• Bairnsdale Regional Health Service

    (BRHS) provides services including comprehensive primary care, acute care, aged care, community and home based health services to a growing population of 40,000 people across a land mass of 21,000 square kilometres.

    • Fraser ward is a 21-bed unit that predominantly admits general surgical patients, cared for by three general surgeons Bed occupancy in Fraser is generally around 75%.
    • Gabo ward is an 18 bed acute medical ward with cardiac monitoring available. Bed occupancy is 86%.
    • Rotamah ward is a 24 bed diverse unit comprising of maternity, paediatrics, palliative and general medical. Bed occupancy in Rotamah is 65%.
    • Flanagan ward is a 21 bed rehabilitation ward with 16 sub-acute beds and four acute beds. Its bed occupancy is 93%.

    In 2012-2013, there were 13,982 admissions to the hospital. Approximately 25% of admissions are emergency admissions and 61% are admitted for same day treatment. There were 18,390 attendances at the Emergency Department. This represents a 11.5% increase in admissions and a 13.8% increase in Emergency attendances since 2010-2011.

  • MacLeod St Medical Centre, Bairnsdale

    The practice has seven associate and six assistant GPs, practice manager, two full-time nurses, two part-time nurses, and seven reception and account staff.

    The GPs admit and manage medical patients, and provide all obstetric and anaesthetic services for the hospital

    The Centre is housed in a purpose built facility, consisting of a spacious waiting area, twelve consulting rooms, two procedure rooms, three nursing cubicles, an ECG room, modern kitchen/dining area and a large meeting/library room. A pathology provider is on site. Medical records are electronically stored using Medical Director and Zedmed software. Broadband access is available on all workstations.

    The Centre is accredited for Registrar, medical student and PGPPP training. Supervisors hold regular formal teaching sessions.

  • Brabuwooloong Medical Centre

      The Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative (GEGAC) is based in Bairnsdale and provides the following services:
    • cultural business services,
    • community services,
    • primary health care services,
    • children, young people and family services unit,
    • alcohol and other drug services,
    • case management workers and alcohol and other drugs nurse.
  • Monash University School of Rural Health East and South Gippsland (Bairnsdale)

    The Monash University in Bairnsdale and Sale is a key partner in this Community Based Internship and will provide assistance with education and learning, including the use of Simulation Laboratories. Some medical students from Year 2 complete a two week placement at Bairnsdale and 10 students complete the year 4C program at Bairnsdale. In addition, final year medical students (5D) are able to complete the core subjects of aged care, surgery and emergency medicine at Bairnsdale.
  • Central Gippsland Health Service

    (CGHS) is located in south east Victoria and is the major provider of health and community services in Wellington Shire. Services are based in Sale (population approximately 14,000), Maffra (4,000) and the towns of Heyfield (1,600) and Rosedale (1,100) The total population of the Shire is approximately 42,000, making it the third largest local government area by size in Victoria, and is characterised by strong agricultural, timber, aviation (private/ Defence Force) and tourism sectors.

    The main hospital site is located in Sale which is where prevocational medical training is situated. The CGHS Acute Care Division provides acute care as part of an integrated service with 97 acute beds across three campuses (Sale, Maffra and Heyfield), 209 nursing home and hostel beds and 98 independent living units. Services include:

    • General surgery, orthopaedics, urology and ENT;
    • General medicine, gastroenterology, respiratory;
    • Cardiac & critical care services;
    • Obstetrics & gynaecology, domiciliary midwifery, ante-natal pre-admission services
    • Paediatrics and a level 2 neonatal nursery;

    In 2012-2013, there were 12,321 admissions to the hospital. Approximately 23% of admissions are emergency admissions and 57% are admitted for same day treatment. There were 17,123 attendances at the Emergency Department, a 5% increase since 201-2011. The hospital statistics for admissions, procedures and Emergency Department attendances for both Bairnsdale and Sale, provided by the Department of Health, are shown below. Data for Latrobe General Hospital are shown for comparison.

  • Monash University School of Rural Health East and South Gippsland (Sale)

    The Monash University in Bairnsdale and Sale is a key partner in this Community Based Internship and will provide assistance with education and learning, including the use of Simulation Laboratories. Some medical students from Year 2 complete a two week placement at Sale and 8 year 3B students complete their full year at Sale. Also, 10 students complete the year 4C program at Sale and final year medical students (5D) are able to complete the core subjects of aged care, surgery and emergency medicine at Sale along with an elective rotation in radiology.
  • Clocktower Medical Centre, Sale

    The practice has four partners and four part-time associates. There are usually four receptionists and three practice nurses on duty. A number of the GPs provide anaesthetic and obstetric services and admit patients to the hospital GP ward.

    The practice is located in a large, modern, purpose-built medical centre, centrally situated in Sale. There are eleven consulting rooms, a large nursing complex (including a casualty-type area), an audio room and one procedure room. Gippsland Pathology has a collection centre on site.

    Around 750 patients are seen each week. The practice is fully computerized and uses Medical Director as a clinical package and Pracsoft as an accounting/appointment package.

    The Centre is accredited for Registrar, medical student and PGPPP training. Tutorials are held regularly and usually rotate through the partners. Medical education is encouraged through educational meetings held weekly at the Hospital and many other local meetings including satellite broadcasts.

  • Cunninghame Arm Medical Centre, Lakes Entrance

    This is a fully accredited five doctor family practice providing the full scope of rural medical care. Doctors in the practice have interests in family and women’s health, men’s health, preventative medicine, emergency medicine and minor surgery including flaps and grafts.

    The practice includes five part-time nursing staff, who are actively involved in health promotion, immunisation, recall systems, wound care, assistance with procedures and EPC consultations. There is a women’s health nurse and diabetes educator.

    The practice is fully computerised including recall systems for diabetes, asthma, skin checks and pap smears. Lakes Entrance does not have a hospital, and consequently the practice is fully-equipped to deal with emergency presentations. A specialist radiologist is also available to the town. Allied health staff consult from the practice on a part-time basis.

    The Centre is accredited for Registrar, medical student and PGPPP (PGY2) training.

  • Gippsland Lakes Community Health, Lakes Entrance

    The practice of 5 GPs is based within a community health setting and has access to a broad range of health professionals and areas including counselling, allied health, drug & alcohol services and aboriginal health workers. There are also an extensive range of nursing services available including maternal child health, home based nursing, palliative care, wound management, respiratory, diabetes, women’s health and immunisations. The focus is on a team based approach especially to the management of chronic diseases.

    The practice is supported by experienced registered nurses who conduct triage and assessments. As there is no hospital in Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes Community Health provides a primary response to a range of medical emergencies. The clinic incorporates a well-equipped accident and emergency facility, staffed by experienced nursing personnel. Visiting specialists include a surgeon, physician and paediatrician. The practice is fully computerised and is electronically linked with outreach GP services at sites including Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust. Outreach clinics are provided in Metung and Bruthen.

    The Centre is accredited for Registrar, medical student and PGPPP training. Opportunities exist for skill development in the areas of emergency medicine, home and palliative care, Koori health and minor surgical procedures

  • Aged Care in Lakes Entrance

    There are 130 aged care beds in Lakes Entrance in two facilities, each with both high and low care beds and dementia care areas. Medical care is provided by the two general practices.