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Thursday, 29 October 2009
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Senator Cash asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 16 September 2009:

With reference to the Australian Government’s GP Super Clinics Program:

(1)   How many super clinics have been built and established in each state and territory since the program’s induction.

(2)   How much funding:

(a)   was allocated to the program for the financial years: (i) 2007-08, and (ii) 2008-09; and

(b)   is allocated to the program for the 2009-10 financial year.

(3)   Was there a need to seek additional funding for any additional costs incurred in implementing the program in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 financial years; if so, how much.


Senator Ludwig (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Ballan GP Super Clinic in Victoria became fully operational on 14 September 2009. There are a further five clinics providing interim services. These include the Blue Mountains, North Central Coast, Southern Lake Macquarie (NSW), Devonport (TAS) and Palmerston (NT) - at the Urgent After Hours Care Service, which is Phase 1 of the Palmerston GP Super Clinic. Construction is underway in five sites: Southern Lake Macquarie (NSW), Bendigo (VIC) Strathpine (QLD), Devonport (TAS), Palmerston (NT) - Phase 2 of the Palmerston GP Super Clinic.

(2)   Original allocation (Portfolio Budget Statements - 2007-2008):

2007-08 ($m)

2008-09 ($m)

2009-10 ($m)

33.1

76.6

66.3

Current profile (Portfolio Additional Estimates - 2008-2009 - adjustments for rephrase/reprofile):

2007-08 ($m)

2008-09 ($m)

2009-10 ($m)

6.2

43.9

123.9

Note: Figures include MBS, PBS and DVA flow-ons.

(3)   No.