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Gunditjmara Aboriginal Health Service

3 Banyan Street
03 5564 3344
03 5562 1452

Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative was incorporated in 1982, to provide services to Aboriginal people primarily in the Warrnambool LGA catchment area. Demand for our services has grown over our 33 years of operation; as a result we now provide services throughout a large majority of the Great South Coast Region which includes the traditional areas of the Gunditjmara, Kirrae Whurrong and Tjab Wurrung nations and the present-day shires of Corangamite, Glenelg, Moyne, Southern Grampians and Warrnambool City Council

Gunditjmara offers a range of Health and Social Welfare services to the Aboriginal and wider communities of South West Victoria.

Our accredited Health Clinic is located at 3 Banyan Street, Warrnambool, Victoria 3280 and currently provides the following Commonwealth funded programs and services Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm and Friday 8:30am until 4pm .

Gunditjmara GP Services: Offering a fully bulk billed medical clinic principally to the Aboriginal population of the area as well as being open to non-Aboriginal patients also, with 20 minute appointments. Priority appointments are ensured for Aboriginal patients. A Practice Nurse employed supports the GP and provides a primary health care service in line with the scope of practice with emphasis on interdisciplinary care and a holistic patient centred approach.

Our services include:

Medical consultations and check-ups Aboriginal Dental
Immunisations Travel Advice (Vaccinations)
Contraception and Family Planning Dietician and Nutritional support
Preventative Medicine Chronic Illness Support
Women’s Health (Inc Pap Smears) Midwifery
Social & Emotional Wellbeing Pathology Collection
Minor Surgical Procedures Aboriginal Medical Transport
Aboriginal Medical Transport Care Planning
Drug and Alcohol Service Smoking Support
Men’s Health and Wellbeing Health Assessments

Medical Transport: The Health Clinic offers a Medical Transport Service (1.0 EFT), which improves access to the services, which may not be otherwise available.

Medical Reception: Gunditjmara employs medical receptionists. The role oversees the day-to-day management of medical appointments for the GP’s, Nurse/s and Aboriginal Health Workers. Management of the Patient Information and Recall (PIRS) system as well as the management of relevant patient information.

Aboriginal Health Practitioners: Gunditjmara currently employees 2 full time Aboriginal Health Practitioners. The position is the first contact point and pivot between Aboriginal patients and the GP and provides life skills education, referral for crisis intervention in the community and health education across a myriad of clinical items including management of disease and injury. The Aboriginal Health Practitioner also acts as communicator and conduit between clients and other health professionals in case management and follow up including advising on cultural matters in a clinical setting and additionally also assists in the maintenance of health records.

Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) Worker: Gunditjmara employs three AOD Workers. The AOD program works with clients who are affected (either directly or indirectly) by alcohol and/or other drug use or who are at risk of being affected by alcohol and/or other drugs. A particular focus is placed on reducing the uptake of alcohol and other drugs by aboriginal people and their significant others.

Registered Nurses:  Gunditjmara currently employs Registered Nurses, with expertise, skills and knowledge – General Practice Nurse, Midwife and Chronic Disease/Nurse Immuniser.

This Clinic is directly managed day to day by the Primary Healthcare Manager.

Visiting Health Service providers who are available to the Aboriginal Community at the Clinic include:

  • Dentist and Dental Technicians
  • Dietician
  • Audiologist
  • Optometrist
  • Ear and Eye Project worker
  • Psychologist/Child Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist

Services are available at the Clinic, at the Clients home and at other locations as required such as hospitals or aged care facilities.

Our Programs and Services utilise:

  • Best Practice software package for managing clinical records.
  • Top Bar and PENCAT specifically for data management and retrieval.
  • Hot Doc linked to Best Practice for appointment reminder and clinical recall SMS capability.

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