Clinics to raise standard of medical care
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.