Healthy in­jec­tion for Jandowae prac­tice

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST - Brooke Dun­can

JANDOWAE res­i­dents will soon have bet­ter ac­cess to health ser­vices af­ter West­ern Downs re­gional coun­cil ap­proved a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to build a new med­i­cal cen­tre on High Street.

The new fa­cil­ity will be able to cater for up to three doc­tors, and will have a num­ber of con­sult­ing rooms, a re­cep­tion and wait­ing area, on-site park­ing and a ded­i­cated am­bu­lance park­ing bay.

Jandowae’s only GP Dr Luke Dwyer said his prac­tice, Wambo Med­i­cal Prac­tice, put in the ap­pli­ca­tion to build a new cen­tre be­cause the cur­rent lo­ca­tion was age­ing and ren­o­va­tion op­tions were lim­ited.

He said the process was kick-started af­ter re­ceiv­ing a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment grant of $300,000.

Dr Dwyer said the new cen­tre would cater for more pa­tients.

“So that we can train some more doc­tors in Jandowae and get them to fall in love with ru­ral medicine and stay. That would be our dream,” he said.

“We also want to get med­i­cal stu­dents to come, and again, just to ex­pe­ri­ence ru­ral medicine and ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery­thing that it has to of­fer.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN PLAN­NING: Concept de­signs for the pro­posed Jandowae Med­i­cal Cen­tre, to be lo­cated at 50-52 High Street.

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