Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC)
Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC) is the Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation (ACCO) for the Ballarat and district area, covering four local government areas (LGAs). BADAC was established by members of the Ballarat and District Aboriginal community in 1979 and delivers health, social, welfare and community development programs to local Aboriginal people.
BADAC is focused on prevention and early intervention, always with a client-centred approach, to ensure that our clients are personally engaging in the development and nurturing of their own futures.
Since 1979, the organisation has grown considerably and now delivers a wide range of services, underpinned by its adaption of the Social Inclusion principles, which incorporate the following programs:
- Early Childhood Services
- Koorie Youth Justice
- Family Support
- Aboriginal Led Family Decision Making
- Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care
- Cultural Planning
- Integrated Family Services
- Kinship Care
- Stronger Families
- Therapeutic Care
- My Aged Care
- Allied Health
- Diabetes Health
- Social and Emotional Well Being
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Family Violence
- Local Justice
- Stolen Generation
|Number of doctors||6|
|Number of supervisors||1|
|Number of visiting specialists||2|
|Number of rooms||16|
|Allied health professionals||Geriatrician, Pediatrician, Audiologist,Podiatrist, Exercise Physiologist, Dietitian, Diabetes Educator, Asthma Educator|
Additional learning opportunities
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|Assisting with procedures|
Local Hospital Information
|Key contact:||Jo Warren|
|Address:||106 Armstrong Street North BALLARAT|
|Telephone:||03 5331 5344|
|Fax:||03 5331 1308|
|Email address for applications:|
Ballarat is Victoria’s third largest city, located just over an hour by road or rail west of Melbourne. The city has enjoyed a rich and prosperous heritage thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851. News that the Ballarat region was home to the richest alluvial goldfield in the world resulted in a population explosion as people came from all over the world seeking fortune. By 1855, Ballarat had grown to a city with a population of 100,000 people. Impressive public and private buildings sprung up which were financed from the wealth generated by the diggings.
Notable buildings include Ballarat’s Town Hall (built between 1870 and 1872), Her Majesty’s Theatre (1875) and Craig’s Hotel which was built in several stages between 1853 and 1891.
Step back in time to Ballarat’s gold mining days at Sovereign Hill which is a recreated gold township of the 1850s where you can experience life in that era. The Eureka Centre is situated close to the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade Rebellion where miners and officials engaged in a bloody battle over miner’s rights.
An important asset to Ballarat is Lake Wendouree, a man-made lake covering 200 hectares, located a couple of kilometres west of the town centre. The lake hosted rowing events during the 1956 Olympic Games, commemorated by the Olympic Rings monument at the south-western corner of the lake. The lake’s reed beds and islands are an important oasis for bird life. The Botanical Gardens are situated near the western side of the lake and feature a floral conservatory, fernery, lawns and an avenue of bronze busts of all the Australian prime ministers. A vintage electric tramway operates along Wendouree Parade between the Botanical Gardens and lake foreshore.
Around 10 kilometres south of Ballarat’s city centre is the small township of Buninyong. It lays claim to being Victoria’s first inland town and has an interesting collection of historic buildings including the old library (built in 1861) and the stunning Italianate-styled town hall and court house. To the east of town is Mount Buninyong – an extinct volcano rising to a height of 745 metres. At the summit is a picnic area, several walking tracks and a lookout tower that offers superb views across the surrounding countryside and towards Ballarat.
Population: Around 115,000 people
|Public transport||Trains and buses|
|Nearest airport||Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport is the nearest domestic and international airport|
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Ballarat offers all you could need in shopping and services with a broad range of shopping options.
TAFE and university education options are available.