Thursday, 22 April 2010
The Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, has today announced that a contract has been signed with Edith Cowan University (ECU) to lead the development of the Wanneroo GP Super Clinic.
The Wanneroo GP Super Clinic, which is being jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments, will be established in the Wanneroo Town Centre. Strong support for the proposal has been received from the City of Wanneroo, and a number of service providers have indicated a desire to be involved in the provision of services including the local general practice.
GP Super Clinics provide infrastructure in which teams of health professionals work together to deliver quality services in local communities, particularly to people with, or at risk of, chronic diseases. The Wanneroo GP Super Clinic will bring together GPs, practice nurses, nurse practitioners, and allied health professionals including psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists and speech pathologists in one convenient location.
The Clinic will have a key role in meeting the health needs and priorities of the community of Wanneroo. As part of this, it will also include the potential for treatment services to help better deal with the demands on acute services.
ECU Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Finlay-Jones, 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.
“The model has been developed following extensive local community consultation from May 2008 onwards and will offer multidisciplinary team-based care, with a strong focus on inter-professional education and training for students and graduates.
“ECU students will also be able to access a diverse range of clinical placements, combining work in the Clinic with work in the community, as well as enhanced research opportunities for experienced and early-career researchers.
“The Clinic will open up new realms of research and development programs in the provision of health services, and new approaches to disease prevention, in partnership with government, industry and the community,” he said. “ECU looks forward to working with stakeholders, including the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments to finalise arrangements for the Wanneroo GP Super Clinic.”
For more information about GP Super Clinics, visit www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/pacd-gpsuperclinics
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