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Terang Medical Clinic

Terang Medical Clinic services a district of around 3000 people. The success of the clinic is built on the foundations of compassion, respect and excellence and takes great pride in ensuring it provides a family-friendly workplace that assists in achieving and maintaining a favourable work/life balance.

Doctors, nurses and allied health service providers offer a range of services to meet acute, urgent, chronic and ongoing health needs. We aim to provide clients with the best and most current treatments, methods, material and equipment within our resource capabilities to ensure that patients receive the high quality of services they have come to expect.

Terang is a rural town located 30 minutes drive from Warrnambool (1.5 hrs from Geelong or 2.5 hrs from Melbourne). Local attractions include the beautiful 19th century buildings and an avenue of 100 year old oak trees; several local walking trails, including the Mt Noorat Volcano walk and the town’s close proximity to the Great Ocean Road. Terang is serviced by local businesses including a petrol station, supermarket, hardware store, numerous cafes/bakeries, several hotels/motels/caravan parks, a choice of several primary and secondary schools, hairdressers/beauty therapists, a gym/fitness centre and various churches.

The town is only 40 minutes from the Great Ocean road with iconic attractions such as the Twelve Apostles and London Bridge, plus magnificent beaches set in a backdrop of mountain forests.

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Terang Medical Clinic is a beacon of health care that has been functioning from the same premises for over 58 years and since 2007 has been privately owned by Dr Tim Fitzpatrick.

We are a general practice dedicated to providing comprehensive, high quality care to the Terang and surrounding community. Working together, the clinic takes pride in providing a professional service to meet our community’s needs. In recent years we have expanded to meet the growing demand for our services.

Terang Medical Clinic is an AGPAL-accredited General Practice. We are proud to also be recognised as an accredited Training Practice, providing training, mentoring and experience for registrars, along with hosting medical students from Deakin and Melbourne Universities.

Registrars will 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 of the eye, suturing, fractures, sprains/strains, respiratory conditions.

Advanced skills opportunities in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and/or obstetrics are available. Registrars will be supported by three accredited GP Supervisors.

About the clinic

Terang Medical Clinic is open for consultations Monday to Saturday; provides on-call and inpatient services at Terang and Mortlake Health Service and provides care to several aged care facilities in the area.

Our doctors are supported by a team that includes our Practice Manager, administration and nursing staff, as well as on-site Physiotherapy, Dental and Pathology services. We also have a team of visiting specialists, including a Mental Health Nurse, Psychologist and Audiologist.

Additional services available in Terang include ultrasound, diabetes educator and dietician; podiatrist, social worker, maternal and child health nurses.

Terang and Mortlake Health Service is a 14-bed hospital that provides acute and 24-hour urgent care, day surgery and diagnostic procedure, general medicine, palliative care, transitional care and obstetrics services.

Our doctors and staff participate in regular continuous professional development to maintain their skills and keep abreast of the most recent information available.

On-call requirements are generally one day per week and one in five/six weekends.

Dr Tim Fitzpatrick

MBBS, DRANZCOG, FRACGP, Master of Family Medicine

Dr Tim Fitzpatrick is the Principal GP of Terang Medical Clinic. He has worked at the clinic since 1990 and has enjoyed supervising and mentoring GP Registrars, Medical Students and Nursing Students for 30 years. This commitment has resulted in several graduates later joining the clinic as GPs.

After graduating in 1984, Dr Fitzpatrick completed posts in Melbourne and various rural areas, along with a period at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in Britain.

Dr Fitzpatrick has also completed several volunteer placements in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Dr Fitzpatrick holds post-graduate qualifications in Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Anaesthetics and Sports Medicine.

When not working in the clinic, Dr Fitzpatrick can be found on the golf course; hiking to the top of Mt Noorat and spending quality time with his family. Dr Fitzpatrick is a well-known cricket tragic and raconteur!

“If my life was a movie, the soundtrack would be ‘The Entertainer’ from the movie soundtrack of The Sting.

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