Dhauwurd-Wurrung Health Service (DWECH)


Dhauward- Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service provides a holistic health service to the Aboriginal Community of Portland and surrounding areas. The service covers the local LGA area of Glenelg, which is located on traditional lands of the Gunditjmara people.

Our medical clinic is supported by full time practice nurse position and assisted by Aboriginal Health Workers. Currently we have a full time GP on site, who has been working in Aboriginal health in rural NSW for the past 5 years. Dr. Ashraf has made a commitment to the organisation for the next 3 years.

Primarily an Aboriginal health service, we also provide a medical service to non indigenous clients.

DWECH operates the bulk of its service delivery from 18 Wellington Road, which is the main operational site. We also operate a service out of our Cultural Healing Centre located at our Julia Street premises. Services operational from the Julia Street premises are generally of a cultural focus, or group activities.

An outreach service is also provided to Community members whom are socially isolated, difficult to engage or do not have suitable access to transport to attend the clinic.

College accreditation RACGP
Pathway Rural
Practice Information
Number of doctors 2
Number of supervisors 1
Number of visiting specialists 6
Number of rooms 6
Billing Bulk
Allied health professionals Clinical Social Worker, Psychologist, Dietitian, Diabetic Education, Podiatrist, Optometrist, Alcohol & Other Drug Worker, Chronic Conditions of Care Worker, TIS Worker
Nursing Staff

DWECH employs 4 part-time nurses and an additional nurse as the AB&TSI Health Worker to ensure there are a minimum of 2 staff to assist the General Practitioners with patient care. We also have a Maternal Child Health nurse employed where a clinic is held weekly.

Additional learning opportunities
Clinical meetings
Supervisor Special Interests

The Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander community patients account for approximately 50% of our clients. Our supervisor is a Maternal Child Health Nurse. Our Full-time General Practitioner specializes in Acupuncture, Hypnosis and Prolotherapy.

General Facilities/ Services

Our Medical Clinic is part of a larger organisation which offers the following services:

  • Medical Clinic
  • Home & Community Services
  • Tackling Indigenous Smoking
  • Drug & Alcohol
  • Social & Emotional Wellbeing
  • Mens Group
  • Womans Wellbeing and their Children’s Health
  • Youth Worker / Youth Group
  • Play Group
  • Planned Activities
  • Community Events
  • Community Lunches and catering
  • Nootyoong Mara Cultural Healing Centre

Medical Staff:

  • General Practitioner
  • Practice Nurse
  • Practice Manager
  • Female Health Worker
  • Male Health Worker
  • Medical Transport
  • Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program Officer
  • Alcohol & Other Drugs


  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Psychologists
  • Podiatrist
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Dietitian
  • Eyes & Ears

Accommodation is available onsite in the form of Self Contained units. These are available for use in negotiations with the Registrar.

Out of practice visits

We do have some clients that require home visits. This is completed within working hours of 8.30am to 5pm and a Nurse would accompany the General Practitioner on the visit.

Public holiday work

Not applicable

Key contact: Tamika Amos
Address: 18 Wellington Road PORTLAND
Telephone: 03 5521 7535
Fax: 03 5521 7898
Email address for applications: tamika@dwech.com.au
Website: http://www.dwech.com.au/

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Our Community

Portland is located on the far south-west coast of Victoria, mid-way between Port Fairy and the small town of Nelson which is adjacent to the state border with South Australia.

Portland is rich in Aboriginal culture – Gunditjmara country is a culture that is over 60,000 years old and recently recognized with a world heritage listing – Budj Bim Cultural Landscape. https://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/world/budj-bim

Portland is the only deep-water sea port between Adelaide and Melbourne, making it a major centre for sea transport of goods and produce from the surrounding areas. A large sheltered harbour provides calm waters for a marina, wharves and shipping berths. One of Portland’s major industries is the Alcoa aluminium smelter which commenced operations in 1986.

Portland is a place of historic discovery with over 200 buildings within the town classified by the National Trust, many of which are constructed out of bluestone.

Portland’s commercial centre is based around Percy Street with a number of retail outlets and eateries spilling over into Bentinck Street which overlooks a grassy foreshore, the town’s marina and the expansive sands of Nuns Beach.

The Portland Cable Tram offers visitors a scenic and informative journey through the foreshore, providing views along the coast and passing attractions such as Botanic Gardens, Portland Powerhouse Car Museum, Maritime Discovery Centre, Whalers Bluff Lighthouse, and the World War 2 Memorial Lookout Tower at Anderson Point.

South of Portland is Cape Nelson which includes a 210 hectare state park bordering rugged cliffs with the Cape Nelson Lighthouse located on the coast’s southern tip.

Around 19 kilometres west of Portland is the small community of Cape Bridgewater. From here, the Discovery Bay Coastal Park stretches 50 kilometres north-west along the coast to the small town of Nelson, close to the state border with South Australia. Cape Bridgewater is a hiker’s paradise and there are several lookouts perched above the beaches which overlook Bridgewater Bay. Fur seals can be sighted in the area during their breeding season.



Child care
Additional Information

South West TAFE