Botanical Gardens Health is dedicated to providing personalised, professional, quality services across a wide range of medical and support services. We have a team of dedicated and friendly staff and Practice Nurses and we provide the services of 12 General Practitioners (GP’s), including three Registrars, as well as visiting medical specialists including a Urologist and Cardiologist.
Botanical Gardens Health is a medical clinic nestled in the foot hills of Castlemaine Health, near the beautiful Botanical Gardens and a short drive from the popular Mount Alexander. Easily approached by road, train and bus, it’s an easy drive on the freeway, one and a half hours from Melbourne, and only a half hour drive from Bendigo.
We are open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 9.00am to 1pm, along with our normal operating hours of Monday – Friday, 9am to 5.30pm (except for public holidays). GPs at Botanical Gardens Health participate in an after hours on-call roster.
Botanical Gardens Health was established in 2005 following an amalgamation of two Castlemaine Medical Clinics. Some of our doctors have been providing medical services to the Mount Alexander Shire district for over 30 years.
We are committed to promoting health, well-being, and disease prevention to all clients, and where possible take an active role in the general community. We provide access to quality resources for both clients and staff, and under-go quality improvements through recognised Practice Accreditation every 3 years. We are committed to the delivery of timely medical care with the most up-to-date equipment possible.
Some of our GPs are adjunct lecturers in conjunction with Monash University, providing teaching and training to the next generation of doctors.
We hope this will ensure continuity of quality medical care for the Mount Alexander Shire region in the future.
|Number of doctors||12|
|Number of supervisors||4|
|Number of visiting specialists||2|
|Number of rooms||7|
We have 1 full time Practice Nurse in the treatment room as well as a part time Practice Nurse who works 2 days per week for chronic disease management.
Additional learning opportunities
|Assisting with procedures|
Supervisor Special Interests
Dr Ian Jones – Diabetes and aged care
Dr Jay Mungi – Children’s health & men’s health
Dr Helen Dewhurst – General medicine, women’s health, paediatrics and mental health
Dr Cathy Foley – Postoperative lap band care, women’s health, psychological medicine and skin cancer surgery
Dr Mary Holland – Drug and alcohol medicine, mental health and chronic pain management
|Practice opening hours||5 days per week + 2 Saturday mornings per month|
|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.|
|Saturday and Sunday work||Registrar involvement in Saturday morning cliinics be considered.|
|On-call work||Roster with the other 2 practices in Castlemaine. On call is for a 24 hour period from 0800 to 0800. Currently a 1 in 12 roster.|
Out of practice visits
Home and Nursing Home visits as medically required.
Public holiday work
Botanical Gardens Health is closed on public holidays.
|Key contact:||Katrina Barker - Practice Manager|
|Address:||137 Cornish Street CASTLEMAINE|
|Telephone:||03 5472 1844|
|Fax:||03 5470 6040|
|Email address for applications:||email@example.com|
Capacity not available until placement opens
Local Hospital Information
Castlemaine Health, 142 Cornish Street, Castlemaine 3450
Hospital admission rights/ privileges
Registrars can have VMO admitting rights to Castlemaine Health.
GP Advanced Skills opportunities
Castlemaine is a much-loved escape for foodies, nature lovers, walkers, cyclists, car enthusiasts, history buffs and art aficionados.
Population: Just under 7000 (2017)
|Public transport||Trains & buses|
|Access and distances to major centres or nearby towns||
Approximately 30 minutes to Bendigo and 1.5 hours to Melbourne.