MEDICAL

MEDICAL

AWAHS has skilled experienced medical team and general practitioners .

At AWAHS we cover all aspects of clinical care within the limits of our training and experience.

Areas of interest include:

Child and adolescent health (with assistance from Albury Paediatric Group: Dr Mark Norden)

Adult physical and mental health  encompassing acute and chronic illness and illness prevention.

Acute healthcare/ trauma/ orthopaedics/minor surgery.

Antenatal care (in conjunction with Kate Taylor RN) and in partnership with Albury Wodonga Health Wodonga obstetrics unit. Both Pat Giddings and Tess Goodwin are obstetric GP’s with ongoing involvement in care during birth. Dr Gordon Taylor continues shared antenatal care.

Visiting Surgeon: Mr  Ken Davey

Our approach to medical care at AWAHS:

In an age where specialization is becoming more common  believe that there remains a vital space for the generalist. The narrow focus of specialty care is not suited to the complexities of indigenous health issues that inevitably cross boundaries between  each specialty area. That is not to say that detailed informed and skilled care is not required. On the contrary indigenous health requires a great depth of knowledge and application, it is just that this may not be useful if it comes in  narrow silo’s of expertise.

The background of our medical team is in rural health and Pat Giddings and Gordon Taylor bring over 30 years of experience in medicine, each from a small country Town.  Tess Goodwin currently practices in Yachandandah as well as in Albury.

Our Nursing team has a similar rural health focus as our medical team with Kate Taylor having worked extensively in metropolitan, rural and remote (including both Australia and Africa) and Rohan Langstaff specializing in remote nursing care in Maningrida for three years . Georgie Rice has experience in nursing in Mt Beauty both in the acute hospital and the Mount Beauty Medical Centre prior to being our relieving nurse here.

Each of our nurses has a slightly different role. Kate Taylor has an interest in antenatal care and women’s health. Rohan Langstaff has a primary responsibility for managing chronic disease in association with other medical and allied health staff.