Clin­ics to raise stan­dard of med­i­cal care

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

Two new com­mu­nity med­i­cal clin­ics have been opened in the East Pil­bara, with new cen­tres in Punmu and Parn­ngurr, at a cost of $5 mil­lion.

The fa­cil­i­ties with med­i­cal ser­vices pro­vided by the Pun­tukurnu Abo­rig­i­nal Med­i­cal Ser­vice were of­fi­cially opened in Parn­ngurr, 640km south-east of Port Hed­land, on Novem­ber 16.

Each clinic for Martu com­mu­ni­ties, funded by the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments, of­fers mul­ti­ple con­sult­ing and treat­ment rooms, sep­a­rate med­i­ca­tion rooms for vis­it­ing ser­vices, and they are ex­pected to be fur­ther up­graded with self-dial­y­sis chairs.

Mem­ber for the Pil­bara Kevin Michel, who opened the clin­ics with PAMS chair­man Melvin Farmer and chief ex­ec­u­tive Robby Chibawe, said he be­lieved pa­tients should be put first, no mat­ter where they came from.

“It is fan­tas­tic that Martu peo­ple liv­ing on-coun­try will be able to ac­cess mod­ern-day medicine in the com­fort of air-con­di­tioned spe­cial­ist rooms, with­out trav­el­ling to Newman or Port Hed­land,” he said.

“The no­tion that our peo­ple be­long to us, that ev­ery­one ac­cepts re­spon­si­bil­ity for the health and well­be­ing of each other, is re­flected in the pos­i­tive re­sults that Pun­tukurnu Abo­rig­i­nal Med­i­cal Ser­vice con­tin­ues to achieve in our East Pil­bara com­mu­ni­ties.”

A new med­i­cal clinic in Newman is ex­pected to open this month.

One of two new med­i­cal clin­ics for the Martu Peo­ple opened in the East Pil­bara.

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