Health care op­tions boost City vi­sion

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor. Peter Long

Ac­cess to high-qual­ity health care ser­vices is es­sen­tial for re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, so it is en­cour­ag­ing to see two sig­nif­i­cant new med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties of­fi­cially opened this month.

The Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus brings var­i­ous child health and out­pa­tient ser­vices to­gether un­der one roof.

The cen­tral lo­ca­tion en­hances our on­go­ing ef­forts to ac­ti­vate the city cen­tre and we hope the new fa­cil­ity pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als to re­lo­cate to Kar­ratha.

The coun­cil is also lob­by­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to do our best to ob­tain a MRI unit for the new hos­pi­tal.

In Roe­bourne, the Mawarnkarra Health Ser­vice will man­age the new Warawarni-Gu Maya Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Home Dial­y­sis fa­cil­ity. This will pro­vide peo­ple with kid­ney dis­ease more com­fort­able treat­ment closer to home.

This is a win for the Roe­bourne com­mu­nity.

In Wick­ham, the City has called for ten­ders for GPs to op­er­ate from the old clinic.

While health care is a State Gov­ern­ment re­spon­si­bil­ity, coun­cil was very dis­ap­pointed when the 360 Health and Com­mu­nity gen­eral prac­tice closed its doors last year, so staff have been work­ing hard to re-es­tab­lish med­i­cal ser­vices in Wick­ham and we are op­ti­mistic a suit­ably qual­i­fied provider will put their hand up to fill this post.

There is also re­newed in­ter­est in pri­vate med­i­cal ser­vices in Dampier.

Sonic Health have re­lo­cated and ex­panded, and there are new med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties com­ing to the shop­ping cen­tre and near the new hos­pi­tal.

The com­bi­na­tion of all of these en­hanced fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices will help at­tract peo­ple to Kar­ratha and help us to achieve our vi­sion of be­com­ing Aus­tralia’s most live­able re­gional city.

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