The North Coast’s latest GP Super Clinic was officially opened on 5 July 2013 during a visit by the Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek, who did the honours with ALP colleague, Richmond MP Justine Elliot.
Located at Corporation Circuit, Tweed Heads the $7.75M facility - $7M from Canberra, a further $750,000 provided by the funding recipient - will provide locals with more comprehensive and convenient health care close to their homes, the Minister said.
“The clinic brings together GPs, nurses, visiting medical specialists, allied health professionals and other healthcare services in a single location to work as a team providing patients with the best possible care.
“Local patients will have better access to important allied health services including dietetics, exercise physiology, psychology, physiotherapy, speech therapy and dentistry all from one convenient location.
“The clinic also offers placements to health students to help boost the Tweed’s health workforce.”
Ms Elliot said the Tweed Health for Everyone Super Clinic would work closely with community leaders, aged care facilities and existing health care services to ensure health needs for local residents are met. Tweed Health for Everyone Superclinic is open from 7:30am to 7:30pm Monday to Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am to 1:00pm.
Australia now has 50 Clinics either open, providing early services, or under construction.
On the same day, Ms Plibersek and Ms Elliot attended the opening of the North Coast NSW Medicare Local’s new regional office in Tweed Heads.
The NSW North Coast Medicare Local employs over 160 frontline health professionals from Port Macquarie to the Tweed, more than any other Medicare Local in Australia, the Minister added.
A new website, www.medicarelocals.gov.au, includes information about the health services being delivered by each Medicare Local, the health workers it employs, and some of the successes in their local areas.
*Constructed by Hutchinson Builder, the Tweed Heads GP Super Clinic won a Merit award in the commercial project-health buildings category of the 2013 Master Builders Association Northern Regions Building Industry Awards. It employed best practice design principles from the RACGP, with features including satellite waiting lounges to accommodate up to 120 patients.