New $4.9 Million GP Superclinic for Portland
The Australian Government has announced a new $4.9 million GP Superclinic for Portland.
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14 August 2009
The Rudd Government today announced a new $4.9 Million GP Super Clinic for Portland. This announcement brings the total of Super Clinics funded by the Australian Government to 34.
The announcement was made today in Victoria as the Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Ageing continued their listening tour after the release of the National Health and Hospital Commission Report: A Healthier Future for All Australians.
The $4.9 million Portland GP Super Clinic will be run by a consortium led by Portland District Health and focus on reducing avoidable hospital admissions, with an emphasis on diabetes related allied health services (dietetics, diabetes education, podiatry) and drug and alcohol services.
The new Clinic will also provide family planning and dental services. It is proposed that a telehealth room will deliver virtual services to outreach centres in western Victoria, to support self management in diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The Clinic will also offer clinical training placements for medical, allied health and nursing students from Deakin University.
Today’s announcement builds on changes in the recent Budget where Portland for the first time became eligible to receive relocation and retention incentives. This announcement will provide grants of $15,000 to doctors who relocate to Wodonga from a metropolitan centre and retention incentives of up to $12,000 each year after five years.
GP Super Clinics are a Rudd Government initiative to help address the lack of critical infrastructure across the health system after twelve years of neglect by the Howard Government.
The Australian Government has now signed contracts for 24 GP Super Clinic and construction is underway at eight sites.
GP Super Clinics are a key element of the Rudd Government’s agenda for turning around Australia’s health care system. As part of the Government’s Health and Hospital Plan, $275 million has been allocated to establish GP Super Clinics in communities around the nation.
Media inquiries: Minister Roxon’s Office 02 6277 7220
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