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Improving primary care infrastructure for Sorell



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP Minister for Health and Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

7 October 2011

Improving Primary Care Infrastructure for Sorell

Important changes to the Gillard Government’s support for improving primary care infrastructure in Sorell and nearby communities in Tasmania were announced today.

In 2007, the Gillard Government committed to improving the primary care infrastructure of the Hobart eastern shores through the development of two GP Super Clinics in Clarence and Sorrell.

The Clarence GP Super Clinic has been operational for more than two months and is already making in-roads into treating more patients and offering more services. In the first week alone, the GPs at the Clinic saw more than double the number of patients the old clinic routinely saw.

The Government has been working closely with the operator of the Sorell GP Super Clinic to get this $2.5m development underway. However, the operators requested further funding for the Clinic, which is not available. The Operators

have now indicated they will not proceed with the Clinic.

Because the Government is committed to delivering better front line services to Sorell, we are now working with Member Lyons Dick Adams MP and the local community to investigate other ways the available funding can be invested in improving frontline health facilities.

“The restructure of this funding will help to upgrade or build new front line health services for Sorell and nearby communities,” Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said.

“All over the country—including here in Tasmania—GP practices and being upgraded through our popular primary care infrastructure grants. Similar upgrades of GP practices in the Sorell area could be considered for this funding.

“Unlike the Tony Abbott, whose legacy was to strip a billion dollars out of the nation’s health system, our focus is to improve frontline health services in the

communities like Sorrell and I am looking forward to hearing how these funds can be invested to suit local needs.”

In addition to the Sorell GP Super Clinic, the Burnie and Devonport GP Super Clinics have been operational for some time and progress on establishing the Launceston Integrated Care Centre is now well advanced.

Since 2007, the Gillard Government has invested more than $2.3 billion in Tasmania’s health system.

For further information contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220.