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Camperdown – Robinson Street Medical Centre – TT 1-4

This practice will accept applications from Training Term (TT) 1-4 registrars.

Robinson Street Medical Centre provides healthcare to an active community, with about 3500 people living within the vibrant, attractive Camperdown township and another 4500 in the surrounding district.

The close working relationship of health professionals in small rural towns is unique and Camperdown is a great example. The town’s two medical practices support each other to provide medical care to the community, as well as training to both GP trainees and medical students. They also combine to provide GP services to the Camperdown Hospital, a campus of Warrnambool’s South West Health Care.

Each general practitioner has their own fully equipped and computerised consulting suite, featuring 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.

GP trainees will experience true cradle-to-grave care. Looking after the youngest to the oldest and the most vulnerable members of the community. Small surgical procedures and suturing are a part of everyday training, together with end-of-life care, of great importance to this close-knit, rural community.

Camperdown’s volcanic activity formed the lakes, craters and hills that characterise the magnificent landscape of the district. Being half an hour from the Great Ocean Road and just over an hour from the Grampians and its wealth of outdoor activities, Camperdown is ideally situated. Major regional centres like Warrnambool, Geelong and Ballarat are also within easy reach.

A close relationship between the local hospital and the practice means GPs not only manage their own patients, they care for patients from outside the district referred for surgery by visiting specialists. The hospital can support surgical theatre lists four days a week for visiting specialists. The town’s elderly population are well cared for with two residential aged care facilities, one attached to the hospital and the other community funded.

“Our practice is committed to the training of GP trainees. We have hosted GP trainees since 2001, while they completing their basic and advanced terms. It’s always been a very rewarding experience for everyone.” said practice manager, Glenda McIlveen.

Each member of the practice’s health professional team work closely together to create an environment that supports GP trainees to develop a good work-life balance. Involvement in the local community is encouraged and GP trainees can easily access activities or events they enjoy.

She was proud to report that most GP trainees have stayed with the practice for at least two years.

“A number of our previous GP trainees have also continued their relationship with the practice as GP locums, assisting with weekend or relief work, after fellowship.

“You can choose to continue on with the practice – if you love it, live it.” she said.

Glenda encourages GP trainees to experience what rural life has to offer and really embed themselves in the community.

“A question we ask GP trainees is what would you most like to experience about working in a rural community?

“Over the years we have hosted GP trainees, some have really taken it a step further, deciding to raise baby lambs and take on the farming life.” she said.

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GP trainees will benefit from experiencing emergency patient care and learn from GPs, specialists and other health practitioners who are keen to share their knowledge.

The different levels of training, ranging from medical students, to GP trainees and other medical practitioners, are supported not only by the appointed GP Supervisor, but by the experienced group as a whole to create a complete training experience.

Like many rural practices, the GP supervisor is an experienced procedural GP with many years’ experience and a commitment to passing on his breadth of knowledge. Dr John Menzies, is an anesthetist, with vast experience in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Dr Menzies explains that a one of the many benefits of practice in a small town is a shared GP on-call roster. A great way to work with experienced supervisors in a range of settings, such as  emergency medicine.

“I encourage GP trainees to meet all the health professionals in Camperdown to both learn and better understand the rural community.” said Dr Menzies.

“We have developed an awesome practice nurse team whose skills enhance patient care. They are leaders in quality chronic disease management and GP trainees will learn a lot from them.” he said.

GP trainees can feel confident they will receive a broad spectrum of training and experience, which will equip them with the skills they need for rural general practice.

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