Health care cen­tre opens in Wan­garatta

Benalla Ensign - - News -

A new $4.4 mil­lion pri­mary health care cen­tre opened last week in Wan­garatta.

Fed­eral Health Min­is­ter Sus­san Ley said it would pro­vide in­creased ac­cess to preven­ta­tive health ser­vices for fam­i­lies in Vic­to­ria’s north­east.

The In­te­grated Pri­mary Health Care Cen­tre in­cludes five GP con­sult­ing rooms and will em­ploy more than 100 staff.

‘‘In­creased ac­cess to pri­mary health ser­vices like this, im­proves over­all health out­comes and keeps peo­ple well and out of hos­pi­tal,’’ Ms Ley said.

‘‘The multi-dis­ci­plinary cen­tre will as­sist pa­tients to pre­vent chronic dis­ease through ac­cess to a di­eti­cian, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tion and pre­ven­tive health care ser­vices.’’

The Wan­garatta cen­tre fea­tures con­sult­ing ar­eas, three treat­ment rooms, a pathol­ogy col­lec­tion ser­vice, 12 al­lied health clinic rooms, phys­io­ther­apy gym, and com­mu­nity meet­ing rooms.

Ms Ley said new in­te­grated pri­mary health ser­vices in North­ern Vic­to­ria were help­ing to re­duce dis­eases, such as di­a­betes, some can­cers and car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tions.

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