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BADAC supports the health and wellbeing of the Ballarat and District Aboriginal community with a range of holistic services, including:

  • BADAC Medical Clinic

  • Koorie Family Services

  • Early Years Learning & Development

  • Cultural Therapeutic Support & Youth Services

  • Kinship Care

  • Aboriginal Family Lead Decision Making (AFLDM)

  • My Aged Care

  • Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Support

  • Social & Emotional Wellbeing Program

  • Justice Support

  • Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care


For more information on any of the services/programs that we offer, please click on the below links, or alternatively you can call us on 03 5331 5344.



BADAC Medical Clinic is an inclusive space. Welcoming the Ballarat and District Community.

  • Doctor Consultations

  • Health Assessments

  • Chronic Disease Management

  • Diabetes and Asthma Education

  • Immunisation and Wound Care

  • Pap Screens / Sexual Health / Family Planning

  • Pathology Collection

  • Practice Nurse and Aboriginal Health Worker Support

  • Maternal, Child and Family Health Service

  • Visiting Allied Health Services

  • Covid vaccinations

The BADAC Medical Clinic is a bulk-billing clinic open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 9am-5pm

Friday-9am – 4pm


BADAC Medical Clinic

106 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat VIC 3350

Ph: 03 5331 5344 (extension # 2)

Fax: (03) 5331 1308


All consultations are by appointment only.

All appointments are bulk-billed - Please ensure you have a valid Medicare card. If applicable, please bring your Pension and Health Care Card with you.

Home visits are available for regular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients whose condition prevents them from attending the clinic.



Dr. Dhakshineswary Prasanna;

Dr. Bernard Fensling;

Dr. Richa Sabharwal

Dr. Osman Mohamed

Dr. Mealear Sar

Dr. Rashmi Ramanath



Ballarat Base Hospital (Emergency Department).

1 Drummond Street North, Ballarat, Central, Victoria, 3350.

P: (03) 5320 4000.



We strive to deliver Holistic Medical Care to our community, and appreciate your feedback - We consider this as an opportunity for continuous improvement. Feedback may be given using the suggestion box at reception or by speaking or writing to your doctor. Alternatively, you may wish to contact:


Health Complaints Commissioner

Level 26, 570 Bourke Street

Melbourne 3000

Phone: 1300 582 113



The doctors in our practice are happy to speak to you over the phone when necessary. If the call is non-urgent, the doctor will return the call at the end of the session. Emergency calls will be transferred to the doctor or a nurse immediately.


Electronic communication of a non-medical nature can be via our business e-mail:


To ensure effective communication, please notify reception of any changes to address and contact numbers.



BADAC Medical abides by the Health Records Act 2001. The act covers the collection, handling and disposal of personal health information. If you wish to have a copy or summary of your Medical Records (history) transferred to another practice, a signed patient request form must be received. Please note that your original record will be kept at BADAC Medical to comply with the law.


The Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Service is a Primary mental health and drug and alcohol service that specialises in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing.  SEWB services work with community in Ballarat and surrounding district.


BADAC offer a range of services designed to deliver SEWB programs in a holistic and culturally appropriate manner. SEWB services has a diverse range of staff with specialist skills and work as a team, to ensure care is inclusive of individual, family, and community needs.  


The range of services offered include:

  • SEWB Counselling and treatment;

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling;

  • Psychological Treatment Services (Adult and Children);

  • BADAC Keela Borron (Parental Mental Health Support);

  • Child & Youth Mental Services;

  • AOD Peer Support program;

  • Visiting Psychologists;

  • Culture Care Connect;

  • Cultural Practitioner


Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB)

106 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat VIC 3350

03 5331 5344 (extension #3)



BADAC offers cultural therapeutic care for the Ballarat & district Aboriginal community to connect with culture, spirit and self. Our team create and facilitate experiences to support individuals and families on their self discovery and healing journey.

Our Youth services team is focused on engaging, supporting and mentoring our Youth. 

The range of services offered include:

  • Mens Group

In a strong culturally safe environment surrounded by your peers and community the BADAC Mens Group provides a place to discuss social, cultural, physical and mental health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men of all ages.​

  • Womens Group

The BADAC women’s group is a place of healing, a place for Aboriginal women to come together for friendship, yarning and cultural activities. Our group is strengths based and focuses on increasing cultural knowledge and community connections as a way of achieving healing for our mob.​

  • Koorie Youth Group

After school engagement program for youth aged 6 to 18.​

  • Koorie Youth Engagement Program

Visits to Primary and High Schools in the BADAC area to support the delivery of Aboriginal programs.​

  • Lil Lubly's

Lil Lubly’s is a group designed for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females and anyone identifying with famine energy to help improve self-confidence, friendships/relationships and create a safe place for our youth to come together to learn.​

  • Holiday Program

Keeping the Children & Youth engaged and connected through a variety of activities and excursions during the holidays.​

  • Baarlinjaan Dance Group

The Baarlinjan Dance Group offers community members of all ages an opportunity to connect to culture through dance and story telling. Dance practice is scheduled when we have a performance booked in or an event to attend. 

