Coleraine Casterton Medical Centre provides GP cover to the towns of Casterton and Coleraine and the outlying communities with a regional population of around 6,000.
GP trainees will learn to manage a range of complex medical conditions such as renal failure, diabetes, heart disease and mental health. They will have the opportunity to extend their emergency medicine skills and oversee palliative care. The clinic sees a range of patients of all ages, including farmers, sports people, the elderly and children.
The beautiful beaches along the Great Ocean Road are only an hour away. The world-renowned Grampians National Park is also just over an hours drive, featuring magnificent rugged cliffs and majestic waterfalls, or for the more adventurous, a range of extreme sports such as abseiling, rock climbing or quad-bike and horseback riding. Local leisure activities include a wide range of sports, together with walking, hiking and biking around the scenic countryside.
The practice holds GP clinics Monday to Friday and covers Casterton Memorial and Coleraine District Hospital for emergency cover and inpatient care. It also services residential care and nursing home places across the district (approx 130 beds) and attends weekly bush nursing centre clinics at Balmoral and Merino.
A visiting surgeon and physician attend fortnightly clinics. Community health and allied health services include audiologist, diabetic educator, social worker and psychologist. A pain clinic is held at Casterton. Visiting medical officer (VMO) rights are available at both Casterton and Coleraine hospitals. GP trainees are fully supported by a senior GP for after hours cover, which is generally a one-in-four roster.
Various referral options to specialist consultants are utilised and telehealth services are available. The practice refers to Mt Gambier for acute orthopaedics and obstetrics, Hamilton for surgery and acute medicines and Warrnambool for paediatrics, complex orthopaedics, renal medicine and oncology. Emergency retrievals are carried out by Victorian Adult Retrieval Service or by road ambulance.
The practice provides shared care for obstetric patients, up to about 28 weeks. Following delivery, patients have the option of returning to Casterton Hospital for post-natal care.
Accommodation can be negotiated with the practice owners and families are well-catered for with a child care centre in Casterton and two primary schools in both locations plus a high school in Casterton.