Welcome to the University of Melbourne Shepparton Medical Centre.
We believe that healthcare is about so much more than a diagnosis and medicines. Health is about the whole person - our social, emotional, physical wellbeing. It's all connected. We're here to work with you to set and reach your individual health goals.
An overview of the general, specialist and allied health services available.View
Opening hours, schedule of fees & appointments
Better access: We're introducing online appointments and we're changing our opening hours from March 2016 to be here for you more readily and more often - find out more here.View
Meet your Team
Find out more about our individual doctors and nurses, including what they value about working in general practice, and what their professional and personal interests are.View
Resources & policies
Links to our policies, information sources, and apps we think you might find useful.View
We are a learning organisation - constantly evaluating what we do and how we do it. We believe that this is a prerequisite for being a good teaching organisation. We are a real general practice that treats teaching and learning as core business. We offer experiential learning - students and registrars are included in all facets of the service: The consulting room with doctors and nurses, staff meetings, clinical meetings, our back-of-house services and our service development initiatives. That is because being a GP and working in a general practice is about a whole lot more than what happens in the consultation. We aim to give our students a true sense of general practice's beauty - the simplicity of its concept and the complexity of its execution.
At the moment, we focus on medical students and GP registrars. However, we are now exploring whether we can offer a similar, high quality learning experience for nurses. We note that the federal government's freeze of Medicare and increasing discussion of a new payment mechanism point towards the introduction of medical homes and capitation. This is a funding model that incentivises efficient and effective provision of care instead of high throughput. We believe that the development of nurses to include care coordination is a critical step towards better primary care, particularly in a capitation model. Already, the role of primary care nurses has transformed - our nurses are health practitioners in their own right, with particular expertise in chronic disease prevention and management.
For medical students
Each year, we deliver approximately 700 teaching sessions for medical students. We find that they come back as registrars - and we're quite proud of that. Find out what you should expect and what we expect from you - and browse what others' experiences have been.View
For GP registrars
We usually have between three and five registrars in our clinic, often two GPT1-2 and two GPT3-4 registrars. We aim to develop registrars into confident, collaborative GPs who value interactions with their peers and respect their nursing, allied health, physician and administrative colleagues. Find out what you should expect and what others' experiences have been.View
We always look for improvements in what we do, and we're always keeping an eye out for innovative ideas that might work in our practice. We believe in a collaborative approach that crosses professional and organisational boundaries. We see community, patients and students as collaborators. To foster collaboration and innovation in primary care, we participate in and implement communities of practice, workshops, and networks.
The University of Melbourne Shepparton Medical Centre provides high quality, comprehensive primary healthcare to people living in and around Shepparton. The first purpose-built teaching clinic in Australia, the centre was developed to support the University's School of Rural Health, then known as the Rural Clinical School. Teaching and learning is therefore at the heart of the clinic's mission. All GPs working at the centre are enthusiastic, experienced doctors and medical educators.
The practice has a strong emphasis on delivering a high quality level of care in an atmosphere of mutual support, good communication and having fun. We value:
To provide the general public of Shepparton & districts an excellent general practice service, within a financially self-sustaining facility while supporting a teaching environment.
Facilitating experiential learning, for primarily but not exclusively, medical students while delivering high quality patient care and maximizing the available time for learning opportunities.
The practice is an architecturally designed facility which prides itself on its welcoming environment and patient focussed, team based model of care. It incorporates and embraces the latest in computer technologies including access to the on-line resources of the Melbourne Medical School. The practice delivers patient care in a multidisciplinary, vertically integrated way and in addition to primary care (general practice), runs specialty clinics (including psychiatry, neurology, and infectious disease) and allied health clinics. Specialists, allied health, and practice nurse colleagues all contribute to teaching and team based care.
Facilities include individual consulting rooms for medical students and registrars, a well equipped teaching room ('student hub'), and procedure rooms. The medical centre is located on the University's Shepparton Campus and is opposite Goulburn Valley Health. GPs, medical students and GP registrars are scheduled to enable access to Grand Rounds and are encouraged to participate in the academic and professional development activities which regularly take place on site.
Shepparton is located two hours north of Melbourne in the heart of Victoria's 'food bowl', the Goulburn Valley. The town has excellent cultural and sporting amenities, and is close to the gourmet food regions and stunning scenery of the Victorian High Country.
"Students are our Future"
Welcome to the Shepparton Medical Centre
The Shepparton Medical Centre has 20 consulting rooms to facilitate parallel consulting, where students are responsible for assessing patients on their own prior to supervisor input. It offers the opportunity for high quality, efficient care provision and more effective teaching.
The teaching environment is enhanced by a well equipped onsite teaching hub for both formal teaching sessions and informal interactions between clinicians and students. The centre also has 2 well equipped procedure rooms and excellent facilities for practice nurse staff who make an important contribution to the team based model of patient care. Clinic staff are committed to a cooperative, multidisciplinary, model of care.