Thursday, April 26, 2018

Years of practice makes perfect

Kirsten Cottone May 24, 2017
CONTINUING CARE OVER THE YEARS… Kialla Medical Clinic doctors, Dr John MacKellar and Dr David Ball. Photo: Alicia Niglia

CONTINUING CARE OVER THE YEARS… Kialla Medical Clinic doctors, Dr John MacKellar and Dr David Ball. Photo: Alicia Niglia

MANY might be surprised to know that it was way back in 1926, when the first doctor started the practice now known as Mooroopna Medical Centre. Dr Annie Bennett was one of Victoria’s first female doctors and practiced general practice and surgery at Mooroopna and District Hospital until her death in 1940.

Her practice was then sold to Dr Duncan Mackellar, from Canberra, who took up the practice in the early days of World War II. He continued Dr Bennett’s practice, also providing radiology and pathology services to the hospital, additional to his extensive surgical practice. He was joined by his son John in 1968, but died in 1972.

Dr David Ball joined the practice in 1980 and was followed by Dr Alan Watson in 1986, who departed in 2000. Dr Mackellar and Dr Ball share a long partnership and have worked hard to develop their practices. They have been joined by a line of excellent doctors who have maintained the high standards in Mooroopna, now expanded to the Kialla Medical Clinic.

John Mackellar’s involvement with the Council immunisation program led to his interest in travel medicine and the two practices now provide the only travel clinic with trained travel doctors in the Goulburn Valley.  He has also had a long interest in the needs of people affected by alcohol and other drugs and advocates for the full training of doctors in the problems faced by new mothers and their children, many of whom will become drug affected. He has led a campaign for the establishment of a mothers and babies’ unit at Goulburn Valley Health.

David Ball has strengthened the continuing education of doctors new to general practice, by mentoring and supporting them through the Registrar training program. He has a long-standing relationship with the University of Melbourne and provides mentoring and guidance to students entering their final years of their medical degree. Dr Ball’s interest in Higher Education, combined with his commitment, passion and the ability to inspire others has meant several students have been retained in our rural area and now practice medicine in Greater Shepparton.

Visit Kialla Medical Clinic at Shop 21d, Riverside Plaza, Kialla. Phone 5823 5446 or visit Mooroopna Medical Centre, 87 McLennan Street, Mooroopna. Phone 5825 2755.