There are a number of elements to the teaching program at the Bendigo Primary Care Centre.

In addition to the requirements of your particular course, you will have the opportunity to sit in with GPs; practice nurses; allied health professionals such as podiatrists, diabetes nurse educators, mental health nurses; and the reception team to learn all aspects of a primary health centre. You can also take the opportunity to accompany a GP on an aged care facility or home visit, join our nursing care co-ordinator to conduct a home assessment, observe a procedure such as a skin biopsy or attend a case conference with our multi-disciplinary health team.

A weekly education program is provided for all staff working in the centre and all students attend these sessions along with other health professionals working in the centre. A typical three-month program might look like this:


1 Survival skills in general practice Clinical Director
2 Common GP presentations GP
3 Supervising and teaching skills Medical Educator
4 GP computer program – electronic medical record Clinical Director
5 Skin quiz GP with special interest in skin conditions including skin cancer
6 Aged care in general practice Geriatrician
7 Using a dermatoscope GP with special interest in skin cancer
8 Mental health issues Mental health nurse
9 Dealing with difficult patients GP with special interest in managing alcohol and drug addiction
10 Musculo-skeletal issues in general practice GP with special interest in musculo-skeletal medicine
11 Poly-pharmacy issues Pharmacist
12 Men’s health GP with special interest in men’s health


Feedback from students who have recently completed placements:

I really enjoyed being part of the all the consultations, immunisations and the biopsy, it gave me the opportunity to see things i wouldn’t usually see.

Great practice in history taking and patients and practice of examinations such as blood pressure, respiratory and chest sounds.