Clinic earliest by end-2011
PLANS for Gladstone’s GP Super Clinic could be in the hands of Gladstone Regional Council planning staff within two weeks.
Artist impressions were released yesterday when Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon visited Gladstone to discuss the project with Dr John Bird, one of the Gladstone GP Super Clinic directors.
Dr Bird said it was expected the development application for the clinic would be submitted to Gladstone Regional Council in the next two weeks.
“But there are various circumstances to be sorted through,” he said.
“We are advised that a development application of this nature might take up to six months.
“We would expect the building to commence next year for the super clinic to be operational towards the end of next year.
Dr Bird said he had been working in Gladstone for about 30 years and had seen the continuous medical/health issues faced by the region.
“I think it’s (super clinic) a really positive step for Gladstone,” he said.
“I think it will make a practical difference to the lives of Gladstone (people).”
Dr Bird said there had been some apprehension, as there always was with change, about the super clinic.The clinic will include extended hours access to doctors; dental services; x-ray and pathology services; teaching and training facilities for primary healthcare workforce and community health and education meeting rooms.
It will also house allied health including physiotherapy, audiology, psychology, dietetics, diabetes, education, podiatry and exercise physiology.
“We are a growing community and this GP Super Clinic will play a role in training the future health workforce,” Member for Flynn Chris Trevor said.