Hyden Health Centre upgraded with Australian Government funding
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson officially opened the upgraded Silver Chain Hyden Health Centre today representing Hon Peter Dutton, Minister for Health.
The centre was upgraded with $598,400 from the Australian Government’s Health and Hospital Fund.
Mr Wilson said that before securing this funding the health centre was in desperate need of an upgrade and was not meeting the standards for building functionality on several criteria.
“For a town where there is no resident doctor and the closest hospital is 60km away it is important to have a facility like this.
“I firmly believe all Australians should have the health care they need, where and when they need it,” he said.
Now with the building upgrades Hyden Health Centre meets current industry and regulatory standards for delivery of primary care services. It also is now fit for purpose to deliver primary health care including assessing, treating and coordinating emergency presentations.
“What is really great is the emphasis within the design to provide a facility that meets the changing community demographics including capacity to meet future demand in the region,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson acknowledged Silver Chain for contributing $55,000 to the project and commended the Hyden community for their significant contribution of $20,000 which was fundraised and given to the centre for finishing touches such as blankets and art work.
The Silver Chain Hyden Health Centre covers the communities of Hyden, Kalgarin, Varley, Pingaring and Mt Walker.
The Australian Government committed over $600 million for 26 projects under the Health and Hospital Fund for health infrastructure across Western Australia.