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More GP services for Mackay

Mike Brunker,Nicola Roxon posted Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The Gillard Labor Government will build a new GP Super Clinic in Mackay to

offer better health care for families in the area.

The Mackay GP Super Clinic will offer after hours GP services, provide

training for future health professionals and help take the pressure off the

Mackay Base Hospital.

Mackay is a growing community with young families, and has been identified

as a District of Workforce Shortage.

GP Super Clinics are a key part of Federal Labor’s plan to improve access to

coordinated health care services for the local community.

They also provide a quality setting to help train the 3,000 nurses and 1,300

GPs who will come on-line over the next three years, as a result of the

Gillard Labor Government’s investments to address Mr Abbott’s health

workforce shortages.

“Federal Labor wants to invest in the health services in growing communities

like Mackay,” Nicola Roxon said.

“Tony Abbott would take us backwards on health. If elected, he has

committed to scrap funding for GP Super Clinics, which means people in

Mackay would miss out on the services this clinic will provide.

“He will also cut funding for Emergency Departments, elective surgery, after

hours GP services, diabetes care and practice nurses.

“Tony Abbott does not have the judgment to realise how important these

services are for local communities.”

Federal Labor Candidate for Dawson, Mike Brunker, said the funding would

be warmly welcomed by his community, which is in need of more doctors

and additional after hours GP services.

“Mackay needs better access to doctors and nurses. Training them in a rural

regional setting means they are more likely to devote their working lives

there,” Mike Brunker said.

“This GP Super Clinic will help Mackay families get in to see a doctor or nurse

if they or their children fall ill.”

The Gillard Labor Government will provide up to $7 million for the

establishment of the Mackay GP Super Clinic, as part of the funding for

additional GP Super Clinics provided for in the 2010-11 Budget.

This comes on top of the recent investment by Federal Labor of $5 million

for the construction in Mackay of a James Cook University Medical and

Dental School teaching and administration facility and a 30 bed student

housing complex.

A competitive process will be conducted by the Department of Health and

Ageing to determine the successful operator of the Mackay GP Super Clinic.

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