Process Commences For The Next 28 Gp Super Clinics

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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP

Minister for Health and Ageing


MEDIA RELEASE


28 October 2010

PROCESS COMMENCES FOR THE NEXT 28 GP SUPER CLINICS

The Australian Government today announced the first stage in the delivery of GP

Super Clinics, as promised during the 2010 election campaign.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said the Government today started the

process of delivering 28 new GP Super Clinics to local communities around

Australia, an extra $233m investment in primary healthcare. 

“Having written to affected local members – both Government and non-government –

discussing the proposed GP Super Clinic in their region and asking for feedback on

a clinic being developed in their community, I received a number of responses

supporting the development of local GP Super Clinics, asking for work to commence

as soon as possible. 

“Today, I am announcing that the Department of Health and Ageing will commence

an Invitation to Apply (ITA) process in 11 communities. The ITA process will

commence on 6 November, with advertisements to appear in local and national

papers.

“I received responses from some members asking for local consultation processes to

occur, ensuring each region has the opportunity to shape their new GP Super Clinic

and tailor it to meet the needs of each community. 

“I have acted on the wishes of local members and asked my department to

commence consultations in 13 communities. Consultations will begin over the

coming months and continue into early 2011,” Minister Roxon said.

In addition, four communities have already identified an operator who is ready to

proceed directly with a GP Super Clinic. My department is contacting these

operators to finalise planning and funding arrangements.

GP Super Clinics are a key element of the Australian Government’s strategy to build

a stronger primary health care system, having already provided over 250,000

services across the country. 

26 Clinics are currently either operational, offering early services or under

construction around Australia.

These clinics will bring together general practitioners, practice nurses, visiting

medical specialists, allied health professionals and other health care providers to

deliver integrated multi-disciplinary, primary health care services aimed at

addressing the health care needs and priorities of local communities. Importantly,

clinics can play a role in training the next generation of health professionals.

Invitation to Apply: Blacktown, Broken Hill, Coffs Harbour, Hume Region, Lismore,

Liverpool, Nowra, Port Macquarie, Southern Central Coast, Tweed Heads, Western

Melbourne.


Consultation: Adelaide, Caboolture, Canberra, Darwin, Emerald, Gold Coast, Lower

Hunter, Mackay, Mt Barker, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, West Pilbara, Wynnum.


Direct Engagement: Cobram, Jindabyne, Northam, Rockingham.


For all media inquiries, please contact Paul Perry on 02 6277 7220 or 0409 945 476.







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