GP Locum: Walwa Medical Clinic
- : RWAV (Rural Workforce Agency - Victoria)
- : 06-Jun-2018
- : Walwa VIC 3709
Solo dispensing practice
No VMO or ED
Small friendly bush nursing site in beautiful surrounds
Required dates: July 2 – 13 (2 weeks) October 22 – 26, ( 1 week) November 12- 26 ( 1 week) 17-20 December 2018, (1 week) (prefer locums who can do repeat placements)
Practice hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (eight sessions per week)
Fees: $575 per session, 100% after hours billings, plus reasonable travel fees and provide three-bedroom fully self-contained unit next to practice.
Role: This solo clinic currently utilises a roster of ongoing repeat locums to make up equivalent of full-time EFT. GP locum will be supported by a nurse practitioner and nurses who triage emergency calls 24/7. Out of hours, the nurses will attend all presentations, and there is only a requirement that the GP be available by phone, there is no necessity for the GP to attend. Further to this, there is no hospital in Walwa, so all emergent issues are transferred, thus the out of hours normally consists of approximately 2-3 calls per week, and rarely in unsociable hours. Locum will also do pharmacy scripting so consults will tend to be slightly longer than usual. Workload- averages 20-25 patients per day but as there is no permanent GP locums are required to assist in being proactive in chasing up results and tests and re-booking patients back in for further diagnosis and assisting with care plans. This is a very tight knit community who all make the locums very welcome.
The Walwa medical practice is an accredited purpose-built solo teaching practice situated onsite in the Walwa Bush Nursing Centre. This partnership enables a focus on preventive medicine, population and community health by providing direct access to many services including practice nursing services, district nursing, home and community care, visiting physiotherapist, diabetes educator, podiatrist, mental health counselor, child and maternal health care nurse, massage therapy, occupational therapist and dietitian, meals on wheels, community car, health education and assessment, continuum of care as well as health promotion programs such as weight training, Tai Chi for arthritis, weight reduction classes a community centre with gymnasium and a well-equipped 24-hour accident and emergency department (staffed 24/7 by highly trained WBNC nurses and nurse practitioner).
An Ambulance Victoria auspiced Community Emergency Response Team is also rostered 24/7 for first response emergencies, so there are few, if any, after hour call-outs. The clinic has patients drawn from the wide surrounding area and is one of the few dispensing practices in Victoria.
About Walwa: The unique wilderness areas, lakes and rivers are popular with bush walkers, campers, canoeists, skiers, whitewater rafters and fishing enthusiasts. Situated in a beautiful setting close to the Snowy Mountains and the Kosciuszko National Park a five-hour drive from Melbourne. The town boasts a pub, resort and a gallery and general store. Corryong and Tumbarumba are a 30-minute drive away and offer bigger supermarkets, fresh fruit and vegetables and other shopping. Walwa is only one hour drive from the larger centres of Albury-Wodonga.
Dates of Placement:
02/07/2018 - 20/12/2018
Remote via phone, with 24-hour nurse triage, rarely called in and not required to stay on-site
4 per hour
Solo or Group Practice:
Self-contained three-bedroom unit next to clinic
Travel Costs Covered:
Reasonable travel costs covered
Situated in the north and north-east of Victoria this stunning region is highly valued for offering a rural lifestyle close to Melbourne but with the peace and tranquility of country living.
There are plenty of recreational opportunities on the banks of the Goulburn River and the rich agricultural land surrounding Wangaratta yields gourmet produce and world class wines. The nearby alpine ranges are a playground for skiers in winter and fishing, bushwalking and cycling are popular in the summertime.
Kosciuszko National Park
Major towns: Shepparton-Mooroopna, Mildura, Bendigo, Echuca
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