[ SERVICES ]

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

  • Children & Youth Services

  • Kinship Care

  • Aboriginal Family Lead Decision Making (AFLDM)

  • My Aged Care

  • Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Support

  • Social & Emotional Wellbeing Program

  • Justice Support

 

For more information on any of these services/programs,
please call us 03 5331 5344 (option 9 for Main Reception).

 

[ MEDICAL ]

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

View our short film on the design of the new BADAC Building:

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

 

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

Friday-9am – 4pm

 

CONTACT DETAILS
BADAC Medical Clinic

106 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat VIC 3350

Ph: 03 5331 5344 (extension # 2)

Fax: (03) 5331 1308

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DR MIRIAM ATHADYDE

Dr Miriam graduated in Brazil in 1991 where she specialised in preventative and family medicine. Dr Miriam’s special interests include Aboriginal health, preventative health, health checks, women’s health, mental health, palliative care and chronic diseases management with care coordination.

 

Dr Miriam is the mother of three boys, including adult twin boys. Outside of medicine, she loves gardening, travelling, dogs and cats.

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DR JORDAN MAYSTON

Dr Jordan grew up in Melbourne with three siblings. He moved to Ballarat 2015, spending three years working at the Ballarat Base Hospital completing a Diploma of Anaesthetics prior the commencement of general practitioner training in 2018. Dr Jordan’s core interests include anaesthetics and paediatrics as well as working closely with patients and allied health staff to incorporate exercise into their treatment plans to reduce need for medication and surgery based therapies. Dr Jordan has also been running competitively for 22 years (athletics and cross country) and still runs every day of the week.

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DR BEC QUAKE

Dr Bec has travelled widely with her work in medicine, developing interests as she has moved around. Dr Bec loves general practice as she can see everyone from babies to seniors, and can help in any part of her patients’ health. Dr Bec has found she has developed skills in mental health and women’s health, has worked with many clients from the LGBTQIA+ community as well as undertaking additional training in gender transition.

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DR KATHRYN OLIVER

Dr Kathryn completed her medical degree in the UK, intercalated in medical related genetics before undertaking postgraduate studies in paediatrics. Dr Kathryn then trained as a general practitioner and now is a specialist GP with both UK and Australian qualifications. Dr Kathryn has a specialist interest in paediatrics, genetics and diabetes as well as trying to close the gap for all groups who have a poorer medical outcome, for whatever reason

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DR COURTNEY WALL

Dr Courtney was born and raised in Melbourne before moving to Ballarat in 2016 and worked at the Ballarat Base Hospital for two years. Dr Courtney has completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Clinical and has also obtained the Sydney Child Health Program certificate. Her interests include paediatrics, women’s health and sexual health.  Courtney is expecting the arrival first baby with husband Jamie, in February 2021.

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DR BERNIE FENSLING

Dr Bernie is an extremely experienced general practitioner and has worked at BADAC for over 13 years. He possesses a particular interest in both travel medicine and immunisations. Doctor for the Ballarat Football League for many years, Dr Bernie also specialises in sports medicine. In his spare time, Dr Bernie is an avid Essendon AFL club supporter.

[ SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING (SEWB) ]

The Social and Emotional Wellbeing Service is a Primary Healthcare service that specialises in Aboriginal Health Care, as well as servicing the wider community with their special needs.

We offer a range of services including:

  • SEWB Counselling

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling

  • Youth Justice Support

  • Men’s Support Group

  • Women’s Support Group

  • Making a Change (MAC) Program

  • Psychological Treatment Services (Adult and Children)

  • Badac Keela Borron (Parental Mental Health Project)

CONTACT DETAILS

Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB)

106 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat VIC 3350

03 5331 5344 (extension #3)

 

[ COMMUNITY HOME SUPPORT SERVICES

HACC-PYP & NDIS ]

As of 1st July 2016 BADAC’s existing HACC service became 2 quite separate programs: CHSP - the Commonwealth Home Support Program and HACC PYP, the Home and Community Care Program for Younger People.

Home and Community Care program for Younger People (HACC- PYP) target group is for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people aged under 50 years old, under 65 if you are non-Aboriginal who do not have an aged care or disability package and who may need help  with regular activities to be able to better manage living at home.

Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) will provide entry level support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged over 50 years or non- Aboriginal people aged over 65, who do NOT have an aged care or disability [package and need help with regular activities to be able to better manage living at home and maximize their independence.

 

The services BADAC offers are:

  • Domestic assistance

  • House maintenance – gardening/small maintenance

  • Assistance with shopping

  • Modification to your home for safety

  • Social activities including the Elders group

  • Carers Respite

 

Some of the short term care services can be for times when you are:

  • Recovering from an accident or illness, including after a hospital stay

  • When you have a setback and want to get your independence back

  • When you or your carer need a break (respite)

CONTACT DETAILS 

For any further inquiries please contact our NDIS and Community Home
Support Services team on: 03 5331 5344

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Registered NDIS provider

 
 

EARLY YEARS LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT ]

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

 

These services include:

  • Playgroup

  • Koorie Pre-school Assistant (KPSA)

  • Koorie Families as First Educators (KFFE)

  • Perridak Burron Early Learning Centre

 

 

 

 

CONTACT DETAILS

For any further inquiries please contact our Early Childhood Services team on: 03 5331 5344

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[ KOORIE FAMILY SERVICES ]

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

 

FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM

  • Integrated Family Services

  • Stronger Families

  • Therapeutic Family Support

  • Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making

 

CARE SERVICES

  • Kinship Care

  • First Supports

  • Cultural Connections

  • Therapeutic Out of Home Care

 

FAMILY VIOLENCE AND JUSTICE PROGRAM

  • Family Violence Therapeutic Program

  • Burron Guli (Healthy Relationships Program)

  • Cultural Safety Advisor

  • Orange Door

  • Local Justice Worker Program

  • Koorie Youth Justice Program

 

ABORIGINAL CHILDREN IN ABORIGINAL CARE

  • Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care – Section 18

  • Strong Culture Strong Families

CONTACT DETAILS

Koorie Family Services

03 5331 5344 (Ext #4)

familyservices@badac.net.au

 

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES ]

These services include:

  • Junior & Senior Youth Group 

  • Leadership Group 

  • Koorie Youth Engagement 

  • Strong Culture Strong Family Program

 

CONTACT DETAILS

For any further inquiries please contact our Children and Youth Services team on: 03 5331 5344

 
 

[ STOLEN GENERATIONS ]

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

[ WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU ]

Ballarat And District
Aboriginal Co-operative

108 Armstrong Street Nth Ballarat Vic 3350
PO Box 643 Ballarat Vic 3353

P 03 5331 5344

F 03 5333 1637

BADAC offers a range of services, spread across four sites within a close proximity to the main BADAC building.

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We acknowledge the Wadawurrung people and their ancestors who have been custodians of the Ballarat area for thousands of years performing age old Cultural ceremonies, celebrations and traditions. We also acknowledge the Ballarat Aboriginal community, many of whom were forcibly removed from their families during the Stolen Generations decades, and brought to Ballarat, and we pay our respects to all Elders past, present and emerging.