Thursday, 15 July 2010
The establishment of the Wanneroo GP Super Clinic has moved one step closer, with the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, reviewing concept plans during a site visit on Wednesday, 14 July.
ECU senior staff including Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox; Associate Dean of Health, Professor Cobie Rudd; and Head of the Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Professor Rob Newton joined Minister Roxon and Labor candidate for the Federal seat of Cowan, Mr Chas Hopkins at the proposed site in the Wanneroo Town Centre.
Jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments, the Wanneroo GP Super Clinic will deliver additional health services to the area, taking pressure off the Joondalup Health Campus, and ensuring local families can access the health care they need.
The new clinic will offer general practitioner, nursing, midwifery and allied health services including clinical psychology, physiotherapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, paramedicine and exercise physiology, along with Aboriginal Health Workers and visiting specialist services.
Professor Rudd said the facility is being developed based on extensive local community consultation and is a collaboration project with multiple parties.
“The Clinic will provide integrated multidisciplinary team-based care and thus will have a strong focus on inter-professional education and training for ECU students and graduates,” she said.
ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, said ECU is committed to engaging with the communities it serves, and that the Wanneroo GP Super Clinic provides an opportunity to build a new model for health and wellness development.
“It also opens up new opportunities for research and development programs in health services provision and disease prevention in partnership with government, industry and the community,” he said.