Doctors clinic

We are taking new patients! Book online now or, if you are a new patient, call any BCH doctors clinic on (03) 5338 4585. If you need a physio, dietitian, speech pathologist, counsellor, exercise physiologist or more, visit our allied health page. For our GP newsletter, click here.

Meet our GP's

Lucas:

Dr Jennifer Celestino
Dr Jennifer Celestino
Hi, my name is Jennifer Celestino. I graduated from Manila (Medicine) in 1995.
I have special interest in skin cancer screening and surgery.
I have experience with Dermatology, Emergency and Custodial Medicine, but my main interest is General Practice specifically skin cancer.
I am also working my way through my fellowship with RACGP.
Dr Kemi Freeman
Dr Kemi Freeman
Hi, I am Dr Kemi Freeman. I received my doctor of medicine from St Matthew’s University in Cayman Islands, 2009. I started practicing medicine in Australia at Latrobe Regional Hospital in 2015, and into General Practice in 2017 at Manor Lakes Medical Centre. I also worked as a psychiatry Medical Officer at Werribee Mercy Hospital. My special interests are, Women’s health, immunization, Children’s health Mental health, Preventative Counseling, Chronic Disease Management and Minor procedures like cryotherapy, Ear Syringing etc.
Dr Muhammed Hanif
Dr Muhammed Hanif
Ballarat Community Health is pleased to introduce Dr Muhammad Hanif. Dr Hanif has recently moved from Queensland to Ballarat. He is a very experienced GP, having worked in General Medicine, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine and for a number of years, in General practice. He is experienced with all general consultations, chronic disease management, Minor surgery, Mental Health, Men's health and Children’s health.
Dr Padma Bhaskar
Dr Padma Bhaskar
Dr Fatin Hanna
Dr Fatin Hanna

Sebastopol:

Dr Arezoo Keshavarz
Dr Arezoo Keshavarz
Dr Sumudu Warnakulasuriya
Dr Sumudu Warnakulasuriya
Dr David Anderson
Dr David Anderson
Hello, I'm David Anderson. I have been a general practitioner since 1983
My interests include minor surgeries and general family health.
from July 2022 I will be working from the doctors clinic in Sebastopol

Wendouree:

Dr Shaun Mohammadsaeedi
Dr Shaun Mohammadsaeedi
Dr Dilhani Withanage Dona
Dr Dilhani Withanage Dona
Dr Kevin Choy
Dr Kevin Choy
Hi, I am Dr Kevin Choy. I obtained my medical qualification in 2008. My background and interests are: General medicine (previous GenMed Registrar with Mercy Hospital), Emergency Medicine (including minor outpatient procedures), Mental Health, Dermatology & Sexual Health. I am currently working my way through RACGP training.

 

Read our most recent GP newsletter here!

Our Ballarat Community Health (BCH) doctors clinics provide a full range of general practice medical services.  Our general practitioners and practice nurses are committed to improving medical care for patients in regional and rural communities in Ballarat and the surrounding district.

All clinics adopt a friendly, non-judgmental approach in the delivery of examinations, treatment advice and referrals. Committed to both health promotion and illness prevention, our clinics utilise a range of internal and external providers to deliver comprehensive care.

Get in contact:

  • via phone on (03) 5338 4585 for all clinics
  • via fax on (03) 5336 1613
  • via email to [email protected]

Our reception hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Appointments are scheduled 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Appointments are necessary.  Please leave a message if we don’t answer and your call will be returned.

After hours care is provided by the After hours GP helpline. Call 1800 022 222 to access.

The Nurse-on-call helpline provides expert health information to Victorians 24 hours a day. Call 1300 60 60 24 to access.

If your condition is in need of urgent or immediate attention, either call the Ballarat Health Services emergency department on 5320 4275, or an ambulance on 000.

Once you have completed the form please choose one of the following options:

– Email the completed form to [email protected]

– Post the form to PO Box 1156 Bakery Hill Vic 3354

You must include a copy of your Australian Drivers License
or Photo ID

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Lucas

12 Lilburne Street, Lucas
Monday to Friday
8.30am to 5.00pm

Sebastapol

260 Vickers Street, Sebastopol
Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm

Wendouree

1042 Howitt Street, Wendouree
Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm

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Services

Our clinic comprises of a team of doctors and practice nurses offering a range of services.

