THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
Member for Lingiari
5 August 2010
The Minister for Indigenous Health and Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today inspected the progress of the expansion and redevelopment of the Wadeye Primary Health Care Clinic in the Northern Territory.
Warren Snowdon toured the new section of the Wadeye Primary Care Clinic, which was built as part of the first stage of the redevelopment.
“The $7.6 million expansion and redevelopment of the Wadeye Primary Health Care Clinic will significantly improve the delivery of health care services to the community,” Warren Snowdon said.
“It will provide extra consultation rooms, an emergency room, baby treatment rooms and specific consultation rooms for visiting specialists.
“Once completed, the refurbishment of the existing building will improve staff facilities and offices, a public and staff training room, and an area specifically designated for dental services with its own waiting room.
The new clinic is expected to be completed by September 2010, after the original building is refurbished and the two buildings are connected by a covered walkway.
“Unfortunately, the old clinic was struggling to cope with the town’s growing population and the complex health needs of its residents. Temporary treatment facilities had to be erected outside the building because of the lack of space inside.
“The expanded clinic will give the people of Wadeye a health care facility of which they can be proud. It will also give local health professionals a more comfortable and suitable working environment that can better provide for the health needs of the area.”
The Gillard Labor Government is committed to Closing The Gap in Indigenous health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
It is also committed to providing housing to Wadeye, and will deliver 105 new houses, with 17 already built under the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program in conjunction with the Northern Territory Government.
Warren Snowdon also visited a newly established safe place, funded by the Federal Labor Government as part of the Emergency response, to help break the cycle of domestic violence and improve the safety of women and children.
Funding for this commitment is already included in the Budget.
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