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New lease on life for Bulli’s old medical centre

Dr Jeffrey Hall and Dr Julie Blaze at the revamped medical centre. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary.

Dr Jeffrey Hall and Dr Julie Blaze at the revamped medical centre. PHOTOS: Warren & Diana Ackary.

ONE of the oldest medical practices in Australia was officially ‘re-opened’ at Bulli on Friday after a major expansion and renovations.

The Bulli Medical Practice will officially opened at its newly renovated premises at 74 Park Road.

The practice received a Federal Government Primary Infrastructure Grant in 2010. The completed renovations have seen increased waiting space for patients, more consulting rooms and education/meeting space for staff, trainee doctors and nurses.

Southern IML Pathology are now co-located, and the increased space has allowed for additional services including podiatry, psychology, physiotherapy, and dietetics. Bulli Medical Practice now offers extended hours from 8am to 8pm weekdays, and 8am to 12 noon on Saturdays.

“The building looks fantastic and is more spacious and functional,” Dr Blaze said. “The extra space has enabled us to attract more quality doctors, nurses and allied health providers so patients will benefit.”

While the building and décor are new, the practice itself has been caring for patients of the northern Illawarra since 1895, and is one of the oldest medical practices in Australia.

The clock made from the Norfolk Island Pine.

The clock made from the Norfolk Island Pine.

The history of the practice was celebrated at the opening, along with a clock that was constructed from a 100 year-old Norfolk Island pine that grew alongside the practice, until it was cut down in 1981.

“The timber was saved by one of our patients,” Dr Hall said, “And another patient has skillfully carved it into a clock for our waiting room.”

Practice owners Dr Jeffrey Hall and Dr Julie Blaze officially opened the premise and thanked all involved in the renovation including builder Paul Matts, and designers, Nadine Ryan and Evelyn Schuster on Friday.

The Bulli Medical Centre has operated from this Park Road site for over 117 years.

The Bulli Medical Centre has operated from this Park Road site for over 117 years.

Bulli Medical Centre

1895 – 1902: Dr Clifton Sturt.

1902: Dr James Thompson.

1903 – 1916: Dr Barton James.

1916: Dr James McPherson.

1916 – 1938: Dr Frances Crossle.

1938 – 1958: Dr Bertram Cook.

1958 – 1997: Dr William Feneley.

1997 –  Dr Julie Blaze.

1999 – Dr Jeffrey Hall

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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