Site Map | Login



Posted at 17/11/11 - 04:21 PM



  • Indigenous
    Indigenous culture, languages, visual arts and broadcasting
  • Koorie Mail online collection
    Koorie Mail online
  • Pathways
    help for the homeless
  • State Library Victoria
    The Library is open seven days a week, except public holidays. 10am–9pm 10am–6pm
  • Tuangurung News
    Voices of people of the Taungurung Clan. Note: This is not the official website of Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation The opinions expressed on the site DO NOT necessarily reflect the views of the site administrator
  • family assistance
    The Family Assistance Office has been set up by the Australian Government to give Australian families better access to government services.
  • goulburn valley health
    GV Health Clinical Streams Child & Adolescent Health Community Care Emergency Medicine General Medicine Mental Health Residential Aged Care Surgical Sub-Acute (encompassing Allied Health) Women's Health
  • jindabyne rock walls article
    stone walls article
  • national archives
    Discover our fascinating collection of more than 100 years of Australian Government records, documenting the history of individuals, communities, and the nation.
  • the story begins with a river
    Bayunga the aborigines called the river and they had names for the water holes and billabongs-Deegay, Tatura, Nagambie, Bon­tharambo.
  • tourisminternet
    Australian Aboriginal Sites
  • vicnet
    Vicnet hosts more than 5,000 community websites




My name is John Kilmartin and I work at the Goulburn Valley Diabetes Centre at Goulburn Valley Health. Together with my wife I trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London (many years ago) and have worked in Ireland, The UK and now Australia.

I suppose you can guess by my name I am Irish and all our families are still in Ireland. My great grandfather came to Victoria looking for gold in the 1850’s, found gold, took the money and went home. We did the opposite.

I am a registered nurse with a specialty in diabetes. I have been specifically involved in diabetes since 1988 but prior to that I was on the Liver Transplant Unit at the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg. I was very proud and privileged to be and integral part of the inaugural team for Australia’s very first Liver transplant. Never thought I would see that in my lifetime.

I can remember, way back, seeing coronary artery by-pass grafting (CABGs) when I worked at the Central Middlesex Hospital in London. It was not that long after Christian Barnard had done the first heart transplant in Sth Africa. To get your CABGs back then you needed to be at deaths door, have had a heart attack or two and under 60. Now you can have CABGs even with no heart attack, at any age and we don’t wait for you to be at the pearly gates to save your life.  Pretty much preventing illness rather than waiting to treat it.

The GV Diabetes centre has some unique relationships with remote General Practices & community groups such as the Goulburn River Clans Men’s group. I have been attending the Men’s group  on and off now for what must be two years.  Its great to just sit and  listen to what’s going on around Shepp, and further afield , and where its needed, and asked for, to be able to offer some advice or help.  Its also great to have a barbie and eat low fat sausages and burgers and whole grain bread  (NOT!).  The group is very very diverse and I have heard some remarkable stories. It’s a privilege  being  told aboriginal history and stories sometimes I find parallels   with Irish history.

The diabetes centre has a full range of services, comparable to Metropolitan  centres, and includes, and endocrinologist, two dietitians, 4 diabetes educators/ nurse practitioners, 3 podiatrists and is backed up by a very helpful customer service team. If you need advice or help you ring the centre directly on 03 5832 3100 and ask for an appointment or phone advice. 

More later. John

 John checking skinn's sugar levels and blood pressure  perfect!


our first patient!!!!