Corryong Medical Centre

Overview

Our medical centre is located in Corryong. Corryong is a country town located in the far north-eastern corner of Victoria, around 120 kilometres east of Wodonga and near the pristine upper reaches of the Murray River. It is famed for its picturesque scenery and unspoilt natural attractions including rivers, mountains and forests.

Corryong Medical Centre is ‘truly’ a country practice. The centre is attached to the community health service, has three permanent general practitioners and a wonderful support group of staff including nurses and administration. There is a very cohesive approach towards patient medical care and a broad range of services that are provided within the centre. It is a great medical centre for any registrar who wants to broaden their clinical skills and become an integral part of the community! Be prepared to be popular!

The origins of the health service date back to 1897 when plans to build the Corryong Cottage Hospital were conceived.

In 1902 the foundation stone was laid for what then became known as the Victoria Cottage Hospital.  In 1916 the foundation stone of the present hospital was laid.  Over the years, the number of acute beds rose to its peak of forty-two in the 1960s and on 5th November 1983 the Upper Murray Nursing Home, a 20-bed high aged care facility was opened.

In the early 1990s the agency took the opportunity to apply to be funded under the Multi-Purpose Program (MPS).  This was to enable a more flexible and responsive service to be developed that would met the changing needs of our isolated rural community.  In 1995 the service was renamed Upper Murray Health and Community Services and commenced operation as an MPS.

In 2017 Upper Murray Health and Community Services with a huge amount of community consultation, changed its name to Corryong Health to make it easier to find, for people searching for services in our community. 

Today, Corryong Health  is a highly integrated and considerably larger organisation providing a broad range of hospital, residential aged care, medical and primary health and community support services.  The service also operates a Medical Clinic, Health and Fitness Centre and Retirement Village.

Our health service is truly responsive to the community’s needs.

Practice Information
Number of doctors 3
Number of supervisors 2
Number of visiting specialists 2
Number of rooms 7
Billing Mixed
Allied health professionals Dietician, exercise physiologist, physiotherapy, audiology, diabetes educator,podiatrist, radiologists
Nursing Staff

Four practice nurses ( job sharing) including a diabetic nurse

Additional learning opportunities
Clinical meetings
Other
A lot of hospital activities
Supervisor Special Interests

Dr Paul Dodds MBBS (HONS) (MON), FACRRM, DRANZCOG
Graduated from Monash University in 1986. Has worked extensively throughout rural and remote Australia. Interests in rural & remote medicine, emergency medicine, chronic disease management and minor surgery.

Dr Nick Mason MBBS (HONS) BMEDSCI, FRACGP, DRANZCOG (ADV)
Graduated from University of Melbourne 2005. Particular interest include rural and remote general practice, obstetrics and minor surgery.

General Facilities/ Services

Corryong Medical Services

Training Expectations
Practice opening hours 5 days per week 8.30 am to 5 pm
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 Nil
Saturday and Sunday work Nil
Out of practice visits

There may be the occasional visit at the hospital or nursing home but these facilities are attached to the medical centre .

Public holiday work

Nil

Local Hospital Information
Hospital affiliations

Corryong has an excellent health service, see here for more.

Hospital admission rights/ privileges

Yes

On-call

No

GP Advanced Skills opportunities
Emergency
Key contact: Vicki Pitcher - Practice Manager
Address: PO Box 89 CORRYONG
Telephone: 02 6076 3262
Fax: 02 6076 2029
Email address for applications:
vicki.pitcher@corryonghealth.org.au
Website:
http://www.corryonghealth.org.au/our-services
College accreditation RACGP
ACRRM
Pathway Rural

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

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

The main road through Corryong is the Murray Valley Highway which is a wide boulevard with sections lined by deciduous trees whose leaves erupt into vibrant colours during the autumn. Corryong’s shopping facilities are largely concentrated along the stretch of Hansen Street between Jardine Street and Donaldson Street. A large sports complex with an oval, golf course, tennis courts and lawn bowls, is located at the northern end of Jardine Street.

A good overview of Corryong and its immediate surroundings can be enjoyed from Playles Lookout which is accessed via Back Thowgla Road. There are picnic and BBQ facilities surrounded by extensive lawns.

Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson wrote “The Man From Snowy River” which captured the heart of the nation and tells the story of a horseback pursuit in the mountains of the Great Dividing Range. It is claimed that the inspiration for the character in Paterson’s poem was local stockman Jack Riley (born in 1841), and his grave can be found in Corryong’s cemetery via the entrance off Parish Lane. The Man From Snowy River Museum, situated in the old shire offices at the corner of Hansen Street and McKay Street, provides further insight into the life of this legend and the history of the area.

Corryong provides a gateway to the nearby Snowy Mountains and Kosciuszko National Park. Follow the Murray Valley Highway east of Corryong for 6 kilometres to the junction with Murray River Road. Turn right and around 3 kilometres further on is the Towong Gap Lookout which provides impressive views along the valley below. A few kilometres further on, the road crosses the pure waters of the Murray River which forms the state border between Victoria and New South Wales. Around 15 kilometres away is the town of Khancoban, located on the western slopes of the Snowy Mountains and adjacent to the Kosciuszko National Park. The nearby Murray 1 Power Station has a visitor centre open allowing people to learn about the huge scale of the Snowy Mountain hydro-electric scheme.

The historic community of Towong is located 11 kilometres north-east of Corryong on Murray River Road. A turf club was established in 1871 and the picturesque Towong Racecourse with the state’s oldest grandstand and century old elm trees continues to host regular racing events. An old wooden bridge crosses the Murray River at Towong leading to a pleasant riverside picnic area just inside New South Wales.

Around 5 kilometres north of Towong on Murray River Road is Farrans Lookout where spectacular views of the river can be experienced. Reference: Travel Victoria

Population: 1348 (2016 census) plus surrounding districts

Community groups
Parents’ clubs
School clubs
Travel
Public transport Bus
Nearest airport Albury Wodonga, or Melbourne's Tullamarine for domestic and international flights.
Access and distances to major centres or nearby towns

Information regarding distances is via this link http://www.murrayriver.com.au/corryong/

Albury is easily accessible within an hour and a half.

Schooling
Child care
Kindergarten
Primary
Additional Information

Corryong College https://www.corryong.vic.edu.au/
Sacred Heart Catholic School http://www.shcorryong.catholic.edu.au/
Corryong pre school and secondary
Walwa Primary School

Tourism/ council/ community information websites
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