The Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative is looking for an Indigenous doctor to work in its health clinic to help support the community.
While it opened to patients in April, Premier Daniel Andrews officially opened the new Armstrong Street North building on Friday.
The clinic includes a doctor service, community and chronic disease nurses, pathology, maternal health, social and emotional wellbeing, eye health, diabetes educators and nutritionists, and podiatry, as well as specific cultural care programs - there's also meeting spaces and plenty of room to expand.
The clinic is open to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
BADAC chief executive Karen Heap said the clinic was an "important step for self-determination", noting the ever-growing numbers of staff and services.
"Aboriginal people have a right to ask for excellent health care and services," she said, adding there was an opportunity for young doctors to join the service.
"We have a registrar now, and we're hoping to get another one next year, that's really important to encourage young doctors about Aboriginal health and teach them about that."
Chief operating officer Jon Kanoa added the new building was a "one-stop shop" for healthcare, and keeping the community together.
"We want to make sure we're prepared for the future, and expansion is one of our biggest challenges, knowing our population is rising significantly," he said.
"We don't want to be in a predicament where we were six months ago where we don't have the room, so why not build on an extra service that will potentially cater for the expansion and growth of our community, but also our staff cohort as well."
Mr Andrews said he "couldn't think of a better 40th birthday present" for BADAC - the state government contributed $6 million for the project.
"We learned a long time ago, I certainly did, that the best outcomes for Aboriginal people are when they're driven by Aboriginal people," he said.
"Aboriginal employment and outcomes in every single profession - in trades, for instance, in the building of this brand new centre, all the way through the provision of care, I think we're seeing improvements.
"Without an Aboriginal doctor, that does throw a challenge out to us, and anything I might be able to do to assist in that, clinical placements or things of that nature, then of course we will listen."
Ms Heap said the centre was looking for more locally-based doctors.
"We're even more keen to employ an Aboriginal doctor - maybe down the track," she said.
"We're really keen to encourage anyone who's looking to be a doctor in Aboriginal health, knock on our door."
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