Medical Centre

Yackandandah Health has supported the provision of medical services in Yackandandah from its inception as a cottage hospital in 1926 and following the move to the current site in 1931.

We continue to meet the needs of our growing needs of the local community, With two General Practitioners available, the Centre has GP appointments available five days per week.

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General Services

  • Family Medicine
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Skin Cancer Checks
  • Women's Health
  • GP Obstetrician
  • Midwife Care Program
  • Men’s Health
  • Immunisations
  • Drug & Alcohol Treatment & Counselling
  • Diabetes Management & Education
  • Dietitian
  • Mental Health
  • Pathology
  • Aged Care
  • Counselling

If you would like to transfer your medical records to the medical centre, you can do so on this form.

Midwife Care Program

Our Midwife, Louise Thornton and our GP Obstetrician, Dr Tess Goodwin, offer comprehensive antenatal care with postnatal follow up and breastfeeding support. Our focus is to contribute positively to your pregnancy.

The Midwife Care Program welcomes women with low risk pregnancies and provides individualised care, education and support surrounding all aspects of pregnancy, birth and parenting. Women with higher risk pregnancies who require Obstetric GP appointments are welcome to book in to see our midwife for further education or to address any concerns such as previous births, continence or any other pregnancy or breastfeeding related issues.

Midwife Care Program

  • Dr. Tess Goodwin



    • Monday
    • 9:00am - 4:30pm
    • Wednesday
    • 9:00am - 4:30pm
    • Thursday
    • 9:00am - 4:30pm

    (These times can be subject to change.)

    About Tess

    Tess is a rural procedural GP and has worked in north east Victoria and at the Yackandandah practice for the past 10 years, after moving from Adelaide with her family.

    As a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) Tess has the skills, training and registration necessary to work in general practice anywhere in Australia.

    Tess maintains advanced life support training and is the doctor for our aged care residents at Yackandandah Health.

    Tess is also a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners which denotes safe, specialised, high-quality general practice care.

    Tess provides a range of general practice services including skin cancer checks, immunisations and joint injections and has mental health skills training. She refers patients for specialist review and to allied health as required.

    She also has an Advanced Diploma from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Tess provides ante-natal care for women during their pregnancies and she also works at Albury Wodonga Health in the maternity unit and birth suite as a GP Obstetrician. She consults at Yackandandah Health, providing women’s health services including contraceptive advice, including insertion of implanons and mirenas.

    For more than seven years Tess was on the Board of the Bogong GP Training Network, (now MCCC), which has oversight of GP training in the region. She is the Victorian Medical Representative on the Medical Consultative Group for Equestrian Australia, volunteers for the local Albury Wodonga horse trials and the Melbourne International Three Day Event, and has a special interest in concussion response and management, especially in children. Tess is a member of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia female doctors’ group.

    Dr Goodwin is committed to maintaining access to high quality local medical services for rural communities.

    She enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking around beautiful Yackandandah and has an interest in Landcare and botany.

  • Dr. Emma Polkinghorne


    About Emma

    Emma grew up in Albury and has recently moved to the area with her young family. Emma is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has done further study to gain a Diploma of Child Health, RANZCOG Certificate of Women’s Health and a Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health.

    Along with women and child health, Emma also enjoys chronic disease management and working with patients to provide holistic health care.

  • Vanessa Page

    Nurse Practitioner

    About Vanessa

    Vanessa is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with both Nurse Practitioner and Midwife endorsements on her registration. She grew up in country Victoria and studied her nursing in Melbourne before travelling around Australia and starting a career in remote health. With time spent working in Victoria, Central Australia, overseas, and the Kimberley, Vanessa and her family now live in Yackandandah.

    Vanessa’s interests and scope of practice as a Nurse Practitioner includes but is not limited to, family planning (contraception), sexual and reproductive health, cervical screening, menopause and women's health promotion.

  • Louise Thornton



    Available Thursdays by Appointment

    About Louise

    Louise has a Post Graduate Diploma as a Registered Midwife and has fourteen years’ experience in caring for women and their families across all areas of Maternity Care.

    Louise has lived in Yackandandah for 3 years and continues to work at Albury/Wodonga Health in Maternity. As well as pregnancy care and birth experience, Louise has had extensive antenatal education and has recently trained as a Breastfeeding Counsellor with The Australian Breastfeeding Association.

    Louise is a passionate Midwife who is committed to providing holistic antenatal care to women and their families. Louise enjoys cooking and outdoor activities, whilst caring for her four young children along with her Husband Colin.

    As facilitator of our Midwife Care Program, Louise provides pregnancy care to women of Yackandandah and surrounds with postnatal follow-up and breastfeeding support. In addition, Louise can attend women after their baby is born offering outreach domiciliary follow-up (care in the home) enhancing our continuity of care.

Practice Manager
Kaylene Schwarz

Admin Team
Genna & Grace

Visiting Dietician
Priscilla Chan

Visiting Diabetes Educator
Janet Tregenza

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