Gunditjmara Aboriginal Health Service
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
- Ear and Eye Project worker
- Psychologist/Child Psychologist
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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|Number of doctors||2|
|Number of supervisors||2|
|Number of visiting specialists||2|
|Number of rooms||4|
|Allied health professionals||refer to main summary|
General Practice/Chronic Care Nurse/Nurse Immuniser/Rehabilitation
Aboriginal Health Practitioners
Aboriginal Health Worker
Additional learning opportunities
|Small group learning|
|Assisting with procedures|
Supervisor Special Interests
- Aboriginal health
- Preventative health
- Women and Children’s health
- Mens health
- Sexual health/Family planning/Contraception
General Facilities/ Services
Our services include:
- Medical consultations and check-ups
- Aboriginal Dental
- Immunisations Travel Advice (Vaccinations)
- Dietician and Nutritional support
- Preventative Medicine
- Chronic Illness Support
- Women’s Health (Inc Pap Smears)
- Social & Emotional Wellbeing
- Pathology Collection
- Minor Surgical Procedures
- Aboriginal Medical Transport
- Care Plans and Health Checks
- Drug and Alcohol Service
- Smoking Support
- Men’s Health and Wellbeing
- Contraception and Family Planning
- Psychology Service
|Practice opening hours||Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm Friday 8:30 to 4pm|
|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.|
Out of practice visits
in consultation and guidance with Supervisor
Public holiday work
Service is closed on Public Holidays
Local Hospital Information
Hospital admission rights/ privileges
|Key contact:||Tara Smith- Primary Health Care Manager PH: 0498 777 514|
|Address:||3 Banyan Street WARRNAMBOOL|
|Telephone:||03 5564 3344|
|Fax:||03 5562 1452|
|Email address for applications:|
Practice capacity for 2021 will be only be available when the Registrar Competitive Placement process opens
The coast around Warrnambool and down to Cape Otway is known as the Shipwreck Coast, due to the large number of water vessels that ran aground in the 1800s and early 1900s due to ferocious weather conditions and the rocky coastline.
These days, Warrnambool is a popular tourist destination with an extensive commercial centre based around Liebig Street, Kepler Street, Koroit Street and Timor Street, separated from the ocean by coastal reserves and parkland. Historic buildings within the city centre include the post office (built in 1870), courthouse (1871) and Western Hotel (1869).
The Princes Highway through Warrnambool opens up into the grand boulevard of Raglan Parade, lined with Norfolk Pines within the wide central median strip.
Warrnambool enjoys a good variety of coastal attractions. The main swimming beach is the patrolled sandy expanse of Bathing Beach, situated at the top of Lady Bay. Behind the beach is the 20 hectare Lake Pertobe Adventure Park with its playgrounds, fitness equipment, BBQs, a kiosk, and a large lake with footbridges, islands and paddle boats. At Logans Beach, adjacent to the mouth of the Hopkins River, is a whale viewing platform, making it one the region’s best observation points for these mammals during the calving season between June and September. Fishing is popular from the breakwater constructed at the western end of Lady Bay, while to the west of the breakwater are two islands, sheltered swimming areas at the sandy mouth of the Merri River, and the attractive rocky coastal features of Pickering Point and Thunder Point.
As well as the extensive coastal reserves lined with walkways, Warrnambool boasts a number of attractive parks and gardens including the colourful Fletcher Jones Gardens, set within the grounds of the clothing factory and floodlit at night. The Botanic Gardens are laid out around a large lily pond which is rich in bird life, and include a rotunda, fernery and selection of other plant life.
Warrnambool’s rich maritime history can be explored at Flagstaff Hill, which is a recreated 19th century sea port with interactive displays and buildings created from authentic materials.
A short drive east of Warrnambool are the Hopkins Falls, located on the Hopkins River, with picnic areas and walking tracks. Roughly half-way between Warrnambool and Port Fairy is the Tower Hill State Game Reserve, covering 615 hectares within an extinct volcano and including walking tracks, lookouts and lakes.
Population: Around 35,000
|Public transport||Trains to Melbourne, good local bus service.|
|Nearest airport||Geelong- Avalon or Melbourne's Tullamarine International Airport.|
|Access and distances to major centres or nearby towns||
Warrnambool is a major town with a population of over 35,000 and has all the services needed for families, couples and singles.
Easy access to the Great Ocean Road makes for a wonderful coastal lifestyle.
See more on transport around Warrnambool here.