Careers and Training

We are one of the premier medical training centres in Victoria.

Improving the quality of health services available to regional people is central to who we are.

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As an accredited training practice of RACGP (The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners), our centre and our patients are directly involved in the education and development of regional health professionals and improving the overall health of our community now and into the future.

Our centre has been involved in education and training for over 15 years and offers experience and exposure unrivalled in our region.

We work in partnership with a variety of education providers including Monash University, La Trobe University Rural Health School (Bendigo) and Victoria University to offer placements for:

  • Medical and nursing students
  • Allied health students

We also provide customised training for post-graduate GP registrars.

We are indebted to our patients who allow our student learners to be involved in their medical care.

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Our location, in the heart of Bendigo’s health education and research precinct alongside Monash Rural Health Bendigo, La Trobe University’s Rural Health School and Bendigo Hospital, puts us at the centre of medical training and excellence, offering unique opportunities for collaboration, research and career development.

We employ the largest and most experienced team of certified educators, mentors and supervisors in regional Victoria. Experts in their field with certification in health and professional education, they guide and challenge our students and registrars helping bring out their best. Students work with the majority of GPs, but establish strong working relationships with our accredited supervisors.

Our large patient group means students and registrars are exposed to a wide range of conditions and communities throughout their training. While they are with us they are engaged across disciplines in formal teaching sessions, workshops, case conferences and day-to-day interactions with patients and staff.

With allied health, pathology and other complementary clinics, including a skin cancer check clinic, on site, students have the opportunities for first-hand learning in specialist fields including podiatry, food and nutrition, diabetes education, respiratory and pulmonary care, renal education, children’s, men’s and women’s health and more.

We have a commitment to supporting our ageing population. Providing continuity of care as our patients age and improving community, state and nation-wide services to support older people. We work in partnership with several aged care centres in the region where our doctors are registered as Visiting Medical Officers (VMOs). We also have a strong relationship with Bendigo Health and their aged care services.

Through these partnerships and programs students gain valuable experience in areas including chronic disease management and aged care, which can be extremely beneficial to their careers.

We offer clinical placements to medical students from a range of universities within Victoria and other Australian states and territories, the John Flynn Placement Program and from around the world.

Universities from around Australia participate in a clinical rotation at the centre. Nursing students are exposed to a range of community health issues and learn fundamental skills in a supportive environment led by experienced educators.

We provide placements to GP registrars who are part of the MCCC (Murray City Country Coast) GP training program. We accept GP registrars at any level of training with a number of registrars working at the centre at any one time.

The facts

Bendigo is a vibrant regional city, an easy 90 minute drive or two hour train trip from Melbourne and within reach of other centres including Echuca, Mildura, Shepparton and Swan Hill.

The city has a growing population of more than 110,000 and is the state’s third largest economy base in Victoria. Well serviced with excellent schools and tertiary centres, a world-class gallery and theatre and thriving food, arts and sporting scenes, Bendigo is surrounded by regional, state and national parkland.

Bendigo Primary Care Centre is located two km from the centre of Bendigo within the city’s health, education and research precinct. We operate alongside the new Bendigo hospital, La Trobe University Rural Health School, Monash University School of Rural Health and Bendigo Regional Clinical School.

Forget long commutes and peak hour traffic jams. It takes around 10 minutes to get to the centre from most areas of Bendigo by car, or you could cycle or walk one of the city’s many established paths and tracks.

Housing is affordable. The average three-bedroom home costs around $375,000, with rent around $290 per week*.

  • We are a large multidisciplinary centre with modern and spacious facilities and excellent equipment and communication systems.
  • The clinic operates Monday - Thursday 8.15am - 7.00pm, Friday 8.15am - 6.00pm. The centre is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
  • There is no on-call work however, registrars are required to work approximately one weekend every four to eight weeks and one evening per week.

Enquiries regarding placements should be made via the clinical placement coordinator at your institution.