Budja’s new mobile clinic van came into operation in mid-July 2019 and is now servicing our Aboriginal Community across Ararat, Stawell and St Arnaud and some other smaller towns.
Significant grants were obtained from both Indigenous Affairs, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Deakin University’s Rural Medical School, Warrnambool to make this happen.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census indicated that our Indigenous population grew by 69.8% from 2011, one of the highest in Victoria.
Services available include hearing, optometry, general health checks and health promotion and education. Services provided depend on Community and individual need. Services are provided by our professional Registered Nurses and other health professionals, and at times by our General Practitioner.
Services are available to be provided at Primary and Secondary Schools, Community events, associated with Community Health Centres and in the home.
This service is taking an innovative approach to health service delivery to our 450 Indigenous Community geographically dispersed community across 10,000 square kilometres, encompassing Ararat, Stawell, St Arnaud, Gariwerd, Dunkeld, Mortlake, the western part of Beaufort and all towns in between.
Ongoing evaluation of the service, including assessing patient needs, responses and measuring health outcomes over time, will be undertaken in by a committee chaired and led by Budja Board and CEO, in conjunction with Deakin University’s Rural Medical School, Warrnambool.
To obtain further information or for bookings ring Budja Medical reception on 5356 4751.