Victoria District Medical Centre

Phone:
(08) 9964 4740
Facsimile:
(08) 9964 3410
Email:
kpedlow@gvdmc.com
Website:
www.gvdmc.com.au
Street Address:
151 Durlacher Street
Geraldton, WA 6530
Training Region:
Mid West - Gascoyne
Accreditation:
ACRRM, RACGP
RA:
3
Outer Metro:
No

Practice Staff


Open Times

Mon - Fri8:30am - 5:30am

Practice Details

Total GPs:
3
Training Practice Since:
2005
Training Terms Accepted:
Advanced, Basic, PGPPP, Subsequent
Billing Arrangements:
Mixed
Trainee Consulting Room:
Own room
Accommodation:
Available

Practice Philosophy

Victoria Districts Medical Centre is a holistic and comprehensive provider of medical services to the Geraldton area. We provide cradle to grave care in a team and shared care environment. There is a strong procedural component to the practice. We are committed to ongoing personal medical education and the teaching of medical students, nursing staff and junior doctors. We try to promote a healthy work life balance and a regional centre like Geraldton is a perfect place to achieve this.      

Our clinic provides a superb training experience for our Registrars and PGPPP doctors. We encourage independent practice with reliable personal support and dedicated teaching sessions. Our Registrars are encouraged to take on their own patients and provide all their care. We have a strong procedural practice and are able to mentor junior doctors who are keen to improve their obstetric, anaesthetic and emergency medical skills.

We encourage our Registrars to commit for at least twelve months to enhance their learning experience. 

Our practice is fully computerised with a dedicated well equipped treatment room and is centrally located in a superbly refurbished Victorian mansion. We have three dedicated and enthusiastic Practice Nurses and a cheerful Nurse Practitioner to care for our very grateful patients.

Scope of Practice

GP          

We provide holistic cradle to the grave care and encourage our juniors to get involved in palliative care as well as having the opportunity to do nursing home visits and inpatient care at St John Of God Hospital, Geraldton.  

Obstetrics        

Includes complicated confinement and vaginal deliveries, obstetrics ultrasound with increasingly sophisticated point of care machines at the practice, both hospitals and the Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service. Dr Pedlow is the lead GP obstetrician to the midwife led clinic at GRAMS which supervises 180 sometimes high risk obstetrics cases yearly. We are very proud of this service which has conceived and promulgated a variety of shared care arrangements with local and distant medical specialists and allied health. We then follow the cases to delivery at the regional hospital. 

Paediatrics        

25% of our patients are under 16 years of age and our junior doctors get plenty of paediatric experience.

Procedures        

Procedures at VDMC include:

  • Implanon insertion of which Dr Pedlow is an MSD certified trainer
  • MIRENA insertion under ultrasound guidance
  • Termination of pregnancy under ultrasound guidance
  • Vasectomy, infantile circumcision under local anaesthetic
  • Skin cancer surgery
  • Ingrown toenail wedge resection

Scholarships

The practice is pleased to announce the availability of a new type of academic scholarship for junior doctors working in our practice. Interested applicants will be able to access dedicated working time and a scholarship provided by the practice of $20,000 per annum. We shall be collaborating with Western Australian GP Education and Training in the first instance and possibly other academic institutions such as the University of Western Australia. This initiative is made possible by the generosity of Dr Pedlow and SJOG Pathology.

We envisage two research topics being undertaken per year. One will be the rural generalist pathway in Western Australia (WAGPET) and will be in collaboration with Dr Pedlow. The other research interest will be chosen by the successful applicant who will have full access to a large and well organised electronic medical database and 30 years of clinical records at the practice. We believe that this is and has been a much under utilised resource. It could well be a treasure trove for academic work. The practice patients have been very supportive towards this sort of endeavour.

Interested doctors need to be part of the WAGPET training program and available to work at the practice.  For further details, please contact us.

 


GP Registrar Activities & Opportunities

Evening workOptional Night workOptional
Weekend workOptional On callYes
House callsYes Hospital visitsYes
Hospital admitting rightsYes Nursing home visitsYes
Other Allied Health professionalNo Minor proceduresNo
Advanced procedural skillsYes Shared antenatal careYes
Enhanced primary careYes Practice NurseYes
ObstetricsYes AnaestheticsYes
At our well equipped practice we see a lot of acute paediatrics and a variety of chronic conditions including many families with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Other procedures include implanon insertion, I am a certified implanon trainer, MIRENA insertion under ultrasound guidance, skin cancer surgery, ingrown toenail wedge resection. Practice Nurse coordinating EPC items. Treatment Room procedures. Immunisations. Triage for walk –in clients, Wound + ulcer care. Cryotherapy. ECG + Spirometry. Regular rostered obstetrics. Anaesthetics - one list per fortnight - NEGOTIABLE

IT Resources

Computerised patient notesYes Internet access in consulting roomsYes
Computerised prescribingYes Medical software usedMedical Director