Shellharbour GP Super Clinic opens

The Gillard Government is delivering more health services to Shellharbour with the official opening of the Shellharbour GP Super Clinic.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon, Federal Member for Throsby Stephen Jones and Federal Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird today welcomed the boost to Shellharbour health services.

"The Shellharbour GP Super Clinic is making it easier for locals to access the health services they need, all under the one roof, since opening its doors on Wednesday 6 July 2011," Minister Roxon said.

"GP Super Clinics, like this one here in Shellharbour, are part of the Gillard Government's commitment to ensure Australians can see a doctor, close to home.

"The Shellharbour GP Super Clinic is supported by a large multidisciplinary team of health professionals, including a medical director; five part-time GPs; GP educator; GP registrar; senior practice nurse; practice nurses; practice manager; exercise physiologist; clinical psychologist; dietician; speech therapist and medical students and has a strong focus on delivering team based patient care and training the medical workforce that will serve and work in the Illawarra over the years to come,” Minister Roxon said.

Member for Throsby, Stephen Jones said the Gillard Government is investing in our local health system now so that it can deliver for our kids and grandkids.

“I’ve heard from local mums and dads about the need for more local doctors and health services for families in our area and that’s why I’ve pushed for the GP Super Clinic, which will deliver more local doctors, nurses and health services to Shellharbour and the surrounding area,” Mr Jones said.

Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird said that this Clinic will train young doctors preparing to become GPs, as well as medical students and trainee nurses.

“We’re training the next generation of local doctors, nurses and allied health professionals right here at the Shellharbour GP Super Clinic.

“The clinic has a strong education and training focus with two GP educators on staff.

Students from the University of Wollongong, Graduate School of Medicine and GP Registrars from Coast City Country Training will have the opportunity to train in the new Clinic.

“The Super Clinic will also take several exercise physiology students, clinical psychology students and trainee practice nurses on placements,” Ms Bird said.

The Shellharbour GP Super Clinic is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, with after hours consultations available every second Saturday from 8:30 am to 12 noon.

The Gillard Government invested $2.5m in the Shellharbour GP Super Clinic, which is operated by the Illawarra Division of General Practice.

The $7m Nowra GP Super Clinic is progressing well with a funding agreement signed in late June and negotiations with local training partners and the Department of Health and Ageing progressing well.

The Gillard Government is investing $650 million to build more than 60 GP Super Clinics and invest in more than 400 infrastructure programs in GP clinics around the country. 33 GP Super Clinics are either open, delivering early services or under construction.