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 for the one million international and domestic tourists (source: Tourism Victoria) who visit Gariwerd each year. Tourists now account for 10 per cent of annual patient consultations, with services sought ranging 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 and GP and community health facility in Halls Gap and surrounds and is much valued by the whole Community across Budja’s service region. 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 6 days a week, excluding Mondays, and provides a much valued and appreciated service.

The Co-operative is an initiative of the local Koori Community and services the region encompassing Ararat, Stawell, Halls Gap and Gariwerd and, St Arnaud towns 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 Appropriate services in a welcoming environment for all, through our professional, friendly and helpful staff, including GPs and three registered and enrolled nurses and support staff, as well as many outreach services from our 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 2014-15, Budja is expected to record a total of over 6,500 individual patient contacts and services to both our Indigenous and Non-Indigenous clients across all health, medical services and other programs.