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Health boost for the Ipswich community.



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP

Minister for Health and Ageing

SHAYNE NEUMANN MP

Member for Blair

MEDIA RELEASE

1 July 2009

HEALTH BOOST FOR THE IPSWICH COMMUNITY

The Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, and Member for Blair Shayne Neumann today announced that a funding contract with the University of Queensland to establish the $2.5 million Ipswich GP Super Clinic had been signed.

The announcement was made today at the Ipswich hospital, where the Minister for Health and Ageing and Member for Blair inspected the hospital’s new 6th theatre, delivered with $1.7 million for equipment and fit out and discussed the $6.7 million extension to the emergency department, both funded by the Rudd Government.

The new operating theatre has been operational since March 2009 and planning on the emergency department is progressing.

The announcement of the GP Super Clinic follows on from the successful community consultation hosted by the Member for Blair late last year.

The GP Super Clinic will deliver an integrated and multidisciplinary model of health care that is tailored to the needs and priorities of the Ipswich community.

The GP Super Clinic will operate from three buildings in the grounds of the University of Queensland’s Ipswich campus, one of which will be a new construction.

The University of Queensland is committed to establishing a GP Super Clinic that will implement new models of health care, provide education and training opportunities for future health professionals and conduct high quality research.

The Ipswich GP Super Clinic will provide three distinct streams of care including:

• a standard GP service for management of acute presentations;

• a chronic disease management service; and

• a specialised mental health service, to address a priority area of need for Ipswich.

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The Ipswich GP Super Clinic will provide services from health professionals including GPs, nurses, psychologists and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, dietitians, diabetes educators and podiatrists.

It is expected that services including pharmacy and pathology will also be available.

The clinic will offer bulk billed services for concession card holders, children under 16 and senior citizens over 65. The GP Super Clinic’s operating hours will not compete with the existing after hours co-operative currently servicing the Ipswich community.

The GP Super Clinic will have a strong focus on supporting the future primary care workforce. It is anticipated that student clinics will be incorporated into the model as the clinic develops, as part of educating future health professionals.

The Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, said she was pleased with how quickly the $1.7 million operating theatre had come on line to increase capacity and with plans to take pressure of the emergency department at Ipswich hospital.

Ms Roxon said, “The GP Super Clinic announced today is an exciting opportunity to blend together providing medical services for the Ipswich community and training health professionals in the local community”.

Member for Blair Shayne Neumann welcomed the announcement of the University of Queensland to run the Ipswich GP Super Clinic and said he was pleased that the new operating theatre was working well.

Mr Neumann said, “The GP Super Clinic announcement is a win for the people of Ipswich, who will have enhanced medical services and a facility that can help train the future medical workforce our country needs.

“This announcement along with over $8 million to improve Ipswich hospital, showed that the Rudd Government was serious about fixing the health system.

“People right across my electorate tell me that health is their number one priority. I’m looking forward to seeing all three of these projects up and running for the people of Ipswich,” said Mr Neumann.

GP Super Clinics are a $275 million commitment of the Rudd Government, providing primary health care services where they are most needed.

For all media inquiries, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220.