10 Dec 2010

$150,000 Federal grant to expand Blackburn North GP clinic

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On the 10th of December I visited the Blackburn North GP clinic to announce the awarding of a $150,000 capital grant.

 The grant will enable Blackburn North GP clinic to build a new consulting room.

 The clinic intends to employ an additional General Practitioner and additional Allied health nurses for better preventative health measures and enhanced patient management.  This will enable the clinic to see many more patients each year.

 Currently the clinic has about 20 families on a waiting list and is experiencing high demand after the closure of a nearby GP clinic.

 Blackburn North GP clinic accepts medical students from Monash and Melbourne Universities and this new consulting room will provide a much needed room for them to have direct patient contact.

 The $150,000 grant is part of a total of $64.5 million in primary care infrastructure grants announced by the Gillard Government.

 These primary care infrastructure grants are part of the Government’s 2010-11 Budget commitment of $355.2 million over three years to improve primary health care infrastructure.

 This grant is part of the Federal Governments push to expand GP services announced in the recent May budget.  We now see the money flowing locally to improve GP services in our community.

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