WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
SHAYNE NEUMANN MP
Member for Blair
6 July 2010
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery, Warren Snowdon, and the Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann, visited the Ipswich GP Super Clinic today to see first-hand how building work was taking shape at University of Queensland’s Campus in Ipswich.
Progress at the Super Clinic is advancing well, with the first stage of the clinic expected to be operational by the end of August.
"This is an exciting project to improve access to health services for the Ipswich community,” Mr Snowdon said.
“We will soon have a wide variety of essential health services available,” Mr Neumann said.
Mr Snowdon said that by the end of August the Super Clinic will have available 19 consultation rooms, a treatment area, a pharmacy and pathology services. In addition, a new building will be completed by the end of September 2011 which will contain expanded pharmacy, pathology and radiology services.
“UQ Health Care – Ipswich has indicated to me that it will bulk bill clients with concessions cards, children under 16 and senior citizens (over 65),” Nr Neumann said.
Last year, the Australian Government signed a contract for $2.5 million to establish the Ipswich GP Super Clinic.
Once completed, the facility will support research into primary health care, and provide an important site for training and education, giving medical, nursing and allied health students and GP registrars an opportunity to learn in a multidisciplinary setting.
The Super Clinic will also provide training opportunities for medical, nursing and other health students.
“This clinic’s strong focus on education and training for students and graduates studying a range of health disciplines is a major boost for students and graduates at the university,” Mr Snowdon said.
GP Super Clinics are a key part of the Australian Government’s plan to reform Australia’s health care system by improving access to quality health care and taking pressure off hospitals.
As part of the Government’s Health and Hospital Reform Plan, $275 million has been allocated over five years to establish 36 GP Super Clinics around the nation.
While the services that GP Super Clinics will offer vary according to each location, most will accommodate privately practising GPs, practice nurses, visiting specialists, and allied health services such as physiotherapy, psychology, pathology and preventative health care services such as nutrition.
There are now 21 GP Super Clinics either operational or under construction across Australia.
Funding for a further 23 GP Super Clinics was announced in the recent Budget with an investment of $355.2 million that will also support upgrades to around 425 general practices, primary care and community health services and Aboriginal Medical Services.
The additional GP Super Clinics are part of the Australian Government’s ambitious reform agenda, which includes the commitment to deliver better hospitals and better health outcomes to Australian families, regardless of where they live.
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