Broome Medical Clinic

Phone:
(08) 9192 2022
Facsimile:
(08) 9192 1914
Email:
bmc@wn.com.au
Website:
http://www.broomemedical.com.au
Street Address:
26 Robinson Street
PO Box 907
Broome, WA 6725
Training Region:
Kimberley
Accreditation:
ACRRM, RACGP
RA:
4
Outer Metro:
No

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Placement Availability

SemesterCapacityBasicAdvSub/Ex SkPT/FT
2014.1 0.5 Y Y Y P/T or F/T
2014.2 1 Y Y Y P/T or F/T

Practice Staff


Open Times

Mon - Fri8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat8:00am - 11:00am

Practice Details

Total GPs:
4
Training Practice Since:
2002
Training Terms Accepted:
Advanced, Basic, Subsequent
Billing Arrangements:
Mixed
Trainee Consulting Room:
Own room

TESTIMONIAL Dr KIAT TANG ADVANCED TERM JUNE-DEC 2007

"The team at BMC and practice principal, Dr Harpreet Singh, made for a great training term in Broome. This busy but very well-supported job offered opportunity for a wide range of educational experiences and good remuneration. Dr. Harps was also a wealth of knowledge and experience. A thoroughly enjoyable term with a fun and very enthusiastic supervisor and teacher, a friendly and supportive team of practice staff, and comfortable accommodation provided. All this in the setting of a truly fascinating town in the beautiful Kimberley region, with its rich history, an amazing mix of cultures, and stunning sunsets and camel rides on the glorious Cable Beach. Highly recommended!"

Broome Times @ BMC

                                                                                                                                by Keith Ananda

 

I had the opportunity to work as a GP Registrar at Broome Medical Clinic (BMC) from July to December 2008, to satisfy the then 6-month rural component requirement of my FRACGP training.

 BMC is a modern, fully computerised practice. I had my own consulting room with good online, written and handbook resources, readily available. The practice is well staffed, with a very helpful practice manager, “Becsta”, and adequate reception and nursing supports. “Harps” and the rest of the doctors are very approachable, with a wealth of experience and knowledge. The practice has a number of regular locums from far and wide, who appreciate the sea change that Broome has to offer, especially in the April to October months.

 The work schedule takes into account the level of experience of the registrar, and can be varied to accommodate the “busy” and “quiet” times. The seasonal influx of tourists and travellers, during the dry season, fortunately usually coincides with the increased availability of the locums. There is a minimum 1 hour lunch break, which has been known to stretch to 2 hours, with a number of nice lunch spots in the vicinity!

 Teaching is very well organised, with a weekly 2 hour afternoon session with “Harps” and a weekly 1 hour practice education lunch time meeting. There is also a weekly 1 hour morning meeting at the Broome hospital which is conveniently located adjacent to BMC, and it is a requirement to attend as well as to present a topic during the term. There also usually 2 regional workshops, and also depending on the registrar level, 1 or 2 central workshops, and these were all covered and paid for me to attend.

 BMC is essentially a private practice, with a mix of locals and tourists, but less of the indigenous. There is the opportunity to work at the hospital or at the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS), to broaden your clinical experience.

 As for time away from work, it’s best to try and take your 2 weeks leave in the period between November and March, but with all things this can be planned ahead as required. BMC is not open on Public Holidays. Only one doctor is rostered on a Sat morning, so you are on duty not more than once a month, and often less when the locums are around. Weekends are usually very free!

 The subsidised accommodation provided was a 2x1 ground floor apartment, with a separate dining and living area, and a quaint courtyard, with one carport at the front. It is basic, yet comfortable, with all the essential amenities. With a sofa bed in the living area, there is plenty of scope for the many visitors from Perth you are likely to have. You may even find friends from interstate calling in, with direct flights from every capital city, except Brisbane.

 It’s best to bring your own car up, and there is a relocation subsidy to assist this. However, BMC is only 3km from your accommodation, so a bicycle is handy if you don’t mind the heat and humidity during the build up and wet season, which I fortunately missed most of!  Shopping is at your doorstep, with a major shopping centre just 1km away, for all your groceries and basic retail needs.

 As for things to do, the list is endless, so you will find that most of your free time is spent socialising, at the many parties, and seeing as much of the region as you can. Cable Beach is idyllic, the Town Centre historic, and has the oldest outdoor cinema, Sun Cinema, with scenes from the Baz Luhrmann movie “Australia” shot there. There are a wide variety of restaurants and galleries, and the weekend markets at the Old Courthouse, are well worth frequenting. The Shinju Matsuri Festival and the Broome Cup are definitely popular periods, and essential attending. The Staircase to the Moon is not to be missed either, but fortunately this occurs for a 3-day period, monthly from March to October. Other local attractions include the Port, Gantheaume Point with the lighthouse and dinosaur footprints, and Town Beach with the Japanese plane wrecks, which you can walk out to during low negative tides. Of course, the pearl industry is what put Broome on the map, and a tour of the Willie Creek Pearl Farm is highly recommended. You may even get a free tour, being the “new doctor” in town!

 Overall, my experience in Broome was fantastic. BMC provided me with an excellent work/life balance. It is certainly a location to be given strong consideration for medium to long term work, with many of the conveniences of a city, but all the attractions of the quieter, rural life. I would thoroughly recommend anyone considering working in Broome, to approach “Harps” and “Becsta” at BMC. Yes, everyone gets an affectionate nickname, mine was “Anaconda”!

 

Philosophy/Ethos

To improve the health of the community of Broome by providing accessible, affordable, excellent and holistic health care.

Broome Medical Clinic has been an AGPAL accredited pratice since 2000. We are able to offer a vast and diverse learning scope to registrars including indegionous health, industrial medicine, womens health, minor procedures and child and travel immunisation programmes.

Dr Harpreet Singh Practice Principal and owner has been offering and passing on his expertise knowledge and skills to registrars and students since 2002.

Broome Medical Clinic offers a supportive, flexible and friendly work enviroment to all registrars and staff.

We also provide good renumeration packages to our registrars for more information on Broome Medical Clinic you can contact Practice Manager Bec patotzki or take a look our official website www.broomemedical.com  for a more detailed look at services and staff.


GP Registrar Activities & Opportunities

Evening workNo Night workNo
Weekend workNo On callNo
House callsOptional Hospital visitsNo
Hospital admitting rightsNo Nursing home visitsNo
Other Allied Health professionalYes Minor proceduresYes
Advanced procedural skillsNo Shared antenatel careYes
Enhanced primary careYes Practice NurseYes
ObstetricsNo AnaestheticsNo
House calls only if Registrar wants Palliative care cases etc. Podiatrist, Dietician, Dermatologist (visiting). Minor procedures - Skin cancers especially. Areas of special interest include Acupuncture, dive/aviation/maritime medicals, chronic disease management. Shared antenatel care with hospital doctors. Lots of GPMPs, TCAs and Health Assessments. There are two FTE nurses at the practice.

IT Resources

Computerised patient notesYes Internet access in consulting roomsYes
Computerised prescribingYes Medical software usedBest Practice/Pracsoft