Final year Indigenous health placements in Mildura

Indigenous health

Rotations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

One student per rotation

Mallee District Aboriginal Services and Mildura Base Hospital

Clinical Supervisor: Dr. Aseel Marioud, GP.

MDAS is a vibrant and innovative organization employing over 300 staff. MDAS runs over 50 programs aimed at improving the health outcomes and life expectancy of Indigenous people in the Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang areas. Staff at all includes general practitioners, Aboriginal health workers and nurses, obstetrician and gynaecologist, midwives, maternal health workers, mental health workers, and drug and alcohol counsellors. Generally, students will be under the supervision of the general practitioner and will be encouraged to assess and examine patients in the GP clinic, but placement opportunities in other areas of the service will be encouraged and negotiated, including:

  • nurse clinic
  • visiting specialists clinics (renal, endocrinology)
  • chronic disease management
  • Aboriginal maternity service
  • maternal child health checks
  • psychological counselling and mental health
  • drug and alcohol counselling
  • quit smoking support
  • visit to Wiimpatja Healing Centre (remote)

You will also be rostered for several days to the Aboriginal Liaison Service at MBH, familiarising yourself with the services and issues surrounding treatment in the acute setting.

The student experience in Indigenous health

"This is an eye opening placement based mainly at the Mallee District Aboriginal Service (MDAS) with either a full-time or locum GP. Apart from time spent with the GP clarking indigenous patients, students have the opportunity to sit in with visiting specialists (cardiologist, obstetrician and respiratory physician) and undertake community placements within MIldura and more widely in rural areas like Warrakoo (only accessible by dirt track several hours from Mildura).

This is a great placement for those interested in social welfare/injustice and an amazing opportunity to see first hand some of the health and social problems overly represented within Indigenous populations. The medicine you will learn is not drastically different from previous GP rotations but the direct exposure to social disadvantage makes this an invaluable rotation for those socially minded."  Ben Bamberry, Year 5 

Further information can be obtained from Ms Jenny Timmis jenny.timmis@monash.edu or telephone 5022 5521