Some of the services offered to patients include:

  • general check-ups
  • women’s and men’s health
  • care planning
  • family planning
  • vaccinations
  • minor surgery
  • skin checks and liquid nitrogen
  • counselling and mental health plans.
  • interpretation service.

Practice nurse services include:

  • blood taking
  • wound management
  • immunisations
  • women’s health screening
  • adolescent health.

BCH also offers a variety of complementary allied health services and programs at minimal or no cost. These include:

  • physiotherapy and exercise programs
  • podiatry
  • dietetics
  • diabetes education
  • chronic disease management
  • general counselling
  • drug and alcohol counselling.

Fees

Our practice welcomes both public and private patients. EFTPOS and cash payments are both accepted.

Private patients (non-concession card holders) will be required to pay on the day of consultation . Non-concession card holders will be asked to pay their accounts on the date of consultation. If you have registered your bank details with Medicare, your rebate can be claimed at conclusion of your consultation.

Concession card holders and patients under 16 will be bulk billed through Medicare except for specialty appointments which may incur an initial consult fee.

Patients without a Medicare card will be asked to pay the full amount for the consultation on the day of the visit prior to having a consultation.

Some procedures or services may attract an additional fee. These fees will be discussed before they are incurred.

Patients are responsible for the payment of any fees charged by other providers that they may be referred to by BCH medical staff. The cost of these fees will be given to patients in writing when making the appointment or referral.

You can view the billing schedule (cost breakdown) of BCH GP services here.


Consultations

Staff will ask a set of questions to ensure every effort is made to allocate the appropriate time. Allowance for urgent and longer appointments will be made in all consulting sessions.

Cancellations and missed appointments

Alteration or cancellation of appointments must be made 24 hours before appointment.

Parking

Plentiful parking is available, including disabled parking, at each clinic.

Transport

Public transport can be taken to each site.

Lucas: catch the No. 15 Sturt Street West bus, stopping corner Sturt Street and Dyson Drive, Lucas. Our building is adjacent to Woolworths Supermarket.

Sebastopol: catch the No. 19 Delacombe/Sebastopol bus stopping at the front door of Community Health, or No. 12 Ballarat Davis Bus and dismount at the corner of Albert and Vickers Street.

Wendouree: catch either No. 1 Wendouree West, No.16 Lake Gardens, No. 17 Miners Rest or No. 6 Webconna and dismount at stop closest to corner of Learmonth Road and Gillies Street (Near Harvey Norman/Stockland Shopping Centre) Then walk one block west up Learmonth Road.

Telephone access to doctors

You may call the practice and leave a message with reception for the doctor. Your call will always be put through to the doctor in an emergency.

Results and reminders

Following referral for tests, we will advise you when results are available. If your test result requires follow up by the doctor, our customer service staff will contact you as soon as possible to arrange a follow up appointment. Reminders are sent to remind you of consultations. A recall service is also available to remind you of preventative health checks/screening appointments and/or care plan reviews.

Privacy

Your confidentiality and privacy will be maintained by BCH, including the confidentiality of young people. You will be made aware of any circumstances that legally require the clinic to disclose information. A full copy of our privacy policy is available from reception, or here bch_privacy_brochure_.pdf.

Managing your health information

Patients of our practice have the right to access their personal health information in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles and the Health Records Act 2001.

To request access to your personal health information, please complete and sign a release request. Staff will forward your request to your doctor before sending documents out.

Exemptions to access must be noted and each patient or legally-nominated representative must have their identification checked prior to access being granted. A full copy of our policy is available from reception.

Practice improvements

Many of our patients have participated in surveys to assess the quality of our services and facilities. BCH is always pleased to receive feedback and to hear patient concerns. Please ask our staff for a feedback form.

We value your feedback

We invite patients to complete feedback questionnaires located in the waiting rooms and reception areas of our practice, or via the option ‘give feedback’ in the customer service menu to the right of this webpage. Information collected from the feedback will be used for future planning of practice facilities and services. Written acknowledgment of feedback will be sent on request. If you have a complaint and it is not resolved to your satisfaction, please contact the office of the Health Services Commissioner, on the toll-free phone number 1800 136 066 or via their website.

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Call our Lucas, Sebastopol, Wendouree, Smythesdale and Victoria Street sites on (03) 5338 4500
and headspace on (03) 5304 4777.

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