Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Services – Wollongong

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Last modified 13/08/2014 9:33
Address 150 Church Street
Suburb Wollongong
Postcode 2500
State New South Wales
Branch Clinic
Phone 02 4229 9495
Fax 02 4228 6153
Email [email protected]
No. of Doctors 6
Opening Hours Monday to Friday- 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
To improve the health and wellbeing of Illawarra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples."
Training style Training for the GPRs is delivered in a number of styles within the IAMS practice setting. the GPR have protected time with their supervisor for 1 hour each week, for the GPRs to be educated from the supervisor and for the GPRs to share their experiences within the practice. The GPRs also have the opportunity to engage with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members with attending Aboriginal Community Based programs operated by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. Furthermore the GPRs attend the Indigenous Health Training day with is facilitated by the IAMS staff in collaboration with the CCCGPT medical educator Jemima Grant.
Special Interest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Holistic Health Care. Close the Gap, Practice Incentive Programs, TeleHealth, Chronic Disease Management, Acute Care and Point of Care Testing.
Support Team The clinic support model within the IAMS operates on a multidisciplinary approach. The Aboriginal Health Worker, Practice Nurse and General Practitioner all work collaboratively together within a team environment, also with the assistance of the Allied Health Service providers, and other disciplines within the organisation.
Allied Health Staff The IAMS has the following AH staff in practice; Optometrist, Podiatrist, Dentist, Dental Therapist, Massage Therapist, Social Worker, Diabetes Educator Nurses, Dietician, Audiologist, Psychologist and Psychiatrist, just to name a few. The IAMS also has a number of Referral Pathways in place for accessibility to; Ear Nose and Throat specialist, Physio Therapist, Paediatrician, Ophthalmologist, Endocrinologist etc.
Amenities There are 1x reception area (Medical), 1x Practice Nurse office, 1x Early Childhood Nurse office, 1x Manager office, 2x GP surgeries, 1x GPR surgery (designated), 1x Treatment Room and 1x Aboriginal Health Worker (observation) office for the Wollongong site. There are 1x reception area (Medical and Community Services), 1x Principal Practice Nurse office, 1x Aboriginal Health Worker office, 2x GP surgeries, 1x Observation Room and 1x Treatment Room for the Dapto site.
Software Communicare- Medical Database
Internet TRUE
Patient Records Electronic
Medical Students TRUE
Equipment Tuning Fork, Tourniquet, Torch, Thermometer, Suture Instruments & LA, Suction, Stethoscope, Sterilisation On Site - Dry Heat, Steam Under Pressure, Chemical Standards Check and Records, Paediatric Cuffs, Sphygmomanometer - Standard and Large, Specula - Aural & Nasal, Specimen Collection Tourniquet, Syringes/Needles, Transport Swabs, Viral Culture Media, Urine Containers, Paediatrics Urine Bags, Small Cuffs & Large, Sharps Disposal, Refrigerator Minimum - Maximum Thermometer, Refrigerator - Dedicated, Pregnancy, Testing, Positive Pressure Oxygen / Bag & Mask, Plastering Equipment, Peak Flow Monitor, Patella Hammer, Pap Smear Equipment, Ophthalmoscope, Nebulising Air Pump / Mask - Adult & Paediatric, Measuring Tape, Magnifying Loupe, Liquid Nitrogen, Laryngoscope, IV Fluids, IV Access, Height / Weight Scales, Guedal Airways (Preferable disposable), Glucometer, Gloves - Disposable & Sterile, Eye Examination - Straining, Mydriatic, Local Anaesthetic, Eye Charts & Colour Blind Assessment, Endotracheal Tubes, Emergency Drugs, Emergency Bag, ECG (or availability for use), Ear Syringe and/or Cerumen Loops, Dressings, Dangerous Drugs Storage, Dangerous Drugs Registrar Book, Contaminated Waste Disposal, Baby Scales, Auriscope
Distance from Hospital 3 kms with traffic
Hospital services A&E, Maternity, Wound Management, Coronary Care (CCU), ICU, Education etc.
Hospital Admitting FALSE
VMO rights at hospital No
Hospital Visiting Optional
Hopsital On-call No
Demographic Area The Illawarra region is made up of 205,231 in population, with only 4,237 population being of acknowledged Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people within the Illawarra regions choose not to partake in statistics as such due to a number of contributing factors.
Community The Illawarra region is made up of 3 Local Government Areas; Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama councils, and geographically extends from Helensburgh to the south of Gerroa, an as far inland as the escarpment.
Evening work No
Night work No
Weekend work No
On Call Out of Hours Service: Wollongong Radio Dr's
House Calls Home Visits are available to clients of the IAMS on a (needs) basis. This service is primarily provided to the elderly clientele and clients with chronic care needs.
Nursing Home Visits No
Procedure room activity GPs do provide some on-day surgeries services within their GP surgeries. Supervisor will be able to address this further. Some I can comment on are; Pap Smears, Implanon insertion, biopsies, skin leisure removals etc.
Adv Procedural Skills
Additional The IAMS provides a holistic healthcare service to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of the Illawarra region, looking after the communities health, social, cultural and emotional wellbeing.
Practice Manager Chris O' Brien
Practice Type Aboriginal Medical Service - Community Controlled

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