GMC would like to thank the UCRH for their Christmas gift of appreciation in our role of teaching medical students.

At Goonellabah Medical Centre, we are pleased to encourage new doctors into our community and have the privilege of teaching medical students from the University Centre for Rural Health. Our current medical student is Aiasha Saikal (shown above) who is a  medical student of University of Wollongong's Graduate School of Medicine. She is in her third year of study and is spending 12 months with GMC which began in July 2016. Aiasha has previously completed a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) - majors in psychology, genetics and neuroscience.

The National Shingles Vaccination Program will commence on 1 November 2016. Patients are vaccinated aged 70 but the program starts with a catch up for those aged 71-79. 

Patients aged 80 and over are ineligible for the vaccine so we are targeting those aged 79 for the first few months. 

The new vaccine, Zostavax, is a live vaccine and contraindicated if you have a condition or medication that reduces your immunity. 


Goonellabah Medical Centre offers free Wifi in our waiting rooms. Search for 'gmcfreewifi '

We would love you to turn the sound of your phones down but we don't mind you turning your ipad and laptops on!



The professional and community work undertaken by Northern Rivers GP Andrew Binns has been recognized by the North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) in its inaugural North Coast Primary Health Care Excellence Awards.


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Many dialects are spoken within the Bundjalung Nation whose boundaries encompass the Northern Rivers and beyond. However, art is an increasingly common language and this bond was further consolidated by an important exhibition of Indigenous works staged at Lismore City Hall in mid-May.

The Ngarakbal Githabal Dialect Exhibition marked the culmination of a three-year Bundjalung project developed by Arts Northern Rivers. The aim was to reconnect artists with early mark making techniques to inspire a new Aboriginal art movement based on original cultural designs.

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