Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) Medical Clinic – Swan Hill

Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) Medical Clinic – Swan Hill

Overview

Mallee District Aboriginal Services Medical Clinic in Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang provide a full range of medical, specialist and allied health services delivered in a culturally-appropriate and respectful way.

The staff at our sites include General Practitioners, Aboriginal Health Workers, nurses, a midwife and maternal and child health workers. There are also professionals in healthy lifestyles, mental health, drug and alcohol support and counselling and preventative healthcare.

MDAS is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people, but also providing the leadership and co-operative spirit to break down barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Our Swan Hill MDAS Clinic services include:

  • General Practitioner
  • Practice Nurse – general nursing, wound management, blood collection, immunisations, Retinal camera and grading (eye health)
  • Chronic Care Supplementary Services – Integrated Team Care Coordinator (GPMP)
  • Integrated Team Care Outreach worker (ATSI program)
  • Health Outreach Services – support to appointments
  • Aboriginal Health workers – Aboriginal Health checks all ages
  • Midwife
  • Maternal Child Health Nurse
  • Specialist Telehealth Services – Psychiatry and Pain management clinic
  • Health Promotions

Visiting Specialist and Allied Health Services include:

  • Physiotherapy – fortnightly
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry – monthly
  •  Dietetics – monthly
  • Nutritionist – monthly
  • Audiology
  • Speech Therapy
  • Specialist Paediatrics

The traditional custodians of Mallee country are the Latji Latji, Paakantji (Barkindji), Ngiyampaa, Mutthi Mutthi, Wemba Wemba, Tati Tati and Barapa Barapa.

The local region of northern Victoria and southern New South Wales is recognised internationally for the number  and significance of human fossils and artifacts and are considered to be among Australia’s richest and most important cultural heritage areas.

The understanding of Australia’s Indigenous history was revolutionised by the discovery in the 1960s of ancient human remains at Lake Mungo, in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area of Southern New South Wales.

Koori history in northern Victoria and southern New South Wales is particularly significant because the river resources and local quarries allowed relative permanency among the local groups.  The area’s original residents developed specialised tools and traditions and customs specific to the area.

MDAS is proud of our cultural heritage, and operates Cultural Training Programs, to break down barriers and build understanding of local heritage and traditions.

Click here to find out more about MDAS Cultural Awareness Training Programs.

Practice Information
Number of doctors 1
Number of supervisors 1
Number of visiting specialists 1
Number of rooms 5
Billing Bulk
Allied health professionals physiotherapy, Audiology, podiatry, optometry, Dietetics,
Nursing Staff

  • 1 Clinical Coordinator
  • 1 Practice Nurse
  • 1 Chronic Care Nurse
  • 2 Aboriginal Health Workers

Additional learning opportunities
Clinical meetings
Assisting with procedures
Supervisor Special Interests

Opportunity to do outreach work with current GP.

PLEASE NOTE Supervision is remote.

Training Expectations
Practice opening hours 5 days a week. Monday to Thursday 9am - 5pm. Fridays 9am - 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

There is an opportunity to do Outreach clinic in Kerang with current GP.

Public holiday work

No work on public holidays or weekends. Arrangements can be made for a registrar to work at the local hospital.

Local Hospital Information
Hospital affiliations

Affiliation with Swan Hill District Health. Kerang Hospital is 45 minutes from Swan Hill.

Hospital admission rights/ privileges

This can be arranged with the local hospital.

On-call

No, but can be arranged with local hospital if needed.

Key contact: Zah Thebe
Address: 70 Nyah Road SWAN HILL
Telephone: 03 5032 8600
Fax: 03 5032 8699
Website:
http://www.mdas.org.au/
College accreditation RACGP
Pathway Rural
Our Community

Swan Hill is located on the magnificent Murray River, between Robinvale and Kerang and is surrounded by lakes, rivers and creeks and is a very popular tourism destination. It has a variety of festivals held through the year such as Harmony Day, Food and Wine Festival, Heart Beat of the Murray Laser show, Pioneer Settlement, Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum and a great deal of local history.

The Murray River through Swan Hill is lined with a number of parks including Riverside Park on Monash Drive which has picnic areas, BBQ facilities, a playground and a sound shell. Vast citrus farms and vineyards surround Swan Hill and extend many kilometres to the north-west.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in town is the Pioneer Settlement, situated at the junction of the Murray and Little Murray Rivers. This settlement recreates the atmosphere of a pioneer river port town and it offers paddlesteamer cruises along the Murray River aboard the P.S. Pyap which was built in 1896 and has been restored.

Swan Hill’s commercial centre is mainly centred around Campbell Street and the wide boulevard of McCallum Street which crosses the Murray River over a narrow bridge into New South Wales.

Around 10 kilometres south of Swan Hill on the main highway is Little Murray Weir Road which leads to a weir that is an important part of the region’s irrigation infrastructure. There are also great options for food and wine, with the region producing grapes and fresh vegetables for both the domestic and export markets. Plus a great range of accommodation options with five Real Estate Agencies happy to assist with housing.

Population: Swan Hill - over 10,000 but there are over 35,000 people in the district.

Community groups
Parents’ clubs
School clubs
Spiritual groups
Travel
Public transport Two train services to and from Melbourne each day and local buses.
Nearest airport Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport is the nearest domestic and international airport. The nearest regional airport is at Mildura. Bendigo airport has a direct service to Sydney.
Access and distances to major centres or nearby towns

Swan Hill is a multi-cultural place with thriving sports, entertainment and food culture. Melbourne is 3.5 hours away by car. Bendigo 2 hours and Mildura 2.5 hours, both large regional cities.

Schooling
Child care
Kindergarten
Primary
Secondary
Tertiary
Other
Additional Information

With six primary schools in the region and two secondary colleges, plus TAFE, Swan Hill has excellent educational facilities. There is a day care attached to MDAS just next door, where a lot of our employees have their children there. There is also options of family day cares if preferred.

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