We’re here for patients and we’re not for profit

We’re a not-for-profit health service and a charity, which means that our attention is always focused on patients. Our clinics are all accredited with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

It takes a range of services to care for a community as diverse as ours. Across our 8 locations our members can access a huge range of bulk billed and low cost medical services, check out our Services page to learn more about our offering and great clinical team.


We proudly partner with Government, other NFPs, local businesses and people who share our passion improving people’s lives through access to great healthcare.


We’re a registered charity and welcome donations to bring more services to more people and help those in need. We truly value every dollar and thank our community for your ongoing support.

A proud history of delivering affordable healthcare

The NHC started in 2004 as a conversation between Charnwood residents who were unhappy about the lack of bulk billed GPs in the West Belconnen area.  After an exploration process, the ‘West Belconnen Health Co-operative Ltd’ was formed in December 2006 and – having successfully lobbied for capital funding – the doors opened at our first clinic in Charnwood in January 2010.

Over the last decade we’ve grown a lot.  In September 2014 we updated our name to the ‘National Health Co-operative Ltd’ (NHC), and we now employ 90 medical and administrative staff across 8 clinics in Canberra.

A community-first spirit still drives us – and always will.  We are committed to affordable healthcare and currently provide an estimated 14% of all bulk billed GP appointments in the ACT each year.

Proudly member owned

Great healthcare is just the beginning when you join the NHC. Members have ownership of the Co-op and contribute to the direction of the organisation, ensuring that the local community benefits from our co-operative model. The rights of members are secured in our co-operative constitution known as The NHC Rules.

We have a range of great membership options available to match your needs, starting from $90 annually ($50 for concession).

Leadership to drive us forward

We have a dedicated team who work behind the scenes to ensure patients have a positive experience when they visit an NHC clinic.

The NHC is overseen by a Board of nine Directors elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting. The Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction, establishing effective governance, evaluating performance and ensuring financial sustainability for the business.

Day-to-day operations are led by a management team of A/ Chief Executive Officer Phil McCorkell and Director of Medical Services Dr Belinda Doherty, who work with a team of administration and operational professionals at our Corporate office in Macquarie.

NHC by the numbers

Collaborations with 10+ local NFPs to extend our care to vulnerable sections of the community

The National Health Co-op currently employs 90 medical and administrative staff

8 clinic locations across Canberra.

On 21 June 2021, Michael Slaven and Aaron Torline were appointed Administrators of the National Health Co-operative Ltd.
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