Playford North GP Super Clinic opens
Friday, 10 June 2011
More doctors, nurses and allied health professionals will be closer to home for residents in northern Adelaide - thanks to the opening today of Adelaide Unicare's new $7.5 million Playford North GP Super Clinic.
The University of Adelaide's Professor Justin Beilby, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, said that the University-owned general practice service was pleased to be partnering with the South Australian Government to deliver the Playford North GP Super Clinic.
"This is a much-needed facility for the northern suburbs community. Bringing GP and allied health services together in this way will greatly improve the level of care and support available to those living in and around Playford, including the new housing developments areas," Professor Beilby said.
"Linking the University's broad-ranging health science teaching programs with day to day clinical services will ensure that the next generation of health professionals will benefit from valuable, relevant experience.
"It's a great outcome for our students, our doctors and most importantly, the local community."
Minister Roxon said: "This GP Super Clinic will deliver more doctors, more nurses, more allied health professionals and better access to health services for locals.
"GP Super Clinics are making a difference right around the country and today marks the 11th GP Super Clinic official opening with 31 now either open, providing early services or under construction.
"The Gillard Government wants to make it easier for all Australians to see and contact a doctor and GP Super Clinics around the country are making this happen."
The clinic is currently bulk billing for a variety of services and is operating from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am-1:00pm Saturday mornings with an opportunity to expand.
The Gillard Government has also provided Adelaide Unicare with up to $4.6 million to construct a new two-storey dedicated teaching and training facility next to the Playford North GP Super Clinic.
Federal Member for Wakefield Nick Champion MP said the new GP Super Clinic will provide better health care for families living in the 'Playford Alive' urban renewal area through early services.
"The Playford North GP Super Clinic will provide a new level of integrated, multidisciplinary, team-based, patient-centred healthcare all under one roof," Mr Champion said.
"Patients will have access to a comprehensive range of health services including doctors, nurses, mental health, physiotherapy, pharmaceutical medication reviews, diabetic services, exercise therapy, health care plans and assessments, wellness clinics, radiology, pathology and Royal District Nursing Services expanding to provide podiatry and programs that cater for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples into the future."
"The clinic will have a role in training the future health workforce as it will focus on training and education for undergraduate and postgraduate students from both the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia across a range of health disciplines including medicine, nursing, psychology and allied health," Mr Champion said.
Adelaide Unicare is a controlled entity of the University of Adelaide. With the new Playford North GP Super Clinic, it now manages seven general practices in urban and rural South Australia.