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Major player eyes GP Super Clinic

Tuesday, 7th December, 2010

By Stefan Delatovic

The owners of the Outback Family Practice will bid for the city's GP Super Clinic.

Dr Funmi Konmolafe owns the Thomas Street practice with Dr Ros Menzies. 

The pair also have a practice in the South previously owned by Dr Phillip Chapman, and have recently bought the Broken Hill Medical Centre.

Dr Konmolafe said yesterday they had been approached by a number of people asking if they were going to apply, and that they were.

The Federal Government has offered $7 million for the establishment of a super clinic to increase services and alleviate pressure on the hospital.

A bid by the Barrier Division of General Practice on behalf of the city's GPs has failed because consensus on a way forward could not be reached.

Dr Konmolafe said she and Dr Menzies have been seeking to build a super clinic for the past three years.

They want to expand the Outback Family Practice physically and add more doctors, allied health professionals and training opportunities for medical registrars and students. 

The federal funding had led Dr Konmolafe to expand the plans, she said. "We believe the Thomas Street location, opposite the hospital, will be best ableto integrate with existing services," she said.

That location would maintain a strong health precinct and allow specialists to move between locations and for students to be close to work and study, she said.

Dr Konmolafe said the Barrier Division had failed to put together a bid on behalf of all local GPs, but would likely support local bids over those from outside. 

She said it was now up to the government to decide.

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