South West Medical Centre in Warrnambool is a private business unit of the Warrnambool Base Hospital. The centre is located in the Warrnambool Community Health facility, which means practitioners are able to work closely with allied health professionals.
“We have a great network happening with allied health and we learn a lot from that close relationship, which can help deliver better patient outcomes,” Practice Manager Jannah Wright said.
Registrars who are placed with the practice are welcomed with dinners and trivia nights (COVID restriction-dependent) to help them integrate into the team.
“If the registrar is moving, they may not have a lot of family around,” Jannah said. “We try to help them fit in, to feel as welcome as possible.”
In terms of skill development for GPs in training, the clinic covers a broad range, but with a particular emphasis on health issues faced by younger people.
“We encourage registrars, if they have an interest in a particular area, to let us know – we’ll blend that in with their day-to-day GP skills,” Jannah said.
“Our demographic is younger, so that does increase exposures to particular health issues within mental health and women’s health.
“We are very strict on ensuring that all the program requirements are met – we’ll allow extra time for admin and teaching to assist.”
See more about the practice here.