UFS Medical is a healthcare business owned and operated by not-for-profit organisation UFS Dispensaries Ltd. The UFS Medical Centres are situated at Level 1, 40 Bridge Mall, 1008A Sturt Street, 202 Doveton Street North in Ballarat and 316 Learmonth Street in Buninyong. All sites include GP consulting rooms, fully equipped treatment rooms for minor procedures and practice nurses' rooms. UFS Medical opened our new medical centre in Buninyong on Monday 18 November 2013. The new centre is home to 2 GPs, a practice nurse and on-site pathology.
UFS Medical operates an appointment system only and UFS members receive 10% discount off the gap fee of consultations.
UFS Dispensaries operates 14 pharmacies throughout the Ballarat and western region. The company owns and operates subsidiary healthcare businesses UFS Medical and Peace & Quiet wellbeing centre. Cherub Cards & Gifts and Treloar's Coffee House are also part of the organisation.
As a member-owned organisation, UFS members are entitled to various discounts off products and services. Total membership equals over 88,000 individuals.
United Friendly Societies (UFS) is a not-for-profit organisation, which exists for the members and functions for their benefit.
A Board of Directors [elected by members at the Annual General Meeting] governs the organisation. Historically, Directors were delegates representing various Friendly Societies. Now Directors are elected from our membership base and are representative of the broader community.
On the 5th of December 1880, the Ballarat United Friendly Societies Dispensary was registered after various Friendly Societies united to provide the funds for the original Dispensary in Armstrong Street [the premises now occupied by Doepel Lilley and Taylor]. The Dispensary opened in 1881 and was relocated to Dana Street in 1901, remaining there until 1952. The next move was to the present site at 717 Sturt Street.
In 1959, a branch Dispensary opened in Geelong Road (Ballarat East) and relocated to Bridge Street in 1976. The Dispensary in Howitt Street, Wendouree was opened in July 1973 and a fourth Dispensary opened in Sebastopol in January 1980. Almost eight years later, on December 8th 1987, the Buninyong Dispensary was opened. This was followed by the Victoria Street Dispensary, in July 1991.
Today the organisation consists of twelve pharmacies with additional pharmacies located at Bacchus Marsh (opened 1999), Mt Clear (February 2004), Beaufort plus pharmacy depots in Skipton and Willaura (September 2004), Ballan (October 2004), Melton (March 2005) and Melton South (November 2007). UFS Dispensaries also owns and operates a gift shop, Cherub Cards & Gifts and a well-being centre, Peace & Quiet (October 2004) which are both in Sturt St, Ballarat.
UFS Dispensaries opened UFS Medical - Bridge Mall on 20 October 2008, UFS Medical - Sturt Street on 23 November 2009, UFS Medical - Doveton Street on 14 June 2011 and UFS Medical - Buninyong on 18 November 2013. UFS Medical - Doveton Street was the amalgamation of UFS Medical - Gillies Street, Sturt Medical Practice and Lydiard Medical Practice. Running a medical centre was historically one of UFS' roles with the UFS Medical Institute operating from 1919 to 1939.