There is no age limit on who can join the group and no experience required.


For any further inquiries please contact our Cultural Therapeutic Support & Youth Services team on: 03 5331 5344, or visit the Cultural Therapeutic Support & Youth Services Facebook page at:

Cultural Theapeutic Support & Yout Services


BADAC’s Home Support & NDIS team provides support and assistance to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Community members regarding home and community care and disability services.

The range of services offered include:

  • Community Home Support Program

If you, or someone you care for, can generally manage, but just need some help with daily tasks to continue living at home, the Commonwealth Home Support Program may be right for you.

The aim of this program is to help older people live as independently as possible — with a focus on working with you, rather than doing it for you.

The program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and over, and non-Aboriginal people aged 65 years and over.

Contact My Aged Care to arrange your assessment:

Call: 1800 200 422

If you would like BADAC to provide your CHSP services, please let your Aged Care assessor know



The Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC-PYP) focuses on the needs of the following individuals who do not have an aged care or disability package, but who may need help with regular activities to be able to better manage living at home:

• Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people aged under 50 years old

• Non-Aboriginal people under 65


Services available for the CHSP and HACC-PYP include:

  • Home maintenance

  • Garden maintenance

  • Respite

  • Transport

  • Group activities with BADAC

  • Domestic assistance


For further information on the above programs, please contact our Community Home Support Services team on: 5331 5344


BADAC can implement approved plans to achieve your goal in the following areas: 

  • NDIS

  • Therapeutic Support

  • Participation in Communities

  • Group/Centre Activities

  • Assistance in Household task

  • Assistance in Personal Activities

  • In-Home Care Support


BADAC has a dedicated NDIS Community Support Connector worker available to assist with accessing the NDIS and further information.



For any further inquiries please contact our Home Support Services & NDIS team on 5331 5344.


Registered NDIS provider



Early Childhood Services offers support for children and families in a holistic environment within the Ballarat and District Aboriginal community.


The range of services offered include:

  • Playgroup

  • Koorie Pre-school Assistant (KPSA)

  • Perridak Burron Early Learning Centre (Brown Hill)

  • Yirram Burron Early Learning Centre (Sebastopol)

  • Yaluk Buuron Early Learning Centre (Ballan)








For any inquiries regarding daycare and kindergarten, please contact our teams at: Perridak Burron on: 03 5334 4727;

                Yirram Burron on: 03 5335 6231;

                Yaluk Burron on: 03 5368 1628

For all other Early Years inquiries, please contact the Early Years manager Bridget at



BADAC’s Koorie Family Services programs are designed to strengthen and support Aboriginal families in our community. These programs are delivered in a culturally aware, confidential and empowering way.


The range of services offered include:

  • Integrated Family Services

Integrated Family Services (IFS) program provides support to families experiencing difficulties on a range of issues. IFS work with families and children aged 0-17.

  • Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making

Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making is to implement and co-convene a Culturally-responsive model of family decision making with Aboriginal children, young people and families who are referred by Child Protection. The Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making program gives families a voice towards achieving the goals between the family and child protection.

  • Keeping Families Together & The Response; Victorian & Aboriginal Family Preservation & Reunification Response

Keeping Families Together & The Response (The Victorian Family Preservation and Reunification Response) provides an initial intensive intervention phase, followed by a sustained service support phase, over several moths which aims to prevent at risk children entering or re-entering care. Keeping Families Together is in partnership with CAFS.

  • Strengthening Families

Support is provided to vulnerable children and families. BADAC, along with other support services, work with parents to address underlying issues for families at risk of their children being placed in out of home care. They assist to build and prevent the capacity of parents to safely care for their children.

Referral pathways to Koorie Family Services are made through The Orange Door, Child Protection and external services. IFS referrals can be done via self-referral.



For any further enquiries, please contact our Koorie Family Services team on:

03 5331 5344 (Ext #9)



BADAC’s Gobata Burron has S18 Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care, Kinship Care and First Supports Program. The aim of these programs is to provide support and assistance to families who are going through the courts, out of home care and child protection.

The range of services offered include:

  • ACAC (Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care)

ACAC  is it is about supporting parents to meet their Court ordered conditions when their child/children is on a Child Protection Order. Case plans and case management is done by Gobata Burron rather than DFFH Child Protection, giving a more culturally safe model and allowing Gobata Burron to provide strong advocacy for our people in a space where we have not had this before. 

  • Kinship Care

The Kinship program supports Out of Home Care placements that would normally be managed by DFFH. The goals of the Kinship program is to provide ongoing support and advocacy to sustain an Out of Home care placement with a family member, while a child is in their care. Connection with parents and siblings is an upmost priority when a child is in a Kinship placement. 

If you are interested, or in a position to provide a culturally safe and secure place for a child in our Community to stay, please get in touch with our Gobata Burron team on 03 5331 5344.

  • First Support Program

First Supports is a program where initial support and assessment of a Kinship placement takes place. BADAC's First Supports worker will work with the carer to assess the placement is appropriate and help with immediate needs. We provide information on support services available to assist families in providing a safe, happy environment for children in out of home care.

