New health centre project in pipeline

David SalvaireGeraldton Guardian
WA Country Health Service Mid West Murchison region operations manager Andrew Klein and Lynne Nanini .
Camera IconWA Country Health Service Mid West Murchison region operations manager Andrew Klein and Lynne Nanini . Credit: David Salvaire

Details of an innovative health centre for Mullewa were revealed at a community information session earlier this month.

Under the proposed redevelopment, a new primary health centre is set to replace the existing hospital, which was originally built in 1940, according to the WA Country Health Service. Upgrades will include a modern emergency department, emergency Telehealth services, ambulance bay, multi-purpose consultation rooms and group therapy rooms.

WACHS Midwest project officer Lynne Nanini said the Mullewa Health Centre would bring in a new era of health care to the town.

“The new facility will focus on providing primary health care to keep local residents well, in their communities and out of hospital,” Ms Nanini said. “It will do this by promoting good health practices, supporting early detection and prevention of illnesses and by helping people manage their chronic diseases.”

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Construction of the centre is due to start in mid-2018 with work expected to be completed by mid-2019.

Ms Nanini said that while the new facility would enhance primary and community care facilities, it would continue to provide 24/7 care from its new emergency department.

“The new health centre is being developed in consultation with the local community,” she said.

“It will give the community access to a range of health services and providers under one roof.

“New staff accommodation to house health centre staff and health professionals visiting the town will also be delivered.”

The development is one of four projects aimed at reforming health care delivery under the half-a-billion dollar Royalties for Regions funded Southern Inland Health Initiative.

About $40 million will be spent redeveloping and reforming small hospitals in Cunderdin, Pingelly, Mullewa and Dongara to create new purpose-built health centres.

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