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Terang Medical Clinic – TT 1-4

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

Terang Medical Clinic provides comprehensive, high-quality healthcare to Terang and the surrounding community of around 3000 people, working from foundations of compassion, respect and excellence.

The clinic takes pride in providing a professional service to meet community’s needs and has recently expanded to meet the growing demand for services. An AGPAL-accredited general practice, the clinic is proud to be recognised as an accredited training practice providing training and mentoring to GP trainees, as well as hosting medical students from Deakin and Melbourne Universities.

GP trainees placed at Terang Medical Clinic have exposure to chronic disease management, aged and palliative care, maternity shared-care, child and youth health, women’s/men’s health, mental health and emergency medicine. Common emergency presentations include foreign body in the eye, suturing, fractures, sprains/strains and respiratory conditions. Advanced skills opportunities in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and/or obstetrics are also available.

With three accredited supervisors amongst the six practicing doctors and a team of experienced practice staff and registered nurses, a broad range of support and a wealth of experience is on offer for trainees. The clinic takes great pride in providing a family-friendly workplace to achieve and maintain a favourable work/life balance.

Providing the most current treatments, methods, materials and equipment ensures patients receive the high-quality care they deserve. Doctors and staff participate in regular continuous professional development to maintain their skills and keep abreast of the most up-to-date techniques.

Services available include general medicine and chronic disease management, obstetrics and family planning, sports medicine, counselling, vaccination and travel medicine, minor surgical procedures, skin checks and emergency treatment. Patients also have access to ultrasound, diabetes educator and dietician, podiatrist, social worker and maternal and child health nurses. Visiting specialists include a mental health nurse, psychologist, physician, optometrist and an audiologist. The clinic also has on-site physiotherapy, dental and pathology services.

Additional learning opportunities for GP trainees include small group learning, clinical meetings, journal club and assisting with procedures. Open for consultations Monday to Saturday, the clinic provides on-call and inpatient services at Terang and Mortlake Health Service and provides care to several aged care facilities in the area. The health service is a 14-bed hospital providing acute and 24-hour urgent care, day surgery and diagnostic procedures, general medicine, palliative care, transitional care and obstetrics services. On-call requirements are generally one day per week and one in five or six weekends. Home visits are available for patients who are unable to attend the clinic.

The township of Terang is located only 30 minutes drive from the thriving regional centre of Warrnambool and is an easy drive from Geelong. Just over half an hour from the Great Ocean Road, you will have access to magnificent beaches, set in a backdrop of mountain forests and iconic attractions such as the Twelve Apostles and London Bridge.

Local attractions in and around Terang include historic buildings, an avenue of 100-year-old oak trees and walking trails, including the Mt Noorat Volcano walk and the wonderful beaches of the Great Ocean Road. Amenities include a supermarket, hardware store, numerous cafes and bakeries, hairdressers and beauty therapists, a gym/fitness centre and various churches. Families have comprehensive local education options with both primary and secondary schools, as well as childcare and a kindergarten.

With the world-renowned Great Ocean Road on your doorstep, close to flourishing regional centres like Warrnambool and cultural treats like the Port Fairy Folk Festival, charming, historic townships like Terang have much to offer.

All set against the magnificent back-drop of rolling hills and forests, discover why the beautiful south west should be your training destination.

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Dr Tim Fitzpatrick — MBBS, DRANZCOG, FRACGP, Master of Family Medicine — is the principal GP at Terang Medical Clinic.

Working at the clinic since 1990, Dr Fitzpatrick has enjoyed supervising and mentoring GP trainees, medical students and nursing students. Strong working relationships with graduates have resulted in several GPs joining the clinic post completion of training — there is always the option to continue on at the clinic as a fellowed GP.

Dr Fitzpatrick has worked in metropolitan and rural settings across Australia and has also gained a wealth of experience through work in the UK and with volunteer placements in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

GP trainees can be assured of experiencing a broad scope of practice with the clinic’s three GP supervisors. Holding post-graduate qualifications in obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthetics and sports medicine, Dr Fitzpatrick’s special interests also include family medicine.  Dr Jacqueline Altree’s interests include preventative health and health literacy, sexual health, mental health and emergency medicine. Dr Johanna Kelly’s interests include child health, emergency medicine and antenatal shared care.

Dr Fitzpatrick spends his leisure time enjoying all Terang and district has to offer, including having a hit on the local golf course and hiking to the top of Mt Noorat. He is also committed to spending quality time with his family and is a well-known cricket tragic.

“My drive to work is 300 metres and the traffic is seldom busy. You can receive follow-up patient feedback in the supermarket, the golf course is always free for a hit and the community is incredibly supportive – if anything bad happens, word gets around and the local support is both humbling and overwhelming.”

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