Robinson Street Medical Centre
The Robinson Street Medical Centre is located on the campus of the Camperdown Hospital and provides healthcare to the busy vibrant community of Camperdown and surrounds.
Our clinical activities span General Practice from conception to death. In addition to the broad spectrum of problems seen in General Practice, the GPs also manage their own patients in the Camperdown Hospital and manage other patients from outside the district, who are referred for surgery by the Visiting Specialists.
Our Rural Practice is committed to the training of GP Registrars. Since 2001 the Practice has hosted GP Registrars who have taken the option of 12 months, completing their Basic and Advanced terms which has been a very rewarding experience for everyone.
Each General Practitioner has their own fully equipped and computerised consulting suite, which features a separate examination room, with electronic examination couches. The practice uses the ‘Best Practice’ clinical management program for medication management, progress notes, medical history, imaging and pathology (both requests and results), and recalls. Imaging and pathology results are imported electronically.
The practice is using eHealth referrals via the ARGUS and Referral Net Systems which is compatible with the Clinical Software. Our internet and IP telephone system is provided by SWARH (South West alliance of Rural Hospitals).
The GPs provide a comprehensive procedural rural practice through their work at the Medical Centre and in their roles as Visiting Medical Officers at the Camperdown Hospital, Merindah Lodge Nursing Home and Sunnyside Nursing Home. The Camperdown Hospital functions as a ‘sub-regional node’ for referral within the geographical triangle that is bounded by Colac, Warrnambool and Ballarat.
Dr John Menzies, assisted by registrars and locums practice at the main site in Camperdown and the satellite practice at Lismore. The Practice Nurses, Beth, Nurse Manager, together with Jenny and Kate, have responsibility for managing the Practice’s Extended Primary Care and Service Incentive Activities.The Practice has been fully accredited by AGPAL (2018 -2021).
The practice partners with Deakin University in the supervision of Medical Students with a Fourth Year Student joining our team each year. These students are an important part of the health professional team and other students, including those on the John Flynn Scholarship and nursing students join the practice when the opportunity arises.
After-hours services are provided via the Camperdown Hospital, for which the GPs share an on-call roster. The GPs provide Emergency care at the Camperdown Hospital – principally for trauma, and acute medical crises. Patients are also visited in their homes for Health Assessments and continuing care of chronic health problems (including palliative care).
Camperdown is an attractive town, with all the services, shopping, hospitality, sporting and recreational amenities you could need, Camperdown offers a wonderful lifestyle. The supermarkets are open every day from 7.00am -10.00pm and a return train service runs three times daily between Melbourne and Warrnambool, via Camperdown.
|Number of doctors||4|
|Number of supervisors||1|
|Number of visiting specialists||8|
|Number of rooms||7|
|Allied health professionals||Visiting Allied Health weekly|
Nurse Manager – 1 full time
Nurse Div 1: 2 part time
Additional learning opportunities
|Small group learning|
|Assisting with procedures|
Supervisor Special Interests
- Obstetrics (Obstetrics shared care)
- Chronic Disease Management
- Emergency Medicine
- Palliative Care
General Facilities/ Services
Practice is located next to the Camperdown Hospital. Rooms consist of 7 consulting, 2 allied health, treatment room, staff office and meeting area and 2 patient waiting areas.
|Practice opening hours||Monday - Friday 8.30 - 6.00pm Saturday 8.30 - 12.00 when clinic on-call|
|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||On-call 1 day per week, 24 hour period|
|Saturday and Sunday work||1 weekend in aprox 7 on a roster|
|On-call work||Supported by South West Healthcare Nursing Staff - Camperdown Hospital and a 2nd on-call Supervisor|
Out of practice visits
- Nursing Homes – Merindah Lodge attached to South West Healthcare – weekly
- Sunnyside House – private nursing home – fortnightly (or any time staff request additional visits)
- Home visits – vehicle licence required
Public holiday work
Shared on-call GP Roster.
Local Hospital Information
South West Healthcare – Camperdown Hospital Campus is supported by South West Healthcare – Warrnambool Campus. Operating Theatre is active 4 -5 days a week with numerous visiting specialists in Camperdown.
Hospital admission rights/ privileges
All General Practitioners must apply for Credential as a Visiting Local Medical Officers for privileges. In-patient care, assisting in with surgery, out-patient care
On-call roster is shared between our practice and an additional general practice in Camperdown. GP Supervisors for registrars are also shared between practices to ensure support.
GP Advanced Skills opportunities
|Key contact:||Glenda McIlveen (Practice Manager), Dr John Menzies (Principal GP)|
|Address:||7 Robinson Street CAMPERDOWN|
|Telephone:||03 5593 7070|
|Fax:||03 5593 1516|
|Email address for applications:|
Camperdown is just 50km from the Great Ocean Road at Port Campbell, 70km from the regional city of Warrnambool and about 160km from Halls Gap (the Grampians) with all the adventure and amazing scenery you could wish for.
It is an active community, with about 3500 people living within the township and another 4500 people in the surrounding district. Sheep, beef, dairy, and crop farming are the primary industries.The area is located on the world’s third largest volcanic plain and surrounded by large salt and fresh water lakes, between Colac and Terang.
A 2 kilometre long row of elm trees along the main thoroughfare of Manifold Street is flanked on either side by shops and historic building. The famous 30 metre tall Gothic-style clock tower which was built in 1896, is open one Sunday a month for people to climb the stairs to the observation level and enjoy panoramic views over the town.
For stunning views of the surrounding volcanic peaks, plains and lakes, take a short drive south to the top of Mount Leura. A walking trail extends from the lookout to neighbouring volcanic cone of Mount Sugarloaf.
200km west of Melbourne, via the Princes Highway, Camperdown is surrounded by volcanic activity from some 22,000 years ago, which formed the lakes, craters, and hills that characterise the landscape of the district.
Along the Princes Highway around Camperdown and neighbouring towns are remnants of stone walls built in the 1800s in at attempt to keep rabbits out of farm land as well as to clear the fields of stones.
Local clubs and fitness groups are numerous, art, craft, environmental and cultural groups are always keen to have new members. Fitness centres and large sports stadiums cater for numerous sport options.
Camperdown offers a wonderful selection of activities and attractions to enjoy and a warm welcoming community who are very supportive of their local GPs.
Great coffee shops and bakeries, food and wine.
|Public transport||Train service to Melbourne 2-3 times a day|
|Nearest airport||Avalon near Geelong, or Melbourne's Tullamarine International airport.|
|Access and distances to major centres or nearby towns||
Close to Colac – 35 minutes drive, Warrnambool 45 minutes drive, Geelong and Ballarat 1 hour and 30 minutes drive and the beautiful Great Ocean Road coast only 40 minutes away.
Private: Catholic Mercy College prep to 12 (2 campus locations)
Public: Camperdown College prep to 12 (2 campus locations)