Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Health Service

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Health Service


Wathaurong Health Service is part of the Wathaurong Co-operative a community controlled organisation.

Wathaurong Health Service provides medical care to the local and transient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and their families.  The medical service works closely with other Wathaurong community services to provide well balance social and emotional care.

The GPs at Wathaurong enjoy being part of a team environment.  We work with Nursing staff, Aboriginal Health Practitioners, Administrative staff, Dental staff, Maternity services, AOD team, Mental Health team, visiting Specialists, Community Support Services and visiting allied health to support patients in taking control of their health.

GP Registrars who enjoy working in a team environment are encouraged to consider Wathaurong for their training. People who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are encouraged to apply for registrar positions.

Practice Information
Number of doctors 8
Number of supervisors 4
Number of visiting specialists 4
Number of rooms 5
Billing Bulk
Allied health professionals Diabetes Educator, Child and Maternal Health Nurse, Dental, AOD workers, Psychologist, Mental Health support workers, Chronic Disease nurse and Health worker, Aboriginal Health Workers, Koori Maternity Service
Nursing Staff

Clinic is manned by a Nurse and Health worker. Nursing staff assist with Chronic Disease checks, Health Assessments and general nursing assistance and a Koori Maternity Service

Additional learning opportunities
Clinical meetings
Cultural Education, visiting specialists and visiting allied health education. Supporting Medical Students. Involvement with clinical audits.
Supervisor Special Interests

  • General Practice
  • Mental Health
  • Opiate Replacement Therapy (ORT)
  • Women’s Health – MTOP Implanon and Mirena Insertion

General Facilities/ Services

Wathaurong provides outreach service to Colac weekly. Various GPs are involved in this roster. This is done with a nurse and/or Health worker. An opportunity to work in the visiting Pediatric Specialist clinic is available to GP Registrars. This provides a higher level of education and experience in community pediatrics.

Training Expectations
Practice opening hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
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 Nil
Saturday and Sunday work Nil
Out of practice visits

Home visits are infrequent and would be supported by AHW or Nursing staff using Wathaurong vehicle. Colac team travel together using a Wathaurong vehicle.

Public holiday work


Local Hospital Information
Hospital affiliations

Visiting specialist from Barwon Health

Hospital admission rights/ privileges




Key contact: Mick Ryan
Address: Lot 62 Morgan Street NORTH GEELONG
Telephone: 03 5277 2038
Fax: 03 5277 3537

Practice capacity for 2021 will be only be available when the Registrar Competitive Placement process opens

College accreditation RACGP
Pathway General
Our Community

There is an active and proud Aboriginal community in Geelong and surrounds. Working at Wathaurong will enable Registrars to gain insight in the rich culture of the local Aboriginal people, the Wathaurong people, and the difficulties faced by generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in accessing appropriate healthcare.

Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city, located on Corio Bay, and within a short drive from popular beach-front communities on the Bellarine Peninsula as well as being the gateway to the famous Great Ocean Road, which begins just south of Geelong at Torquay.

The city itself boasts a large commercial centre which extends down to the foreshore, offering visitors the chance to explore popular beach-front attractions such as Eastern Beach with its swimming enclosure, the Steampacket Gardens, the dining options available on Cunningham Pier, and several coastal walks, dotted with collections of bollards depicting historic characters. Elegant architecture, colourful gardens and parks, and the backdrop of Corio Bay are all symbolic of what locals refer to as the “city by the bay”.

The Barwon River meanders through Geelong and its surrounding suburbs, fronted by a number of attractive parks and the scenic Buckley Falls in Fyansford. On its journey to the coast, the river flows through the wetlands of Lake Connewarre before entering Bass Strait at the twin towns of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.

Population: Around 200,000 people

Community groups
Parents’ clubs
School clubs
Spiritual groups
Public transport Excellent public transport and links to Melbourne and beyond.
Nearest airport Avalong airport or Tullamarine.
Access and distances to major centres or nearby towns

Easy access to Melbourne by bus, train or road.

Child care
Additional Information

Variety of public, private and religious schools, both primary and secondary, plus Deakin University has its base in Geelong.

Tourism/ council/ community information websites