  • Parenting Program

Support for parents of young children from pre-birth to 6. ​

  • Better Futures Program

Practical Support for young people from 16 to 21 who have been or remain on Child Protection Orders.​

  • Koorie Families as First Educators (KFFE)

Koorie Parenting Program is an individual in home support program for parents and carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from pre-birth to age 6. The program focuses on assisting families to build better connections and understanding of their children, while creating cultural connections to the local community and BADAC services. ​



For any further enquiries, please contact our Gobata Burron team on: 03 5331 5344, opt #4

Gobata Burron


Through ongoing support programs our aim is to help the Aboriginal community, youth and their families who have been in contact with the justice system to heal and reintegrate into the community. 


A strong support system and cultural connection helps people heal, build resilience and prevent     re-offending.



Our Local Justice Services team is located at 8 Market St, Ballarat.

For any further inquiries please contact our Local Justice Team on: 03 5331 5344



If you are a part of the Stolen Generation and are needing support, please contact the Stolen Generation Program at BADAC.

What is the Stolen Generation?

The forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. Between 1910-1970, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly removed from their families as a result of various government policies. The generations of children removed under these policies became known as the Stolen Generations. The policies of child removal left a legacy of trauma and loss that continues to affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, families and individuals. What happened and why? The forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was part of the policy of Assimilation.


Assimilation was based on the assumption of black inferiority and white superiority, which proposed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be allowed to “die out” through a process of natural elimination, or, where possible, should be assimilated into the white community. Children taken from their parents as part of the Stolen Generation were taught to reject their Indigenous heritage, and forced to adopt white culture. Their names were often changed, and they were forbidden to speak their traditional languages. Some children were adopted by white families, and many were placed in institutions where abuse and neglect were common.


Assimilation policies focused on children, who were considered more adaptable to white society than Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. “Half-caste” children (a term now considered derogatory for people of Aboriginal and white parentage), were particularly vulnerable to removal, because authorities thought these children could be assimilated more easily into the white community due to their lighter skin colour. Assimilation, including child removal policies, failed its aim of improving the lives of Indigenous Australians by absorbing them into white society. This was primarily because white society refused to accept Indigenous people as equals, regardless of their efforts to live like white people. If you are a part of the Stolen Generation and are needing support, please contact the Stolen Generation Program at BADAC.

What we do?

  • Social, emotional, spiritual wellbeing support

  • Counselling

  • Referrals

  • Confirmations of Aboriginality

  • Stolen Generation Presentations

  • Research

  • Family History Research

  • Annual Healing Camps

  • Client Meetings (bi monthly)

  • Client Outings (bi monthly)


Contact the Stolen Generation Team

108 Armstrong Street Nth Ballarat, Vic 3350

03 5331 5344


BADAC's Family Violence Services programs are deigned to assist and support Men, Women and families experiencing family violence.

The range of services offered include:

  • Family Violence Therapeutic Programs

We provide family violence counselling to those who have experienced, or are currently experiencing family violence.  The team works with victim-survivors and their families to develop strategies to manage trauma, and provide support around their experience of family violence.​

  • Men's Case Management

Our Men’s Family Violence Case Management  Worker (MCM) provides support for Aboriginal men who have used, or have had issues with using family violence behaviours and would like to change these behaviours.  The MCM worker assists men to learn about healthy relationships, to identify and understand  their abusive behaviours, as well as showing that there are other ways to manage and regulate emotions.​

  • Men's Community Connections Program (MCCP)

The MCCP provides Aboriginal men opportunities to engage in community activities (learning/social/recreational) of their choosing to assist them in building stronger social, community, and cultural connections.  Group activities such as weekly walks, a cooking group, and even a weekly cuppa (our shout!) will be happening but we always offer individual activities for those who may not want to engage in a group setting.  This group is for those who have used family violence behaviours and want to make a change for the better and works alongside BADAC’s MCM.​

  • Women's Community Connections Program (WCCP)

The WCCP provides Aboriginal women who have experienced, or are currently experiencing family violence opportunities to engage in community activities (learning/social/recreational) of their choosing to assist them in building stronger social, community, and cultural connections.  We have individual and group activities such as weekly walks, cooking group, and even a weekly cuppa             (our shout!).​

  • The Orange Door

The Orange Door helps to protect women, children, and families from violence and give people an easier way to access family violence services.  Our Aboriginal Hub Practitioners will assist you with many of the immediate needs you may have whilst also connecting you to culturally appropriate services for further support. ​

  • Adolescent Family Violence In The Home (AFVITH) Program                                          

The AFVITH program provides support to Aboriginal adolescents and their families when there is a young person using violence in the home. The AFVITH worker takes a whole family approach to provide care coordination and planning whilst supporting adolescents and their families to learn about healthy relationships, and respond to developmental needs and behavioural management.



For any further inquiries please contact our Family Violence Services team on:       03 5331 5344

Family Violence Services
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