GVDC aims to cater locally for people of all ages who have neurodevelopmental and associated mental health challenges and need assessment and/or ongoing support.
'No need to travel to Melbourne' is our motto.
We take pride in our understanding of neurodiversity as well as our ability to assess and support people of all ages, across the lifespan, from infancy and childhood through adolescence into adulthood.
Our multidisciplinary team is made up of clinicians who have had many years of experience in the public sectors.
Our counselling psychologist, Susan, occupational therapist, Hayley, and clinical psychologist Tracy, were members of the former GV Autism Spectrum Assessment Team (ASAT) at GV Health (GVH) under the clinical leadership of Dr Michael Welham, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. Tracy and Susan were coordinators of GV ASAT for many years. Our speech pathologist, Kate is now a member of the local FASD Clinic (see below).
Our Clinic is represented on the GVH Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Clinic's Community Resource Group. The FASD Clinic is the first of its kind in Victoria and we have been proud supporters of this very important local initiative.
Our mission is to identify and provide the assessment and support services that are right for you, regardless of your age. Our aim is to help you function and feel better.
We continue to work in collaboration with referring GPs, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, as well as local agencies and government departments. Our clinical team has been expanded by a provisional psychologist, a new senior psychologist, and a consultant psychiatrist.
We continue to work under DHHS guidelines, directives, and restrictions (as they arise), during this second year of the COVID pandemic. Like members of our general community, we have different degrees of COVID-fatigue, and, as at mid-May, most of us have received our first jabs of a COVID vaccine.
During the first year of the COVID pandemic, we continued to provide information, assessments and support for individuals, families, schools and agencies/organisations, here in our beautiful Goulburn Valley. We mastered telehealth, shut down and opened up a few times, and learnt to go digital, and to work remotely from our home offices, as needed. It was a very challenging year for all of us.
GV Developmental Clinic Pty Ltd was nominated and we were proud finalists for the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry's 2019 White King - Pental / 95.3 Triple M Best New Business Award (Under 2 Years' Operation). We were most surprised by and appreciative of the nomination. We still do not know who nominated us [no, we did not nominate ourselves] and we thank them dearly, whoever they might be.
We moved into our current building where we have 4 consulting rooms to work from. Our waiting area and consulting rooms are child-friendly and our tea room was open to families - until the current COVID pandemic.
We welcomed Sacha Finlayson as GVDC's Practice Manager.
We began operations as GV Developmental Clinic (GVDC) Pty Ltd, with Susan as one of its Directors.
Twenty years after arriving in Shepparton, Susan founded the Goulburn Valley Developmental Clinic, with a very small part-time team, working out of two rooms in the Greater Shepparton Business Centre (GSBC).
Susan Galambos, Counselling Psychologist, established a small 'solo' private practice in Shepparton.
Susan moved from Melbourne to Shepparton, and planned to live and work here for 2 years only, as part of her supervised practice. Those 2 years have turned into 25 years, and still counting.