Labor's big promise
Tuesday, 17th August, 2010
Broken Hill will receive a new GP Super Clinic if the Labor Government is re-elected.
The Government would provide up to $7 million to set up the clinic, with a competitive process conducted by the Department of Health and Ageing to determine the successful operator.
Federal Labor Candidate for Farrer, Christian Emmery, said the announcement was great news for Broken Hill families.
"I am proud that a re-elected Gillard Labor Government will make this investment for the Broken Hill community," Christian Emmery said.
"Make no mistake, a GP Super Clinic will make a real difference. It will mean you will have access to a GP after hours.
"For an isolated area and a town with so many shift workers, a service like this is crucial."
GP Super Clinics are a key part of the Labor Government's health plan.
The clinic would provide after-hours access to a doctor to relieve pressure on the hospital.
Aimed at meeting community needs, it would bring a range of primary health services under one roof, including podiatry and physiotherapy, for example, and would save patients from having to be referred.
The clinics would also be used to train young doctors and introduce them to working in the bush. The registrars might then be likely to return when they graduate.
Broken Hill is classified as a District of Workforce Shortage, meaning there are not enough GPs in the town to care for the population.
Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, said a GP Super Clinic in Broken Hill would be an important addition to local medical services.
"The Gillard Labor government wants to invest in health services in communities like Broken Hill," the Minister said.
"Tony Abbott would take us backwards on health. He has committed to scrapping funding for GP Super Clinics, which means people in Broken Hill will miss out on the services this clinic will provide.
"If this is his view, Tony Abbott just does not have the judgment to be Prime Minister."