skills and confidence in managing patients safely in a rural area.

Our large rural practice delivers exceptional learning experiences for GP registrars in a wide variety of areas include anaesthetics, obstetrics, geriatrics, paediatrics, palliative care, dermatology… the list goes on!

Our GP supervisors are extremely passionate about teaching, having spent the past 25 years plus being involved in local registrar education. They also passionately teach Deakin University medical students on year-long placements as well as interns rotating through a GP rotation.

Our Principal Supervisor, Dr. Michael Connellan has received awards for his Teaching involvement from RACGP (RACGP GP Supervisor of the Year), RWAV (for services to Rural Victoria) and from the Melbourne University for his services as an examiner and supervisor. We also host Melbourne and Monash University student rotations at our practice. Our supervisors also spend time visiting other Medical Centre Registrars to complete assessments and training.

Ballarat Visiting Specialists consult at either our rooms or at the Hospital including Cardiologist, Urologist, General Physician, General Surgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon, ENT, Ophthalmologist, Oncologist and Obstetrician/Gynaecologist.

One outstanding feature of the practice is the Recognition and Awards that the Practice and its employees have been awarded over a number of years for the service to our patients and the medical professions that we support.

These include:

  • 2007 Rotary Customer Service Award
    (Denise McGrath, Reception Supervisor)
  • 2008 University of Melbourne Best Teaching Award
    (Ararat Medical Centre)
  • 2011 RWAV Victorian Rural Doctors Award
    (Dr. Graeme Bertuch)
  • 2012 RWAV Victorian Rural Doctors Award
    (Dr. Michael Connellan)
  • 2012 RACGP GP Supervisor of the Year
    (Dr. Michael Connellan)
  • 2013 RWAV Victorian Rural Doctors Award
    (Dr. Pieter Pretorius)
  • 2013 RWAV Victorian Rural Doctors Award
    (Garry Hurst, Practice Manager)
  • 2014 RWAV Victorian Rural Doctors Award
    (Dr. Chee Sheng Wong)
  • 2015 RACGP/GPSA Recognition of Service Award
    (Dr. Michael Connellan)
  • 2016 RACGP Victorian Practice of the Year
    (Ararat Medical Centre)
  • 2017 RACGP Practice of the Year
    (Ararat Medical Centre)
  • 2017 AAPM Victorian Practice Manager of the Year
    (Garry Hurst, Practice Manager)
  • 2018 AAPM Victorian Practice Manager of the Year
    (Garry Hurst, Practice Manager)

In 2016 our longest serving Partner (now deceased), Dr. Graeme Bertuch was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to medicine and the community.