Welcome to Budja Budja Aboriginal Cooperative, Halls Gap, Gariwerd

Budja Budja is the Traditional Aboriginal name for Halls Gap. The Clinic is located in the heart of the Gariwerd/Grampians National Park, in Country shared by Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali Traditional Owner Groups.

The Budja Budja Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd., located at Halls Gap, was established by the current CEO, Tim Chatfield, in 1999 with the aim of delivering a range of cultural, medical, health and well being services to both the local Indigenous, as well as the non-Indigenous community, including the one million international and domestic tourists (source: Tourism Victoria) who visit Gariwerd each year. Our Indigenous Community continues to grow strongly (over 25% a year) and is now estimated to number about 450, based on the most recently published Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census information.

Tourists and visitors to Gariwerd are always welcome and now account for 10 per cent of annual patient consultations. Services provided range from scripts to the presentation of critical patients requiring stabilisation prior to transfer to a hospital at either Stawell or Ararat. It is the only primary health care, GP and community health facility in Halls Gap and surrounds and is much valued by the whole Community across Budja’s Health Service region. GP consultations are available Tuesday to Fridays from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm and due to high demand, bookings for consultations is required.

In 2014 our expanding services stimulated the establishment of the first permanent pharmacy in Halls Gap, located at the Stoney Creek shops. This pharmacy is open most days a week  and provides a much valued and appreciated service.

The Co-operative is an initiative of the local Djab Wurrung Aboriginal Community and services the region encompassing Ararat, Stawell, Halls Gap and Gariwerd, Dunkeld, Mortlake, Dadswell Bridge and St Arnaud and all areas in-between. The Co-operative is governed by an experienced and qualified Board of Directors.

The Co-operative operates from a refurbished modern facility in Halls Gap that assists in ensuring the delivery of Culturally Safe services in a welcoming environment and is open for all. The clinic is staffed by our very professional, friendly and helpful staff, including GPs and four Registered Nurses and support staff, as provides many outreach services through our mainstream health partners.

Current services offered include:

Bulk billed GP consultations, Indigenous Health Checks and Kids Checks, Child and Maternal Health, dental, optometry, hearing, diabetes educator, podiatry, exercise physiologist, dietician, pathology, vaccinations and immunisations, including for travel, pharmacy medication checks, limited clinical transport services, Neighbourhood House and cultural programs for all Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people, including tourists visiting Gariwerd. Services not directly available at Budja are available through referral to our public/mainstream health partners in Stawell and Ararat.

In 2017-18, Budja is expected to record a total of over 10,000 individual patient contacts and services provided to both our Indigenous and Non-Indigenous patients across all our health, medical services and other programs.