The ECU Health Centre is a state-of-the-art, integrated primary healthcare facility located in the central Wanneroo business district. At our facility a wide range of health service providers offer an integrated 'one-stop shop' for patients, their families and carers, as well as health promotion services for the general public. The residents of Wanneroo and surrounding districts have access to a wide selection of health service providers at the one convenient location At the ECU Health Centre, health service provision, clinical training and research opportunities for ECU students and academics are integrated in the one building.
The $22 million ECU Health Centre has more than 3000m2 of clinic space spread over three floors. ECU has invested $12 million in the Centre, with the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments providing $5 million each. The Commonwealth funding was provided through the GP Super Clinics Programme.
The impetus for the development of this Centre was an extensive community consultation in 2008, when Professor Cobie Rudd was invited to present a keynote presentation on health at WA’s only 2020 Summit in Wanneroo, in parallel with the national 2020 Summit. The Centre’s offerings aim to address the identified needs and service gaps in the Wanneroo community.
The Centre commenced operations on 29 September 2014, and was officially launched on 10 December 2014 by the Hon. Dr Kim Hames MLA, WA Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Tourism.
On the occasion of the Centre’s first birthday, an ECU Health Centre Community Forum was held to enhance community engagement and seek feedback. The response from stakeholders attending the Forum was overwhelmingly positive, with feedback indicating that the Centre continues to perform extremely well, provides much-needed services in a previously under-serviced area of need, and is an impressive addition to the Wanneroo business district.
Governance of the ECU Health Centre is the responsibility of the ECU Health Centre Committee, chaired by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Professor Cobie Rudd. This Committee oversees all aspects of the operation of the ECU Health Centre and consists of a wide range of high-level representatives from ECU.
The ECU Health Centre Committee is advised by the Teaching, Training and Clinical Governance Advisory Group in relation to teaching, training, research and clinical governance at the ECU Health Centre. This group is chaired by the Dean of the School of Medical and Health Sciences, Professor Moira Sim and includes representation from ECU, the Independent Practitioner Network, North Metropolitan Health Service, Health Consumers’ Council of WA, and the ECU Psychological Services Centre.
Project support for both the Committee and the Advisory Group is provided by the Project Coordinator ECU Health Centre.
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